2020 Call for Nominations

Are you interested in getting more involved in your profession by joining the Executive Board of the New York Chapter of ASLA?  Being part of the Board is a great way to promote the field of Landscape Architecture and support the professional community by guiding the direction of your chapter, developing great relationships with other Landscape Architects and impacting the future of the profession in the New York metro area. 

Open positions for the New York Chapter include three officer roles: President-elect (three-year term), Trustee (three-year term) and Treasurer (two-year term) and five Executive Board positions (two-year terms).  

Board members must hold active ASLA membership.  Join or renew now by visiting asla.org. President-elect must be licensed and selected by the nominating committee.  The Board meets approximately ten times per year and members are expected to chair committees and attend chapter events. Prior involvement on a chapter committee is preferred.  Have questions on roles, term length, or time commitments?  Contact Diane Sferrazza Katz at [email protected].
If you are interested in running for any position, please email a statement of interest (200-250 words) and headshot (2″ square: 200×200 pixels,max 300 dpi)  to [email protected]  Our Nominating Committee will evaluate the submissions and reach out to you regarding next steps.
Statements of interest are due by May 31st.  The election will be held in July and the term begins after the ASLA Annual Meeting in October 2020.   

Resources during COVID19

ASLA-NY as gathered a listing of resources to help our members work from home, stay educated, and managing stress during this challenging time.

Contents (click to jump to section)


ASLA-NY Resources

Get CEUs

Working From Home Resources

Mind Body Spirit

For your Reading Pleasure


For Kids

ASLA-NY Resources

Watch YouTube Videos from past events (Subscribe to be notified when new videos are posted): https://www.youtube.com/user/ASLANewYork

See our videos on the ASLA-NY Website: https://www.aslany.org/media-videos/

Read publications by Members: https://www.aslany.org/resources/publications/

Starting April 1, all ASLA-NY 2020 Design Award Winners will be featured on our Instagram Account – you can view even if you don’t have an account here: https://www.instagram.com/asla_ny 

Read the 2020 Design Award Press Release here

Get CEUs / Online Education Image

ASLA Online Learning website: As a perk of being an ASLA member you can obtain a free PDH of the month! Members must register for the Free PDH of the Month and pass the exam during the month it is featured in order to earn professional development hours. You must be logged in to redeem. For April, ASLA is providing several FREE CEUs – register for all here: https://learn.asla.org/asla/

Search for all available CEU courses here https://laces.asla.org/

Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) provides several past recorded webinars

Kompan: Earn Free CEUS with Daily Playground Webinars (UPDATED 4/13)

Playcore: weekly webinars on play, fitness, early childhood development and even dog parks!

Gibney CE – ASLA-NY Past President Richard Gibney has a great collection of CEU opportunities for both LA and Arborists

LEARN about some of the trailblazers of the profession from The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF): The Pioneers of American Landscape Design® Oral History Project is an ever-growing, award-winning series of videotaped first-person interviews with significant practitioners.


Working From Home Resources


Video Conference / Share Screen Platform: Zoom – the leading communications platform is very user friendly and offers high quality capabilities to communicate remotely with teams. Free and paid options are available: https://bit.ly/3bsNeD8  Also, Great resources from Zoom here

ASLA National just released a very in-depth listing of resources in the latest issue of LAND – Read here

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success – a collection of learning videos from Linkedin




How to Have More Meaningful and Effective Virtual Meetings, by Mia Scharphie, the landscape architecture-trained change agent and founder of Build Yourself Workshop. (Mia has worked remotely and has coached professionally for years. Her blog includes additional resources.)

Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce During Coronavirus — and Beyond

An Architects Guide to Virtual Practice, by the AIA Trust.

8 Recruiting Productivity Hacks to Save Time, Lower Your Stress, and Allow You to Read ‘War and Peace’ (Kidding)

7+7 Strategies for Working from Home During COVID-19 – How to successfully juggle work and kids without dropping any balls. From Psychology Today


Mind Body Spirit

Playcore4 Ways to Thrive at Home

NYC Mental Health Support while staying at home https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us  if anyone needs help to find therapists that will do video / phone visits

NYC Parks is posting Meditation Moments on their YouTube Channel

The American Hiking Society has put together a resource for hiking, walking and running with your family during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please remember to follow the guidelines of your local government and the CDC.

America WalksManaging the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Outbreak through Walking

StreetsblogDealing with the pandemic one step at a time: Practice walking as self-care


For your Reading Pleasure

LA Magazine

Did you know that LAM is available online? All issues from 1910-2014 in their entirety are scanned in and available to view, read, download, quote… and easy to do a search on a topic, site or landscape architect. It is FREE for all members! Check it out: https://www.jstor.org/journal/landarch




Linescapes YouTube Channel – Linescapes offers tutorials on how to draw, talks with professionals about their drawing techniques and other content regarding hand drawing https://www.youtube.com/linescapes

For Kids

ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books for kids and for teens, in English and in Spanish, are available for free download.

Author and illustrator Mo Willems is posting daily interactive video sessions: Lunch Doodles with Mo

Green Trees and Sam, by Shannon Gapp, can be read online for free.

For older kids (& grownups!), the Cooper-Hewitt offers videos of interviews with designers in every field — landscape architects and a whole lot more — as well as public programs and behind-the-scenes stories, while their video-based Design Dictionary provides an insider’s view of different creative techniques. One can also explore the collection.

National Geographic offers these tips on working with kid “colleagues” at home, along with more links to resources and activities.

WBUR reports on a few new free online art classes; ways to encourage accessible creativity in the midst of this challenging time.


Remote CEUs during COVID19 UPDATE

The following has been verified for the Landscape Architecture profession by Rob Lopez at NYS Education Department (NYSED and referred to below as the “Department”):

Those who have CE in New York in the professions got together on the issue and we are permitting all self-study for those renewing their registration March 1-June 1, 2020. See the website below for specifics: 



Continuing Education:

Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1-June 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession. SED is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor’s Office to tackle issues relating to COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website for updated guidance.


This was due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellations of many recent CEU events where many LAs lost the opportunity to pursue and obtain credits.  Currently NYS allows up to half or 18 credits in a three-year cycle to come from approved Self Study (such as online courses). This decision allows this to be extended as noted above.  For LAs needing credits in NYS, one option is to check with LACES for NYS approved self study providers (gibneyce.com and others) which offer acceptable courses to NYSED.  

PRESS RELEASE: ASLA-NY 2020 Design Award Winners Announced


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

Download PDF here


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 aslany.org.

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.


2019 AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards


AIANY + ASLANY are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards.  These awards recognize exceptional design by AIA and ASLA members working in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. 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, and recent graduates (2019 graduation year), of 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 additional information and to submit, click here


2017 ASLA-NY Designing in the Public Realm Scholarship Recipient

2017 ASLA-NY Designing in the Public Realm Scholarship Recipient

Rivka Weinstock

University of Pennsylvania
MLA Candidate

Rivka Weinstock is a first-generation American artist and designer. She’s an MLA candidate in her second year at the University of Pennsylvania. Rivka holds a BA in Psychology and Fine Arts, with a concentration in painting, from Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. She approaches her design work through a poetic and ethical lens, weaving aesthetics, history and process, as well as pressing socio-political concerns into her designs. Rivka draws from a wide variety of experiences in her praxis, which prioritizes community-centered, flexible and equitable spaces within our complex, contemporary urban landscapes.
Previous winners:
Ruth Nervig (2016)