ASLA announces the 2019 winners of their Professional and Student Awards

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Updated Oct 16, 2019

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced their 2019 Professional and Student Awards winners.

All award recipients, their clients and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture on Monday, Nov. 18 in San Diego, California.

This year’s 36 Professional Award winners were chosen from 544 submissions, and ASLA says they represent the best of landscape architecture in the general design, residential design, analysis and planning, communications and research categories.

With a total of 368 submissions this year, ASLA says the 26 Student Award winners represent the best of the landscape architecture profession in the categories of general design, residential design, analysis and planning, research, communications, student collaboration and student community service.

“ASLA’s Professional and Student Awards programs are the oldest and most prestigious in the profession,” says ASLA president Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA. “This extraordinary and diverse array of winners represent both the best of landscape architecture today and the brightest hope for our future. This year’s awards reflect the global nature of landscape architecture and demonstrate to professionals and the public alike how our profession addresses some of the world’s most pressing problems, including climate change and resilience, livability and the creation of healthy and equitable environments.”

General design category

Heritage Flume Photo: ASLAHeritage Flume Photo: ASLA

Award of Excellence

Heritage Flume in Sandwich, Massachusetts, by STIMSON for Heritage Museums and Gardens 

The Heritage Flume was constructed through a marginal forested dell and little-used lawn, and these areas were transformed into an iconic element for Heritage Museums and Gardens. ASLA says the design explores the intersection of American landscape history and contemporary design through the reinterpretation of the regions’ historic gristmill water flumes.

Honor awards  

Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, Australia by PWP Landscape Architecture for Barangaroo Redevelopment Agency

Changchun Culture of Water Ecology Park in Changchun, China, by Shuishi for Changchun Urban and Rural Construction Committee and Changchun Construction Investment Co., Ltd.

Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park in Bangkok, Thailand, by Landprocess for Chulalongkorn University

Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland, by PWP Landscape Architecture for Glenstone Foundation

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park Phase II: A New Urban Ecology in Long Island, New York, by SWA/Balsley and WEISS/Manfredi with ARUP for New York Clients Economic Development Corporation and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Lower Rainer Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge at the University of Washington/Seattle, Washington, by GGN for the University of Washington

Sundance Square Plaza, The Heart of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Ltd. For Sundance Square

The Bentway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by Public Work Office for Urban Design & Landscape Architecture for The Bentway Conservancy in partnership with the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto, enabled by Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation with Ken Greenberg

Washington Fruit & Produce Company Headquarters in Yakima, Washington, by Berger Partnership for Washington Fruit & Produce Company

Yellowhorn Farm Park: Battling the Threat of Desertification by Inner Mongolia, China, for Yellowhorn Exhibition Center and Inner Mongolia Yellowhorn Agricultural Technology, Ltd.

Residential Design Category

Sonoma Mountain Photo: ASLASonoma Mountain
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Award of Excellence

Sonoma Mountain in Glen Ellen, California, for Hocker Design Group

ASLA says the 96-acre preserve on Sonoma Mountain is situated on a 4-acre parcel and optimizes the potential of the exterior spaces with adjacency to structures while hiding vehicles from sight, all along a sloping hillside. ASLA says elements of the site are organized along the sloping meadows amongst the native Quercus agrifolia. Two small “weeHouse” structures, connective walks and steps, a pool, outdoor grilling area, privacy wall and seating space are placed on and carved into the site, surrounded by re-sown native grasses.

Honor Awards

Hassalo on Eighth – From Urban Blight to LEED Platinum Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, for PLACE

Kua Bay Residence in Kona, Hawaii, for Lutsko Associates

Plains, Prairie, Plateau: A Retreat at the Edge in San Antonio, Texas, for Carbo Landscape Architecture

Whidbey Island Residence in Whidbey Island, Washington, for Berger Partnership

Where Agriculture Meets Coastal Woodlands in Sebastopol, California, for Longwell MacDonald

Analysis and Planning Category

TOcore: Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan Photo: ASLATOcore: Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan
Photo: ASLA

Award of Excellence

TOcore: Downtown Parks and Public Realm Plan in Toronto, Canada, by Public Work Office for Urban Design & Landscape Architecture for the City of Toronto

ASLA says the Parks and Public Realm Plan establishes a vision and framework to achieve an expanded, improved and connected parks and public realm network within the Downtown’s mature urban fabric to support future growth. ASLA says the Plan presents new ways of thinking about the public realm and landscape in the city and provides a tactical dialogue about how we design, maintain and use our parks, streets and other open spaces to support urban life and achieve a bold and transformative legacy for future generations.

