Built By Women NYC Needs Nominations!

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women in New York City. You are invited to nominate a woman or yourself using the following criteria:

The structure or built environment must have a woman who was directly
responsible for leading the design (architecture, engineering, or landscape) or who
led the construction, either from the development or construction management team.

Projects must be completed or have broken ground and located in New York City.

The jurors for BxW NYC include:

Deborah Berke, FAIA, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners
Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, Principal and Global Interior Design Director, Perkins + Will
Aine Brazil, PE, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Fiona Cousins, PE, Principal, ARUP
Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
Andrea Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Principal, Audrey Matlock Architects
Laura Starr, ASLA, Partner, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners

Advisor: Andrew Dolkart, Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University

Click here for nomination form

Nominations will be accepted now until October 31st, with an announcement of the BxW NYC finalists in late November. Over the next year, walking tours, interactive maps, and other educational materials will be developed to highlight women’s contributions to the built environment and BWAF will host local events to publicize the spaces.

Remember, it is acceptable to nominate yourself, or anyone deserving of this honor.

Enter the HGTV Fresh Faces Design Awards by Sept. 30

HGTV is celebrating young professionals, age 35 or below, who are doing awesome things in the world of residential design. We’d love to invite those who qualify to submit their work for consideration.

All 10 categories are listed below and can be found at , as well as more information on how to enter the design competition.

We are particularly interested in seeing landscape architecture featured in more than just our “Best Outdoor Room” category.  From “Most Family Friendly Space” to “Most Unusual Space, ” there are multiple opportunities to highlight exterior residential design.

The entry period ends September 30th, with our panel of judges selecting six finalists for each category. The category finalists will be posted on for public voting this fall! Click here to register now.


Best Outdoor Room: The best of the great outdoors is celebrated in this category: dreamy decks, outdoor kitchens, views of paradise and luxe rooftop hangouts.
Most Serene Retreat: Spa-like master retreats. Reading nooks. Yoga lofts. The spaces of this category are perfect for escaping to get some rest and relaxation.
Most Family-Friendly Space: Having kids doesn’t mean your house can’t look fabulous. Whether it’s a game room or a kitchen with a giant chalkboard, this category captures rooms that are fun for the whole family.
Best Use of Pattern/Texture: Pink paisley wallpaper? Animal print area rug? Rooms with pattern or texture that create an impact are showcased in this category.
Best Space for a Party: From impromptu gatherings to planned events, these spaces use thoughtful layouts and amenities that encourage socializing. In this category, the rooms are the real stars of the celebration.
Most Unusual Space: Home office underneath the stairs? Living wall garden in the kitchen? Reading loft in the bedroom? This category highlights creative and unexpected design solutions for any room in the house.
Most Dramatic Transformation: Total gut job. Kitchen remodel. From drab to fab. The stunning makeovers in this category leave you wondering if it’s really the same space.
Best Kitchen: Beautiful kitchens designed for cooking and entertaining like a pro. We’re talking killer backsplashes, breakfast bars, bold fixtures and stylish solutions for the hub of the home that reflect the lifestyle of the owner.
Best Small Space: Who says small rooms can’t be big on style? The closets, powder rooms, studio apartments and other small living spaces in this category highlight how to pack a lot of style into a little space.
Best Use of Color: From unexpected color palettes to traditional color combos, this category puts the spotlight on rooms that use colors that make a statement.


ASLA-NY 2014 Design Award Winners Announced!

For immediate release

New York, February 21, 2014

Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984, [email protected]

ASLA New York Announces 2014 Design Award Winners

In the face of global climate change, catastrophic, ecosystem-altering superstorms and ever-evolving technology that is driving us to re-think the way we live, work and play, the field of landscape architecture continues to stand at the forefront of the planning, design and care of our natural and man-made environments.  Nothing epitomizes that better than this year’s recipients of the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter’s Annual Design Awards.  Five Honor and thirteen Merit awards were selected from 70 submissions judged by the Northern California Chapter of the ASLA.  The awards will be presented at the Award Ceremony and Reception to be held on April 3rd, at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Felicella ©2014

The re-imagining and rebirth of once-derelict and decrepit waterfront areas into spectacular parks that are simultaneously historic and modern, as well as, both user and eco-friendly, continued with an Honor Award being given to Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects for the design of the West Point Foundry Preserve (left photo). The Preserve features new trails that expand access and integrate ecological improvements, restorations and interpretive elements related to the rich history of the former industrial site.  Similarly, a Merit Award was given to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the design of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5.  This newly restored shipping pier features sports fields, play areas, and areas for fishing and picnicking along with several sustainable design elements including a green roof on the concession building, salvaged pier signs and picnic tables and benches made from salvaged wood.  Other prime examples of the transformation of industrial waterfront into resilient and sustainable public spaces for reflection and recreation were the Harlem River Promenade and Hallet’s Cove (image below), whose designs by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners were both given Merit Awards.

Image credit: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC ©2014

Away from the waterfront, a Merit Award was given to James Corner Field Operations for their design of Santa Monica, California’s Tongva Park.  What was essentially a parking lot was transformed into a stunning urban green space that features winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns and observation decks that stand 18 feet above ground.  A Merit Award was also given to Town and Gardens for the Rainlab at the Dalton School, a rooftop classroom that uses rainwater and other sustainable elements to provide an innovative way to integrate elements of motor skills, learning and pure play.  The other ­­awards are listed below.  All of the Award winning designs will be on display the Center for Architecture beginning April 3rd through the end of the month.


Following is a list of the Honor Awards:

Chelsea Cove, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Native Plant Garden, New York Botanical Garden

SIRR Coastal Protection Plan, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Southern Highlands Reserve, W Gary Smith Design

West Point Foundry Preserve, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.


Following is the list of the Merit Awards:

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

The Deconstructed Salt Marsh, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC

Gateway at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

Harlem River Promenade, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

Hallet’s Cove, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

Hudson Square Streetscape, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

Into the Woods, Nancy Owens Studio LLC

Midtown Manhattan Sky Garden, HMWhite Site Architects

Rainlab at Dalton School, Town & Gardens, Ltd.

Swingtones, Strafford, Supermass Studio Landscape Architecture, P.C.

Tongva Park & Ken Gensler Square, James Corner Field Operations

Reconstruct Forest Edge, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

Zones of Experience: Symbolism as a Master Planning Tool for St. John’s University,

Louis Fusco Landscape Architects




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