ASLA Announces Honors Recipients

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the list of 2021 Honors recipients, which includes the induction of five honorary members.

Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest recognition ASLA awards each year. Honorary membership is among the greatest honors for non-landscape architecture professionals in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 245 honorary members.

This year also marks a milestone for ASLA as the society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ASLA Medal. The first ASLA Medal in history was presented to landscape architecture legend, Hideo Sasaki (1919-2000) during award ceremonies in 1971.

“In the past 50 years we’ve honored some of the nation’s best and brightest landscape architects,” says ASLA CEO Torey Carter-Conneen, “We’ve recognized them for their ingenuity, creativity, and brilliance in making the world a healthier, greener place to live.”

ASLA Honors will be presented at ASLA’s annual President’s Dinner in November during the 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Tenn. Additional information about the 2021 Honors Recipients, as well as previous ASLA Honorees, is available on the ASLA Honors webpage.

2021 ASLA Honors Recipients

The ASLA Medal: Darwina Neal, FASLA
The ASLA Design Medal: Thomas Oslund, FASLA
Community Service Award—Individual: Ernie (Ernest) Wong, FASLA
The LaGasse Medal—Landscape Architect Professional: Barrett Kays, FASLA
The Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal: Lolly Tai, FASLA
The Landscape Architecture Firm Award: STIMSON
The Medal of Excellence: Potomac Chapter ASLA Advocacy Committee
The Olmsted Medal: NYC Playgrounds Program
Emerging Professional Medal: Magdalena Aravena, ASLA

2021 ASLA Honorary Members

Rep. Peter Defazio, Hon. ASLA
Vicki Phillipy, Hon. ASLA
Christina Smith, Hon. ASLA
Heather Whitlow, Hon. ASLA
Rhea Williams, Hon. ASLA

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