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

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Annual Program Recognizes Excellence in the Practice of Landscape Architecture
New York, New York (June 15, 2021) – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the 2021 Fellow recipients and we are thrilled to celebrate the elevation of three (3) of our members. 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 recipients from the New York Chapter are: Elizabeth J. Kennedy, Principal of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC; Jamie Maslyn Larson, Principal at Lionheart Places LLC, and Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, City College of New York. ASLA New York Chapter President, Elizabeth Moskalenko comments,

On behalf of ASLA-NY I want to send our utmost congratulations to these three exceptional individuals. As exemplary leaders they have transformed our field of landscape architecture and the world around through their dedicated passion. The New York Chapter is honored as they are elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, Class of 2021.

Meet the New York Chapter ASLA Fellow-elect members:

Elizabeth J. Kennedy, ASLA
Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC, New York City
Nomination for Works

Elizabeth Kennedy is an inspirational leader who elevates the profession of landscape architecture by challenging mainstream assumptions and uplifting underrepresented voices. Elizabeth founded and serves as working principal for the longest-operating Black woman-owned landscape architecture firm in the United States, a testament of time and thoughtful dedication in every nuanced detail of her work. She is a creator of quietly evocative landscapes that through form raise the spirit of place and set the stage for future interactions that are inviting and accessible to all. Her interactive and collaborative approach is lasting in her design achievements and her mentorship of the next generation. Among Elizabeth’s award-winning projects are: the Weeksville Heritage Center and Restoration of the Hunterfly Road Houses Landscape, Brooklyn; the African Burial Ground National Monument, Lower Manhattan; Harlem Stage at the Gatehouse Theatre, New York; and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 3 Roof Farm, Brooklyn. Elizabeth’s story has inspired a younger generation of BIPOC and women creative professionals, drawing admiration for the way she has leveraged minority- and woman-owned business opportunities to advocate for social change and lend her voice to the allied professions. Her commitment to training and preparing young professionals for practice—particularly young professionals of color—is unmatched.

Jamie Maslyn Larson, ASLA
Lionheart Places LLC, Austin Texas
Nomination for Works

Jamie Maslyn Larson has devoted her career to demonstrating the transformative power of landscape architecture in shaping cities. With over two decades of influential design roles on complex landscape architectural and master planning projects of various scales around the world, Jamie’s work is globally recognized, is widely published, and has garnered multiple national and state design awards. Her commitment to creating the most innovative, groundbreaking design ideas that tackle today’s critical challenging issues is apparent in her portfolio of work, ranging from designing small urban parks to vision plans that will shape entire cities for decades. Among her most acclaimed efforts are: BQP Brooklyn, NY—a pro-bono project to repurpose outmoded Brooklyn-Queens Expressway into a public park; Governors Island Park and Public Space Project, New York City—thoughtful and innovative designs create a 21st Century precedent for a destination park; Soundscape Park, Miami Beach—a 2.5-acre urban oasis in the cultural and civic heart of Miami Beach adjacent to the New World Center; and Longwood Gardens Master Plan and Main Fountain Garden Revitalization Project, Kennett Square, PA—an adroit balance of history and modernizations. Jamie not only envisions groundbreaking, innovative designs, but has the leadership and political skills to get them built.

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA
City College of New York, New York City
Nomination for Knowledge

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is widely recognized for her advocacy for expanding the influence and scope of the profession through education, research, and scholarship. Her research on design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments, as well as novel landscape restoration practices, has made a significant impact on the design fields. Structures of Coastal Resilience and Waterproofing New York are examples of her focus on hydrological networks and her development of a cohort of diverse scholars, crossing boundaries between landscape, engineering, architecture, and urban design. Catherine’s focus in both her teaching and practice is on the transdisciplinary integration of public space, policy, and the design of infrastructure. Her many books, essays, and journal publications present her brilliant explorations of political power, environmental activism, and public health, particularly as these intersect with the design of equitable public space. Catherine’s research and publications on coastal resilience have had significant influence on municipal, state, and federal policy makers. As professor and director of the graduate program in landscape architecture at CCNY, she serves as the founding faculty editor of the annual landscape architecture journal PLOT, a nationally awarded journal now in its tenth year of publication. She emphasizes the critical role that landscape architects play in connecting environmental, social, and multispecies justice to equitable public space and celebrates the program’s visionary and activist graduate students.

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.


Happy PRIDE Month!

