To The Howland family, for making this experience possible! I am extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity! Each year this generous fellowship motivates, inspires, and expands University of Virginia (UVA) Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) students.
To Professor Nancy Takahashi, the current chair of the landscape architecture department at UVA and my first studio professor. Nancy sparked this research at the beginning of my three-year master’s in landscape architecture program with stories of her visit to Iceland, and mention of a traveling fellowship. In my final year of the program, Nancy agreed to work with me on an independent study examining culture, history, sagas, systems, and flows of this unique place, which resulted in this proposal. Her energy, enthusiasm, expertise, and provocative thinking were essential ingredients in this process.
To Professor Roxi Thoren, a dual degree UVA alumni, currently an associate professor at the University of Oregon in the departments of both architecture and landscape architecture. Roxi proved to be an invaluable resource throughout this process. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland and generously shared her first-hand knowledge, valuable connections, resources, and provided great inspiration through her emails and scholarly articles. The dialogue between Roxi and I went above and beyond anything I could have expected.
To Professor William Sherman, associate professor of architecture and associate vice president for research at UVA. Bill taught a course, “Systems, Sites, & Building”, which influenced how I carried out research for this proposal. His encouragement, cross-disciplinary synthesis, enthusiasm, and guidance were important contributions.
To The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. This academic community has graciously accepted me as a visiting scholar during my time in Iceland. Architecture program director, Sigrun Birgisdotir, was generous with local information and assisted greatly in making my acceptance at the Academy possible.
To, Kristin Thorleifsdottir, who holds a Phd in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University, and is currently a project manager for collaborative work on sustainability for the Icelandic Architecture Society. Kristin generously agreed to be my mentor for this research. Already her knowledge of local culture and place has greatly impacted my research. I feel extremely fortunate to have found a local expert who is willing to be a part of this process.
Thank you also to, the MANY classmates, professors, family, and friends, who have helped make this dream a reality!