Washington, D.C., June 26, 2012 – The American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) announced the recipients of the Society’s 2012 Honors. Selected
by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the Honors represent the highest awards ASLA
presents each year. The awards ceremony will take place at the 2012 ASLA Annual
Meeting & EXPO, September 28–October 1 in Phoenix.
ASLA Medal: Cornelia
Hahn Oberlander, FASLA
Cornelia Oberlander, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Oberlander has been and continues to be among the most important practitioners emphasizing sustainable design in all her built work, frequent lectures, influential publications, and numerous awards, such as the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe award from the International Federation of Landscape Architects in 2011. She was one of the first women in the post-World War II era to establish her own practice. Her more than 35-year collaboration with Arthur Erickson, Canada’s leading architect, included several noteworthy projects in Canada and the United States: the Robson Square Provincial Government complex and Courthouse in Vancouver, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C, as well as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Vancouver Public Library with Moshe Safdie Architects.
ASLA Design Medal:
Peter Walker, FASLA
Peter Walker, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition
of exceptional design work over a sustained period of at least ten years. Walker’s
fascination with materials and experimental use of water, landform, and plant
materials have produced some of the most provocative projects in the profession.
His portfolio includes Foothills College in Los Altos Hills, California to the
IBM Solana Campus in Southlake, Texas to the National September 11 Memorial in
New York City. Walker co-founded the firm Sasaki, Walker and Associates in 1956
and opened its West Coast office, which became the SWA Group in 1976. In 1983,
he formed Peter Walker and Partners in 1983, now known as PWP Landscape
Architecture. Walker received the ASLA Medal in 2004, and the International
Federation of Landscape Architects’s Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal in 2005
for lifetime achievement.
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Teaching Medal: Herrick Smith, FASLA
Herrick Smith, FASLA, will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal.
The award recognizes significant and sustained excellence in landscape
architecture education. Smith taught in the University of Florida’s Department
of Landscape Architecture from 1966 until his retirement in 1995 as professor
emeritus. Known as a tough but insightful teacher, Smith served as a catalyst
for thousands of students to explore ideas and opportunities in the field. ASLA
awarded special recognition to Herrick in 1982 for helping to establish six
landscape architecture programs at Auburn University, the University of
Arkansas, Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, the
University of Toronto, and North Carolina A&T University.
LaGasse Medal -
Landscape Architect: Mary Hughes, FASLA
Mary Hughes, FASLA, will receive the LaGasse Medal for contributions to
the management and conservation of natural resources and public landscapes.
Since 1996, Hughes, a noted landscape preservationist, has been the university
landscape architect at the University of Virginia. She has guided the campus
both in its preservation as a historic place and in its evolution as home to
one of the nation’s most vital 21st century universities. She also successfully
advocated for, and implemented, an innovative stormwater master plan on the campus.
LaGasse Medal -
Non-Landscape Architect: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will receive the LaGasse Medal for
contributions to the management and conservation of natural resources and
public landscapes. CBF has a decades-long track record for protecting the
Chesapeake Bay. Its goal has been to improve water quality by reducing
pollution. CBF is using the principles of landscape architecture to restore
natural filters on both the land and in the water, thereby providing resilience
to the entire Chesapeake Bay system. CBF provides a broad range of activities
to inform the public about what they can do to save the Bay, including introducing
young people to the Bay through its environmental education program.
Olmsted Medal: U.S.Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Hon ASLA
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Hon ASLA, will receive the Olmsted Medal. The
award recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies, or programs outside the
profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision, and
stewardship. First elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996, Congressman Blumenauer
represents Oregon’s 3rd Congressional district and is a leading environmental
advocate. Among his many accomplishments, Congressman Blumenauer has authored
and co‐sponsored legislation to preserve and protect
public lands, shift the nation’s energy policy towards renewable energy and
energy efficiency, curb global warming, and clean our nation’s water bodies.
Excellence: Design Workshop's Design Week
Design Workshop's Design Week will receive the Landscape Architecture
Medal of Excellence. The award recognizes significant contributions to
landscape architecture policy, research, education, project planning and
design, or a combination of these items. Design Week, a pro bono effort
launched in 2004 by the Design Workshop, is aimed at creating a link between
education and practice. It is a national program that joins landscape
architecture students with students from other disciplines, faculty, and a real
client in a collaborative learning environment to pursue a real project. Design Workshop
has taken teams of design professionals to more than 10 universities across the
United States engaging more than 1,600 students.
The Firm Award:
PWP Landscape Architecture
PWP Landscape Architecture will receive the Landscape Architecture Firm
Award, the highest award ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architecture firm in
recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession. Founded in 1983
by Peter Walker, PWP works globally on a variety of projects in urban design, planning,
and landscape design. Based in Berkeley, California, the firm has seven
partners and 35 employees. It has received more than 90 regional, national, and
international design awards including 35 national awards from ASLA. Notable
firm projects include the Tanner Fountain at Harvard University, Toyota
Municipal Museum at Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and the National 9/11 Memorial in
New York City.
Community ServiceAward: ASLA Potomac Chapter/ACE Mentor Program Legacy Project
The ASLA Potomac
Chapter/ACE Mentor Program Legacy Project will receive the Community Service Award. The
award recognizes an individual landscape architect, group of landscape
architects, landscape architecture firms, landscape architecture education
programs, or ASLA Chapters who have provided sustained, pro bono service to the
community demonstrating sound principles or values of landscape architecture. The ASLA Potomac Chapter partnered with the ACE Mentoring Program of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area Inc. (ACE DC) in the fall of 2009 to undertake the 2010 ASLA Legacy Project in conjunction with the ASLA National Convention in Washington, D.C. Over the course of 15 months, the
volunteers worked with Coolidge High School of Washington, D.C.,
the Calvin Coolidge High School Alumni Association, and the community to
prepare a campus beautification master plan and to design and build a greenhouse
garden and outdoor classroom.