PRESS RELEASE: ASLA-NY 2020 Design Award Winners Announced


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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 (March 12, 2020) – The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY), the New York chapter of the national professional organization representing landscape architects, today announced the recipients of the Chapter’s 2020 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.

The winning projects exemplify design excellence with a focus on resilient design strategies and innovative use of materials to provide effective solutions to challenging sites. Another highlight of several projects is the inclusion of community, who were engaged from the beginning and involved throughout the design process resulting in high quality public places that put the users first. All projects demonstrate the wide spectrum of work, which landscape architects are leading, that address environmental and social issues while elevating the quality of life for users. ASLA-NY Awards Committee Co-chair, Nicholas Pettinati comments, “Clearly these winning submissions are a reflection on how diverse and exciting the practice is in New York and the amazing quality of projects being led and designed by NY-based firms.”

Southwest Park, designed by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners is one such project that blurs the lines between high-functioning, resilient design and participatory community planning to create a beautiful civic amenity that has a transformative impact on nearby communities. The jury was especially appreciative of the landscape architect’s role on every aspect of the design, from visioning to grant funding to collaborative team management. It was the “landscape architect’s leadership role that was the deciding factor for this award.” Starr Whitehouse is the recipient of four awards this year.

BQ-Park by Bjarke Ingels Group

BQ-Park, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, illustrates turning the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) into a park while still accommodating significant vehicle flows along the route. According to the submission description, this project entailed significant public outreach with community groups, elected officials, city, and state agencies and included over 50 public meetings and workshops. The jury commented, “This is a good project for foregrounding the leadership role of landscape architects. Ultimately, this project sets a high bar for the project, and for landscape architects as leaders.”

Peabody Essex Museum Garden, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects won an honor award for The Peabody Essex Museum Garden, a project that celebrates the spirit of curiosity, discovery of its origins and the character of its collection – dynamic works across cultures, eras, and genres. The jury commented on the “elegant and whimsical” fountain design that offers “sinuous and mysterious” space. The jury was impressed by the “enchanting diagrams and unified details carried out through the entire site.”

Chelsea Green, designed by NYC Parks, converted an abandoned sanitation building and vacant lot into a vibrant community space. The park provides an oasis from the busy street life of Chelsea and fits multiple activities into an 11,000 sf footprint that exceeds accessibility requirements and fosters intergenerational interaction. The jury remarked, “The park clearly adds much value to the community and strong community outreach is evident.”

Since its opening in 2009, the High Line has become one of the most popular destinations in New York City. The park’s unique setting, rising 30 feet above street level, offers a view into NYC like no other city park. However, with the setting comes exceptional challenges of maintenance unmatched by other city parks. The High Line Phases 1 and 2 Operations and Maintenance Analysis, developed by ETM Associates, LLC, addresses the complexities of maintaining an elevated, narrow public park that serves as a framework for continued success. “It is critically important to recognize such work,” commented the jury, “this submission offers a helpful look behind the curtain to see the demands of a high profile, performance landscape.”

St Augustine Terrace, Terrain NYC Landscape Architecture PC

St. Augustine Terrace in the Bronx, designed by Terrain NYC Landscape Architecture shows a strong expression of landform and geology in a residential setting through a very clear and exciting entry sequence. The jury was most impressed by the role of the landscape architect as being key in placement of building and how the designer “skillfully addresses accessibility on a challenging topography.”

Juried by an interdisciplinary team comprised of members of the Potomac chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, this year’s entries recognize 5 Honor awards and 17 Merit awards. The 2020 Design Awards will be presented at the ASLA-NY Design Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 15 at 6:00 pm, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. The event is sponsored by Platinum sponsor Victor Stanley and Supporting sponsor Maglin. The projects will be on exhibit at the Center for Architecture through the month of April in celebration of World Landscape Architecture Month. For more information please go to

2020 ASLA-NY Honor Award Recipients:

Chelsea Green, NYC Parks
Highbridge Anchor Park Master Plan, MKW+Associates, LLC
Peabody Essex Museum Garden, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Southwest Park, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
St Augustine Terrace, Terrain NYC Landscape Architecture PC

