- Former President Jimmy Carter is among this year's recipients of the American Society of Landscape Architects Medals, the highest honors in the Society's annual awards program. President Carter was awarded the Olmsted Medal for his dedication to improving the built environment and protecting the natural environment. Other ASLA medallists for include former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, John O. Bell, ASLA, and Robert E. Marvin, FASLA.
citation for the Olmsted Medal included his service as the first president of the Georgia Planning Association, and as the 39th President of the United States, 1977-1981, including the passage of legislation protecting wetlands, improving floodplain management and the Alaska Lands Act in 1980. The Atlanta Project, an urban renewal initiative sponsored through The Carter Center, also points to President Carter's commitment to environmental collaboration in addressing society's problems. Issues resolved through the Project include youth health care and residential collaboration with the City of Atlanta on a code enforcement program to remove neighborhood eyesores.
was selected to receive the LaGasse Medal honoring a non-landscape architect. The LaGasse Medals, given in the two categories of landscape architect and non-landscape architect, recognize excellence in the management of public lands and natural resources. As Secretary of the Interior, Babbitt helped to foster the designation of some 20 new national monuments, provided a greater role from the Bureau of Land Management in the stewardship of public lands, and worked to make mining interests more responsive and responsible for land reclamation through administrative reform of the 1872 Mining Act.
John O. Bell
was honored with the LaGasse Medal for a landscape architect. Based in St. Louis, Bell was recognized for his commitment to the Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor (HSOC) Foundation. The HSOC Foundation works to protect and enhance the Corridor's natural heritage - the Ozarks - while promoting sustainable economic and community activity. Bell currently serves as the foundation's President of the Board of Directors; the board includes landscape architects, planners, park professionals and concerned citizens. "Our natural resources are not endowed with a civic voice," Bell said. "Leadership can provide such a voice. Our history, natural and cultural, instructs this type of leadership."
The ASLA Medal, the Society's top honor recognizing outstanding lifetime achievement in the profession of landscape architecture, was bestowed on
Robert E. Marvin
, FASLA. Marvin's landscape architecture firm in Waltersboro, S.C., is best known for designs embracing the unique regionalism of South Carolina. His career spans more 50 years, with numerous service and design awards. Author Pat Conroy wrote, "No landscape on earth is as beautiful to me as the South Carolina low country. I would not let God alter a single detail of this master design unless He bid out the job to Robert Marvin."
Marvin's best-known designs include the Sibley Center at Callaway Gardens, Ga., the Governor's Mansion of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., and the Southern Progress Corporation in Birmingham, Ala.
Medallists will be honored in a ceremony at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Sept. 21-25.
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing 13,500 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship. For more information, visit ASLA Online at