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UT Graduate Students Win Tennessee Landscape Architecture Design Awards

October 31, 2012

KNOXVILLE Top awards in the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Tennessee Chapter Design Awards Program were given to four projects authored by students of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Landscape Architecture Program.

The students accepted their awards in mid-October at the Tennessee American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference held in Franklin, TN. Those recognized with honors were Luke Murphree, Patrick Osborne, Michael Payne, Valerie Friedmann, Phil Zawarus, Corrin Breeding, Brandon Smith, David Dalton, Justin Allen, Erin Tharp, and Jessica Bundy.

Entries to the annual, competitive awards program were reviewed and critiqued by members of the ASLA Kentucky Chapter.

An Award of Excellence in the Student Awards General Design Category was given to Friedmann’s project titled “Fountain City Sponge Park.” The project proposed that the Fountain City Park and Duck Pond be enhanced as a multi-functional landscape with hope to serve as an ecologically performing element in the region’s green infrastructure stormwater management plan.

A project by Luke Murphree and Patrick Osborne, entitled “Solar Greenways,” won an Award of Honor in the General Design category. The pair’s research and design proposed the integration of an alternative energy infrastructure into the First Creek greenway corridor so to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.     

“'Solar Greenways'” demonstrates the progressive abilities of landscape architects and students to respond to environmental issues such as climate change in a way that offers ecological, economic, and social benefits to our society,” said Murphree.

"We are humbled to receive such recognition from TN ASLA and the professional community. The Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, provides a great opportunity to be part of an academic community that serves as a creative, solutions based resource for our region.”

An Award of Excellence in the Student Awards Planning and Analysis Category went to a collective studio effort entitled, “Water Quality in the Knoxville MSA.” The project considers alternative approaches to stewarding regional water resources through landscape architecture, and was led through a partnership with the City of Knoxville and PlanET.

Payne, Friedmann, Zawarus, Breeding, Smith, Dalton, Allen, Tharpe, and Bundy are the winners of this award.

Also in the Planning and Analysis Category, Michael Payne’s proposal to strengthen the connection between mid-town and downtown Nashville through construction of a “deck park” over a sunken stretch of Interstate 40 was granted an Award of Merit.

The UT Landscape Architecture Program, recently accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board, is the first and only accredited, professional landscape architecture program in Tennessee. It is a graduate-level program offered through a partnership between the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

To learn more about the UT Landscape Architecture Program, please visit their website or Facebook pages.

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