Solano and Schubert Recognized as College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni

Two Knowlton School alumni, Laura Solano (BSLA ‘83) and Peter Schubert (BSARCH ‘78), will be honored as Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering at the 2017 Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner on November 17. The "Distinguished Alumnus" Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University in 1954. Their purpose is to recognize distinguished achievement in one's profession by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership, or genius in production.

Laura Solano, ASLA, is a principal and registered landscape architect at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), where she has worked since 1991. She oversees the Cambridge, MA office and has been involved in many of the firm’s best-known and award-winning projects, including Teardrop Park, Alumnae Valley at Wellesley College, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the Restoration of Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House. Her recent work includes the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Don River Park in Toronto, and Penn Park in Philadelphia.

Laura is an associate professor in practice of landscape architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she has taught since 1992. In 2010, she received the Boston Society of Architects’ Women in Design Award of Excellence and was featured in the film “Leaders in the Field: Women in Landscape Architecture.” She has served on the editorial board of Architecture Boston magazine and is currently a board member for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).

Peter Schubert, FAIA, is a Partner in Ennead Architects International and a Adjunct Professor at the Irwin F. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Throughout a 30-year career rooted in the legacy of modernism, he has designed award-winning buildings both in the United States and abroad that include a range of typologies, including commercial, hospitality, science and technology and master planning. Fusing a passion for urbanism with iconic architecture that integrates local culture, history, and context, he creates purposeful buildings and civic places. He has consistently demonstrated how aesthetic and urbanistic goals can mutually reinforce one another, applying this philosophy and bringing an exceptional level of architectural excellence first to commercial buildings and then expanding it to hospitality, educational, healthcare and institutional projects around the world.

Peter’s current projects include two mixed-use science research parks in China – R&F Shanghai Hongjiao and R&F Nanjing Qilin, Huawei Research Development Center in Wuhan and Bairui Bridge and Trust Headquarters in Zhengzhou. His work has received numerous awards including National, New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania AIA Honor Awards; American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum; Building of the Year from the Singapore Institute of Architects; Best High-rise/Urban Building from the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks; as well as many local and regional awards.