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TODD P. BENNITT, ASLA

Nominated by the Southern California Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

Todd Bennitt’s distinguished career includes more than 30 years of noteworthy projects forming a diverse portfolio of completed work in California, across the nation, and around the world. During his career, Todd has developed a skill set that enables him to transform projects from just satisfactory to truly superb. His involvement in projects extends beyond concepts to the details and craftsmanship, which create lasting quality. Todd’s passion for great design permeates all aspects of his work and embraces co-creativity with all members of the design team. His leadership combines each client’s objectives, resources, and community values. His work demonstrates that inspired and thoughtful design is a powerful and positive marketplace differential. Among his most celebrated projects are Pebble Beach Resort in California, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Western Asset Plaza in Pasadena, CA; the Downtown Detroit Revitalization project; the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden at Huntington Library in San Marino, CA; and the Hotel Bel-Air and Skid Row Parks, both in Los Angeles.

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GENE BRESSLER, ASLA

Nominated by the Colorado Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

Until his departure to chair the Department of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University, Gene Bressler was the driving force and leader in landscape architectural education, mentoring, and chapter leadership in Colorado. In 2006, he received the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture’s (CELA) Outstanding Administrator Award to honor his “excellence in academic administration in landscape architecture education.” Under Gene’s leadership and mentoring, the master’s program’s mission, curriculum, research, and service learning agenda were redesigned and implemented. This resulted in the program being re-accredited and receiving a 100% score in having met and/or exceeded all Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board standards. Gene also led the faculty effort to transform the landscape architecture program into a department of equal status to Department of Architecture and the Department of Planning and Design. These collective achievements significantly enhanced the stature of the landscape architecture program. In 2005, as founding director of the new Colorado Research Center for Sustainable Urbanism, (UCDHSC) Gene initiated, directed, and gave presentations in two highly successful interdisciplinary and critically acclaimed statewide conferences, Colorado Tomorrow, that addressed smart growth issues. Gene positioned CCASLA and the Department of Landscape Architecture as key leaders, participants, and resources for Colorado’s smart growth issues.

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GEORGE B. BRIGGS, ASLA

Nominated by the North Carolina Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

George Briggs’ longstanding administrative leadership in landscape architecture—spanning 31 years and three states—has been expressed through higher education, community development, and program innovation. His professional purview has ranged from site and institutional development to fostering national and global collaboration in plant conservation, horticulture, and public gardens. He has encouraged visibility, new markets, and expanded opportunities for landscape architectural services. An overarching goal has been to employ the concept of an arboretum as a stimulus for public design standards, economic development, land stewardship, and quality of life. As executive director of the North Carolina Arboretum, he capitalized on the arboretum’s position as a key affiliate of the University of North Carolina system to garner the resources necessary to bring the arboretum, a model of planning, and best management practices within a complex administrative environment to its impressive level of service and inspiration. The arboretum continues to grow rapidly as a significant provider of educational, economic, and cultural benefit to the state.

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KENNETH R. BROOKS, ASLA

Nominated by the Arizona Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

Ken Brooks not only created an exemplary learning environment in the classroom and studio, his mentoring of graduate students in thesis projects brought together the tools of scholarly inquiry and the practical questions of implementing design in the real world. Among his most significant achievements is the creation of the Internet-based “Landscape Architecture Thesis Archive” in collaboration with James Palmer and Rodney Hankies in the 1990s, which demonstrated that the research findings of graduate theses could be easily access and used by people everywhere. As an LAAB Visiting Evaluator, he has participated in accreditation site visits to five institutions, serving as chair of the team for four of them. He served as president of CELA from 2004 to 2005. Ken was also instrumental in forging new ground in the area of transdisciplinary studies in creating a new School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) to provide students with degrees from both fields. He was also instrumental in launching the Global Institute of Sustainability to transmit knowledge and innovative design thinking on this important topic.

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ROBERT A. CLOSE, ASLA

Nominated by the Minnesota Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

Bob Close's list of outstanding administrative work encompasses planning, design, and policy development. His visible and energetic contribution to urban development made him Governor Jesse Ventura's logical appointee to the Met Council's initial Livable Communities Advisory Committee in 2000. So vital was his leadership to this committee, that Governor Tim Pawlenty reappointed Bob in 2004. Additionally, Bob has served on the Metropolitan Council's Environmental Committee, drafting innovative planning guidelines for sustainable development in the region. He was also appointed to a task force on urban design by Mayor Don Fraser in the early 1980's and served on the Committee on the Urban Environment (CUE) in the early 1990's. These further underscore city government's confidence in Bob's leadership, and the respect, admiration and value that he brings to public policy in the realms of urban design and planning. As a charter member of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), Bob is recognized both locally and nationally for his planning and design acumen. An urbanist at heart, Bob articulates the landscape architect's role in both public and private projects. His contribution to the award winning St. Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework is recognized for its progressive integration of urban form and open space systems to create a livable community.

