CALS LA students team with professionals to rehabilitate Ag Hall courtyard

Last October, students from the College’s landscape architecture department completed the first stages of a student project to rehabilitate a small courtyard adjacent to the landscape architecture studio at Agriculture Hall. Students worked on the project for two days, and 15 sponsors chipped in to donate supplies, work, and time. Plants will be installed in the spring and will be donated by Dave Watts, owner of Watts Landscaping. Watts recently returned to UW to receive a master’s degree in landscape architecture.

According to Dan Williams, ASLA, the site is historically significant and was originally designed by Professor Franz Aust. The stone wall Aust designed and built is still in place and forms the northwest corner of the courtyard. The site will be submitted to the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) in the near future.

The project received a matching grant from American Society of Landscape Architecture through the ASLA Wisconsin chapter. Student groups submitted proposals to the Wisconsin ASLA chapter as part of a design competition. Williams, who served as a member of that jury, said the students formed teams of sophomore, junior, and senior members and that each team prepared outstanding submittals, with the winning team ultimately incorporating ideas from all submittals into the final design.