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Just Urban Design

Newly released! “Just Urban Design: The Struggle for a Public City” (MIT Press 2022) features a collection of chapters and case studies that apply a social justice lens to the design of urban environments.

End-of-Year Note from the Chair

I hope this letter finds you and those close to you doing well as we enter the holiday season here in the U.S. This has been a year of change in the department as we have bid farewell to several faculty and welcomed new… yet there is a buzz of excitement again among our students, faculty, and others in the classrooms and studios.

Jeff Hou’s Research Recognized by Office of Global Affairs

In 2019, Jeff Hou received a Global Innovation Fund Research Award to explore how youth are engaging in social action and creative space-making in East Asia. Hou used the funding to host a three-day online workshop with special guests from the U.S. and East Asia to explore and share knowledge on current social movements across East Asia that reflect a desire for alternatives to the current socio-economic and socio-cultural structures, from social startups and new communal spaces to alternative economic…

2022 CELA Awards

Congratulations to Dani Slowik (BLA ’22), Assistant Professor Catherine De Almeida, and Professor Daniel Winterbottom for receiving the following awards at the recent Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) 2022 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fountain Scholar Award Winner: Daniella Slowik Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Works, Junior Level: Catherine De Almeida Outstanding Educator: Daniel Winterbottom

Faculty Feature

Professors Thaïsa Way and Ken Yocom recently published a chapter, “Infrastructural Wilderness: Seattle and the Binding of City and Region” in the new book Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (2021,UW Press) edited by Nik Janos and Corina McKendry In Sept 2021, Professor Jeff Hou and colleagues produced a report from their CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) panel last year, “Decolonizing Landscape Architecture Education.”  You can find the reports here:  Part 1 and Part 2. Professor Lynne Manzo will be presenting at the CELA 2022 conference later this month…

Professor Nancy Rottle Retires from the Department of Landscape Architecture

Nancy Rottle, a long-time professor of landscape architecture and the past Scan Design Foundation Endowed Chair, has retired after more than 20 years of teaching, research and service at the University of Washington. We are happy to see her step into the next stages of her life and work, though Nancy’s presence and meaningful contributions to the students, the program, and the profession will undoubtedly be missed. She has taught, supported, and mentored generations of students, many of whom continue…