ASLA 2004 Medals and Firm Award Recipients Selected

Peter Walker to Receive ASLA Medal


WASHINGTON, DC, June 8, 2004—The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected the recipients of the 2004 Medals and Firm Award, to be presented on November 1, 2004, during the ASLA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

Peter E. Walker, FASLA
Peter E. Walker, FASLA , will receive the ASLA Medal —the highest honor the ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architect—for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession, the welfare of the public, and the environment. In graduate school at Harvard, Mr. Walker met his lifelong friend and mentor, Hideo Sasaki, FASLA, with whom he created Sasaki, Walker and Associates, later to become The SWA Group. He has been chair of the Landscape Architecture Department and acting Director of the Urban Design Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He was head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and is currently the Glimcher Professor at Ohio State University’s School of Landscape Architecture. Recognizing that professional literature is a cornerstone of any profession, Mr. Walker has co-authored and published numerous books. In the past decade alone he has received project commissions in Germany, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Japan. Most recently, Mr. Walker took center stage in the design world by partnering with architect Michael Arad to win the commission for the World Trade Center Memorial, arguably the most publicly scrutinized and emotionally charged design competition ever held.

M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA

M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA , will receive the ASLA Design Medal in honor of his exceptional accomplishments in design. Mr. Friedberg’s projects have been recognized with 85 national and international awards from organizations as diverse as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the French Ministry of Culture. His landmark design of Riis Plaza on the Lower East Side of New York permanently altered the landscape model for low-income housing. Later work in major urban downtown design created the concept of the park plaza, demonstrated by Pershing Park in Washington, DC; Peavy Plaza in Minneapolis; and Olympic Plaza in Calgary, Canada. In recent years, Mr. Friedberg has collaborated on Battery Park City World Financial Plaza in New York City; the Fulton County Government Center in Atlanta, Georgia; and Transpotomac Canal Center in Alexandria, Virginia; among others.

Marvin I. Adleman, FASLA

Marvin I. Adleman, FASLA , a professor at Cornell University, will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Medal for his sustained and significant contributions to landscape architecture education. This medal honors the late Jot D. Carpenter for his exceptional leadership in academia. Appropriately enough, Jot D. Carpenter greatly influenced Professor Adleman's decision to join the Cornell faculty in 1972 as head of the landscape architecture program. During his 32-year career at the school, Adleman built a department with a talented and diverse faculty together with the space and facilities that made it one of the foremost undergraduate and graduate programs in the nation. Having taught three-quarters of the alumnae of the program, he continues to carry one of the largest teaching loads in the department and advises many undergraduate and graduate students each year.

James S. Bedwell, ASLA

James S. Bedwell, ASLA , of the USDA Forest Service, has been selected to receive the LaGasse Medal in the Landscape Architect Category for his leadership in management and conservancy of natural resources and public lands. The LaGasse Medals are named in honor of the late Alfred B. LaGasse, a former executive vice president of ASLA who championed proper management of the nation's public lands and natural resources. Mr. Bedwell began his career with the Forest Service in 1979 and progressed through the ranks to become the Chief Landscape Architect from 1996 through 2000. In that role, he was hailed for his leadership in outdoor recreation accessibility, scenic byways, scenery management, and the timely delivery of tools and resources to more than 300 landscape architects who work for the Forest Service. Of specific note was his leadership in the development of the Forest Service’s Built Environment Image Guide. He is currently Forest Supervisor for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland in Northeast Colorado.

Virginia Anderson

Virginia Anderson , Director of Seattle Center in Seattle, WA, will receive the LaGasse Medal in the Non-landscape Architect Category in honor of her achievements in the management of natural resources and public lands. Seattle Center is an 87-acre park-like campus located in the midst of bustling Seattle. A former real estate developer, Ms. Anderson was appointed in 1988 to preserve the best of the 1962 World’s Fair site and also to create new facilities, leading more than 100 community meetings over a two-year period. The resulting master plan was one in which residents felt great pride and ownership. Thanks to Ms. Anderson’s work, Seattle Center is now home to acclaimed ballet, opera, and theatre companies; three professional sports teams; 23 cultural festivals; three museums; a public high school; an amusement park; a skateboard park; the Space Needle; the monorail; and 23 acres of open space. Over 10 million people enjoy the park annually.


The Urban Land Institute (ULI) will receive the Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence for its significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning, and design. Founded in 1936, ULI’s mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. Today, ULI represents over 20,000 professionals—including many leading landscape architects. ULI members are community builders who develop, own, or enhance the value of more than 80 percent of the U.S. commercial property market. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among developers, planners, designers, and public officials dedicated to creating better places. ULI initiates cutting-edge research to anticipate emerging land use trends and issues. It is one of the world’s most respected and quoted organizations in urban planning, land use, and development.

The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Honorary ASLA

The Honorable Joseph P. Riley Jr., Honorary ASLA , Mayor of the City of Charleston, SC, will receive ASLA’s Olmsted Medal , recognizing his environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship. The medal is named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of the American landscape architecture profession and an early steward of the environment. In nearly 30 years in office, Mayor Riley has earned national acclaim for revitalizing the city’s downtown area and restoring the city’s rich design heritage for generations to come. At the same time, he has carefully planned for future development to ensure protection of the built and natural environments. Mayor Riley has worked tirelessly to restore existing parks and create new projects to draw the public back to the waterfront. However, his design advocacy reaches far beyond his own city’s borders. As president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he created the Mayor’s Institute for City Design, recognizing that a city’s mayor is really its chief arbiter of planning and design. Since its founding, the Mayor’s Institute has provided basic design education for hundreds of mayors, showing them how to shape and protect the public realm and improving the quality of life for citizens across the country.


Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC , will receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award . This award recognizes landscape architecture firms that have produced bodies of distinguished work influencing the professional practice of landscape architecture. For 41 years, WRT’s landscape architects, architects, urban designers, and planners have worked collaboratively on projects for both public and private sector clients. Beginning in 1963 with Ian McHarg, FASLA, and William H. Roberts, FASLA, two of the firm’s founding principals, and through a new generation of landscape architect principals, WRT has maintained a position of international prominence in the advocacy and practice of environmentally responsible design. Over the years, WRT has won 132 awards for planning and design excellence from many different organizations, government agencies, and institutions. Today, the firm has offices in Philadelphia, Lake Placid, Coral Gables, Dallas, San Diego, and San Francisco.

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