Statement on Rebuild by Design by Nancy Somerville of American Society of Landscape Architects


Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects, issued the following statement regarding the announcement of winners of Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience.

Launched in the summer of 2013, the Rebuild by Design competition has produced regional, cross-disciplinary collaboration among state and local governments, international design teams, educational institutions, and the public. The competition is one of the initiatives of President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and has taken place in partnership with the Municipal Art Society, NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge, Regional Plan Association, and Van Alen Institute.

"The American Society of Landscape Architects is pleased that landscape architects are front and center in the winning projects selected in the Rebuild by Design competition.

Landscape architecture is where nature meets the built environment. The landscape architects on the winning teams are providing innovative, sensible, and effective solutions for helping communities adapt to climate change. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, their contributions will improve the resiliency of coastal communities that are still vulnerable to the unpredictable impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.

This is an exciting opportunity for landscape architects and other designers that has the potential to guide all future development."

Winning Proposals / Landscape Architectural Firms

The BIG Team
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects
Laura Starr, ASLA
Stephen Whitehouse, ASLA
Jeffrey Poor, ASLA 

SCAPE/Landscape Architecture Team
Kate Orff, ASLA    
Geneva Wirth, ASLA  

OMA Team
Balmori Associates
Diana Balmori, FASLA 

Penn Design/OLIN Team
Richard Roark, FASLA

Interboro Team
H+N+S Landscape Architects

MIT CAU + ZUS + Urbanisten
MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism
James Wescoat, Jr. ASLA

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments; the Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

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