Friday, September 15, 2017

On March 23, 2017, CAPLA alum Eric M. Scharf, Principal of Wheat Design Group, made an endowment gift agreement with The University of Arizona Foundation to establish the Elizabeth “Liba” Wheat Memorial Prize Endowment (the “Fund”). The purpose of the Fund is to support the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning in CAPLA. This Fund is established to support student work that embodies the values inherent in Elizabeth (“Liba”) Wheat’s professional work. These values are: 1) community improvement; 2) innovation in design; and 3) transformation of public spaces. 

The Fund will recognize a student or group of students whose work demonstrates these values in projects during their second or third year in the Master of Landscape Architecture program.

In the fall semester of 2017, the first “Liba” Prize will be bestowed to one of the design teams in LAR 612 Design Studio V. Student teams are preparing green infrastructure design proposals for the University’s main campus with quantified/forecasted performance benefits and climate change resilience in stormwater. Final project submittals will enter the 2017 U.S. EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge Competition

Jury criteria for the first “Liba” Prize is listed below. 

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the planning and/or design principles of the subject matter
  • Present an innovative and comprehensive planning and/or design solution
  • Present a superior graphical representation and oral communication of the design proposal
  • Demonstrate excellent collaborative efforts and intellectual growth as a team

For more information, please contact studio instructor Dr. Bo Yang at ( or 520-621-1009.

Eric Scharf announces the prize to Design Studio V students with Development Officer Kay Olsen Brown (left) and Director Lauri Macmillan Johnson (center).

Liba Wheat