James R. Urban, FASLA
ASLA’s Landscape Architect Medal of Excellence recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning, and design.
The ASLA Medal of Excellence will be awarded to James R. Urban, FASLA, of Annapolis, Maryland, for his significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning, and design. Since 1982, his extensive research, articles, and lectures have built invaluable industry knowledge about planting urban trees in a variety of landscapes – ranging from suburban lots to difficult downtown streetscapes. His efforts have led to testing of new urban tree systems, planting concepts, and innovative approaches to landscape architecture design, detailing, and specifications. Urban has worked on many architecturally and historically significant properties including the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art and the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Additionally, he writes about plants for Landscape Architecture magazine and serves as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Read the nomination letter from Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, and support letters from David Locke, FASLA, Barbara Faga, FASLA, and Susan M. Hatchell, FASLA.