Honors & Awards


The ASLA Design Medal

Purpose: To recognize an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years.

Eligibility: The individual must be a landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least 10 years.

Frequency: One medal is awarded annually.

Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by an individual ASLA member or an ASLA chapter. Nominations are to be kept confidential. Nominees should not be made aware of their nominations or asked to participate in the preparation of their nomination materials. 


All nominations must be submitted in a single black 1/2 inch view binder to ASLA by January 20, 2017 5:00 pm EST. Each nomination to include:

  • A letter of nomination describing the nominee's qualifications for the medal; the letter may be no more than five (5) pages in length;
  • Photo of nominee;

  • Up to five (5) letters of endorsement;

  • Up to 15 images representing the nominee's work (in a low resolution, .jpg format).
Please send nomination packages to:
ASLA Design Medal Nominations
c/o Carolyn Mitchell
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736

Selection Process: The Executive Committee reviews all nominations and forwards no more than two nominees to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for final selection. The BOT selects the recipient by secret ballot during the mid-year meeting (held in the Spring). The medal recipient is notified by the president and invited to attend the ASLA Annual Conference (held in the Fall) where the medal will be awarded.

Questions? Contact Carolyn Mitchell, Honors and Awards Coordinator, 202-216-2331
NOTE: Email subject line must read "DESIGN MEDAL." email cmitchell@asla.org 


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