ASLA Names 13 New Honorary Members

Public Official, Educators, Eco-Philanthropist are Among Honorees


WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007---The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected thirteen individuals who have performed notable service to the profession of landscape architecture to receive honorary membership in the organization.

Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects and since its founding in 1899, the Society has conferred honorary membership upon only 111 individuals.

Gerald W. Adelmann, Honorary ASLA

Gerald W. Adelmann, Executive Director, Openlands Project.  For many years, Mr. Adelmann has been one of Illinois’ leading advocates for land preservation, cultural heritage planning, and landscape architecture. Since 1988, he has served as the executive director of Openlands Project, which works to protect and enhance open space within the three-state Chicago metropolitan area.

The Honorable Ross C. Anderson, Honorary ASLA 

The Honorable Ross C. Anderson, Mayor of Salt Lake City.  During his tenure, Mayor Anderson has provided enlightened and dynamic leadership in the area of sustainable landscape design and regionally-appropriate landscapes.  In 2001, he launched the Salt Lake City Green Program to promote environmental responsibility and ensure a healthy and sustainable future for area residents.

Gary Hack PhD, Honorary ASLA

Gary Hack PhD, Dean and Paley Professor, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. A leading expert in large-scale physical planning and urban design, he is the co-author of Site Planning and Lessons from Local Experiences—perhaps the most frequently used texts in the profession on site planning—and has helped shape the practice for generations of landscape architects.

Mike Houck, Honorary ASLA

Mike Houck, Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute, Portland State University. In addition to founding the Institute, Mr. Houck is a co-founder of the Urban Naturalist Program at the Audubon Society of Portland and the Coalition for a Livable Future.

Jo Luck, Honorary ASLA

Jo Luck, President and CEO of Heifer International. Since joining the organization, she has expanded its programs beyond feeding the world’s poor by initiating a global program for sustainable development. Under her leadership, the Heifer International Headquarters complex has been transformed from a brownfield development into a wetland that recycles surface groundwater.

Meg Maguire, Honorary ASLA

Meg Maguire, Community Conservation Consultant.  Ms. Maguire has devoted more than 35 years to protecting the quality of the American landscape. She has worked with the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service within the Department of the Interior, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program, the Historic Preservation Fund, the National Register of Historic Places, and Scenic America.

Bill Marken, Honorary ASLA

Bill Marken, Editor in Chief, Garden Design magazine. Throughout his distinguished career as an author and journalist, Mr. Marken has highlighted the work of landscape architects.  As editor of Garden Design magazine, he helped develop the ASLA’s residential design awards category and serves on the jury each year, raising the visibility of the profession among his large readership.

Roger Milliken, Honorary ASLA

Roger Milliken, Chairman, Milliken & Company.  Mr. Milliken has transformed the company’s 600-acre South Carolina campus into a horticultural testing ground. He established the Noble Tree Foundation to provide an incentive for tree planting and landscaping. Most notably, through an exemplary recycling, emissions, and waste reduction program, the 48 manufacturing facilities of Milliken & Company do not send any waste to a landfill.

Steven Peck, Honorary ASLA

Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  Mr. Peck has played a major role in the proliferation of green roofs across North America.  He co-authored the seminal research on the benefits of green roofs and barriers to their development.  A strong and enthusiastic supporter of ASLA and the value that landscape architects bring to green roof projects, Mr. Peck has ensured that the profession is well informed about this emerging market.

Witold Rybczynski, Honorary ASLA

Witold Rybczynski, Author and Design Critic.  Mr. Rybczynski is the author of several bestselling books, notably the acclaimed biography of Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance.  In addition to teaching urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he is a well-respected design critic, who frequently highlights the work of landscape architects for national publications including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Architectural Record, Preservation, and Slate.

Susan S. Szenasy, Honorary ASLA

Susan S. Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis magazine.  As editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine for the past 20 years, Ms. Szenasy has been a passionate advocate for stewardship of the land and environment.  She also teaches design ethics at the Parsons School of Design.

Doug Tompkins, Honorary ASLA

Doug Tompkins, Eco-philanthropist and Founder, the Foundation for Deep Ecology: Conservation Land Trust.  After founding several successful clothing businesses, Mr. Tompkins used more than $150 million of his personal fortune to purchase millions of acres of land in North and South America to protect natural landscapes and preserve them for public use.

Roger Ulrich PhD, Honorary ASLA

Roger Ulrich PhD, Fellow and Director, Center for Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M University.  In addition to teaching landscape architecture and architecture, Dr. Ulrich is a behavioral scientist who conducts research on the effects of health care gardens on patient clinical outcomes. His research has influenced healthcare site planning and design and has led to gardens and nature becoming an essential part of advocating for new hospital construction.  


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