University of Texas, Austin
Towers and Trails...Bridges and Bats
The event, co-sponsored by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and site furniture manufacturer, Landscape Forms, provided an intense creative experience focused on a critical landscape planning and deisgn challenge. Sixteen young landscape architects nominated by their firms as future leaders of the profession were joined by eleven third-year students in UT's landscape architecture master's program. Divided into two groups comprised of roughly equal numbers of professional and students, the teams were led by Susannah Drake, founding principal of Dlandstudio, Brooklyn, New York andSarah Kuehl, principal of Peter Walker & Partners, Oakland, California. University of Texas hosts were Fritz Steiner, Dean of the School of Architecture and Dean Almy, Director of the Urban Design and Landscape Architecture programs at the school. Sponsor hosts were Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and Bill Main, President and CEO, Landscape Forms. Fritz Steiner introduced the event. "There are a lot of activities that recognize people who are well into their careers, but few or none that address emerging professionals," he said. "The leaders at Landscape Forms had the idea to bring together promising young professionals from around the country, connect them in teams made up of people from some of the country's great firms, and challenge them to create something that could be given back to the community. For this third XTREME LA, and the first outside Michigan, the sponsors partnered with UT to bring students into the mix."