34 Top Landscape Architecture Projects Win 2015 ASLA Professional Awards


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is excited to announce its 34 professional award recipients. Selected from 459 entries, the awards honor top public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications and research projects in the U.S. and around the world.

The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago on Monday, November 9 at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center, Arie Crown Theater.

The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing here.

The following is a complete list of 2015 professional award winners:

General Design Category

Award of Excellence

At the Hudson's Edge: Beacon's Long Dock as a Resilient Riverfront Park, Beacon, N.Y.
by Reed Hilderbrand LLC for the Scenic Hudson Land Trust

Honor Awards

Perez Art Museum Miami: Resiliency by Design, Miami
by ArquitectonicaGEO for the Perez Art Museum Miami

Mill River Park and Greenway, Stamford, Conn.
by OLIN for the Mill River Collaborative

Art and Infrastructure: Community, Culture, and a Collection in the Berkshires, Williamstown, Mass.
by Reed Hilderbrand LLC for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute         

Weishan Wetland Park, Weishan, Shandong Province, China
by AECOM, Shanghai for the Wei Shan Investment Co. Ltd.

Phil Hardberger Park, San Antonio, Texas
by Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects for the San Antonio Department of Parks and Recreation

IBM Honolulu Plaza, Honolulu
by Surfacedesign Inc. for Victoria Ward Ltd., Subsidiary of Howard Hughes Corporation

The Lawn on D, Boston
by Sasaki Associates Inc. for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)

Public Media Commons, St. Louis
by DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture PLLC for the St. Louis Regional Public Media Inc. let by KETC Nine Network, Public Television

Analysis & Planning Category

Award of Excellence

Penn's Landing Redevelopment and Feasibility Study, Philadelphia
by Hargreaves Associates for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Honor Awards

Cornwall Park 100 Year Master Plan - Projecting a Resilient Future, Auckland, New Zealand
by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, Va., and New York, N.Y., for Cornwall Park Trust Board

A Landscape Legacy - Master Planning a Cultural Landscape for Future Generations at Overlook Farm, Dalton, Pa.
by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, Va., and New York, N.Y., for Mort and Sue Fuller

Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario, Fayetteville, Ark.
by University of Arkansas Community Design Center for the City of Fayetteville

Dallas Connected Cities, Dallas
by Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) for the City of Dallas

James Island, Columbia, Canada
by Design Workshop, Aspen

Communications Category

Award of Excellence

Landscape Performance Series: Demonstrating the Environmental, Social, and Economic Value of Sustainable Landscapes 
by the Landscape Architecture Foundation

Honor Awards

Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture 
by Charles Waldheim, Hon. ASLA, and Andrea Hansen, published by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Hatje Cantz

Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Beijing
by Peking University, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, published by Higher Education Press

Ecological Restoration Journal: A New Platform for Dialogue Between Landscape Architects and Ecologists 
by Rutgers University, published by the University of Wisconsin Press

Modern Landscapes: Transition & Transformation Book Series 
by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, published by Princeton Architectural Press

Research Category

Honor Awards

Collective Visions: Exploring the Design Potential of Landscape History
by Kathleen John-Alder, ASLA / Rutgers University

Below the Surface: Evaluating Urban Soil Performance Over Time
by Reed Hilderbrand LLC / Halvorson Design Partnership

Restoration in Urban Parks: Long-term Tests of Forest Management to Advance Landscape Structure and Function
by Rutgers University

Spontaneous Urban Plants
by Future Green Studio

Case Study Investigation (CSI): Measuring Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Exemplary Landscapes
by the Landscape Architecture Foundation

Residential Design Category

Award of Excellence

Cedar Creek, Trinidad, Texas
by Hocker Design Group

Honor Awards

300 Ivy, San Francisco
by Fletcher Studio for Pocket Development

MassArt Residence Hall, Boston
by Ground Inc. for the Massachusetts College of Art and Design / Massachusetts State College Building Authority

Sweetwater Spectrum Residential Community for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sonoma, Calif.
by Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture for Sweetwater Spectrum

Metamorphous - A Corten Seawall Sculpture & Foreshore Enhancement, Vancouver, BC, Canada
by Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture

Mill Creek Ranch, Vanderpool, Texas
by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Flying Point Residence, Southhampton, N.Y.
by Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects

Brooklyn Oasis, Brooklyn, N.Y.
by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.

The Landmark Award

Art Institute of Chicago South Garden by Dan Kiley, Chicago
nominated by the Cultural Landscape Foundation for Art Institute of Chicago

The professional awards jury included:

  • Keith LeBlanc, FASLA, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture Inc., Boston, Jury Chair
  • Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Thomas Balsley Associates, New York City
  • René Bihan, ASLA, SWA Group, San Francisco
  • Alan Brake, The Architect’s Newspaper LLC, New York City
  • Kathleen Dickhut, ASLA, Department of Housing and Economic Development, Chicago
  • Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Mathews Nielsen, New York City
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, FASLA, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Mark Robbins, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Richard Weller, ASLA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Complete awards criteria, project information and images can be viewed at:

High-resolution images are available for journalists. Please contact Karen Grajales at

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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