Weicong Huang and John Whitaker from the Master of Landscape Architecture program in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, have won national honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Huang, a master’s candidate in landscape architecture and in urban design, received an Honor Award in Analysis and Planning for The Death and Life of Great American Barges. The project explores how a vast network of levees, locks and dams has impacted the ecology of the Mississippi River Basin—and how the river’s existing system of barge traffic might be deployed to transport trapped sediment and restore damaged wetlands.
Whitaker, a lecturer in landscape architecture as well as a 2020 alum, received the Award of Excellence in General Design for his Willow Resiliency Project, which proposes a biomass industry cooperative between rural communities and repatriated indigenous populations of the Lower Missouri River Valley.
This marks Whitaker’s second ASLA Award of Excellence. In 2020, he received the honor for Dark Matter, a research-by-design thesis that investigated organic reduction (composting) of human remains as a means of promoting biological and cultural diversity in human cemeteries. Earlier this year, Huang and Whitaker both received student awards from the ASLA St. Louis Chapter and from The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. An awards presentation will be held as part of the group’s annual conference November 19-22. Recipients also will be featured in the ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Magazine.
Award of Excellence in General Design
Faculty Advisors: Rod Barnett; Micah Stanek, ASLA
Honor Award in Analysis & Planning
Faculty Advisor: Derek Hoeferlin
Sedimentation and Navigation in the Mississippi River Basin.
St. Louis Will Be a Sediment Hub in the Future
The Past of Barges
The Future of Barges
Before & After Restoration of Swamp
Before and After Restoration of Fresh Water Marshes