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2007 ASLA Professional Awards

The jury for the annual American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards received over 500 entries this year. Thirty-seven projects will receive awards at a ceremony sponsored by Landscape Forms on October 8 at the ASLA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The ASLA 2007 Professional Awards fall under five categories:

  • Award of Excellence: General Design (1 award)
  • Award of Honor: General Design (12 awards)
  • Residential Design: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Residential Design: Award of Honor (10 awards)
  • Analysis and Planning: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Analysis and Planning: Award of Honor (7 awards)
  • Research: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Research: Award of Honor (1 award)
  • Communications: Award of Excellence (1 award)
  • Communications: Award of Honor (2 awards)

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: Andrea Jones


Precise grading and masonry create the armature for flexible garden plots and varied itineraries among the terraces.

M. Victor and Frances Leventritt Garden, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Boston, Mass.

Reed Hilderbrand, Watertown, Mass.
Client: Harvard University






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






photo: Brian Rose


The home's seating area around the fountain is reclaimed log benches designed by the landscape architect. Temple bamboo screens the neighboring buildings.

Curran House, San Francisco

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco
Client: Government of Huanyan District






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: PWP Landscape Architecture


The landscape for the 52-story office tower in downtown Chicago is a 40-foot-wide protected linear way that runs for a block along the side of the building.

One North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois

PWP Landscape Architecture, Berkeley, Calif.
Client: John Buck Company






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: Shauna Gillies-Smith


The "Shadow Walk" is a grand promenade that includes a stainless steel canopy.

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

Martha Schwartz Partners, Cambridge, Mass.
Client: Mesa Arts Center






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: George Heinrich, oslund.and.assoc.


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.

University of Minnesota Duluth, Swenson Science Building, Duluth, Minnesota

oslund.and.assoc., Minnesota
Client: University of Minnesota Duluth






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: D.A. Horchner/DesignWorkshop


More than half the site is open land, with 30 percent open space above and beyond the course itself. These areas are threaded with eight miles of trails that also connect to regional trail systems.

Glacier Club, Durango, Colo.

Design Workshop, Denver, Colo.






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: Kevin Robert Perry


A series of check dams made from packed earth and river rock are used in each curb extension to slow and retain stormwater runoff.

NE Siskiyou Green Street, Portland, Oregon

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






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: Kongjian Yu, Cao Yang


The red ribbon and one of the four pavilions, each named after a native grass species, are integrated with environmental interpretative design.

The Red Ribbon, Tanghe River Park, Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province, China

Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute) and Peking University Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing, China
Client: Yang Lina, Landscape Bureau, Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province, China






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: National Park Service


The restoration of the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove is a national model for resource protection and reversing the damage done to a unique ecosystem.

The Restoration of Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, Calif.

National Park Service, Lakewood, Colorado
Client: Sequoia National Park






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: Lara Swimmer Photography


The main amenity deck is the central gathering place at lunch hour and an extension of the workplace throughout the day. The roof garden has become the civic heart of the bank's downtown campus.

Washington Mutual Center Roof Garden, Seattle, Wash.

Philips Farevaag Smallenberg, Vancouver British Columbia
Client: Washington Mutual Bank, Kent Wiegel, Lane Premo






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






photo: Paul Warchol


A nine-acre industrial site on Seattle's waterfront is now green spaces and art. The landscape architecture created meadow landscapes for Olympic Sculpture Park, with expanses of grasses and wildflowers, meeting bordering sidewalks to achieve a "fenceless" park. The "Valley" consists of an evergreen forest of tall conifers (fir, cedar and hemlock) and ancient trees once native to Washington, such as the ginkgo and Dawn redwood. The "Grove" is a forest of native aspen that defines the park's transition from city to shore.

Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington

Lead designer: Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, New York, New York Landscape Architect: Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture
Client: Seattle Art Museum






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






photo: Photo: Steve Lee


For the roof garden courtyard the challenge was not to exceed the 65 lbs/c.f. dead load throughout the majority of the space. In addition, the depth of the extensive planter beds could not exceed 6-8 inches, yet had to allow for layers of waterproofing and drainage and proper cultural requirements of the sedums.

Harvard Graduate Student Housing at 29 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass.

Richard Burck Associates, Inc., Jonathan Levi Architects with Bergmeyer Associates, Somerville, Mass.
Client: Harvard University






AWARD OF HONOR: GENERAL DESIGN






Photo: Kevin Robert Perry


The design of the Mount Tabor Middle School Rain Garden transformed the parking lot courtyard space from a gray space into a green one that manages stormwater, helps cool the school's adjacent classrooms, and provides a canvas for environmental education for the students, staff and community.

