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Catherine De Almeida

Trained as a landscape architect and building architect, Catherine’s research examines the materiality and performance of waste landscapes through exploratory methods in design research and practice. Her work has ranged in scale from large bio-cultural and sacred indigenous landscapes, to site design and architectural work, to furniture design and materials research. Through her design work, research, teaching and engagement, she explores ways of creating multiplicity within a single entity, space, building or site to form greater efficiencies and performative capabilities in design. Since 2014, Catherine has developed her design research—landscape lifecycles—as a holistic approach that synthesizes multiple programs, forming hybrid assemblages in the transformation of waste landscapes and materials. She uses landscape lifecycles as a framework for investigating the performance, visibility, citizenships, emotions and injustices of waste materials and landscapes.

For several years, she was a researcher for the Materials Collection at Harvard University, where she analyzed and developed new methods for the lifecycle assessment of materials used in built environments. This led to a passion for incorporating the lifecycles of materials and sites in the multi-scalar design of waste landscapes. She was awarded a Penny White Fellowship to research the lifecycle and use of geothermal energy in Iceland, which led to her graduate thesis, “Energy Afterlife: Choreographing the Geothermal Gradient of Reykjanes, Iceland,” and has been published and presented in various outlets. More recently, she was awarded several grants to continue her research in Iceland, focused on the Blue Lagoon and its waste reuse strategies. She continues to expand this research through documenting case studies of waste landscapes that have evolved from bottom-up processes, advancing landscape lifecycles as a critical lens for evaluating the landscape performance of existing sites that engage with waste reuse.

Before joining the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW, Catherine was an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she developed courses examining the multi-scalar implications of materiality and waste. Prior to this, Catherine was a lecturer at Cornell University where she taught undergraduate and graduate design studios focused on brownfield transformation. She was also an Associate at Whitham Planning and Design in Ithaca, New York where she worked as a landscape architect and planner on numerous urban infill projects, including the transformation of a deindustrialized Superfund site into a mixed-use district known as the Chain Works District.

Catherine received her MLA from Harvard University and her BARCH from Pratt Institute. She is a certified remote drone pilot, an Honorary Member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, and a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies. Her work has been supported by numerous grants, and recognized in national and international publications and media outlets, including the Landscape Research Record, Journal of Landscape Architecture, and Journal of Architectural Education.

Julie Parrett

While focusing on public urban projects in professional practice and teaching, Julie’s work explores landscape architecture as a practice that incorporates innovative landscape and ecological strategies as a framework and model for designing dynamic landscapes which evolve over time. At the base of this approach are the fundamentals of design – the physical and spatial qualities created. The challenge is to create places that are articulate, site specific and well-crafted while remaining adaptive and open.

Currently as a Lecturer in the Dept of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Julie’s teaching investigates connections between reading and seeing landscapes and design methodology. As a practicing landscape architect, Julie heads a small consultancy firm and has previous professional experience developing award-winning and visionary large-scale public sites and urban planning projects as well as intimate neighborhood parks. As Design Director for the People’s Waterfront Coalition, an organization she helped to co-found, she developed an award-winning proposal for re-envisioning Seattle’s downtown waterfront without the Alaskan Way Viaduct as a dynamic water’s edge with parks, beaches, recreation paths, event space and an urban street integrated into a functional shore ecology, and a transportation solution that supports a sustainable and livable future city.

In addition to the University of Washington, Julie has taught landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She holds a MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and was a Fellow with CHORA Institute of Architecture and Urbanism in London. Additionally, Julie currently sits on the Seattle Design Commission and Seattle’s Public Art Advisory Council.

Ken Yocom

Ken Yocom is Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He also has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, serves on the steering committee of the PhD in the Built Environments Program, and is core faculty for the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning within the College of Built Environments. He is currently serving as the Interim Faculty Director for Urban@UW. He primarily teaches seminar and studio courses in theory, ecology, and urban design.

Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect with professional experience in the environmental consulting and construction industries, he is a graduate of our MLA program (2002). Ken also earned his PhD from the Program in the Built Environments (2007), where he researched nature and society relations through the contemporary context of urban ecological restoration practices.

Ken’s current research, teaching, and practice explore the convergence of urban infrastructure and ecological systems through adaptive design approaches that serve to demystify emerging strategies and technologies for sustainable and resilient development. More specifically, he investigates how water –in all its forms- shapes the past to future functions and patterns of our built environments. He has written extensively on the themes developed from his work including two books, Ecological Design (with Nancy Rottle, Bloomsbury, 2012) and NOW Urbanism: The Future City is Here (with Jeff Hou, Ben Spencer, and Thaisa Way (editors), Routledge, 2014). He also regularly contributes to professional practice and scholarly publications on issues of global biodiversity, urban environmental governance, ecological design, and contemporary nature and society relations in the urban context.

