Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), a landscape architecture firm based in Seattle, was co-founded in 1999 by Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol. The firm has since garnered plenty of attention, winning the 2011 Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, and the ASLA's National Landscape Architecture Firm Award last year. Individual projects have also received accolades: the ASLA National Awards of Excellence, ASLA and AIA Honor Awards for Design, Tucker Design Awards, Society for Campus and University Planning Awards, and Great Places Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association. Here, the three founding principals share their thoughts on landscape architecture as a profession, what has made them successful and what they appreciate most about their achievements. Kathryn Gustafson, FASLA "A place that fits." These words best encapsulate the most essential elements Kathryn Gustafson considers in the overall approach and design of a project. "It needs to be a piece that inspires, that brings you something that uplifts you in a way, and brings you back to come again. Finding that emotional and psychological beauty that touches people—that is what makes it 'a place that fits.'" It was this desire to create lasting, meaningful work that led Gustafson to switch careers from "high speed, race clock" fashion design, which she initially studied years ago, to the field of landscape architecture. "I wanted to be in a creative field where it would take longer to create and where I would have a longer impact on people's lives." Kathryn Gustafson, FASLA Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA Shannon Nichol, FASLA, LEED AP 24 Landscape Architect and Specifier News by Ifsha Buttitta for LASN // Editor, Steve Kelly Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle Firm Profile:

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