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2014 ASLA Professional Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the 34 winners of its 2014 Professional Awards on Sept. 29. ASLA reports there were more than 600 entries.

An 'Award of Excellence' was selected under each of five categories: general design; residential design; analysis and planning; communications; and research. Honor Awards were also presented under the same categories: general design (9 projects); residential design (7 projects); analysis and planning (5 projects); communications (4 projects); research (3) projects); plus the 'Landmark Award.'

The award presentations, sponsored by Victor Stanley, will be held Nov. 24 at noon in the Colorado Convention Center, the last day of the ASLA annual meeting. Project information and images of the award winners can be viewed at

Award of Excellence, General Design
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle

A contaminated 12-acre parking lot in Seattle was transformed into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus.

Award of Excellence, Residential Design
Woodland Rain Gardens, Caddo Parish, La.
Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects

Preservation and enhancement of the forest, use of native materials and rainwater collection define and organize these gardens in Parish, Louisiana. Photo: Rebecca O'Neal, Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects

Award of Excellence, Analysis & Planning
Midtown Detroit Techtown District, Detroit
Sasaki Associates Inc. for Midtown Detroit

Award of Excellence, Analysis & Planning Midtown Detroit Techtown District, Detroit Sasaki Associates Inc. for Midtown Detroit
Rendering: Sasaki Associates Inc.

Award of Excellence, Communications
The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley honors this pioneering and influential Modernist landscape architect through newly-commissioned photography that surveys 27 of his works. This is the opening reception for the book's publication, Nov. 14, 2014, at Boston Architectural College.
Photo by Sam Rosenholtz, 2013.

Award of Excellence, Research
"Finding Connections to the Outdoors for Youth and Families in Larimer County, Colo." Design Workshop Inc.

Across the nation, children increasingly lack access to nature. Some sources report children spend about half as much time outdoors as they did just a decade ago. The Larimer County study looks at the underlying patterns for this decline, analyzing how the physical organization of cities encourages or discourages interaction with natural areas.
Photo: Design Workshop, Inc.

The Landmark Award
Norman Leventhal Park at Post Office Square, Boston
Halvorson Design Partnership Inc.

Norman Leventhal Park illustrates a visionary idea realized through design. This 1.7-acre park was a boost to Boston's downtown revival. Built on the roof of a 7-level underground garage, it is a model of public-private cooperation and contemporary design in harmony with its urban surroundings.
Photo: Ed Wonsek

ASLA also announced 21 student awards selected from more than 500 entries and 77 schools. That full story is available at

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