Updates from ASLA




The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, including Everett L. Fly, a landscape architect, architect, and preservationist. President Barack Obama conferred the medals in a September 10 ceremony.

“The National Humanities Medal honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources,” says the press release.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) manages the nominations process for the National Humanities Medal on behalf of the White House. Each year NEH invites nominations from individuals and organizations across the country. The National Council on the Humanities, NEH’s presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed advisory body, reviews the nominations and provides recommendations to the President, who selects the recipients.

You can read about Everett L. Fly by following this link. Other recipients include:

The Clemente Course in the Humanities
Annie Dillard, author
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, historian
Jhumpa Lahiri, short story writer and novelist
Fedwa Malti-Douglas, scholar
Larry McMurtry, novelist
Vicki Lynn Ruiz, historian
Alice Waters, author and food activist.

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has hired Liesel Fenner, ASLA, as its new Public Art Program director, effective September 9, 2015.

For more than 20 years, Fenner has worked in the art and design fields nationally both in the public and private sectors. She was the former Public Art Program Manager at Americans for the Arts in Washington DC, developing partnerships, programs, and services to advance public art, civic design, and cultural planning.

Through the Public Art Network, Fenner provided technical assistance and planned the annual public art conference bringing together public art and design professionals from programs across the nation. Most recently, she worked with Gallagher & Associates in Silver Spring as project manager on permanent exhibition projects in cooperation with a variety of national museums including natural history, cultural heritage, and art and music venues.

Fenner, formerly with the New England Foundation for the Arts in Boston, developed and managed three public art programs that commissioned more than 40 projects during which she worked closely with artists and arts agencies in the implementation of their work. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Liesel practiced landscape architecture and urban design. She is licensed and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and received her Master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design specializing in Public Art and Installation, and her Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis.

Miranda Estes, ASLA, has joined the SCJ Alliance, Lacey, Washington, landscape architecture and design studio.
Operating in Seattle and branded as “Project Groundwork,” the studio specializes in residential gardens and estates, urban design, parks and public spaces, natural resources-based recreation, and restoration projects. A significant number of the team’s residential and recreation projects have been situated along shorelines.

Estes’ background encompasses projects in more than 10 countries, including a luxury resort in coastal Morocco, conceptual design and construction documents for the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, master planning for a planned Ritz Carlton in the Bahamas, as well as high-end residential landscapes on Cape Cod.
Estes also owned her own special events and photography business in Florida, from where she most recently hails, giving her insight and appreciation for the attention needed to both beauty and functionality in design. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and pursued interior architecture in a master’s program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Marq Truscott, FASLA, has been appointed to the California Landscape Architects Technical Committee. Truscott has been president at Quadriga Landscape Architecture and Planning Inc. since 2008, where he has been a founding principal owner since 1997. He was president of Collaborations from 1991 to 1997, an associate at the Austin Hansen Group from 1987 to 1991, and a landscape architectural designer at BSI Consulting from 1983 to 1987. Truscott is urban plan co-chair of the Urban Land Institute, Sacramento, and a member of the City of Davis Planning Commission, Blue Line Arts Board of Directors, American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows and Board of Trustees, Friends of Light Rail and Transit Board of Directors, University of California, Davis Landscape Architecture Program Advisory Board and the California Center for Urban Horticulture Advisory Committee.

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