Millennium Talks, Salon I: Seattle Urban Design and Planning Visions; Past,
present & future
presented by AIA Seattle Design Committee
Lee Copeland FAIA and Boaz Ashkenazy Assoc. AIA will provide a curated exploration
of Seattle’s urban design and planning visions, both built and unbuilt, from the city’s
past, present and future. We will look at the context and set of influences that helped
these visions, what we have learned from them and how they may help shape our city’s
future. University of Washington School of Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Thaisa Way will moderate the evening’s discussion.
Lee Copeland, FAIA / Principal
As a nationally recognized urban designer, Lee Copeland has been responsible for
influencing and shaping campuses and civic places throughout the country. A former
Dean and Professor of Architecture and Planning at two prestigious universities, he
shaped the core curriculum for urban designers as a powerful organizational leader
for colleagues and students. His insightful work ripples across the nation and honors
cities and its inhabitants as they live, learn and thrive. Lee is a recipient of the Topaz
Medallion in 2001 from the American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate
Schools of Architecture for cumulative contributions to architecture and education as
well as a recipient of the Seattle Medal in 2000 that recognizes distinguished lifetime
achievement in architecture and service from the American Institute of Architects.
Boaz Ashkenazy, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP / Studio/216
Boaz is the co-founder of studio/216, a media company with offices in
Seattle and Shanghai. studio/216 produces films, videos, animations and visualization
that support architects, builders, developers and organizations working in the built
environment. In 2010 Boaz was the executive producer and co-director of Modern
Views: A Conversation on Northwest Modern Architecture, a documentary about mid-
century modern architecture in Seattle. Modern Views was an official selection of the
2010 Northwest Film and Video Festival, 2011 Seattle Design Film Festival and received
the 2011 Washington State Historic Preservation Officers Award.
Thaisa Way, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, UW
Thaia is a landscape historian teaching history, theory, and design. She has published and lectured on feminist histories of design and in particular the role of women as professionals and practitioners, and her book , Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design (2009, University of Virginia Press) was supported by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the Landscape Studies Foundation’s David Coffin Award. In 2010 it was awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Award.
Dr. Way’s research considers how diverse approaches have shaped and informed relationships between people and landscape, cultures and nature, and practices and professions, Her teaching and scholarship seek to challenge our thinking about the history of landscape architecture by considering the active engagement of marginalized groups and individuals simultaneously as agents of change and signifiers of culture. Her research has asked how gender has served as a lens through which design is practiced and the landscape is created and formed.
Date: July 25th
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Henrybuilt Showroom