Faye Harwell of Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, was honored recently for her multi-phase landscape design work at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington.
Work by Harwell and her team was recognized as one of only three projects in the landscape category of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s “Built by Women DC Awards” (BxW DC).
As a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rhodeside & Harwell has provided planning and landscape architecture services for several projects at the National Arboretum, including new courtyards and gardens at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum and renovations to the National Herb Garden.
Harwell was honored along with Dr. Johann Klodzen, executive director of the National Bonsai Foundation. The BxW DC program’s winning projects were exhibited March 19-20 at the National Building Museum in Washington.
Rhodeside & Harwell’s work at the National Arboretum has spanned nearly 20 years. The firm is currently working on the design of the new National China Garden, a 12-acre classical garden and center for cultural study. Rhodeside & Harwell is collaborating on the project with Page Southerland Page, landscape architect Peter Liu, and a Chinese design team led by Madame Jiang Zehui, director-general, International Center for Bamboo and Rattan.
Rhodeside & Harwell’s work at the National Arboretum has also been selected for AIA/DC’s DesignDC 2016 tour, to be held August 24-26.
The firm, which also has a studio in New York, was founded in 1986 and has completed a number of prominent commissions in landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. Rhodeside & Harwell’s work includes the restoration of Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey; the waterfront park at the National Aquarium in Baltimore; cultural landscape reports and restoration design for Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania; and renovation of the landscape at the U.S. Supreme Court, among others.