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Thaisa Way Named Dumbarton Oaks Program Director in Garden and Landscape Studies

Posted On March 22, 2019 | 14:51 pm | by Press | Permalink

Thaisa Way

Dumbarton Oaks has appointed Thaisa Way as the Program Director in Garden and Landscape Studies. Starting on July 1, 2019, she will oversee and coordinate all programming connected with Garden and Landscape Studies (GLS) at Dumbarton Oaks, including the residential fellowship program, scholarly visitors and events, and senior fellow meetings. Professor Way has deep knowledge of Dumbarton Oaks, appreciation for its importance to her field, and affection for it as an institution from having served two terms as a senior fellow. Beyond holding a professorship of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, she has broad experience in academic administration as director of Urban@UW and as chair of the UW Faculty Senate. “Collaboration has been one of Professor Way’s hallmarks and with her support we are poised to make progress in the field of Garden and Landscape Studies that will bring joy to the humanities and arts here and abroad,” says Jan Ziolkowski, Director of Dumbarton Oaks.

Thaisa Way (ASLA; FAAR; BS, University of California, Berkeley; MArchH, University of Virginia; PhD, Cornell University) is an urban landscape historian teaching and researching history, theory, and design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Way has published and lectured on feminist histories of landscape architecture and public space in cities. Her book, Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design (University of Virginia Press, 2009) was awarded the J. B. Jackson Book Award in 2012. A second book, From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag (University of Washington Press, 2015) explores the narrative of post-industrial cities and the practice of landscape architecture. She has edited two books in urban environmental history and practice including Now Urbanism (Routledge, 2013) with Jeff Hou, Ken Yocom, and Ben Spencer, and an edited collection titled River Cities, City Rivers (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2018). She recently completed the monograph, Landscape Architect A.E. Bye: Sculpting the Earth, Modern Landscape Design Series (Norton Publishing, 2017). Professor Way currently serves as the founding director of Urban@UW, a coalition of urban researchers and teachers collaboratively addressing complex urban challenges, and as Chair of Faculty Senate at the University of Washington.


Image: Cover of River Cities, City Rivers, edited by Thaisa Way.