Washington, DC, August 7, 2007— Boston-area projects and landscape architects will receive seven top national honors in landscape architecture this fall, among the most of any city in the world for 2007. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will present the awards during its annual meeting in San Francisco, October 5-9.
“Boston is among the most beautiful cities in the world, which isn’t surprising given the amazing strength of its landscape architecture community,” said Patrick W. Caughey, FASLA, president of ASLA. “Arguably, Boston boasts the richest landscape design legacy of any city in our nation, and the depth and breadth of work emerging from area firms shapes landscapes around the world.”
Sasaki Associates, Inc., with offices in Watertown, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California, will receive the 2007 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award. This is the highest honor that the ASLA may bestow on a landscape architecture firm in recognition of distinguished work influencing the professional practice. Sasaki also will receive two national honor awards for analysis and planning projects at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
The M. Victor and Frances Leventritt Garden at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University will receive the Award of Excellence in general design – the second year in a row that a Boston-area project has earned ASLA’s highest honor in that category. The 3.5 acre garden displays more than 150 species of shrubs and vines. Incorporating traditional horticulture displays and a fully accessible design, the project’s winding paths and outdoor classroom offer educational opportunities or simple daily enjoyment for visitors. Designed by the veteran award-winning firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates of Watertown, the jury called the garden “exquisite.”
Also at Harvard, a former police station converted into graduate student housing incorporates a green roof for students to enjoy. The second-floor roof garden built atop an existing parking garage makes this dwelling one of the most sought after on campus. Taking home an Honor Award will be the project team of Richard Burck Associates and Jonathan Levi Architects with Bergmeyer Associates, all of Somerville.
ASLA will present an Honor Award in the Residential Design category to a project by Mikyoung Kim Design of Brookline. Located in Lincoln, the private residence utilized a rich tapestry of native plants to enhance the natural beauty and protect the existing ecological and watershed conditions of the three-acre property overlooking Farrar Pond.
Additionally, Boston’s Robert R. Page will be inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows, among the highest honors the Society confers upon its members each year in recognition of his extraordinary work, leadership, knowledge, and service to the profession.
High resolution photos of award winners are available at: http://www.asla.org/awards/2007/07winners/