Honors & Awards
2009 Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence Recipient
The Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago
ASLA’s Landscape Architect Medal of Excellence recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning, and design.
The Chicago Park District and City of Chicago jointly will receive the Medal of Excellence for their significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning, and design. Since the election of Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1989, the Park District and the City have collaborated on scores of notable efforts, including the City Space Plan, addressing the need for additional open space; the Campus Park Program, which has transformed expansive areas of hardscape around more than 100 public schools into green spaces; the much loved and critically acclaimed Millennium Park; as well as shoreline projects and historic preservation works. By combining their separate strengths and resources, the two agencies have achieved results that allow Chicago live up to its official motto: “Urbs in Horto,” or “City in a Garden.”
Read the nomination letter by Terry Warriner Ryan, FASLA; supporting letters from Beth White, Erma Tranter, Brenda Palm, and Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA; and supporting material.