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ANDREA C. COCHRAN, ASLA

Nominated by the Northern California Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

Andrea Cochran’s unique approach to the built landscape was formed by her early professional experience in the office of architect Jose Luis Sert, where she worked on master planning and urban design projects in the Middle East. After moving to San Francisco in 1981, she worked for architecture, landscape architecture, and planning design firms on projects including a large-scale land planning project in Big Sur with the Coastal Commission in California, urban design projects in San Jose and Mountain View, and a design for the American Embassy in Bahrain. In 1989, she formed the partnership of Delaney & Cochran Inc., which gained national and international recognition. Since founding Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in 1998, Andrea has received three national ASLA design awards, and seven awards from the Northern California chapter of the ASLA. Her projects are characterized by exquisite detail, innovative use of materials, and mutable site-specific designs, which give the work a lasting relevance. Andrea focuses on translating her clients’ personal narratives into the built landscape. She maintains a diverse set of projects to cross-pollinate ideas between her institutional, commercial, and residential clients. Among her most prominent projects are the Ivy Street Roof Terrace, Pacific Heights Residence, The J. David Gladstone Institutes at the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay Campus; and the Portland Art Museum.

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ROGER G. COURTENAY, ASLA

Nominated by the Potomac Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

In more than 20 years of practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, Roger Courtenay has become a leader in institutional planning and design. He is an acknowledged expert on urban security design and the design and restoration of cultural and historic landscapes. Since 1986, Roger has participated in more than 20 studies, plans, and designs in the monumental core of the District of Columbia, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Cathedral Front Grounds, and the National Capitol Planning Commission Urban Security Plan. Since the Beirut bombing in 1986, he has participated in the site planning and design of eight United States embassies and consulates overseas. His work in seamlessly integrating landscape elements to create a protected environment uniquely prepared him for similar projects following the events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent release of antiterrorism standards. In addition, Roger has participated in studies and designs related to such notable historic sites as the Walls of Old Quebec, Academical Village at the University of Virginia, Washington, DC’s President’s Park, the Texas State Capitol, the San Jacinto Battleground, Dumbarton Oaks, and the National Mall. Roger is known for his an unparalleled sensitivity to historic landscape preservation and understanding of the context and fundamental decisions that original occupants made on those sites.

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BRIAN J. DOUGHERTY, ASLA

Nominated by the Oklahoma Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

For 25 years, Brian Dougherty has spread his passion for the profession by teaching, lecturing, newspaper and television interviews, and hosting his own radio program. At each of his many opportunities to speak, he does not fail to mention the importance of proper design or discuss the variety of work produced by landscape architects. Brian's tireless energy and knowledge of the profession have made him a valuable resource for government agencies, philanthropists, designers, and the media. As a Governor-appointed member and officer of the Oklahoma Board of Architects and Landscape Architects for 10 years, Brian took seriously his responsibility for protecting the health and safety of the public through the state law. Brian was the first landscape architect elected secretary/ treasurer, vice chairman and then chairman of the joint board in Oklahoma. He was instrumental in helping to rewrite the statutes and rules and later in implementing a strategic plan. Brian has also served as Oklahoma Chapter president and Chapter Trustee. As Program Director for the Parks and Public Space Initiative with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, he helped develop more than 250 neighborhood community grants and school improvement projects. He has also dedicated 10 years to helping The Children’s Center, a long-term pediatric hospital, create a facility where every room has a window with views of gardens and playgrounds.

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ANGELA D. DYE, ASLA


Nominated by the Arizona State Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

As ASLA Vice President of Government Affairs, Angela Dye has overseen and directed three Licensure Summits, helping landscape architects from all over the country to become more proficient at advocating for licensure as well as conservation of ecosystems. As Trustee for the Arizona Chapter, chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and Vice President, she has helped to create Fact Sheets for legislative issues, and made contact with Senators and Members of Congress since the beginning of ASLA Lobby Day. In her region, she is known for her participation in key planning projects, often acting pro bono to advance smart growth, LEED principles, and balanced transportation. Her participation in the City of Phoenix Design Review Standards Committee set standards for community design and planning for new areas annexed into the city, as well as treatment of new Mountain Preserve areas adjacent to that development. As a member of the Transportation Enhancement Working Group since ISTEA was initiated in 1995, she has represented ASLA and landscape architecture in the review of projects submitted for federal funding for transportation enhancements, setting the criteria for applications, ranking, and selection for funding. Her presence on the working group has given landscape architects a voice in this arena where representation is typically by city managers and council members.

