Alumni Feature

Jocine Velasco (MLA ’21), Rhys Coffee (MLA ’23), and Ken Yocom are working closely with the Burke Museum, the UW Native American Advisory Board, UW Grounds and Maintenance, and the design firm GGN to study the health and viability of a camas meadow recently designed and installed at the Burke Museum on the UW campus. The collaboration is working to develop interpretive strategies to communicate the importance of this habitat type in the Cascade region for indigeneous communities while also seeking to understand how the community of plants in the meadow responds to different management strategies.

Student Feature


Stephanie Roh (MLA ’22)

Third-year MLA student, Stephanie Roh completed a Valle Scholarship in Scandinavia in Autumn 2021. Her project, “Space For UsDesigning Landscapes of Belonging for Immigrants in Copenhagen + Malmö” focuses on the role of public space in helping immigrants feel welcome in their new homes. Stephanie notes, “I decided to study this topic at the intersection of landscape architecture and immigration based on my growing passion for landscape justice issues as well as my previous experience as an exchange student in Copenhagen in 2018, where I became aware of the struggles that immigrants face in Danish society.


Seyyada Burney (MLA ’23)


Lauren Corn (MLA/MARCH ’23)

As part of their Spring 2021 Ecological Systems studio, second-year MLA students, Seyyada Burney + Lauren Corn, explored the complicated history of Seattle’s largest city park.  Their project, “Fenced In/ Locked Out: Social Justice in Seattle’s Discovery Park” is a StoryMap that “combines archival research on the histories of Discovery Park with site observations taken inside and along the edges of the Park – this boundary is at times porous, and at others, fiercely defended at the expense of equity and justice. A short concluding animation conveys how a combination of park policies and neighborhood group pressure continues to obstruct ethnic and racial diversity in this area.”

WIN ’22 Department JEDI Committee Updates

Spring Town Hall Meeting


1.14.22 Students from Denny International Middle School design interventions at Jack Block Park – more updates from UWASLA below.

The Dept JEDI Committee is organizing a department-wide Town Hall event this April  to consider how to center JEDI work in Landscape Architecture. This will be an opportunity for all of us to come together as a community to discuss how to incorporate JEDI work into our field and consider how justice and equity relate to our focus on Urban Ecological Design. Members of our PAC will also be there. This is an important opportunity to help shape the direction of the department. Stay tuned for updates!

Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities ☀ Info Session (UC Berkeley Summer Program)

Disc* is an immersive five-week summer program for college students offered by UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. It explores an interdisciplinary and multi-scalar approach to design and analysis in the urban environment. Disc* participants engage in the discourses of urban innovation, and develop creative solutions to tackle the urgent challenges global cities face today. Disc* is open to eligible students from any college or university. No prior experience in design is necessary.
Sign up for the Disc* Information session
Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities:

On March 29, 2022 at 5pm PT, you will learn more about the UC Berkeley summer program. Sign-up for the virtual session now.


Grounding the Green New Deal: A Summit on Design, Policy, and Advocacy

April 9, 12-5pm*  National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC *Doors open at 11am for pre-event exhibit and networking. There will be a post-summit reception until 7pm.

More panelists confirmed! Hear from influential leaders working on issues of climate and equity: Bryan Lee Jr, Kate Orff, Colette Pichon Battle, Nikil Saval, Billy Fleming, Dana Bourland, Anne Whiston Spirn, and more.

There is an essential role for the built environment disciplines to play in addressing the climate crisis and translating the goals of decarbonization, jobs, and justice into on-the-ground practices and built works. Through panel discussions with leading changemakers, this summit examines the intersection of policy, design, and advocacy to identify ways to accelerate individual and collective actions to effect change. The summit builds from the Green New Deal Superstudio, a year-long open call which attracted the participation of more than 3,000 students and practitioners in the built environment disciplines. Some 670 design and planning projects were submitted to give form to the goals of the movement-led vision, and a select set will be on display during the event.



