The School of Architecture is proud to announce that four of its alumni received Fellowship by the ASLA this year:
Skip Graffam (BSArch ’85, MLA ’90)
Brian Katen (MLA ’83)
Thaïsa Way (MAH ’91)
Chris Moyles (MLA ’90)
The ASLA Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be full members of ASLA in good standing for at least ten years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of the ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows.
Earl H. Graffam, ASLA
Earl “Skip” Graffam, of OLIN, received his nomination, in Works, from the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter. Skip’s global award-winning work balances the unique needs of each site, the people who will use it and the environment as a whole. As OLIN's director of research, he fostered the integration of input from communities, governments, designers, engineers, scientists and other collaborators to create enduring public spaces that ignite social engagement and enliven living and cultural systems. He is the complete landscape architect, a remarkable professional with an unusual depth of knowledge in both architecture and landscape architecture. There isn’t an aspect of practice that Graffam hasn’t mastered from conceptual design through construction, giving him a reservoir of wisdom he shares through collaborative design and research studios and as a university lecturer. His ability to work simultaneously at multiple scales of design has contributed to the successful implementation of multifunctional landscapes—beautiful, finely crafted spaces which also act as catalysts for improving the ecologic, economic and social health of communities and their citizens.
Brian Katen, ASLA
Brian Katen, of Virginia Tech, received his nomination, in Knowledge, from the Virginia Chapter. Through his practice, research and teaching Brian has demonstrated a deep commitment to place-based inquiry and has shown a passionate commitment to honoring local and regional cultural identity. His research and teaching challenge easy, first-readings of the landscape and reveal the complex, hidden cultural dimensions of our everyday public spaces. Brian’s groundbreaking research on the diverse and often invisible layers of Virginia’s cultural landscapes and the sites of memory of marginalized groups have been at the forefront of innovative recent place-based scholarship and has challenged the completeness of our traditional histories. Katen exemplifies what an academic leader should be, undertaking research on Virginia’s invisible cultural landscapes and confirming that early-20th-century African American public spaces were significant realms for both social encounters and the formation of identity.
Thaïsa Way, ASLA
University of Washington
Thaïsa Way, of the University of Washington, received her nomination, in Knowledge, from the Washington Chapter. Thaïsa significantly impacts the profession through her teaching, research, scholarship and leadership. As a consummate learner, critic, valued educator and inspired advocate, she actively engages the role of design in the social values and environmental ethics related to the concepts of landscape and urbanism. A highly regarded professor, Way educates students to critically examine how the histories of urban landscapes, particularly public spaces, inform contemporary design and policy making. Weaving an understanding of history, culture and place, she guides these future practitioners through their exploration of what it means to develop healthy and equitable cities in the U.S. and around the globe. Her extensive writings and lectures have an international reputation for extraordinary scholarship and profound insights into the role of landscape architecture in the broader world and the fundamental intersection of urban landscape, design and history. As one of the great thinkers within our discipline, Way is not merely a chronicler of the profession, but an active agent in its transformation.
Chris Moyles, ASLA
Reed Hilderbrand LLC
Chris Moyles, of Reed Hilderbrand, received his nomination, in Works, from the Boston Society. Chris adhered to his firm’s commitment to building beautifully and sustainably and was one of the profession's leading voices for high-performance landscapes that integrate artistic practice with science and technology. His work is straightforward in its elegant spareness and essential appropriateness to site and program. Moyles believed that a site's beauty becomes most powerful when design reveals the natural systems and processes underlying a landscape’s ecosystem. A passionate designer and draftsman, he lectured extensively on sustainable design practices and ways to ensure that landscape performance endures for lifetimes. He was a valued collaborator among related professionals, clients and communities while encouraging those with whom he worked to find balance and mutual respect among a site's history, architectural features and contemporary requirements.
With heartfelt sadness, Chris's rise to fellowship is received posthumously following his unexpected death in March 2018. The School of Architecture and his colleagues and friends at Reed Hilderbrand look forward to celebrating his life and work in the fall at the National ASLA Meeting.
Congratulations to these well-deserving alumni!
Each will be honored and inducted at the ASLA Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday, October 20th at OLIN, in Philadelphia. The School of Architecture will also be celebrating this great honor at an A-School Alumni reception hosted in Philadelphia at the same time.