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Glenn A. Acomb, ASLA
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
 

Glenn Acomb was nominated by the Florida Chapter for 37 years of outstanding contributions as a practitioner and educator. His work—from New York to Melbourne, Australia—encompasses new town planning, historic sites, resort design, and urban revitalization. As lead faculty member in construction and sustainability at the University of Florida department of landscape architecture, he cofounded a multidisciplinary research consortium on sustainability, through which he co-designed the state’s first green roof projects. Acomb has been a major contributor to his local community as well as to ASLA on the state and national levels. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University in 1972 and his master of landscape architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1978.

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Stuart D. Appel, ASLA
Wells Appel Inc.
Philadelphia

Stuart Appel was nominated by the New Jersey Chapter for his design contributions to the profession and his commitment to teaching and mentoring. The senior principal of Wells Appel, he has created a body of work that reflects a profound understanding of context, culture, and natural systems. Concentrated in the mid-Atlantic region, his work has earned scores of national and regional design awards. His commitment to scholarship and mentorship has remained a stalwart of his practice, evidenced through his teaching at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University. Appel earned his bachelor of environmental studies in 1978 and bachelor of landscape architecture in 1979 from the State University of New York–Syracuse and an MBA from LaSalle University in 1990.

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Karen A. Beck, ASLA
Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants Inc.
Providence, Rhode Island

Karen Beck was nominated by the Rhode Island Chapter for her dedicated and active involvement with the chapter’s activities since its inception. She has served on the chapter’s executive committee for a decade and has continuously coordinated the chapter’s LARE review courses, which she founded 20 years ago. Her 10 years of service on the Rhode Island State Board of Licensure ensured that the state’s Landscape Architecture Practice Act was both enforceable and protected the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Among her many public outreach activities, Beck also organizes the chapter’s “Landscape Designer Forum,” held at the annual Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show. Beck earned her bachelor of science in resource development with a concentration in landscape design from the University of Rhode Island in 1984.

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Dennis E. Bryers, ASLA
City of Omaha Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Development
Omaha, Nebraska

Dennis Bryers was nominated by the Great Plains Chapter for his many years of service to ASLA, inspired leadership, willingness to assist with any cause, and the passion that he brings to his work, the public, and his colleagues. He has worked to strengthen professional licensure in Nebraska, and through dedicated Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards service, he has supported licensure across the United States and internationally. He shares his expertise on planning and design committees, as an instructor and organizer for community projects, and as the chapter’s “resident historian.” Bryers earned his bachelor of forestry in 1977 and his bachelor of landscape architecture in 1978 from the State University of New York–Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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Robert. F. Bullard, ASLA
Bullard Land Planning
Loganville, Georgia

Robert Bullard was nominated by the Georgia Chapter for his outstanding efforts in promoting the landscape architecture profession in his home state. For the past two decades, he has staunchly defended landscape architects’ rights to stamp documents for site plans and stormwater reports when these rights have been challenged by local jurisdictions. In his own firm, he has taught his employees to promote the profession through quality work and community involvement. In addition to practicing landscape architecture, Bullard is a licensed landscape surveyor who believes cooperation between these two professions ultimately will benefit both. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Georgia in 1986.

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Kevin B. Cavaioli, ASLA
Hoover Pumping Systems
Pompano Beach, Florida

Kevin Cavaioli was nominated by the Florida Chapter for his dynamic leadership, which inspires other members toward service and elected office within the chapter. He continues to make a difference to the landscape architecture profession in the critical areas of legislation, water management and conservation, and low-impact development. While few ASLA members specialize in these rapidly emerging areas, most benefit from the knowledge he so generously shares. Cavaioli’s representation of ASLA before regulators and representatives from all major organizations in the green industry has garnered the respect and trust that continues to yield positive results from his strong working relationships. Cavaioli earned his bachelor of science in environmental studies/landscape architecture from the State University of New York–Syracuse in 1978.

