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Former ASLA President Has Passed Away

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Calvin Thomas Bishop, beloved husband, father and grandfather, and renowned Texas landscape architect, passed away on August 19, 2017.

He was born October 11, 1929 in Alexander City, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Auburn University in 1951 and, along with Robert B. Walker, established the Houston firm of Bishop & Walker Landscape Architects and Planners, which rose to national prominence in the field.

He served in numerous leadership positions in the profession, rising to become national president of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1981-82. Distinguished design projects in Houston included Bush Intercontinental Airport Master Landscape Site and Development plans, Regency Square, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, home office site plan for Humble Oil and Refining Company (later Exxon), and the FAA Regional Air traffic control Center, among others. National projects included the American Rose Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The work of Bishop and Walker was featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Record, Architectural Forum, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Living, among others.

In 1984, Bishop elected to devote the remainder of his career primarily to teaching and joined the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University as Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture.

In 2007, he was selected the "Distinguished Landscape Architect of Texas" by the Texas Chapter of the ASLA.

Bishop was a founding member of Billboards Limited, Inc., seeking to improve the visual prospects of Houston streets and highways. He was chairman of the Governor's Comprehensive Study Committee to produce long-range development goals for the Houston-Gulf Coast Region of Texas (1972) and was chairman of the Houston Bicentennial Future Committee.
He was also an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America where he mentored young men, some of whom made a career in Landscape Architecture. He was a Deacon of Second Baptist Church.

He leaves his loving wife, Lenna G. Bishop, blessed to have him by her side for 67 years of marriage.

Submitted by Robert Rayburn, ASLA


MESA, a leading landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm based in Dallas, has announced the promotion of David Newman to associate.

Since joining MESA in 2014 as a senior project manager, Newman has managed complex design projects across a broad client base. He fulfills a key leadership role at MESA with nearly 10 years of diverse professional experience with projects ranging from large master planned communities to corporate office renovations, urban design, and high-end traditional residential design.

Most recently, Newman has been instrumental in the design and implementation of several projects associated with the City of Ennis Downtown Master Plan including the Dallas Street improvements and Minnie McDowal Park.

Newman takes a hands-on approach while overseeing the construction of his projects, paying the utmost attention to detail, design, and quality of construction methods and materials to ensure that each project is executed to its fullest potential.

Newman received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2008. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Texas.

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