Honors & Awards
The Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence

(previously the Award of Excellence)   

 Purpose: The Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence recognizes significant contributions to landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and design, or a combination of these items. The body of work must have been maintained at a consistent level of excellence for at least 10 years.  

Eligibility: Individuals, firms, programs, organizations, or agencies may be nominated.

Frequency: One medal is awarded annually.

Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by an ASLA professional member or an ASLA chapter. Nominations are to be kept confidential. Nominees should not be made aware of their nominations or asked to participate in the preparation of their nomination materials. 

All nominations must be submitted in a single black 1/2 inch view binder and on a CD-ROM to ASLA by March 6, 2015 5:00 pm EST. Each nomination to include:  

  • A letter of nomination describing the nominee's qualifications for the medal; the letter may be no more than five (5) pages in length;
  • Photo of nominee (if applicable);
  • Up to five (5) letters of endorsement.
Please send nomination packages to:
Medal of Excellence Nominations
c/o Carolyn Mitchell
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3736

Selection Process: The Executive Committee reviews all nominations and forwards no more than two nominees to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for final selection. The BOT selects the medal recipient by secret ballot during the mid-year meeting (held in the Spring). The medal recipient is notified by the president and invited to attend the ASLA Annual Conference (held in the Fall) where the medal will be awarded.

Questions? Contact Carolyn Mitchell, Honors and Awards Coordinator, 202-216-2331
NOTE: Email subject line must read "ASLA MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE." e-mail cmitchell@asla.org     

Recent Recipients

2003   National Capital Planning Commission
2002   Jefferson County Open Space Program
2000   EDAW Summer Program
1999   100 Years of Landscape Architecture at the National Capital Commission
1997   Rolland/Towers
1993   Sasaki Associates, Inc.
1992   New York City Department of Parks and Recreation