LSU Landscape Architecture Professor Wins Fulbright

(Baton Rouge) –The LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce that assistant professor Wes Michaels is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for 2008-2009.

Michaels has received a Fulbright to conduct a semester-long research project at the Life Sciences University in Tartu, Estonia. Beginning in January, he will teach courses in digital media, and work with professors at the University on a collaborative project aimed at revitalizing the many brownfield sites left over from the Soviet regime. Brownfield sights are areas that were previously used for industrial purposes and may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution.

In receiving a Fulbright, Michael joins a prestigious list of scholars from the U.S. and overseas. The grants fund a variety of educational activities, including university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Fulbright Scholars lecture or conduct research in fields ranging from journalism and urban planning to music, philosophy, business administration and zoology. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This is Michaels’ second prestigious award in recent months. Earlier this year, he received an Analysis and Planning Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for work he did with Elizabeth Mossop on an urban farm in the Vietnamese community of New Orleans east.

LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture consistently ranks among the top five in the nation. This year, both its graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked No. 2 in the U.S.