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Emerald City Receives Multiple National Honors in Landscape Architecture

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2007 — The city of Seattle will cement its place as one of the world’s most renowned centers for design when the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) presents four of the highest awards in landscape architecture to local projects and landscape architects. The presentation will take place during ASLA’s annual meeting in San Francisco, October 6-9.

“Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and this is reflected in the number of projects and landscape architects receiving top honors year after year,” said Patrick W. Caughey, FASLA, president of the Society. “This year’s awards continue that tradition with private organizations and public places incorporating thoughtful, innovative designs for Seattle residents to enjoy.”

Philips Farevaag Smallenberg will receive a national honor award in design for the 17th-floor Washington Mutual Bank’s roof garden. The green roof provides decks and pathways showcasing views across Elliott Bay, all while integrating elements that tell a story about the bank, its local origins, and the community it serves.

Another national honor award in design will go to the Olympic Sculpture Park. While Weiss/Manfredi served as lead designers, the veteran award-winning firm Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture of Seattle provided the landscape architecture. The project sits on Seattle’s last undeveloped waterfront property. It connects three separate sites, capitalizing on views of the skyline and Elliot Bay and rising over existing infrastructure to reconnect the urban core to the revitalized waterfront.

The University of Washington and Open Space Seattle 2100 Coalition will receive a national honor award for analysis and planning for its Open Space Seattle 2100 Envisioning Seattle’s Green Infrastructure for the Next Century. This grassroots collaborative planning process directly engaged hundreds of multidisciplinary design professionals and citizens to create long-term plans for Seattle's interconnected "green infrastructure.”

In addition, Seattle’s own Richard Haag, FASLA, will be awarded the organization’s Design Medal in honor of his exceptional accomplishments in design, including Gas Works Park and Bloedel Reserve.  Haag is a previous recipient of the distinguished ASLA Medal, the highest honor the Society may bestow upon a landscape architect.

High resolution photos of these and other professional awards are available online at

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 17,600 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. 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. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.
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