Weitzman News

Posted October 7, 2022
  • "Arboretum Within Wetland," by Wenqi Yang, proposes a new immersive experience along the banks of the Anacostia River at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

  • “A New Central District and Balanced Community” by Yihan Huang, Zhimin Ma, Linda Ge, and Ruoxin Jia envisions a new town center for the Candelaria section of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Weitzman Students Earn ASLA Awards for Designs in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico

Two projects from students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Department of City & Regional Planning have been recognized by The American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) with 2022 student honor awards. Their designs propose an immersive experience for visitors to the wetlands along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., and a sustainable housing solution for a landscape-prone site in Puerto Rico. The awards represent the highest recognition of future landscape architects.

Wenqi Yang (MLA’22)⁠
Faculty Advisor: Karen M'Closkey⁠
“Arboretum Within Wetland”⁠
Category: General Design
The jury said of this proposal, “The evocative imagery beautifully conveys the character of a landscape that looks simple but is actually richly complex.”⁠

Yihan Huang (MLA’22), Zhimin Ma (MLA’22), Linda Ge (MCP’22), Ruoxin Jia (MLA’22)⁠
Faculty Advisors: David Gouverneur and Judy Venonsky⁠ (MLA'07)
“A New Central District and Balanced Community”⁠
Category: Residential Design
The jury said of this proposal, “The proposal to convert a large surface parking area into a densely populated and economically diverse town center in a hurricane-stricken part of Puerto Rico is as practical and logical as it is visionary. It is easy to see how the design's focus on social equity and placemaking would create a beautiful and healthy community.”

The students will be honored at the ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape in San Francisco, California.⁠

Projects by James Corner Field Operations, the firm of Professor Emeritus James Corner (MLA’86), and OLIN, the firm of Practice Professor Emeritus Laurie D. Olin, received ASLA Professional Awards. The OLIN project honored, Soilless Soils, was co-led by Rebecca Popowsky (MLA’10, MArch’10), research associate at OLIN and lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture.