Student Spotlight: Joshua Gawne, UW ASLA President

I am currently a graduate student at the University of Washington pursuing concurrent Master of Urban Design and Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees. Prior to moving to Seattle I grew up in Metro-Detroit where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Urban & Regional Studies at The University of Michigan–Dearborn. My academic interests include urban space activation, sustainable urban development, and technology & public space design. In addition to attending school I also run a natural & handmade body care company with my brother.

There are a number of things I would like to accomplish this year with UWASLA. One of the things I am most excited about is increasing our community involvement and we are in the early stages of figuring out exactly how to achieve this. I also hope to better connect with the WSU student chapter in order to find a way to share our work and ideas. Additionally, I would like to continue the student publication while also working to increase our chapter’s web presence in order to better share some of the great work that comes out of the program. There are also several additional objectives other officers have proposed for the year and I look forward to seeing what this team will accomplish.

In addition to what I hope to accomplish with UWASLA there are a number of other exciting things happening at UW this year. There is a new quarterly drawing workshop titled Drawing in Design/ Exploring the Hand. These weekend workshops will include hand drawing exercises, discussions, and crits, and Michael Vergason is leading the first session. There will also be a number of interesting lectures this quarter, including Jillian Walliss & Heike Rahmann discussing digital technologies and landscape architecture, as well as a lecture and book signing with Kate Orff.

--Joshua Gawne


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