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Portland Recognized as Leading City for Landscape Architecture

WASHINGTON DC July 19, 2007— Already known for alluring public space and thoughtful design, the city of Portland furthers its prestige as the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will present two of the highest awards in landscape architecture to Portland area projects at the 2007 convention in San Francisco on October 8. In addition, two other Portland-area residents will receive national recognition from the Society.

“Portland is not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is also leading the charge on sustainable design,” said Patrick W. Caughey, FASLA, president of the ASLA. “It’s not surprising, given the strength of the landscape architecture profession in Oregon.”

Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, will receive two national honor awards in general design. The first recognizes the NE Siskiyou Green Street project. Regarded as one of the best stormwater mitigation examples of its kind, this project replaced the parking zone of a typical residential street with landscaped curb extensions designed to capture stormwater runoff from the street.

The second award will be for the Mount Tabor Middle School Rain Garden—another leading example of sustainable stormwater management. This project transformed an underutilized asphalt parking area into an innovative rain garden that melds the concepts of art, education, and ecological function.

Perry also received a national honor award in 2006 for his innovative design of the SW 12th Avenue Green Street Project. He formerly worked with the City of Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Management Program and currently practices with Nevue Ngan Associates. High resolution photos of the award winning projects are available online at

Portland’s own Mike Houck of the Urban Greenspaces Institute received an honorary membership from ASLA in April, which is among the highest honors the Society may bestow upon a non-landscape architect.

Additionally, Portland landscape architect Brian C. McCarter, ASLA, of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, will be inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows during the 2007 annual meeting in October in San Francisco in recognition of his extraordinary work, leadership, knowledge, and service to the profession throughout his career.

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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