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ASLA Names Eight New Honorary Members

Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, Bette Midler among the honorees

WASHINGTON, D.C., -The Board of Trustees of the ASLA has selected eight individuals to receive honorary membership. Honorary membership is one of the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects, and since its founding in 1899, the Society has conferred honorary membership upon only 90 individuals. The 2005 honorees received their certificates on May 13 at a dinner in their honor in Washington, D.C.

Randall Arendt,

Randall Arendt, Honorary ASLA, of Amherst, Massachusetts, is a town planner by training and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts. He has worked for more than three decades as an author, educator, and site designer, defining and illustrating a more creative, environmentally responsible approach to land planning.

Charles Eliot Beveridge

Charles Eliot Beveridge, PhD, Honorary ASLA, of Washington, D.C., is the leading authority on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of the landscape architecture profession. Since 1986, he has been the series editor of the Olmsted Papers Project at American University, a 12-volume series published by Johns Hopkins Press.

Edward A. Feiner

Edward A. Feiner, FAIA, Honorary ASLA, of Washington, D.C., is the former chief architect of the General Services Administration, provided national leadership for our nation's design and construction activities for many years.

Barbara A. King

Barbara A. King, Honorary ASLA, of Delano, Minnesota, is the president of Landscape Structures Inc., has referred to landscape architects as "the salt of the earth and unsung heroes (who) literally change the way we look at the world." Founded in 1971, Landscape Structures is one of the leading play equipment manufacturers in the world and among ASLA's strongest supporters.

William C. Main

William C. Main, Honorary ASLA, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is president of Landscape Forms, has been an active and generous supporter of student landscape architecture programs, the Michigan ASLA chapter, national ASLA programs, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation for many years.

Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon, Honorary ASLA, of Washington, D.C., is an attorney by training and is a nationally renowned author and speaker on land conservation and urban design. McMahon was recently named the Urban Land Institute's Charles Fraser Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development.

Bette Midler

Bette Midler, Honorary ASLA, of New York City, is best known as a singer and actress, but in the past decade she has also become a tireless crusader for good stewardship of public spaces. In 1995, she created the New York Restoration Project to reverse the decay of New York City's parks, roadways, and open spaces and remains personally committed to restoring hundreds of acres of the city's public realm back to a healthy and attractive condition.

Tom Murphy

The Honorable Tom Murphy, Honorary ASLA, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has transformed the physical environment of the city of Pittsburgh in his three terms as mayor. The fruits of his labor can be seen in the redevelopment of the riverfront, in the expansion of the city's recreational facilities and trails, in the newly upgraded and much safer city playgrounds, in the economic development of the city's industrial brownfield sites, and in the master planning for the city's four large regional parks.

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December 10, 2019, 7:03 pm PDT

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