Jefferson Wins Top Awards from American Society of Landscape Architects

Evan McNaught and Julie Carbone's Ascension project at the Wissahickon Gateway sought to show that transportation and habitat can be brought together to create a beautiful and functional space.

Evan McNaught and Julie Carbone’s Ascension project at the Wissahickon Gateway sought to show that transportation and habitat can be brought together to create a beautiful and functional space.

The University’s landscape architecture program won two major awards this fall. First, at the national American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) annual meeting, students and alumni earned first place in the popular Alumni Tailgate, topping 40 other schools, for best design. By showing their school spirit and winning the decorated space category, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will receive 15 student admission tickets for next year’s ASLA show in San Diego. Also during the meeting, attendees watched a video highlighting the University’s ACE Legacy project.

Second, landscape architecture alumnus Evan McNaught ’18 and architecture student Julie Carbone ’19 received the honor award for general design from the ASLA Pennsylvania Delaware chapter. “The Ascension project at the Wissahickon Gateway is proof that transportation and habitat can be brought together to create a beautiful and functional space,” the pair described. “The project attempts to solve what is currently an incredibly hazardous and confusing pedestrian area. Buses, cars, bikes, joggers and travelers all collide at this particular spot, sometimes literally. By transforming the existing asphalt deserts into habitat and parkland, these different modes of transportation can be untangled in a beautiful way.”

Their award-winning submission is the culmination of an interdisciplinary studio, which showcases one of the core values in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment: collaboration, said Kim Douglas, director of the landscape architecture program and the Anton Germishuizen-Stantec Term Chair.

“The ability to work together at such a high level and produce a winning entry exemplifies our commitment to teamwork,” she said. “Collaboration is also critical to a sustainable future as we need to share our expertise in solving the pressing issues of the 21st century.”

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