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2019 Award Winners

The 35th annual awards banquet of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was held March 8th at the Goodwood Main Library in Baton Rouge. Fourteen projects located throughout the Gulf Coast states and designed by Louisiana firms and LSU Students were honored. Award categories include General Design, Built and Unbuilt; Residential Design, Comprehensive and Limited Scope; Analysis and Planning; Communications; and Special Recognition, Student Work.


The President’s Award of Excellence was awarded to Design Workshop and Reich Associates in the General Design (Built) Category for The Downtown Greenway in Baton Rouge, LA.

Project Statement: Downtown Baton Rouge is experiencing a renaissance, with new businesses renovating existing buildings, creating many new options for eating and entertainment, as well as new residential developments and growth in the workforce that have all strengthened and evolved the downtown core. The Downtown Greenway is a 2.75 mile phased trail system of bicycle and pedestrian paths connecting historic and inner city neighborhoods to seven existing public parks and attractions of Downtown Baton Rouge. The first section of the Downtown Greenway has extended the historic North Boulevard median as a desirable pedestrian and biking corridor from Interstate 110 overpass to the North Boulevard Town Square. It features separate bicycle and pedestrian paths, median crossings, seating areas, ADA accessible ramps, lighting, workout areas, bike racks and repair stations in a lush garden setting amid the active urban environment.


Reed Hilderbrand and Reich Associates were awarded the General Design (Built) Honor Award for City Hall Plaza in Baton Rouge.

Project Statement: The redesign of City Hall Plaza is the most recently completed component of the downtown Baton Rouge ‘Central Green’, intended to be a unified system of greenspaces connecting downtown civic and cultural attractions. With its central location in the heart of the urban core, City Hall Plaza has successfully linked Galvez Plaza, Repentance Park, the Old State Capitol, North Boulevard Town Square, River Center and City Hall. For years, this shared space adjacent to City Hall and the River Center was a somewhat harsh environment of large paved surfaces with little to no shade and rigid planters that prohibited accessibility and deterred a smooth, intuitive flow through the space. Intense collaboration and communication between Clients, Contractors and members of the Design Team was vital in dealing with challenging and complex existing site conditions and realizing the construction of a successful project. The revitalization of City Hall Plaza has strengthened the growing network of greenspaces in downtown Baton Rouge with more usable and accessible greenspace that provides users with ease of mobility and an inviting destination to attend events or linger and people watch.


Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects. General Design (Built) Merit Award. Lamar Advertising Headquarters. Baton Rouge, LA.


Reich Associates. General Design (Built) Merit Award and USGBC Excellence Award. Lee Magnet High School. Baton Rouge, LA.


CARBO Landscape Architecture. General Design (Unbuilt) Honor Award and USGBC Sustainability Honorable Mention. The Mirabeau Gardens Phase 1 Master Plan. New Orleans, LA.


CARBO Landscape Architecture. Residential Design (Comprehensive Scope) Honor Award. Hill Country Village Residence. San Antonio, TX.

Project Statement: This residence is located just northwest of downtown San Antonio, Texas, in an unincorporated rural area known as Hill Country Village. Defined predominantly by larger rural residential parcels, Hill Country Village is home to many who work in urban San Antonio, and is an escape to more rural Texas landscapes. Our client purchased this home shortly after its initial construction by previous owners. Our planning and construction efforts occurred over two and a half years. Our planning goal for the residence was to amplify and exaggerate all things natural and native. Preservation zones for wildlife with walking trails, use of mostly natives, and artful subtle interventions, so as to not distract from what is significant in realizing our ambitions for the client – a retreat to the simple pleasures of nature.


Rene Fransen Landscape Architects. Residential Design (Comprehensive Scope) Merit Award. Studer Residence. Pensacola, FL.


CARBO Landscape Architecture. Residential Design (Limited Scope) Honor Award. Cane River Residence, Fern Glade. Natchitoches Parish, LA.

Project Statement: Time and patience created this tranquil and serene garden over the last 20 years. As part of a larger residential garden Master Plan in the early 1990’s, this garden was executed incrementally as resources and desired natural conditions allowed. The powerful use of mass plantings within more detailed garden destinations, that also function as “working” landscapes, make this a memorable place. This garden artfully serves as water retention and detention for the highly developed garden on 8 acres of this residence’s upper terrace. All garden site stormwater is collected here, stored and filtered, before ultimately discharging into the Cane River. Cane River is being suppressed by development along its edges, where sedimentation and fertilizers are creating unhealthy environments for beneficial water quality. Our goal was to create a precedent for others to follow so that development practices in the future might change to ensure a healthy river environment for all.


Joseph Furr Design Studio. Analysis and Planning Honor Award. Electric Depot Adaptive Reuse Master Plan. Baton Rouge, LA.

