Thaisa Way


Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
Adjunct, Department of Architecture
Adjunct, Department of History, Colllege of Arts & Sciences
Faculty, Historic Preservation Certificate

348F Gould Hall
Box 355734
Seattle WA 98195-5734
206 685 2523

Thaisa Way is a landscape historian teaching history, theory, and design at the University of Washington, Seattle. 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. Her book From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press. She is also in the midst of completing her book Landscape Architect A.E. Bye: Sculpting the Earth, Modern Landscape Design Series to be published by Norton.

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. Histories of design and the landscape play a critical role in the understanding, articulation, and development of the discipline and, more specifically, the potential of landscape architects to dynamically contribute to the making of exemplar culturally-based places.

An additional area of research is directed at sustainable urban design with a co-edited book with Ken Yocom, Ben Spencer, and Jeff Hou, forthcoming from Routledge, Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here. This book builds on the collaborative work of researchers across the academic and professional communities participating in the UW's successful Now Urbanism Sawyer Seminar of 2010-2012 co-directed by Dr. Way and Dr. Margaret O'Mara. Most recently Dr. Way and O'Mara have launched the UW's Cities Collaboratory, a transdisciplinary study of cities and their futures.

UW Cities Collaboratory and the Lake Union Laboratory: a collaboratory investigation of cities and urban process engaging faculty, researchers, and students from across the University as well as practitioners and professionals from the city of Seattle, 2012-2014.

UW Sawyer Seminar NOW Urbanism: City Building in the 21st Century and Beyond 
A monthly conversation about cities past, present, and future with guests from around the globe, 2010-2012

Phipps Houses Anniversary film, featuring work of Marjorie Sewell Cautley, landscape architect

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