West Virginia University
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design alumna Yasmeen
Juma was recently awarded 2nd prize in the Graduate Student Design Category at
the 7th “Yuan Ye” International Competition, an annual design competition for landscape
architecture students and professionals.
The competition is hosted by the Asian Landscape Architecture Society, Worldscape
Magazine and China Landscape Architecture.
Juma’s project, “Educational EcoPark and wetland restoration in Staten Island, New
York,” focused on addressing the many challenges of wetlands and other natural
environments in New York. The project aim is to educate the community about the
importance of wetlands and to transform them into a landmark site for the enjoyment
of all citizens.
Her proposed park integrates social sustainability, recreational activities and ecological
restoration, as well as the preservation of the cultural identity and heritage
values of the local community.
“I’m so honored that my project has been selected as one of the best proposals among
thousands of other designs and will be exhibited and published to be recognized
internationally and globally,” Juma said. “Winning the Yuan Ye second prize award
describes a success that might bring a better place for the people and society
through the park’s environmental development.”
International Competition evaluation committee with the Excellence Guide Teacher Award.
Jiang, who joined the WVU landscape architecture faculty in 2015, received her bachelor’s in landscape architecture from Beijing Forestry University, her master’s in landscape architecture from Tongji University and her doctorate in planning, design and the built environment from Clemson University.
“I am so appreciative of Dr. Shan, who has been involved since the early stages of the design process, influencing the design scheme and planning decisions to establish a diverse creative program that encourages people to directly interact with the park’s designed elements,” Juma said. “Also, I would like to thank the rest of the landscape architecture faculty members for giving me a great, three-year educational journey that has led me to achieve such an accomplishment.”
Juma, who graduated in December 2016 with a master’s in landscape architecture, is
invited to attend the “Yuan Ye” Summit Forum, an annual meeting for landscape architecture
experts, entrepreneurs and college students. It will be held in Beijing on April
Pictured above: Yasmeen Juma (upper left) and Shan Jiang (lower right). Pictured below: Two renderings from Juma's project proposal, "Educational EcoPark and wetland restoration in Staten Island, New York"
CONTACT: Nikky Luna; WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources