On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Osborn Consulting joined the University of Washington in celebrating projects by Pacific Northwest landscape architects at the Out in Front: Landscape Leading opening reception. This biannual 2-week exhibition is sponsored by the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture and the UW//LA Professional Advisory Council (PAC).
Showcased in Gould Hall at the University of Washington (home of the College of Built Environments), the exhibit was free and open to students, faculty, professionals and the general public. Entries are welcomed from landscape architectural firms, public and non-profit agencies, and students. This year, nearly 50 projects were presented by over 20 firms from Washington and Oregon.
As the lead of the PAC’s Advocacy and Outreach Committee, Liz Browning (Project Manager and Landscape/Urban Designer at OCI and studio instructor for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington), helped coordinate this year’s exhibit.
“It’s important for practicing landscape architects and allied professionals to maintain strong bonds with their local university programs,” says Liz. “We provide a valuable link for students between school and the professional world by networking and sharing our ideas and experience. Out in Front is a particularly special program because we are participating in the building of our common knowledge bank. The boards in this exhibit serve many purposes – a record of current thinking and exciting projects, as well as useful marketing and recruiting materials. We hope they inspire our current and future colleagues in the field to continue to reach high and push the envelope.”
OCI presented our recent work at Alice Ball Park, nestled in the Greenwood neighborhood in Seattle. Led by OCI Senior Landscape Architect Lisa Corry, the OCI landscape architecture and urban design team members worked closely with the Seattle Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, and other stakeholders to bring this space to life.
Alice Ball Park opened in June 2019, creating an open and collaborative space for the neighborhood, while incorporating low-impact design strategies, increased stormwater infiltration, and inspiring opportunities for community engagement throughout the design process. The park site, adjacent to the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library, allowed OCI to recognize further opportunities to unite the two civic facilities.
The boards from Out in Front will now travel to other Pacific Northwest universities and public venues to share the best and brightest of the industry’s work in the region.
OCI was honored to not only showcase a successful community project, but also to continue our strong relationship with the University of Washington Landscape Architecture program.