Category Archives: Education

Thaw-Scape Scrutiny

Federally funded research will help set a baseline for how to build in the Arctic.

By Zach Mortice 

Utqiagvik, Alaska, where the researchers will be examining surface hot spots where melted ice pools. Photo by Andrew Shea/Arctic Design Group, 2017.


In Alaska, beyond the Arctic Circle in North Slope Borough, Indigenous communities practice subsistence whale hunting. To store the whale meat, tribal communities dig ice cellars in the permafrost, a major infrastructural feat, as a 50-ton whale can feed thousands. Continue reading Thaw-Scape Scrutiny

Art Director’s Cut: Paths Forward

The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.

“Indigenous medicinal plants on display.”

–Chris McGee, Art Director

Photo courtesy Brook McIlroy.

From “Paths Forward” by Katharine Logan in the August 2021 issue, about how landscape architects are working closely with First Nations communities in Canada to reconcile its ruthless history of colonization.

Interview: The Outside Track

This article is also available in Spanish

A conversation between two designers underscores the challenges to entering the profession.

By Jamie Maslyn Larson, FASLA

Jamie Maslyn Larson, FASLA, met Gabe Jenkins, Student ASLA, when he contacted her last summer through LinkedIn. Jenkins, then a BLA candidate at Clemson University, was interested in an internship at BIG, her former firm. Continue reading Interview: The Outside Track

Leave it Better

In the face of likely climate retreat, student design studios explore ways to improve Nantucket’s coastal resilience.

By Zach Mortice

Inhabiting Instabilities posits vast pierscapes that reach out into the ocean. Image courtesy Gena Morgis and Caleb Negash.

On Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts, half of the 10 highest-ever tides arrived in 2018 alone, and flooding is a constant worry that imperils the tourist economy and historic buildings. “But that has not slowed down the real estate market,” says Cecil Barron Jensen, the executive director of the local nonprofit ReMain Nantucket. Continue reading Leave it Better