Students Win Top ASLA Honors in Design and Communications

September 12, 2007

Sept. 12, 2007 -- University of Virginia School of Architecture students received awards in two categories in the American Society of Landscape Architects 2007 Student Awards program.

Toshihiko Karato, a graduate student in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs, received the highest honor in the General Design Category, the Award of Excellence, for his project "Plugging In: Bringing the Stream Back to Watts." The awards jury commented: "Lyrical. Visitors would be transformed by this place. A great concept that could convert this park into a safe, valuable, much-needed resource for this neighborhood. Well-presented with great sections and a beautiful palette; organized in a very successful manner." Associate professors Elizabeth Meyer and Elissa Rosenberg served as faculty advisers for the project.

The graduate student editors of the second volume of "lunch: dialect," Shanti Levy, David Malda and Ryan Moody, won an Honor Award in the Communications Category. The jury commented, "This is a very strong online journal. It’s beautifully presented with strong graphics and good design framing important content. This would be a great model for other universities." Faculty advisers for "lunch:dialect" were associate professors Phoebe Crisman and Elizabeth Meyer.