At long last, we would like to thank everyone who submitted their work to the WASLA Awards this year. We appreciate your participation during such a busy year and spring quarter!
Congratulations to our National ASLA Student Award winners: Heewon Kim, BLA Merit Award; Reed Lewis, BLA Honor Award; Hoilok Heather Lam, MLA Merit Award; Sarah Lukins, MLA Merit Award; Erin Irby, MLA Honor Award, and Erynne van Zee, MLA Honor Award.
We would also like to thank our juries for the many hours they put in thoughtfully reviewing the work.
Carrie Culp, Tori Halligan, Noelle Higgins, Vaughn Rinner
Benjamin Barrett, Curtis LaPierre, Vaughn Rinner, JB Seyfried
Foundation Studio Jury:
Katey Bean (HNTB), Ted Benge (Swift Co.),
Steve Cecil (Steven Cecil Design & Planning), and Scott Melbourne (MxM)
Advanced Studio Jury:
Hasti Afkham (LMN), Simba Gu,
Kim Rooney (Kim Rooney Design), and JB Seyfried (GGN)
Technical Course Jury:
Kim Rooney (Kim Rooney Design) and Jesse Shan (Swift Co.)
Billy Fleming (Wilks Family Director, McHarg Center, UPenn)
Shannon Lee (Principal, Mithun)
Mary Pat McGuire (Associate Professor, University of Illinois)
And finally, congratulations to our local WASLA and UWLA award winners!!! We will send along individual jury comments in the next month or so.
Stanie Zhang & Claire Li – Post-COVID World – Reconnecting People to Nature
Jack Hyland – Fertile Urban Form: Regenerative Housing for Seattle
Yen-Chia Pan – Mhebu Memorial Design
Erin Irby, Erynne van Zee, Drew Landis, Adam Koehn – Exchanging Futures: Designing for Climate Responsive Energetic, Economic, & Aquatic Exchanges on the Bellingham Waterfront
Bryant Callahan, Cyrus Deloye, Dominique De Gracia – The Commodore Step
Jessika Gill – Blurring the Lines between Passage & Plaza
Natalie Weiss – Familiarity in Flux
Meredith Grupe – Amplify: Pioneer Square’s Visual and Performing Arts Hub
Malka Hoffman – ARMILLA: Channeling and Inhabiting Landscapes Beyond the Binary
Erin Wiseman – Dynamism in Flux
Jessika Gill – Aphid Soap Opera: Spring in Puget Sound
Leila Jackson – Unsettling Discovery Park: Reimagining the Periphery as a Site for Social and Ecological Resilience
Rhys Coffee – Stormwater Steps
Ginger Plaster & Ava Ross – Lake City Forest Haven
Capstone Awards – Thesis
Jocine Velasco, “Unsettling Prairies: A Critical Reimagining of Fire Management in Cities”
Ry Yahn, “Claim, Reclaim, Unclaim: Foregrounding Place-Based Solidarities in the Eco-Cultural Revitalization of a Post-Mining Landscape on the Klamath River”
Alexandra Burgos, “Reframing Farmworker Justice: Decolonizing Land Stewardship”
Jake Minden, “Cutting Out: Queer Assemblages for Alternative Design Futures”
Luyu Zeng, “Building Climate Resilience in Seattle’s Urban Forest with a Community-centric Approach”
On June 10, 2022, CBE held our first in-person commencement ceremony in three years. Check out the story and more photos here:
In June 2022, Professor Thaïsa Way will be retiring and redirecting from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington as she pursues her work at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, a research institute of Harvard University. Since joining the faculty in 2007, Thaïsa has served as educator, mentor, and friend to many – consistently encouraging all of us to look to the past to help frame and inspire the future. Throughout her career, Thaïsa has critically interrogated the Western canons of urban and landscape history to both broaden the reach and diversify the voices of histories that have shaped our designed landscapes and cities.
She is well known for her publications and lectures on feminist histories in landscape architecture and public space in cities drawing from her first book Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design (University of Virginia Press 2009) which was awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Award in 2012. She followed with another book, From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag (University of Washington Press 2015), exposing many under-explored narratives of post-industrial cities in relation to the practice of landscape architecture and has since collaborated on several edited volumes and monographs, as well as many scholarly journal and professional publications. As part of her work, she was named the 2015-2016 Garden Club of America Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome advancing a project, Drawing Histories of Landscape Architecture, before returning to UW to establish the drawing seminar and workshop series in the Department of Landscape Architecture which invites artists and creative practitioners to explore drawing as a creative, but more importantly critical practice for advancing design thinking and investigation.
