The Landscape Architecture Firm Award: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Sasaki Associates, Inc., with offices in Watertown, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California, will receive the 2007 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award. While Sasaki has evolved over the past 50 years into an interdisciplinary firm of tremendous breadth and scope, it is still firmly rooted in and inspired by a landscape architecture legacy begun by Hideo Sasaki, FASLA, in 1953. Remarkably prescient for his day, Sasaki not only foresaw collaboration among design disciplines but was also an early advocate of environmental responsibility, introducing in the late 1950s at Sea Pines Plantation in South Carolina a non-invasive design that restored the coastal site’s damaged ecosystem. Later projects like the John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, Greenacre Park in New York, and Charleston Waterfront Park remain some of the most renowned landscapes in the United States, and the firm's penchant for elegant, timeless design can be seen in current work, from the master plan of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Green to waterfront and campus projects in American cities and throughout the world. To date, the firm has won more than 400 awards. Sasaki maintains the rich design legacy set by its founder and is admired not only by the landscape architecture profession, but the design and construction industry at large.