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Kevin Shanley, ASLA
President, SWA Group
WASHINGTON, DC, August 8, 2005—The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced that Kevin Shanley, ASLA, president of The SWA Group, will receive the Society’s 2005 Community Service Award, to be presented during its Annual Meeting, October 7- 10 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
For more than a decade, Kevin Shanley has devoted his time, skill, and passion to protecting and restoring Houston’s bayous, the 4,000-mile web of rivers, streams, and creeks that permeate the city. He first worked on the 1992 landmark plan for Sims Bayou, and has served as a board member, president, and chairman of the Bayou Preservation Association (BPA), a citizens’ advocacy group.
Under Shanley’s leadership, the BPA has grown into a visible and effective organization focused on public education and collaborative projects that advance policy and practice. The BPA’s website illustrates the myriad programs underway ranging from habitat restoration to water quality monitoring to public policy reform in a city that has sustained nine major floods since 1929 and represents the nation's third highest concentration of flood insurance claims.
“Kevin Shanley’s service will benefit the Houston region for generations to come,” said Nancy C. Somerville, executive vice president of ASLA. “His efforts to effect change through design and policy reform represent the finest tradition of the landscape architect as land steward and social reformer.”
The SWA Group will also be honored with the 2005 Landmark Award for Golden Gate National Recreation Area (North Portion) and the 2005 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award during the ASLA Annual Meeting.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects representing more than 15,000 members. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Learn more about landscape architecture online at