Project Statement: One site - a Catalyst for Growth turned to Brownfield now a Catalyst for Re-development. Originally constructed in the early 1900’s, the Baton Rouge Electric Company power plant was constructed to expand power production for the latest technology of the time - the electric home. At the time and throughout the early 20th Century this was catalytic in the explosive growth of the City of Baton Rouge as it provided the energy for a growing community. The Plan for Electric Depot provides vision for this site, abandoned for decades, and fosters re-growth potential. Repurposing of this now abandoned Brownfield site, located in an economically challenged neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown Baton Rouge, this adaptive re-use plan combines public, private, economic, environmental, historic, architectural and landscape architectural expertise and collaboration to insure that the project becomes the second catalytic influence on the Cityscape. By adapting existing buildings, repurposing existing on site material, increasing the footprint for greenspace, water management and outdoor uses, the Master Plan provides for three mixed use blocks including entertainment, retail and mixed rate housing and has already started the reclamation of this important downtown neighborhood.


Dana Brown & Associates. Analysis and Planning Merit Award. New Orleans River Front Master Plan. New Orleans, LA.


CARBO Landscape Architecture and Suzanne Turner Associates. Analysis and Planning Merit Award. Bienville Square Park Master Plan. Mobile, AL.


CARBO Landscape Architecture and Suzanne Turner Associates. Communications Honor Award. The Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail. 14 Parish Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.

Project Statement:Established in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA) stretches across 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana. It is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the U.S. and is home to the widely recognized Cajun culture as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent. The Water Heritage Trail was established as a self-guided driving trail for the purpose of illustrating how water became and remains a distinctive influence on life and landscapes of the 14-parish ANHA.


Hayden Hammons, Taylor Jacobsen, Nguyet Nguyen, Betsy Peterson, Tanvi Shah, Xi Stich, Andrew Wright; LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture (MLA.) Faculty Advisor Brendan Harmon, PhD. The Hungry River. Amite River, LA.

Project Statement: The Hungry River brings awareness to the often-overlooked impacts of improper sand and gravel mining practices along waterbodies across the United States, focusing on a section of the Amite River in southeastern Louisiana pockmarked with over 15,000 acres of mines. The timeliness of this project is significant, as influential academic, governmental, and political stakeholders are studying the primary factors that contributed to the severity of the August 2016 floods throughout the Amite watershed. This project reveals how the lack of post-mining reclamation of floodplain sand and gravel mine pits contributed to excessive sedimentation and increased floodplain footprint downstream.


Mai Nguyen, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture MLA Student. Faculty Advisor Lake Douglas, PhD, ASLA. Special Recognition, Student Work Merit Award. Reclaiming Common Grounds: Parks for Community Health in New Orleans District B. New Orleans, LA.

2018 Award Winners

The Louisiana Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects, recently honored projects and patrons at its 34th annual awards banquet, held earlier this month at Hilltop Arboretum, Baton Rouge. Projects located in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina were recognized in the following categories: the Built Environment; Planning; Special Projects; Natural Resource Conservation; Residential; Research; and Student Work. All projects were completed by Louisiana landscape architects (most of whom are graduates of LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture) or students in LSU’s nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs.

“We had an unusually vast array of projects this year,” according to Chapter president Justin Lemoine, ASLA, of Baton Rouge, “and we are proud of the many different ways Louisiana’s landscape architects are making an impact in our region.”

Two Patron of the Profession Awards, in special recognition for commitment and engagement with the profession, were given to:

  • Coquille Parks and Recreation, St. Tammany Parish, for its on-going efforts to improve public parks and recreation in St. Tammany Parish; and
  • Genevieve Munson Trimble, New Orleans, for over 45 years of garden stewardship at Afton Villa, St. Francisville.

The President’s Award of Excellence (Research category) was awarded to Suzanne Turner Associates, Baton Rouge, for its Aiken-Rhett House Cultural Landscape Report, Charleston South Carolina.

Projects receiving awards included the following:

Built Environment, Institutional or Cultural:

Honor Award: Audubon Charter School, New Orleans: Mathes Brierre Architects, New Orleans

Merit Award: New Orleans Botanical Garden Arrival Garden, New Orleans: CARBO Landscape Architecture, Baton Rouge

Planning, Recreation Master Planning:

Honor Award: Longleaf Botanical Garden Master Plan, North Central Alabama: CARBO Landscape Architecture, Baton Rouge

Honor Award: Airbase Park Master Plan, Houma, Louisiana: Joseph Furr Design Studio, Baton Rouge

Merit Award: Tamanend, St Tammany Parish: Reich Associates

Merit Award: Iberville Parks & Recreation Framework Guide, Iberville Parish: Duplantis Design Group, Baton Rouge

Merit Award: Healing Springs Park, Siloam Springs, Arkansas: CARBO Landscape Architecture, Baton Rouge