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WILLIAM T. EUBANKS III, ASLA

Nominated by the South Carolina Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

Bill Eubanks has been active in ASLA and chapter activities since the beginning of his career and became South Carolina Chapter President in 1991. In 2000, Bill was elected South Carolina Chapter Trustee and became active in ASLA’s Government Affairs Advisory Committee, Policy Committee, Member Services Committee, and Leadership Development Committee, which he currently chairs. Recognized quickly as a national leader by his fellow Trustees, Bill was elected Vice President of Membership in 2005. Under his leadership, ASLA's membership increased to an all-time high of more than 16,000. Bill has worked with staff and committee chairs to help ASLA provide better customer service to student and emerging professional members and renamed the committee from Student Services Committee to Emerging Professionals Committee.

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BONNIE FISHER, ASLA

Nominated by the Northern California Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

Bonnie Fisher has played a lead role in broadening the role of the landscape architects in creating large-scale change in cities through planning and design of multiple public space and infrastructure projects. She has undertaken numerous other projects throughout the United States and abroad, primarily related to urban waterfront planning and design, infill and redevelopment of transitioning urban sites, and the design of the public realm. In San Francisco, her work on the Northeast Waterfront Plan has set a new direction for 1.5 miles of urban waterfront and more than 2,500 housing units, commercial space, a marina, and numerous parks and public access areas. Her projects in Santa Monica date from the late 1980s with the design of the Third Street Promenade, followed by a series of projects that extend its success into the adjacent downtown areas. In Downtown Suisun City, her downtown harbor front projects create open space, recreation, boating, and wetland habitat as well as residential and mixed-use retail development along the water’s edge. On the East Coast, she had the winning submission from among 800 entries for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Capital Mall. Bonnie’s significant contributions integrating landscape architecture and urban design have broadened the scope of the profession and its impact on the quality of life within these cities.

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DOUGLAS E. HOERR, ASLA

Nominated by the Illinois Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

Since founding Douglas Hoerr Landscape Architecture in 1990, Doug Hoerr has directed his studio to design landscapes that are sophisticated responses to the ecology of the site, the architecture of the associated buildings, and the character of the patron. These works are deeply harmonious with their contexts and reflect his interest in creating spaces of mystery and discovery, story, and sequence. His work consistently brings careful attention to the experience of a landscape throughout all four seasons, focusing on the skeleton of the landscape to establish a structure of pattern, form, and texture that is dynamic even in the bleakest months. Among his significant public projects in Chicago are the City Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory, the Michigan Avenue streetscape, and the Martin Luther King Drive, Jr. Drive Gateway. His vision for urban corridors extends to many municipalities in the Midwest, including steady influence in Des Moines, IA, where Hoerr designed a compelling streetscape linking its downtown to its airport. In many of these projects, Doug’s designs attracted design awards as well as economic investment in public private partnerships, benefiting the municipalities in which they are located and elevating the awareness of landscape architecture.

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M. ELISE HUGGINS, ASLA

Nominated by the ALASKA Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

In a state with fewer than 50 licensed landscape architects, Elise Huggins is a pioneer in the field. From developing northern climate construction techniques to finding innovative uses for native plant materials to educating all who meet her about the value of landscape architecture, Elise has blazed many trails for the profession. Most of her work is in the public sector where funding is low and new ideas and cutting-edge design are frowned upon. Elise has either worked on or influenced every school in the Anchorage School District. She has helped to increase funding levels for site development of public facilities and has increased public officials’ awareness of the benefits of landscape architects. She was a leader in the integration of ADA designs into site work long before it was popular. Elise has been fearless in working with other disciplines and has persuaded many politicians, clients, and allied professionals of the benefits of using landscape architects during the initial phases rather than later in the design process. Elise served as Alaska Chapter President 1989-91, Chapter Trustee 1995-2003, and has actively served on several ASLA national committees including the On-Line Committee, Strategic Planning, and Nominating Committees.

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DAVID KAMP, ASLA

Nominated by the New York Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

David Kamp's distinguished career includes the design of a range of domestic and international, public, institutional, commercial, corporate, and residential projects. His award winning designs for special needs populations are examples of his belief in the power of nature to enhance our everyday lives and his commitment to design sensory-rich, accessible spaces for the full range of the human condition. These designs, ranging from restorative gardens to outdoor learning environments, are based on a real understanding of medical and social needs. His firm, Dirtworks, PC, was awarded a 2006 ASLA Honor Award in General Design for The Elizabeth and None Evans Restorative Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. His design for the New Australian Parliament House, one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere, balanced the scale of the nation and needs of the government with the democratic ideals that value the individual and won an ASLA Honor Award in 1992. His design for the Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden, which won a 1995 ASLA Merit Award in General Design, provides a therapeutic environment for the AIDS care wing. Throughout his career, David has consistently promoted landscape architecture within the design community to health care audiences and the general public. He has engaged in continuing research from his self-directed studies in healthcare and the human condition as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and as a Fellow at the prestigious MacDowell Colony.

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BARRETT L. KAYS, ASLA

Nominated by the North Carolina Chapter
Elected in the Category of Knowledge

Barrett Kays' is a nationally recognized landscape architect and soil, groundwater, and environmental scientist specializing in ecological and sustainable design, and landscape architecture technology. He has been a leader, not only in North Carolina, but nationally, in advancing the profession's knowledge of soil, soil management and design, and stormwater retention, design and construction. When the concept of urban forestry was first gaining traction, Barrett was out front in researching and sharing his knowledge of urban soils, thus engaging a whole group of landscape architects in this increasingly important field. His more recent work involving bioretention, stormwater design and construction, and wetland hydrology modeling are affecting the regulatory arena and by extension, the opportunity for landscape architects to continue to work in these areas. Barrett has developed a comprehensive body of knowledge dealing with environmental analysis, site-specific testing and evaluation, computer modeling, and development of new landscape architectural technological design strategies to overcome problems encountered on complex sites. He has implemented these innovative technological strategies on award-winning architectural and landscape architectural projects.

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OWEN C. LANG, ASLA

Nominated by the Northern California Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

Owen Lang has been a principal urban designer/landscape designer with Sasaki Associates Inc. since 1989 and has deep and diverse experience in both the private and public sector. His appreciation for the need to live in harmony with people and the landscape has enriched his practice and his interactions with clients and colleagues alike. Owen's distinguished career has encompassed landscape architecture, planning, urban design, and community facilitation. His process-driven design philosophy has enabled him to create solutions that reflect the character of a site and a community, and earn the description of place making. Owen's work is guided by his commitment to the community planning process and thoughtful collaboration. He has the ability to excite and involve all stakeholders. Owen has become an expert on the revitalization of the urban waterfront. He seeks to find design resolution of frequently forgotten and/or underutilized places positioned on the outskirts of a community with limited or no community access. His success with the North Embarcadero Alliance Visionary Plan in San Diego is legendary because of his ability to bring all sides together and synthesize a practical and elegant plan. Owen was also the lead designer on San Francisco Waterfront Transportation Projects and Disneyland Paris, Marne la Vallee.

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JEFF S. LEE, ASLA

Nominated by the Potomac Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

After practicing in Washington, DC, for more than 25 years, Jeff Lee’s projects are public plazas, memorials, new master plans for parks, open space systems, communities, resort and recreational development, campuses, and waterfront development. He is also widely recognized for his specialty in security-sensitive site planning. Among his noteworthy projects are master plans for the Incheon Airport Area in South Korea; the Urban Master Plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia; and in Washington, DC, the U.S. National Capital Greenway Plan, the Millennium Gift (GSA/The White House), South East Federal Center, and a 42-acre new waterfront development on the Anacostia River. He was also the lead designer on the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial; Thomas Jefferson Memorial Perimeter Security Plan; and the 9-11 Memorial Groves. In 1985, Jeff traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia to design the first prototype embassy for our government based upon the Inman Commission recommendations. Since that time, he has worked closely with U.S. Department of State to provide secure site designs while remaining sensitive to the diplomatic mission and the physical manifestation of seven other of our most sensitive embassies around the world.

