PRESS RELEASE: 2022 ASLA-NY Design Award Winners Announced

March 25, 2022 /

PRESS RELEASE: 2022 ASLA-NY 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 24, 2022) – 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 2022 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. This year’s winning submissions clearly reflect the dedication of landscape architects to creating resilient, ecologically sensitive and forward-thinking environments.

Juried by an interdisciplinary team of professionals from the ASLA Washington 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 seven (7) Honor and fifteen (15) Merit award winners and the ASLA-NY Board selected one (1) entry to receive the Board Choice Award. All awards will be presented at our Design Awards Ceremony on April 13 to be held at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan.

Image credit: Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC
Image credit: Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC

West Pond, designed by Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, shares in the challenges of Jamaica Bay – sediment starvation, marsh accretion outpaced by sea level rise, vegetation compromised by nutrient loading, and increasing storm severity. In response to damage during Superstorm Sandy, the West Pond Living Shoreline project considers the complex interplay of a shifting estuarine ecosystem and the National Park Service’s programmatic and accessibility goals. It leverages Jamaica Bay’s dynamic natural systems to reestablish, protect and sustain West Pond’s critical marsh habitat. The jury selected this project for an Honor Awards, noting “the role of the Landscape Architect went far beyond what is often done, taking on the coordination of a diverse and effective group of professionals, volunteers and public agencies.”

Image credit: W Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Image credit: W Architecture & Landscape Architecture


Honor Award winner The Riverline  in Buffalo, NY, designed by W Architecture & Landscape Architecture proposes the transformation of the abandoned site of the former DL&W rail corridor into a verdant refuge which opens the successional landscape to the public. The Riverline functions at a neighborhood and city-wide scale, connecting people to nature, water, art and each other. The jury called this “a remarkable project that considers the multiple layers of community gatherings, habitats, indigenous and industrial heritage, connectivity (beyond the site), and accessibility.”

Photo credit: Michael Stavaridis Photo credit: Michael Stavaridis

In the Large-scale Residential category, “Dune Meadow sets a high bar for a resilient approach to residential design in the coastal landscape,” as the jury commented, selecting this project for an Honor Award. Designed by LaGuardia Design Group, Dune Meadow confronts a future of continued climate change, the design responds to a constantly shifting coastal system. The solutions are a starting point for the dunes and marshes to thrive as self-sustaining features, protecting the home while expanding and contracting, as the adjacent context shifts beneath them.

Photo credit: Lem Peterkin, NYC Parks Photo credit: Lem Peterkin, NYC Parks

The ASLA-NY Board selected Sankofa Park African Burial Ground Commemorative Landscape, located at African Burial Ground Square in Brooklyn. Designed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation in collaboration with Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc., Cultural Resource Specialist and EKLA, PLLC, Cultural Landscape Architect. With extensive community input from a multi-year engagement process, this project re-imagines a present-day playground to address historic inequities and provide the New Lots community a cultural hub. The site design responds to community desires, to recognize and commemorate the sacred nature of the site by creating spaces for reflection and learning, while maintaining an active recreation area.


List of award winners as follows:


2022 ASLA-NY Honor Award Recipients:

Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience (BMCR) – AECOM NYC Landscape Studio

Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm – BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + WXY Architecture

Dune Meadow – LaGuardia Design Group

Jule Pond – LaGuardia Design Group

Little Island – MNLA + Heatherwick Studio

The Riverline – W Architecture & Landscape Architecture LLC + Hood Design Studio

West Pond Living Shoreline – Dirtworks Landscape Architecture


2022 ASLA-NY Merit Award Recipients:

A Sense of Place – LaGuardia Design Group

NYU Langone Health, Alumni Courtyard – JPLA Joanna Pertz Landscape Architecture

Bellini Park, Smith Houses, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) – Grain Collective Landscape Architecture & Urban Design PLLC

Cedar Crest – LaGuardia Design Group

Hudson Valley Modern – Wagner Hodgson, Inc.

Jackson Park – HMWhite

JACX Commons – HMWhite

Millbrook Meadow – RKLA Studio Landscape Architecture 

Open Space Master Plan, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) – Grain Collective Landscape Architecture & Urban Design PLLC

P.S. 16 Wakefield Playground, Bronx, NYC – Grain Collective Landscape Architecture & Urban Design PLLC

Paveletskaya Park: Reimagining a Transit Hub – SWA/Balsley

Qianhai’s Guiwan Park – James Corner Field Operations

Rebuild by Design Meadowlands – AECOM NYC Landscape Studio

The Rambunctious Garden – Hortulus Animae llc

The Underline’s Brickell Backyard – James Corner Field Operations


2022 ASLA-NY Board Choice Award Recipient:

Sankofa Park – New York City Department of Parks & Recreation


Jury members from Washington ASLA:

Jason Henry/Berger Partnership

Karen Keist/Karen Keist Landscape Architects

Vinita Sidhu/Site Workshop

Barb Swift/Swift Company

Kate Kraszewska/Washington State University

Jack Alderman/HBB

Jeff Hou/University of Washington

Daniel Winterbottom/University of Washington


The winning submissions will be on view at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan through the month of April, in celebration of World Landscape Architecture month, and afterwards online 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 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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