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BLA AND MLA PROGRAMS RANK FOURTH IN DESIGNINTELLIGENCE
CONFLICTED CITY: 2011-2012 RUNSTAD CENTER FELLOWS IN INSTANBUL

PRIDE POINTS: STUDENT AWARDS ROUNDUP
OUT/IN/FRONT 2012 PROJECT GALLERY ONLINE NOW

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BLA AND MLA PROGRAMS RANK FOURTH IN DESIGNINTELLIGENCE SURVEY OF DEANS AND CHAIRS

Landscape Architecture Programs

In the fall 2012 DesignIntelligence rankings release, both the Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and the Master’s of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs at the UW ranked fourth in the survey of deans and chairs. The BLA program was acknowledged for its "strong design-build program and community engagement," and the MLA program was cited for its "highly acclaimed faculty, community engagements and international opportunities." In the industry ranking survey, the MLA program achieved 13th (tied with Auburn, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas at Austin), maintaining its place in the Top 15.

CONFLICTED CITY: 2011-2012 RUNSTAD CENTER FELLOWS IN INSTANBUL

Runstad Fellows in Instanbul

In September 2011, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington selected a research affiliate fellows group to focus on themes of urbanism, real estate, and sustainable development. This interdisciplinary group consisted of two graduate students and two professors from the College of Built Environments, and two local professionals who are leaders in the field of sustainable development. The advantage of diverse disciplines was clear from the start as the group exchanged knowledge and perspectives that included urban and architectural design, real estate development and finance, construction and engineering, and historic preservation. The research team focused their studies on the city of Istanbul, Turkey as a case study to explore sustainable development within cities experiencing hyper-growth and what lessons could be learned for their own city of Seattle. 

Through a year-long process of research, writing, interviews, meetings and tours, the consistent topics that emerged among team members were ones of urban renewal, economic and environmental resiliency, and the impact of an emerging generation of young, creative-class entrepreneurs flocking to this urban center in recent years. The team's report summarizes the research conducted over the past year that included a seven-day intensive trip to this ancient city on the Bosporus. More specifically, the report outlines their observations on critical and current urban issues (e.g., how issues surrounding land-use, public space and transportation are affecting the people, buildings, economics and ecology of Istanbul). View the final report here

PRIDE POINTS: STUDENT AWARDS ROUNDUP

CM graduation ceremony

Congratulations to UW Construction Management student teams for taking first place in the 2013 Northwest Construction Consumer Council Student Bid Competition and first place in the 2013 Mixed Use Regional Student Competition. Construction management student competitions are offered through a variety of industry organizations, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with others and demonstrate their ability to solve construction-related problems by working on real-life challenges. By participating in competitions, students increase self-confidence in their abilities and promote their on-the-job skills to prospective employers.

Hsu entryLandscape Architecture student Shu Kuei (Tako) Hsu received an honorable mention in the category of architectural design for his entry in the Gowanus by Design - Water_Works Competition. Entitled 'Responsibility,' Shu Kuei's entry can be viewed here. Gowanus by Design received both entries from individuals and teams comprised of students and professionals from over 20 countries. These and other selected entries will be exhibited in the spring at a location near the Gowanus Canal in New York City.

OUT/IN/FRONT 2012 PROJECT GALLERY ONLINE NOW

OUTinFront

The department Landscape Architecture's OUT/in/FRONT 2012 Project Gallery is now online! Thanks to the Landscape Architecture's Professional Advisory Council members who have been particularly instrumental in supporting the department through professional outreach activities. The 2012 OUT/In/FRONT Professional Design Exhibition featured 37 projects from 27 firms and individuals.  Click to view the OUT/in/FRONT 2012 ONLINE GALLERY.