Two Women [Re]Making Wikipedia History

by TJ Marston, ASLA

image: Alexandra Mei

Starting this Sunday, December 8, the The Wikipedia Project is taking over the WxLA Instagram!

The Women in Landscape Architecture Professional Practice Network (WiLA PPN)’s new Wiki Officer, Alexandra Mei, Associate ASLA, and her research partner Shira Grosman, Student ASLA, created The Wikipedia Project to share their work promoting the history of women in landscape architecture in Wikipedia.

“As a shared and open resource, Wikipedia provides a public platform for us to acknowledge and celebrate the groundbreaking work that women have contributed to the field.”
– Alexandra Mei, WiLA Wiki Officer

The takeover will last one week, December 8 – December 14, so make sure you follow @w_x_la to catch it all!

Wiki Writers:

Alexandra Mei, Associate ASLA, is a landscape designer at Merritt Chase and a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis. She recently completed a two-year research fellowship from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, focused on the patterns of weathering and decay in the design of public landscapes. Alexandra graduated from WashU with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and from Harvard GSD with her masters in landscape architecture. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in St. Louis.

Shira Grosman, Student ASLA, is a Masters Candidate in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. She has worked in landscape architecture and architecture firms in New York and Los Angeles and conducted multiple research projects on women in design. She is currently co-editor of Womxn in Design‘s Bibliography on Identity Theories. Shira graduated from WashU with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.

image: WxLA

About WxLA:

WxLA is a team of landscape architects who are committed to equality in landscape architecture. Over the last year, their campaign to broaden the pipeline for all women to excel in landscape architecture has gained significant momentum, starting with the Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution (Cinda Gilliland, ASLA; Jamie Maslyn Larson, ASLA; Steven Spears, FASLA; Rebecca Leonard, ASLA; and Gina Ford, FASLA) and the WxLA Scholarship. The scholarship has raised over $20,000 and recently sent seven emerging female leaders to the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego. To learn more about the group and their mission, check out their feature in Landscape Architecture Magazine, “The Bigger Time.” For the latest news, follow them on Instagram: @w_x_la.

TJ Marston, ASLA, is Founding Principal at PLOT Studio, a faculty member at Florida International University, Co-Principal Investigator for the VELA (Visualizing Equity in Landscape Architecture) Project, and Co-Chair of ASLA’s Women in Landscape Architecture Professional Practice Network (WiLA PPN).

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