Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge
May 22, 2017 – The University of Virginia Club of Washington, DC and the University of Virginia School of Architecture presents a reception and panel discussion on the design and construction of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on Thursday, May 25 starting at 6:00pm.
Rodrigo Abela will be a featured panelist along with Zena Howard, moderated by Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts.
May 3, 2017 – Jennifer Guthrie had the exceptional honor of presenting the 2017 Landscape Architecture Foundation Founders’ Award to Michael Reynolds, Acting Director of the U.S. National Park Service. With this highest tribute, the LAF acknowledges the National Parks Service for its leadership, ethics, and works of landscape architecture. The LAF Founders’ Award is conveyed to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time.
Photo credit: Dan Smith / LAF
May 1, 2017 – The 2017 University of Virginia Alumni Exhibit “Spaces of Diplomacy” features the work of GGN’s Rodrigo Abela, Jill Fortuna, Chihiro Donovan, and Peter Malandra as it celebrates the collaborative and influential role of the School’s alumni community on the public realm.
As the Landscape Architect of the Ankara New Embassy Compound in Ankara, Turkey (with Ennead Architects) and the American Embassy in Athens, Greece (with Ann Beha Architects), GGN’s alumni contribute to the exhibition’s examination how design engages with relevant diplomatic issues. The exhibition looks at how the physical design of an embassy and its landscape relates to the cultural and climatic context of a place, all while meeting functional demands that contribute to the civic life and urban fabric of host cities around the world.