The inaugural award was presented to Julie Bargmann of DIRT (“Dump It Right There”) Studio in 2007. Her Charlottesville, VA based practice seeks to ameliorate postindustrial brownfield sites through ecological and cultural interventions. Julie Bargmann teamed with Manu Sobti, Associate Professor of Architecture, to co-teach the first Urban Edge Studio. Their shared research interest in the cultural and historical palimpsest of a site provided a basis for investigations into Milwaukee’s decaying urban landscape. A week-long DIRT Charrette and Design Competition exposed students from multiple studio sections to methods of analyzing and mapping the city.