AMERCIAN BEAUTY: The University of Washington is one of 31 institutions singled out on MSNBCs list of the most beautiful college campuses. Says MSNBC, “Americas most beautiful college campuses have the power not only to sway indecisive high school students, … but also to attract tourists. Their appeal comes through varying combinations of awe-inspiring architecture, landscaping, and surroundings. To choose among more than 2,600 four-year American colleges, we considered these three key factors as well as architects expert opinions.
A photo of the UW on the website was captioned as follows: “The eye-catching Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus has 35-foot-high stained-glass windows and elaborately gilded vaulted ceilings that soar 65 feet in the air. In the distance stands Mount Rainier.”
HAPPY FELLOW: Daniel Winterbottom, a professor of landscape architecture, has been named one of 40 new fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architecture. Fellowship recognizes contributions to both society and the profession over many years. Of the groups 16,000 members, 660 are fellows.
Winterbottom is known for therapeutic gardens. In the last several years, he and his students have created gardens in Guatemala, next to the largest garbage dump in Central America and in Seattle for military veterans in treatment at the Veterans Affairs Hospital and their families. Most recently, Winterbottom and his students created a series of therapeutic gardens for disabled children in Croatia. ASLA awarded the project a 2011 student award for community service.
GOLDEN CIRCLE: Landscape Architecture Chair Jeff Hou was one of three people receiving Golden Circle Awards from the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Seattle. The awards honor those who have made significant contributions to the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. This years theme was Building Legacy, centering on community development.