Diplom - Ingenieur Univ. Landespflege (graduated engineer, equivalent of Master of Landscape Architecture), Technical University of Munich.
Certificate of advanced vocational training in professional desktop publishing and multimedia.
Certificate in vocational education and training qualifications for crafts sectors (pedagogy for professional vocational training and educational psychology).
Anna is a licensed landscape architect and began her professional career twenty-plus years ago. She has since acted as lead designer and project manager on high profile projects in Germany, China and Canada. Anna is a co-founder of the landscape design practice ‘Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Urban Designers’ and is a Full Member of both the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA/MALA) and the Bavarian Chamber of Architects in Germany. Over the years Anna has developed fundamental knowledge and technical expertise in landscape design, project organization, project implementation and visual communication.
The courses Anna teaches in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design are a great opportunity to introduce students to the rigor of professional practice and to approach existing practices with fresh eyes. Anna advocates a strong knowledge base as the bedrock of landscape design, innovation and risk-taking.
LARC 7330 Landscape Architecture Studio 3
EVLU 4002 Construction Materials
EVLU 3012 Site Morphology and Grading
Digital Drawing Workshop
Anna’s research on sustainable strategies for parking lots, green roofs, out-door classrooms, the urban tree canopy and public green spaces demonstrates her particular interest in navigating challenges that occur between conception and construction. Anna’s publications prove that technique and nature, and function and aesthetics, are not a contradiction in terms.
Anna has been testing economical and ecological construction methods in collaboration with Dr. Kris Dick at the University’s Alternative Village. Data of the long term monitoring phase will give information about longevity and sustainability of alternative construction methods in the extreme prairie climate of Winnipeg. Anna’s research on advanced visualization techniques reflects design communication, and even manipulation, through images. Her teaching and writing explores how new technologies expand the possibilities of designing with images. If designers succeed in this projects shine and vibrate both before and after realization.
Awards and Recognition
The creative work of Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Urban Designers has been honoured by prestigious awards like the CSLA Awards of Excellence, Prairie Design Awards, Sustainable Community Design Award, People’s Choice Award, Deutscher Landschaftarchitekturpreis Würdigung, and the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize (Finalist). The awards came from several sources. The positive feed-back of a wide range of juries and awarding authorities clearly shows the innovative and research character of this creative work.
Thurmayr, A. (2014). Questions and Answers: The gravel lawn. The 2015 Prairie Garden - Western Canada’s only gardening annual: Grasses and Succulents, pp76-80.
Thurmayr, A. (2014). Call before you cut! The importance of tree protection. Atmosphere 2014. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba. Abstract retrieved from http://umanitoba.ca/architecture/atmosphere/presenters-thurmayr.html#thurmayr
Straub D., Thurmayr, A. (2013). Tactile models carved by binary numbers: Connecting digital and physical design methods. In E. Buhmann, S. Ervin & M. Pietsch (Eds.), Peer reviewed proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2013 at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Berlin and Offenbach (40-47). Germany: Herbert Wichmann Verlag.
Thurmayr, A. (2013). Manitoba’s best kept secret: Living roofs. The 2014 Prairie Garden - Western Canada’s only gardening annual: 75th Anniversary Edition Gardens, 75, 165-169.
Thurmayr, A. (2012). Materials and Digital Representation. In E. Buhmann, S. Ervin & M. Pietsch (Eds.), Peer reviewed proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2012 at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (147-154). Berlin and Offenbach, Germany: Herbert Wichmann Verlag. Thurmayr, A. (2012). Parking as a creative challenge. The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, 2(4), 81-92.
Thurmayr, A., Straub, D. (2012). On the Preparation of Images. In E. Buhmann, S. Ervin, D. Tomlin & M. Pietsch (Eds.). Priliminary proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2011: Teaching Landscape Architecture, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Berlin and Offenbach, Germany: Herbert Wichmann Verlag, 343-349.
LIST OF IMAGES/CREDITS (DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS)
1. sketch by Anna Thurmayr
2. link picture by Anna Thurmayr
3. project Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Stadtplaner Anna Thurmayr,
4. detail Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Stadtplaner Dietmar Straub,
5. build picture by Dietmar Straub
6. experiment Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Stadtplaner picture
by Dietmar Straub