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Annual Program Recognizes Excellence in the Practice of Landscape Architecture

New York, New York (June 18, 2024) – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the 2024 Fellow, Medal and Honor recipients and we are thrilled to celebrate the recognition of six (6) ASLA-NY members to receive national honors this year.

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. This year’s Fellow-Elect recipients from the New York Chapter are: Molly Bourne, ASLA, MNLA and Dale Schafer, ASLA, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture.
The full list of Fellows can be found at ASLA Fellows will be elevated during a special investiture ceremony at the 2024 Conference on Landscape Architecture.. Additional information about the 2024 Class of Fellows, as well as previous ASLA Fellows, is available on the ASLA Council of Fellows webpage. This year’s ASLA-NY nominations committee are: Jason Bajor, ASLA, Taewook Cha, FASLA, Jennifer Nitzky, FASLA, Chair, Annie Phaosawasdi ASLA, Nancy Prince, FASLA, David Russo, ASLA and Crystal Xing, ASLA.

ASLA recently announced its 2024 Honors Recipients, highlighting some of the most noteworthy landscape architecture practitioners and firms nationwide. Selected by ASLA’s board of trustees, the honors represent the highest recognition ASLA bestows each year. This year, The Gowanus Canal Conservancy, based in Brooklyn, will receive The Olmsted Medal. Honorary Members from the New York Chapter include: Matt Alcide, founder of DIV 32, Linda Pollak, principal of Marpillero Pollak Architects, and Claire Weisz FAIA, FRAIC is a founding partner of WXY. ASLA Medals will be awarded during the President’s Dinner at the 2024 Conference on Landscape Architecture. The full list of winners can be found at

Meet the New York Chapter ASLA recipients:
Molly Bourne, ASLA MNLA, New York City
Nomination in Works by the New York Chapter
Known for her thoughtful integration of community and ecology, Molly Bourne excels in crafting harmonious spaces that blend beauty, functionality, and environmental sensitivity while advancing the practice of landscape architecture. In 32 years of practice, she has championed the design of vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable public open spaces that enrich communities and nurture human connections, as well as integrate resiliency and climate adaptation. As principal at MNLA, Molly’s visionary approach to design
demonstrates her deep technical expertise and ability to understand complex projects and work with clients, public agencies, and partner disciplines. She has successfully intertwined infrastructure, landscape, and urban fabric within complex projects, such as the Waterline Square brownfield transformation. Previously unused space, this award-winning 2.8-acre park showcases a robust design narrative reflective of the historic water flows that once existed in Manhattan. Her dedication to the South Bronx Greenway Master Plan has led to the nationally recognized Hunts Point Landing and Randall’s Island Connector, and her vision balanced community amenities, new bicycle routes, improved lighting, and enhanced quality of life. Molly’s contributions to the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project radically reimagined the interaction between humans and nature by weaving flood protection through, above, and below open space. The flood protection ties into the New York City grid, and offers separation from adjacent highways, tucks under and supports recreation courts and ballfields, and fortifies esplanades. Molly is also committed to teaching aspiring landscape architects and integrating landscape architecture into mentorship programs.

Dale Schafer, ASLA,Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Hudson, NY
Nomination in Works by the New York ASLA Chapter
Dale Schafer’s award-winning work, his holistic approach to design, and his passion for horticulture are a living testament to the significance of landscape architecture leadership in designing public spaces. He is an exemplary collaborator, designer, and problem solver with a keen understanding of scale, function, and aesthetics, able to engage and lead allied disciplines on complex assignments. His modernist style balances the utilitarian and ecological nature of rural vernacular and contemporary design. As a senior associate at Thomas Balsley Associates, Dale worked closely with Tom Balsley at the award-winning Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens, New York, and led the overall park design refinement and details, as well as community engagement, to transform this post-industrial site into a climate-resilient park that provides public access to the waterfront and a superb view of the New York skyline. A series of landscape interventions and innovative planting strategies add ecological resiliency to the vulnerable East River shoreline. Heritage Field at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx is a 13-acre recreational park located directly adjacent to the new Yankee Stadium with a portion of it on the roof of the stadium parking garage. The park provides the community with extensive and diverse recreation facilities, playgrounds, and pedestrian thoroughfares with an overlay of interpretive elements that honor the site’s history. In the Baoshan District of Shanghai, Dale was challenged to assist in designing a park and open space plan for a series of high-density neighborhoods situated among cranes and shipping containers on the inaccessible Yangtze River. The two new Baoshan Harbor City Parks and the open space plan set a precedent for post-industrial waterfront design.


