Ellie Hair

Spring 2020


Degree: Bachelor of Science

Concentration: Landscape Design, Gardens, and Urban Environments

Minor: Landscape Architecture

Graduation Honors: Magna Cum Laude

How are you planning to use your degree?

I will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall of 2020 to get my Master’s of Landscape Architecture. After that, I hope to work using landscape design to make urban green spaces more sustainable.

List clubs and activities while in school.

  • Kappa Delta Sorority
  • Pi Alpha Xi Fraternity

Whom do you want to thank?

I would like to thank Julie Sherk and Brian Jackson for being excellent role models and helping me through my undergraduate journey. I must also thank Anne Spafford for being the best advisor I could have asked for. Anne–you go above and beyond for all of your students and I consider myself lucky to have been one of them; thank you for everything that you do!

What is the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State?

I came into NC State in the exploratory studies program, not knowing what I wanted to study. I found horticulture in an elective course taught by Bryce Lane. I fell in love with the class and that love poured into the department. After taking Lee Ivy’s introduction course I knew that I wanted to dedicate my next three years studying landscape design. Coming into the department late in the game was an easy experience; everyone was so kind and welcoming, and the overall atmosphere was joyful and relaxed. That was the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State–the department and the staff who made it up were always friendly, and eager to help, making it an excellent environment to learn.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-hair-929a95159

Advisor Comments (Anne Spafford):

Ellie has been a most dedicated design student in her undergraduate career. She is nothing, if not thorough. She is extremely creative, responsive to feedback and a joy to work with. She always raised the bar and presented exceptional work to studio clients. She carefully orchestrated her undergraduate experience to maximize opportunities—even fitting in a study abroad to Florence, Italy.

I am thrilled that she will be starting the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Georgia in the fall, with a competitive assistantship. I look forward to the fabulous spaces she’ll design as a professional. Congratulations, Ellie!



Lee Ivy (Hort Teaching Faculty):
Congrats Ellie! I look forward to seeing you succeed in your future endeavors.

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