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William Sullivan 
Welcome from Department Head William Sullivan

As you'll see in this newsletter, it's been a rich and wonderful couple of months in LA at Illinois.

In the short articles below, you can see some pictures from the ASLA meeting in New Orleans where our graduate students were presented with the Honor Award for Collaborative Design and where Professor Deming joined the Landscape Architecture Foundation Board as Vice President for Research.

You'll also read about an exciting new effort in Design-Research that two of our professors help lead, a huge new grant to our Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, wonderful news about a new book and an encyclopedia, a major campus award, and our plans for Sasaki Day.

Please do join us on campus for Sasaki Day on May 3, 2017. We will have a variety of events, a tour of campus and our building, and a wonderful talk by Shannon Nichol of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

Wishing you all the best of the holidays and the new year!

2016 ASLA Student Awards

Landscape Architecture graduate students Mamata Guragain, Xiangrong Jiang, Dongying Li, Fatemeh Saedi-Rizi, Rose Schmillen, Tum Suppakittpaisarn, and Architecture graduate student Carlos Flores, won the 2016 Honor Award for Collaboration from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Their project, Seeding Sideyards, focused on landscape and well-being in the Belmont-Mantua neighborhood near downtown Philadelphia. Read more.

(a) From left: Dongying Li, Rose Schmillen, Mamata Guragain, Fatemeh Saedi-Rizi, Xiangrong Jiang, Carlos Flores, Tum Suppakittpaisarn. (b) Seeding Sideyards image. (c) Mamata pauses after accepting the award on behalf of the team. 
More Excitement from the ASLA Expo

Professor Elen Deming was named Vice President for Research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation at the 2016 ASLA meeting in New Orleans. At the Expo, she participated in the panel Publishing for Success. She and the other panelists explored multiple opportunities in which practitioners might publish results that grow from their work. Professor Deming discussed academic journals, citation reports, peer review process, and working with editors. Read more.

(a) Publishing for Success Panel at ASLA. Left to right: Lake Douglas (LSU); Kurt Culbertson (CEO of Design Workshop); Robert Brzuszcek (Mississippi State U); Elen Deming (University of Illinois); David Carle and Sarah Carle (University of Nebraska). (b) More than 80 alumni and friends joined Carol Emmerling-DiNovo, Jessica Henson, and Bill Sullivan at the ASLA tailgate in New Orleans. (c) Shane Coen stopped by to say hello. 
Professors Mary Pat McGuire (left) and Conor O’Shea (right) are Fellows in the college’s Design-Research Initiative. (Photos by Alan Cong.) 
Design Research Initiative

The Design Research Initiative is a collaboration among eight faculty fellows in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Operating from different design disciplines, the fellows work to define design research and its role within a research-intensive university. Current fellows have two years to develop their work and to create foundational tools for new and existing faculty to tap into. Their work will create a platform for design research inside and outside the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
Read more.

Deal, second from the left, with SEDAC group members. 
Professor Receives $8M Grant for Design Assistance

Professor Brian Deal is the Director of the Department of Landscape Architecture’s Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). SEDAC’s goal is to provide advice and analysis to public entities in Illinois so they can increase their energy efficiency and reduce Illinois’ energy footprint.

Recently Deal won an $8 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce to provide programing and services through SEDAC to public entities in Illinois. Deal observes, “when we engage people in the process of reducing our public sector energy footprint, we help them understand a variety of energy issues and how to become more efficient in using energy. Our work has resulted in tremendous savings to communities in Illinois.” SEDAC worked with the University’s State Farm Center on their renovation and new lighting.

We’re looking forward to all the beneficial work that will come out of this grant, as well as the opportunity for our students to participate with SEDAC in putting the face of Landscape Architecture on these processes. Read more.

Cover of the film "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" 
Professor Named Editor

Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles has been named the Art and Architecture Editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam. This designation is a singular prestige: the enormous multi-volume work (published by Leiden) is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive, authoritative scholarly tool in the field of Islamic studies.

Professor Ruggles is also among the expert scholars featured in the documentary film Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, produced and directed by Robert Gardner and narrated by Susan Sarandon. Read more.

The cover of "Cultural Landscapes of South Asia: Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management" 
Another Book by Professor Sinha

Professor Amita Sinha’s latest book, in collaboration with Kapila D. Silva, is Cultural Landscapes of South Asia: Studies in Heritage Conservation and Management. The book is in production now and will be published by Routledge in 2017. Among the contents is an essay co-authored by Landscape Architecture Ph.D. student Nubras Samayeen and Sharif Shams Imon (Assistant Professor, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao, and President, International Council on Monuments and Sites, Bangladesh). Read more.

Rebecca Ginsburg 
Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement

Professor Rebecca Ginsburg’s work as director of the Education Justice Project, which has involved several LA faculty and graduate students over the years, received the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement for 2015–16. EJP is a comprehensive college-in-prison program that provides for-credit courses to individuals incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center.

Since May, Professor Ginsburg has been to the White House three times to consult with the Obama Administration on higher education in prison programs. Read more.

Shannon Nichol, the 2017 Sasaki Day Lecturer 
Sasaki Day 2017

We’re delighted to announce this year’s lecturer for Sasaki Day will be Shannon Nichol, one of the founding partners of GGN. Her designs, including Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, and Boston’s North End Parks, are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts.

Shannon's recent and current projects include Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge at the University of Washington, India Basin Waterfront Park in San Francisco, Seattle Streetcar: City Center Connector, and Washington State’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Please hold the date and join us on campus for Shannon’s lecture and all the festivities for Sasaki Day on May 3, 2017. Read more.