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American Society of Landscape Architects highlights student award winners of Latinx descent

 

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recognizes and celebrates Latinx heritage and culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15–October 15, 2018. ASLA proudly highlights several students of Latinx descent who recently won ASLA 2018 Student Awards.

ASLA’s annual Student Awards program honors the best work by landscape architecture students at universities across the country in several categories, including general and residential design, analysis and planning, research, communications, collaboration, and community service. The winners, selected by a prestigious jury in a highly competitive process, will be honored at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on Monday, October 22.

El Retorno a la Tierra/Going Back To the Land

This project, created by Nicole Rivera-Ramos, Student ASLA, presents strategies that Puerto Rican communities could use to produce their own food and be self-sufficient. It received the ASLA 2018 Student Award of Excellence in the analysis and planning category. Rivera Ramos is a student State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF).

Public Space Design Guidelines for Saltillo, Mexico

For this project, which received an ASLA 2018 Student Honor Award in the communications category, a team of students at the University of Texas at Austin worked with the Planning Institute of Saltillo (IMPLAN) to develop urban design guidelines for the city of Saltillo, Mexico. Their objective was to improve the quality of life of citizens through better public spaces. These guidelines are currently being distributed in Saltillo.

The student team included: Gabrielle Comeau, Student ASLA; Jiahui Huo, Student ASLA; Rem Kielman, Associate ASLA; Maria Pia Navarrete Garcia, Student Affiliate ASLA; Miles Payton, Student ASLA; Emilie Potter, Student ASLA; Kelsey Ross, Student ASLA; Roha Teferra, Student Affiliate ASLA; Huixiang Wang, Student ASLA; Matt Wagoner, Student ASLA; Haley Wagoner, Student ASLA.

Croatian Monastery Continues to Heal: A Community Restorative Garden for Youth, the Blind, and the Elderly with Disabilities

In this project (pictured above), which received an ASLA 2018 Student Honor Award in the general design category, Nathania Martinez, Student ASLA, led a team of students at the University of Washington to design a publicly accessible garden in Rijeka, Croatia. The students applied the principle of universal design throughout much of the garden to ensure enjoyment by all in an equitable manner.

The team also included Issamar Aguilera, Student ASLA; Nicky Bloom, Student ASLA; Bryana Boileau, Student ASLA; Margaret Chalmers, Student ASLA; Yuan Chen, Student Affiliate ASLA; James Ditto, Student ASLA; Boo Y. Jang, Student ASLA; Yan Li, Student ASLA; Kun Lyu, Student ASLA; Jean Ni, Student ASLA; Aaron Parker, Student ASLA; Ye Sun, Student ASLA; Monica Taylor, Student ASLA; Hanyu Wang, Student ASLA.

Complete awards criteria, project information and images can be viewed at: https://www.asla.org/2018studentawards

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