BATON ROUGE, LA. (KALB News Channel 5) LSU students, faculty, alumni receive prestigious ASLA National awards.
LSU and the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture will be well represented at the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston on November 18. A mix of LSU faculty, students and alumni will be presented with eight 2013 ASLA Professional and Student Awards.
The 2013 award winners were officially announced on October 1. The Professional and Student Awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the United States and around the world. Full project information can be viewed at www.asla.org/2013awards.
ASLA 2013 Student Award winners representing LSU include:
Doyle, who received an Honor Award in Analysis & Planning. Doyle, a
fifth-year undergraduate landscape architecture student at LSU, received
an Honor Award in the analysis & planning category for his project,
"Longhorn: In Defense of Change." His faculty advisors for this project
were associate professor Lake Douglas and recently retired professor Van
Cox. Located on the banks of Caddo Lake in northeast Texas, approximately
four miles west of the Louisiana-Texas border and 25 miles northeast of
Shreveport, La., Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant is an 8,493-acre World War
II–era munitions production facility that was established in 1942. Doyle
described "Longhorn: In Defense of Change" in his project statement as "a
response to the existence of an alarming number of contaminated Department
of Defense sites within the United States." His project seeks to provide
an alternative to traditional remediation methods commonly utilized by the
federal system. Visit www.asla.org/2013studentawards/461.html
for more information about Doyle's winning project.
graduate students Matt Siebert and Eric Roy, who received Honor Awards in
Student Collaboration. Seibert, a landscape architecture graduate student,
and Roy, a coastal sciences student with a background in engineering who
is in the final year of a Ph.D. program, received Honor Awards in the
student collaboration category for their project, "Metabolic Change:
Coastal Patterns of Human Settlement and Material Flow."
The faculty advisors of Seibert and Roy included associate professor and director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Bradley Cantrell and Kristi Dykema Cheramie, associate professor of landscape architecture; Jeff Carney, associate professor of architecture and director of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio; and John White of the LSU School of Energy, Coast & Environment. "Metabolic Change" investigates a coastal region experiencing population growth largely driven by environmental change as a burgeoning superorganism consuming, transforming and expelling materials. The regional analysis and plan focuses on this superorganism's metabolism of phosphorus, a finite resource essential to agricultural productivity and responsible for widespread aquatic pollution. The project integrates an analysis of phosphorus cycling grounded in systems ecology and engineering with a landscape architecture perspective on form to envision sustainable futures of an agrarian urbanism. Visit www.asla.org/2013studentawards/344.html for more information about this project.
2013 ASLA Professional Award winners with LSU ties include:
Professor Lake Douglas, who received an Honor Award in Communications.
Douglas, an associate professor of landscape architecture and associate
dean of research & development at the LSU College of Art & Design,
received an Honor Award for his book, "Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A
History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans," published by LSU Press in
2011. The book uses multiple sources, many of which have never been
published, to explore the public and private landscapes of the city of New
Orleans and the people who shaped them. The book has also received a
Kempler and Leila Williams Prize for Louisiana History from the Louisiana
Historical Association in 2011 and an Honor Award from the Louisiana
Chapter of ASLA in 2012.The 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury called
Douglas's book, "A wonderful book by an author who immersed himself in the
topic and presented it so well. Beautifully written."
Reed Hilderbrand LLC, who received an Honor Award in Residential Design and Award of Excellence in Communications. Hilderbrand, a firm based in Watertown, Mass., received an Honor Award for its project, "Recovered Modernism: A Landscape Matrix Enriches a Dallas Hacienda." LSU alumni Douglas Reed, who received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1978, was one of four lead designers on the design and construction team for the project. The project was to recover, order, and make accessible a sustainable environment for domestic life at the Greenlee House, a 1981 Edward Larrabee Barnes house located in Dallas, Texas. "It's beautiful the way the contrast celebrates both the natural and controlled spaces. The juxtaposition of clean lines with the landscape provides resolution between what's manipulated and what's not," stated the 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury.
Reed Hilderbrand also received an Award of Excellence in the communications category for its book, "Visible | Invisible: Landscape Works of Reed Hilderbrand," published by Metropolis Books in January 2013. "Visible | Invisible" explores the preoccupations, influences, themes and challenges that shape how the principals and designers at Reed Hilderbrand reflect on their work. "This is so much more than a firm monograph. There is intellectual rigor to this, and yet, it's so beautiful at the same time. The resolution of the incredible photographs and drawings allows you to study the details. Every firm should have this book. It's a model for how to record your work for posterity," stated the 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury.
Design Workshop Inc., received an Award of Excellence in Analysis &
Planning The Design Workshop, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, and Aspen,
Colo., received an Award of Excellence for their New Orleans project,
"Lafitte Greenway & Re Revitalization Corridor: Linking New Orleans
Neighborhoods." LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni
Kurt Culbertson, who received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
degree in 1976, was the lead designer and landscape architect for the
project. The Lafitte Greenway is one of the first revitalization projects
undertaken in New Orleans since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in
2005. The landscape architect led a multi-disciplinary effort to transform
an old industrial rail corridor into a 3.1-mile linear greenway, a
multi-modal transportation corridor linking residents to the heart of the
Emeritus Suzanne Turner, who received an Honor Award in
Communications. Turner, of Suzanne Turner Associates, received an
Honor Award for her book, "The Garden Diary of Martha Turnbull, Mistress
of Rosedown Plantation," published by LSU Press in 2012. Turner taught at
LSU for 21 years. She served as interim associate dean of academics for
the LSU College of Art & Design for two years prior to her retirement
in 1999. She returned to LSU in August of 1999 as professor emeritus and
again, 2002–03, to serve as interim director of the Robert Reich School of
Landscape Architecture. In 2000, the Suzanne L. Turner Professorship in
the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture was established in her
Partners Inc., which received an Honor Award in Research. A landscape
architecture firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hawkins Partners received
an Honor Award for their Green Infrastructure Master Plan, developed in
response to the requirement for Nashville to analyze and provide estimated
impacts for the reduction to the 765.2 million gallons of combined sewer
overflow, or CSO, discharged to the Cumberland River each year through
green infrastructure strategies. When completed, Nashville was one of only
a handful of cities in the country with a comprehensive plan and has
served as a model for similar CSO cities across the U.S. LSU alumni Kim
Hawkins and Gary Hawkins, founding principals of Hawkins Partners, both
received Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at LSU in 1982. Kim Hawkins
contributed to the Green Infrastructure Master Plan.
The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine featuring the winning projects is available online for free viewing. October's edition will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14.