Mount Tabor Middle School Rain Garden, Portland, Oregon

Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, Portland, Oregon
Client: City of Portland, Sustainable Stormwater Management Program






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Geraldine Bruneel


The lower terrace presents rectangular stone shapes, one a raised infinity edge pool, the other a terrace with recessed sitting areas with fireplaces.

Elie Saab Residence, Faqra, Lebanon

Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture, Broumana, Lebanon
Client: Elie Saab






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Ryan Hughes


Balcony grates cast shadows onto the gravel paving, creating the illusion of raked gravel. This is reminiscent of gravel patterns found in dry gardens in Japanese Zen temples. Landscape lighting and blue LED lights lend the garden a mysterious atmosphere.

Private Residence, San Francisco

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Francisco Gomez Sosa


Each bedroom for the L-shaped Malinalco home, southwest of Mexico City, has its own private patio. This is the orchid and stone patio. The home is heavily planted along its perimeter, with a courtyard paved at its center with long, narrow cobblestones.

Malinalco House, Malinalco, Mexico

Mario Schjetnan/Grupo de Diseno Urbano, Mexico City
Client: Irma Romero






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Mikyoung Kim


The plant palate does not require chemical maintenance or any irrigation systems. A grove of paper birch (Betula utilis) frames the main entry to the driveway. A secondary gateway of river birch (Betula nigra) is located prior to the main pedestrian entry to the house. Finally, a third paper birch grove weaves through the CorTen fence.

Farrar Pond Residence, Lincoln, Mass.

Mikyoung Kim Design, Brookline, Mass.
Client: Bob Davoli & Eileen McDonagh






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






Photo: MFLA


The pool terrace is limestone, with a spa scribed by quartzite stone walls. The pool has an infinity southeast edge. The sunning bench is cantilevered ipe wood. The stone-concrete ramp is edged with equisetum, down to the dining terrace and lawn.

Sonoma Vineyard, Glen Ellen, Calif.

MFLA Marta Fry Landscape Associates, San Francisco






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Jeff McNamara


The cantilevered stair anchors one corner of the dining court. The 10-foot slabs of solid granite cantilever out five feet from the supporting retaining wall. The stainless steel and teak handrail ascends the stair as a virtually transparent barrier for the pool and terraces.

Connecticut Country House, Westport, Conn.

Wesley Stout Associates, New Canaan, Conn.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






The home's outdoor terrace flora is boxwood hedges, hellebores, mondo grass, cyclamen, iris, and a bamboo grove.

Erman Residence, San Francisco

Surfacedesign, Inc., San Francisco, James Lord, Roderick Wyllie, Moritz Moellers, Geoff di Girolamo
Client: Mark Erman






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Bill Cunningham


The full-length frosted glass panels at the north wall bordering the dining space are illuminated. The pergola is equipped with down lighting, retractable sun shading, infrared heaters and stainless steel grid panels to support vine coverage.

Manhattan Roof Terrace, New York, New York

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






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: Tom Jenkins


The wall stone was cut from the same quarry vein. Recycled materials include 70-year-old broken concrete slabs (garden floor), old electrical panels (steel benches) and a refashioned steel well head (cocktail table).

Pump House, Highland Park, Texas

MESA, Dallas, Texas, D.I.R.T. Studio, Charlottesville, Virginia






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






photo: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop


A rivulet of water at the base of a narrow window cut in the stone wall, oriented to a distant peak, creates a welcoming gesture in the garden.

Woody Creek Garden, Pitkin County, Colo.

Design Workshop, Inc., Aspen, Colo.






AWARD OF HONOR: RESIDENTIAL DESIGN






Photo: Pamela Palmer


The plant palette for the Southern Calif. home's ocean terrace sports a variety of color and texture, with low water needs and able to handle wind and salt air. An east-west light line connects the raised spa to a sunken seating area with a fire table.

Lunada Bay Residence, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Southern Calif.

Artecho Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Venice, Calif.






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Analysis and Planning






photo: Hargreaves Associates


Hunters Point is a decommissioned military base in San Francisco on the verge of redevelopment with an emphasis on industrial uses by the city. The landscape architects were hired by an environmental nonprofit to analyze development issues and to create concept plans for a park at Hunters Point Shipyard.

Hunters Point Waterfront Park Project, San Francisco

Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco
Client: Arc Ecology






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






Xiamen is a beautiful city along the southeast China coast. This project has created well-developed green space and provided a new garden show development (Garden Show Park) in China.