In his teaching, Ken emphasizes the development of a holistic and integrated approach that embraces the complexity of our built environments, yet discreetly explores the intersections and overlaps that frame our understanding and appreciation of particular places. He has a strong belief that collaboratively, the allied design professions can act as catalysts in recognizing, utilizing, and transforming the inherent potential of our built environments into places that are socially equitable, environmentally just, and economically sustainable.

Daniel Winterbottom

Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA, a landscape architect with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. His firm, Winterbottom Design Inc., focuses their practice on healing/restorative gardens. His research interests include the landscape as a cultural expression, ecological urban design and the role of restorative/healing landscapes in the built environment. He has been published widely in Northwest Public Health, Places, the New York Times, Seattle Times, Seattle P.I., Landscape Architecture Magazine. He has authored “Wood in the Landscape” and has contributed to several books on sustainable design, community gardens, therapeutic landscapes and community service learning.

He has developed several programs including the participatory design design/build program in 1995 where with his students he works with communities to design and build projects that address the social and ecological concerns of the community. He has completed projects in Seattle, New York City, Bedford Hills New York, Mexico, Guatemala, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Croatia. In 2006 he developed the Healing Garden Certificate program at the University of Washington.

Thaisa Way

Thaisa Way FASLA, FAAR, BS UC Berkeley, M’ArchH UVa, PhD Cornell University is an urban landscape historian teaching and researching history, theory, and design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle. She was the 2015-2016 Garden Club of America Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Currently on leave from UW, Dr. Way is serving as Director of the Garden & Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute under the stewardship of the Trustees of Harvard University.

Dr. Way has published and lectured on feminist histories of landscape architecture and public space in cities. Her book, Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design (2009, University of Virginia Press) was awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Award in 2012. A second book, From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag (University of Washington Press 2015) explores the narrative of post-industrial cities and the practice of landscape architecture. She has edited two books in urban environmental history and practice including Now Urbanism (Routledge, 2013) with Jeff Hou, Ken Yocom, and Ben Spencer, River Cities/City Rivers (Harvard Press, 2018).  She recently completed two monographs, GGN Landscapes: 1998-2018 (Timber Press, 2018) and Landscape Architect A.E. Bye: Sculpting the Earth, Modern Landscape Design Series (Norton Publishing, forthcoming).

Dr. Way served as Chair of Faculty Senate, UW as well as Chair of the Senate Committee on Planning and Budget from 2016-2019. As a historian she was Chair and Senior Fellow for the Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies  Program (2011-2017), member of the jury for the ASLA professional awards, and has served as a design reviewer, history consultant, and collaborator for numerous projects all with the intention to improve our public realm and build a stronger democracy. She was the founding director of Urban@UW, a coalition of urban researchers and teachers collaboratively addressing complex urban challenges and Chair of Faculty Senate at the University of Washington.

Urban@UW : seeks to build understanding of cities—from people, buildings, infrastructure, and energy to economics, policy, culture, art, and nature—beyond individual topics to dynamically interdependent systems, so that we can holistically design and steward vibrant and welcoming cities in which future generations will thrive.

Lynne Manzo

Curriculum Vitae

Lynne Manzo, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She teaches in both the BLA and MLA programs. Dr. Manzo is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the PhD Program in the Built Environment and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning, and an Adjunct Professor in the UW School of Social Work.

As an Environmental Psychologist by training, Professor Manzo specializes in the study of the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings. Her view of the environment includes not only natural and built settings, but also the socio-cultural and political milieu that shape the appearance, meanings and uses of space.

Research Focus

Prof Manzo’s interests and areas of research focus on people-place relationship in urban space through a social justice lens, with particular attention to place attachment, place meaning & identity, as well as the politics of place. She has spent years conducting housing research and participating in advocacy efforts for affordable housing. This includes investigations of grassroots organizing and building rehabilitation efforts among residents of landlord-abandoned buildings in Harlem and the South Bronx, and conducting research for the Seattle Housing Authority, the King County Housing Authority and the Bremerton Housing Authority to understand the impacts of public housing demolition and redevelopment on low-income communities.

Currently, Prof Manzo’s work focuses on place change, displacement and anti-displacement strategies. In one of her research projects, she is working with the non-profit, community-based organization Wa Na Wari, which “creates space for Black homeownership, possibility, belonging, and artistic creativity” in Seattle’s historically Black Central District, to conduct research that supports their ongoing anti-displacement organizing work. Related to this, in the Spring of 2020, Prof Manzo led an advanced, graduate-level research studio on anti-displacement strategies with King County as the client, focusing on the diverse communities of Skyway-West Hill and White Center/North Highline (report forthcoming). These majority minority communities are currently under serious threat of gentrification and displacement.

