38 Top Landscape Architecture Projects Earn 2017 ASLA Professional Awards


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced its 38 professional award recipients for 2017. Selected from 465 entries, the awards recognize the best of landscape architecture in the general design, analysis and planning, communications, research, and residential design categories from the United States and around the world.

The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles on Monday, October 23, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available free here:

The following is a complete list of 2017 professional award winners:

General Design Category

Award of Excellence

Klyde Warren Park - Bridging the Gap in Downtown Dallas, Dallas
by OJB Landscape Architecture for the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation 

Honor Awards  

The Entrance Garden, Sao Paulo, Brazil
by Alex Hanazaki Paisagismo for Eliane Revestimentos

Windhover Contemplative Center, San Francisco
by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for Stanford University

Owens Lake Land Art, Inyo County, California
by NUVIS Landscape Architecture for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

SteelStacks Arts + Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
by WRT for the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem 

Central Seawall Project, Seattle
by James Corner Field Operations LLC for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and Office of The Waterfront 

The Yue-Yuan Courtyard, Suzhou, China
by Z+T Studio Landscape Architecture for Avic Legend Co. Ltd. 

Merging Culture and Ecology at The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina
by Surface 678 for the North Carolina Museum of Art 

Chicago Botanic Garden: The Regenstein Learning Campus, Chicago
by Mikyoung Kim Design and Jacobs/Ryan Associates for the Chicago Botanic Garden 

Workplace as Landscape - Facebook MPK20, San Francisco
by CMG Landscape Architecture for Facebook 

Analysis and Planning Category  

Award of Excellence

Storm + Sand + Sea + Strand -- Barrier Island Resiliency Planning for Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, Texas
by Studio Outside for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 

Honor Awards  

The Olana Strategic Landscape Design Plan: Restoring an American Masterpiece, Hudson, New York
by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects for the Olana Partnership and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky
by Perkins+Will for Botanica 

Positioning Pullman, Chicago
by Site for the National Parks Conservation Association 

Conservation at the Edge - Prototyping Low-intervention Conservation in the Patagonian Wilderness, Cambridge, Massachusetts
by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture for Victor F. Trahan III, FAIA 

Fitzgerald Revitalization Project: Landscapes as the Framework for Community Reinvestment, Detroit
by Spackman Mossop Michaels for the City of Detroit 

Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan, Austin, Texas
by Page and Sasaki Associates for the Texas Facilities Commission 

Communications Category  

Award of Excellence

Digital Library of Landscape Architecture History 
by Benjamin George, ASLA

Honor Awards  

Ecology as the Inspiration for a Presidential Library Park 
by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. for the George W. Bush Presidential Center 

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin 
by The Cultural Landscape Foundation 

Toward an Urban Ecology 
by Scape, published by The Monacelli Press

'Jens Jensen The Living Green,' A Feature Documentary
by Viva Lundin Productions and the University of Michigan 

Championing Connectivity: How an International Competition Captured Global Attention and Inspired Innovation in Wildlife Crossing Design
by ARC Solutions 

Research Category

Award of Excellence

Fluid Territory: A Journey into Svalbard, Norway
by Kathleen John-Alder, ASLA, Rutgers University, Tromsø Academy 

Honor Awards

Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Landscapes in the Pacific West Region, National Park System
by Cultural Landscape Research Group, University of Oregon for the Pacific West Region, National Park Service

Seeding Green Roofs for Greater Biodiversity and Lower Costs
by Richard Sutton, FASLA, for the Sandhills Publishing Inc., Arbor Day Foundation, Tetrad Property Group, LPS NRD, and Lincoln Urban Development 

Rendering Los Angeles Green: The Greenways to Rivers Arterial Stormwater System (GRASS)
by Lee-Anne Milburn, FASLA, for the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation 

The Ecological Atlas Project
by Studio Roberto Rovira 

Residential Design Category  

Award of Excellence  

Birmingham Residence, San Francisco
by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for Linda Dresner 

Honor Awards  

Telegraph Hill Residence, San Francisco
by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture 

Northeast Harbor, a Restoration on Mount Desert Island, Hancock County, Maine
by Stephen Stimson Associates | Landscape Architects 

Smith Residence
by Roche + Roche Landscape Architecture 

Casa Las Brisas - Formation of a Coastal Retreat, Las Condes, Chile
by C. Stuart Moore Design 

Proving Grounds - A 20-Year Education in American Horticulture
by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture  for Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan 

Agrarian Modern - The Recovery and Renewal of Manatuck Farm
by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture 

Abstracting Morphology
by HOLLANDERdesign | Landscape Architects 

Northpoint Apartments, Orinda, California
by JETT Landscape Architecture + Design Inc. for Aline Estournes, Northpoint Apartments LLC 

The Landmark Award

The J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles
by OLIN for the J. Paul Getty Trust 

The professional awards jury included: 

  • Elizabeth Miller, FASLA, Chair, National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, DesignJones LLC, New Orleans
  • Maureen Alonso, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • James Lord, ASLA, Surfacedesign Inc., San Francisco
  • Janet Rosenberg, FASLA, Janet Rosenberg Studio, Toronto
  • Glen Schmidt, FASLA, Schmidt Design Group Inc., San Diego
  • Todd Wichman, FASLA, Stantec, St. Paul
  • Barbara Wyatt, ASLA, National Park Service, Washington, D.C. 

For the selection of the Research Category, the jury was joined by M. Elen Deming, ASLA, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, on behalf of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and Charlene LeBleu, FASLA, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., on behalf of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).   

Complete awards criteria, project information and images are available here:  

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About ASLA  

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.


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