Co-authors Professor Elen Deming (University of Illinois) and Simon Swaffield (Lincoln University, New Zealand), were named the 2015 recipients of the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Research. The award is for their book Landscape Architecture Research: Inquiry, Strategy, Design (2011; Chinese translation 2013) and was presented at the Chapter’s Spring Celebration event in Chicago in April. Through the kindness of generous donors, several UIUC landscape students were able to attend the event.
Former Department Head Vincent Bellafiore passed away on May 2, 2014. Vince's leadership as head from 1985-2000, and faculty member until 2007, gave our department stability, strength, and cohesion. Vince began his career at the design firm Sasaki, Dawson, and Demay and went on to serve the profession as President of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1995-96. He was named an ASLA Fellow in 1989 and a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture in 2012. He leaves an enduring legacy.
Visiting Designer-in-ResidenceTawab Hlimi's submission of the proposed project "Carolinian Way" was one of two winning projects chosen by the David Suzuki Foundation Homegrown Design Challenge (Toronto). It was exhibited at the Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto in summer 2014.
Landscape history professor and Interim Head D. Fairchild Ruggles will co-direct an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on
Interim Head D. Fairchild Ruggles was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians at the annual meeting (April 15-18, Chicago).
Amita Sinha and students in her 2014 spring design workshop developed proposals for India's holy site, the Ghats of Varanasi on the Ganga.