Throughout her time at UW Thaïsa continually revealed her commitment to community building and service. In 2018, Thaïsa was elevated to American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) Fellow, and has served as a member and chair of the jury for the ASLA professional awards, a design reviewer, history consultant, and collaborator for numerous projects, all with the intention to build stronger democratic and equitable practices to improve our public realm.
With a strong commitment to the public university, Thaïsa was an adjunct in the Department of Architecture at the CBE as well as in the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences and in the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Thaïsa served as Chair of UW Faculty Senate, as well as Chair of the Senate Committee on Planning and Budget from 2016 to 2019. She led the project to curate the Faculty in 2050 report as well as to envision the Liberal Arts in the 21st century. Engaging with faculty, staff, and students across the university and the region, she sought to strengthen the role of the public university and higher education in the public realm and in the stewardship of our democracy.
Always invested in connecting people and ideas, Thaïsa founded Urban@UW in 2015 as an opportunity to bridge the diverse perspectives and research by faculty and others on cities from across the University and beyond to establish common ground from diverse perspectives. Building on collaborations with faculty from across CBE as well as the Humanities, Social Sciences, and professional schools, Urban@UW sought to redefine how the university contributes to our collective futures. Thaïsa led the program as Director until 2019 when she took a leave of absence from the UW to pursue an opportunity as Director of the Garden and Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C., a research institute under the stewardship of the Trustees of Harvard University. In the next phase of her career, Thaïsa will be continuing to advance her work with Dumbarton Oaks in an effort to support, mentor, and advance the scholarship of emerging and established historians and educators in pursuing a more diverse and inclusive approach to understanding the history and future of our built environments.
We thank Thaïsa for all that she has provided to our students, our department, college, and university community.
We are excited to have new faculty member, Celina Balderas Guzmán joining us this upcoming Autumn. Read more here.
Ken Yocom, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture has been reappointed to another 3-year term. His appointment begins June 16, 2022, and runs through June 15, 2025.
Yocom, an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and as an adjunct in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, has led the LA department since 2017. During his tenure, the department has refined and developed its strong reputation for community-engaged design work and student-centered teaching. He also led the College’s efforts resulting in the first-ever cohort hire of interdisciplinary scholars and expanded the department’s teaching and research with Indigenous partners.
“Ken has been a very collaborative leader in his department and as a member of the senior leadership in the college, he continues to help lead us into the future, most recently managing our first-ever faculty cohort hire,” said Renée Cheng, John and Rosalind Jacobi Family Endowed Dean of the College of Built Environments. “Since I’ve arrived, it’s been a pleasure to see how he works with and for the students and faculty in his department. We are excited to see what innovative initiatives he will continue to bring to the department and our college.”
Yocom is trained as an ecologist and landscape architect with professional experience in the environmental consulting and construction industries. He graduated from our MLA program and earned his Ph.D. from the Program in the Built Environments, where he researched nature and societal relations through the contemporary context of urban ecological restoration practices.
This past Spring Quarter, Milenko Matanovic, Founder of Pomegranate Center, offered a lecture and drawing workshop to our CBE students. Check out a short video of the workshop and link to his lecture here: https://bit.ly/3yPXWCi
On June 7, 2022 Kline Galland celebrated the completion of this year’s Design Build with a dedication ceremony officiating the space as the Marty Bender Family Garden. Under the guidance of Professors Daniel Winterbottom and Amy Wagenfeld, 18 BLA and MLA students engaged community members to design a therapeutic courtyard garden for this skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle. Read more about this project in the Daily Journal of Commerce and through Kline Galland.
Congratulations to our University Olmsted Scholars Meghan Obernberger (BLA ‘22) and Stephanie Roh (MLA ‘22). These exceptional students join the community of 981 LAF Olmsted Scholars named since 2008. Meghan and Stephanie will represent UW at the ASLA National Conference and LAF Benefit this November in San Francisco.