The Olmsted Medal:Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC) is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit founded in 2006 with a mission to advocate and care for ecologically sustainable parks and public spaces in the Gowanus lowlands while empowering a community of stewards. For almost two decades, GCC has been working toward a vision of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding urban environment that is clean, resilient, diverse and alive. We care for rain gardens, street trees, and green spaces throughout the neighborhood, and empower stakeholders in stewardship of their local landscapes through in-person events and resource sharing. We equip K-12 students with place-based science, ecology and design skills and knowledge so that they can be advocates and stewards for the local environment. We hire, train and inspire BIPOC youth, especially those living in public housing, to lead change in the environmental sector and their own communities. At our mission-driven Lowlands Nursery, we propagate, grow, and distribute urban-adapted native plants to local gardens, schools and community members. We are the stewards of the Gowanus Lowlands Masterplan, a community-based vision for the public realm, and are developing an innovative Improvement District for maintenance and programming of the emerging 20-acre network of parks and public spaces centered on the Gowanus Canal.

Honorary Member: Matt Alcide
Matt Alcide was first introduced to landscape architecture through the Landscape Architecture Foundation when he was hired as their development manager in 2011. During his time, LAF more than doubled its funding. In 2015, Matt acquired Land8, a website and community platform for landscape architects, and serves as its editor. Land8’s reach includes over 1 million social media followers and has obtained over 100 million pageviews over the years. Land8 has introduced landscape architecture to people all over the world. Matt has also supported the profession during his time with Anova, sponsoring events and serving on committees with the Potomac and Maryland Chapters. In 2019, Matt created an independent nonprofit to secure the student-run LABash Conference to assist universities and provide a framework for the students. He continues to serve as a professional advisor for the students leading the conference. In 2021, Matt founded Division 32, a national manufacturer’s rep group focused on products for landscape architects. Also in 2021, he partnered with ASLA to bring Land8 and LABash into the family of organizations managed by ASLA, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the three entities. Matt continues to be active, serving on the New York Chapter programs committee.


Honorary Member: Linda Pollak
Linda Pollak collaborates with clients and communities to transform existing spaces and structures in ways that support and enhance the interplay between environmental and human health and well-being. Her commitment to public interest design includes the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, Outdoor Classrooms in NYC Parks, and library Learning Gardens. Linda’s contributions to Landscape Architecture are manifest in both her tangible works and through the countless students she has inspired to think beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. She is Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union since 2017, and has taught at Harvard GSD, Rhode Island School of Design, Penn Landscape and Cornell. Linda is co-author, with Anita Berrizbeitia, of Inside Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape. Her essays have been featured in books–Case: Downsview, Landscape Urbanism Reader, Large Parks, Imperfect Health, and Reconstructing Urban Landscapes, and journals, including Praxis, Daidalos, Lotus, Public Art Issues, and Surface. She has received awards and grants from NEA, NYSCA, ASLA, AIA, and EDRA, and is a Wheelwright Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and the Design Trust for Public Space. She serves on the boards of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.


Honorary Member: Claire Weisz
Claire Weisz FAIA, FRAIC is a founding partner of WXY, whose work as an architect and urbanist focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. Her focus on the urban environments has led to a practice WXY sees their work through planning and design projects as the creation of opportunities for other design practices. Her firm, WXY, is globally recognized for its place and community centered approach to architecture, urban design, and planning, and has played a vital role in design thinking around resiliency and placemaking. WXY’s award-winning projects focus on generational change in New York at The Battery, the vision for Governor’s Island as a Climate Solution center, Rebuild by Design’s Blue Dunes and the Bronx’s Hunt’s Point Peninsula. Claire was awarded the Medal of Honor from AIANY in 2018 and was honored with the Women in Architecture Award by Architectural Record in 2019. Claire was a co-founder and co-executive director of The Design Trust for Public Space, New York’s premier
urban design think tank, which won a National Design Award in 2017. WXY is listed as one of Fast Company’s World’sMost Innovative Companies for 2019 and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Urban Development and Real Estate for 2023.

About the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter:

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects. Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members and features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The New York Chapter, founded in 1914, encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play. Learn more at


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