Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 — ASLA has announced the selection of 20 members for induction into its distinguished Council of Fellows, among the highest honors the Society may confer upon a member.
Members of the ASLA Council of Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary work, leadership, knowledge, and service to the profession over a sustained period of time. The Fellows-elect were formally inducted into the Council on Saturday evening, October 4, 2008, during the ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Thereafter, they may use the suffix “FASLA” after their names, denoting recognition of their achievements by their peers.
New ASLA Fellows-elect include:
Thomas B. Bauer, ASLA, a principal with Melillo and Bauer Associates in Manasquan, New Jersey, who was nominated by the New Jersey ASLA Chapter for his dedication to raising public awareness and understanding of the profession of landscape architecture. He is a founding member of the New Jersey Coalition of Design Professionals, an organization dedicated to fostering cooperation and communication between all the design disciplines that has strengthened the legal status of landscape architects in the state. He has contributed his design services to a variety of community improvement projects in the Borough of Manasquan, including leading a team of students and professionals in establishing the Jackson Woods Park in Long Branch. He produced, wrote, and starred in the Telly Award-winning educational film Putting a New Spin on the Earth, which has aired on PBS Television and been used in schools nationwide. He earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the Pennsylvania State University in 1976.
John Alden Bentley, ASLA, a principal with Bentley Koepke Inc. in Cincinnati, who was nominated by the Ohio ASLA Chapter in recognition of his accomplishments throughout his 44-year career. For 32 years, he has provided landscape architecture expertise to the Village of Indian Hill, a planned rural community in Ohio, including producing its far-reaching Green Areas Study. His many other contributions to significant design projects include work on La Ronde, the amusement area for the 1967 World Exposition in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; the formal garden for the Procter & Gamble World Headquarters; the green roof of the Zimmer Auditorium at the University of Cincinnati; and the master plan to transform a retired gravel pit near Indian Hill into the Grand Valley nature preserve. He earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the Pennsylvania State University in 1962 and his master of arts in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan in 1964.
Jeff Caster, ASLA, state transportation landscape architect for the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) in Tallahassee, Florida, was nominated by the Florida ASLA Chapter for his commitment to preserving natural resources and scenic beauty throughout the state. He has worked to transform nearly 186,000 acres of managed right-of-way back to its natural beauty. He also authored the state’s Highway Beautification, Landscape, and Plan Review Procedure, defining the roles of district landscape architects for the Florida DOT. Further, he has created and conducted training procedures across the state to help consultant landscape architects hired for highway beautification projects understand the department’s bureaucracy, design standards, and plan preparation requirements. He earned a bachelor of science in community development from Purdue University in 1977, a bachelor of science in landscape design from Florida A&M University in 1990, and a master of landscape architecture degree from Cornell University in 1993.
Craig C. Coronato, ASLA, senior associate and design practice group leader with EDAW Inc. in Denver, was nominated by the Colorado ASLA Chapter for his leadership in advocating legislation that restored licensure for landscape architects in Colorado for the first time since 1976. He organized and cochaired the nonprofit Colorado Council of Landscape Architects to represent the profession on this issue statewide. The legislation was passed in 2007, making Colorado the 49th state to license landscape architects. He is a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the legislative committee of the Green Industries of Colorado, and the Urban Land Institute. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Syracuse University in 1982, a certificate in golf course design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1988, and his MBA from Long Island University in 1994.
John F. (Jack) Crowley III, ASLA, professor and former dean with the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia, and founder and president of Urbantech in Athens, Georgia, was nominated by the Georgia ASLA Chapter for his overall impact on the profession of landscape architecture. His leadership at the university from 1996 to 2006 reinvigorated and expanded its design-related academic programs, including the landscape architecture program, and emphasized student immersion in real-world experiences. He has evaluated programs at other universities for the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board and is currently promoting urban design and development in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a visionary plan that he first created for the downtown almost 30 years ago is now being implemented. He earned his bachelor of arts in history/art history in 1970, his master of regional and city planning degree in 1973, and his doctorate in urban geography (hydrology) in 1976, all from the University of Oklahoma.
Harry L. Dodson, ASLA, founder and president of Dodson Associates Ltd. in Ashfield, Massachusetts, was nominated by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for his promotion of sustainable development patterns that conserve open space, preserve the environment, and foster compact, dynamic communities. A champion of Smart Growth and New Urbanist ideals, he has developed plans for the revitalization of small towns and villages, as well as major metropolitan centers. Through his work with the Franklin Land Trust, which he founded in 1986, he has helped to save more than 14,000 acres of prime farmland, forests, and environmentally sensitive areas in Massachusetts. As a writer, he is well known for his contributions to Dealing with Change in the Connecticut Valley and Rural by Design, among other works. He earned his bachelor of arts in history and literature from Harvard College in 1974 and his master of landscape architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1980.
