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Three finalists named in search for ISU landscape architecture department chair

January 31, 2014

01/31/13

AMES, Iowa — Three finalists have been named in the search for the next chair of the Department of Landscape Architectue at Iowa State University. They are:

  • Brian LaHaie, associate dean of outreach and professional relations, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Kenneth McCown, Lincy University Professor, School of Architecture, and director of the Downtown Design Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Judith Wasserman, associate professor and director of the advanced visualization initiative, College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens

 

The finalists will visit campus in the next few weeks. Each candidate will speak and answer questions at a public presentation followed by a reception. Visit dates are:

  • Feb. 4-7: Judith Wasserman; presentation on "A Vision for the Teaching, Research and Outreach of Landscape Architecture," 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in room 130 Design
  • Feb. 11-14: Brian LaHaie; presentation 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in room 130 Design
  • Feb. 15-18: Kenneth McCown; presentation 12 – 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in room 130 Design

 

In addition, candidates will meet informally with faculty, staff and students in the design building during their visits. The exact location and times for these sessions will be posted on the college calendar.

Evaluation forms will be available at each session and also online; completed forms should be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, to Betty Kepley or Jenn Wiederin in room 156 Design.

Brian LaHaie
Since July 2012, LaHaie has been associate dean of outreach and professional relations in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia in Athens. He joined the Georgia faculty as an associate professor in 2002 and served as the master of landscape architecture graduate coordinator from 2004 to 2009. He has led study-abroad programs in Costa Rica and Italy. He previously was an assistant and associate professor at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

LaHaie serves on the American Society of Landscape Architects Council on Education and ASLA Georgia Chapter Executive Committee. He received an ASLA Honor Award in Communications and a Georgia Chapter ASLA Award of Excellence for the Highway 441 Heritage Highway Corridor Study, funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation and Federal ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) Grant.

LaHaie earned a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1979 and a master of landscape architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986.

Kenneth McCown
Since July 2012, McCown has served as the Lincy University Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as director of the UNLV Downtown Design Center. He is first vice president and president-elect of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

McCown previously had been an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design and chair of the landscape architecture graduate program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; associate professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University, Tempe; and assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

From 2002 to 2007, McCown was director of the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Research House II, Los Angeles. In recent years he has served as a project manager and design consultant for a range of national and international projects, including master planning in Panama for UNESCO and the Oficina del Casco Antiguo, and the Pine Ridge residential development in China.

McCown earned a bachelor of landscape architecture in 1992 and a master of architecture in 1997, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Judith Wasserman
Wasserman has been on the faculty of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia in Athens since 1998. She served as coordinator of the master of landscape architecture program from 2010 to 2013 and was named director of the advanced visualization initiative in 2013.

She previously was an assistant professor in the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture (now part of the Design School) and the women’s studies program at Arizona State University, Tempe, from 1991 to 1998. She served as a consultant with EDAW Inc., Atlanta, from 2004 to 2007.

Wasserman earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology in 1980, a master of regional planning and a master of landscape architecture in 1986, all from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Contacts:
Tim Borich, Design Administration, (515) 294-8707, borich@iastate.edu
Jenn Wiederin, Design Human Resources, (515) 294-5703, wiederin@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu

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