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Eugene B. Eyerly, ASLA
Eyerly and Associates
Denver

Eugene Eyerly was nominated by the Colorado Chapter for 40 years of bridging common interests among the chapter, the state’s green industries, and the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. As a mentor, technician, educator, and volunteer, Eyerly’s professionalism and ethics have become legend in the state and the region. He has expanded the knowledge of all landscape architects by developing and promoting the best design, construction, and planting techniques for the Colorado landscape’s inherent difficulties. He and Dr. James Feucht have developed an awareness program that has virtually eliminated herbicide damage in the state of Colorado. A member of the Greatest Generation, Eyerly graduated from the U.S. Maritime Academy in 1943 and the American Landscape School in 1948.

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Kristina J. Floor, ASLA
JJR|Floor
Phoenix

Kristina Floor was nominated by the Arizona Chapter for her 25 years of creating sustainable projects that respect the region’s sensitive desert environment and celebrate Arizona’s story. Her hardscape design skills and knowledge of indigenous plants result in expressive landscapes with an inherent sense of design. These include award-winning projects such as the Esplanade, Phoenix City Square, and Scottsdale Waterfront. Her commitment to her community shows in her work with the Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center and the Phoenix Children’s Museum, for whom she developed site plans and design concepts suiting their special needs. Floor earned her bachelor of science in urban planning with an emphasis on landscape architecture from Arizona State University in 1983.

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George W. Girvin, ASLA
Girvin Associates
San Rafael, California

George Girvin was nominated by the Northern California Chapter for the creation of works that define the landscape character of a geographic region and have significant impact on the public. For 38 years, his work as a site planner and designer, particularly in the areas of parks and recreation and resort planning, has enhanced the role and importance of landscape architecture and stewardship of the land in the development process. Girvin’s projects offer historically, culturally, and environmentally sensitive designs that balance the needs of the developer, end user, general public, and all partners in a project—on a large scale and over time. Girvin earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in 1971.

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Paul H. Gobster, ASLA
USDA Forest Service
Evanston, Illinois

Paul Gobster was nominated by the Illinois Chapter for creating and communicating new knowledge. As a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station’s People and Their Environments office in metropolitan Chicago, his principal research focus has been to understand how urban people perceive, use, and value natural landscapes. The outcomes of this work include improved public education efforts, improved guidelines for designing and managing natural areas for people, and support for policy alternatives. Gobster earned his bachelor of science in regional analysis from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 1978. He earned his master of science in landscape architecture in 1983 and his PhD in land resources from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1987.

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Theresa Guen-Murray, ASLA
Terry Guen Design Associates Inc.
Chicago

Theresa Guen-Murray was nominated by the Illinois Chapter for her professional practice, which is dedicated to forwarding the stewardship of public environs. In Chicago, she has shown that aesthetic sustainable landscape design can be integrated into public works through projects that include Aurora River Edge Park, South Lake Shore Drive, Jackson Park, and the Lakefront Millennium Park. Her advocacy for landscape architecture extends to her service on many Chicago public advisory committees, through which she promotes the integration of landscape and ecology as a resource for beauty and environmental benefits. Guen-Murray earned her bachelor of arts in chemistry from Bowdoin College in 1981 and her master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

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Thomas G. Hawkey, ASLA
Thomas G. Hawkey, Landscape Architect
Denver

Thomas Hawkey was nominated by the Colorado Chapter for his 20 years of leadership as an accomplished administrator, mentor, and volunteer. Throughout his career at the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department, he has promoted the profession through practice, city administration, and community service. As past Colorado Chapter president, Jane Silverstein Ries (JSR) Awards Committee member, and as the founding president of the JSR Foundation, he has increased the profession’s visibility and outreach within and beyond the Rocky Mountain region. Hawkey earned his bachelor of science in graphic arts/speech communication from South Dakota State University in 1974 and his masters of landscape architecture from the University of Colorado–Denver in 1987.

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Edmund D. Hollander, ASLA
Edmund Hollander Design Landscape Architect PC
New York

Edmund Hollander was nominated by the New York Chapter for the award-winning environmental design and planning projects he has created over 20 years. His portfolio spans a wide range of scales, from private estates and gardens to historic landscapes and horse farms to urban rooftop gardens. On the leading edge of promoting sustainability, his work is enjoyed in diverse climates and planting zones from the Northeastern United States to the Caribbean, Europe, and China. Past president of the New York Chapter, Hollander has taught at the City College of the University of New York and the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

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Daniel S. Iacofano, ASLA
Moore Iacofano Goltsman (MIG) Inc.
Berkeley, California

Daniel Iacofano was nominated by the Northern California Chapter for his leadership over the 27 years of his career, during which he has dramatically increased the public’s recognition of issues that are central to the design, planning, and management of the land. Recognized internationally for his leadership in land use and urban design, growth strategies, river and watershed management, flood control, habitat conservation, and natural resource management, he is much sought after for his expertise in multidisciplinary projects. Iacofano earned his bachelor of urban planning from the University of Cincinnati in 1976; his master of science in environmental psychology from the University of Surrey, England, in 1980; and his PhD in environmental planning from the University of California–Berkeley in 1986.