2020 ASLA-NY Merit Award Recipients:

A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
Albany Skyway, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
BQ-Park, Bjarke Ingels Group
Cornell Tech Campus, James Corner Field Operations
East 92nd Street Bonus Plaza and Terraces, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
East Lake Residence, LaGuardia Design Group Landscape Architecture PC
Estella Diggs Park, Nancy Owens Studio Landscape Architecture + Urban Design PLLC
Lenox Hill House, Steven Yavanian Landscape Architecture
Midtown Center Plaza, SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC
Modernist Garden at New York Botanical Gardens Brazilian Modern, Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Plaza Life Revisited, SWA/Balsley
Public Square, James Corner Field Operations
Reconstruction of 9th Avenue – Gansevoort Area, Ken Smith Workshop
Riverfront Retreat, Renee Byers Landscape Architect, P.C.
The Battery PlayScape, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners
The High Line Phases 1 and 2 Operations and Maintenance Analysis, ETM Associates, LLC
Tidal Pool at Roberto Clemente State Park, MNLA


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.


Announcing: AIANY+ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards

The AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards recognize exceptional design by New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania AIA and ASLA members. The awards program is open to registered architects, landscape architects, and planners.

Built and unbuilt projects will be reviewed for their innovative design approaches to transportation and infrastructure. AIANY + ASLANY will recognize projects that reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture.

Students enrolled in an accredited architecture, landscape architecture, and planning programs are also eligible.

Award Categories

  • Structures – recognizes design excellence in commissioned and completed buildings, bridges, tunnels, and mixed-use development
  • Planning- seeks the most compelling work and ideas in urban planning, studies, design guides, advocacy, and regional scale planning. Commissioned and completed master plans and planning reports are also eligible.
  • Open Space – recognizes design excellence in parks, constructed wetlands, and resilient sites.
  • Projects – recognizes conceptual, unfinished, or unbuilt work. If an entry is awarded under this category, it will not be eligible for a future award once project has been realized.
  • Student Award – recognizes excellence in a project from the three categories above: Structures, Planning, and Open Space.

Award Levels for all Categories

  • Honor Award – Represents the highest level of achievement
  • Merit Award – Represents distinguished achievement
  • Citation – Represents exemplary achievements on specific project aspects.
  • Best in Competition – Jurors will select one entry among the Honor Award winners to receive this unique recognition
For more information and to submit a project:





Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients, and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia, October 19-22, 2018.

NEW: Entry payments and submissions must be submitted online. Begin Your Submission.

*Submission Deadline Extended to May 22, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST

For more information, eligibility, requirements, deadlines and submission links, go to 

NY Upstate ASLA Annual Awards Submission Due Oct 27

2017 Annual Awards Program
Entries Due OCTOBER 27

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in an effort to encourage the participation by and recognition of landscape architects, and to better familiarize the public with their activities and projects, announces the Annual Awards Program for 2017. The program recognizes a full spectrum of innovative projects and efforts executed by individuals, firms, agencies, and academic institutions.  More information online.

As a reminder, all awards will be announced and presented at the Annual Celebration and Awards Reception scheduled for February 9 in Ithaca New York.  Your entry fee will include one ticket to the Annual Award Banquet.  


  • Built Design
  • Unbuilt Design
  • Residential Garden Design
  • Planning & Analysis
  • Research and Communication
  • Historic Preservation
Freddie Gnomested

In addition to the six award categories, attendees will participate and select the Golden Gnome award at the reception. This is the Chapter’s 3rd Annual People’s Choice Award.

All submitted entries are included for consideration, the winner will be the caretaker of Freddie Gnomested for the year. Find Freddie on Instagram

More information available online

2016 ASLA-NY Design Awards

ASLA-NY 2016 Design Awards Are Right Around the Corner!