June is LGBTQIA Pride Month


Join ASLA-NY as we celebrate LGBTQIA Pride Month! Stop by this page throughout the month as we add more content. Have suggestions of items to add to our list? Email us at [email protected]. Happy Pride!


OLIN Labs: PrideScapes Summer Speaker Series

PrideScapes-Eventbrite-general.jpgOLIN Labs is hosting a virtual three-part panel series that coincides with Pride month and invites critical conversations between landscape architects, designers, urban planners, artists, and historic preservationists working on LGBTQ+ discourse and projects related to the increased representation and visibility of LGBTQ+ spaces in the built environment.

Join us June 3rd, 10th, & 17th: For more info and to register, go to:


ASLA Presents: Who Are We? Queer Voices in Landscape Architecture

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Jun 16, 2021 04:00 PM

Join ASLA as three landscape architects discuss the necessity of community, diversity, advocacy, mentorship, sponsorship, love, and humanity in landscape architecture. They will share how their individual queer journeys impact the way they practice landscape architecture and explore how we can individually and collectively create a future full of brave and kind designers. Register HERE


ASLA members have access to on-demand webinars through Queer Urbanism and Design: Past, Present, Future is a 1.50 PDH recorded presentation from the 2019 Conference on Landscape Architecture. An interdisciplinary team from the fields of landscape design, planning, and art examines LGBTQ cultural ecologies in New York City to develop Queer Urbanism Design Guidelines. Watch and Learn Here.


Located in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall National Monument is the first U.S. National Monument dedicated to LGBT rights and history. It received its National Monument designation by President Barack Obama on June 24, 2016. Learn about the history and culture of Stonewall National Monument on the National Park Service website.



Stonewall Uprising poster imageWhen police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.


Watch Stonewall Uprising: The Year the Changed America and other featured resources at



The Birthplace of LGBTQ Rights Movement Now a National Monument by Jared Green

Power to the People: Protests and Demonstrations in NYC Parks

Full Spectrum by Zach Mortice, as seen in LAM, June 2018



yarn in rainbow colorsNYC Parks has organized a series of events for LGBTQ Pride Month. Join their Urban Park Rangers and partners and friends in celebrating Pride. See the full list of events here.

Explore parks and historic sites in New York City that commemorate the history and legacy of the LGBTQIA+ movement and community.

See list of parks and historic sites.


ASLA Pride Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 30, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Join fellow LGBTQIA landscape architects as we come together to close out Pride 2021. A few queer designers will share their stories of using their landscape architecture skills to create spaces that encourage community, individuality, freedom of expression, and even to organize in protest for justice and equality. Then they’ll turn it to the other participants. Come prepared to share your own unique ways you’ve utilized your landscape architecture skills beyond your 9-5. Don’t have a specific example? Come and learn how to engage your local community for a good cause. Bring a beverage, snack, and come ready to engage! Register HERE


On February 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo renamed East River State Park in honor of Marsha P Johnson, a transgender woman of color who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ civil rights movement and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising. Marsha P. Johnson State Park is undergoing extensive renovations which will dramatically improve the visitor experience at the park. The park renovations will be complete by summer 2021, but portions of the park remain accessible.

Learn more about the renovation and view renderings of the new park design on the NYS Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation website.


The Iconic LGBTQ Landmark the Stonewall Inn has a JetBlue Logo on It - EaterStonewall National Monument is located in Christopher Park, in Greenwich Village. Plan a visit to the monument by visiting the National Park Service website.






Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Join ASLA-NY as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Stop by this page throughout the month as we add content every week including new additions to our Member Spotlight Series.


The Asian / Pacific American Heritage Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – NYC



Jeff Hou – Design as Activism, hosted by the Landscape Architecture Foundation

PBS Asian American Docu-series:



Let’s Destroy the Myth of Asian Americans as the Model Minority, by Ernie Wong, FASLA

Find New Resilience by Telling Your Story, By Masako Ikegami, ASLA

Asian Hate Didn’t Start with the Pandemic; It Will Not End with It Either Unless Everyone Acts, By Yujia Wang, ASLA

Asian Reflections on the American Landscape Identifying and Interpreting Asian Heritage, National Park Service, National Center for Cultural Resources


NYC Parks has events scheduled all month to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. Check out the list with details here:



Chinatown and Little Italy Historic District New York

The Chinatown neighborhood was formed from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, a dynamic period in American history when waves of immigrants from all corners of the world came to New York seeking opportunity. Learn more about the history of Chinatown HERE


Sakura Park Riverside Dr., Claremont Ave. To W. 122 St., Manhattan

Sakura Park owes its name to the more than 2,000 cherry trees delivered to parks in New York City from Japan in 1912. The word sakura means “cherry blossom” in Japanese. The cherry trees were to be presented as a gift from the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York as part of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909.

