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ASLA Names Four New Honorary Members

The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced the selection of four new honorary members by the Society for their work in education, activism, and dedication to the landscape architecture profession. The presentation ceremony will take place at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, November 15–18 in Boston.

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Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA can bestow upon nonlandscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 158 honorary members.

This year’s honorees are:

Mayor William Finch, Bridgeport, Connecticut

As a former state senator and now mayor of Connecticut’s largest city, William Finch has embodied the principles of landscape architecture and healthy communities. He has enhanced two major parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, created new parks from former brownfield sites, and prepared a citywide master plan that places as much emphasis on small neighborhood parks in the city’s poorest communities as it does on its major destination and historic parks. Mayor Finch also initiated the BGreen Bridgeport program, which promotes environmental and social responsibility for the city. View nominating and supporting materials.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston

Mayor Menino understands the value of landscape architecture and how the profession is helping to shape Boston’s contemporary landscapes, as well as the city’s rich heritage in the field. Since first elected mayor in 1993, Menino has made infrastructure improvements, innovation, and carefully planned growth the cornerstones of his administration. As the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s history, he has distinguished himself locally and nationally with an enviable record of accomplishments resulting in a greener, more livable city. View nominating and supporting materials.

Chase Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum

Rynd has long served as an advocate, educator, and presenter of landscape architecture programs and exhibitions in his role as executive director at the National Building Museum. He has led efforts to strengthen and broaden the museum’s programming to advance landscape architecture. Rynd has also promoted the importance of landscape architecture history and cultural landscapes as well as continuing education for landscape architects. View nominating and supporting materials.

U.S. Senator C. William Nelson, Florida

Senator Nelson has been a model leader of environmental policies and practices that conserve historic, cultural, and natural resources. He has been an ambassador who has forged many bipartisan efforts to protect the integrity of our national park and wildlife refuge systems. His role as a leader and consensus builder was instrumental in returning the Everglades to the United Nations’ list of World Heritage sites in danger. View nominating and supporting materials.

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