If you weren’t able to join us for our May 2014 Commencement, please enjoy this video of the event. Here are some highlights:
Remarks from our esteemed guest speaker and landscape architecture alumni, Keith Bowers, of Biohabitats: 15:10
Doctoral degrees: 42:00
Master’s degrees: 46:00
Undergraduates in Multidisciplinary Studies: 52:10
Undergraduates in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences: 53:50
Undergraduates in the Division of Design and Merchandising: 1:05:50
Undergraduates in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources: 1:14:00
Undergraduates in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences: 1:26:10
Undergraduates in the Division of Resource Management: 1:29:50
Remarks from WVU President E. Gordon Gee: 1:44:30
You can also download a transcript of the text of Keith Bowers' speech .
“Creating and delivering the Master of Landscape Architecture program has been in the works for over eight years and is a testament to faculty efforts,” said Peter Butler, an assistant professor in the program. “Our first group of students graduated last year and have found high levels of employment opportunity within the discipline,” Butler continued.
With a core of traditional landscape architectural design skills, students were prepared for professional practice while also focusing on niche subject areas in their final projects. The subject areas examined included brownfields reclamation within an urban environment, alternative energy solutions as a driver for economic development, watershed scale analysis and flood attenuation and response, and ecological stormwater design for interpretation.
“As the program develops and builds over the next several years our graduates will be prepared to address current pressing environmental and social problems within contexts ranging from the rural to the urban, and to provide leadership in creating positive change,” Butler said.
Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary system of self-regulation. The LAAB accreditation process evaluates each program on the basis of its stated objectives and compliance to externally mandated minimum standards. The program conducts a self-study to evaluate how well it is meeting its educational goals, then LAAB provides an independent assessment, which determines if a program meets accreditation requirements.
“We are thrilled with this accreditation,” said Daniel Robison, dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. “It speaks not only to the work of our faculty to make it happen, but also to the relations between design, environment and societal needs that the Davis College works to breathe life into for our students and in our research and service.”
Robison also noted that the external review team remarked that WVU’s program was a good as any first-time MLA review they have done.
Provost Michele Wheatly echoed Robison’s enthusiasm for the program and its recent accreditation.
“We are already the flagship institution in the state of West Virginia and we aspire to national prominence,” she said. “Having a forward-thinking program like this one accredited affirms all that we are doing here at WVU.”
Programs leading to first professional degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s levels in the United States are eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAB.
The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognizes the quality of educational programs leading to first professional degrees in landscape architecture at the bachelor’s and master’s level accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Accreditation Council. It regards the criteria for accreditation and many of the individual program guidelines to be comparable to those employed by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of ASLA.
WVU’s undergraduate landscape architecture program is accredited by LAAB through 2017. WVU is home to West Virginia’s only accredited academic programs in landscape architecture.
The Biohabitats practice can best be defined as a blend of sound science, place-based design and ecological democracy. It is rooted in deep ecology with an underpinning that all species have equal rights, and that we have an ethical obligation to ensure that our actions do not interfere with their evolutionary potential. It is ingrained with the intent to design with ‘place’ and all of its complexity, diversity and life. And it is infused with a sense of compassion, fairness and equity for all peoples and their communities.
Bowers was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2011.
For a full roster of WVU’s Commencement speakers, please visit http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/04/14/wvu-colleges-announce-2014-commencement-speakers.
With the click of a camera shutter, a West Virginia University graduate student strengthened the connection with her classmates and turned a normal, everyday task into an art project.
Earlier this month, Arathy Gowda, a landscape architecture student in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, organized a photobooth party for students, faculty and staff in her program.
The event was born out of a desire to foster relationships and communication academically, socially and culturally in a non-academic, fun environment.
“Design students undergo tremendous stress emotionally,” Gowda said. “We are constantly challenged to think out of the box, be creative and receive constructive criticism which can take its toll. What better way to combat the stress than with a ‘picker upper’ party?”
Party-goers were encouraged to get decked out in a variety of props like wigs and oversized plastic glasses, then step into the photobooth for a snap shot.
“The party was about putting names to faces and building strong relationships in the landscape architecture program,” she said. “This was a fun way to accomplish that and also provide photographic mementos.”
