ASLA Announces 2012 Professional Awards

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2012 Professional Awards. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world. High-resolution images and full project information can be viewed online.

ASLA will present 37 awards to professional landscape architects and their firms, selected from more than 620 entries in the categories of General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, and Research. In addition, The Landmark Award recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes to the public realm of its community.

This year, the professional awards jury included: José Almiñana, FASLA, Chair; Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA; Gail Brinkmann, ASLA; Kathryn L. Gleason, FASLA; Mikyoung Kim, ASLA; Tom Leader, ASLA; Thomas R. Oslund, FASLA; and Jim Schuessler, ASLA.

The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. September’s LAM will also be featured on the endcap of the magazine section in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning September 14. Winners will be announced at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Phoenix on Monday, October 1.

The winners of the ASLA 2012 Professional Awards are:

General Design Category

Award of Excellence (see image at top)
A Green Sponge for a Water-Resilient City: Qunli Stormwater Park, Haerbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China
By Turenscape and Peking University

Project statement: “Contemporary cities are not resilient when faced with inundations of surface water. Landscape architecture can play a key role in addressing this problem. This project demonstrates how a stormwater park acts as a green sponge, cleansing and storing urban stormwater, and can be integrated with other ecosystem services, including the protection of native habitats, aquifer recharge, recreational use, and aesthetic experience, in all these ways fostering urban development.”

Honor Award
Canada’s Sugar Beach, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
By Claude Cormier + Associés, Inc.

Lafayette Greens: Urban Agriculture, Urban Fabric, Urban Sustainability, Detroit
By Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture

Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden, Songjiang District, Shanghai, China
By THUPDI and Tsinghua University

Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus – New Academic Complex, Mesa, Ariz.
By Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.

200 5th Avenue, New York
By Landworks Studio, Inc.

Powell Street Promenade, San Francisco
By Hood Design

Tudela-Culip (Club Med) Restoration Project in ‘Cap de Creus’ Cape, Cadaqués, Catalonia, Spain
By EMF Landscape Architecture and Ardevols Associates Consultants

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Orange, Texas
By Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects, in association with William T. Arterburn, ASLA, and MESA

Winnipeg Skating Shelters, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
By Patkau Architects Inc.

National 9/11 Memorial, New York
By PWP Landscape Architecture

Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
By The Office of James Burnett

Residential Design Category


Award of Excellence

Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments, San Francisco
By Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Project statement: “The Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments provide a dignified home for formerly homeless residents with 120 fully-equipped studios and supportive services, including counseling, medical care, job-training, and employment opportunities.  The landscape design encompasses a streetscape, a central courtyard, and a roof deck – all fully-accessible with custom furnishings. The project uses local materials and offers a multi-faceted stormwater management with permeable paving over a gravel infiltration system, rain gardens, and a green roof.”

Honor Awards
Quaker Smith Point Residence, Shelburne, Vt.
By H. Keith Wagner Partnership

Quattro by Sansiri, Bangkok, Thailand
By TROP Company Limited

New-Century Garden: A Garden of Water and Light, Palm Springs, Calif.
By Steve Martino and Associates

Malinalco Private Residence, Malinalco, State of Mexico, Mexico
By Mario Schjetnan / Grupo De Diseño Urbano

Maple Hill Residence, Westwood, Mass.
By Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects

Reordering Old Quarry, Guilford, Conn.
By Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Urban Spring, San Francisco
By Bionic

Analysis & Planning Category


Award of Excellence

The One Ohio State Framework Plan, Columbus, Ohio
By Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Project statement: “The One Ohio State Framework Plan redefines the role of planning at one of the largest universities in the country. In response to increasingly complex challenges — a sustainability imperative, reduced access to capital,  and a driving vision centered on increased collaboration — it provides a unique combination of principles, scenarios and innovative software tools that allow the university to agilely adapt to changing circumstances while always moving towards a long-term vision of campus and community.”

Honor Awards
Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan, New York
By West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, P.C.

Wusong Riverfront: Landscape Infrastructure Pilot Project, Huaqiao, Kunshan City, Jingsu Province, China
By SWA Group

Core Area of Lotus Lake National Wetland Park Landscape Planning, Tieling City, Liaoning Province, China
By Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute

Coastal Roulette: Planning Resilient Communities for Galveston Bay, Galveston Bay, Texas
By SWA Group

Nanhu: Farm Town in the Big City, Jiaxing, China
By SWA Group

A Strategic Master Plan for the Dead Sea, Dead Sea, Jordan
By Sasaki Associates, Inc.

SW Montgomery Green Street: Connecting the West Hills to the Willamette River, Portland, Ore.
By Nevue Ngan Associates

Red Mountain / Green Ribbon: Linking Across Birmingham’s Great Divide, Birmingham, Ala.
By WRT

Communications Category


Award of Excellence

Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design
By Bradley Cantrell, ASLA, and Wes Michaels, ASLA
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Project statement: “Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture is a book about bridging analog and digital landscape representation techniques. Digital landscape representation relies heavily on the past, and we attempt to tie past and present together. The book is intended to highlight examples, explain techniques, and provide context for how we use digital media as designers and landscape architects.”

Honor Awards
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
By Sharon Gamson Danks, ASLA, Bay Tree Design, Inc.
Publisher: New Village Press

Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA
By SWA Group
Publisher: Birkhauser Architecture

Landscape Urbanism Website and Journal
By Sarah Peck, ASLA

What’s Out There
By The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Research Category

Honor Awards
Arizona Department of Transportation Ironwood Tree Salvage and Saguaro Transplant Survivability Studies
By Logan Simpson Design Inc. and Arizona Department of Transportation

Productive Neighborhoods: A Case Study Based Exploration of Seattle Urban Agriculture Projects
By Berger Partnership

The Landmark Award


Village of Yorkville Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
By Ken Smith Landscape Architect and Schwartz Smith Meyer Landscape Architects, Inc.

Project statement: “The Village of Yorkville Park has become a local landmark. While small in size, the park has played an important role in the revitalization of the neighborhood since its completion in 1994. Recently, the park underwent some restoration work, but its original design integrity as a distillation of regional ecology, along with its role as a neighborhood connection point, remain as strong as ever.”

Explore all the ASLA 2012 Professional Award winners.

Image credits: (1) ASLA 2012 Professional General Design Award of Excellence. A Green Sponge for a Water-Resilient City: Qunli Stormwater Park, Haerbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. Turenscape and Peking University, Beijing / Yu Kongjian, (2) ASLA 2012 Professional Residential Award of Excellence. Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments, San Francisco. Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco / Bruce Damont, (3) ASLA 2012 Professional Analysis and Planning Award of Excellence. The One Ohio State Framework Plan, Columbus, OH. Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, MA / Sasaki Associates, (4) ASLA 2012 Communications Award of Excellence. Digital Drawing for Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Techniques and Tools for Digital Representation in Site Design. Bradley Cantrell, ASLA and Wes Michaels, ASLA. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (5)ASLA Landmark Award. Village of Yorkville Park, Toronto. Ken Smith Landscape Architect, New York City, Landscape Architect of Record: Schwartz Smith Meyer Landscape Architects, Inc. / Peter Mauss/ESTO.

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