ASLA Celebrates Student Award Winners During National Hispanic Heritage Month


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recognizes and celebrates Latinx heritage and culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15–October 15, 2018. ASLA proudly highlights several students of Latinx descent who recently won ASLA 2018 Student Awards. 

ASLA’s annual Student Awards program honors the best work by landscape architecture students at universities across the country in several categories, including general and residential design, analysis and planning, research, communications, collaboration, and community service.  The winners, selected by a prestigious jury in a highly competitive process, will be honored at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on Monday, October 22. 

El Retorno a la Tierra/Going Back To the Land  

This project, created by Nicole Rivera-Ramos, Student ASLA, presents strategies that Puerto Rican communities could use to produce their own food and be self-sufficient. It received the ASLA 2018 Student Award of Excellence in the analysis and planning category. Rivera Ramos is a student State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). 

Public Space Design Guidelines for Saltillo, Mexico  

For this project, which received an ASLA 2018 Honor Award in the communications category, a team of students at the University of Texas at Austin worked with the Planning Institute of Saltillo (IMPLAN) to develop urban design guidelines for the city of Saltillo, Mexico. Their objective was to improve the quality of life of citizens through better public spaces. These guidelines are currently being distributed in Saltillo. 

The student team included: Gabrielle Comeau, Student ASLA; Jiahui Huo, Student ASLA; Rem Kielman, Associate ASLA; Maria Pia Navarrete Garcia, Student Affiliate ASLA; Miles Payton, Student ASLA; Emilie Potter, Student ASLA; Kelsey Ross, Student ASLA; Roha Teferra, Student Affiliate ASLA; Huixiang Wang, Student ASLA; Matt Wagoner, Student ASLA; Haley Wagoner, Student ASLA. 

Croatian Monastery Continues to Heal: A Community Restorative Garden for Youth, the Blind, and the Elderly with Disabilities

In this project, which received an ASLA 2018 Student Honor Award in the general design category, a team of students at the University of Washington designed a publicly accessible garden in Rijeka, Croatia. The students applied the principle of universal design throughout much of the garden to ensure enjoyment by all in an equitable manner. 

The team also included Nathania Martinez, Student ASLA; Issamar Aguilera, Student ASLA; Nicky Bloom, Student ASLA; Bryana Boileau, Student ASLA; Margaret Chalmers, Student ASLA; Yuan Chen, Student Affiliate ASLA; James Ditto, Student ASLA; Boo Y. Jang, Student ASLA; Yan Li, Student ASLA; Kun Lyu, Student ASLA; Jean Ni, Student ASLA; Aaron Parker, Student ASLA; Ye Sun, Student ASLA; Monica Taylor, Student ASLA; Hanyu Wang, Student ASLA. 

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

High-resolution images of these projects are available to journalists. Contact Karen Grajales at

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

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. 

The ASLA Honors and Awards is a program of the ASLA Fund.


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