ASLA-NY Announces 2021 Design Award Winners

August 30, 2021 /

ASLA-NY Announces 2021 Design Award Winners


For more information contact:
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York
​Diane Sferrazza Katz, Executive Director

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Annual Program Recognizes Excellence in the Practice of Landscape Architecture
New York,  New York (August 30, 2021) – The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY), the New York City chapter of the national professional organization representing landscape architects, today announced the recipients of the Chapter’s 2021 Design Awards. Organized by the ASLA-NY Chapter Awards Committee, the Design Awards bolster local visibility, acknowledge and promote the work of the Chapter’s membership, and publicly recognize excellence in the practice of landscape architecture.

New categories added this year by the ASLA-NY Awards Committee include “Community Impact”, recognizing built or unbuilt work, planning, and/or community/government programs focused on landscape architecture in underserved communities or impacting disadvantaged populations, and “General Design – Small Firm” category for built work completed by firms with eight (8) or fewer designers on staff, and reinstating the Board Choice award recognizing professional accomplishment.

Juried by an interdisciplinary team of professionals from the ASLA Texas Chapter, this year’s winning entries were selected based on quality of design and execution, innovation, and impact on community and the profession. The jury selected six (6) Honor and twelve (12) Merit award winners and the ASLA-NY Executive Board selected two (2) additional entries to receive the Board Choice Award. All awards will be presented at our Design Awards Ceremony on October 12 to be held at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan.

The winning projects exemplify the broad range of the professions ability to address complex environmental and public realm needs with creative, innovative solutions making direct and more equitable connections by using sensitive design elements and resilient materials, comments Chapter President Elizabeth Moskalenko, ASLA.

Honor Award winner The Chattahoochee RiverLands by SCAPE, is a vision for an equitable public realm that builds on decades of planning efforts and environmental policy to re-center the Chattahoochee as a regional resource for all – especially populations historically excluded from open spaces. RiverLands’ central goals are to create an equitable common ground for all Metro Atlanta residents; an ecological refuge for the region; a living legacy to guide regional planning decisions; and a safe, accessible regional corridor. The jury commended the very ambitious land management project on such a large scale that benefits a diverse community.

Selected for an Honor Award, Marine Meadow, designed by LaGuardia Design Group, is an example of new infrastructure creating opportunities to improve and restore the environmental systems of a site. The pre-existing landscape comprised of sprawling impervious surfaces, overgrown ornamental and invasive plantings, and low-lying, non-FEMA compliant structures, posing a safety hazard to the surrounding area. The re-development of the site opened the door for a new design that re-harmonizes the site with its surrounding natural systems. The home and guest house rise out of the grade, anchored by a native planting palate, blurring the lines between structure and site. The jury commented, “This project has a great sensitivity to the environment, while still being functional and beautiful and is a good example to the profession for a restoration project on the coast.”

Betsy Head Park designed by Abel Bainnson Butz, re-imagines two diagonally located, non-contiguous NYC Parks owned parcels that constitute Brownsville’s biggest park to create a cohesive, inclusive, and multi-generational green space. The site design for each parcel responds to its specific context while preserving large trees and incorporating programming derived from community workshops and neighborhood planning efforts. Selecting the project for a Merit Award, the jury felt this design really listened to the needs of the community through participatory design and commented how they liked seeing the multi-generational aspects benefiting the whole of the community. The jury thought the designers were creative with getting so many activitiestogether without feeling cluttered and the design benefited from all the existing trees that remained.

Kingston Point is a historic riverfront public recreational park and preserved natural lands along the Hudson River. Winner of a Merit Award, Kingston Point Climate Adaptive Design, designed by Supermass Studio, considers the need to examine Kingston Point as a site demonstrating a complex interplay of a shifting and changing estuarine ecosystem due to sea level rise and the city’s continuing need to provide safe and accessible recreation. The jury applauded the shift in designer mindset of recognizing the landscape is not static but dynamic and enjoyed seeing the alternative scenarios of how the environment can respond to and still function. The diverse way of treating the edge is commendable and effectively integrated in easily obtainable ways.

List of award winners as follows:

2021 ASLA-NY Honor Award Recipients:
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation David Rockefeller River Campus at Rockefeller University – MNLA
The Flatiron Institute – Dirtworks Landscape Architecture
Marine Meadow – LaGuardia Design Group
A Sustainable, Equitable and Vibrant Community Playground Grows in Brooklyn – Studio HIP
The Chattahoochee RiverLands – SCAPE
River Ring Master Plan- James Corner Field Operations

2021 ASLA-NY Merit Award Recipients:
Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center – SCAPE
House of Flowers – Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
The REACH at Kennedy Center – Hollander Design Landscape Architects
Waterline Square – MNLA
The Pier Approach – W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Linden Hill – Hollander Design Landscape Architects
Creekside Residence – Renee Byers Landscape Architect, PC
Betsy Head Park – Abel Bainnson Butz
Kingston Point Climate Adaptive Design – Supermass Studio
Our Future Coast – SCAPE
Back to the Future: Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge – Bjarke Ingels Group
Nelson Mandela Park: From Harbor to Vibrant Neighborhood Park – SWA/Balsley

2021 ASLA-NY Board Choice Award Recipients:
Cut/Fill – Ink Landscape Architects
Luther Gulick Park – NYC Parks

Madhavi Sonar Principal, sovi Landscape Architecture
Biff Sturgess, ASLA, LEED AP, Managing Partner, Hocker
Amy Starling Rampy, PLA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, TBG
Lauren Griffith, Principal, Lauren Griffith Associates
Tom Woodfin, Texas A&M University
David Hopman, ASLA , PLA, Associate Professor/Landscape Architect, The University of Texas at Arlington
Joan S. Hyde, PLA, ASLA, TOPIO Land Design
Zachary Christeson, ASLA, PLA, LED AP, Principal | Regional Leader of Planning, HOK
Jaime Sims, PLA, Circle V Landscape Architecture
Michael Murphy, Retired Texas A&M University Professor
Francois De Kock, AICP, ASLA, CLARB, LEED AP, Associate, Director of Urban Planning + Design, dtj design

About the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter:
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architect s. 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.



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