Mark Allen Focht, ASLA, executive director of the Fairmount Park Commission in Philadelphia, was nominated by the Pennsylvania/Delaware ASLA Chapter for his efforts overseeing one of the nation’s largest public park systems, for his service to other local park and conservancy organizations, and for his support of higher education landscape architecture programs as a teacher and adviser. Fairmount Park encompasses 63 parks with 92,000 acres requiring 210 staff members under Focht’s direction. Before joining the commission, he was influential in Philadelphia streetscape improvements as the director of capital projects for the Center City District and was a landscape architect with the firm of Wallace, Roberts & Todd. He has been an adjunct professor at Temple University since 1989 and an adviser to Philadelphia University and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. He earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and his master of landscape architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1985.
J. Barry Frankenfield, ASLA, design and development administrator for the City of Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, was nominated by the Virginia ASLA Chapter for his importance to the advancement and expansion of the landscape architecture profession. As the first landscape architect to work for the city, Frankenfield has worked on oceanfront and streetscape improvements since the 1980s. He also advocated a change in city policy allowing landscape architects to serve as the prime consultants on projects. His influence has led to the establishment of city staff positions for other landscape architects and to a growing appreciation in the region for the conservation of environmental resources, the preservation of open space, and the implementation of sustainability programs. He earned a design certificate in landscape architecture from The George Washington University in 1982 and a master of arts in landscape design from the Conway School of Design in 1983.
Charlotte M. Frieze, ASLA, former garden editor for House & Garden magazine (1998-2007) in New York City was nominated by the New York ASLA Chapter for raising the profile of the landscape architecture profession through her writing, editing, teaching, lecturing, and other activities. Having previously worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects and several other firms, she was the first landscape architect to become garden editor of a major magazine and positioned the profession as a critical ingredient of the way outdoor spaces are viewed and designed. She also has taught landscape architecture at the New York School of Interior Design, developed symposia to inform the wider public about the importance of the profession, edited the book The New Garden Paradise, written for magazines including Town & Country, New England Monthly, Connoisseur, and Architectural Record, and written such books as Social Gardens and the three-volume Zone Garden series. She earned her bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the City College of New York in 1984.
Faye B. Harwell, ASLA, a cofounder of Rhodeside & Harwell Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia, was nominated by the Potomac ASLA Chapter for her leadership in protecting America’s cultural landscape legacy and in creating sustainable, vibrant places for contemporary use. Her role in project design has resulted in the incorporation of ecology as a baseline of her firm’s body of work. Through more than a decade of work with the U.S. Department of State, she established sustainable practices for embassy landscapes that are now requirements, and her firm was recognized with the first State Department Excellence in Sustainable Design Award. As the designer of the George Mason Memorial Garden, she is one of only three women in history to be the lead designer of a memorial on the National Mall. She earned her bachelor of arts in the history of art from Cornell University in 1967 and her master of landscape architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.
Ronald M. Herman, ASLA, principal of Ron Herman Landscape Architect Inc. in San Leandro, California, was nominated by the Northern California ASLA Chapter for the impact his residential design work has had on more than 400 private gardens since the late 1960s and for teaching and mentoring some of the most successful landscape designers working today. As the designer of the highly influential Ellison Residence courtyard in San Francisco, he is recognized as a leading expert on Japanese gardens and has been a major force in integrating that tradition into the modern American garden. He was a visiting lecturer and design studio teacher for the University of California, Berkeley, for 20 years, and is the coauthor of A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto and the author of the forthcoming The Landscape Architecture of Ron Herman. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the University of California in 1964 and was a graduate research fellow at the University of Kyoto, Japan, from 1966 to 1968.
Harlow C. Landphair, ASLA, a retired professor of landscape architecture with Texas A&M University and resident of Aransas Pass, Texas, was nominated by the Texas ASLA Chapter for advancing the profession’s knowledge of construction technology and stormwater quality and management through his teaching, writing, and research. Since the early 1970s, first at Mississippi State University and later at Texas A&M, he has advocated the importance of expanding and communicating the technology knowledge base of landscape architecture practice. His efforts include the development of a nationally recognized laboratory facility and testing protocols for erosion prevention and sedimentation control products and work on related manuals and training materials for several state transportation departments. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the University of Florida in 1963, his master of extension education in agronomy from Mississippi State University in 1974, and his doctor of environmental design degree from Texas A&M in 1977.
Douglas L. Mann, ASLA, a vice president with HNTB Corporation in Plano, Texas, was nominated by the Texas ASLA Chapter for demonstrating the influence of landscape architecture on the regeneration of cities through his planning and design of major public facilities. He has led the profession in pioneering the use of context-sensitive solutions (CSS) in transportation projects beginning with the Papago Freeway project in Phoenix, through his frequent speaking engagements on CSS, and through his training efforts with the Missouri and Michigan Departments of Transportation. As a member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, he has served as a facilitator, educator, and mentor to many departments of transportation, universities, and professional organizations throughout the country. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Kansas State University in 1985.
