The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced in early April the winners of its 2007 Professional Awards. With more than 500 entries to consider, the nine-member jury chaired by Christopher Dimond of multidisciplinary firm HNTB selected 37 recipients in five different categories.
The General Design Award of Excellence went to the Massachusetts-based firm Reed Hilderbrand for its design of the M. Victor and Frances Leventritt Garden at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The project integrates the diverse program of the university's arboretum, including scientific, curatorial, and educational demands. Citing the design's exquisite details, the jury called the garden “a project of love.”
“It was so satisfying to weave science and design together,” says firm principal Douglas Reed, “and to do so in ways that reconcile the arboretum's historical traditions with contemporary horticultural practices and display techniques.”
Honor awards in this category went to Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, Turenscape and the Peking University Graduate School of Landscape, Peter Walker and Partners, the National Park Service, Martha Schwartz Partners, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, Weiss/Manfredi, oslund.and.assoc., Design Workshop, Richard Burck Associates, and Kevin Robert Perry.
San Francisco–based Hargreaves Associates won the Award of Excellence in the Analysis and Planning category for its work on that city's Hunters Point Waterfront Park Project. Calling the analysis “some of the best computer-generated graphics we've ever seen,” the jury praised Hargreaves for its work in analyzing the decommissioned military base.
Atelier DYJG, DHM Design, EDAW, Sasaki Associates, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the University of Washington's Department of Landscape Architecture and the Open Space Seattle 2100 Coalition picked up honor awards in the analysis and planning category.
Other award categories included residential design, won by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture for the Elie Saab Residence; research, won by Kenneth Helphand for his book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime; and communications, won by TOPOS – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.
The awards will be presented on Oct. 8 at the ASLA's annual conference in San Francisco. For a list of all winners and more information on their work, go to www.asla.org/awards/2007/07winners.