Graduate Architecture

Posted April 22, 2020
  • James Andrew Billingsley

    James Andrew Billingsley (MArch’20, MLA’20)

Weitzman Student Wins ‘Avery Review’ Essay Competition

James Andrew Billingsley (MArch’20, MLA’20) was awarded Second Prize in The Avery Review’s annual essay competition.

The Avery Review is a monthly journal of critical essays on architecture published by Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Published in the April 2020 issue, Billingsley's essay, “An Arboretum at the End of an Epoch,” explores an alternative portrait of Greenland that is layered, complex, diverse, and rogue.

The Review recognizes the winning pieces as “evidence of a commitment to deepening our collective understanding of the objects of architectural thought, and we are proud to present them here.”

The essay stemmed from independent research Billingsley conducted in Greenland, which was funded by the Susan Cromwell Coslett Traveling Fellowship.

Established in memory of former Assistant Dean, Susan Coslett, the fellowship is awarded to a School of Design student for summer travel to visit gardens and landscapes.

Billingsley is also the blog editor for The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology and a co-founding editor of Cline, an independent journal for emerging writers in landscape architecture and allied disciplines.