Landscape architecture students win big in San Francisco

May 9, 2013

For the competitors in the 28th annual San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, this year’s event began five days before the first visitor ever entered the San Mateo Event Center on March 20. For most competitors, construction of their designs started on March 15, but for the team from The Design School at Arizona State University, the work began two days earlier as construction materials, equipment and plants were loaded onto a truck in Phoenix and made ready to drive the 11 hours to San Mateo.

The process of planning and designing the installation began in 2012 under the guidance of George Hull, faculty associate in the landscape architecture program. This year's theme for the Garden Show, “Gardens Make the World Go Round,” tasked each team with choosing a country from which they would draw their design influences. Being in the Sonoran desert and having a deep familiarity with a xeric plant palette, The Design School team chose Mexico as their country of inspiration. Student team wins big at garden show Download Full Image

Titled “Dentro Por Fuera,” meaning “inside out,” the students looked to the works of Mexican architects Luis Barragan and Ricardo Legorreta. Drawing inspiration from their research, sculptural use of water, dramatic lighting and a restrained, yet vivid color palette became the defining characteristics of the final product. The team utilized materials that can be found at any home improvement store and require minimal construction experience to demonstrate that anyone can build a beautiful garden.

After five grueling days of construction, planting design, painting and shoveling, the hard work finally paid off for the ASU landscape architecture students. They were awarded a Gold Medal, the American Society of Landscape Architecture Award, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Award, the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers Award, the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers Award, the Alumni Garden Creator’s Award, the People's Choice Award - which was determined by popular vote of the garden show attendees - and the Golden Gate Cup for overall best in show, which marks the first time a student team has ever won this award in the 28-year history of the show.

Sarah J. Hough


ASU college provides aviation training for Civil Air Patrol units

May 10, 2013

Over 120 Civil Air Patrol cadets from around Arizona gathered at ASU’s Polytechnic campus May 4 to learn about the College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) aviation program and career opportunities in aviation. Cadets hailed from all areas of Arizona, including Sedona, Flagstaff, Yuma, Tucson and the greater Phoenix area.

The primary mission of the Civil Air Patrol is to provide search and rescue services for missing aircraft. The organization also provides flight training, operations education, and military bearing and discipline for junior high and high school-aged Civil Air Patrol cadets.  Download Full Image

“We want younger people to learn about the many career opportunities that exist in aviation,” said Mary Niemczyk, CTI aviation program chair and associate professor. “As a leading academic program in aviation, part of our mission here is to educate students about the possibilities that come with enrolling in a program such as ours.”

During the event, cadets received general information about air traffic control, engineering, aircraft structures and campus flight simulators. 

The organization approached faculty in CTI’s aviation program about hosting an annual training that introduces young cadets to opportunities in aviation careers and higher education possibilities. 

Karrie Shank, lecturer in the aviation program, received a plaque of appreciation from Pete Feltz, the Arizona Wing Civil Air Patrol director of aerospace education. Feltz said he would like more cadets to learn about CTI’s aviation program and will be making arrangements to return to the Polytechnic campus in two years for another training event.

“We wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of these cadets return here as students in the future,” Shank said. “We certainly hope to see them here someday.”

Aviation lecturer James Anderson says not all cadets in attendance at Saturday’s event are interested in careers in aviation, and CTI recruiters discussed other academic programs offered at ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

“As a college, we have a lot to offer,” Anderson said. “What a great experience it was to give so many young minds an opportunity to see the value in pursuing dreams in higher education.”

written by: Sydney B. Donaldson, CTI