Alumni Letter

Dear Alumni,

The ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles is less than a week away!

This year we’ve received a total of three national student awards, and one National Olmsted Scholar!

Honor Award in General Design
Concrete Nurse Logs: Spawning Biodiversity from Ballard’s Century-Old Locks
Hillary Pritchett, MLA/MArch ’16, Associate ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Ken Tadashi Oshima; Ken Yocom; Robert Corser

Honor Award in Communications 
Tactile MapTile: working towards inclusive cartography
Jessica Hamilton, MLA ’17, Student ASLA
Faculty Advisors: Thaisa Way, ASLA; Anat Caspi; Ben Spencer

Honor Award in Student Community Service
Earth and Sky Garden: A Therapeutic Garden for the Puget Sound Veteran’s Affairs Hospital
Design/Build, Class of 2016: Dominique Alviar, Colleen Brennan, Byron Brink, Shan Gao, Shuyi Gao, Fern Huynh, Gina (Esther) Kim, Yae Lee, Arisa Nakamura, Lyna Nget, Eunjee Oh, Jae Jung Park, Aryuna Poselenova, Hayden Tauscher, Arthur Ung, Jianghezi Zheng
Client: VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Faculty Advisors: Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA; Jeremy Watson; Scott Jones, Patrick McCleary

This year, we would particularly like to recognize Gustafson, Guthrie, Nichol (GGN) for receiving the 2017 ASLA Firm Award. This award is the highest honor the ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architecture firm in recognition of distinguished and influential work. High praise and a well deserved award for founding principals Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie (BLA ’93), and Shannon Nichol (BLA ’97) and the rest of their team. We thank them for their continued dedication and commitment to the profession and the department.

For those of you who are attending the Annual Meeting, please be sure to join us at the Alumni Tailgate and/or LAF Annual Benefit honoring our National Olmsted Scholar David de la Cruz (MLA ’17).

More details below:

Friday, October 20
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Union Station Historic Ticket Concourse
Proceeds support LAF research, scholarships, leadership programs

Saturday, October 21
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Los Angeles Convention Center
Free for meeting registrants
EXPO-fee for others

See you in the City of Angels,

Ken Yocom, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Washington