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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
May 16, 2003

A Project that Assists City High School Students to Career Opportunities Presents Student Awards

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Sustainable Landscape Architecture Project, an effort to involve inner-city youth in improving their environment by gaining college prep skills and awareness in urban landscaping and architecture will celebrate the vision of these future landscape artists and architects on Friday, May 30.

Carnegie Mellon artists and members of the sponsoring STUDIO for Creative Inquiry will mark the end of the 10-week after-school program. Artist S.K. Woodall, Sustainable Landscape Architecture Project creator and a fellow in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, will present 300 young people with certificates of "appreciation" for their participation Friday from 6 ­8 p.m. in the College of Fine Arts Building's Great Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

Since 1995, Woodall has been determined to give inner-city youth an opportunity to explore career opportunities, particularly in landscape architecture. With a commitment from local city schools, Woodall solicited support from local businesses and community organizations to find other resources to support his idea. He then met with the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon to ask for support in this community collaboration.

The result was the Sustainable Landscape Architecture Project that introduces diverse, inner-city high school students to landscape design and architecture. In 2000 the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry gave Woodall a fellowship to enable him to further his work. To date, he has taught the concept of landscape design and architecture to more than 200 local students through his project.

The Sustainable Landscape Architecture Project is a free after-school program. Classes include lectures by university faculty and professionals in the field, site visits, field trips and group design work on an actual neighborhood site. The project employs art-based skills; participants implement a final product and complete the process of research, design and construction. The Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture provides faculty consulting and studio time for the students to learn more about landscape design.

The project focuses on ways to recycle inner-city urban lots, brown field sites and abandoned buildings into environmentally friendly sites for art-based projects. The students are offered the opportunity to participate in other pre-college architecture and design programs at Harvard University or at an internship program through Fallingwater.

The Sustainable Landscape Architecture Project goes beyond exposing the students to architecture. Woodall has personally guided students through the application and résumé process for college. More than 100 students have been accepted in programs at Columbia University, Cornell University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University and other colleges around the United States.

Marge Myers, director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, said, "S.K. Woodall's commitment to these high school students is extraordinary. The students are exposed to people, communities, projects and faculty that they may never had met through the city schools. The Sustainable Landscape Architecture Program inspires the students to explore new possibilities for their future."

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is an interdisciplinary research facility within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on the Sustainable Landscape Architecture Project contact 412-268-3454. For more information on the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry or the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765, email or visit


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