Honors & Awards

2021 Magdalena Aravena, ASLA
Magdalena Aravena, ASLA

Magdalena Aravena, ASLA

“I like to balance out what we do for profit with what we do for the communities…I not only want to practice and make beautiful spaces, but I want to enrich and improve the communities that we live in and the communities we don’t live in…” ‑ Everything But the Building podcast, Ep. 0116, Nov. 13, 2020


Maggie has spent much of her collegiate and professional career exploring how landscape architects can improve disadvantaged communities through education, advocacy and collaborative design. A first-generation Chilean, she is a devoted advocate for attracting more diverse practitioners into the field. Last year, for instance, she participated in a virtual Landscape Architecture Camp, designed to introduce girls to the field. Maggie has served the profession actively on both a national and local level, currently as president of the ASLA Illinois chapter. To honor her work on behalf of National ASLA -- as part of the CEO search committee -- she received ASLA’s 2020 Outstanding Service Award. Maggie received her degree in landscape architecture from the University of California at Davis. Today she is a licensed landscape architect with seven years of experience in the profession.

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