Honors & Awards


The LaGasse Medals

The LaGasse Medal

The LaGasse Medals are named for Alfred B. LaGasse, past executive director of the American Institute of Park Executives and executive vice president of the National Recreation and Parks Association. From 1968 until 1976, he served as the executive director of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects Foundation. Throughout his lifetime, LaGasse was concerned with the proper management of the nation's public lands and the judicious use of the country's natural resources.

Purpose: Recognizes notable contributions by individuals to the management and conservancy of natural resources and/or public landscapes.

Landscape Professional Eligibility: The nominees must be a landscape architect or hold a degree in landscape architecture and possess a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the profession.

Non-Landscape Professional Eligibility: The nominees must possess a minimum of five years in a position directly responsible for managing natural resources or public landscapes.

Frequency: No more than two medals are awarded annually; one to a landscape professional and one to a non-landscape professional.

Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by an ASLA professional 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 as a high resolution PDF and sent via WeTransfer to honorsawards@asla.org by February 12, 2024, 6:00 pm EST.

NOTE: Email subject line must read "LAGASSE MEDALS"

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
  • Include four (4) to five (5) images representing the nominee’s work
  • Portrait style photo of nominee
  • Up to five (5) letters of endorsement
  • Nominee contact details – current email, address, and phone number, including current title and firm/organization

Please be sure the images within your PDF submission meet the following:

Project images should be at least 2000x1500px at 300ppi (pixels / inch). They may be larger but must have a minimum width of 2000px, minimum height of 1500px, and minimum pixel density of 300 pixels / inch (i.e. 2000x2500px at 300ppi, 3000x1500px at 300ppi, 2000x1500px at 600ppi would be acceptable images).

Nominee images should be at least 1200x1200px at 300ppi (pixels / inch). It may be larger but must have a minimum width of 1200px, minimum height of 1200px, and minimum pixel density of 300 pixels / inch.

Nomination letters may be addressed to:

LaGasse Medal Nominations
c/o Honors and Awards
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736

Selection Process: The Executive Committee reviews all nominations and forwards no more than two nominees in each category (Landscape Architect and Non-Landscape Architect) to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for final selection. The BOT selects the medal recipients by secret ballot during the Spring meeting. The medal recipients are notified by the president and invited to attend the ASLA Annual Meeting, held in the Fall, where the medals will be awarded.

Questions? Contact Honors and Awards Manager, 202-216-2331 or honorsawards@asla.org


Honors & Awards:
Carolyn Mitchell 
Manager, Honors & Awards  

Council of Fellows:
Curt Millay, ASLA
Corporate Secretary