- Published: 09 June 2014 09 June 2014
WASHINGTON -- The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announces its 2014 Honors recipients. This year a total of 15 individuals and firms will be recognized. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the Honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year.
Leading the list of award-winners is Richard Bell, FASLA, who will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Through his practice, Bell expanded the reach of modernism in landscape architecture to the Southeast, and he brought an entire generation of young people into practice. A founder of Bell Glazener Design Group in Raleigh, North Carolina, he has designed more than 2,000 projects during his career.
Receiving the ASLA Design Medal is Andrea Cochran, FASLA. Cochran is the founder of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in San Francisco. Her work integrates the fields of landscape, art, and architecture and is internationally recognized for its simplicity and timelessness. Cochran designs projects for private, commercial, and institutional clients, and recently received a national award for an affordable housing project.
The Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal will be presented to William Tishler, FASLA. The award recognizes significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education. For over 36 years, Tishler, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been a highly valued instructor and scholar. His finely crafted and reflective lectures helped his students develop a strong appreciation for landscape history and cultural landscapes as well as for the landscape architecture profession. He also documented the work of early Midwestern pioneers in landscape architecture.
The LaGasse Medal for a landscape architect has been awarded to Ramiro Villalvazo, ASLA, for his contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. Villalvazo’s prestigious career with the U.S. Forest Service spans four decades. His most recent assignments—including serving as the Forest Service’s chief landscape architect, the forest supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest, and the director of public services for the Pacific Southwest Region—are most noteworthy. He has sought to advance the public’s understanding of the value of public lands and has utilized his training as a landscape architect to improve our nation’s public resources.
Will Rogers will receive the LaGasse Medal for a non-landscape architect. Rogers was selected for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. Rogers, the president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land, has made long-term contributions to the preservation of natural resources and creation of public landscapes. Under his leadership, the organization has preserved 2.26 million acres of open space and worked on 287 parks and playgrounds. Rogers also directed the organization’s creation of ParkScore, a statistical vehicle to measure the success of the nation’s largest cities in providing close-to-home parks.
This year’s Olmsted Medal will be presented to Adrian Benepe, Hon. ASLA. The award recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies, or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship. As the New York City Parks Commissioner, he left a legacy that transformed the city, creating 800 acres of new parks during his tenure. Currently, he serves as senior vice president and director of city park development for the Trust for Public Land and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on public-space development and management.
A New York-based organization, Friends of the High Line, will receive the Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence. The award recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and design, or a combination of these items. Founded in 1999, Friends of the High Line worked relentlessly to save New York City’s elevated railbed, the High Line, from demolition and then created the renowned park that has sparked development on New York City’s West Side. Friends of the High Line works closely with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to make sure the park is maintained as a great public space for all to enjoy.
This year’s recipient of the Landscape Architecture Firm Award is Oehme van Sweden. The Washington-based firm will receive, the highest honor ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architecture firm in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession. Oehme van Sweden was established nearly 40 years ago by Wolfgang Oehme, FASLA, and James van Sweden, FASLA. The firm has garnered worldwide recognition for its appreciation of nature and its processes and has influenced landscape architecture firms across the nation. Today, the firm’s three managing partners, Sheila Brady, FASLA, Lisa Delplace, ASLA, and Eric Groft, FASLA, carry on the founders’ legacy in creating forward-thinking, contemporary landscapes.
William Flournoy, FASLA, will receive the Community Service Award for providing sustained, pro bono service demonstrating the sound principles or values of landscape architecture. For more than 40 years, Flournoy has provided immeasurable service to the Raleigh, N.C., community and beyond for his work with greenways. Because of his strategic and consistent commitment to community service. Raleigh now has 4,000 acres of greenway corridors and 130 miles of paved trails. This continuous and interconnected system now integrates with the systems of multiple municipalities across four adjoining counties to constitute a growing regional network.
Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 162 honorary members.
This year’s honorees are:
* Mary Alice Lee. As program director for the City Spaces Program at the Trust for Public Land since 2002, Lee is responsible for a program that has provided playgrounds for 385,000 students and their families in New York City. Each playground is designed to capture up to one inch of stormwater when it rains, thereby easing pressure on the city’s sewer system and improving the health of local waterways.
* Holly Leicht. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development director for New York and New Jersey, plays a leading role in the federal government’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Leicht is a strong advocate for landscape architectural and urban design issues.
* Arleyn Levee. A foremost preservation consultant specializing in the work of the Olmsted firm and an authority on John Charles Olmsted, herr work has led to a greater understanding of the firm’s century-long existence. She helped found the Massachusetts Association of Olmsted Parks, which was the pre-cursor and model for the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP).
* U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. The Wisconsin congressman has a strong track record of supporting transportation issues important to millions of Americans across the country. As the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Petri has been a long-time supporter of active transportation programs, including the Transportation Enhancements (currently Transportation Alternatives Program), Safe Routes to School, and particularly the Recreational Trails programs. He is also a strong supporter of legislative and funding initiatives that advance parks and recreation.
* U.S. Rep. David Price. The North Caroline representative has been a long-time champion of land conservation and his actions have benefited not only his district, but the state and nation as well. As a member of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Price has been an ardent supporter of active transportation, green infrastructure, and urban parks legislation. He has also been a strong supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund though his position on the House Appropriations Committee.
* Kerry St. Pé. Throughout his career, St. Pé has worked to protect significant Louisiana landscapes and to educate the public about the region’s fragile ecosystem. As the executive director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), he has mounted an aggressive outreach and education campaign and actively engages the public through volunteer efforts.
The honors will be presented at the President’s Dinner on November 24, held during the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, November 15-18, in Denver.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.
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