The ASLA Medal, the American Society of Landscape Architect's top honor, recognizing outstanding lifetime achievement in the profession of landscape architecture, was awarded to the late Morgan "Bill" Evans, FASLA. At the ASLA annual meeting in San Jose, Disney colleague Joe Parinella, ASLA, accepted the medal on behalf of the Evans family. From 1955 until he died earlier this year, Evans was a leader in the design and installation of Disneyland, Disney World, and other Disney theme parks around the world.
After Walt Disney hired Evans and his brother Jack to transform an orange grove into Disneyland, Bill Evans went on to lead Disney's landscape architecture team. As the Magic Kingdom spread over the world, so did the design work, plant knowledge, and technical expertise of Bill Evans. Today, his methods of plant propagation, plant relocation, and recycling are widely used everywhere. Truly an "Imagineer," he is responsible for creating the fantastic environments millions visit each year.
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing 13,500 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.