The Martinsburg Herald-Mail covers the presentation of “ecologically-minded redevelopment concepts for the historic industrial site along Tuscarora Creek” by 26 students from WVU’s landscape architecture program:
WVU Assistant Professor Carrie Moore said the students tried to not only embrace the historic nature of the site, but the city of Martinsburg itself.
Moore said the involvement of WVU’s landscape architecture students with the Matthews Foundry project jibes with the program’s interest in service learning. They often assist communities who can’t afford to do the design work, Moore said. The experiences also give the students a real world design project outside the classroom, she added.
“Most landscape architecture programs in the country do not travel as much,” Moore said. After factoring feedback from the community, Lewis anticipates the project committee will select what design aspects they prefer.
According to a recent study by our colleagues at Utah State University, West Virginia University’s landscape architecture program has the fourth-lowest tuition in the United States. That makes our highly regarded academic program one of the best values in the nation!
To find out more about our outstanding—and affordable—education in landscape architecture, please contact Charlie Yuill, associate professor and chair, at 304-293-5674 or email@example.com, or Renee Conneway, student recruiter, at 304-293-2292 or Renee.Conneway@mail.wvu.edu.
Daniel Jencks, of Falling Waters, W.Va., a design studies major in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, conceived and led the execution of a mural celebrating the heritage of Camden on Gauley and capturing its essence.
Over the summer, the Community Design Team (CDT) made a visit to the small town in Webster County. Jencks went along “primarily to observe and take a few notes,” he said.
“During the town council meeting we attended, the mayor expressed the town’s desire to have a mural painted on the side of a deteriorating brick building in the center of town,” Jencks said. “After the meeting, I told Jenny Selin, the CDT coordinator and the supervisor for my internship, that I like to paint and would definitely be available to design a mural for Camden on Gauley. Jenny loved the idea and I spent the rest of my internship creating and tweaking designs for the mural.”
“At our first community meeting with Camden City Council, Daniel took notes and listened,” Selin said. “By the next public meeting, he was presenting preliminary designs and wrangling with council members over which occupations and pursuits they wanted featured in the final work.
Jencks researched what Camden on Gauley is known for and how its people spent their time. A few weeks after his first visit, he presented about five different ideas for the mural to the town council.
“The council was great at telling me what they liked about a few different designs, and together we combined those concepts into one new idea for me to work on,” he said. I spent some more time refining this idea and took notes from Jenny about any new suggestions the town gave. Towards the end of my internship, the council approved the design.”
The design celebrates the most prominent industries of Camden-on-Gauleymining, logging, and healthcare. It also highlights the recreational traditions of hunting and fishing. The Gauley River has had a vast impact on the history of the town and continues to hold importance today.
Writing for the Herald-Mail, Matthew Umstead covers ongoing efforts to redevelop the Matthews Foundry in Martinsburg, W.Va.:
Built before the Civil War, the building at 420 N. Queen St. was one of five projects in Main Street communities across the state that the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative chose earlier this year to receive technical assistance.
Environmentally-sensitive design ideas rendered by WVU landscape architecture students are to show outdoor space surrounding the foundry that complements the structure’s history along Tuscarora Creek, according to WVU Assistant Professor Carrie Moore.
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Nina Chase, alumna of our landscape architecture program, has been named a “Landscape Architect to Watch” by Green Building and Design Magazine:
“Landscape architecture needs to make a bigger splash,” Nina Chase says confidently. She should know. Chase is already making waves in the industry, having earned her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at West Virginia University (WVU), her master’s degree in the same at Harvard University and having joined Boston’s Sasaki Associates in November 2012. Her work of better integrating the natural landscape with the urban world is making her a frontrunner in her field. Oh, and there’s one other thing. She’s 25 years old.
Read the full story at Green Building and Design.
Via WVU Today:
Recent and ongoing construction projects by West Virginia University and WVUHealthcare will have an economic impact of more than $1 billion, with nearly $700 million benefiting Monongalia County and surrounding areas, a study by the University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research concludes.
The review of 20 construction projects beginning in June 2011 with completion planned by November 2015 found that the total $742.9 million budget of those projects would create more than 7,100 jobs and $35 million in local and state tax revenue almost 4,700 of the jobs and $23.3 million of the taxes them in and around Mon County.
Visit WVU Today for the full story.