The ASLA New York Chapter’s awards program will be calling for entries starting January 4, 2016. Organized by the Chapter Awards Committee, the ASLA-NY Chapter awards bolster local visibility, acknowledge and promote the work of our membership and publicly recognize excellence in landscape architecture. This year’s jury will be a multidisciplinary panel convened by a sister chapter of ASLA. jurors’ bios will be made available after awards are awarded. Awards will be presented formally at our annual reception on April 7, 2016 at the Center for Architecture.

2015 Honor Winner: Creating a World Apart: Longwood Gardens Physical Master Plan, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C.

2015 Honor Winner: Creating a World Apart: Longwood Gardens Physical Master Plan by West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture P.C.


  • General Landscape Architecture Design
  • Small Landscape Project Under $80,000
  • Residential Landscape Design
  • Collaborative Design Award, recognizing the collaboration between a landscape architect and allied professionals.
  • Analysis, Planning, Research and Communications
  • Un-built Projects


Landscape Architects registered in New You State are qualified to submit their work for a ASLA-NY award. In the case of multi-disciplinary partnerships or collaborations, at least one of the lead partners must be a registered New York Registered landscape Architect. ASLA-NY Chapter members receive a discount. If you are not a current member, you may apply for a national and chapter membership. Entries should either be designed by offices located in the State of New York OR be projects that are located in the State of New York.


  • Awards certificates presented at the Chapter’s Annual Design Awards Event
  • Recognition on the Chapter’s website
  • Press releases sent to local media and design publications

Honor Award: Recognizes superior professional accomplishment.
Merit Award: Recognizes excellence in professional accomplishment.

JURY: The Awards Committee has requested the assistance of a sister ASLA Chapter in convening an interdisciplinary jury comprising landscape architects and allied professionals.


Non- ASLA-NY Members and Others – $300

Call for Entries will begin January 4.  Entries will be due no later than January 31 at 11:59PM.  Submitters are encouraged to register ahead of time to familiarize themselves with the system and allow for enough time to load their submissions prior to the deadline.


**HELPFUL HINT:  Make sure to have your work photographed now if you haven’t already. Great photos are key to winning submissions!


For Immediate Release
New York, June 10, 2015
Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984 [email protected]
The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) is very proud to share our 2015 National Honor Winners just released. Selected by The American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA)’s Board of Trustees, the Honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the President’s Dinner on November 9, held during the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Chicago.
Paul Friedberg, FASLA has been selected to receive the ASLA Medal. The ASLA Medal is the highest honor the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) may bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment. “Paul Friedberg is a true pioneer of landscape architecture and urban design who has dedicated his life to providing public places that not only break boundaries of traditional design, but more importantly increase the quality of life for those who use these spaces. His design response to how people interact with their built environment has greatly impacted landscape design and will continue to shape our profession for generations to come,” states Jennifer Nitzky, President of ASLA-NY.
Signe Nielsen FASLA, notes in her letter of recommendation, “Paul continues to be a thought leader in our profession by advocating for social equity that has pervaded his professional and academic careers.” Paul has been a member of ASLA for 50 years and our chapter is so thrilled that he will be honored with the ASLA Medal in this milestone year.
Thomas Balsley, FASLA will receive the ASLA Design Medal, which recognizes an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years. Thomas Balsley, FASLA, is the principal designer of a New York City-based, award-winning design firm, Thomas Balsley Associates, best known for its fusion of landscape and urbanism in our public parks and plazas. With over 35 years of practice and a deeply held belief that our parks are among society’s truest forms of democracy, Thomas Balsley has built a reputation for creating public spaces that enhance and enrich lives of the individuals and communities who inhabit them through landscape architecture and urban design. “Through all his projects Tom deftly addresses multiple local user groups, providing experiences to enhance everyone’s life,” states Annette Wilkus FASLA, Principal of SiteWorks Landscape Architecture.
Jennifer Nitzky ASLA, comments in the nominating statement, “He is an inspiration to landscape architects all over the world and has given back to many communities by providing dynamic,engaging and creative spaces that elevate the true spirit of the site.”