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Shawn T. Kelly, ASLA
Kelly Design Group LLC
Madison, Wisconsin

Shawn Kelly was nominated by the Wisconsin Chapter for his tireless dedication to landscape architecture, demonstrated by the breadth of his service-oriented efforts. For three decades, he has served ASLA at the national and state level, advanced the visibility of the profession within the regional Midwest, served outside of his official job duties at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and contributed to the advancement of municipal stormwater management strategies and smart growth planning in his hometown. He also has worked closely with the Ojibwa community in Wisconsin to break down cultural barriers through community design and planning. Kelly earned his bachelor of science in agriculture in 1978 and his master of landscape architecture in 1987, both from the University of Arizona–Tucson.

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Niall G. Kirkwood, ASLA
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Niall Kirkwood was nominated by the Boston Society of Landscape Architecture Chapter of ASLA for his years as a landscape architecture educator and researcher specializing in technology and its relationship to design in landscape architecture. He has developed a comprehensive body of knowledge through publications, academic graduate courses, and curriculum development on landscape technology. Kirkwood also serves as director of Harvard’s Center for Technology and Environment research center. He earned his bachelor of arts in 1976 and bachelor of architecture in 1978 from the University of Manchester, UK, and his master of landscape architecture in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania. Kirkwood also received an honorary bachelor of arts from Harvard in 2002 and an honorary doctor of science from the University of Ulster in 2009.

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Paul D. Kissinger, ASLA
EDSA
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Paul Kissinger was nominated by the Florida Chapter for his exceptional work in sustainable planning, which has had a far-reaching impact on communities and environments across the world. Specifically, Paul’s leadership in the planning and design of the South Florida Rail Corridor and his Riverfront work in Owensboro, Kentucky have generated and will continue to generate into the future, economic redevelopment and ecologic recovery. His role in conserving a 500-year-old waterfront in Valletta helped the country of Malta capture a larger share of the tourism market and enhanced the historical value of the environment.  In addition to his professional contributions to the built environment, during his 20 years experience he has been consistent advocate for the landscape architecture profession.  He teaches, he mentors, and actively participates in civic committees and organizations. He earned his bachelor of science and natural resources from the University of Michigan in 1986 and his master of landscape architecture from Kansas State University in 1989.

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Thomas W. Liptan, ASLA
City of Portland
Portland, Oregon

Thomas Liptan was nominated by the Oregon Chapter for his rigorous and sustained research, through which he has contributed original knowledge specific to the integration of stormwater management and green roof development. His pioneering work in low-impact development strategies has fostered innovative urban design techniques and generated influential city policies. As a direct result of his efforts, Portland’s green roofs have grown from Liptan’s original experiment in 1996 to a current 120 green roofs, with city leaders committed to creation of an additional 43 acres over the next five years. Liptan studied at Fullerton, Cypress, and Goldenwest junior colleges from 1965–1967 and attended the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College from 1972–1974.

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William A. Mann, ASLA
School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

William Mann was nominated by the Georgia Chapter for his distinguished 35-year career of teaching the history of landscape architecture. Having first practiced for several years, he has tirelessly communicated his experience and enthusiasm to more than 3,000 students. He produced two books on the history of landscape architecture that are considered standard references, while his many years of service as a speaker and author for such groups as CLARB and the Council of Garden Clubs further demonstrate reach to wider audiences. Mann earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from Michigan State University in 1964 and his master of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1966.

