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B. Blake Houghton II

Master of Landscape Architecture ’23

Certificate in Heritage Conservation

  • AzASLA 2022 Honor Award: Lessons from the Wind
  • AzASLA 2022 Honor Award: A Designer’s Guide to Effective Planning & Site Design of Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society (2022)
  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellow (2021-23)
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Diversity Scholar (2021)
  • Gratia Coronae Award (2021)
  • President, American Society of Landscape Architects (2022-23)
  • Cohort Representative, ASLA (2020-22)
  • Chapter Treasurer, Society for Creative Anachronism (2020-22)

Home Town
Tucson, Arizona

Master’s Report
Historic 4th Avenue Improvement Plan


We’re all in it together. Be kind and don’t give up on your community, whatever it may look like.


Thanks to all those who have helped me every step on the path of this particular journey. Thanks to my parents and grandparents for paving the way. Thanks to members of my cohort (Lauran and Emma in particular), fellow RPCVs and Coverdell Fellows (especially Blake, Taylor, and Betsy), Drs. Margaret Livingston and Bo Yang, without whom I could not have made it all three years. Special thanks to OMG whose help was instrumental in me finishing my master’s report, to HFAC for providing the topic of that report, to BSERC and the Bisbee Science Lab and especially to Thea and Amie. Thanks to Laura and the team at WDG for taking me on and guiding me this far. Thanks to the Whiskey Bards, and my Peer. Thanks to my found family in Atenveldt, Barony of Tir Ysgithr, every member of House Del la Roc, and special thanks to Golda, without whose charity, grace, and friendship I don’t think this would have been possible at all. But most of all, thanks to Brian, my son. Who at all of thirteen possesses more patience, and more heart than any person I know. A kid who I look up to, who inspires me, and has been more gracious and understanding with me for way longer than he had a right to have to be. I love you most of all kiddo, thanks for helping dad get through this.


Comments: 3

  • Mom

    May 13, 2023

    Congratulations, honey. I’m super proud of your tenacity and work ethic. It’s been a journey for sure, but you’ve arrived at a way point. Enjoy this rest before you take on the next challenge life brings.

  • Uncle

    May 13, 2023

    Congratulations, Blake! Grandpa, Grandma, and I are very proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished! Time for the next adventure, we love you!

  • Mineko

    May 14, 2023

    I can’t wait to see what you do with this Masters and the certifications received. Public spaces will be better for having you steward them! I hope the enthusiasm never wanes! Congratulations on this realization of all your hard work.


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