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Press Release: ASLA Announces 2020 Honors

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, NEW YORK (ASLA-NY)
ANNOUNCES 2020 ASLA HONORS RECIPIENTS

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Annual Program Recognizes Excellence in the Practice of Landscape Architecture
New York, New York (June 25, 2020) – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the 2020 Honors and Medals recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest recognition ASLA bestows each year. Medals will be presented to recipients at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in October. Two honors have been awarded to New York landscape architects: Martha Schwartz, FASLA will receive the ASLA Design Medal and James Corner Field Operations will receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award. ASLA-NY Chapter President, Elizabeth Moskalenko, RLA comments,

“On behalf of ASLA-NY, I congratulate Martha Schwartz, FASLA and James Corner Field Operations for their outstanding achievement as our two New York recipients of the 2020 ASLA Honor Awards!”

The ASLA Design Medal recognizes an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years. In her nomination statement, Thaisa Way PhD, FASLA, FAAR, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington writes,

“Schwartz’s practice as a landscape architect deeply embedded in the art of design has shaped the field and discipline in multiple ways. The beauty and thoughtfulness of her designed landscapes have inspired generations of young designers as they discover the power of design as an art.”

MarthaSwartz_200x200Martha Schwartz, FASLA

Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with major interests in cities, communities, and the urban landscape. As senior partner of Martha Schwartz Partners, she has over 40 years of experience as a landscape architect, urbanist, and artist on a wide variety of projects located around the world with a variety of world-renowned architects. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Award from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; the Women in Design Award for Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects; a fellowship from the Urban Design Institute; an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects; Council of Fellows Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects and most recently a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Boston Architectural College.

Martha is a tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, advancing design for Climate Change Mitigation, a founding member of the Working Group of Sustainable Cities at Harvard University and an active member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Climate Change Task Force. She has lectured nationally and internationally about sustainable cities and the urban landscape, and her work has been featured widely in publications and gallery exhibitions.

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The Landscape Architecture Firm Award is the highest honor that the American Society of Landscape Architects may bestow on a landscape architecture firm. This award recognizes landscape architecture firms that have produced bodies of distinguished work influencing the professional practice of landscape architecture. In the nomination letter of support, Adrian Benepe, Hon. ASLA and Senior Vice President & Director of City Park Development at the Trust for Public Land writes,

“The firm has produced some of the profession’s most lauded built work, including New York’s much-acclaimed High Line, and proven to be a leader in increasing landscape architecture’s visibility and relevance, especially in cities around the country. The firm raises the bar for the profession. Their efforts to help educate and push the profession to new horizons is a distinguishing mark of this firm.”

In a statement of support, Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA and Trustee of the ASLA NY Chapter comments:

“Through their masterfully crafted designs, James Corner Field Operations has elevated how people experience the landscape offering a creative and memorable celebration of place. With a portfolio of highly recognizable projects of international acclaim, this firm is pushing the envelope of complex design solutions that broadens the reach of landscape architecture with beautiful places that will endure through time.”

JamesCornerFieldOperations150x150James Corner Field Operations

Founded in 1999, James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge landscape architecture and urban design practice based in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Shenzhen. Field Operations is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, from large urban districts, master plans and complex planning sites, to small well-crafted, detailed design projects. Regardless of scale, there is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the ecology of both people and nature, rooted in place and context.

Project types range from entire sectors of cities to urban development districts, institutional campuses, urban waterfronts, large public parks, urban squares, public places, roof terraces, and small intimate gardens. This range of project types exemplifies our capacity to think creatively in terms of ecology, economics, development and programming, and experientially in terms of physical design, spatial experience, and the poetics of place. Field Operations’ work has been recognized by both peer groups and those outside the field of landscape architecture. The firm’s work has also been published and exhibited internationally.

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For full details on all ASLA Medal and Honor Award recipients, please go to: https://www.asla.org/2020honors.aspx 

For a listing of all past recipients of ASLA Medal and Honor Awards, go to: https://www.asla.org/HonorsAwards.aspx 

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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