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For the Third Year in a Row, LAEP Places in the Top Three in the Utah Real Estate Competition.

The E-Studio continues to push students to think for themselves, to articulate “value propositions” in their plans and designs, and to better articulate their work. The studio’s emphasis is on rapidcycling design ideas at a conceptual/idea level based on end-user and client needs. We had a broad spectrum of student interest in a variety of projects spanning the globe – a plaza in the Canary Islands, an art academy in a relic prison site near Sicily, a kayak park in Logan, and a couple of teams submitting to the Utah Real Estate Challenge (UREC) student competition in Salt Lake and Logan. One of the UREC teams, comprised of senior Aubrie Rhines and juniors Alyson Hill and Cameron Blakely, placed in the final three and presented to an audience of 200 designers, bankers and developers. We were fortunate to have the generous support of Kurt Altvater of our Advancement Board as a key mentor to the UREC teams.

3rd Place UREC team from left to right: Aubrie Rhines (BLA 2018), Alyson Hill (BLA 2019), Tim Bokinsky (Huntsman School of Business), & Cameron Blakely (BLA 2019)

In the EStudio the students were at once perplexed, challenged and then enlightened by the opportunity to complete in state and national competitions. “Most importantly,” noted Professor Todd Johnson, Practitioner-in-Residence, “they come to know that the depth of investigation in competitions and in private practice is great and that this department is steadfast in preparing them for the world’s great challenges.”

Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning | InSites 2018