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Staff News

Growing Our Youth with Nature-Based Playscapes

Harrington Speaks at Annual NRPA National Congress

Laurel Harrington of Christner and Laurie Harmon of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse recently presented this topic at the 2016 National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) National Congress in St. Louis. Their presentation included research focusing on outdoor play as a critical component for the development of our emotional, physical, psychological and cognitive well-being. Local and national examples illustrated how playscapes reduce barriers to nature-deprived children while providing enriching play to nature-savvy kids. Attendees were even able to build their own miniature playscape as part of the session.  […]

Newly Licensed Architects and Degree Recipient

Congratulations are in order for Rachel Kerr, Ben Arenberg and Kathy Caldwell!  After successfully completing their architectural registration exams, Rachel and Ben are now licensed architects.  In addition, Kathy recently received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fontbonne University.

Rachel graduated from Washington University with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Architecture.  She joined Christner in 2012 as an intern and officially in 2013, full-time.  Most recently, Rachel has been working with BJC Healthcare on the West County Hospital and […]

Announcing Newly Licensed Landscape Architect

Christner is pleased to announce that Jonathan Ryan, ASLA has successfully completed his landscape architectural registration exams and is a newly licensed landscape architect.  The LARE exam is administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and is broken out into four different tests, which include: Project and Construction Management, Inventory and Analysis, Design, and Grading, Drainage and Construction Documentation.

Jonathan joined Christner in 2011 and is an integral part of the firm and our landscape architecture practice. […]

Congratulations Newly Licensed Architects

Over the past year and a half, we've had six people in our office become licensed architects! It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Pavel Ivanchuk, Natasha Dunwoody, Ericka Lanter, Morgan Perry, Patricia Sanchez de Andrei and Melissa Harlan on this great achievement. Becoming licensed is no easy task and requires completing numerous IDP hours (5,600 to be exact) and passing 7 exams before you can officially be licensed.  Although challenging at times, these individuals stayed the course and officially passed their final exams!

Pavel graduated from UCLA with […]

Place Attachment: Engendering Loyalty and Love Presented at SCUP

Place attachment research explains how we develop personal attachments to a place, what connects us to a place, what connects us as a campus community, and what motivates us to preserve our special places.  Laurel Harrington and Marilyn Sander of Christner and Laurie Harmon of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse presented this topic at the 2013 Society of College and University Planning North Central Conference.  The research suggests that beautification and donor recognition projects can be very successful in promoting the  university  and engendering loyalty […]