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ASLA Announces 2013 Honors

ASLA announces the 2013 Honors award winners, who will receive their awards at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Boston, Massachusetts, November 15th -18th.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announces the 2013 Honors recipients, which represents the highest awards ASLA presents each year. Selections are made by ASLA's Board of Trustees, and will be presented at a ceremony during the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Boston, Massachusetts, November 15th -18th.

ASLA 2013 Honors

ASLA Medal: Warren T. Byrd Jr., FASLA will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society's highest award for a landscape architect. Byrd taught full-time for 26 years at the University of Virginia, serving seven years as chair of the landscape architecture department. At the same time, he also built and maintained a thriving practice--Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in Charlottesville, Va.--that has won more than 70 national and regional awards for its work to date. Byrd has been active in ASLA at the chapter and national levels since 1987, most notably in the areas of the awards program and the annual meeting education programming.

ASLA Design Medal: Stuart O. Dawson, FASLA will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of exceptional design work over a sustained period of at least ten years. Dawson is a founding principal at Sasaki in Watertown, Mass., where he has practiced for more than 50 years. He received the ASLA Medal in 1999. In addition to serving as a managing principal of the firm, Dawson was involved in a number of award-winning projects, including the John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Ill., the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, Charleston Waterfront Park--which won the 2007 Landmark Award--and the Indianapolis riverfront.

Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal: Max Z. Conrad, FASLA will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal. The award recognizes significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education. During his 40-year teaching career, Conrad, a professor at Louisiana State University's Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, has taught thousands of students who are now practicing landscape architects. His leadership of his school's student travel program has allowed students to experience other ideas, places and cultures.

LaGasse Medal - Landscape Architect: Stuart Weinreb will receive the LaGasse Medal for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. As the director of Capital Assets and Planning for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Weinreb has applied his landscape architecture skills to protect, enhance and manage natural and cultural resources for public benefit and enjoyment. He also served the Massachusetts state parks system in his previous position with the Department of Environmental Management, now called the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

LaGasse Medal - Non-Landscape Architect: Katherine F. Abbott will receive the LaGasse Medal for contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes. Abbott, the executive director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass., is a lifelong advocate for public funding for programs supporting historic landscape preservation. She was instrumental in creating the first statewide land acquisition plan for Massachusetts. Abbott also served as the first president of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the first Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Olmsted Medal: Renata von Tscharner will receive the Olmsted Medal. The award recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision and stewardship. For more than 30 years, von Tscharner, the founder of the Charles River Conservancy, has championed the conservation of Boston's riverfront. Utilized by millions of residents each year, the 19 miles of shoreline includes 500 acres and serves as host to many of Boston's best-known civic events.

Medal of Excellence: Shlomo Aronson will receive the Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence. The award recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and design, or a combination of these items. During his 50-year career, Aronson, considered the "Olmsted of Israel," has shaped landscapes throughout this relatively new country. His design legacy displays his leadership in sensitivity to both environmental and cultural concerns and has earned the admiration of his peers worldwide.

The Landscape Architecture Firm Award: Reed Hilderbrand will receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the highest award ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architecture firm in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession. Since 1997, the collaborative work of Douglas Reed, FASLA, and Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, has been recognized for its design, craftsmanship and extraordinary use of plants. The firm's work is wide-ranging, from residential and parks projects to cultural and academic institutions and has garnered 12 national ASLA awards just in the past decade.

Community Service Award: Nicholas T. Dines, FASLA will receive the Community Service Award for providing sustained, pro bono service demonstrating the sound principles or values of landscape architecture. Dines, a member of the ASLA Council of Fellows from Williamsburg, Mass., has worked as a volunteer to transform physical spaces as well as bring a new awareness of the benefits and potential of landscape architecture to thousands of people. His volunteer efforts have revitalized the Williamsburg town center. Dines also co-founded the Mill River Greenway Initiative, leading to a new system of trails and parks to serve his community.

2013 Honorary Members
Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA can bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 158 honorary members.

Mayor William Finch, Bridgeport, Connecticut
As a former state senator and now mayor of Connecticut's largest city, William Finch has embodied the principles of landscape architecture and healthy communities. He has enhanced two major parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, created new parks from former brownfield sites, and prepared a citywide master plan that places as much emphasis on small neighborhood parks in the city's poorest communities as it does on its major destination and historic parks. Mayor Finch also initiated the BGreen Bridgeport program, which promotes environmental and social responsibility for the city.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston, Massachusetts
Mayor Menino understands the value of landscape architecture and how the profession is helping to shape Boston's contemporary landscapes, as well as the city's rich heritage in the field. Since first elected mayor in 1993, Menino has made infrastructure improvements, innovation and carefully planned growth the cornerstones of his administration. As the longest-serving mayor in Boston's history, he has distinguished himself locally and nationally with an enviable record of accomplishments resulting in a greener, more livable city.

Chase Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum
Rynd has long served as an advocate, educator and presenter of landscape architecture programs and exhibitions in his role as executive director at the National Building Museum. He has led efforts to strengthen and broaden the Museum's programming to advance landscape architecture. Rynd has also promoted the importance of landscape architecture history and cultural landscapes as well as continuing education for landscape architects.

U.S. Senator C. William Nelson
Florida Senator Nelson has been a model leader of environmental policies and practices that conserve historic, cultural and natural resources. He has been an ambassador who has forged many bipartisan efforts to protect the integrity of our national park and wildlife refuge systems. His role as a leader and consensus builder was instrumental in returning the Everglades to the United Nations' list of World Heritage sites in danger.

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