Posts tagged 2019
Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge Receives ASLA Honor Award

October 2, 2019 - Yesterday the American Society of Landscape Architecture announced that GGN’s Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge has received a National ASLA Professional Honor Award in General Design. The awards presentation ceremony will take place during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, to be held this November in San Diego, California.

The Lower Rainier Vista project at the University of Washington extends and completes the Olmsted Brothers’ historic vision for a monumental campus axis within the intersection of many transportation modes. The design references Collegiate Gothic forms and uses fine-tuned grading of the Vista to frame views, integrate modern infrastructure, and provide new ADA connections. A new land bridge facilitates multimodal integration of pedestrians, cyclists, buses, and automobiles between the new light rail station at Husky Stadium, the University of Washington Medical Center, and the University campus heart. KPFF was the structural and civil engineer on the project.

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing nearly 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

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Kathryn Gustafson Receives the 2019 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

September, 18, 2019 - Yesterday the International Federation of Landscape Architect's President, James Hayter, announced at the 2019 World Congress in Oslo, Norway, that Landscape Architect Kathryn Gustafson has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow to a landscape architect.

In her acceptance speech, Kathryn said, "The sky is ours - everything under - take good care of it."

The award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

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GGN is Hiring Designers in Seattle and DC

August 9, 2019 - GGN is hiring in both of our locations, Seattle and Washington, DC, for a full range of experience levels. Come join our diverse group of passionate, creative, and committed designers, who bring a wide array of personal and working paths into the profession, while sharing humble curiosity and a love for challenging technical and practical puzzles.

Find more information about how to apply at

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The Plaza: Hazelwood Green's first public space, and civic heart

August 29, 2019 - The construction of the Hazelwood Green Plaza is underway. A two-acre space south of the historic Mill 19 building, the Plaza is the first outdoor public space and civic heart of the 178-acre riverfront development.

“There will be something for each person to delight in: from bugs and butterflies in the pollinator gardens, to flexible spaces for impromptu play or planned events, to water elements to dip one’s toes, to shady seating areas for quiet conversation. A slice of the past and a bright future will fuse together in this unique place,” said Kathryn Gustafson.

The rendering of the Grove is by Laurel Li. The water feature is framed by shaded, intimately-scaled greens, where users are invited to pause, socialize, and relax amidst lush plantings and the calming sounds of water.

Read the full press release on the Hazelwood Green website.

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Jennifer Guthrie & Bernie Alonzo Participate in UW Tour During SCUP Conference

June 12, 2019 - This Sunday, Jennifer Guthrie and Bernie Alonzo will help lead the afternoon portion of the University of Washington campus walking tour that is taking place during the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Conference in Seattle, WA. The sold-out tour led by Kristine Kenney, University Landscape Architect and Director of Campus Design and Planning, is highlighting recent projects that enhance the campus’ character during a period of rapid growth for the University of Washington. The featured GGN projects are West Campus Residences & Streetscape, Mercer Court & UW Farm, Life Sciences Building, and Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge.

With UW Arborist Jaclynn Eckhardt; Caitlyn Clauson, Chair of Interdisciplinary Initiatives at Sasaki; and Romil Sheth, Principal at Sasaki.

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GGN and Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center Host Event for Landscape Architects

June 10, 2019 - This past weekend, GGN and Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center hosted a discussion about Pacific Northwest Natives with the Seattle-area landscape architecture community. Oxbow has been an important partner by providing research-backed advice, rare inventory, and particularly high-quality plants that finally showcase the beauty of our native plants to a broader audience. They are also working hard to produce information that can be used by other nurseries when attempting to propagate, package, and market Pacific Northwest Natives in ways that minimize the environmental impacts associated with the conventional nursery industry. The discussion, which took place in the Native Plant Nursery, was led by Oxbow Executive Director Lisa Pawlek Jaguzny, Oxbow Native Plant Manager Bridget McNassar, and GGN Founding Principal Shannon Nichol.

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GGN Announces Promotions

June 10, 2019 - GGN is pleased to announce the promotions of Kara Weaver to Senior Associate, Laurel Li to Associate, Alex McCay to Associate, Hannah Vondrak to Associate, and Joanie Walbert to Associate.

Kara Weaver, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, has nearly 15 years of experience designing and documenting public projects ranging from conceptual and interpretive master plans to precise detailing and tight grading over structure. Kara shines on projects that pose complex challenges, require intensive coordination between disciplines, and provide opportunities for innovative and elegant problem solving. She is currently the project manager for the Civic Park at Hemisfair in San Antonio, TX, the Master Plan for John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park in Austin TX, and the Health Sciences Education Building at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

Since joining GGN in 2015, Laurel Li has contributed her great artistry and sensibility for landscape to many of GGN’s projects. Laurel’s commitment to her project work and her teammates is an inspiration to all at GGN. Through her design leadership and collaboration, Laurel smoothly moves projects forward. She has worked on Umekita 2 in Osaka, Japan, Oceanwide in San Francisco, CA, and Cedar Town Center Master Plan in Woodinville, WA.

Alex McCay’s background in business provides a unique understanding of the complex interplay of urban systems. Alex displays structure and discipline in his work that translates into strong ideas and the ability to develop those ideas into buildable landscapes. His design work at GGN has included Hazelwood Green Plaza in Pittsburgh, PA, the Civic Park at Hemisfair in San Antonio, TX, and Rainier Square in Seattle, WA.

Hannah Vondrak bases her elegant design solutions in rigorous technical skill. In addition to her strong verbal and illustrative communication skills, Hannah has the unique ability to meld thoughtful design intent into true experiences. Since joining GGN in 2016, she has worked on the Athens Chancery Major Rehabilitation at the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, 900 New York in Washington, DC, and the REI Headquarters in Bellevue, WA.

Since joining GGN in 2015, Joanie Walbert, ASLA, PLA, has developed into a strong and versatile landscape architect who successfully navigated the path to licensure in 2018. Joanie’s wide range of design and communication skills have benefitted several of GGN projects from public parks to private campuses, including Smith Cove Park in Seattle, WA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle, WA, and Long Beach Civic Center in Long Beach, CA.

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National Design Awards Panel with David Malda

April 5, 2019 - David Malda is participating in the National Design Awards panel moderated by Cara McCarty, Director of Curatorial at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Fellow panelists are Chris Reed, Founder and Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Richard Roark, Partner, OLIN, and Craig Wilkins, architect, academic, and author.

The discussion is this coming Thursday, April 11, from 5:30-8:00pm at MoGo Warehouse 6545 Saint Antoine Street, Detroit, MI. Part of the Design Core Detroit’s Drinks x Design, tickets are complimentary with RSVP.

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Kona Gray Leads Drawing in Design Workshop

April 1, 2019 - This past weekend, Kona Gray, FASLA, of EDSA led a Drawing in Design Workshop with participating University of Washington College of Built Environments students.

Kona brings his international design experience, in 30+ countries, and personal design process to the Drawing in Design series, which is hosted by GGN and UW Landscape Architecture with Dr. Thaisa Way. 

(Photo by Thaisa Way)

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Re-grounding the Modern Northwest: Bringing Regionalism Home with Historically Informed Design

February 28, 2019 - Today Shannon Nichol presented "Re-grounding the Modern Northwest: Bringing Regionalism Home with Historically Informed Design" at the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association 42nd Annual Provincial Parks and Grounds Spring Training in Langley, BC.

This photo of Shannon by Rachel Ormiston of the New Burke Museum captures the delivery of native plants from Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center to the New Burke.

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GGN to Develop John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park Master Plan

February 21, 2019 - The Austin City Council confirmed on Thursday that GGN has been selected to develop a master plan for John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch. The 330-acre plot of parkland was purchased by the City of Austin in 2003.

GGN looks forward to working with the Austin community to articulate a vision for the park that guides its future development and use. The resulting master plan will serve as a framework for preliminary design concepts and outline a phased implementation strategy.

GGN will collaborate with some of Austin’s most exceptional thinkers and community connectors, including dwg. for local landscape architecture, Pink Consulting for community outreach, Siglo Group for environmental site assessment and mapping, DAVCAR Engineering Services for civil engineering, HVJ Associates for cost estimating, and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. National expertise is contributed by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates’ Austin office for transportation, mobility, and parking, Sherwood Design Engineers for sustainability and site engineering, TheatreDNA for event and theatrical planning, and HR&A Advisors for economic analysis.

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Learning Landscapes Panel with Tess Schiavone

February 6, 2019 - Tess Schiavone is a panelist at this evening's Learning Landscapes discussion sponsored by AIA Seattle at the Center for Architecture & Design.

Brought to you by AIA Commitee on Architecture for Education, the panel discussion is moderated by Kas Kinkead of Cascade Design Collaborative with Peter Donaldson, Sustainability Ambassador Program; Vinita Sidhu, Site Workshop; and Mark Tilbe, Murase.

(Photo of Mercer Court & UW Farm by Catherine Tighe).

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Designing Grounded Respites in the Global and Virtual Age

January 30, 2019 - Today Shannon Nichol will present at the iLandscape Conference in Schaumburg, IL. In her lecture, Designing Grounded Respites in the Global and Virtual Age, Shannon will share proven methods in designing landscapes such as the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The focus of the presentation will be on the importance for landscape designers to find and express the often-hidden and overlooked local-landscape characteristics and cultural stories. Local plants, building traditions, and landscape patterns will be discussed incorporating seemingly regular, vernacular context into designed landscapes. 

Sponsored by the Millennium Park Foundation.

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