ASLA Names Five New Honorary Members

Updated Feb 19, 2013

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the selection of five new honorary members to the Society for their work in education, activism and dedication to the landscape architecture profession. The presentation ceremony will take place at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Phoenix on October 1.

Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA can bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession.

This year’s honorees are:

Stephen M. Benz, Partner, OLIN
Benz has not only contributed enormously to civil engineering and sustainable site design, but also has been a determined advocate and steward of the practice of landscape architecture and green infrastructure. He has also made critical contributions to the discourse of green infrastructure through his service to the U.S. Green Building Council and the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
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U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland
Congresswoman Edwards has established herself as a national leader in active transportation and stormwater management issues. She has worked diligently to protect and preserve our nation’s natural resources and has championed innovative approaches to water management, smart growth, and transportation policies.
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Dr. Richard  J. Jackson, M.D., Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, and Professor, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Urban Planning, UCLA School of Public Health
Dr. Jackson is a champion of improving public health through better community design. His research, publications, speeches, and advocacy over the decades of his professional career speak to his commitment to one of the critical issues of our time. Dr. Jackson’s influence has changed the dialogue about design and public health in ways no other public figure has accomplished.
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Robin C. Moore, Affiliate ASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University
Moore is a scholar and exemplary practitioner of landscape design and architecture. Of Moore’s many notable contributions, he has focused on designing landscapes that optimize children’s healthy development. He has also created and shared knowledge that is helping landscape architecture practice become more evidence-based, particularly in intergenerational design.
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Dennis Pieprz, Affiliate ASLA, Principal, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
As an architect and urban designer, Pieprz has led complex urban projects both nationally and internationally. He brings a collaborative approach to his work as well as a critical understanding of the forces that shape contemporary cities. Pieprz has made visible the essential role that landscape has in making important and lasting public places around the world.
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