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David Minnery & Guy Michaelson (Photo by Iain Robertson)

David Minnery and Guy Michaelson*

Minnery’s Rain Garden at Adams Elementary
Two years of work culminated in the unveiling of a “rain garden” at Seattle’s Adams Elementary School in the Ballard neighborhood. David Minnery (MLA ’08), one of two landscape architects involved in the design/build project, worked with the school’s first-grade students to create the rain garden’s initial design. Seattle’s KING-5 television featured Minnery and others connected to the project in a special segment for the local morning show New Day Northwest that aired on April 30. Watch the segment on King 5. Read the article.


Photo of Jennifer TaylorTaylor Receives 2010 President’s Medal
Professor Jennifer Taylor (MArch ’69) received the 2010 inaugural National President’s Prize from the Australian Institute of Architects. The prize is given in recognition of Taylor’s prodigious lifelong achievements and contributions to research, to architectural debate and discourse, and to the advancement of architecture and the built environment. Taylor is an adjunct professor of Architecture with the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Trulson Profiled in New York Observer
The New York Observer profiled Derek Trulson (BS ’89), currently international director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York Corporate Services Business. Contrary to what the article states, Trulson received his bachelor’s degree from the UW in construction management. Read more.

Holl Featured in Architectural Record
Steven Holl (BArch ’71) was featured in an Architectural Record article entitled “Steven Holl Prevails in Global Competitions” (April 9, 2010). Read the article.

Kimura International’s Master Plan Honored
Glenn Kimura's (MUP '76) firm, Kimura International, was awarded the Hawai'i Local Chapter APA Outstanding Plan for 2010 for its Master Plan of Kailua Park on the island of Hawai'i.

Photo of Meghan MontgomeryMontgomery Launches Travel Business
2010 has been a busy year thus far for Meghan Montgomery (BLA ’04; BA ’04). In addition to receiving her Landscape Architecture license for New York State, Meghan also launched a new business called Cultures East that specializes in architectural and cultural travel to Southeast Asia: Visit her site.


Photo of Strickler and HewesStrickler and Hewes Have Chance Meeting
On Feb. 28, Margot Strickler (MUP ’93) and Patrick Hewes (MUP ’93) ran into one another at the Museum of the City of New York after – what else? – a lecture by New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts. It had been a while (possibly since graduation) since they last spoke, but both immediately recognized one another and took up the conversation right where they left off. Margot is busy raising a family in Des Moines and Patrick works as a planning consultant in greater New York City.

DesignLAB Featured in ARCHITECT Magazine
Partner Sam Batchelor’s (MArch ’04) Boston firm, DesignLAB, was profiled in the May 2010 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. Receiving a 21st place rating in the “Architect 50” list of top firms (up from 114th last year), the five-year old “fast-rising” firm is experiencing significant growth despite the current economy. Read more about DesignLAB.

Schemata Workshop Featured in PSBJ
Founding partner Grace Kim’s (MArch ’06) firm, Schemata Workshop, was featured in an April 9 article in the Puget Sound Business Journal; the firm’s strong focus on sustainable design is highlighted. Read the feature.

Olson Kundig Recognized by Fast Company
In its March issue, Fast Company magazine ranked Jim Olson’s (BArch ’63) and Tom Kundig’s (MArch ’81; BA ’77) firm Olson Kundig Architects at number six in its top 10 listing of the most innovative architecture companies in 2010. Read the article.

Photo of Rocky PiroPiro Inducted into AICP College of Fellows
Rocky Piro (Ph.D. UDP ’93) was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in April. Election to the College is based on significant contributions to the urban planning profession and society. In February, Piro was part of the 12-member delegation from the U.S. that met with religious leaders in Europe, including Pope Benedict XVI, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox churches, and the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. Read more.

* Photo by Iain Robertson

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