ASLA Announces 2007 Honors

Callaway to receive ASLA Medal; Sasaki Associates to receive Firm Award


WASHINGTON, June 5, 2007 The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected the recipients of its 2007 honors, the highest awards the Society presents each year.  The medals, the Community Service Award, and the Landscape Architecture Firm Award will be presented on October 8, 2007, during the ASLA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

William Callaway, FASLA

The ASLA Medal: William B. Callaway, FASLA
William B. Callaway, FASLA, of Sausalito, California, will receive the ASLA Medal – the highest honor the ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architect – for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession, the welfare of the public, and the environment.  Callaway has 40 years of experience in the profession of landscape architecture. The past 38 of have been spent at SWA Group, where he has worked his way up from draftsman to president and now serves as CEO.  Due in large part to recognize Bill’s leadership in the profession, in 2005 SWA became the third firm in ASLA history to receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award.  Callaway’s personal leadership, charisma, and professional passion inspire designers to retain an idealistic view of the profession and the world.  His many accomplishments encompass both design excellence and leadership in firm management.


Richard Haag, FASLA

The Design Medal: Richard L. Haag, FASLA
Richard L. Haag, FASLA, of Seattle, Washington, will be awarded the ASLA Design Medal in honor of his exceptional accomplishments in design. Since 1958, Haag has participated in over 500 built projects, the majority of which are located in the Pacific Northwest. His two best known projects are Gas Works Park in Seattle and Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Haag was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Japan for two years and was named a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. The most fundamental aspect of his work has consistently been a concern for landform and sculpting of the land. His choice of plants and their juxtaposition is often rich, bold, and strong, yet accomplished with the use of only a few species and groups at a time.  In 2003, he received the ASLA Medal for his lifetime achievements and contributions. He continues to teach and lecture internationally while practicing as principal of Richard Haag & Associates.

The Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal: Terence G. Harkness, FASLA
Terence G. Harkness, FASLA, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal for his sustained and significant contributions to landscape architecture education. Harkness’ passion for teaching continues to inspire many leading designers in the profession today. Former students describe him moving seamlessly from presenting a complex design issue to respectfully questioning a jury, to actively listening to one-on-one desk critique that bring out the best in a young designer. He treats students as entry-level designers and involves them in live, “real-world” projects. His teaching principles bear fruit in students’ work: they win clients, commissions, and competitions – including ASLA professional and student awards.

The LaGasse Medal/Landscape Architect: Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA
The LaGasse Medal in the Landscape Architect Category will be awarded to Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, of Washington, DC, for his leadership in management and conservancy of natural resources and public landscapes. From 1992 until recently, he served as coordinator of the Historic Landscape Initiative, a program of the National Park Service. There he provided national policy guidance, developed standards, directed conferences, published books, guided web development, coordinated partners, and oversaw volunteers. In 1995, ASLA awarded the Historic Landscape Initiative the President’s Award of Excellence. In 1998, Birnbaum founded The Cultural Landscape Foundation and now serves full-time as the Foundation’s president.

The LaGasse Medal/Non-Landscape Architect: Sarah S. Boasberg, Honorary ASLA
The LaGasse Medal in the Non-Landscape Architect Category will be presented toSarah S. Boasberg, Honorary ASLA, of Washington, DC for her leadership in conservancy of natural resources and public landscapes.  Boasberg is the founder and president of Green Spaces for DC, a non-profit organization working to develop public-private partnerships to improve District-owned green spaces. In 2004, Green Spaces for DC provided seed funds for the city to hire the first landscape architect on its park department staff. Boasberg is the author of the award-winning study, “Re-Greening Washington: Managing the Street Tree Crisis in Our Nation’s Capital.” In addition, she served as Chairman of the Board of the American Horticultural Society and founding Co-Chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. She is also head of the Master Planning Committee of the Friends of the National Arboretum."

The ASLA Medal of Excellence: James R. Urban, FASLA
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.

The Olmsted Medal: The Great Valley Center
The Great Valley Center, based in Modesto, California,  will receive the Olmsted Medal for environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship.  This nonprofit think tank is dedicated to the environmental, economic, and social quality of life in California's heartland: the Great Central Valley. With the valley's population set to double within the next 40 years, the research, communication and planning measures taken now are of critical importance. By sponsoring forums for change, building frameworks for strong local and regional leadership, and creating new impetus for innovation, the Great Valley Center addresses issues key to the region and much of the world. The center acts as a tireless facilitator for regional research and planning, hosting conferences, developing partnerships and projects, as well as publishing data and reports that drive planning and decisions at local, state, and national levels.

The Landscape Architecture Firm Award: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Sasaki Associates, Inc., with offices in Watertown, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California, will receive the 2007 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award.  While Sasaki has evolved over the past 50 years into an interdisciplinary firm of tremendous breadth and scope, it is still firmly rooted in and inspired by a landscape architecture legacy begun by Hideo Sasaki, FASLA, in 1953. Remarkably prescient for his day, Sasaki not only foresaw collaboration among design disciplines but was also an early advocate of environmental responsibility, introducing in the late 1950s at Sea Pines Plantation in South Carolina a non-invasive design that restored the coastal site’s damaged ecosystem. Later projects like the John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, Greenacre Park in New York, and Charleston Waterfront Park remain some of the most renowned landscapes in the United States, and the firm's penchant for elegant, timeless design can be seen in current work, from the master plan of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Green to waterfront and campus projects in American cities and throughout the world. To date, the firm has won more than 400 awards. Sasaki maintains the rich design legacy set by its founder and is admired not only by the landscape architecture profession, but the design and construction industry at large.

The Community Service Award: Frederick R. Steiner, FASLA
Frederick R. Steiner, FASLA, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will be awarded the Community Service Award for his sustained, pro bono service to the community demonstrating sound principles and values of landscape architecture. Steiner contributes his expertise in environmental planning, design excellence, and sustainable design to organizations and communities across the country. Steiner was appointed by the mayor to the City of Austin Bond Election Advisory Committee and serves on the Site/Landscape Design Committee for the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. From 2002 to 2006, he served on the Board for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which he worked to bring into the University of Texas system in order to provide more resources to the Center. Steiner works with Envision Central Texas project and co-chairs the Land Use and Transportation Committee. He has also held many leadership positions with the Landscape Architecture Foundation since 1995, including as vice president for research and education and as president.


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