Yekaterina Yushmanova, a recent graduate of the landscape architecture graduate program, is the first place winner of the Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition, presented by the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation, a not-for-profit organization supporting landscape architecture education and research.

The LARB Foundation provides recognition and scholarships for outstanding student design work that demonstrates how the practice of landscape architecture impacts the public's health, safety and welfare.

Yushmanova's project, Embracing Winter, An Urban Greenway and Pollution Treatment System for Yakutsk, Russia, demonstrates how a landscape architecture professional can analyze a complex environmental situation, using data from a number of fields to create solutions that combine ecology, infrastructure and public space in one project. This is particularly important in Russia where landscape architecture services are performed by architects and engineers due to the absence of landscape architecture licensure.

The winners of the 2010 Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition:

First Place ($3,000): Yekaterina Yushmanova - University of New Mexico

Second Place ($2,000): Jonathan Sweet - University of Idaho

Third Place ($1,000): Mary Roley - The University of Wisconsin-Madison

The objective of the Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition is to gather outstanding examples of landscape architectural work which clearly demonstrate in words and images that can be easily understood by the public, regulators, landscape architects and other design professionals how the practice of landscape architecture and licensing affects the quality of life.

Since this competition began in 2000, more than $41,000 in cash awards has been given to students from the University of New Mexico, University of Idaho, Ball State, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Colorado State University, University of Georgia, Kansas State University, Morgan State University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University.

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