Honor Awards

+StL: Growing an Urban Mosaic in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri, by TLS Landscape Architecture, Shanghai OBJECT TERRITORIES, and [dhd] derek hoeferlin design for Great Rivers Greenway

Florence Griswold Museum – The Artists’ Trail: History, Ecology and Sense of Place in Old Lyme, Connecticut, by STIMSON for Florence Griswold Museum

Girl Scout Property Planning: National to Local Strategies in Regional Southwest & Utopia, Texas, by Studio Outside for Girl Scouts USA and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

McIntire Botanical Garden: Masterplan for Resiliency and Healing in Charlottesville, Virginia, by Mikyoung Kim Design for McIntire Botanical Garden

Re-Storying the Knobs: A Master Plan for Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, by Studio Outside for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Revitalizing the Great Wall —- Datong Ancient Great Wall Cultural Heritage Corridor in Shanxi Province, China, in Datong City, China, by BLLA and Beijing Forestry University for Datong Municipal Government and Datong Planning and Natural Resources Bureau

The Cleveland Flats Connections Plan: Connecting a Missing Link in Cleveland, Ohio, by CMG Landscape Architecture for LAND Studio; Ohio City, Inc.; Port of Cleveland; Building Cleveland; and Michael Baker International

Public Sediment for Alameda Creek in San Francisco, California, by SCAPE for Resilient by Design Bay Area

Research Category

Site Commissioning: Proving Triple-Bottom-Line Landscape Performance at a National Scale Photo: ASLASite Commissioning: Proving Triple-Bottom-Line Landscape Performance at a National Scale
Photo: ASLA

Award of Excellence

Site Commissioning: Proving Triple-Bottom-Line Landscape Performance at a National Scale by Andropogon for US General Services Administration

ASLA says the Site Commissioning White Paper, published in 2017 by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), proposes an agency-wide, site-commissioning process for GSA’s future land development projects. This process has the potential to advance the effectiveness of the site design, construction and management industries within one of the world’s largest public real estate organizations, which in turn could positively impact landscape performance at a national scale. The white paper was developed through a unique collaboration between policy-makers, landscape architects and 89 industry leaders. While written as a policy tool, the white paper’s tone and graphic quality make it equally accessible to practitioners.

Honor Awards

Using Social Media Data to Understand Site-Scale Landscape Architecture Design: A Case Study of Seattle Freeway Park by Bo Zhang, ASLA, Oklahoma State University and Yang Song, North Dakota State University

Communications Category

The FloMo: A Mobile Messenger for Sea Level Rise Photo: ASLAThe FloMo: A Mobile Messenger for Sea Level Rise
Photo: ASLA

Award of Excellence

The FloMo: A Mobile Messenger for Sea Level Rise by Bionic for Resilient By Design

ASLA says the FloMo is a Trojan Horse to deliver a message of awareness and unity to a community of immigrants and businesses that are at risk of displacement or devastation by flooding and sea-level rise. Fun, informative, relatable and bi-lingual, the FloMo delivers a profound and simple message about climate change and flooding.

Honor Awards

A Living, Breathing Movement: An Introduction to the Dakota Access Pipeline Issue by ALMA

Artful Technology Methods for Communicating Non-Standard Construction Materials by Design Workshop – Aspen A Conduit for Alignment & Empathetic Outreach in Community Building by David Rubin Land Collective for Heritage Fund, The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture by University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design

The New Landscape Declaration: A Call to Action for the Twenty-First Century by Landscape Architecture Foundation

What’s Out There Cultural Landscapes Guides by The Cultural Landscape Foundation for National Park Service Northeast Region

The Landmark Award

Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve Photo: ASLACrosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve
Photo: ASLA

Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve in Sumpter Township, Michigan by SmithGroup for Wayne County Parks and Recreation

Originally created as recompense for wetland impacts during the expansion of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, ASLA says Crosswinds Marsh has transformed into a treasure valued by both human and natural communities. Celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of the largest self-sustaining wetland mitigation projects in the country, Crosswinds Marsh has become a national benchmark for ecological restoration and environmental design. Most notably, the project recreated ecosystems for hundreds of native flora and fauna species by restoring over 1,000 acres of historical wetland ecosystems from former agricultural and residential uses.

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