Recent publications include the second edition of Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications, (December 2020) and Changing Senses of Place: Navigating Global Challenges (to be released in early 2021). Dr. Manzo has also published in various refereed journals including the Journal of Environmental PsychologyInternational Journal of Housing PolicyJournal of Planning LiteratureUrban AffairsThe Journal of Architecture and Planning Research and Housing Policy Debate.

Select Recent Publications

Changing Senses of Place – Navigating Global Challenges. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

“”Re-placed” – Reconsidering relationships with place and lessons from a pandemic.” Journal of environmental psychology, 72, 2020.

“Between fixities and flows: Navigating place attachments in an increasingly mobile world.” Journal of environmental psychology61, 2019.

“Qualitative Data and Design: Understanding the Experiential Qualities of Place.” Technology | Architecture + Design, 3(2) 142-145, 2019.

“Unsettling senses of place: Displacement and the (re)making of place in a rapidly changing city.” In Change Senses of Place in the Face of Global Challenges. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

“The Role and Value of Qualitative Methods for the Study of Place Attachments.” In Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications. London: Routledge, 2020.

Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Prof Manzo is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and has expressed this through various teaching, research and service work. She currently serves as a College Representative on the UW Diversity Council, is the co-Chair of the College’s Diversity Council, and a member of the Department’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also serves on the GO-MAP (Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program) Advisory Board for the UW Graduate School, an organization committed to supporting graduate students of color at the UW.

She is a founding member of the Anti-Oppression Reading Group for department faculty so we can educate ourselves, and find inspiration in ways to fight systemic oppression – from learning about research as resistance, to meaningful white allyship to liberatory design praxis. The group continues to meet and discuss these vital issues.

Teaching Statement

For Prof Manzo, teaching is a passion. She strives to make the educational process an exciting, interactive and participatory one focusing on real-world issues and problems. She is committed to the process of discovery and seeks to help students fully understand the impact of the designed environment on people’s lives, and to appreciate the nature and nuances of the dynamics between people and places in all of their complexity.

Prof Manzo approaches students as whole persons, and seeks to foster critical reflexivity – a combination of critical awareness and engagement, or what Paolo Freire calls “Conscientization.” This means challenging our assumptions and exploring new possibilities, being aware of our own positionality, suspending what we think is ‘obvious’, and  considering alternative framings.

Sample/Recent Course Offerings

The Human Experience of Place
Design Justice
The Politics of Public Space
Theory in Landscape Architecture
Research Methods
Anti-Displacement Research Studio


Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture, Adjunct Associate Professor in Architecture, and Urban Design Certificate Program faculty member in the College of Built Environments.  Her teaching and research address civic landscape systems—the public places that shape how we may come together as neighbors and communities—and how design of these landscapes may contribute to greater climate resilience.  She is particularly interested equitable practices and design of urban agriculture in myriad forms, ecologically robust environments for children to play and learn, and diverse, mixed used neighborhoods with healthy transportation.   She is co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009). She has traveled around the world and lived in different parts of the US, but loves calling Seattle (and Gould Hall) home.

A licensed landscape architect in Washington, Julie received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Her professional experience includes urban and landscape design in firms, a public agency, and a university-based center.

Jeff Hou

Professor Jeff Hou has taught in the department since 2001. He is the Director of the Urban Commons Lab and previously served as Department Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Landscape Architecture. Prof. Hou’s research, teaching, and practice focus on community design, design activism, public space and democracy, and social and environmental justice.

In a career that spans across the Pacific, Hou has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban open space. He has written extensively on the agency of citizens and communities in shaping the built environments, with edited, co-authored, and co-edited books including Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010), Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013), Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009), Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here (2015), and Messy Urbanism: Understanding the “Other” Cities of Asia (2016). His recent book, City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy (2017) examines the role of public space in an era of increased political contestation in the neo-liberalizing society. Another recent book Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (2017) is a compendium of community engagement techniques that address fundamental questions in democratizing the design practice.

Hou is a recipient of the 2019 CELA Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Work and the 2011 CELA Award for Excellence in Service-learning Education. His publications have won the EDRA Great Places Book Award in 2010, 2012 and 2018. Hou’s community engagement work in Seattle’s Chinatown International District has also been recognized with a Community Builder Award, a Golden Circle Award, and a Community Stewardship Award from WASLA. Hou has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and governmental committee, and as a coordinator for the Pacific Rim Community Design Network, which he co-founded in 1998.

Hou has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and public art. He received his PhD in Environmental Planning and M Arch from University of California, Berkeley, MLA from University of Pennsylvania, and B Arch from the Cooper Union.