The Park and New Town upon the Fishponds--The Planning of the 2007 China International Garden Show Park Area, Xiamen, China

Atelier DYJG, Beijing, China






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






Pages from the redevelopment plan show before and after visions for the development of new greenspaces along Atlanta's BeltLine. These images were used during public meetings to give the residents an idea of what could be developed in their community.

Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan, Atlanta, Ga.

EDAW, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






photo: Sasaki Associates, Inc.


The master plan for the University of Balamand in Tripoli is to create distinct open spaces designed for the challenging climate, characterized by severe winds and strong sun. The design strategy also capitalizes on the high level of locally available craftsmanship.

University of Balamand Campus Master Plan, Al Koura, Tripoli, Lebanon

Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, Mass.
Client: University of Balamand






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






Photo: enichi Nakano and Pietro Potesta, Downtown Team


Led by landscape architects, this grassroots collaborative planning engaged hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals and citizens to create long-term plans for Seattle's interconnected green infrastructure. Participants on the downtown team envisioned a return of the tidal salt marsh that sits over a shallow earthquake fault. The marsh also doubles as a water biofiltration chain.

Open Space Seattle 2100 Envisioning Seattle's Green Infrastructure for the Next Century, Seattle, Wash.

Principals: Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, and the Open Space Seattle 2100 Coalition, Seattle






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






The ranch master plan illustrates agricultural uses, waterways, roadways and building sites. Agricultural activities are consolidated to the east side of Wildhorse Creek to contain grazing operations and create opportunities for native restoration.

Wildhorse Ranch, Steens Mountain, Oregon

DHM Design, Carbondale, Colo.






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






Vision for the Future outlines the growth of the University of Pennsylvania, a dynamic mixed-use urban district that reclaims industrial sites and replaces transportation related tracts along the Schuylkill River corridor.

Penn Connects: A Vision for the Future, Philadelphia

Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, Mass.
Client: University of Pennsylvania






AWARD OF HONOR: Analysis and Planning






photo: Ned Crankshaw, ASLA


The Lower Howard's Creek Valley is at the edge of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Palisades, waterfalls, sinkholes, and other geologic formations are dramatic evidence of erosion as a sculptor of topography. The consulting team was charged to analyze long-term plans for preservation and public access.

Lower Howard's Creek Corridor Management Plan, Clark County, Kentucky

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Lexington, Kentucky, in conjunction with Ned Crankshaw, ASLA
Client: Clark County Fiscal Court and Friends of Lower Howard's Creek






AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: RESEARCH



Research category co-sponsored by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Journal




Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime examines gardens created in the midst of war in the twentieth century--gardens soldiers built behind the trenches in WWI; gardens in the Warsaw ghetto under the Nazis; gardens in the POW and civilian internment camps of both world wars; and gardens by Japanese Americans held in U.S. internment camps during WWII.

Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime by Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas






AWARD OF HONOR: RESEARCH






Photo: Maisie Hughes, ASLA, Casey Trees Endowment Fund, Special Projects Coordinator, Shefali Ranganathan, Casey Trees Endowment Fund, Special Projects Coordinator


Water infrastructure is aging in many cities in the U.S. Capacity issues due to growth increase the stress on pipes, pumps, and treatment facilities. The requirements of the Clean Water Act are becoming more stringent. Municipalities and wastewater utilities are increasingly asked to do more with less.

"The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees and Greenroofs in Washington, D.C."

www.caseytrees.org/"Casey Trees Endowment Fund, Washington, D.C.






AWARD OF excellence: communications






Topos, sample from Topos 52, pages 48/49, photo Peter Bialobrzeski


Topos is an international quarterly review of landscape architecture and urban design, providing surveys of planning activities, urban design projects and concepts, planning strategies for cities, urban regions and cultural landscapes.Publication: TOPOS, the International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Munich, Germany






AWARD OF HONOR: Communications






photo: Hitchcock Design Group


The Chicago Green Alley Handbook is intended for a broad audience of public officials and commercial, industrial and residential property owners.

Publication:The Chicago Green Alley Handbook, Chicago, Ill.

Hitchcock Design Group, Chicago
Client: Chicago DOT






AWARD OF HONOR: Communications






photo: The Cultural Landscape Foundation


In this section at the Donnell garden, visitors are taught how to think in the abstract, exploring "composition of values, instead of color," and the landscape as "an abstract composition" is illustrated.

Education: Cultural Landscapes as Classrooms Series

Group: The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington, D.C.



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