ASLA-NY Celebrates Historic Heritage Month!

September is Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year Americans celebrate the four weeks between September 15 and October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 to coincide with the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Join ASLA-NY as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Hispanic and Latino American landscape architects. Have suggestions of items to add to our list? Email us at [email protected]


In September, ASLA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month:

Cultural Diversity in Design: Uniting Communities Through Cultural Celebration
Free PDH of the Month – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) 

By encapsulating and expressing the diversity of a community’s culture, landscapes in the public realm can become places that draw neighbors together in a beautiful way. Learn methods and processes to create authentic celebrations of culture, providing uplifting experiences for everyone — all ages, all abilities, all economic groups, all cultures.

Hispanic Heritage Month National Archives Website

What started as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. Watch videos, online exhibits, read articles and online resources here:



Movies Under the Stars – NYC Parks:

Sunday, September 19, 2021: Sin Nombre
at Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
7:00 p.m.–8:40 p.m.

Friday, September 24, 2021: Hands of Stone
at Sunset Park, Brooklyn
6:50 p.m.–8:50 p.m.

More info at the NYC Parks website:

From ASLA National:

The Spectacular Nature of the Ancient Mexico

Climate Change, Landscape, Cultural and Natural Heritage – Challenges of Landscape Architecture and How IFLA Can Support These


Social Urbanism: Reframing Spatial Design – Discourses from Latin America

by María Bellalta, ASLA

This book emphasizes both the political processes and the urbanism projects that simultaneously consider socio-economic and ecological components of space, and which highlight a greater focus on social sustainability. In a context in which geography defines space and culture, and through challenges of a global magnitude, we are inextricably united in an era of environmental uncertainty, where shared experiences and values place us within a collective culture, inspiring mutual agency in service of this vision for SOCIAL URBANISM.

In August 2020, María Bellalta, ASLA, participated in a joint program with ASLA-NY, AIA New York, and AIA Long Island titled Remaking Urban Landscapes: Perspectives from Latin America


New York Latin Culture Magazine: Hispanic Heritage Month News

Check out their list of celebration activities:





Park(ing) Day 2021
(Día de calle verde)

September 17, 2021
W. 182nd Street between Amsterdam & Audubon
1:30-6:30 PM

The Green Corridor 182 PARK(ing) Day activation transforms the entire block between two school buildings to demonstrate the need for a healthier, safer and more engaging streetscape and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, landscape architects and planners. W. 182nd Street, a predominantly Latinx neighborhood, will become a green play street to promote community and environmental wellness to bring awareness of the elementary student-led initiative of a “Clean Air Green Corridor”. The event will set the stage as an Open Street model, with a pop-up park and educational / urban design related activities.

Visit the PARK(ing) Day NYC website:


NYC & Company provides resources for visitors to discover everything they need to know about what to do and see in NYC. Check out their compilation of Latin American History and Culture Sites in NYC, which includes Tito Puente Way (the stretch of East 110th Street between First and Fifth Avenues).

ASLA-NY Announces 2021 Design Award Winners


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

Download digital press release


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.



NYC Parks Budget Restored!

Last week, the Mayor and New York City Council passed the FY22 budget.  The Natural Areas Conservancy announced that the NYC Parks’ budget has been restored to 2020 budget levels — including $8 million for nature and resiliency!

The Conservancy thanks NY4Parks outreach, together with the Play Fair coalition they gave voice to New York City’s parks and natural areas. All of the Play Fair asks were funded through the full fiscal year — and the $8 million in funding will help improve the city’s gardens and allow NYC Parks to resume their work in natural areas.

The Natural Areas Conservancy is a proud member of the Play Fair for Parks coalition, joining 300+ groups and organizations leading a multi-year advocacy effort to elevate parks and open space issues in NYC. The coalition was co-founded by New Yorkers for Parks, the New York City Council, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and DC 37, the NYC Parks workers’ union.

For more information on these efforts visit:



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

Download digital press release


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

Pride Webinar Images

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