Posts tagged 2016b

April 5, 2017 – Rodrigo Abela has been selected as a member of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Industry Advisory Group. The group is comprised of up to 35 noted professionals drawn a wide range of design-related industries.

The IAG serves the U.S. government in a solely advisory capacity concerning industry and academia's latest concepts, methods, best practices, innovations and ideas related to OBO's mission to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support diplomatic staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

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March 29, 2017 – The groundbreaking celebration for Frost Tower took place today at 10:00am, 111 West Houston Street in San Antonio, TX. Grant Stewart, Managing Principal, attended with members of the project team. 

Frost Tower is a welcome addition to the San Antonio skyline, which has not seen a new office tower since 1989. The project is part of an ongoing revitalization of downtown San Antonio, and will connect San Pedro Creek and the adjacent Frost Park through the creation of a promenade along Houston Street. The 400,000 sq. ft. tower is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli for Weston Urban and its development partner KDC.

"Excitement is a word too-often used at groundbreakings, but after all of the work, time and manpower that went into the intricate public-private partnership agreement among Weston Urban, the City of San Antonio and Frost Bank, it's a valid one to describe the start of one of the city's largest developments." writes Katie Burke for the San Antonio Business Journal. GGN is pleased to be working with this exceptional team.

Photo: Mayor Ivy Taylor speaks at the groundbreaking (photo credit: Grant Stewart)

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March 23, 2017 – Today the Puget Sound Business Journal announced that GGN is designing the landscape for REI’s new headquarters at the Spring District in Bellevue, WA. Marc Stiles writes, “The campus will have bridges spanning courtyards, outdoor staircases, rooftop walkways and outdoor meeting spaces. There will also be outdoor space for employees to exercise and host community events.”

GGN is the landscape architect for the Spring District, being developed by Wright Runstad. In addition to REI, the development includes the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), currently under construction. Earlier in the development process, GGN completed the Spring District Park.

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March 24, 2017 – As part of the inaugural symposium of the University of Virginia’s Center for Cultural Landscapes, “Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South”, Sara Zewde will be presenting on the panel: “Spatializing Commemoration: Urban Design Considerations” on Saturday, March 25. Sara explores the relationship between ecology, culture, and memory as powerful departure points for design and urban planning. For the panel, she considers contested sites of commemoration in the southeastern United States and proposes methods of design to draw from their cultural memory.

This two-day event is sponsored by the UVA School of Architecture Sara Shallenberger Brown Cultural Landscapes & Sites Initiative. The symposium will take place at the UVA School of Architecture in Charlottesville, Virginia. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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March 21, 2017 – Shannon Nichol is the 2017 John R. Bracken Lecturer and Exhibitor at the Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture.

The exhibit of Shannon’s process drawings, titled “Repair Works,” is open today, March 21 at the Stuckeman School's Rouse Gallery. The exhibit features two projects, Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. Free to the public, the gallery is open from 9am – 4pm each weekday, and the exhibit will run through the end of May.

The lecture, to be delivered on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Stuckeman Jury Space, will build on the “Repair Works” theme of the exhibit. “GGN is particularly interested in design work that does not bestow a novel layer of design onto a clean-slate site, but, instead, strategically repairs a ‘messy and broken’ transitional space in a city,” says Shannon. “Novel solutions can be found by fixing the old, in situ systems and designs of a highly altered site.”

The Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture lecture series, which began in the spring of 1982, honors Dr. Bracken, who was among the first to graduate from Penn State with an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. Dr. Bracken served as department head from 1924 to 1957 and active professor emeritus until 1979.

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March 8, 2017 – Lesia Mokrycke is exhibiting work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery in Philadelphia. The group show, Landscape / Soundscape, explores the desire to unite image and sound through compelling pairings of photographs and soundscapes. The exhibit is on display through March 26.

