ASLA Announces 2012 Professional and Student Awards


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2012 Professional Awards and Student Awards this week. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world. High-resolution images and full project information can be viewed at

ASLA will present 37 awards to professional landscape architects and their firms, selected from more than 620 entries in the categories of General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, and Research. In addition, The Landmark Award recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes to the public realm of its community.

The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) will feature the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. September’s LAM will also be featured on the endcap of the magazine section in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning September 14. Winners will be announced at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Phoenix on Monday, October 1.

The winners of the ASLA 2012 Professional Awards are:

General Design Category

Award of Excellence
A Green Sponge for a Water-Resilient City: Qunli Stormwater Park, Haerbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China
By Turenscape and Peking University

Honor Award
Canada’s Sugar Beach, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
By Claude Cormier + Associés, Inc.

Lafayette Greens: Urban Agriculture, Urban Fabric, Urban Sustainability, Detroit
By Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture

Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden, Songjiant District, Shanghai, China
By THUPDI and Tsinghua University

Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus – New Academic Complex, Mesa, Ariz.
By Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.

200 5th Avenue, New York
By Landworks Studio, Inc.

Powell Street Promenade, San Francisco
By Hood Design

Tudela-Culip (Club Med) Restoration Project in ‘Cap de Creus’ Cape, Cadaqués, Catalonia, Spain
By EMF Landscape Architecture and Ardevols Associates Consultants

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas
By Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects, in association with William T. Arterburn, ASLA, and MESA

Winnipeg Skating Shelters, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
By Patkau Architects Inc.

National 9/11 Memorial, New York
By PWP Landscape Architecture

Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
By The Office of James Burnett

Residential Design Category

Award of Excellence
Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments, San Francisco
By Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Honor Awards
Quaker Smith Point Residence, Shelburne, Vt.
By H. Keith Wagner Partnership

Quattro by Sansiri, Bangkok, Thailand
By TROP Company Limited

New-Century Garden: A Garden of Water and Light, Palm Springs, Calif.
By Steve Martino and Associates

Malinalco Private Residence, Malinalco, State of Mexico, Mexico
By Mario Schjetnan / Grupo De Diseño Urbano

Maple Hill Residence, Westwood, Mass.
By Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects

Reordering Old Quarry, Guilford, Conn.
By Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Urban Spring, San Francisco
By Bionic

Analysis & Planning Category

Award of Excellence
The One Ohio State Framework Plan, Columbus, Ohio
By Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Honor Awards
Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan, New York
By West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, P.C.

Wusong Riverfront: Landscape Infrastructure Pilot Project, Kunshan City, Jingsu Province, China
By SWA Group

Core Area of Lotus Lake National Wetland Park Landscape Planning, Tieling City, Liaoning Province, China
By Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute

Coastal Roulette: Planning Resilient Communities for Galveston Bay, Galveston Bay, Texas
By SWA Group

Nanhu: Farm Town in the Big City, Jiaxing, China
By SWA Group

A Strategic Master Plan for the Dead Sea, Dead Sea, Jordan
By Sasaki Associates, Inc.

SW Montgomery Green Street: Connecting the West Hills to the Willamette River, Portland, Ore.
By Nevue Ngan Associates

Red Mountain / Green Ribbon: Linking Across Birmingham’s Great Divide, Birmingham, Ala.

Communications Category

Award of Excellence
“Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design”
By Bradley Cantrell, ASLA, and Wes Michaels, ASLA
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Honor Awards
“Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation”
By Sharon Gamson Danks, ASLA, Bay Tree Design, Inc.
Publisher: New Village Press

“Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA”
By SWA Group
Publisher: Birkhauser Architecture

Landscape Urbanism Website and Journal
By Sarah Peck, ASLA

What’s Out There
By The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Research Category

Honor Awards
Arizona Department of Transportation Ironwood Tree Salvage and Saguaro Transplant Survivability Studies
By Logan Simpson Design Inc. and Arizona Department of Transportation

Productive Neighborhoods: A Case Study Based Exploration of Seattle Urban Agriculture Projects
By Berger Partnership

The Landmark Award
Village of Yorkville Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
By Ken Smith Landscape Architect and Schwartz Smith Meyer Landscape Architects, Inc.

The professional awards jury included:

  • José Almiñana, FASLA, Chair
  • Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA
  • Gail Brinkmann, ASLA
  • Kathryn L. Gleason, FASLA
  • Mikyoung Kim, ASLA
  • Tom Leader, ASLA
  • Thomas R. Oslund, FASLA
  • Jim Schuessler, ASLA.

Twenty-one awards will be presented to students in the categories of General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, Research, Collaboration and Community Service. The winning projects of the 2012 Student Awards may be viewed at The student awards jury included:

  • David Yocca, FASLA, Chair
  • Sheila A. Brady, FASLA
  • Mark A. Focht, FASLA
  • M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA
  • Paul H. Gobster, FASLA
  • Debra Guenther, ASLA
  • Linda Jewell, FASLA
  • Chris Reed, ASLA
  • Andrew Wilcox, ASLA.

The student projects also will be acknowledged at the Annual Meeting. The sponsor for the ASLA 2012 awards ceremony and video is Firestone Specialty Products. The sponsor for the 2012 student Awards of Excellence annual meeting travel stipends is Landscape Structures.

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing nearly 16,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture online at


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