American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA 2005 Medal of Excellence


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


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