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Don Ganje (BLA '73) Granted Fellow Status by ASLA

Don Ganje (BLA '73) was elevated to the status of Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) during their 2012 Annual Meeting and Expo. His 38-year career with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation includes work on Como and Mears Parks, Raspberry Island and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Most recently he worked on the Great River Passage, an extensive master plan for unifying St. Paul's riverfront. A statement from ASLA describes Ganje as someone with an eye, "for the smallest site detail and mastery of vast public open spaces, he has the ability to make places where people feel welcome and that comfort, excite, and encourage them to interact. He further infuses his colleagues with a passion for…

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Master of Landscape Architecture Students Receive ASLA-MN Honors

Anna Lawrence Bierbrauer (MLA ’12) and Emily Lowery (MLA ’12) received the Women in Landscape Architecture Student Leadership Award from ASLA-MN. The award recognizes the accomplishments of emerging women leaders in the field of landscape architecture.As first year MLA students, Bierbrauer and Lowery (pictured left) were inspired by the  theories and questions  addressed within landscape architecture, but frustrated by the lack of outlet to practice those concepts. “We co-founded Students for Design Activism as a forum to create, address, and apply our ideas,” explained Bierbrauer. “Through our own pluck and gumption we’ve found that we can define our own path into professional practice rather than following the standard approach.” Their current project, Three Ring Gardens, is focused on creating a…

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Matt Wilkens' (BED '97) MN Zoo Project Earns Merit Design Award from ASLA-MN

Matt Wilkens (BED ’97), a landscape architect with Damon Farber Associates, and his team received a Merit Design Award from ASLA-MN for their work on the Woodland Adventure Playground at the Minnesota Zoo. The playground is an interactive, nature-based play area located off the Zoo’s Central Plaza. The 4,800 square-foot space includes animal and natural object sculptures, suspension bridges, nets, tunnels, and slides for children age 3-12. Wilkens is past president of the Design Student and Alumni board. Learn more about our Landscape Architecture programVIDEO: Kids try out the MN Zoo Woodland Adventure PlaygroundWilken’s profile from Damon Farber Associates…

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