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ASLA names the winners of its 2017 Professional Awards
Jill Odom | September 6, 2017

Out of 465 entries, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected 38 professional awards recipients for 2017.

The awards recognize the best of landscape architecture and the projects are judged on criteria such as the quality of design and execution and the value to the community it serves. The categories include general design, analysis and planning, communications, research and residential design from the U.S. and around the world.

The winners will be recognized and given their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features the winning projects. It can be read for free .

General Design Category

Klyde Warren Park

ASLA 2017 Award of Excellence, General Design Category. Klyde Warren Park – Bridging the Gap in Downtown Dallas by OJB Landscape Architecture.
Photo: Gary Zvonkovic

Award of Excellence

The Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas, was designed by OJB Landscape Architecture and serves a bridge over the eight-lane Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It reconnects the downtown area with neighborhoods up north. The five-acre park has numerous features including a children’s park, great lawn, restaurant, fountain plaza, dog park and botanical garden.

More than half of all the surfaces are permeable allowing 64,000 gallons of stormwater to be intercepted by the landscaping. The community has embraced the space and hold daily free activities such as lectures and fitness classes.

Honor Awards

The Entrance Garden, Sao Paulo, Brazil by Alex Hanazaki Paisagismo for Eliane Revestimentos

Windhover Contemplative Center, San Francisco, by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for Stanford University

Owens Lake Land Art, Inyo County, California, by NUVIS Landscape Architecture for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

SteelStacks Arts + Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by WRT for the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem

Central Seawall Project, Seattle, by James Corner Field Operations LLC for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and Office of The Waterfront

The Yue-Yuan Courtyard, Suzhou, China, by Z+T Studio Landscape Architecture for Avic Legend Co. Ltd.

Merging Culture and Ecology at The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, by Surface 678 for the North Carolina Museum of Art

Chicago Botanic Garden: The Regenstein Learning Campus, Chicago, by Mikyoung Kim Design and Jacobs/Ryan Associates for the Chicago Botanic Garden

Workplace as Landscape – Facebook MPK20, San Francisco, by CMG Landscape Architecture for Facebook

Residential Design Category

birmingham residence in detroit

ASLA 2017 Award of Excellence, Residential Design Category. Birmingham Residence by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture.
Photo: Marion Brenner

Award of Excellence

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture created the landscape design for the Birmingham Residence, located in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Drawing inspiration from contemporary art, the firm created a space that would both complement and soften the architecture. The design team believed that residential landscapes need not be confined to conventional materials and practices.

Honor Awards 

Telegraph Hill Residence, San Francisco, by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Northeast Harbor, a Restoration on Mount Desert Island, Hancock County, Maine, by Stephen Stimson Associates | Landscape Architects

Smith Residence by Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture

Casa Las Brisas – Formation of a Coastal Retreat, Las Condes, Chile, by C. Stuart Moore Design

Proving Grounds – A 20-Year Education in American Horticulture, by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture  for Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan

Agrarian Modern – The Recovery and Renewal of Manatuck Farm by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture

Abstracting Morphology by HOLLANDERdesign | Landscape Architects

Northpoint Apartments, Orinda, California, by JETT Landscape Architecture + Design Inc. for Aline Estournes, Northpoint Apartments LLC

Analysis and Planning Category

Barrier Island Resiliency Planning for Galveston Island State Park

ASLA 2017 Award of Excellence, Analysis and Planning Category. Storm + Sand + Sea + Strand — Barrier Island Resiliency Planning for Galveston Island State Park by Studio Outside.

Award of Excellence

Storm + Sand + Sea + Strand – Barrier Island Resiliency Planning for Galveston Island State Park by Studio Outside was created as the redevelopment master plan after the barrier island was devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The plan had to anticipate what the site would look like in the next 50 years. Site strategies focused on tasks such as restoring the dunes for habitat, reducing impermeable surfaces by 25 percent. The plan also educates visitors on past, present and future dynamics of the coastline.

Honor Awards

The Olana Strategic Landscape Design Plan: Restoring an American Masterpiece, Hudson, New York, by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects for the Olana Partnership and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky, by Perkins+Will for Botanica

Positioning Pullman, Chicago, by Site for the National Parks Conservation Association

Conservation at the Edge – Prototyping Low-intervention Conservation in the Patagonian Wilderness, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture for Victor F. Trahan III, FAIA

Fitzgerald Revitalization Project: Landscapes as the Framework for Community Reinvestment, Detroit, by Spackman Mossop Michaels for the City of Detroit

Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan, Austin, Texas, by Page and Sasaki Associates for the Texas Facilities Commission

Communications Category 

Digital Library of Landscape Architecture History

ASLA 2017 Award of Excellence, Communications Category. Digital Library of Landscape Architecture History by Benjamin George, ASLA. Photo Credit: Benjamin George

Award of Excellence

Developed by Benjamin George, ASLA, an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University, the Digital Library of Landscape Architecture History () is a freely available, online public archive of virtual tours of historical landscapes.

There are currently 40 tours on DiLiLAH containing 2,000 years of history and 24 historic styles and cultures. Users can access informational hotspots on the panoramic tours. The website can serve as a tool to introduce individuals to the field of landscape architecture and has education worksheets teachers can use to incorporate into their lessons.

Honor Awards

Ecology as the Inspiration for a Presidential Library Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. for the George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin by The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Toward an Urban Ecology by Scape, published by The Monacelli Press

‘Jens Jensen The Living Green,’ A Feature Documentary by Viva Lundin Productions and the University of Michigan

Championing Connectivity: How an International Competition Captured Global Attention and Inspired Innovation in Wildlife Crossing Design by ARC Solutions

Research Category

Fluid Territory: A Journey into Svalbard, Norway

ASLA 2017 Award of Excellence, Research Category. Fluid Territory: A Journey into Svalbard, Norway by Kathleen John-Alder, ASLA, Rutgers University, Tromsø Academy.
Photo: Courtesy the Herta Lampert Archives, Tromsø Museum, Norway

Award of Excellence

Fluid Territory: A Journey into Svalbard, Norway, is a study of the future of circumpolar north conducted by Kathleen John-Alder, Rutgers University and Tromsø Academy. It examined how external influences like chemical pollution and resource extraction affect the terrain and climate of Svalbard.

Honor Awards

Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Landscapes in the Pacific West Region, National Park System by Cultural Landscape Research Group, University of Oregon for the Pacific West Region, National Park Service

Seeding Green Roofs for Greater Biodiversity and Lower Costs by Richard Sutton, FASLA, for the Sandhills Publishing Inc., Arbor Day Foundation, Tetrad Property Group, LPS NRD, and Lincoln Urban Development

Rendering Los Angeles Green: The Greenways to Rivers Arterial Stormwater System (GRASS) by Lee-Anne Milburn, FASLA, for the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation

The Ecological Atlas Project by Studio Roberto Rovira

The Landmark Award

The J. Paul Getty Center

ASLA 2017 Landmark Award. The J. Paul Getty Center by OLIN.
Photo: OLIN/Sahar Coston-Hardy

The Landmark Award is presented to a landscape architecture project that was completed between 15 and 50 years ago and retains its original design while contributing to the public realm of the community where it is located.

This year’s Landmark Award goes to the J. Paul Getty Center, which was built over a period of nearly twenty years by OLIN. It is where many Mediterranean and California garden traditions come from with its use of a wide range of plants and focus on cacti and succulents long before the rest of California concerned itself with drought-tolerant plants.

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