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Graduate landscape architecture students, faculty members earn honors from Texas ASLA

Design proposals including a master plan that aims to attract new residents and visitors to a small town, were among five winning entries earned recently by landscape architecture students and faculty from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Their projects were recognized and displayed to landscape architecture professionals throughout the state at Innovate, the 2023 Texas ASLA Annual Conference in Fort Worth April 25-27, 2023.

A master plan for a small Texas town that maintains its culture, attracts visitors and new residents earned Paloma Quintero, Sharon Rodriguez, Paola Usin and Leslie Garcia Vazquez an Undergraduate Student Design Award of Excellence in Planning and Analysis.

A 50-acre, pedestrian- and bike-friendly housing and retail development that promotes diversity and access to public amenities and preserves a coastal marsh wetland earned Yinglan Hao, Urvi Joshi, Christian McWilliam, Patrick Rivera and Siyuan Zhao a Graduate Student Design Honor Award in Urban Design.

“Landscape Architecture for Sea Level Rise: Global Innovative Solutions,” a book of case studies that demonstrates innovative landscape architecture solutions to sea level rise, earned Galen Newman, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, and former landscape architecture student Zixu Qiao an honor award in Research and Professional Design.

Strategies that address the urgent need to reduce exposure to hazardous substances during floods in the Galena Park, Texas area earned Rui Zhu and Tianyi Wang a Graduate Student Design Merit Award in Planning and Analysis.

A plan to transform a small town with connected trails and spaces that feature live oaks, crepe myrtles, and feathered grasses earned Jacob Allen, Thomas Dean, Sean Robinson, Arturo Rodriguez, and Hannah Stalb an Undergraduate Student Design Merit Award in Planning and Analysis.

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