Redlands, California-The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) presented a LaGasse medal to Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, on October 30, 2000. The medal is awarded to individuals who, through their professional practice or utilization of landscape architecture, have made notable contributions to the management of natural resources, public lands, or other lands in the public interest. Dangermond received the medal in the Landscape Architect category.
Dr. Julius Fabos, an ASLA fellow and professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was the nominator.
"I recommended Jack Dangermond most enthusiastically for his enormous and unique contributions to ASLA and the larger environmental fields nationally and internationally. Indeed, Jack's brilliance and inventive mind have made him the developer of a most successful technology," said Fabos. "Jack's enormous management skills also make him the number one contributor to a valuable knowledge base for landscape architecture and relevant professions."
Dangermond, who holds a master's degree in landscape architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, accepted the award at the society's annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
"GIS technology is helping to make spatial data readily available to users, such as landscape architects, who play a major role in managing the increasingly complex problems our societies face," said Dangermond.
The ASLA is a national, professional society that represents the landscape architecture profession in the United States. Founded in 1899, the ASLA has more than 13,500 members and 48 chapters across the country.
The LaGasse medal was named in honor of Alfred B. LaGasse, a landscape architect who served as executive director of the American Institute of Park Executives and, later, as executive vice president of the National Recreation and Park Association. A former winner of the LaGasse medal is planning pioneer Ian McHarg, considered by many to be the father of modern landscape architecture.
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