2009 The ASLA Award Recipient
Joseph E. Brown, FASLA
The ASLA Medal is the highest honor the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) may bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.
Joseph E. Brown, FASLA, of EDAW | AECOM will receive the ASLA Medal--the highest honor ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architect--for working beyond design excellence in his 35-year career to tirelessly reshape his beloved profession and expand its influence in the broader culture. Brown joined EDAW | AECOM in 1972, took the reins in 1992, and has molded the firm into an international force, 1,800 people strong, where principles and ideas trump directive and mandate. A mentor to a generation of EDAW | AECOM employees, Brown also has taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Virginia, and George Washington University and is author and subject of numerous articles. Despite his many leadership roles, Brown has remained a designer’s designer and a practicing landscape architect whose notable works include the Signers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C.; redevelopment of Denver’s Stapleton Airport; Tokyo Midtown; and, currently, the public domain and streetscape design for the former World Trade Center site in New York.
Read the nomination letter from Barbara Faga, FASLA, and Dennis Carmichael, FASLA; supporting letters from Peter S. Rummell, Bill Callaway, and Frederick R. Steiner, FASLA; bio; articles; and projects.