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LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Faculty and Alumni Win Top ASLA Professional Awards

10/05/2011 11:12 AM

BATON ROUGE – Former and current Faculty members and alumni of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture recently received several top awards in research and design from the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, in cooperation with the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture as part of their 2011 Professional Awards program.

 

Brad Cantrell, the Jon Emerson/Wayne Womack Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Reich School, received an Honor Award in the Research Category for “Backyard Farm Service: A Business Plan for Localizing Food Production.” Cantrell was a member of a team comprised of 2008 master’s degree graduate Patrick Michaels, now with Manning Architects in New Orleans; 2009 Master’s graduate Natalie Yates, and associate ASLA member who is now an assistant professor in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis; and former Reich School adjunct professor Aron Chang, who is with Waggonner & Ball Architects in New Orleans.

 

The project centered on the food delivery system in the U.S., which has evolved around the points and lines of infrastructure rather than the specifics of climate, soils and water. The research took the form of a business plan that looked to the existing model of lawn-service providers in order to suggest methods for localizing food production, enhancing ecological diversity and food security and physically reintegrating agricultural production into the fabric of our cities and suburbs.

 

The ASLA Awards Jury commented that the Backyard Farm Service project is “a transformational shift of a simple idea. Very clear and very concise. It took an idealistic premise and made it real, backing it up with solid research. Understandable for the home owner. ”

 

Other LSU alumni receiving national ASLA awards include:

 

General Design Category, Honor Award

 

  • Reich School 1978 bachelor’s graduate Doug Reed, for “Contrasting Shade: Building a Sustainable Urban Grove Central Wharf Plaza, Boston” by Reed Hilderbrand, Watertown, Mass. Reed served as the principal on the project.

 

Residential Design Category Honor Awards

 

  • Reich School 1976 bachelor’s graduate Kurt Culbertson, for “Snake River Retreat, Jackson Hole, Wyo.” by Design Workshop, Inc., Denver. Culbertson served as a principal on the project.
  • Reich School 1976 bachelor’s graduate Kurt Culbertson, for “Galisteo Modern, North Central New Mexico,” by Design Workshop, Inc., Denver. Culbertson served as a principal on the project.
  • Reich School 1978 bachelor’s graduate Doug Reed, for “Beyond Pictorial: Revising Philip Johnson's Monumental Beck House, Dallas,” by Reed Hilderbrand, Watertown, Mass. Reed served as a principal on the project.
  • Reich School 1978 bachelor’s graduate Doug Reed, for “Half-Mile, Hand-Built Line: Berkshire Boardwalk, Stockbridge, Mass.,” by Reed Hilderbrand, Watertown, Mass. Reed served as a principal on the project.

 

Analysis and Planning Category Honor Award

 

  • Reich School 1976 bachelor’s graduate Kurt Culbertson, for: “South Grand Boulevard ‘Great Streets Initiative’, St. Louis,” by Design Workshop, Inc., Denver. Culbertson served as a principal on the project.

 

The honors are especially noteworthy following a previous announcement that a number of both current and recently graduated students of the program garnered five national student awards in this year’s ASLA National Student Awards program, the most of any university with students that submitted work.

 

More information on the projects can be found online at www.asla.org/2011awards/421.html.

 

The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture is among the top-ranked programs in the nation and such honors bestowed on their outstanding students, faculty and alumni is once again direct evidence of the school’s success over the last 60 years.

 

To learn more about LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, visit www.landscape.lsu.edu.

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