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 a hold degree in landscape architecture and possess a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the profession.

Non-Landscape Professional Eligibility: The nominee 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 architect and one to a non-landscape architect.

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 in a single black 1/2 inch view binder or emailed to honorsawards@asla.org by February 2, 2018, 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. Include three (3) to four (4) images representing the nominee’s work (in high resolution, .jpg format).
  • Photo of nominee.
  • Up to five (5) letters of endorsement.
Please send nomination packages to:
LaGasse Medal Nominations
(Specify landscape professional or non-landscape architect category)
c/o Terry Poltrack
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 mid-year meeting (held in the spring). The medal recipients are notified by the president and invited to attend the ASLA Annual Conference (held in the Fall) where the medals will be awarded.

Questions? Contact Terry Poltrack, Director, Public Relations and Communications, 202-216-7852
NOTE: Email subject line must read "LAGASSE MEDALS." e-mail honorsawards@asla.org  

Recent Recipients

2003   John G. Parsons, FASLA
2003   Joseph T. Edmiston FAICP, Hon. ASLA
2002   John J. Reynolds, FASLA
2002   Sylvia C. McLaughlin, Hon. ASLA
2001   John O. Bell, ASLA
2001   The Hon. Bruce Babbitt, Hon. ASLA
2000   Jack Dangermond, ASLA
2000   The Hon. Mary Landrieu, Hon. ASLA
1999   Eugenie Beal, Hon. ASLA
1998   Mark Ackelson, ASLA
1998   Wolf Bauer, Hon. ASLA
1996   Gerald D. Patten, FASLA
1996   Julia Broderick O'Brien, Hon. ASLA
1995   Jerrold Soesbe, FASLA
1995   James P. Storer, Hon. ASLA
1993   Leslie A. Kerr, FASLA
1991   Carl F. Steinitz, Hon. ASLA
1990   Arthur A. Davis, Hon. ASLA
1989   John W. Bright, FASLA
1989   Wayne Kennedy, Hon. ASLA
1988   Ian McHarg, FASLA
1988   The Hon. William K. Reilly, Hon. ASLA
1987   Edward Cliff, Hon. ASLA
1986   Edward H. Stone II, FASLA
1986   The Hon. John Seiberling, Hon. ASLA
1985   William P. Mott, Hon. ASLA
1985   Martin J. Rosen, Hon. ASLA
1984   William Carnes
1984   Homer Wadsworth, Hon. ASLA
1983   Leo Drey, Hon. ASLA
1983   Raymond E. Page, FASLA
1982   The Hon. Morris K. Udall, Hon. ASLA
1981   Laurance S. Rockefeller, Hon. ASLA
1981   Conrad L. Wirth, FASLA


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