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  • The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag: From Modern to Urban Ecological Design
    Thaïsa Way
    University of Washington Press, 2015
    Thaïsa Way

Richard Haag Associates, landscape architect, Gas Works Park, 1976, Seattle, WA. Copyright: Tighe Photography, 2014.

Landscape architect Richard Haag has shaped a regional design practice in the Pacific Northwest, primarily in and around Seattle, while achieving international recognition. He is the only designer to have received two ASLA Presidential Awards for Design Excellence, the first for Gas Works Park in 1981, followed by a second in 1986 for the Bloedel Reserve. He received the ASLA Gold Medal in 2003. The AIA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have acknowledged the groundbreaking nature of his work. Despite these accolades, this is the first full-length exploration of Haag's practice as a landscape architect, from 1957 to 2000, and his leadership in the emergence of urban ecological design. Grounded in Haag's practice, urban ecological design is a practice that integrates ecological sciences, cultural aesthetics, and urban development at all scales in the practice of landscape architecture.

Thaïsa Way is an associate professor of landscape architecture and an adjunct professor in the Departments of Architecture and History at the University of Washington. She received a BS from the University of California, Berkeley; an MArch from the University of Virginia; and a PhD in the history of architecture and urbanism from Cornell University. Her first book Unbounded Practice: Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early Twentieth Century (University of Virginia Press, 2009) was awarded the J. B. Jackson Award by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Way curated two exhibits, on the landscape architect Richard Haag and on design practice and history in the Pacific Northwest. She is currently writing on landscape architect A. E. Bye (forthcoming, Norton Press) and collaborating on the edited collection Now Urbanism: The Future City is Now (forthcoming, Routledge) with Jeff Hou, Ben Spencer, and Ken Yocom. She is a founding member of the UW Cities Collaboratory.