The Washington State University School of Design and Construction and the University of Washington College of Built Environments are working with Site Workshop, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) and Berger Partnership to create a scholarship endowed in their respective landscape architecture programs to support students who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).
Site Workshop, a Seattle-based landscape architecture firm, kicked off the process of establishing the BIPOC LA scholarship with WSU and UW in 2020.
“For years we’ve discussed the need for diversity in the landscape architecture industry – and particularly in the Pacific Northwest – but 2020 has highlighted how urgently this needs to change, and the design community has the ability, if not the responsibility, to make an immediate impact, ”said Mark Brands, Managing Director of Site Workshop.
The main objective of the Endowed Diversity in Landscape Architecture Scholarship is to recruit and retain BIPOC students in the field of Landscape Architecture in the Pacific Northwest.
“We believe that through scholarships funded by the local design community, deep connections will be made between students, designers and the communities we share across the state. In addition, we are committed to expanding our role in developing new leaders in the field of landscape architecture, ”said Clayton Beaudoin, Director of Site Workshop.
GGN and Berger Partnership joined Site Workshop to promote financial investment in the stock market.
Professors and staff from the Landscape Architecture Program at WSU and the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW have been honored to be a part of the creation of this important and impactful scholarship.
“The Landscape Architecture Program at Washington State University is grateful for the leadership and ongoing efforts of Site Workshop in making the Endowed Diversity Scholarship a reality for under-represented students of Washington State, ”said Jolie Kaytes, landscape architecture program manager and professor in the School of Design and Construction at Washington State University. “We are also very grateful for the generous donations of the Berger Partnership and the GGN, whose contributions strengthen the immediate and long-term strength of this fund. In many ways, the scholarship reinforces the ideals of landscape architecture – to generate solutions to complex problems in ways that are respectful, creative, beautiful, and ultimately feel good. In other words, the stock market is like planting a seedling in a devastated landscape; it recognizes loss, expresses hope and embodies a commitment to potential. The Endowed Diversity Scholarship further complements WSU’s initiatives to address societal inequalities, and the faculty at the School of Design and Construction is seeking an Assistant Professor in Social Justice and the Built Environment.
“We are extremely grateful for our strong partnership with Site Workshop and our professional community to advance our common goals of creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive educational environment,” said Ken Yocom, President of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington and Associate Professor. “Ultimately, the Endowed Landscape Architecture Diversity Scholarship will not only support and empower our students, but enhance the practice of landscape architecture.”
The goal of Site Workshop, GGN and Berger Partnership is to fully endow both scholarships by the end of the 2020-2021 school year, with scholarship distributions starting in the 2021-2022 school year. They invite their fellow landscape architects in Washington to join them in contributing to a significant step towards increasing diversity within the profession.
For more information or to make a contribution to this important fund, please contact Dana Sprouse, Director of Development, Washington State University at [email protected] or 253-987-5052 and Alexandra Haslam, Associate Dean for ‘Advancement and Outsourcing Relations, University of Washington at [email protected] or 206-685-0175 and Clayton Beaudoin, Principal, Site Workshop at [email protected]