Connecting with… Jason Alagna!
What project you have enjoyed working on and why?
ANSWER: I have particularly enjoyed working on the Belmont Executive Plaza rezoning, where we are planning over 100 townhouse and multifamily units surrounding a linear park feature. We have had the opportunity to bring this park to life by incorporating a multitude of outdoor activity spaces and colorful landscape designs. Imagining the future residents of a project enjoying the spaces that for now only exist on paper is pretty exciting.
Name: Jason Alagna
Title: Project Landscape Designer
Started at christopher: June 2019
Current hometown: Herndon, VA
Alma Mater: Virginia Tech
Favorite DC tourist destination: The Freer Gallery of Art is my favorite museum.
Favorite app: Tidal. I’m a bit of an Audiophile, and it is such a pleasure to listen to music on this app.
If I had three wishes: Equity, peace and fulfillment
If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life: My wife’s risotto – it’s vegan and unparalleled.
On Saturday you can find me: Hiking with my dog, Kona.
What does a typical day of work look like for you?
ANSWER: It must start with my favorite beverage, coffee. But after coffee – I begin each day with a game plan and a set of goals and objectives. Coordination with colleagues and direction from project leaders is integral to each day. I am always laser-focused after a quick walk outside, so you can find me on a 5-minute stroll from time to time!
What keeps you at christopher?
ANSWER: The culture and the people. I believe christopher really cares about its workers and invests in their success. I think this creates happy employees – and happy employees make for a productive and well-coordinated team.
What is your favorite company event and why?
ANSWER: I really enjoyed the annual awards banquet, especially the roaring 20’s theme party, which was an absolute blast.
What is the best piece of advice you could offer someone considering a career in landscape architecture?
ANSWER: Building experience and learning the nuances of the practice are something that comes with time. Be patient and know that you will be learning for the rest of your career!