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VIENNA, VA – The Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation has announced the winners of the fourth annual Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition as Andrew Albright from Ball State University, Birgitte Marthinsen from California Polytechnic State University, and Barbara Barnes, Cindy Martin, Barbara Smith-Steiner, and Janet Salsbury from University of Washington.

The purpose of this annual design competition is to gather outstanding examples of landscape architectural work which clearly demonstrate how the practice of landscape architecture and licensing affects the quality of life. Each student or group of students received a cash award of $1,000.00 from the Foundation.

The winning entries covered a wide-range of issues impacting public health, safety and welfare, many of which are not clearly seen or easily understood by the public and legislators:

  • Where Corridors Converge: Linking Multi-Modal Transportation Networks to Land Use and Urban Design, by Andrew Albright from Ball State University, is based on the principle that transportation and land use are closely related and should be planned together. The judges praised Albright for taking a very important, contemporary issue and providing actual design solutions as opposed to only dealing with it at the theoretical level.

  • Stishni Village: Sustainable Residential Design, by Birgitte Marthinsen from California Polytechnic State University, explains that a sustainable community continually adjusts to meet the social and economic needs of its residents while preserving the environment’s ability to support it. The judges were very impressed with the site analysis. They also saw this entry as an excellent example of how landscape architects can design better communities.

  • Old Schools Still Teach, by Barbara Barnes, Cindy Martin, Barbara Smith-Steiner, and Janet Salsbury from University of Washington, developed a safe and welcoming park for a neighborhood in an urban area where open space is scarce. The judges felt that the project’s real-world construction experience set it apart from other entries. This was extremely relevant to the competition since landscape architecture does not end with a successful design. The project has to be built safely.

The judges for the fourth annual Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition were: Kenneth J. Backman, FASLA, Principal of the Omaha, Nebraska firm Kenneth J. Backman, Landscape Architect and Past President of the Foundation and CLARB; Paul D. Kissinger, ASLA, Associate Principal of EDSA, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Patrick A. Miller, Ph.D., FASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and President-elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects; and Robert H. Mortensen, FASLA, Principal of the Falls Church, Virginia firm Mortensen Associates and Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The honoree of the competition, Wayne Grace, dedicated his life to improving the quality of life in his hometown of Macon, Georgia through the conscientious practice of landscape architecture, and he worked endlessly to advance the cause of licensure in his state and across the U.S. and Canada. His efforts not only ensured and improved the protection of the environment and the public, but they also greatly increased the professionalism and respect of landscape architects.

The competition is open to any student or team of students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate Landscape Architectural Degree Program. Please visit the “Student Resources” section of CLARB’s website (www.clarb.org) for a copy of the competition’s guidelines and to see award-winning entries in their entirety. The next deadline for submissions is May 31, 2004.


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