Penn State has announced that Thaïsa Way, Ph.D., ASLA, is the inaugural A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow for Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture, Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Way, a landscape historian currently teaching history, theory, and design at the University of Washington, will complete two weeks of archival research from August 27 to September 9 in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The drawings, papers, photographs, and videos of the celebrated twentieth-century American landscape architect A. E. Bye ( as well as those of landscape architects John Bracken and Stuart Mertz) are held at Penn State.
Dr. Way’s research focuses on historic narratives that shape alternative views and perspectives of landscape architecture and urban design. Her current scholarship investigates women’s role in the emergence of modernism. She is also writing a critical inquiry into landscape architect Richard Haag’s influence on the design of post-industrial sites. A book entitled, New Eyes for Old: Rich Haag and Post Industrial Landscapes, is expected to be submitted in the summer of 2013.
The A.E. Bye / Landscape Architecture Archives Research Fellow, funded through the Landscape Architecture Chair in Integrative Design at Penn State’s H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, requires a subsequent dissemination of the research in the form of a public presentation, essay, or small publication to be delivered within six months after the archival research period.