daniel participates in atlantic forum
November 30, 2017
daniel nominated for SMPS community service award
January 9, 2018
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2017: year in review

What a year! We have had an amazing 2017 and there is so much for our firm to celebrate. 2017 was marked by growth and strategy and true honing of our firm. Many of our staff members accomplished notable, personal career achievements and as always, there is plenty to celebrate in our personal lives. Read through as we look back on 2017 and thank you for your part in all the fun!

Fall Staff Retreat

New hires
Clare Drummond, Landscape Designer
Aaron Odland, PLA, Project Manager
Stephanie Orr, Purdue Intern

Summer Interns
Abby Comeau, UT
Miles Payton, UT

Strategic Planning / Retreat
dwg. hosted a series of strategic planning meetings this year, including two all-staff sessions and two Principal-only sessions. The work done in these planning sessions allowed us to pin down our mission, vision and core values. Strategies to help us better align with these organizational philosophies were developed as well. Our January session is already planned and we look forward to developing further in 2018!

Mission
We are creatives designing experiences through resilient architectural landscapes.

Vision
We envision a world where creativity leads great social and environmental change.

Guiding Principles
Exploration
Collaboration
Mutual Respect
Craftsmanship
Gratitude

Run for the Water

Promotions / Career achievements / Appointments
Mindy Cooper was promoted to Principal.
Beth Sims was appointed President of SMPS Austin.
Daniel Woodroffe was appointed to the AIA Austin Board.
Mindy Cooper was selected for the AIA Leadership Collective.
Eric Schultz was appointed to the COA CodeNEXT Community Advisory Group.
Hollie Bordelon was appointed to the Landa Gardens Conservancy Board.
Clare Drummond participated in XTreme LA Charrette in Indianapolis.
Francisco Rosales joined AIA Latinos in Architecture.

Certifications
Mindy Cooper – Professional Landscape Architecture certification
Kyle Grist – Professional Landscape Architecture certification
Beth Sims – Certified Professional Services Marketer

Night Garden

Night Garden
dwg. was extremely proud to participate in the 4th annual Creek Show and display our installation, Night Garden for the community of Austin to see. The garden was planted with an ephemeral, nine-day bloom of 80,000 fluorescent survey flags, which were secured along a section of embankment and creek shallows at the edge of Waller Creek, an under recognized, natural feature of Austin’s urban ecology. The bright pink flags glowed as visitors wandered through the field of blooms, made lively with a custom recording of crickets, frogs, and hooting owls, composed to amplify the sounds of Waller Creek’s creatures. The ambient sound, and varied site topography, made for a fully immersive experience. The installation was extremely well received and has already found new life in additional commissioned installations. Following Creek Show, the survey flags were collected and donated to Treefolks – a local organization dedicated to the reforestation of Central Texas. Each of the 80,000 flags, symbols of change and transformation, will become the vision and tool for 80,000 new trees in the Waller Creek watershed.

Yeti Flagship

Project completions
Dell Seton Medical Center at UT
Domain 8
Fareground at One Eleven
Hill Country Galleria Renovation
NLand Brewery
Republic Square Park Capitol Campaign
Sheraton Renovation
Yeti

Ground Breaking
823 Congress Pocket Patio
901 East 6th Street
Arrive Hotel
Domain 11
Domain 12
Gage Hotel expansion
HPI Domain Office
Maravilla at the Domain
Music Lane mixed-use
Republic Tower
SXSW
Third + Shoal
Tyndall
Waller Creek

Awards
Best website, SMPS MCA Award
Purdue University LA Professional Appreciation Award
ABJ Commercial Real Estate Awards: Lamar Union + Domain 5
ULI Impact Awards: Lamar Union + Dell Seton Medical Center at UT
Gables Park Tower awarded 4-star AEGB Rating

Staff Retreat

Publications
LAM – What it takes to start your own firm
Tribeza – Pershing feature
Tribeza – Fareground preview
World Landscape Architecture – Night Garden

Sponsorships
RAD
Austin Green Awards
CNU Annual Luncheon
ACE Mentorship program
APF Party for the Parks
Republic Square Capital Campaign

Personal accomplishments
Jason Radcliff was presented Cub Scout Leader “Knot Patch” Award!
Jacob Walker’s son Jake started kindergarten!
Ethan Primm is wrapping up the home-buying process!
Clare Drummond graduated from Purdue!
Daniel Woodroffe ran TWO marathons, training nearly 1000 miles in 2017!
Mindy Cooper and Kyle Grist completed a bunch of home renovations!
Kim Harding retired from Roller Derby after 10 years!
Amy Goettle learned basic wheel throwing!
Lauren Ko learned to golf and speak Spanish and got a new 10K PR!
Clare Drummond began teaching drawing classes and played her first official gigs!
Cassie Gowan survived the terrible twos with a full-time job!
Eric Schultz survived his kids being at 3 different schools for the first time!
Aaron Odland built a treehouse!
Jason Radcliff won the long-distance award for bike to work day, 14 miles!

Pro-Bono Projects
Hartford Park
Hope Outdoor Gallery
Nightwing plaza
Symphony Square Plaza

Community Service
Altogether, the staff of dwg. donated approximately 981 hours in volunteer time to the community. The organizations we volunteered for include:

ACE Mentorship program
AIA Austin
ASLA
Austin Parks Foundation
Austin Pets Alive
Austin Police Department
Austin Stone
Austin Under 40
Boone Elementary
Boy Scouts of America
City of Austin
Design Voice
Hip Hop Architecture
Hope Gallery
It’s My Park Day
Kathy Caraway Elementary
Landa Gardens Conservancy
Prophetstown State Park
RRISD
San Marcos Church of Christ
SMPS
Tarrytown Children’s Center
Texas Rollergirls
University of Arkansas Fay Jones School
UT School of Architecture
Waller Creek Conservancy

Travels
The staff at dwg. traveled far and wide to find inspiration this year!

‘MERICA

  • Denver, CO
  • Breckenridge, CO
  • Galveston, TX
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • San Diego, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • World Series!!! (Woohoo!) Houston, TX
  • Louis, MO
  • Lake Okeechobee, FL
  • Disney World
  • Seattle, WA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Jackson Hole
  • Yellowstone
  • Grand Tetons
  • New Orleans
  • Sedona, AZ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Telluride, CO
  • New York City, NY
  • Michigan UP
  • Chicago, IL
  • Washington DC
  • Vermont
  • Savannah, GA
  • Portland, OR
  • Vail, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Lake Berryessa
  • Philadelphia
  • Jersey Shore
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Vegas

ABROAD

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Banff
  • Bahrain
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Japan
  • England
  • Austria
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Belize
  • Baja, Mexico

And now… everyone’s favorite… cute kids and cute pet photos!

 

Top: Charlie Gowan, Grady and Hudson Radcliff, Duncan Dawn and Aaron Odland Middle: Hayden, Emma and Ian Schultz Bottom: Terry, Daniel and Ethan Woodroffe, Zoie and Jonah Hutton, Jake Walker