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Scott Mehaffey, ASLA
City of Chicago Mayor’s Office
Chicago

Scott Mehaffey was nominated by the Illinois Chapter for his active engagement in cultural landscape preservation and public horticulture, as both a professional and volunteer. As landscape coordinator for the city of Chicago, he has a highly visible role as assistant to Mayor Richard Daley. His promotion of public awareness and appreciation for cultural landscape preservation were recognized by an appointment to the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. His public service activities have engaged youth and adults and promoted quality landscape design to nonprofessionals. Mehaffey earned his bachelor of arts in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois–Urbana in 1987 and his master of science in organizational leadership from Dominican University in 2003.

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Rick A. Parisi, ASLA
M. Paul Friedberg and Partners LLC
New York

Rick Parisi was nominated by the New York Chapter for the excellent work he has produced in all facets of landscape architecture design—parks, plazas, waterfronts, and educational, health, and recreational facilities—in his 22 years of practice. As project manager and partner in one of the most prominent landscape architecture firms practicing today, he has led important projects around the world, ensuring quality at all levels of design and construction. Within the firm, he has mentored more than 100 students, interns, and graduate students. An active and engaged professional, he also is a frequent volunteer and participant in ASLA events and functions. Parisi earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the University of Florida in 1986.

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James M. Patchett, ASLA
Conservation Design Forum
Elmhurst, Illinois

James Patchett was nominated by the Illinois Chapter for his commitment to research and educational outreach. Founder and president of Conservation Design Forum, he created a visionary collaborative environment with a focus on natural resource solutions and green building. He also is cofounder and president of the Board of Conservation Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering applied research and educational outreach in sustainable design. A noted speaker and educator, he routinely promotes understanding of the scientific foundation of diverse green design and development strategies. Patchett earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture in 1975, his master of landscape architecture in 1981, and his master of science in civil engineering in 1985, all from Iowa State University.

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Rodney D. Robinson, ASLA
Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects Inc.
Wilmington, Delaware

Rodney Robinson was nominated by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter for his exemplary landscape architectural design skills and his knowledge of horticulture. His impressive body of work over the past 30 years ranges from private and public gardens to exhibit design and historic restoration, and includes commissions with institutions of international reputation. He has been an active member of ASLA since 1997. He also has served as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens, and Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and lectured at numerous arboreta, botanical gardens, and universities. Robinson earned his bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Delaware in 1975 and his master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

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Thomas R. Ryan, ASLA
Ryan Associates
Boston

Thomas Ryan was nominated by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects chapter of ASLA for 30 years of exemplary service to the chapter and the profession. He has been a mentor to hundreds of students who have taken his review course to prepare for the licensure exam and has served as a lecturer and instructor at Harvard University and the University of Virginia. He has staunchly defended professional licensure in Massachusetts and increased the visibility of landscape architecture in housing development—all while running his successful practice. Ryan earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his master of landscape architecture in 1979 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Robert Sabbatini, ASLA
Robert Sabbatini, AICP, ASLA
San Francisco

Robert Sabbatini was nominated by the Northern California Chapter for his 30 years of exceptional design work in campus planning, first as a principal at Sasaki Associates and now as a sole practitioner. His national success is evident in his award-winning work at the University of California–Berkeley, California State University–Monterey Bay, Lewis & Clark College, and Mills College. In addition to his design work, he has long been active in his local ASLA chapter. Sabbatini earned his bachelor of arts in environmental design/landscape architecture from the University of California–Berkeley in 1972 and his master of landscape architecture in urban design and a master of city and regional planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, both in 1978.

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James Peter Shadley, ASLA
Shadley Associates PC
Lexington, Massachusetts

James Peter “J. P.” Shadley was nominated by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of more than 25 years of exceptional contributions to the built environment and the profession. His extensive portfolio includes award-winning works that vary in scale and project type from historic properties to brownfield, mixed-use transit-oriented developments, and from low-income housing to significant residential estates and beautiful sculptures in the landscape. As a dedicated member of the BSLA since 1992, he has served in many roles, including chapter president and vice president. Shadley earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Oregon in 1983 and his master of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1986.

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Gary Sorge, ASLA
Stantec
Hamden, Connecticut

Gary Sorge was nominated by the Connecticut Chapter for 23 years of being the “man behind the curtain,” whose vast talents and vision allow him to bring together the various players and pieces of a complex puzzle to create spaces that communities can enjoy for generations. His work graces some of the most well-visited public spaces in the world. He often has helped clients and organizations develop design guides to allow them to continue with their projects in the spirit of the original initiative. He has volunteered for numerous community efforts, from trail reconstruction projects with the Boy Scouts to river cleanup days. Sorge earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from Rutgers University in 1986.