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MIA G. LEHRER, ASLA

Nominated by the Southern California Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

Mia Lehrer has been a practicing force for more than 20 years in Southern California and Los Angeles. She has expanded her influence and the visibility of the profession to issues of environmental justice and the restoration of the large-scale urban areas and natural systems such as the Los Angeles River. Her firm, Mia Lehrer + Associates, has garnered numerous awards and recognition for project design and planning. Mia focused attention on the city’s neglected urban forest, watershed, and parks beginning with small-scale efforts in street tree plantings and elementary school improvements. In 1997, she was asked to participate in the TREES Project (Trans Agency Resources for Environmental and Economic Sustainability), which produced the ground-breaking planbook that has served as the design manual for sustainable site design in Los Angeles. During the next 10 years she nurtured the goal of a living watershed through a series of expanding projects that included the design of several sustainable school campuses using stormwater collection cisterns, and the design of Gold and expected LEED Platinum projects such as the Southern California Center for Water education, the California EPA headquarters, and master plans for Ballona and Compton Creeks. Her firm is currently collaborating on the development of a master plan for 32 miles of the Los Angeles River and a citywide needs assessment for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

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BRIAN C. McCARTER, ASLA

Nominated by the Oregon Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

During 30 years of practice, Brian McCarter has evolved from a talented general practitioner to an astute urban designer and public transportation specialist. He has worked on multiple projects at the urban cores of three major western U.S. cities—Portland, Denver, and Boise. His work has had an important impact on these downtown areas as they have grown into thriving mixed-use districts with attractive, lively, and sophisticated public plazas and well used public transit. Brian’s work with transportation systems—ranging from street and bridge design to mass transit systems—have been key to revitalization efforts. In Portland, Brian played a key design role in two major landmarks—the city’s Mass Transit Mall and its light rail system. He was also a key force in the Portland Mall Revitalization of signature downtown streets to better meet community needs. In Denver, Brian was instrumental in efforts to reconnect downtown Denver to its origins on the South Platte River. In Boise, he led the urban design effort on the Westside Downtown Framework Master Plan and updated the master plan for Boise State University. From master plans and broad overview to construction details, Brian has an acute understanding of the physical environment and social forces at work. He creates timeless environments that last for decades.

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LEE R. McLAREN, ASLA

Nominated by the North Carolina Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

As the founding member of the North Carolina Chapter of ASLA, Lee McLaren presents an exemplary model of service to the profession. His prominent record on regional planning issues is magnified as the policies became statewide models. He was a key force in formulating land use policy for preservation of open spaces and for developing places for healthful living long before environmental preservation, sustainability, and stewardship became popular concepts. As a member of Charlotte’s New Tree Advisory Committee his urban tree program became a model statewide. He helped develop the city’s first small area plan and later the Charlotte Stormwater Utility, which has taxing authority to help with infrastructure repair, floodplain protection, and water quality improvement. He has been a pivotal force in establishing, protecting, and strengthening licensure in North Carolina. His efforts were vital in 1978 to fight the repeal of the registration law. From 1989 through 1993, he headed efforts to develop continuing education requirements for landscape architects in the state. In the 1990s, he went on the offensive, and was successful in obtaining a Practice Act for the profession in the state. As a persuasive advocate and mentor for students at landscape architecture programs across the country, Lee brought his experience in practice fully into the service of the next generation.

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TOORU MIYAKODA, International ASLA

Nominated by the Council of Fellows Executive Committee
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

In his more than 40 years of practice, Tooru Miyakoda has become one of the leading landscape architecture practitioners in Japan. After obtaining a master’s degree in landscape architecture in Osaka, he attended graduate courses at UC Berkeley and then worked closely with Garret Eckbo in San Francisco, Hideo Sasaki in Boston, and Robert Zion in New York. He carried the modernist design concepts of his U.S. mentors back to Japan to develop a unique landscape architecture practice steeped in Japanese and Chinese traditions with Western theories of design and design process. Among his most significant projects is Hotarumibashi Park, which celebrates the views of Mt. Fuji. His design for Green Hills Tsuyama Park uses the concept of “borrowed landscape” with views of distant mountains. Granpark Plaza, which includes a roof garden, glass waterfall, and unique lighting to increase nighttime use, is the centerpiece for a densely populated, high-rise, urban redevelopment area in Tokyo. He also beautifully meshed his two worlds in his designs for Matsubara Danchi Nishiguchi Park and Cyberjaya New Town Mater Plan, a 17,500 acre urban planning effort in Malaysia. Tooru’s landscape architecture work has been recognized with nearly a dozen significant awards, including a 2002 ASLA Honor Award.