Undocu Week
Leadership Without Borders
March 7-11, 2022 | 5-7 PM

Undocu Week is hosted by Leadership Without Borders (LWB) and consists of a series of weeklong events that provide knowledge, resources and more to the UW community and beyond! This is the week’s itinerary—all events will be from 5-7pm in the ECC Unity Suite!

There will be fun prizes at select events that include Undocu Week swag, music, food and more! We welcome everyone to join us as immigration is an intersectional issue that impacts ALL communities. Keep an eye out for more information about each even on Instagram. We can’t wait to see you all, come join us!

CALL for Applications: Drawing in Design Spring Workshop (due Friday 3/18)


APRIL 22 – 24, 2022

Drawing offers a practice for thinking and an important mode of communicating ideas in design. Since 2016 the Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with our professional partners, has convened a quarterly series of public lectures and weekend workshops for students that focus on representation in design.

This quarter we will be led by Milenko Matanovic (

We will draw to keep our minds, eyes, and hands coordinated. We will render the first line, then the second line, and so on. We will try to capture our admirations for what enchants us. We will start with an open mind, release expectations, remember the qualities we care about, and take one step at a time. I hope that you will find joy and grow trust.
The workshop will convene the weekend of April 22-24.  To enroll in this workshop you must be available for the entire weekend, from 5:00 pm on Friday, April 22 to 1:30 pm Sunday, April 24, 2022.

If you have questions, please contact Ken Yocom at by UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Department of Landscape Architecture.

Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice

*Note: This is a presentation by Landscape Architecture Adjunct Assistant Professor Cleo.

Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice

Cleo Wölfle Hazard with Stephanie Clare
Friday, March 11, 2022, 7:30PM
The Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, Washington 98101
A livestream of this event will be available.

From the grasslands of the Columbia Plateau to the rich valleys west of the Cascade Mountains, There are over 70,000 miles of rivers in Washington state. Rivers are vital to our region’s ecosystems, hosting a wide diversity of living things in their waters and along their banks – our beautiful state would not be what it is without our waterways. How might we better understand rivers and ensure their vitality now, and in the future?

According to queer-trans-feminist river scientist Cleo Wölfle Hazard, the key to our rivers’ futures requires centering the values of justice, sovereignty, and dynamism. Wölfle Hazard’s new book, Underflow: Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice, meets at the intersection of river sciences, queer and trans theory, and environmental justice, and explores river cultures and politics at five sites of water conflict and restoration in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Incorporating work with salmon, beaver, and floodplain recovery projects, Wölfle Hazard weaves narratives about innovative field research practices with a queer and trans focus on love and grief for rivers and fish. Wölfle Hazard frames the book with the concept of underflows — important, but unseen parts of a river’s flow that seep down through the soil or rise up from aquifers deep underground. Wölfle Hazard explains that there are underflows in river cultures, sciences, and politics, too, where Native nations and marginalized communities fight to protect rivers.

In discussion with UW associate professor Stephanie Clare, Wölfle Hazard describes why rivers matter for queer and trans life and how science can disrupt settler colonialism.

Cleo Wölfle Hazard (he/him, ze/hir, they/them) is assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, coauthor of Thirsty for Justice: A People’s Blueprint for California Water, and coeditor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.

The Forest History Society Presents:

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Bringing Nature to the City”
by Laurence Cotton
Monday, February 14th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Eastern
This 90 minute presentation is approved for 1.5 Units of CFE Credits from the Society of American Foresters. April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field of landscape architecture. Join historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton (originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”) as he does a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Olmsted–writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America.  A practicing public historian, and writer/producer of historical films for PBS, Mr. Cotton was trained as a cultural anthropologist and brings that lens to bear on much of his work.  Enhance your webinar experience by watching the 55-minute PBS film “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” that Laurence consulted on, available through Amazon Prime Video or for free here: