Joan Woodward


Joan Woodward

Joan Woodward, professor and graduate program coordinator, Landscape Architecture, has been named the first Lyle Center Faculty Fellow for 2004-05. Woodward is studying the potential resilience of designed landscapes by examining landscapes in the Los Angeles region that maintain integrity after being released from regular irrigation and maintenance. The intent is to extract lessons from such landscapes so that future landscapes can be designed to maintain aesthetic and ecological function in the face of probable volatility. Woodward?s research is strongly aligned with the mission of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, which is to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living, with particular emphasis on developing systems that restore and revitalize themselves. This is the inaugural year of the faculty fellowship program. Woodward plans to use the Fellowship support to write portions of a potentially widely distributed book that will include essays and photographs reflecting on the success and potential of these ?feral landscapes? in the Los Angeles region.