Summer Design Build 2022 in Traena, Norway

We welcome back some of our students who went to Traena, Norway to complete their Design/Build with Daniel Winterbottom and co-instructors Luka Jelusic and Mate Rupic! 

A group of 16 students, some matriculated at UW, left the US in the middle of June 2022 to work on a design/build project on a small island off the coast of Norway for five weeks. Students were asked to create a unique space that could be offered year-round to the local community as a place to gather. They also wanted the space to feature an outdoor kitchen, classroom, community garden and hold community events such as their annual summer music festival. 

Students spent the first week designing and collaborating, leaving the following three weeks for building and implementation. Before beginning the design process, they had a chance to tour the island and visit some local landmarks. They met some of the locals to learn about their lifestyle and hear input on what exactly the community needed. Students, working in groups of four, began conceptualizing and iterating potential ideas and designs for the site. Overall, the group agreed that they wanted to create an area that met the community’s needs while paying homage to Traena’s unique culture, identity and history. At the end of the week, each group presented their proposal to the community and let them select which project they connected with the most.

Building began during the second week of their stay. As always, the proposal would not come out exactly as planned and some aspects would have to be altered so that it was feasible given the small time span and allotted resources. 

Students were led in sketching exercises by Daniel Winterbottom throughout their time there. Students traveled back to mainland Norway to visit Oslo and Bergen for their final week.

Here are some of the process and final images of the students’ amazing work abroad!

 

  Site Dedication

 

“The tides rolling into the island bring new people/visitors, new stories and even concerns from the outside world. But at the heart of the island is a community, whose intimate relationships form a resiliency that attracts the wayward and longing for respite to stay while deflecting the negative and worries of the world back out to the sea. That this haven seemingly at the end of the world away is a vibrant beacon of humanity. Our design lies at the center of Traena, and pulls people in formally. That line continues throughout the site consistently redirecting attention towards the central area (to other people in the space) and eventually dissipates or “recedes” back out in the landscape and to sea from where people came.” 

– Grant Guliano MLA, UC Berkeley

 

Photo credit: Maron Bernardino, Heather Fortunato, Jenna Simpson

Professor Thaïsa Way Retires from the Department of Landscape Architecture

Thaisa Way

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.

Thaïsa exploring the design archives at Longue Vue Gardens, New Orleans.
Thaïsa exploring the design archives at Longue Vue Gardens, New Orleans. Photo: Longue Vue Gardens
Thaïsa Way had a foundational influence on my time in the UW Landscape Architecture Department. She encouraged me to build my MLA degree around my interest in landscape history when I wasn’t sure that such a path was possible. She demonstrated daily through her teaching and research the need to center history and historiography in the design process, highlighting with verve and style the continued relevance of key people, places, philosophies, and technologies. She created the space and opportunity for me to take risks, make discoveries, and engage broadly with the professional world. In short, Thaïsa has always exemplified the best qualities of a professor and a mentor, and I feel so very grateful to have studied with her.Betsy Anderson, NPS - Landscape Architect, MLA '14
Thaïsa and Rich Haag at Gasworks Park
Thaïsa and Rich Haag at Gasworks Park Photo: courtesy of TCLF

 

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.

I am incredibly grateful for the confidence and generosity Thaïsa has shown in me as a mentor, advocate, and teacher. I am continuously in awe of her willingness and ability to share the spaces she creates. This model of leadership—stepping forward to advance what is considered landscape history and stepping back to allow others to thrive in that space—continues to inspire my career and will continue to bring positive change to both landscape practice and history. Sara Jacobs, UBC, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. '20
A group of people standing and kneeling in front of drawn images
“Drawing Pictures In Your Mind” drawing workshop at Olson Kundig with Alan Maskin, March 2017. Photo: Ryan Patterson

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.

Faculty, staff, students and service providers gathered in wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, Intellectual House
Faculty, staff, students and service providers gathered in wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, Intellectual House, for a full day of discussion and brainstorming on the topic of homelessness and affordable housing. Many had never met each other before. November 2016. Photo: Urban@UW

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.

A group of people standing with three in front holding a street sign that reads "Marjorie Sewell Cautley Way"
At the installation of the Street Sign for the newly named “Marjorie Sewell Cautley” in Sunnyside, New York Photo: Friends of Sunnyside
There is no one like Thaïsa when it comes to building bridges between the humanities, sciences, and landscape history, between designers and design historians, between urban studies and landscape architectural history. Her time at UW allowed Thaïsa to hone both her transdisciplinary research methods and her leadership skills. These have prepared her to shape Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies program into an exciting and impactful academic community—one that is uncovering the fundamental but often overlooked ways that the constructed landscape reinforces power and privilege as well as the unrecognized ways that marginalized groups appropriate landscapes and public spaces, and in doing so, assert their presence and claim their space in society. Elizabeth Meyer, UVA, Professor

We thank Thaïsa for all that she has provided to our students, our department, college, and university community.

Thaïsa Way and her daughter at the summit of Mt. Rainier
Thaïsa Way and her daughter at the summit of Mt. Rainier, July 2017

Spring Design Build and Celebration at Kline Galland

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.

 

 

Professor Thaïsa Way Retires from the Department of Landscape Architecture

Thaisa Way

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.

