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Students in the Landscape Architecture Program won top awards in the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Tennessee Chapter Design Awards Program.

The students accepted their awards in mid-October at the ASLA Conference held in Franklin, Tennessee.

Graduate students recognized with honors for their design studio projects are:

  • Justin Allen from Chattanooga, TN
  • Corrin Breeding from Athens, GA
  • Jessica Bundy from Parrottsville, TN
  • David Dalton from Knoxville
  • Valerie Friedmann from Dandridge, TN
  • Luke Murphree, from Greer, SC
  • Patrick Osborne from Fall Branch, TN
  • Michael Payne from Old Hickory, TN
  • Brandon Smith from Knoxville
  • Erin Tharp from Knoxville
  • Phil Zawarus, from Glendale, AZ

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

Friedmann’s project, “Fountain City Sponge Park,” won an Award of Excellence in the Student Awards General Design category. The project proposed that the Fountain City Park and duck pond be enhanced as a multifunctional landscape to serve as part of the region’s environment-friendly stormwater management plan.

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

Murphree, a second-year landscape design student, said, “‘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.”

A collective studio effort, “Water Quality in the Knoxville MSA,” won an Award of Excellence in the Student Awards Planning and Analysis category. The project considers alternative approaches to stewarding regional water resources through landscape architecture. Allen, Breeding, Bundy, Dalton, Friedmann, Payne, Smith, Tharp, and Zawarus won this award.

Also in the Planning and Analysis category, Payne won an Award of Merit for his proposal to strengthen the connection between midtown and downtown Nashville through construction of a “deck park” over a sunken stretch of Interstate 40.

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, visit the website.

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Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,