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Alumni Spotlight: Yuqing Zhang (MLA ’21)

This month we are highlighting alumni Yuqing Zhang! Yuqing graduated from the MLA program in 2021. With an interest in historical preservation and community engagement, she loves to combine holistic understandings of the past and present to project landscapes into the future. She grew up in the historic core of Suzhou, China. Frequent visits with her family to the city’s traditional Chinese gardens inspired her to earn a BELA from Suzhou University of Science and Technology. While there she returned to the gardens each week to sketch, observing change over the course of the day and the year. Driven by her curiosity about the Western landscape, Yuqing earned her MLA, with an Urban Design Certificate, from the University of Washington. Her capstone study “Bridging the Blue and Green” received the WASLA Student Merit Award. After graduating, she gained experience at GGLO bringing a range of urban development and streetscape work from design to construction. Since joining Reed Hilderbrand in 2022, Yuqing has worked on the Franklin Park Action Plan and on several institutional projects across the country. She spends her free time getting to know Boston’s history and the many famous and unique green spaces in the area. Read more about Yuqing’s career in landscape architecture…

Kove Janeseki featured in UW Farm Weekly Newsletter (10.11.23)

Kove Janeski (UW Farm Operations Lead) writes: The UW Farm has been experimenting with cereal cultivation this growing season: we have grown and are processing multiple wheat varieties at the Center for Urban Horiculture Farm site and are also testing out a small planting of quinoa within Mercer Court’s Chenopodiaceae plot. Alongside the Farm’s other chenopods, such as beet and chard, the Farm’s quinoa has grown over 6 feet tall!

Sherry Xu (MLA ’22) in Kubota Garden Foundation Newsletter

Meet Sherry Xu When I first entered Kubota Garden, I was struck by its unique and traditional Japanese landscape features. I wanted to know more about how such a beautiful Japanese garden was designed, built, developed, and maintained, so I decided to volunteer with the Kubota Garden Foundation. To learn more about Kubota Garden, I decided to participate in the “Tuesdays in the Garden” events first. During the weekly mulching and weeding activities, I was fortunate to meet many volunteers…

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…