Sound artists from throughout the United States and United Kingdom were invited to create soundscapes in response to photographs from Penn’s University Art Collection.  In tandem with Landscape / Soundscape, Lesia was selected through a juried selection of MFA projects to show her photograph titled Passage with an accompanying sound piece on the gallery’s digital interactive kiosk.

Lesia’s work, Passage, investigates landscape as a line walked between two undisclosed sites in Alberta’s boreal forest.  These routes of travel form connections between places, but they also point toward layers of history and time.  Traversals across landscapes mark points of orientation, inform decisions made at critical moments along a journey, and embody the implications of choices made and enacted.  A path is not just a line drawn across the surface of the ground, it is also a cultural expression.

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March 8, 2017 – Kara Weaver hosted a council meeting for members of the University of Washington’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC) at GGN. This is a volunteer group of practicing landscape architects, formed to support the Department’s teaching, outreach and fundraising efforts.

The PAC participates in various departmental events, serves as a sounding board for the Chair, and provides valuable input to the Department on professional issues, trends and opportunities as they relate to the teaching of landscape architecture. In doing so, it connects the Department with the professional community, grounds the program in actual practice, and expands the capacity of the Department at a time when University resources are limited.

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February 13, 2017 - GGN is pleased to be a founding sponsor of Drawing in Design at the University of Washington College of Built Environments. This year’s series opened on Friday evening with the lecture "Drawing the Pictures in Your Mind" by Alan Maskin, a partner at Olson Kundig. The lecture was followed by a weekend drawing workshop at Olson Kundig led by Alan, Laura Bartunek, and Jerome Tryon. Several university students attended the workshop, and they were joined by GGNers Katherine Liss, Stephanie Brucart, Therese Graf, and Philip Syvertsen.

Update, March 8, 2017: A video of Alan Maskin’s lecture “Drawing the Pictures in Your Mind” is now available, with an introduction by Thaisa Way.

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GGN Announces Summer Internships

February 1, 2017 - GGN is currently seeking applicants for 2017 summer internships in Seattle, WA and Washington, DC. Landscape architecture students, architecture students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

GGN’s internship program offers exposure to many facets of the profession and the opportunity to work on projects with all members of the firm. Interns will gain experience in design, documentation, coordination with other disciplines, project management, marketing, and construction administration.

More information is available here. Should you wish to post information about this opportunity, a printable flyer is also available at the link.

Application deadline is February 21, 2017.

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Jill Fortuna Joins the CLARB Exam Writing Committee

January 23, 2017 - Jill Fortuna began her 4-year term as a volunteer on the Clarb LARE Exam writing committee this past weekend in Orlando, FL, where she met with her group, "Section 3 - Design," for two full days to review, edit, evaluate and re-write part of the Landscape Architecture licensing exam. She will continue this process with Clarb twice a year. "The organization, intelligence and sophistication of the committee that Clarb has formulated is truly inspiring and impressive,” said Jill. “I feel confident that we are working to keep the LARE exam relevant and of the highest standards for today's candidates and for the future of the Landscape Architecture profession, and I’m thrilled and honored to be part of such a dedicated team." 

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GGN Announces New Hires and Promotions

January 11, 2017 - Several talented individuals have joined the staff of GGN and a key team member has been promoted.

Stephanie Brucart joins as a Designer with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also taught several design studios and drawing classes.

Therese Graf joins as a Designer, bringing her national and international experience and studies.

Seth Gray joins as an Associate. With 13 years experience, he has collaborated significant projects throughout the Midwest.

Rikerrious Geter has been promoted from Design Intern to Designer. Rikerrious is a LEED Green Associate and recent graduate of the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design.

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Emily Scott Volunteers with Architecture in the Schools

January 9, 2017 – This evening, Architecture in the Schools  is hosting a reception at the District Architecture Center for students and parents to celebrate the work created during the Fall 2016 semester. As part of this program, Emily Scott volunteered in a kindergarten class for eight weeks at Bunker Hill Elementary School teaching “Motion and Stability.” The students learned about measuring, stability, shapes, and materials. In the photo above, the students are drawing the shapes they see on the façade of the school.

