General Design Category

Honor Awards

Cloud Song: SCC Business School + Indigenous Culture Center

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Client: Maricopa County Community College District

Grand Junction Park and Plaza

Westfield, Indiana, United States
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective
Client: City of Westfield

Hood Bike Park: Pollution Purging Plants

Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States
Offshoots, Inc.
Client: Hood Park, LLC

Peavey Plaza: Preserving History, Expanding Access

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Client: City of Minneapolis

Qianhai's Guiwan Park

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Field Operations
Client: Shenzhen Qianhai Construction & Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd.

Remaking a 1970’s Downtown Park Into a New Public Realm

Omaha, Nebraska, United States
OJB Landscape Architecture
Client: The Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority

The Meadow at the Old Chicago Post Office

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Hoerr Schaudt
Client: The 601W Companies

The University of Texas at El Paso Transformation

El Paso, Texas, United States
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc
Client: The University of Texas at El Paso

University of Arizona Environment + Natural Resource II

Tucson, Arizona, United States
Client: University of Arizona

Residential Design Category

Award of Excellence

The Rain Gardens at 900 Block

Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Gresham Smith
Client: Frontier Highway

The Rain Gardens at 900 Block is award-worthy because:

  • The design approach resulted in an immersive green infrastructure experience, a true rain “garden.”
  • The entrant secured grant funds to invest in the property while advocating for improving urban ecologies and stormwater systems on a larger scale.
  • The entrant took a triple-bottom-line approach for stormwater retrofits to benefit the community beyond the property lines.
  • The entrant greened the site with native plants and minimized maintenance.

The utilization of incentive grant dollars to improve stormwater functionality, site value and social spaces showcase how to creatively implement high-quality sustainability and resiliency-focused landscapes even at small scales.

Honor Awards

Andesite Ridge

Big Sky, Montana, United States
Design Workshop, Inc.

Collected Works, Restored Land: Northeast Ohio Residence

Hunting Valley, Ohio, United States
Reed Hilderbrand LLC
Client: Scott Mueller

Dry Garden Poetry

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States
Arterra Landscape Architects

Sister Lillian Murphy Community

San Francisco, California, United States
GLS Landscape | Architecture
Client: Mercy Housing

Urban Design Category

Award of Excellence

Heart of the City: Art and Equity in Process and Place

Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Client: Destination Medical Center

This project re-imagines a car-centric streetscape of two city blocks and a plaza as a new public realm aligned with the city’s vibrant and diverse community. Proactive community engagement drove the success of this work: over 70 pop-up and prototyping events, one-on-one stakeholder meetings, artist sessions, and other engagement events captured a true understanding of the community's needs and desires for this project.

The project pioneers a curbless street design, integrates dramatic public art installations from local and internationally known artists, and utilizes custom-designed accessible site furniture. Cutting-edge sustainability strategies promote greenery and reduce stormwater runoff and ice-melting salt usage.

Honor Awards

PopCourts! – A Small Plaza That Turned Into a Movement

Chicago, Illinois, United States
The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Client: West Side Health Authority

St Pete Pier: Revitalization of Waterfront and Historic Pier Site

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Client: City of St. Petersburg, Florida

Town Branch Commons: An Urban Transformation in Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Gresham Smith
Client: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG)

Analysis and Planning Category

Award of Excellence

Re-investing in a Legacy Landscape: The Franklin Park Action Plan

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Reed Hilderbrand LLC with Agency Landscape and Planning and MASS Design
Client: Boston Parks and Recreation Department

Franklin Park has long been a beloved center of recreation, gathering, and discovery for Boston’s most diverse communities. Emerging from the Imagine Boston 2030 Plan, the Action Plan is founded on equal respect for the park's historic fabric, ecological systems, and the strong community of contemporary users who have stewarded it through years of disinvestment. Focused on issues of equity, ecological resilience, climate change, and cultural significance, its aspirations are forward-looking and visionary, but based in practical and action-oriented recommendations. It advocates for thoughtfully guided, community-driven improvements implemented through equitable investment to enable this treasured park to do what it does now, only better.

ASLA / IFLA Global Impact Award

Caño Martín Peña Comprehensive Infrastructure Master Plan

San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Client: Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña

Honor Awards

Iona Beach / xwəyeyət Regional Park and WWTP

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
space2place design inc.
Client: Metro Vancouver

Joe Louis Greenway Framework Plan

Detroit, Michigan, United States
Client: City of Detroit

Nature, Culture + Justice: The Greenwood Park Master Plan

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Client: BREC

Nicks Creek Longleaf Reserve Conservation & Management Plan

West End, North Carolina, United States
NC State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab
Client: Pine Forest Management & Southern Conservation Trust

Reimagine Middle Branch Plan

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Field Operations
Client: South Baltimore Gateway Partnership and the City of Baltimore

The Chattahoochee RiverLands

Metro Atlanta Region, Georgia, United States
Client: Trust for Public Land, Atlanta Regional Commission, City of Atlanta, Cobb County Government

The New Orleans Reforestation Plan: Equity in the Urban Forest

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Spackman Mossop Michaels
Client: City of New Orleans, Saving Our Urban Landscape

Research Category

Honor Awards

The Cobble Bell: Research through Geology-Inspired Coastal Management

Port Bay, New York, United States
Proof Projects LLC
Client: Great Lakes Protection Fund

Communications Category

Honor Awards

Landslide: Race and Space

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Los Angeles River Master Plan Update

Los Angeles, California, United States
Client: Los Angeles County Public Works

Sakura Orihon

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Ron Henderson / LIRIO Landscape Architecture
Client: United States National Arboretum

The Historic Bruce Street School: A Community-Centered Design Approach

Lithonia, Georgia, United States
Martin Rickles Studio
Client: Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, DeKalb County, City of Lithonia

The Landmark Award

The Landmark Award

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Los Angeles, California, United States
Client: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Angeles Unified School District

Vista Hermosa was the first public park built in downtown Los Angeles in over 100 years. Previously an oil field located in a park-poor urban area, the park provides residents of a dense, primarily working-class Latinx neighborhood with "a window to the Mountains," opportunities for recreation, access to nature, and quiet reprieve. Marrying environmental justice to social justice, the park provides a safer environment in what was once a dangerous and contaminated vacant lot. As re-created habitat in the heart of the city, Vista Hermosa features many resilient, nature-based solutions that were ahead of its time. The park has become a symbol of Los Angeles, bringing a natural experience to those who are unable to visit the nearby mountains.