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2014 Awards

Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication

Honor Award

San Jose State University Landscape Master Plan
San Jose, CA
Wallace Roberts & Todd, Inc.
Lead Landscape Architect: James Stickley
Landscape Designer and Project Manager: Laura Teppe
Client: San Jose State University

Implementation Projects: Longer Term.
Implementation Projects: Mid-term (Priority.
Implementation Projects: Short-term ("Low Hanging Fruit").
Guidelines: A courtyard in the subtropical zone.
Guidelines: An entry plaza in the Botanical/Arboretum zone.
Guidelines: A shared service alley in the subtropical zone.
Guidelines: A shared way within the Mediterranean/Native California zone.
Example palette from the "Mediterranean/Native California" thematic zone.
This plan proposed to establish and clarify thematic zones in different parts of campus.
The 1995 Landscape Master Plan set a bold agenda for the campus landscape that recognizes the power of the historic landscape in creating campus identity as well as clear strategies that build upon and strengthen that identity. The plan’s strategies are rooted in seven fundamental principles, which are as relevant today as they were in 1995.

A Landscape Master Plan for San Jose State University. The previous plan, done nearly 20 years ago, was instrumental in instigating a number of positive changes to the campus. However other aspects of the plan represented outdated thinking in terms of sustainable strategies. Most notably, the planting palette no longer reflected appropriate species considering climate change trends that have become evident throughout the south Bay eco-region. Many tree species planted in accordance with that plan, tend towards temperate climate rosaceous and mesic species that are now better suited to cooler climates and shorter growing seasons that have migrated northward with climate change. Conversely, plant species that have historically been suited to warmer climates and longer growing seasons further south, are now able to flourish in this region due to the same warming trends. This master plan builds a new landscape strategy for the campus in the context of these trends.