BlackLAN member Bryan Johnson featured in the New York Times
"Brandon Johnson developed a love of golf and course design at an early age," notes the New York Times. "He has mastered a field that has historically lacked diversity."
Stephanie Onwenu, 2021 Michigan ASLA Chapter Emerging Professional of the Year award recipient
Ms. Onwenu was also a speaker at The Michigan ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Michigan Chapter and newly founded Michigan Chapter ASLA Foundation. In addition, she was featured as 2021 ASLA Game Changer at ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture and was also a speaker at ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture.
Marc Miller invited to serve as a Judge for the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Marc Miller was invited to serve as a judge for the 2021 Philadelphia Flower show. Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the flower show is recognized nationally and internationally for a commitment to showcasing design with plant material to thousands of people annually. The 2021 flower show was the first time it was held in outdoors in FDR Park, designed by the Olmsted Brothers.
Marc Miller was invited to serve as a judge based on his role as a member of BlackLAN and his position as an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University. Miller was honored because “it was a unique opportunity to represent both BlackLAN and Penn State at this event. The invitation they extended to me and public horticulturalist/historian Abra Lee is part of their commitment to broaden the audience and impact of garden design.
Beyond the Flower Show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is committed to community outreach. Through tree planting programs, transforming vacant lots, and stormwater gardens, PHS engages communities across Philadelphia and the region with the belief that gardening, and horticulture belong to everyone. Working in partnership with community members they use gardening, horticulture, and job training as ways to make break down barriers to equity.
Dr. Diane Jones Allen and Austin Allen Honored as the 2021 Bracken Speakers at the Penn State University Department of Landscape Architecture
Dr. Diane Jones Allen and Austin Allen are the 2021 Bracken Speakers at Penn State University.
The Bracken awards are the highest level of recognition given out by the department to people that have impacted Landscape Architecture in meaningful and productive ways. The Allen’s were recognized for their commitment to equitable and just practices related to their community-based work in their office based in New Orleans, Design Jones.
Design Jones is focused on environmental justice, racial equity, and space making. The firm has worked to enrich the cultural and ecological vitality of cities and regions along the southern coast of the United States, as well as in Haiti. In New Orleans, they have completed many projects that re-embed the city in landscape systems while enhancing the cultural significance of the built environment.
Their lecture titled “Cooling Water: A Source of the African American Cultural Imprint in the Landscape,” focused on the significance of water in their design process for several significant projects. Ranging from African-American settlements in Texas after Emancipation to the Tamir Rice Memorial Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, they revealed the significance of water in African-American legacies, places, and forms.
A recording of the lecture will be accessible to the public at a later date.
- Vincent Agoe featured in Podcast
- Monique Bassey in conversation on Youtube
- Lys Divine Ndemeye, Canadian Landscape Designer, starts Podcast
- Letora Anderson, Asst. Professor at Uni. of Texas - Arlington, awarded Dean’s Equity and Inclusion Fellow
- Marc Miller featured in Landscape Architecture
- Everett L. Fly, Honored with Harvard GSD Inaugural Alumni Council Award
- Karen Phillips awarded 2021 LAF Medal and Founders’ Award
- Architectural League of New York - Walter Hood - President’s Award
- Sara Zewde featured in Architectural League Dialogue
- Ujijji Davis Williams featured in Landscape Architecture Foundation
- Ayana Belk student at Kansas State - Landscape Architecture Foundation Honor Scholarship for Inclusive Community Design
- Glenn LaRue Smith - Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship
- Monique Bassey named 2021 Marie M. Bickham Chair in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture