Washington, D.C., July 27, 2010 – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected 41 members for induction into its distinguished Council of Fellows. Fellowship is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow and recognizes the significant contributions these individuals have made to the profession and the public through their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The 2010 ASLA Council of Fellows investiture reception and dinner will be held on Sunday evening, September 12, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Following the investiture ceremony, the new Fellows may use the suffix “FASLA” to denote this high honor.
The Fellows-elect were selected by the 2010 ASLA Council of Fellows jury: F. Christopher Dimond, FASLA, of Kansas City, Mo., chair; K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Susan P. Little, FASLA, Little & Little Landscape Architects, Raleigh, N.C.; Dee S. Merriam, FASLA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; and Todd D. Johnson, FASLA, Design Workshop, Denver.
The 2010 ASLA Fellows-elect are:
José M. Almiñana, ASLA
Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
José Almiñana, nominated in the Service Category by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter, is an outstanding advocate for the importance of landscape architect involvement in planning and development. His groundbreaking projects, public service, and cross-discipline collaboration have positioned landscape architects at the core of the sustainability movement. His firm’s work in rainwater management, bioengineering design, and the ecological remediation of urban landscapes weaves together the landscapes of man and nature for the benefit of both. As a key player in the Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM (SITESTM) and a frequent lecturer, Almiñana is among the leading landscape architects of his generation. He has bachelor’s degrees in architecture from the Central University of Venezuela and construction review from the College of Engineers of Venezuela and a master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
William D. Almond, ASLA
Virginia Beach, Va.
Billy Almond, nominated in the Service Category by the Virginia Chapter, has focused his skills as an articulate advocate for landscape architecture on the successful 12-year campaign for practice licensure in Virginia. As current chair of the national Licensure Committee, he continues the ASLA "50 by 2010" goal of securing licensure for landscape architects in all 50 states. By example and through his powers of persuasion, he inspires his fellow professionals to become engaged within their local and state government. In his own community service, Almond has assured that landscape architects are closely involved with planning and development projects that affect the Chesapeake Bay. Regionally, this includes tree-protection code requirements he inspired in states surrounding the bay. He received his bachelor of landscape architecture with distinction from Virginia Tech.
James P. Ballantyne, ASLA
Visions Landscape Architectural Services
James Ballantyne, nominated in the Knowledge Category by the ASLA Council of Fellows, has integrated digital design into landscape architecture for the past 20 years through his practice, research, and teaching. Among his successes in transforming the way landscape architects conceive and configure space and objects are the establishment of the first ASLA bulletin board; a system to automatically convert 2-D conceptual plans to working drawings; and the ASLA CADdetails product information web site. Cross-platform interoperability remains the main focus of Ballantyne's research into object-oriented automation of the landscape architectural process. The tools he derives from his work make it possible to evaluate the life-cycle effects of design and specification decisions in the studio on the fly. He received his landscape architecture degree from the University of Toronto.
J. Robert Behling, ASLA
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Robert Behling was nominated in the Works Category by the Florida Chapter, which recognizes his body of collaborative work. He has advanced the state of the art of landscape design and educated the public through his many interpretive centers and resort destinations. With more than 300 projects in 40 countries worldwide, he has changed the face of tourism and interpretive centers with his outdoor learning spaces and living demonstrations and has dramatically improved the economies of countries in which his projects have been developed. Behling has created a resort-destination business model that embraces a philosophy of integrating the work of owners and builders to produce projects that are visually exciting, functional, profitable, safe, and sustainable. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture and environmental planning from Utah State University.
Pamela M. Blough, ASLA
P. M. Blough Inc.
Grand Haven, Mich.
Pamela Blough was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Michigan Chapter. Her business acumen, applied through national and chapter leadership positions, effectively prepared ASLA to weather the recession nearly unscathed. She helped business owners plan for survival and growth and advised students on getting jobs in the profession. Further, her work as an arborist in Michigan has expanded the role of landscape architecture into forestry. For 20 years, Blough persisted to get a practice act passed in Michigan, and she shares the valuable lessons learned with colleagues and students at the chapter and national levels. She believes that the smallest of communities benefits from landscape architecture and universally accessible public accommodations. She earned her bachelor of landscape architecture and master of business administration degrees from Michigan State University.
Earl Broussard, ASLA
Earl Broussard was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Texas Chapter. He is a teacher, mentor, advocate, elected official, and founder of one of the largest landscape architecture firms in the Southwest. The firm's landscapes encompass the iconic entirety of the Texas cultural landscape, including the state capitol, the governor's mansion, and the Alamo. As a six-term city councilman, he is the first landscape architect in Texas to hold an elected public office. During that time, he established landscape preservation codes for West Lake Hills and advanced public appreciation of the value of landscape architecture. Broussard co-led the campaign to bring Texas a landscape architecture practice act. Broussard earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University and his master of landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa, ASLA
Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC
Ignacio Bunster-Ossa was nominated in the Works Category by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter. An architecture graduate fascinated early in his career by the value of landscape design, he stands today as one of the most respected landscape architects in the United States, with a focus on public places and their integration into the urban realm. Among the many notable urban landscapes, new communities, university campuses, waterfronts, parks, and civic spaces that have benefited from his planning and landscape design expertise are the Georgetown Waterfront Park and Anacostia Waterfront in Washington; Nashville's Public Square; the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas; and Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif. Bunster-Ossa earned his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Miami and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jon Bryan Burley, ASLA
Michigan State University
Jon Burley was nominated in the Knowledge Category by the ASLA Executive Committee. He is one of the most accomplished landscape architect researchers in the country, with more than 250 scholarly papers based on his award-winning studies on topics as diverse as landscape reclamation after mining activity, visual quality in the landscape, urban sprawl, roadside ecology, wildlife habitat modeling, GIS, and landscape architectural history. Burley serves as an international ambassador for the profession, with his lectures, published papers, and research collaborations reaching scholars and practitioners in more than a dozen countries around the world. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture with distinction from the University of Minnesota, master of landscape architecture from the University of Manitoba, and PhD in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.
Susan Cohen, ASLA
Susan Cohen Landscape Architect
Susan Cohen was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Connecticut Chapter in recognition of her considerable energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial skills and the programs she develops to give the public a better understanding of how landscape architects shape our environment. One notable example is her Landscape Design Portfolio Series, in which she brings together renowned landscape architects and the public through well-publicized and -received presentations in New York City. This program, held in conjunction with the New York Botanical Garden, has drawn standing-room-only crowds for all of its 12 years. She also worked with Smith College to re-establish its Landscape Studies Program after a 50-year hiatus. She earned her BA in English from Smith College and BS in urban landscape architecture from the City College of New York.
Diane M. Dale, ASLA
William McDonough + Partners
Diane Dale was nominated in the Works Category by the ASLA Executive Committee. Her skills in analysis, strategic thinking, and communication are highly effective in addressing the challenges of community planning. Her firm's approach is to translate architectural and engineering strategies into a language that focuses on the integration of spatial planning, site systems, and built form. As a landscape architect/lawyer, she commands the multidimensional insight necessary to direct cross-discipline community-planning work globally. Dale has been recognized often for her work and is a frequent conference speaker. She earned her bachelor of landscape architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, her master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and her JD from the University of Virginia.
George F. Dark, ASLA
George Dark was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the ASLA Council of Fellows. In his career, he has led new community plans, urban regeneration strategies, campus master plans, open space master plans, and streetscape designs. He regularly coordinates large groups of diverse professionals and excels at guiding projects through complex approval and consultation processes. Dark is well known for his unique style and skill at facilitation and his ability to forge consensus among various stakeholders. Among the many community master plan projects he directed are the award-winning University of Toronto Open Space Master Plan and the Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy 20/20. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Guelph, Ontario.
Harry S. Fuller, ASLA
Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc.
Harry Fuller was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. As president and managing partner, he has maintained his firm's high level of design quality while guiding its growth and geographic expansion as it approaches its third generation of management. Beyond technical proficiency, he balances poise with empathy. He exemplifies the human side of running a business, from ethics to hard decision making, and emphasizes a culture of lifelong learning and accomplishment. Among the large, complex projects on which Fuller has demonstrated his collaborative skills are the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston, the American University in Cairo, and the Upper Charles River Reservation Master Plan and Implementation. He earned his BA in art history from Princeton University and master of landscape architecture from Harvard University.
Joseph Geller, ASLA
Stantec Planning & Landscape Architecture
Joseph Geller was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA). Through great vision and ingenuity, he developed a solo practice into a diverse design and engineering enterprise encompassing athletic facility design, graphic design, and visualization, ultimately making his firm a key component of a large international corporation. As a Brookline, Mass., town selectman, he also set a precedent for involving landscape architects in town planning, economic development, and the approvals management process. Geller demonstrates the power and influence of landscape architecture on a grand scale. While president of the BSLA, he focused on education of all levels of students, from fellow professionals to third graders. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the University of Toronto.
Jim Gordon Hagstrom, ASLA
Jim Gordon Hagstrom was nominated in the Works Category by the Minnesota Chapter. One of Minnesota's top landscape architects, he has developed a client-appealing approach to native plantings for corporate campuses, parks, and residences. An important element of successful implementation with clients is his "neatness factor" of sharp edges and strong shapes to native plant areas, organized foreground plantings, native flowering plants massed around entrances, and minimized lawn areas. He believes that sustainable design is only as good as its details and ongoing management. He therefore works closely with landscape contractors and installers to teach the principles of sustainable landscaping. This model has resulted in vast acreage that previously was lawn to become biologically diverse landscape. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota.
Michael S. Hamm, ASLA
The Portico Group
Michael Hamm was nominated in the Works Category by the Washington Chapter. He has been an integral force in the development of an international multidisciplinary design firm known for close integration of site and building. His dedication to the profession and projects that connect people with nature has resulted in many iconic landscapes. Projects that highlight his focus on research, education, and conservation include such national parks and historic monuments as Pearl Harbor and Golden Gate Park. In his work he blends his abilities to work efficiently with diverse groups and his great sense of timing, flexibility, professionalism, and enthusiasm. His work meets the test of time as exceptionally responsive to the site and users. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.
Douglas Hays, ASLA
Michael Vergason Landscape Architects Ltd.
Douglas Hays, nominated in the Works Category by the Potomac Chapter, has provided design services for presidents and a pope. Early in his career he worked as the National Park Service landscape architect assigned to the White House during the Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations. He also worked on the Mass on the Mall for Pope John Paul II. In private practice, his works span from the National Zoo master plan in Washington, to the Normandy American Cemetery Visitors Center in France. His creative solutions are a blend of established principles and the latest technologies. He is equally comfortable in the public or private sector, and the range of his skill reaches from regional planning to construction detailing at full scale. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from Virginia Tech.
Frederick T. Hume, ASLA
Frederick Thomas Hume
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Frederick Hume was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the California Southern Chapter. In the 1980s, he wrote and administered the California Section of the Landscape Architects Exam and repeatedly fought to maintain licensure in California. He served on the Southern California Chapter executive board and as its president. In practice, his longstanding leadership in planning for thousands of acres of park, recreation, and open space has inspired millions of visitors. As a lecturer and adviser, he has for decades helped prepare students to enter the profession. Hume is also a member of the USC School of Medicine’s Healthy Communities Research Team studying how community development and land development affect obesity in America. He earned his BS in landscape architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
Heather Kinkade, ASLA
Forgotten Rain LLC
Heather Kinkade was nominated in the Knowledge Category by the Arizona Chapter. She has published research and advocated extensively for the conservation, collection, and reuse of water. Also an internationally recognized authority on low-impact development, alternative water supplies, and using water as an energy source, she excels at turning research into reality. She gets the best information available into the hands of the right decision makers across the design professions and with the general public. With National Geographic, she is starting a general-circulation rainwater harvesting magazine. And with Engineers without Borders she has undertaken a five-year project to install rainwater systems in schools in Honduras. She earned her bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Arizona and her master of environmental planning from Arizona State University.
Steven E. Koch, ASLA
Koch Landscape Architecture
Steven Koch was nominated in the Works Category by the Oregon Chapter, which noted his ability to develop gardens and urban spaces that evoke the historic and cultural landscape of the Northwest. He is a master of urban context and scale, and his work is crisp, restrained, and responsive to social, ecological, and programmatic objectives. His richly tactile surfaces, unexpected juxtaposition of materials, dramatic lighting, artful stormwater conveyance, and layered plant palettes create environments that refresh and delight. Koch advanced the founding principles of landscape architecture that he learned while working under Ian McHarg and Lawrence Halprin. His designs speak to the opportunities and values inherent in the Northwest. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon and master of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tadd B. Kreun, ASLA
Tadd Kreun was nominated in the Works Category by the Minnesota Chapter. His success in design implementation is his ability to take design concepts and develop the complex details needed to build projects seamlessly. His design sensibility and rigor to face the complexity of making things simple are the basis of a practice that has received two national and 17 local ASLA awards. As a mentor, he teaches, encourages, and critiques to develop the next generation of creative thinkers. His ability to create the big idea collaboratively and then have the construction knowledge to craft the perfect details to ensure its final form, all with a humble and friendly demeanor, consistently draws the praise of his colleagues. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Stephanie V. Landregan, ASLA
UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program
Stephanie Landregan was nominated in the Service Category by the California Southern Chapter for her outstanding efforts to protect public health, safety, and welfare through the practice licensure of landscape architects in California. She has appeared before state, county, and community groups to advance these professional goals, and her service with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards includes an appointment as chair of its Communication Committee. She teaches and mentors in the evenings. And, through her many volunteer activities at the community level, Landregan continues to share her message that the quality of design is a determinant of the quality of life. She earned her BA from the University of Kentucky, master of instructional design from the University of New Mexico, and landscape architecture certificate from UCLA.
Robby D. Layton, ASLA
Design Concepts CLA Inc.
Robby Layton was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Colorado Chapter. His leadership in sustainability includes new ways to analyze and plan for healthier communities. He is well known for his water-wise, drought-tolerant landscape design. And his writing, speaking, community service, teaching, and mentoring have advanced the visibility of the profession. He has developed new public infrastructure planning, taught the business of landscape architecture at the university level, created a culture at his firm of lifelong learning, and devised a program to teach elementary students the value of landscape architecture. Layton’s involvement in Learning Landscapes has moved that community-development program to the national stage. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from Texas Tech University and his master of landscape architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Marsha Lea, ASLA
Marsha Lea was nominated in the Works Category by the Potomac Chapter. Her landscape designs are creative, recreational, and educational. Her commitment to sustainable practices and respect for the culture and character of each project are evident in her designs for museums, parks, and botanic gardens. Her work on the National Mall and for the Smithsonian includes the sensitively interpreted native landscape surrounding the National Museum of the American Indian. Her work also encompasses traditional educational settings such as K through 12 schools and university campuses. She developed master plans for American University, the Catholic University of America, and George Washington University's Mount Vernon Campus. She understands how to make a place real, resonant, and memorable. Lea earned her BS in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin.
Todd Marshall McCurdy, ASLA
Morris Architects | Morris Terra
Todd McCurdy was nominated in the Works Category by the Florida Chapter for his dedication to the art and craft of landscape architecture. He is inspired to preserve and integrate elements of local culture into his designs as he translates those stories into creative and responsible design solutions. By working closely with the client and community members, he takes the time to understand each project's goals and challenges so that his landscapes educate, generate revenue, and protect our natural resources. His is a landscape architecture that improves as well as beautifies the lives of people who experience his work. McCurdy has focused this passion in locations as diverse as Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, and the Americas. He earned his BS in landscape architecture from Ohio State University.
Alistair T. McIntosh, ASLA
Sasaki Associates Inc.
Alistair McIntosh was nominated in the Works Category by the ASLA Executive Committee. His landscape design philosophy is based on three interrelated concepts: the historic and geographical circumstances of the particular site, which is the starting point for the process of placemaking; the forms of human use and how they shape the occupation of civic spaces; and the act of construction, which achieves the tangible reality of meaningful landscape design. His range of key projects includes the Indianapolis waterfront park and open space system, the Hudson River Park in New York City, and Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Graduate School of Design and earned his master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jana Dewey McKenzie, ASLA
Fort Collins, Colo.
Jana McKenzie was nominated in the Works Category by the Colorado Chapter for her design of public parks and recreational facilities, transportation facilities, and military installations and her resource management, community planning, and redevelopment plans. Her strength as a landscape architect is in her leadership of multidiscipline teams for complicated projects. Her clients have ranged from cities and counties to the federal government and private developers. Her award-winning projects are a testament to the quality of her work. She is committed to educating the public and allied professionals about the critical role that landscape architects play in designing healthy, livable communities. Long a leader in sustainability, McKenzie was an originator of the Sustainability Sites Initiative. She graduated cum laude with a BS in landscape architecture from Colorado State University.
Hitesh Sukhlal Mehta, ASLA
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Hitesh Mehta was nominated in the Knowledge Category by the Florida Chapter. His work is at the forefront of environmentally and socially responsible tourism planning. He is a leading author, researcher, and practitioner on sustainable tourism, and National Geographic named him one of the five sustainable tourism pioneers for 2006. His work to protect endangered flora and fauna reaches to equatorial Africa, China, India, and the United States. His holistic landscape architecture embodies four principles: sustainability, finance, environment, and the spirit of society. In addition to his teaching, his experience encompasses environmental planning, architecture, photography, and being a hall of fame cricket player for Kenya. He earned his bachelor of architecture from the University of Nairobi and his master of landscape architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dennis J. Mersky, ASLA
Floyd Browne Group
Dennis Mersky was nominated in the Service Category by the Ohio Chapter. For 40 years he has continuously supported the profession—locally through his practice and volunteer community service, regionally through leadership in the Ohio Chapter of ASLA and the Ohio LA Examiners Board, and nationally through the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). He was instrumental in establishing continuing education standards in Ohio and nationally and expanding licensure in Ohio. He raised the standard of practice for the profession. His current service as CLARB's treasurer is creating a new model for financial strength and will ensure CLARB's ability to serve the profession into the future. He is a tireless advocate for quality-of-life issues and the value of landscape architecture to the built environment. He earned his BS in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University.
James T. Penrod, ASLA
Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
Potomac Falls, Va.
James Penrod was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the ASLA Council of Fellows for his outstanding efforts to promote the licensure of landscape architects and strengthen the licensure laws across North America. He has been instrumental in conducting scientific studies of the profession to determine the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. With contributions from hundreds of landscape architects, he has developed the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) and has shared his knowledge with numerous state legislatures. Penrod is active on the ASLA LARE Exam Prep Committee to help emerging landscape architects gain licensure. He continues to inform and encourage emerging professionals to get licensed and thereby strengthen the profession. He earned his BS in landscape architecture from Ohio State University.
April J. Philips, ASLA
April Philips Design Works Inc.
San Rafael, Calif.
April Philips was nominated in the Works Category by the California Northern Chapter. Her portfolio showcases public landscapes, urban development, green roofs, residential communities, affordable housing, schools, and private gardens. Her designs blend her skills in illustration and sustainability. From her work developing San Francisco's Union Square, she honed her interest in urban design with a concentration on public and private infill projects. Her recent works focus primarily on integrated systems for urban, high-density, mixed-use, transit-oriented residential, urban park, and institutional infill. Her leadership in launching the Sustainable Sites Initiative at the grassroots level will also have a lasting impact. As a national lecturer, she tirelessly promotes awareness of sustainability and the revitalization of degraded environments. She earned her bachelor of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University.
James P. Richards Jr., ASLA
Fort Worth, Texas
James Richards was nominated in the Leadership/Management Category by the Texas Chapter. His creative range spans professional and community contributions, firm and interdisciplinary leadership, award-winning work, writing and drawing for publication, university-level teaching, and public outreach. He has influenced scores of young professionals and continues to lecture and conduct design, drawing, and creativity workshops. In publication he has championed the merging of rapid freehand sketching skills with digital design processes. The current freehand renaissance is a mark of his success in these endeavors. Richards has raised the public profile of the profession, shown landscape architects as design leaders, and inspired students and fellow professionals internationally. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University and master of landscape architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Lucinda R. Sanders, ASLA
Lucinda Sanders was nominated in the Works Category by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter. With an emphasis on social purpose and ecological sensitivity, her restorative landscapes combine her talents in urbanism with her interest in social and natural systems, philosophy, and art. Her design and management ingenuity has drawn design commissions from the Battery Park City Authority, GSA, and Carnegie Hall. Her firm is also developing the new master plan for Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront. On the University of Pennsylvania faculty she has created an ambitious urban design studio that addresses real-world design problems along the East Coast. Her service to the profession has raised the profile of ASLA and the profession. She earned her BA from Wells College and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Troy D. Sibelius, ASLA
Keller-Lowry Insurance Inc.
Troy Sibelius was nominated in the Service Category by the Colorado Chapter. His impact on the promotion of landscape architecture to the public, within the profession, and to the allied green industries has been significant. Through his ASLA leadership, Sibelius has become the most readily recognized member of his chapter. Among the continuing education opportunities he has developed for his chapter are an annual green conference, national insurance programs, risk management seminars, and grant funding for college students. His participation in lobbying efforts helped significantly in the passage of a Colorado practice law and establishment of Colorado Landscape Architecture Week. He was instrumental in making the Colorado Chapter Professional Design Awards Program a model for ASLA chapters everywhere. He earned his BS in landscape architecture from Colorado State University.
Greg Smallenberg, ASLA
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Greg Smallenberg was nominated in the Works Category by the ASLA Council of Fellows Executive Committee. As a dynamic, influential leader of landscape architecture in Canada, he is a tireless promoter of the profession’s duty to take a strong urban leadership role culturally, environmentally, socially, and politically. His award-winning parks, streetscapes, urban designs, memorials, waterfronts, plazas, historic renovations, campuses, and gardens have generated considerable public dialogue on public spaces as systems. His landscapes, wholly urban or partly natural, emerge as centers of a multidimensional experience and demonstrate integrated design thinking. In his plans, he effectively leverages the landscape as the element that best connects the various urban functions of resource management, civic gathering, work, and recreation. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture with honors from the University of British Columbia.
Jerry A. Smith, ASLA
Smith\Green Health Consulting LLC
Jerry Smith was nominated in the Service Category by the Ohio Chapter. In addition to his formative work in designing healing environments, he has transformed market processes through evidence-based design. From the outset of his career, he has demonstrated the proactive effectiveness of serving on committees and boards of nonprofit organizations committed to great change. He has long been the sole landscape architect on the Environmental Standards Council of the Center for Health Design and serves on the Green Guide for Health Care Steering Committee and the SITES Technical Core Committee. In those capacities, he has established that therapeutic landscapes are necessary for healthful, sustainable design solutions. He earned his BS in botany, bachelor of architecture, and master of landscape architecture degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Whitney A. Talcott, ASLA
Talcott & Associates
Old Lyme, Conn.
Whitney Talcott was nominated in the Service Category by the Connecticut Chapter. As president of that chapter and in his other volunteer leadership roles throughout his career, he has promoted education as fundamental to the advancement of the landscape architecture profession. His work has resulted in accreditation for the University of Connecticut landscape architecture program and Connecticut's landscape architecture practice act. The Connecticut Chapter has recognized him for his writing and continuing activity in advancing the body of knowledge on sustainable design. Talcott always finds time to advocate and mentor for the profession and continues to promote sustainable development, food and energy security, and livable communities. He earned his BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and master of landscape architecture from NC State.
Elizabeth Thomas, ASLA
Center for Planning Excellence
Baton Rouge, La.
Elizabeth “Boo” Thomas was nominated in the Leadership Category by the Louisiana Chapter. Since her appointment as the first executive director at the Baton Rouge Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, she has taken the initiative to make better communities, beginning at the neighborhood level. In the process of revitalizing downtown Baton Rouge, followed by successful planning efforts throughout the state, she has promoted the value of landscape architecture throughout the region and nationwide. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, her leadership at the Center for Planning Excellence created new approaches to storm protection, transportation planning, economic development, and housing that promote a more sustainable future while preserving the Louisiana culture. Her efforts have turned incredible challenges into visionary achievement. She earned her BS and master of landscape architecture from Louisiana State University.
Robert E. Truskowski, ASLA
Robert E. Truskowski Inc.
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Robert Truskowski was nominated in the Works Category by the California Southern Chapter. He has amassed a body of award-winning garden designs and restorations that has gained international recognition. His renovation of the Villa Torre Clementina earned national landmark status from the French government. Through his many lectures, he continues to share his insight into garden history and how he incorporates modern sustainability concepts into renovations so that gardens serve as places to enjoy as well as centers for research and education. From castle gardens in the Austrian Alps to lagoons and grottos on the Red Sea, Truskowski's pursuit of design excellence constitutes an outstanding contribution to the profession of landscape architecture. He earned his BS in environmental design/landscape architecture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Donna Walcavage, ASLA
AECOM Design + Planning
New York City
Donna Walcavage was nominated in the Works Category by the New York Chapter. She has had a lasting impact on the social and physical fabric of New York and the practice of landscape architecture as a whole. Her focus on streetscapes, urban waterfront redevelopment, bikeway and pedestrian facilities, and recreation spaces transcend the idea that landscape architects only plant undeveloped sites. In projects such as Stuyvesant Cove and the Greenpoint Williamsburg Open Space Master Plan, Walcavage has recast the public perception of the profession. Through her work, people see landscape architecture as an element for social change and expanded access to recreation for underserved communities. She is an advocate and educator on translating public interest into built reality. She earned her BS in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University.
Barbara E. Wilks, ASLA
W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
New York City
Barbara Wilks was nominated in the Works Category by the New York Chapter. Her technical proficiency and design prowess are evident in work that is sophisticated and inviting, urban yet a reprieve from urban life. She applies these juxtapositions of structured hardscape with naturalistic plantings at scales from urban master planning to individual sites. Her work also stands apart for how beautifully it addresses the current issues of sustainable, contextual, and community-based design. As a mentor, Wilks has a collaborative spirit and respects the intellectual autonomy of others. Her sustained efforts in designing and building make our cities more livable, more sustainable, and more beautiful. She earned her bachelor of architecture from Cornell University and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
David J. Yocca, ASLA
Conservation Design Forum
David Yocca was nominated in the Works Category by the Illinois Chapter. From early in his career he applied innovative approaches. In his master plan for Mill Creek, IL, he incorporated open space preservation, walkable urbanism, ecological landscape restoration, water conservation, and on-site water reclamation and reuse. Now, his firm's pioneering palette of green infrastructure elements also includes green roofs, porous pavement, bioretention, and native landscapes. His work shows that humans can be constructive members of the ecosystem. He serves as a SITES technical adviser and regularly promotes the Initiative at conferences and workshops throughout the country. His presentations on sustainable landscape architecture include a congressional briefing to the High Performance Building Caucus in 2009. He earned his BS in landscape architecture from Michigan State University.