Asian American Landscape Architecture Pioneers

Asa Hanamoto, FASLA

Masao Kinoshita, FASLA  

Robert Murase, FASLA

Kenichi Nakano, FASLA

Satoru Nishita, FASLA

Hideo Sasaki, FASLA

Takeo Uesugi, FASLA


ASLA-NY Elections 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 the officer role of Secretary (two-year term) and five Executive Board positions (two-year terms).  
Board members must hold active ASLA membership. Join or renew now by visiting 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 words max) 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 April 30th. The election will be held in June and the term begins after the ASLA Conference in November 2021.  
If you are interested in engaging with one of our committees, now is a great time! There are several new intiatives and exciting events being planned and we welcome all to join in to offer ideas, support and leadership. Please see our list of active committees HERE and contact Diane Sferrazza Katz at [email protected].

ASLA Teams Up With EARTHDAY.ORG for The Great Global Cleanup 2021                A picture containing icon

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ASLA Teams Up With EARTHDAY.ORG for The Great Global Cleanup 2021

During World Landscape Architecture Month


Washington, D.C. [March 22, 2021] — As part of this year’s World Landscape Architecture Month celebration in April, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is teaming up with EARTHDAY.ORG to sponsor The Great Global Cleanup 2021. 


Throughout the month of April, ASLA members will join together to organize and execute local cleanup projects as part of The Great Global Cleanup’s third official year. 


“This April, ASLA is celebrating the work of landscape architects to help communities grow together, with each other and with their natural surroundings. Pollution is a prodigious issue in public open spaces – causing flooding, spreading illness, contaminating water sources, and at the root of a myriad of other problems,” said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of ASLA. “We’re incredibly proud to partner with EARTHDAY.ORG on The Great Global Cleanup initiative during World Landscape Architecture Month to combat this issue and support healthy, resilient, and sustainable open spaces for all.”


Now in its third year, The Great Global Cleanup is building on its record as the world’s largest coordinated volunteer event, providing opportunities for individuals and organizations to make positive, tangible impacts on our environment. Emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and guided by updated safety protocols, the collective goal in April 2021 is to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways. 


“Plastics and other pollution are destroying our communities, our drinking water systems, and our oceans, said Kathleen Rogers, EARTHDAY.ORG President. “Whether it’s a lot or a little, every piece of plastic and other waste materials that we remove from our beaches, our rivers, our hiking trails, and our parks makes a difference. Thank you to ASLA for joining our efforts to restore our natural and urban landscapes.”




April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM). Established by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), WLAM is a month-long international celebration of landscape architecture and designed public and private spaces. People and communities around the world have deep, long-standing personal connections to the spaces landscape architects create – they’re just not aware of it. During WLAM, ASLA and landscape architects around the world aim to demonstrate that connection by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces. Learn more at 




Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.




EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at:


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Jacquelyn Bianchini

Manager, Media Relations and Public Awareness

American Society of Landscape Architects

202.216.2371   |   [email protected]   |   @JBianchiniDC


Olivia Altman



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ASLA-NY Stands In Solidarity With Asian And Pacific Islanders

ASLA-NY stands against racism, violence and hatred toward Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We are outraged by the tragic mass shooting of 8 people, including 6 Asian American women, and the increase in violent attacks on Asian and AAPI communities in recent months. We support our Asian and AAPI members in this time of grief and are committed to taking action. While this tragic event has occurred in a privately owned spa, we know that many hate crimes against our AAPI communities occur in New York State, on public streetscapes and in public parks. As landscape architects, we will not stand by as acts of hatred occur in the spaces we have helped to create.

Learn more and take action here: 

Consider signing on to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Atlanta’s Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities here:


Also Read:

ASLA Statement from CEO Torey Carter-Conneen on Violence Against the AAPI Community

and the ASLA Racial Equity Plan of Action










Numbers to Call:

  • Crisis Line : 800-273-TALK
  • Asian Languages : 877-990-8585
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “Connect” to 741741
  • Domestic Violence in Asian Languages: 888-888-7702