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JONATHAN MUELLER, ASLA

Nominated by the Idaho-Montana Chapter
Elected in the Category of Service to the Profession

Jon Mueller’s service to the profession includes chapter and national ASLA leadership positions, service positions with the Idaho State Board of Landscape Architects, servicing as CLARB representative, advocating the society’s policies on public committees, and promoting and supporting landscape architecture in K–12 schools and higher education programs. As chapter president, Jon’s leadership resulted in sustained chapter membership growth and lobbying efforts to secure market access for landscape architects to provide services in stormwater management and sustainable site design practices. Beginning in 2002, Jon brought his voice and talents to the ASLA Board of Trustees. His committee work at ASLA has focused on policy, finance, and investments. He was also an early proponent of ASLA’s greenroof project. At the local level, Jon has been active on solid waste facility siting committees, parks and recreation commissions, zoning commissions, and a stormwater technical committee, to name a few. At the state level, he served two terms on the Idaho State Board of Landscape Architects, where he was instrumental in changing local ordinances in the state and providing increased access for landscape architects. He was also a major force in upgrading Idaho’s licensing law.

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ROBERT R. PAGE, ASLA
Nominated by the Boston Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

As a landscape architect with 17 years of service to the National Park Service (NPS), Bob Page has played a central role in shaping the field of cultural landscape preservation and defining a leadership position for landscape architects in this area of cultural resource management. Based on his interests in both landscape architecture and historic preservation, he has committed his career to seeing the preservation field broadened beyond the singular historic building or urban district to include the cultural landscape that provides the setting and context for a property. Bob’s administrative leadership skills and project work have expanded and shaped the NPS mission to include cultural landscape preservation, developed a professional framework for managing these complex resources, and established the benchmark for professional excellence in the field. Thanks to Bob’s leadership in Washington, and his current management of the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and NPS Northeast Region cultural resource programs, today some of the most significant properties in the U.S. are being protected and preserved for future generations. In addition, the policy, standards, guidelines, and technical information developed under his direction are widely used by other federal agencies, states, private non-profit organizations, and private citizens.

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MARTIN POIRIER, ASLA
Nominated by the San Diego Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape

Martin Poirier has a passion for excellence and conviction that design can elevate the human experience even in the most modest of circumstances. At such venues as the University of California San Diego, historic Balboa Park and a host of affordable housing sites—to built works found from Nevada to Japan, Martin’s work reveals him to be a talented landscape architect and planner, and a committed citizen of his community. Housing affordability has become of major concern in Southern California with a growing gap between median housing prices and median wage. Since the early 1990’s, he has pursued a compassionate and inspirational approach to the design of low-income housing promoting the idea that affordable housing need not be second-rate. He has led collaborative efforts with architects to an “open-space-first” approach to site designs. In this concept conceived by Martin, site features are preserved, site amenities are designed first, and parking areas are crafted into courtyards. Buildings are then conceived, and finally, every precious square foot of exterior space and dwelling threshold is assigned as public, semi-public, semi-private, or private space to enable and encourage the pride of ownership that contributes to stronger neighborhoods.

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GARY D. SCOTT, ASLA

Nominated by the Iowa Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

For the past 22 years, Gary Scott has helped guide the growth in West Des Moines, the primary western suburb of Des Moines. As parks and recreation director, he has increased its parkland from 138 acres to 1,222 acres, the number of park sites from eight to 33, and the miles of trails from zero to 45 miles. His leadership and commitment are evident not only in the quality of life improvements he initiated throughout the region but also in an array of high-quality physical amenities for the area's citizens and visitors. Equally commendable is the environment he has created for both in-house and consulting landscape architects to contribute and collaborate, resulting in significant and award-winning work. He insists that citizens and other stakeholders actively participate in the design process, ensuring that their views and input really are incorporated into the final plan or design. Most importantly, he mobilizes the political environment to finance and build projects of lasting value to the citizens he serves. Among Gary’s significant accomplishments are the original and updated Master Parks and Trails Plan for the city, the 630-acre Raccoon River Regional Park, and a master plan for the 297-acre Jordan Creek Park. He also oversaw the revitalization of the city’s historic downtown Valley Junction area, beginning with the development of an overall master plan.

