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LASN September 2013 Movers & Shakers

Mary Carden

vanderToolen Associates Landscape Architects of Napa, Calif. recently opened a Walnut Creek office as a part of its continuing efforts to meet client needs in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Mary Carden, a senior associate with vTA for 10 years, and over 20 years' experience in landscape architecture will lead the new office.


Rick Robbins

Rick Robbins, ASGCA, was elected president of American Society of Golf Course Architects at the organization's recent 67th Annual Meeting in Greensboro, Ga. The Cary, N.C., resident heads Robbins & Associates International. His career has included golf course designs and master plans created in 24 states in the U.S. and 11 countries around the world, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.


Terry Burns

Catherine Mahan, FASLA and former president of Mahan Rykiel Associates, recently announced Terry Burns, senior associate, as the winner of the firm's first Founder's Travel Fund. He is receiving a stipend toward travel and a paid week off to pursue an interest related to the practice of landscape architecture. Burns was selected for his proposal to explore the prairie school style of landscape design, which focuses on elements of visual expression through natural materials. He has one year to complete his travel and present his findings to the office.


Cheryl dos Remedios

Seattle-based landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol announced that Cheryl dos Remedios has joined the GGN team as marketing & communications associate. With an interdisciplinary background in art, project management, public works, and landscape preservation, she is known for her success in connecting communities to the designed landscape and to the environment. Dos Remedios will enhance GGN's connections to the public and to its clients by leading GGN's public communications and marketing endeavors.


Bernie Alonzo

GGN announced that Bernie Alonzo, principal, has been appointed to a two-year term in Seattle's Design Commission. Alonzo joined Thomas Nelson and Brodie Bain in being appointed to the commission by Mayor Mike McGinn and confirmed by the Seattle City Council. The Design Commission advises the mayor, city council and city departments on the design of capital improvement projects, as well as projects on city land.


Receiving promotions from landscape architecture firm Mahan Rykiel Associates were: Heidi Thomas, associate principal; Terry Burns, senior associate; Ryan Johnson, senior associate; Alice Jones, senior associate; Rudraksha Jhaveri, associate; and Peng Gu, associate principal.

Mahan Rykiel Associates, a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, has promoted six team members to the associate principal, senior associate and associate levels. Peng Gu, PLA, LEED AP has been a promoted to associate principal. Gu offers a unique perspective to landscape architectural design with both a master of architecture and a master of landscape architecture degree. Heidi Thomas has also been promoted to associate principal. She joined the firm in 2003. She has been involved with the site planning, design, and construction of regional campus, mixed-use, park, and healthcare projects. Alice Jones, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted to senior associate. A landscape designer on a wide variety of national and international projects, her experience includes residential, streetscape, hotel/resort, healthcare and campus design. Ryan Johnson, LEED AP joined the firm in 2004 and was promoted to senior associate. He believes successful spaces create an experience through a balance between function and form. Johnson communicates ideas through visual aids and collaborating with clients and other design professionals to make those ideas a reality. Terry Burns has an extensive knowledge of plant material and their use in design. He likes working on therapeutic healing gardens and environmentally sensitive site designs. Burns joined MRA in 2001 and has also been promoted to senior associate. Rudraksha Jhaveri has been promoted to associate. She enjoys working on transportation, campus and sustainable design projects and is adept with the details of construction documents and administration.


Michael Kroll

Michael Kroll, RLA, vice president of Miller Legg, a multi-disciplined consulting firm, received the University of Florida's Distinguished Landscape Architect Alumnus Award from the Department of Landscape Architecture. Each year the Department recognizes an alumnus who by his or her work has made an outstanding contribution to the education and to the profession of landscape architecture. Kroll was recognized at a dinner in his honor in Gainesville. Kroll earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida in 1986.


Greg Parker

Ed Underhill, president of Underhill International, has named Greg Parker the new brand and specifications manager for the company's 2Wire and Mirage Series product lines. Parker will oversee research and development of these irrigation systems, while providing technical training and marketing support. A licensed landscape architect, Parker most recently worked with HydroPoint Data Systems, where he lead the development of the first commercial weather- based controller and internet- managed system.

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