What is Landscape Architecture?
Landscape architecture is the analysis, planning, design and management of the natural
and built environment. Landscape architects enhance the quality of our lives by adding
beauty - but they're also problem solvers who analyze the environmental impact of
proposed development, plan for pedestrian and automobile traffic, and determine the
best use of each site.
-- From American Society of Landscape Architects Career Brochure, 2006
Landscape Architecture at WKU
Landscape architects have had a role in shaping WKU throughout its history. The first Master Plan for the hilltop campus was prepared by Henry Wright in 1909. Wright was a nationally prominent landscape architect whose collaboration with President Henry Hardin Cherry continued until 1935. Wright contributed to the "City on a Hill" arrangement of the hilltop buildings, and the location of roadways and walkways. The Master Plan was updated in 1966 by Michigan landscape architecture firm Johnson, Johnson and Roy to address the challenges of integrating the original hilltop campus with the rapidly expanding facilities to the south.
The WKU Landscape Architect works closely with the Manager of Campus Services and the Campus Gardener. WKU has employed two full-time board-certified landscape architects since 2005: Darren Henson (2005-2007), and Helen Siewers (2008-present). Two individuals who have made visible contributions to the campus landscape in recent years are Greg Fear, Manager of Campus Services (1998-2011) and Cristin Lanham, Campus Gardener (2001-2008). Josh Twardowski, the current Manager of Campus Services, holds a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Maryland.
The WKU Landscape Architect:
- Participates in site selection, design development, and plan review with WKU capital construction project management staff
- Works with Campus Master Planning Committee to improve campus circulation, bicycle facilities, and pedestrian safety
- Implements campus design standards for signage, site furniture, outdoor physical commemoratives, and gardens
- Oversees campus-wide tree planting and maintenance of tree inventory in Geographic Information Systems
- Manages small landscape design and construction projects
- Manages repair projects for campus sidewalks and retaining walls
Helen Tyson Siewers, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP
RLA: Registered Landscape Architect
ASLA: Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects
LEED AP: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional, as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council
At the Overlook
Poem by Joe Survant
Kentucky Poet Laureate, 2003-2004
Once criss-crossed with cars and driveways, WKU's central spine is a continuous walkway from the Hill to the Residential Commons.
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