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2006 ASLA Professional Awards

This year the American Society of Landscape Architects' 2006 Professional Awards jury fielded over 500 entries. The 10-person jury, chaired by Todd Johnson, FASLA, selected 32 projects. The awards will be presented October 9 at the ASLA annual meeting in Minneapolis.

  • Award of Excellence: General Design (2 awards)
  • Award of Honor: General Design (11 awards)
  • Residential Design: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Residential Design: Award of Honor (7 awards)
  • Analysis and Planning: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Analysis and Planning: Award of Honor (3 awards)
  • Research: Award of Honor (3 awards)
  • Communications: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Communications: Award of Honor (3 awards)
  • Landmark Award: (1 award)

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: GENERAL DESIGN






Post-restoration of Alumnae Valley (Wellesley College) summer 2005. Shortly after construction, the meadows began taking root and cattails thrived.
Photo by Shlomo Aronson, Barbara Aronson, Liya Kochavi.


From Brownfield to Greenfield: A New Working Landscape for Wellesley College Wrenched from Its Toxic Past, Wellesley, Mass.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. and New York City.

Client: Wellesley College






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: GENERAL DESIGN






The thin deck architecture, composed of alternating ipe wood and aluminum panels, is underscored by lighted boxes that occupy the open areas in the bamboo forest.
Image: Landworks Studio, Inc.


Court Square Press Courtyard, Boston, Mass

Landworks Studio, Inc., Salem, Mass.

Client: Pappas Properties, Inc.






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Unit 2 with bicycle shed, cherry trees and chiller equipment. The sunniest area is lawn, the half-sun areas are flowering cherry trees and the shadiest areas are maples, azaleas and ferns.
Image: GLS (Gary L. Strang) Landscape/Architecture.


University of California, Berkeley: Units 1&2 Dormitories Urban Landscape (The Bowtie), Berkeley, Calif

GLS (Gary L. Strang) Landscape/Architecture, San Francisco

Client: University of California






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Front entry and plaza of the sculpture garden at Dueling Oaks Drive. The "Reclining Mother and Child" sculpture by Henry Moore is located at the center of the entry plaza on the main axis of the garden.
Image: Richard Sexton


The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans

Sawyer/Berson Architecture & Landscape Architecture, LLP, New York City

Client: New Orleans Museum of Art






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






An environmental installation of columns tells the story of the martial art "gong fu" for which Huangyan is noted. The columns allow water to drain during the flooding season and create a lively atmosphere for visitors.
Image: Kongjian Yu.


The Floating Gardens--Yongning River Park,Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, China

Peking University Graduate School of Landscape Architecture and Turenscape, China

Client: Government of Huanyan District






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Columbus Circle, the southwest portal to New York's Central Park and intersection of Broadway, Eighth Ave. and 59th St., has been redesigned many times since 1905. The landscape design improvements include three new basins replacing the central fountain, custom designed Brazilian ipe wood benches, paving and lighting. The outer cobble band provides a buffer area between the planting beds and travel lanes. Honey locust trees offer light shade for the outside circle and walkways.
Image: David Graham


Columbus Circle, New York City

Olin Partnership, Philadelphia

Client: City of New York






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






The main entry to the offices is between two courtyards. Two thousand square feet of greenery has been tucked into the 225,000 square feet of office space. The glass walls provide sightlines from the desk spaces.
Image: Elizabeth Felicella


Small is Beautiful, Millburn, New Jersey

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc., Cambridge, Mass. & New York City

Client: Tahari, Inc.






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Maritime Park lives up to its name, evoking South Boston's maritime industrial heritage, including teak columns (think ship masts), granite walls and cast iron-glass bullet stair treads.
Image: Steven Lee


South Boston Maritime Park, Boston

Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc, Boston

Client: Massachusetts Port Authority






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






This contemplative garden is a simple space adjacent to the Cleveland Botanical Garden's library. Path materials are durable and textured for slip resistance and the railings are custom designed. Overlooks provide a place to view the gardens.
Image courtesy of Dirtworks, PC.


The Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio

Dirtworks, PC, New York City

Client: Cleveland Botanical Garden






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Each stormwater planter can collect six inches of runoff before it flows back into the street and is collected in the next downhill planter.
Image: Kevin Perry, Bureau of Environmental Services, city of Portland, Ore.


