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PRESS RELEASE: ASLA-NY Announces New ASLA Fellows

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American Society of Landscape Architects, New York
Diane Sferrazza Katz, Executive Director, [email protected]

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, NEW YORK (ASLA-NY)
ANNOUNCES 2021 ASLA FELLOW RECIPIENTS

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.

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Kim Mathews Elevated to ASLA Fellow

Kim Mathews, ASLA

Kim Mathews, ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) is pleased to announce that Kim Mathews, ASLA, Founding Principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, PC, has been elevated to ASLA Fellow in the category of Works. Fellowship is among the highest honors the American Society of Landscape Architects (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. The ASLA Council of Fellows has chosen Kim Mathews from the New York Chapter to be elevated this year at the Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner held during the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans, Lousiana.
Kim Mathews, ASLA, Founding Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. has been elevated to Fellow in the category of Works. In her more than 30 years of practice, Kim has consistently been bestowed with awards for both her planning and constructed work with institutional and public realm clients. Her design approach is solidly grounded in the fundamentals of thorough research, careful planning, ecosystem restoration, and robust community engagement. She has completed a substantial body of work that demonstrates her strong commitment to discovering and revealing a site’s cultural history, promoting ecological functioning and developing solutions imbued with a unique and authentic sense of place. Kim’s practice realm has been characterized by often extended, multi-year schedules and chronic funding challenges. Through her dedication and enthusiasm, the design ethic Kim brings to her work is highly valued by her clients and the communities they serve. Kim’s most significant design achievements are the result of long-lasting relationships with clients who appreciate her ability to negotiate complex endeavors that include historic and cultural landscapes in ecologically challenging settings.

Annette Wilkus, FASLA, Principal at Siteworks Landscape Architecture notes that “Kim’s creative vision and dedication to the public process from concept development to implementation of the design has been essential for the success of her award winning portfolio. The core part of Kim’s design process is engaging the public, understanding their needs and translating that to loved and well used public open space.”

For a full listing of all fellows, please visit https://asla.org/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=48465

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 territory of the New York Chapter 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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New York Members Elevated to Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) is pleased to announce the elevation of three members to Fellow status. Fellowship is among the highest honors the American Society of Landscape Architects (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. The ASLA Council of Fellows has chosen Elena Brescia, Chris LaGuardia and Laura Starr from the New York Chapter to be elevated this year at the Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner on November 8 held during the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago, Illinois.

This year’s ASLA-NY member honorees include:

Portrait of Elena Brescia, principal at Scape Landscape Design.

Elena Brescia, RLA, ASLA

Elena Brescia, RLA, ASLA, Partner at SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PLLC has been elevated to Fellow in the category of Service. Elena has been serving voluntarily for the ASLA and pro-bono for interdisciplinary organizations continuously for 15 of her 22 years as a professional. She served on the Executive Committee of the New York Chapter of the ASLA for six years and, concurrently, as a representative of the Chapter on the Executive Committee of the interdisciplinary design coalition New York New Visions for Rebuilding Lower Manhattan. She served on the New York State Council of Landscape Architects. Currently, she serves on New York’s interdisciplinary arts and design coalition, the Fine Arts Federation of New York, on which she has served for the past nine years as a Director, an Officer, and as President. Her service has engaged many influential groups and has had a positive impact on the field of Landscape Architecture; it has increased recognition for the field in the City and among affiliated design disciplines. Elena’s efforts during her six years with ASLA-NY enabled the Chapter to search for and hire its first Executive Director, and helped set the stage for the Chapter’s current initiatives such as Continuing Education courses and Awards Programs. Elena also participated most recently in the Chapter’s 100 Year Anniversary Short Film, which highlights historical events and persons that helped shape Landscape Architecture in NYC, key accomplishments of our Chapter and members, and what the future holds for our profession. Watch this short film at: http://aslany.org/asla-ny-100th-anniversary-film/

Nicholas Quennell, FASLA, Partner Quennell Rothschild and Partners LLP, notes that Elena “has always been a team player, putting process and results ahead of personal recognition, and her work is first class.”

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Christopher LaGuardia, RLA, ASLA

Christopher LaGuardia, RLA, ASLA, President at LaGuardia Design Landscape Architecture has been elevated to Fellow in the category of Works. For the past thirty years, Christopher has been committed to the advancement of landscape architecture on the eastern end of Long Island. In his practice, he strives to integrate the needs and habitat of people with the natural landscape in clear and understandable terms. Over the years, Mr. LaGuardia’s award winning work has been highly recognized at both the local and national level. He has also lectured widely on his design influences and the profession. Most recently, his ongoing relationship with the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington D.C. has brought nationwide attention to his work, as well as his many successful collaborations with some of the world’s best known architects and artists.

In his nominating statement, Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, Founder/President of The Cultural Landscape Foundation notes, “I first visited a couple of Chris’ projects in The Hamptons five years ago – what impressed me during these first visits was both the simplicity and sophistication of his work. His dedication to the highest professional standards extends from his design work to his role as an ambassador for the profession.”

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Laura Starr, RLA, ASLA

Laura Starr, RLA, ASLA, Partner at Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC has been elevated to Fellow in the category of Works. During her thirty-year career, Laura has exhibited sustained excellence, winning 17 design awards in two decades. Her work across New York City has transformed residents’ daily experiences, and revitalized landmarks synonymous with New York itself. The quality, scope, significance, and ambition of her work demonstrate Laura’s worthiness for inclusion in ASLA’s Council of Fellows. Characterized by an unerring focus on balancing site ecology, aesthetics, and lived experience, Laura’s work spans a range of site types, including major parks, pocket plazas, cultural institutions, individual residences, and major infrastructure works. Through her lectures, panelist appearances, professional leadership, project work, and most recently, her visionary contribution to resiliency through the Big U, Laura consistently advocates for evocative landscape solutions that enhance city life even as they accommodate the many functions of urban space. Her innovative approach and commitment to an inclusive, democratic design process make Laura a powerful voice for a city that is greener and more responsive to the needs of a twenty-first century public. Laura is a founding partner of Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC, a past president of ASLA-NY, Founder of the Sustainable Streets Initiative and past board member of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.

Niall Kirkwood, DSc, FASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design describes Laura as having “reinvented some of New York’s most iconic landscapes. Her ideas are guiding New York’s response to climate change, ensuring that the intimate experience of landscape and its ability to enhance social and economic opportunity are not sacrificed in the impulse to protect and fortify.”

 

For a full listing of all fellows, please go to http://asla.org/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=46680

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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 territory of the New York Chapter encompasses the fi ve 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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