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SPURLOCK POIRIER Landscape Architects, San Diego, has promoted Leigh Kyle, ASLA, to managing principal; Brad Lents to senior associate; and Lucas Shellhammer, ASLA, to associate. In their new roles, all three will continue to advance the firm’s mission.

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A landscape architect with SPURLOCK POIRIER since 2004, Kyle has served as project manager for a wide variety of built and planning work, including the City of San Diego’s Downtown Parks and Open Space Implementation Plan; the 30-acre Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles; and the master plan for the Inn at the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. She also worked for many years as a landscape architect in New York City, and holds a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College.

 During his five-year tenure with SPURLOCK POIRIER, Lents has contributed his skills to the new San Diego Federal Courthouse; the Mercado del Barrio, a mixed-use development located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood; Commercial and Imperial Avenue Implementation Plan; the Southeast Community Plan Update; and the Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, all in San Diego. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State University.

Shellhammer is currently a project landscape designer for the Living Lab in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego and the housing development Fincas de Mercedes, just outside Guatemala City. He has assisted in the production of construction documents for urban enhancement and mixed-use development for Mercado del Barrio in San Diego; Palomar Pomerado Hospital in San Marcos, California; and the entry redesign for the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in landscape architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Landscape architect Donna Walcavage, FASLA, has joined the Manhattan practice of design firm Stantec as a principal landscape architect.

Walcavage has been involved in the planning and design of landscapes and public spaces in the New York City area for decades. With specific focus on dense urban areas, she specializes in streetscapes, urban waterfront redevelopment, bikeway and pedestrian facilities as well as public parks and greenways.

Walcavage has worked with New York City and New York State agencies on various projects including design of a new plaza at Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, the Stuyvesant Cove waterfront in Manhattan, and the conversion of two lanes of traffic and unused median into a linear park and bikeway for the Lower East Side. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered landscape architect in three states. She earned her bachelor of science degree at The Pennsylvania State University in landscape architecture and studied urban planning at New York University.

Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Fulton, who begins August 1, will oversee three master's degree options offered by the Landscape Architecture Program, a joint collaboration between the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The UT Landscape Architecture Program is the first and only of its kind in Tennessee. It welcomed its inaugural class in fall 2008 and was accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board in 2012. The program's curriculum focuses on the planning, design and stewardship of constructed and natural environments.

Fulton's expertise includes urban design and policy planning related to storm water management, ecological infrastructure, architectural and landscape architectural theory, and landscape intelligence.

Prior to teaching at the University of Illinois, Fulton taught landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Colorado at Denver.

Fulton earned his Bachelor of Science in horticulture from Iowa State University and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver. During his career, he has served as principal of Landscape Intelligence in Urbana, Ill., and project manager of the multidisciplinary firm Civitas in Denver.

German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013. This is the first time that Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design has honored a landscape architect for his life’s work. Read more here.



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