Are you looking for top-notch landscape design? Check out this year’s ASLA winners

by Brianna Crandall — September 14, 2018 — Of interest to facilities managers (FMs) in need of top-notch design for their corporate, education or healthcare campus grounds, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a 15,000-member group dedicated to sustainability, green infrastructure and resilient development, recently announced the 25 winners of the ASLA 2018 Professional Awards.

Selected from 368 entries, the awards recognize the best of landscape architecture in the General Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, Research and Residential Design categories from the United States and around the world.

The following is a partial list of 2018 Professional Award winners in each category. Winning projects are designated as either an Honor Award or an Award of Excellence, which is the highest possible distinction.

General Design category

Award of Excellence
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Twenty Year Transformation, Brooklyn, NY, by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (Brooklyn) for Brooklyn Bridge Park
Twilight blue sky over Brooklyn Bridge showing buildings in background

The Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Twenty Year Transformation, Brooklyn, NY, won the Award of Excellence in the General Design category. Image courtesy ASLA

Honor Awards
  • Chicago Riverwalk | State Street to Franklin Street, Chicago, IL, by Sasaki (Watertown, MA) and Ross Barney Architects (Chicago) for the Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, by LEES+Associates (Vancouver, BC, Canada) for the City of Iqaluit
  • Legacy and Community: Juxtaposing Heritage and Invention for Duke University’s West Campus, Durham, NC, by Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture (Cambridge, MA) for Duke University
  • Longwood Gardens Main Fountain Garden, Kennett Square, PA, by West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (Rotterdam, Netherlands) for Longwood Gardens Inc.
  • Re-Envisioning Pulaski Park, Northampton, MA, by STIMSON (Cambridge, MA) for the City of Northampton
  • Tippet Rise Art Center, Fishtail, MT, by Oehme, van Sweden | OvS (Washington, DC) for Tippet Rise Art Center
  • Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, Santa Monica, CA, by James Corner Field Operations LLC (New York, NY) for the City of Santa Monica
  • Walker Art Center Wurtele Upper Garden, Minneapolis, MN, by Inside | Outside + HGA (Minneapolis) for the Walker Art Center

Analysis and Planning

Award of Excellence
  • A Colorado Legacy: I-25 Conservation Corridor Master Plan, Douglas County, CO, by Design Workshop (Aspen, CO) for The Conservation Fund


Award of Excellence
  • 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, by Landscape Architecture Section, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University


(Award of Excellence not listed)

Residential Design

Award of Excellence
  • Balcones Residence, Austin, TX, by Word + Carr Design Group (formerly known as Mark Word Design) (Austin)

The Landmark Award recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located.

The Landmark Award

  • From Weapons to Wildlife: The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan (Douglas County, CO), by Design Workshop Inc. (Denver, CO)

The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia on October 22.

The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available for free download  .

The complete list of the ASLA 2018 Professional Awards, in addition to award criteria, project information and images, is available on the ASLA website.