Design Trust for Public Space will be this year’s recipient of The Olmsted Medal, which recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies, or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship. The Medal honors Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the founder of the American landscape architecture profession and steward of the environment. Since 1995, the Design Trust for Public Space has deployed a unique project model to bring together government agencies, community groups and private-sector experts to transform and evolve the city’s landscape. Today, the non-profit organization is a nationally-recognized incubator that transforms and evolves the city’s landscape with city agencies and community collaborators. Their work can be seen, felt and experienced throughout all five boroughs of New York City-from parks and plazas to streets and public buildings. The Design Trust for Public Space is currently leading a new project: The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with its Neighbors in partnership with the NYC Parks Department and the Queens Museum to work with local residents in the planning, design, and stewardship of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
In the nominating statement, ASLA-NY Past President Nette Compton ASLA writes, “Through all of this fantastic work, the Design Trust has influenced and shaped the design and policies of New York City. In doing so, their work inspires and informs cities around the world, which look to New York as a testing ground for a range of creative solutions to complex challenges within urban environments.”

Gregory Long
Gregory Long will receive the LaGasse Medal in the Non-Landscape Architect category for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. Long, the president and CEO of the New York Botanical Garden, has devoted 25 years to the restoration and revitalization of one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens and research institutions. ASLA recognizes him for achieving the remarkable resurgence of this century-old garden, often in times of challenging austerity. For 15 years, Long has promoted and supported the work of landscape architects from the United States and abroad through the botanical garden’s annual fall lectures known as the Landscape Design Portfolios series.
Honorary Membership in ASLA
This designation is to recognize persons other than landscape architects whose achievements of national or international significance or influence have provided notable service to the profession of landscape architecture. The following have been selected for Honorary Membership:
Susan Chin
Susan Chin is the Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, a New York City nonprofit organization at the forefront of shaping the public realm since 1995. Susan joined the organization in 2011, and has shepherded a number of projects during her tenure that are models for urban design. In many of these projects, landscape architects play a central role. All of these projects have a hallmark of cross-disciplinary pursuit of innovative solutions to important local and regional resources across New York City. Implementation of “Five Borough Farm Phase II,” a citywide urban agriculture policy, will make more land and resources available. While projects have a place in New York, their structure, findings and ideas are relevant nationally and internationally. As the former Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Susan dedicated 23 years to commissioning numerous innovative and high performance architecture and public art, valued at over $3B at cultural organizations citywide.
Charles McKinney
As the Principal Urban Designer for NYC Parks, Charles McKinney, Affiliate ASLA, is leading the master planning process for flagship parks. Under his direction, the Department is exploring responses to the design imperatives of the 21st century, web-based planning tools and communication, as well as the role of planning in stimulating community-based leadership. He completes this work in a thorough and intentional way, engaging the community and design consultants through a detailed process. He has worked collaboratively with many landscape architects through this process. Previously, as Chief of Design at NYC Parks (overseeing 100+ landscape architects, designers, engineers, and architects within the department), he provided design direction for park projects throughout New York City that strengthened the relationship between architecture, landscape, ecology, community, and park operations. His work occurred under the Bloomberg Administration, recorded as the largest era of park investment in New York City since the WPA.
Warrie Price
For more than two decades, Warrie Price has been a powerful force in reacquainting Downtown Manhattan with its open space, history, and legacy of natural abundance. Through The Battery Conservancy, which she founded in 1994, Warrie has overseen the redesign and reconstruction of New York City’s birthplace and Downtown Manhattan’s largest public park. What was once a barren hardscape has become a variegated urban oasis with sustainable year-round gardens, an urban farm, moments of levity and play, and honored tributes to the past. Every detail of The Battery reflects Warrie’s unflagging enthusiasm and commitment to stewardship of the natural world, history, and city life.
Robert Yaro
Robert D. Yaro is President Emeritus of the Regional Plan Association and a senior advisor to the organization, which promotes the livability, vitality and sustainability of the New York metropolitan region. During his tenure, the association began both national and international initiatives to advocate for regional planning across the country and around the world, working tirelessly and compassionately with landscape architects everywhere. Yaro believes in the beautiful construction of outdoor spaces and that landscape architects are the best qualified design professionals to address them.
A complete listing of honorees and further coverage can be found at
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 territory of the New York Chapter 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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