Masters Candidate, Landscape Architecture 2014
After an eight-year career in broadcast journalism at ABC News in New York, Asa moved to Charlottesville to pursue his master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at UVa. Asa received two National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, News Emmy Awards for investigative reporting and producing at ABC News in 2006 and 2008.
As a journalist and denizen of New York City, Asa witnessed the visceral impact of designed and natural landscapes on people and communities, and incorporates this perspective—rooted in contemplative science and theory—into his graduate research.
With support from the Contemplative Sciences Center, Asa’s research titled “Landscapes of Longevity” has been investigating physical aspects of landscape that enable healthy communities, as well as the importance of a “sense of place” in fostering mental, spiritual, and social well-being. With research partner Harriett Jameson, this research will culminate in publications and a documentary film scheduled for the spring of 2014.
Asa grew up in Athens Ohio, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003 with a B.S. in Political Science with a focus in International Studies. Asa and his wife live in Charlottesville, and are expecting their first child in 2014.