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KEVIN M. SHANLEY, ASLA
Nominated by the Texas Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

After developing a niche early in his career as the SWA Group’s irrigation designer, Kevin Shanley eventually took on project production and design responsibility, focusing on water elements of every scale, from intimate water gardens to natural watersheds. A decade later, he became managing principal at the firm’s Houston office and was named president of the firm in 2003. Kevin has worked in many locations from North America to the Middle East to the Far East. He is particularly talented at solving three-dimensional site planning puzzles, whether in complex natural landforms or in urban environments. Kevin’s national and international work has repeatedly been honored by the ASLA and by the Texas ASLA Chapter as well as by various AIA chapters, and landscape construction and environmental organizations. He has worked on significant natural systems projects, including Sims Bayou, Buffalo Bayou, Brays Bayou, San Antonio River Improvements, Shenzhen Bay, Napa River; award- winning civic projects, including Nanhai Citizens Plaza, Cotswald 2000, Federal Reserve Bank Dallas, National Civic Rights Museum, and Terry Hershey Park; innovative, landscape-focused transportation projects, including Green Ribbon in the Houston metroplex and Luohu Station Redevelopment in Shenzhen China; planned communities and town centers, including First Colony, New Territory, River Islands, Hidiv Beldisi in Istanbul; as well as important corporate/commercial/hospitality projects, including Federal Express Headquarters, Phoenix Tower and Seven Seas in Turkey.

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KEITH E. SIMPSON, ASLA

Nominated by the Connecticut Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

Growing up in the Gertrude Jekyll area of England and in the educational footsteps of Russell Page at the Charterhouse School, Keith Simpson developed an early observance and appreciation for beautiful landscapes. He traveled widely after his schooling in the U.K. and earned a Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts. Among his most significant works is the award-winning Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories. Here Keith developed an innovative plan to stabilize the hillside, add footpaths, a new terrace and sitting areas, restore and integrate the entire area back into the original landscape, and incorporate space for the future outdoor educational uses. At the Choate Rosemary Hall School, Keith redesigned the heart of the old campus to accommodate the oldest of the historic buildings and reshaped the new school by integrating the two separate campuses. Keith’s work on three sites for the Omega Corporation in the United States and U.K. included rechanelling the Noroton River on their property, establishing mitigating measures on adjacent wetlands, and remediating a brownfield site to provide the right location for its distribution center. During the past 25 years, Keith has accomplished a large and significant body of professional work, including site design for schools, hospitals, subdivisions, a safe-house for children, parks, commercial and industrial facilities, historic properties, lakes and streams, and innumerable high-quality residences.

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WILLIAM P. VITEK, ASLA

Nominated by the Colorado Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work

Bill Vitek's desire to improve the quality of daily lives through high-quality design and planning is evident in the many local and national projects that he has led and successfully completed. His award winning designs have had a major effect on the entire Denver community and nationwide. Bill's role in the Ballpark Neighborhood Influence Study for a Major League Baseball facility was anticipating and projecting future land uses around proposed Coors Field and identifying parcels that had potential for development of residential, retail, office, or reuse through public/private ventures. Coors Field and its surrounding streetscapes and plazas served a pivotal role in revitalizing Lower Downtown Denver. The project has generated $194 million in economic benefit to the area, has spurred 35 new restaurants and 4,500 new residential units. Throughout his career, Bill has focused on promoting the profession of landscape architecture through practice, academics, and community service. Bill was appointed to Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo) Business Advisory Board, which strives for the continued improvement of the quality of the urban environment in downtown Denver. He has also made significant contributions to several non-profit community service projects including Denver’s Tennyson Center for Children and Families.

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LAWRENCE W. WALQUIST JR., ASLA

Nominated by the Ohio Chapter
Elected in the Category of Knowledge

Larry Walquist is a master educator who has demonstrated an extraordinary and sustained ability to communicate core landscape architecture knowledge to undergraduate and graduate students during his 28 years of teaching at The Ohio State University. His professional practice background, extensive knowledge, emphasis on teaching, compassion for students, and ability to give outstanding studio desk critiques distinguish him as a noteworthy communicator of landscape architectural knowledge. His teaching is distinguished by his ability to connect directly students to landscape architectural practice by interjecting his own extensive professional knowledge along with “real-world” projects. His extensive expertise ranges from fundamental design theory to the nuances of running a professional office and from design to landscape construction. He has taught courses on graphics, introductory design, site design, advanced site planning, grading, urban design, preparation of construction documents, and professional practice. Throughout his teaching career, Larry has devoted virtually all his energy on directly communicating knowledge via the age-old atelier model of master to student in the classroom, studio, hallway, office, or field. His teaching is characterized by one other singular quality: his propensity to make it fun for both himself and his students. Additionally, Larry has enthusiastically shared his knowledge with students and faculty in Argentina and was instrumental in establishing a Masters of Landscape Architecture Program at the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba.

