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Landscape Architecture students win design competition

October 11, 2010

A team of graduate students from the Program in Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington has shared first place in an international urban design competition sponsored by Kilbourne Group, a design company in Fargo, ND.

The jury for Downtown Fargo: an urban-infill competition selected “ebb and flow” by UT Arlington students Nakjune Seong and Sarah Kuehn as one of two first-place award winning teams. Each first prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Downtown Fargo: an urban-infill competition challenged designers to envision a multi-use urban solution to address retail, office, residential, parking and plaza space in Downtown Fargo. The competition received 160 international submissions from 23 countries.

“The idea behind the competition was much larger than producing a design for a city block,” said Doug Burgum, founder and chairman of Kilbourne Group. “It was to engage the broader metro community and stimulate a dialogue about a future that we can create together. Design can play such an important part in our community and in our lives. It gives us an opportunity to elevate how we think about ourselves and our aspirations as a community.”

UT Arlington’s winning project was developed early this fall in Dr. Taner R. Ozdil’s graduate design studio, one of three projects undertaken by the class over the course of the semester. The theme of the studio was “Urban Landscape and Urban Design”.

“UT Arlington’s Program in Landscape Architecture has a talent-rich student body and faculty,” said Pat D. Taylor, Program Director. “And they have a broad range of experience and backgrounds. Ms. Kuehn, for example, holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Colorado State University, and Mr. Seong holds the bachelor’s degree in architecture from Korea and the master’s degree in architecture from UT Arlington. It’s this talent-mix that supports the Program’s national ranking in the top 15 landscape architecture schools in the country.”

“A recognition like this underscores the contributions of the Program in Landscape Architecture to this university,” said Don Gatzke, Dean of the School of Architecture. “This competition was entered by students, faculty and professional practitioners from across the country and around the world. We are very pleased our team won.”
The UT Arlington team tied with a team of professionals from Wallace, Roberts and Todd, Inc., a design firm with offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Dallas, and Lake Placid NY. “WRT is one of the world’s highly recognized planning and design firms,” said Ozdil. “We couldn’t be more pleased that our students competed successfully with such a respected group.”

Entries from the competition were displayed at a public gallery exhibit at The Loretta Building in Downtown Fargo through December 18. Additionally, thumbnail versions of the entries may be viewed at an online gallery on the home page of Kilbourne Group’s website,

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