ASLA-NY Applauds National Recognition of its Members

For Immediate Release
New York, June 18, 2014
Contact: Kathy Shea, 212.269.2984 [email protected]
Ryan Kovac, Public Relations Chair, [email protected]

The New York Chapter of the ASLA is proud to recognize its members to be elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2014. The national office of the American Society of Landscape Architects announced on June 17, 2014 that the following members will receive the highest honor bestowed within the profession of landscape architecture for their lasting contribution and professional achievements.

This year’s ASLA-NY member honorees for ASLA Fellow include: Andrew Lavallee, ASLA, of AECOM (NY) and Chris Nolan, ASLA, of the Central Park Conservancy. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Eligibility for this honor is limited to full members of ASLA in good standing for at least ten years, who are nominated by representative bodies of the Profession.

As Marc Boddewyn, RLA Vice President Design and Construction Hudson River Park Trust stated in Andrew Lavallee’s fellows nomination, “While [Andrew] is a talented designer, his true skills lie in his ability to envision and enact successful project implementation strategies. He has raised the bar for landscape architectural practice in New York City.”

Michael Bloomberg had this to say about Chris Nolan, “For twenty-five years, Chris has worked to not only preserve the Park’s legacy, but enhance it through innovative planning, design, and reconstruction. His inspired civic design has helped ensure that Central Park remains an international icon.”

Additional Honors to be presented to the following New York-based professionals and organizations are:

Honorary Membership for two prominent New York based figures, as nominated by ASLA-NY. This is the highest honor ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. 2014 Honorary Members include:

Mary Alice Lee serves as the program director for the City Spaces Program at the Trust for Public Land. Through this program, Mary Alice not only teaches students about landscape architecture but to also allows them to put on the hat of a landscape designer through the 10 week program as they design their own playground with a stormwater management focus.

Holly Leicht is the director for New York and New Jersey at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she has played a lead role in the federal government’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Holly has long been a well respected voice for park advocacy and is dedicated to elevating the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

The LaGasse Medal to be awarded to Will Rogers, CEO of the Trust for Public Land, as nominated by the NY Chapter. The LaGasse Medal is awarded for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes.

The Olmsted Medal awarded to former New York City Parks Commissioner and Honorary ASLA member, Adrian Benepe. The Olmsted Medal award recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies, or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship.

The Medal of Excellence to be received by the Friends of the High Line in recognition of significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and design, or a combination of these items.

“It is very exciting to see so many of our deserving partners and friends recognized by the ASLA this year for a range of awards and honors. From the inspiring work accomplished in the New York area to national advocates and thought leaders on parks and open space, all of these awardees elevate and expand the impact of landscape architecture across the country.” – Jeannette Compton, ASLA-NY Chapter President

A complete listing of honorees and further coverage can be found 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 membersand features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The territory of the 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.