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SUSAN K. WEILER, ASLA

Nominated by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture

A managing principal for the internationally acclaimed landscape architecture and urban design firm, Olin Partnership, Susan Weiler's expertise is evident through her engineering and advanced construction technologies in projects over structure including London's Canary Wharf; the award-winning Conference Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, featuring more than five acres of rooftop gardens; and currently a sculpture garden and underground parking facility for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her interest in construction technology has led her to author the chapter "Living Green Roofs and Landscapes Over Structure," in Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards and co-author the soon to be published book “Green Roof Design: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction over Structure.” Susan has served as partner-in-charge of many projects at Olin Partnership. In addition to the technically innovative projects, she has collaborated on numerous noteworthy master planning projects including the new 20-year Campus Plan at the University of Pennsylvania and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Vision Study for the City of Philadelphia, to name a few. For more than 20 years, Susan has contributed to the field of landscape architecture with diverse, successfully executed projects, publications, and technological advancements contributing to the field. She is a registered landscape architect in eight states.

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JOANNE M. WESTPHAL, ASLA

Nominated by the Michigan Chapter
Elected in the Category of Knowledge

Joanne Westphal is a licensed practicing physician and landscape architect in Michigan. A member of the faculty in landscape architecture in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University, she is best known for her current work in bridging knowledge between the two professional fields of medicine and design. During the past 30 years, she has amassed a substantial reputation for bringing science-based knowledge to planning and design in the areas of visual management, regional landscape design, park planning and design, and farmland preservation. In the process, she has trained a score of graduate students, hundreds of undergraduate students, and many professional and non-professional individuals interested in context-sensitive design and/or functional landscape design. More recently, she has focused on issues of health in the built environment, including design that complements medical treatment protocols, post-construction evaluation of therapeutic site designs, landscape and environmental issues affecting human health, and health-based LEED standards, while maintaining a secondary interest in resource sustainability and open space protection. This work has generated a substantial number of award-winning projects and scores of peer-reviewed and invited papers by herself, her students, and her colleagues.

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JOSEPH YEE, ASLA

Nominated by the Southern California Chapter
Elected in the Category of Works of Landscape Architecture


During his 40 years of practice, Joseph Yee has designed some of the most important built landscapes in Southern California. During his first years of professional practice in the late 1960s, he spearheaded a major development in the field of Southern California landscape architecture by championing a rigorous, process-based, and collaborative approach to design. In keeping with this approach, he and his partners formed a company in 1967, which they named Process Oriented Design (POD). This distinguished company went on to set the standards for excellence for landscape architecture in Southern California. Perhaps Joseph’s signature achievement is the international award-winning POD design for California Plaza at Bunker Hill, a major project defining the redevelopment of downtown Los Angeles in the 1980s. It includes office towers, housing, and the Isozaki-designed Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as important and iconic urban pedestrian spaces. This significant project established the design of Grand Avenue, now expanded to the signature LA urban center that includes the Disney Concert Hall. Other award-winning projects include the Koll Center office complex in Irvine and the 2003 Toyota South Campus in Torrance, CA. During the past 10 years as a principal at the architectural firm LPA, Joseph has led the firm’s landscape architecture team and strengthened his involvement in multi-disciplinary design while collaborating on several award-winning projects.

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LEN ZICKLER, ASLA

Nominated by the Washington Chapter
Elected in the Category of Administrative Work


A hallmark of Len Zickler’s career is his success in bringing landscape architects and landscape architecture practice into the public policy dialog. He began his career as staff to the Design Commission of the city of Mercer Island. While working for Jongejan Gerrard and Associates, Len was park planner for three large parks and trails, administering public involvement, conveying the design, and protecting the environment through the shoreline permitting process. During the 1980s, Len worked for the city of Spokane and served as program manager for the Spokane Neighborhood Design Plan Program. In that capacity, he prepared award-winning design plans for the Logan, Browne’s Addition, East-Central, Hillyard, and Peaceful Valley neighborhoods. Later as office manager and principal landscape architect for Robert Perron/Renaissance Landscape Architects’ Spokane office, Len prepared the master plan for the entire 37-mile Spokane River Centennial Trail as well as managing the design and construction of the first phase of the project. The synergy created by Len’s master plan and phase I implementation prompted policy makers in Idaho to build a connecting trail with an additional 69 miles of trail. Since 1992, Len has plied his trade with AHBL, Inc. where he built the largest urban and regional planning studio in the region with over 30 staff including 11 landscape architects.

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