Architecture in the Schools (AIS) matches volunteer architects with public school teachers to enrich the learning experience of children. AIS has reached more than 20,000 children in metropolitan Washington DC schools all wards of the District since it began in 1992. 

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Lower Rainier Vista Receives AN's Best of Design Award

December 15, 2016 - GGN is honored to announce that Lower Rainier Vista has received The Architect's Newspaper's Fourth Annual Best of Design Award in the category of Landscape>Public, which we celebrate with our collaborators at the University of Washington, KPFF Consulting Engineers - Seattle, Sellen Construction, Merlino Construction Inc., AEI/Pivotal Lighting Design, and Hilfiker Retaining Walls.

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Oceanwide Center Groundbreaking

December 8, 2016 – Oceanwide Center celebrates groundbreaking in the Transbay area of San Francisco. Jill Fortuna joined San Francisco officials, the client group, and other members of the design team at the Oceanwide Center for the celebratory ceremony.

A new mixed-use development, Oceanwide Center will provide 1.35 million square feet of office space, 650,000 square feet of residential units and expanded public space. The expanded streetscape will feature a pocket park and ‘urban room’ plaza with lush tropical vegetation and water features. Aspiring to be LEED Platinum, the project will maximize planting and storm water re-use as well as offering improved connectivity and space recreation.


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Sara Zewde Presents at Brown University

December 3, 2016 - The National Museum of African American History and Culture, together with Yale University and Brown University, hosted an international symposium of scholars, activists, and designers grappling with the public memory of slavery titled, “Slavery and Global Public History Conference: New Challenges.” Sara presented her project at the Valongo Wharf of Rio de Janeiro, as part of the panel Building and Design of Slave Memorials and Museums.

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November 23, 2016 - The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) 2016-2017 Board of Directors began its term at last month’s LAF Annual Board Meeting in New Orleans. Jennifer Guthrie of GGN became President, succeeding Kona Gray of EDSA. Adam Greenspan of PWP became President-Elect.

“The Landscape Architecture Foundation is completing a momentous year – LAF’s 50th anniversary, a successful Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, and the creation of The New Landscape Declaration. I am delighted to continue to work with the LAF board and staff, as President, to envision the next 50 years of the organization,” said Jennifer Guthrie.

Over the past 50 years, LAF has been a noted leader in its mission to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment. Today, this is accomplished through three core pillars of the organization: Research, Scholarship, and Leadership. Through generous donations and grants, LAF has invested $2.6 million in research initiatives and has awarded over $1.25 million in scholarships and fellowships.

“This is such a pivotal and exciting time in LAF’s trajectory as an organization,” said LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch. “As we begin to advance the vision laid out in our New Landscape Declaration, Jennifer’s leadership and strategic thinking will be essential.”

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Lower Rainier Receives WASLA Honor Award

November 9, 2016 - The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce announced today that GGN has been awarded the 2016 Washington American Society of Landscape Architecture Honor Award for the Lower Rainier Vista and Pedestrian Bridge. “Nineteen projects won 2016 Professional Awards from the Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects at a ceremony held recently at Januik|Novelty Hill Winery in Woodinville. There were 51 submissions for the awards, which honor excellence in landscape architecture design. The projects are by Washington-based landscape architects and can be located anywhere in the world.”

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GGN Announces New Hires

November 1, 2016 - Several talented individuals have joined the staff of GGN.

M. Humphreys joins as an Accounting Assistant bringing over a decade of experience with Seattle design firms.

Lauren Schmidt joins as a Designer with an expertise in Revit and BIM. She returns to the United States after several years of working in the Netherlands.

Lesia Mokrycke joins as a Design Intern. Lesia is completing her Masters of Landscape Architecture and Master of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kate Mortensen joins as an Administrator in Seattle. Kate has a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington, and experience at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

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