Thaïsa exploring the design archives at Longue Vue Gardens, New Orleans.
Thaïsa exploring the design archives at Longue Vue Gardens, New Orleans. Photo: Longue Vue Gardens
Thaïsa Way had a foundational influence on my time in the UW Landscape Architecture Department. She encouraged me to build my MLA degree around my interest in landscape history when I wasn’t sure that such a path was possible. She demonstrated daily through her teaching and research the need to center history and historiography in the design process, highlighting with verve and style the continued relevance of key people, places, philosophies, and technologies. She created the space and opportunity for me to take risks, make discoveries, and engage broadly with the professional world. In short, Thaïsa has always exemplified the best qualities of a professor and a mentor, and I feel so very grateful to have studied with her.Betsy Anderson, NPS - Landscape Architect, MLA '14
Thaïsa and Rich Haag at Gasworks Park
Thaïsa and Rich Haag at Gasworks Park Photo: courtesy of TCLF

 

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.

I am incredibly grateful for the confidence and generosity Thaïsa has shown in me as a mentor, advocate, and teacher. I am continuously in awe of her willingness and ability to share the spaces she creates. This model of leadership—stepping forward to advance what is considered landscape history and stepping back to allow others to thrive in that space—continues to inspire my career and will continue to bring positive change to both landscape practice and history. Sara Jacobs, UBC, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. '20
A group of people standing and kneeling in front of drawn images
“Drawing Pictures In Your Mind” drawing workshop at Olson Kundig with Alan Maskin, March 2017. Photo: Ryan Patterson

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.

Faculty, staff, students and service providers gathered in wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, Intellectual House
Faculty, staff, students and service providers gathered in wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, Intellectual House, for a full day of discussion and brainstorming on the topic of homelessness and affordable housing. Many had never met each other before. November 2016. Photo: Urban@UW

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.

A group of people standing with three in front holding a street sign that reads "Marjorie Sewell Cautley Way"
At the installation of the Street Sign for the newly named “Marjorie Sewell Cautley” in Sunnyside, New York Photo: Friends of Sunnyside
There is no one like Thaïsa when it comes to building bridges between the humanities, sciences, and landscape history, between designers and design historians, between urban studies and landscape architectural history. Her time at UW allowed Thaïsa to hone both her transdisciplinary research methods and her leadership skills. These have prepared her to shape Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies program into an exciting and impactful academic community—one that is uncovering the fundamental but often overlooked ways that the constructed landscape reinforces power and privilege as well as the unrecognized ways that marginalized groups appropriate landscapes and public spaces, and in doing so, assert their presence and claim their space in society. Elizabeth Meyer, UVA, Professor

We thank Thaïsa for all that she has provided to our students, our department, college, and university community.

Thaïsa Way and her daughter at the summit of Mt. Rainier
Thaïsa Way and her daughter at the summit of Mt. Rainier, July 2017

WASLA | Call for Design Leads – Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures

For the next cohort UWASLA Youth Outreach; Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures, will be working with DRCC Youth Corps on a series of events to redesign Jack Block Park. We are looking for people interested in joining the events to lead the youth in the process of design. Please refer to the flyer for more information regarding the project. A LOOK INSIDE THE PROJECT: In the month of May, Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures, will be
working with DRCC Youth Corps on a design mock studio to redesign Jack Block Park. During each event we will have a presentation stating the goals of the day. Then in smaller teams the youth will collaborate on designing their ideal Jack Block Park. Leads will be present and work with the youth to answer questions and push their designs. We hope to empower students in the design field by letting them make their own choices, we are there to support and elevate their designs. Please note there is an opportunity to join the planning team that works on organizing the outline of each event. If you’re interested please fill out this short survey to have you listed!Email with any questions: arevam@uw.edu
Learn More!​​​​​​​

PAC Transit Oriented Drawing (TOD) on Saturday May 21st

Join the UW//LA PAC on Saturday, May 21st for Transit Oriented Drawing from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • Participants will receive a complimentary sketchbook, provided by Pacific Lighting Systems.
  • Event begins at 10:30 AM at the University of Washington station and head off to sketch the surrounding areas near the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate stations.
  • Event concludes with food and beverages at 12:30PM in Gould Court.
Please contact Jack Alderman or Shawn Stankewich with any questions.
When: May 21st
Where: University of Washington Station
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Jack Alderman: jalderman@hewittseattle.com
Shawn Stankewich: shawn@swiftcompany.com
***RSVP by Monday MAY 16th***

APWA (American Public Works Association) UW Chapter Officer Openings

Why join us?

Opportunities to develop relationships with local professionals in the field of public works to not only understand future career opportunities but also get direct leads on employment! We also host resume reviews as well as networking sessions and tours to public works sites like the UW Power Plant and SeaTac International Airport.

The field of public works is vast and includes all aspects of civil engineering, environmental science and engineering, construction management, and public administration. The Washington State chapter of APWA is the 3rd largest chapter in the country and is very active in education, advocacy and networking. Membership in the UW Chapter is alse free!

The UW officers’ primary role is helping organize one or two events per quarter, including educational presentations, field trips, resume workshops and networking events with local professionals. If you are interested in joining us for next year, please fill out this form(tinyurl.com/APWAOfficerForm).

Best,
APWA UW Chapter

Perlego $20,000 scholarship

The applications for 2022 open today (April 18th).

The deadline is August 20th.

These are the scholarship details:

  • One grand prize winner will receive a scholarship of $5,000/year for 4 years of college/university. In addition they will receive a 1-3 month internship after graduation.
  • Scholarship is open to current high school and college students meeting the following criteria:
  • Interested in/studying technology, computer science, or engineering
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Interested students can go here to learn more: https://www.perlego.com/mission-scholarship-bursary-programme