For Immediate Release
New York, June 10, 2014
Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984 [email protected]

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New York, NY, June 10, 2014 – The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) is proud to announce our honorees for the 2014 President’s Dinner Gala. On November 6, 2014, ASLA-NY will host its 100th Anniversary President’s Dinner at Tribeca 360 – an annual event that has grown to include over 400 landscape architects, design professionals, vendors, city officials and partner organizations. Each year our chapter honors individuals and organizations that have contributed to our profession, promoted landscape architecture and urban design and improved the quality of life for New Yorkers and beyond.

Founded in 1914, the New York chapter is the second chapter to be created out of the national ASLA organization. The founding members included the esteemed landscape architects Beatrix Farrand, James Greenleaf, and Ferruccio Vitale. Since the chapter’s inception, New York members have led the nation in urban landscape design and planning.

This year ASLA-NY will honor Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Leslie Koch, President of Trust for Governors Island, and Time Warner Cable News NY1 (TWC News NY1).

Judith Rodin is dedicated to meeting challenges worldwide to build greater resilience for our people and our environment. As president of the Rockefeller Foundation, she has been instrumental in the Rebuild by Design competition process inspiring strong collaborations of landscape architects and designers to develop creative solutions for rebuilding a more resilient waterfront environment. The Rockefeller Foundation is the lead funding partner of Rebuild by Design. Through this competition, the complex role of landscape architects has been exposed in greater capacities, thus providing a better understanding of our profession by fellow designers as well as the general public. Our chapter is proud to say that landscape architects have been a primary driving force behind the winning proposals!

Since taking reins at Governors Island, Leslie Koch has been devoted to transforming the island into a world class destination. Through her diligent planning and redevelopment ideas to bring life back to the abandoned island, a modern new parks and public spaces complement historic structures and public art in a place that is all at once an escape from the busy city but still very much New York. As a result of an International design competition, the new park spaces were reimagined by landscape architects who have created an oasis in the middle of New York harbor. With the recent opening of the first 30 acres of new park and the highly anticipated opening of the next phase, the Hills, along with Governors Island now being open to the public 7 days a week, Leslie has given New Yorkers a piece of modern history that will stand the test of time.

TWC News NY1 has covered many stories involving landscape architects and urban designers including park and playground openings, round-table discussions about park equity and funding, panel discussions about climate change and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and Rebuild By Design presentations and interviews with team members. Through their broadcasts and videos, New Yorkers have a better understand of landscape architecture and the complexities of our profession.

This year’s honorees will be introduced and presented awards at our President’s Dinner on November 6. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

About our Honorees

Judith Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, she was the president of the University of Pennsylvania, and provost of Yale University. She was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as the Rockefeller Foundation’s president in its over 100-year history. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and advance inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity. Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written 14 books and has received 18 honorary degrees and serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and non-profits including AMR Corporation (formerly), Citigroup, Comcast and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Dr. Rodin also served as Co-Chair of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission. Dr. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

Leslie Koch is the president of The Trust for Governors Island. Governors Island is a 172 acre island in New York Harbor. Ms. Koch is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of the 150 acres of the Island owned by The Trust. Under her direction since 2006, Governors Island has been transformed from an abandoned military base into a vibrant public space, attracting hundreds of thousands of seasonal visitors and a diverse array of arts and cultural programs. Ms. Koch oversees an ambitious $300 million capital program which is adding 40 new acres of park and bringing the Island’s infrastructure into the 21st century. Ms. Koch is considered a leader in public-private partnerships, attracting new tenants and philanthropic support for the Hills, the centerpiece of the Island’s transformation. Her leadership has received recognition from such organizations as the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society, among others. Prior to The Trust, Ms. Koch was the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization affiliated with the New York City Department of Education. She increased public participation in education and secured nearly $160 million in private sector support. Ms. Koch previously was an executive at Microsoft. A native New Yorker, she received a BA summa cum laude from Yale College and a MPPM from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Brooklyn.

TWC News NY1 is Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour newschannel in New York City. Available on Time Warner Cable throughout the five boroughs – and in parts of Westchester and Hudson Valley as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey – NY1 covers the city with more than 40 full-time reporters. In addition to NY1’s continuous news coverage throughout the day, the news channel features a slate of daily and weekly programs that cover a wide range of New York issues and events. NY1 has covered many events and issues directly related to landscape architecture and urban design, in particular the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and the more resilient rebuilding efforts that have redefined waterfront design.

About ASLA

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.