Landscape architecture professor honored for professional project

University Park, Pa. -- C. Timothy Baird, associate professor of landscape architecture, has been honored for his work with Landworks Studio Inc., a Boston-based firm for which he serves as consultant and adjunct principal. The firm's landscape design for the Macallen Building in South Boston received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in recognition of being Boston's first green residential structure. It was featured in the documentary film, "The Greening of Southie," by Bullfrog Films. The project also received a 2009 Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and received Merit Awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. The building was awarded a Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building ratings system. One of the firm's other recent projects, the Blackstone Steam Plant renovation in Cambridge, Mass., received a LEED Platinum rating.

Recently Baird and members of the firm developed and led a design charrette, "Making the Matrix: an Exercise in Material Space-Making," for the 2009 International Landscape Architecture Student Conference held at Penn State. More than 30 students participated in the daylong endeavor to design and build an interior spatial exploration installation. On the faculty at Penn State since 2000, Baird teaches design, implementation, and the history of landscape architecture beyond Modernism. His research focuses on environmental art as land reclamation, sustainable designed landscape form and the memorial landscape. While with Landworks Studio he has played a pivotal role in developing the firm's evolving body of work that reflects a commitment to proto-urban, strategic renewal efforts with aggressive ecological agendas.

To read more about the ASLA award, visit http://www.asla.org/2009awards/022.html.

Last Updated September 11, 2009