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Richard K. Sutton, ASLA
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Program in Landscape Architecture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

Richard Sutton was nominated by the Great Plains Chapter for enlightening an entire generation to the beauty, history, and ecology of the Nebraska landscape. He has contributed a high level of knowledge creation and application for more than 30 years at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Recently, he spearheaded the start-up of the university’s bachelor of landscape architecture degree program. He has authored or coauthored more than three dozen research publications, popular articles, and books on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the Great Plains landscape. Sutton earned his bachelor of science in forest biology from Colorado State University in 1970, his master of landscape architecture from Utah State University in 1974, and his PhD in land resource from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1997.

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Cleveland Turner III, ASLA
Turner Land Architecture LLC
Amarillo, Texas

Cleveland Turner was nominated by the Texas Chapter for giving unselfishly to the betterment of the Texas Chapter ASLA for more than 25 years. He has been dedicated to the licensure of landscape architects in Texas and at the national level. In Texas, he was the torchbearer for defending against the sunsetting of title use, and further, he used that opportunity to elevate the law to cover the practice of landscape architecture. Additionally, both the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards have benefited from his initiative, creativity, and management skills. Turner earned his bachelor of arts in 1973 and his bachelor of science in landscape architecture in 1976, both from Texas A&M University.

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Susan Van Atta, ASLA
Van Atta Associates Inc.
Santa Barbara, California

Susan Van Atta was nominated by the Southern California Chapter for the impressive body of work she has created with a two-decade-long commitment to environmentally appropriate landscape design, habitat restoration, and the use of native plants. Van Atta’s award-winning designs pay careful attention to form and detail, but her work transcends mere aesthetic improvements. Instead, she strives to “make places better” by regenerating the land, engaging the public in site understanding and stewardship, and promoting health for both people and the environment. Van Atta earned her bachelor of arts in environmental studies in 1977 from the University of California–Santa Barbara and her bachelor of science in landscape architecture in 1983 from California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo.

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H. Keith Wagner, ASLA
H. Keith Wagner Partnership
Burlington, Vermont

H. Keith Wagner was nominated by the Vermont Chapter for his award-winning projects that identify the unique character of a site or place and crystallize it through a process of deduction and accentuation. Landscape architect, painter, and sculptor, he draws inspiration from the agrarian landscapes of his childhood and has influenced the profession in the Northeast through his practice in both the private and public realm. A member of ASLA since 1995, Wagner also lectures, juries, and mentors students at Harvard University, University of Vermont, SUNY-ESF, and Rhode Island School of Design. He is the current William Kennedy Visiting Scholar at the SUNY-ESF School of Landscape Architecture. Wagner earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from SUNY-ESF, Syracuse in 1985.

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Todd Wichman, ASLA
Todd Wichman Landscape Architecture LLC
St. Paul, Minnesota

Todd Wichman was nominated by the Minnesota Chapter for his exceptional and sustained service to the profession at the local, state, and national levels. From the outset of his career, he has advocated tirelessly for a range of issues that affect landscape architects. Widely recognized for his outstanding leadership and commitment on the civic level, he has further demonstrated his dedication through ongoing involvement with his community planning council, the local watershed district, the state licensure board, and local schools. In the educational arena, he volunteers as both a critic and a mentor in the University of Minnesota’s landscape architecture department. Wichman earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota–Minneapolis in 1984.

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Christian Zimmerman, ASLA
Prospect Park Alliance
Brooklyn, New York

Christian Zimmerman was nominated by the New York Chapter for an extraordinary career focused on one project. He has devoted 19 years to revitalizing and restoring the 585 acres that comprise Prospect Park, the Parade Grounds, and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York. He oversees the day-to-day operations of all capital work for this Olmsted and Vaux masterpiece, one of the most intensely used urban landscapes in the country. He lives with the design, the people who use it, and those who maintain it through deep understanding of all aspects of the program. Zimmerman earned his bachelor of science in horticulture from North Dakota State University in 1983 and his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Idaho in 1988.

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