Thaisa Way is a landscape historian teaching history, theory, and design at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has published and lectured on feminist histories of landscape architecture. Her book , Unbounded Practices: Women, Landscape Architecture, and Early Twentieth Century Design (2009, University of Virginia Press) was supported by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the Landscape Studies Foundation’s David Coffin Award. In 2010 it was awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Award. Her forthcoming book From Modern Space to Urban Ecological Design: the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag (University of Washington Press) explores the narrative of post-industrial cities and the practice of landscape architecture. She is also in the midst of completing the monograph, Landscape Architect A.E. Bye: Sculpting the Earth, Modern Landscape Design Series to be published by Norton Publishing. She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies, member of the jury for the ASLA professional awards, and editor for the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
An additional area of research is directed at sustainable urban design with a co-edited book with Ken Yocom, Ben Spencer, and Jeff Hou, forthcoming from Routledge, Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here. This book builds on the collaborative work of researchers across the academic and professional communities participating in the UW’s successful Now Urbanism Sawyer Seminar of 2010-2012 co-directed by Dr. Way and Dr. Margaret O’Mara. Most recently Dr. Way and O’Mara have launched the UW’s Cities Collaboratory, a transdisciplinary study of cities and their futures that extends across the University and city of Seattle.