Samuel T. Melillo, ASLA, a principal with Melillo & Bauer Associates Inc. in Manasquan, New Jersey, was nominated by the New Jersey ASLA Chapter for his work in developing environmentally responsible community design solutions and for his advocacy of the involvement of landscape architects in municipal development throughout the state. As principal-in-charge of the largest landscape architecture practice in New Jersey, he has been a champion of sustainable design through creative stormwater management, for master plans for mixed-use and residential communities, for institutional and commercial projects, for brownfield and oceanfront reclamation and redevelopment, and for green roofs. He was a leader in drafting a comprehensive landscape ordinance delineating requirements for drainage basin reforestation, open spaces, and greenbelt connections in new communities. He earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from Rutgers University in 1968 and his master of landscape architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1970.
Randall K. Metz, ASLA, vice president/principal in charge of design for Grissim Metz Andriese Associates Inc. in Northville, Michigan, was nominated by the Michigan ASLA Chapter for setting new standards of design excellence that continue to inspire people in their everyday lives. He is known for his innovative use of materials, architecturally responsive design solutions, and sensitivity to design detailing in a wide range of education, corporate, retail, health care, and master planning/cultural projects. Through such recent efforts as the Greenfield Village Restoration Project at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, the Mall at Millennia in Orlando, Florida, the Debra Saber-Salisbury Memorial Garden & Pediatric Garden for the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and other projects throughout his career, he has followed a philosophy that seeks to integrate buildings with their sites. He earned his bachelors in landscape architecture degree from Michigan State University in 1977.
Edwin R. Mickelson, ASLA, a principal and design leader with NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio, was nominated by the Ohio ASLA Chapter for his lifetime achievements in design across a breadth of markets and geographies. He has led many award-winning projects including university medical centers, campus master planning, and historic landmarks, as well as a variety of projects in Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and China, including the recent Changfeng District Master Plan in Shanghai. Prior to joining NBBJ in 1997, he worked collaboratively within large architecture practices and with allied design disciplines at Cannon Design and Hansen Lind Meyer. He is active as a guest instructor and critic for design classes at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, where he coordinates an NBBJ landscape architecture co-op program. He earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture from Iowa State University in 1977.
David F. Milligan, ASLA, support services division manager with the Charlotte County Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Department, in Port Charlotte, Florida, was nominated by the Florida ASLA Chapter for more than two decades of service to the profession promoting licensure for landscape architects. His volunteer efforts with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards have focused on examinations for professional licensure used in 47 states and two Canadian provinces. It is estimated that he has had a hand in the licensing outcomes of more than 15,000 candidates through his key contributions to the review and preparation of the Uniform National Exam and the subsequent Landscape Architectural Registration Exam. He is an exam consultant to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 1975.
Nathan H. Perkins, ASLA, an associate professor and undergraduate coordinator for landscape architecture at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, was nominated by the ASLA Council of Fellows Executive Committee for his work as an educator and research professional. Throughout his career, he has taught more than 20 different courses to more than 500 undergraduate students, advised more than 50 graduate students, and served on more than 30 interdisciplinary graduate student committees. He is widely published in the areas of simulation and visualization, human health and natural environments, and children and nature. He served as a regional director of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture for five years and as a member of its executive board. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture degree in 1985 and his master of landscape architecture degree in 1987, both from the University of Illinois, and his doctorate from the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin in 1990.
Colgate M. Searle Jr., ASLA, professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and principal with Searle and Searle in Providence, Rhode Island, was nominated by the Rhode Island ASLA Chapter for his long-term, continuous commitment to the profession through teaching and community-based design projects. He has taught for more than 30 years in the landscape architecture program at RISD and is well known for involving students and faculty in numerous projects and studies to help guide the region in stewardship of the land and water. The current project, One River Project, focuses on riverside development in the Blackstone Valley watershed. He earned his bachelor of fine arts in environmental design in 1970 and his bachelor of landscape architecture degree in 1971, both from RISD, and his master of landscape architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1975.
Thomas R. Tavella, ASLA, vice president of BSC Group Inc. in Glastonbury, Connecticut, was nominated by the Connecticut ASLA Chapter for his sustained leadership of the profession in government affairs advocacy at the state and national levels. He was instrumental in fostering the Connecticut licensing law’s upgrade from a title act to a practice act. In addition, he is LEED certified and for more than 20 years has managed a diverse portfolio of award-winning and sustainable projects throughout the United States. He is active in education, shepherding the University of Connecticut landscape architecture program’s accreditation and creating a scholarship fund for Connecticut residents to study landscape architecture. He shares his knowledgeby teaching at the New York Botanical Gardens and Southern Connecticut State University, lecturing at the landscape architecture programs of the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts, and introducing the profession to K-12 students at local schools. He earned his bachelor of science in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts in 1985.