SW 12th Avenue Green Street Project, Portland, Oregon

Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, Sustainable Stormwater Management Program, Portland, Oregon

Client: City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






A view from the river front parkway toward the 25-story high-rise office and research facility. Amenities include signage, light bollards, street trees and seating.
Image: Tom Fox, SWA Group


Lite-On Electronic Headquarters,Taipei,Taiwan

SWA Group, Sausalito, Calif.

Client: Lite-On Electronic Headquarters






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Chess Park is a playful urban pocket park. The lighted chess towers provide a visual connection to the neon spire of the Alex Theater.
Image: Tom Bonner


Chess Park, Glendale, Calif.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles

Client: City of Glendale, Calif.






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






The cool colors of the concrete dividers, runnel edge and waterfall, zero-edge pool and collection basin are in contrast to the vibrant color of October glory maples. The plant choices are spare: sloped lawns under the existing large live oaks; English ivy at the base of walls and the maples concentrated at the interior court. The maples benefit from a sub- and surface-drainage system.
Image: Tom Jenkins


Henry C. Beck, Jr., Park, Dallas

MESA , Dallas, Texas

Client: Beck Architecture






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






The new 600 square foot family room (carport enclosure) opens upon bookend gardens, a fountain and dining terrace, creating a 2,600 square foot indoor/outdoor room larger than the original home. Salvaged desert trees were located between the house and the street.
Image: Steve Martino, FASLA


Quartz Mountain Residence, Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Steve Martino & Associates, Phoenix, Ariz.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






This residential property overlooks Lake Washington and commands views of Mount Rainier. At night, the swimming pool and Dale Chihuly floats create a special effect.
Image: Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture.


Tables of Water, Lake Washington, Wash.

Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture, Seattle, Wash.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






The exterior fireplace anchors the outdoor dining room. Its glow can been seen throughout the home.
Image: John Ellis.


Glencoe Residence,Venice, Calif.

Marmol Radziner and Associates, Los Angeles

Client: Ron Radziner, Affiliate ASLA, and Robin Cottle






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






The gravel terrace, edged with Corten steel, serves as a common sitting area and transitions down from the garage to the apartment building.
Image: John Ellis


Horizon Residence,Venice, Calif.

Marmol Radziner and Associates, Los Angeles

Client: Leo Marmol






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






Parallel fieldstone retaining walls create terraces from north to south, a drop of 14 feet of elevation. Norway spruce, hollies, redbud, rhododendron and witch hazel screen the road.
Image: Jerry Harpur, Charles Mayer, Stephen Stimson Associate


Greenwich Residence, Greenwich, Conn.

Stephen Stimson Associates, Falmouth, Mass.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






A simple pergola planted with Wisteria sinensis and trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) provide shade for dining. The view from here is of the existing infinity-edge lap pool and the Atlantic.
Image: Charles Mayer


Brille Residence, East Hampton, New York

Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect Design, P.C., New York City

Client: Brian and Leslie Brille






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






This private garden is on a 10-acre site in New England. Garden elements include a koi pond, soaking tub, ceremonial planter, water basins and outdoor shower. Woodland bulbs and groundcovers fill the cracks in the native fieldstone paving, creating a living carpet.
Image: Brian Vanden Brink


The Passage, New England

Horiuchi Solien, Inc., Falmouth, Mass.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






The dining terrace is wrapped on two sides by a negative edge fountain. The materials used in the fountain and terrace construction are limestone, Almondrillo wood, stainless steel and stone slate from India.
Image: Tim Hursley


House by the Creek, Dallas MESA Design Group, Dallas

Client: Caren Prothro






AWARD OF EXCELLECE: ANALYSIS & PLANNING






The Providence 2020 Plan provides a shared vision of connected downtown districts to complement the traditional city core. Access to the water will again be possible through the regeneration of derelict industrial land. Providence may soon be able to call itself a waterfront city.
Image: Sasaki Associates, Inc.


Providence 2020 Plan, Providence, Rhode Island

Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, Mass.

