Honors & Awards
2005 The Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence Recipient
The Regional Plan Association
2005

 
  

The Regional Plan Association

ASLA’s Landscape Architect Medal of Excellence recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning, and design. The body of work must have been maintained at a consistent level of excellence for at least 10 years.

For more than 80 years, the Regional Plan Association has been shaping transportation systems, protecting open spaces, and promoting better community design for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region’s continued growth. RPA’s first plan in 1929 provided the blueprint for the transportation, land use, and open spaces leading to the George Washington and Verrazano Narrows Bridges, JFK Airport, the Merritt Parkway, the Long Island State and Palisades Interstate Parks systems, and state parks along the south shore of Long Island and the Hudson Highlands. RPA also successfully pushed for New Jersey’s brownfields legislation and through its leadership of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, emphasized the need to create environmentally sustainable architecture and landscape design at the World Trade Center site.

Read the nomination letter from Alexander F. Kurnicki, ASLA, and support letters from Nancy Owens, ASLA, The Hon. Richard N. Gottfried, Robert Bzik, and Frederick E. Steiner, FASLA.

Representative Works



RPA's redevelopment plan for the Far West Side of Midtown Manhattan
Photo: RPA, 2004



Radburn, New Jersey plan to create open space network
Photo: RPA, 1929



Civic Alliance hosted the Listening to the City forum in July 2002
Photo: Jacqueline Hemmerdinger, 2002



Governors Island workshop participants
Photo: RPA, 2002



RPA's New Jersey Mayors Institute
Photo: RPA, 2003


Public tour of Governor's Island, 2003
Photo: RPA, 2004 


RPA co-chairs the Empire State Transportation Alliance
Photo: RPA, 2004 


RPA's Regional Assembly
Photo: RPA, 2005 


Design for the Governors Island park workshop
Photo: RPA, 2004


"Density with Diversity": Plan for lower Manhattan
Photo: RPA, 2002