Client: City of Providence






AWARD OF HONOR: ANALYSIS & PLANNING






The Green Neighborhood Development Model proposes ecological, spatial, and social components for this five-acre former agricultural site within a developing suburban housing district.
Image: UACDCImage: UACDC


Habitat Trails. Habitat for Humanity: From Infill House to Green Neighborhood Design, Rogers, Arkansas

University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Client: Habitat for Humanity






AWARD OF HONOR: ANALYSIS & PLANNING






These maps show the location of Crosswaters Ecolodge in context to the Nankun Shan Mountain Reserve, Guangdong Province, China. The photo illustrates the beauty, topography and bamboo forested hills of the reserve.
Image: EDSAImage: EDSA


Crosswaters Ecolodge, Guangdong Province, China

EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Client: Longmen Mt. Nankun Zhongheng Ecotourism Development Co., Ltd.






AWARD OF HONOR: ANALYSIS & PLANNING






Parque Amazonia has been conceived to create educational and research opportunities to make a positive impact here within the vastness of the Amazon Rainforest. The land use master plan shows all 19,000 acres of the site, its relationship with the Guama river, and adjacent community.
Image: Morris Architects


Parque Amazonia, Belem, Para, Amazonia, Brazil

Morris Architects, Orlando, Florida

Client: State of Para, Brazil






AWARD OF HONOR: RESEARCH






This is an assessment to communicate the supply and magnitude of landscape features in the Puget Sound coastal watershed to allow prioritization of funding by NGOs for conservation acquisitions.
Image: U.S. Department of Ecology


Intrinsic Landscape Aesthetic Resource Information System

Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd., Seattle, Wash.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESEARCH






Beginning in 1999 a group of federal agency researchers collaborated with a landscape architect and an environmental economist to examine critical questions related to landscape change across a seven-state region of the Midwest.
Client: USDA Forest Service


From Landscapes to Lots: Understanding and Managing Midwestern Landscape Change

Paul Gobster, PhD, ASLA and Robert Haight, PhD, Science Co-Leaders, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Evanston, Illinois

Client: USDA Forest Service






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: COMMUNICATIONS






The manual encourages readers to apply a systematic approach to maintenance, one tailored to the landscapes they maintain.
Image: Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture, Inc.


Land Forum Magazine, Berkeley, Calif.

Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture, Inc., Berkeley, Calif.

Client: Peter Walker & Partners






AWARD OF HONOR: COMMUNICATIONS






The saguaro is the ultimate water harvester, sucking up as much water as possible when the precious precipitation falls. The ribs of the cactus expand to hold the water and contract as the water is used.
Image by Heather Kinkade-Levario


Forgotten Rain Rediscovering Rainwater Harvesting

Heather Kinkade-Levario, Phoenix, Arizona

Client: Granite Canyon Publications






AWARD OF HONOR: COMMUNICATIONS






A video screen shot: An historical perspective of Manchester told through graphics, photos and ambient street sounds.
Image: Dixi Carrillo & David Lloyd, EDAW


Manchester: Rebuilding the City Centre DVD, Manchester, N.Y.

EDAW, Inc , San Francisco

Client: EDAW, Inc.






AWARD OF HONOR: COMMUNICATIONS






LEFT: The Flowering of the Landscape Garden by Mark Laird

RIGHT: Across the Open Field: Essays Drawn from English Landscapes by Laurie Olin

The Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series is dedicated to the study and promotion of a wide variety of approaches to landscape architecture, emphasizing the connections between theory and practice. It includes critical writing by members of the profession of landscape architecture, descriptions of projects by established and rising designers, monographs on key topics in history and theory, translations of major foreign-language texts and anthologies of theoretical and historical writings.



Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture

University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

Client: University of Pennsylvania






LANDMARK AWARD






View of the garden from west terrace looking southeast, spring 2005. The new plantings, pavement (unpolished gray marble), reflecting pools and fountains have been restored to the original design of Philip Johnson. A five-story public educational wing of art and design was constructed at the east end of the garden. The flora is identified with labels indicating the common and botanical names.
Image: Donald Richardson


The Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Zion Breen & Richardson Associates, Site Planners/Landscape Architects, Cream Ridge, New Jersey

Client: The Museum of Modern Art



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