Merit Award: Lafourche Parish Multi-use Path Master Plan and Feasibility Study, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana: Dupantis Design Group, Alta Planning + Design, Baton Rouge

Special Projects, Communications:

Honor Award: Afton Villa – The Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth Century Louisiana Plantation by Genevieve Munson Trimble (LSU Press), Lake Douglas, series editor

Natural Resource Conservation, Sustainable Design:

Merit Award: Coquille 2.0 – A Master Plan updated for Green Infrastructure, St. Tammany Parish: Joseph Furr Design Studio, Baton Rouge

Residential:

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Merit Award: Laborde Residence, New Orleans: René J. L Fransen, FASLA, New Orleans

Student Awards:

Honor Award: Family Friendly Community Design, Baton Rouge: Tianyi Zhang; Faculty Advisor: Professor Lake Douglas, FASLA

Merit Award: Atchafalaya Bear Authority, Calumet, Louisiana: Daniel Hernandez, Delaney McGuinness, and Benton Williams; Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Forbes Lipschitz

Merit Award: Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, Elmer’s Island, Louisiana: William (Joey) O’Mahoney and Chenfeng (Austin) Lu; Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Brendan Harmon

ASLA Elevates 23 Members to the Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 23 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2017. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The 2017 class of new fellows will be recognized at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, October 20–23, in Los Angeles.

The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. 

Dana Nunez Brown, ASLA

Dana Brown & Associates Inc.

Dana Brown, of Dana Brown & Associates, received her nomination, in Service, from the Louisiana Chapter. Brown’s pro bono design work—for nonprofit organizations, churches and neighborhood groups—ranges in scale from small gardens to community center expansions. Just a sampling of her many contributions to those most in need in and around New Orleans are the Lafitte Greenway master plan; a sensory garden for autistic children; water management and master plans for parks in Hollygrove and Hoffman Triangle, both historic African American communities; and EPA water-quality monitoring and education at three local schools. As a volunteer on public panels and boards, she teaches community leaders about the importance of stormwater management and demonstrates the vital role landscape architects play in regional planning and development. She is an inspiring and consummate professional who places education and service above all else. 

LAF Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

Anjelica Sifuentes

EDSA Minority Scholarship Winner

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has awarded a total of $59,500 to 10 outstanding students for its 2017 scholarship season. The scholarships and fellowships support the next generation of designers by rewarding superior student performance, encouraging diversity, supporting original research, and assisting students with unmet financial need. The awards are made possible through endowments established by generous sponsors. Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

EDSA Minority Scholarship: Anjelica Sifuentes, BLA Candidate, Louisiana State University

The EDSA Minority Scholarship was established to help African American, Hispanic, Native American and minority students of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds continue their landscape architecture education.

Anjelica is originally from San Antonio, Texas where she grew up surrounded by the rich culture of her Mexican ancestors, sparking her interest in the relationship designers have with the past. Her experience in both Texas and Louisiana has given her a new perspective on how human interactions directly influence the unique social, cultural, and ecological aspects of an environment. Anjelica believes that landscape architects have the ability to influence the world in a way that benefits each specific region by bridging the gap between history and innovative design. She is currently researching the urbanization trends of cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and how to approach spatial programming successfully despite harsh human interference. Her hopes are to continue to be an advocate for the profession through the promotion of cultural remediation and activism in landscape architecture. 

Two Local Professionals Elected to National Committee Positions

Two of the Louisiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects members were elected as national American Society of Landscape Architects officers, Haley Blakeman and Lake Douglas. Blakeman was elected as the Vice President of Communications and Douglas was elected as the Vice President of Education.  As a part of the Executive Committee, they will represent all 15,000 members in our 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. They will take office in October at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.  

Haley Blakeman is the Director of Implementation at the Center for Planning Excellence, where she works with Louisiana communities on citizen-driven, long-term planning and design solutions. She is a licensed landscape architect and a certified planner.

Lake Douglas is associate professor of landscape architecture and associate dean of research and development at the LSU College of Art & Design. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU, a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a PhD in Urban Studies/Urban History from the University of New Orleans.

As vice presidents, they will participate in the meetings and deliberations of the Board and ExCom and assist the president within defined issue areas. Blakeman, the vice president for communications shall serve as ExCom liaison to the LAM (Landscape Architecture Magazine) Editorial Advisory Committee and the Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee. Douglas, the vice president for education shall serve as ExCom liaison to the Committee on Education and as ExCom liaison to the LAAB representative, LA CES (Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System) representatives, and the NAED (National Academy of Environmental Design) representative.

The Louisiana Chapter is proud of their outstanding members and look forward to the leadership they will provide on a national level.

2017 Annual Awards Banquet ReCap

The 33rd Annual Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Awards Banquet was held on Friday, March 10th, 2017.

We opened the evening with a social hour. It was a great time to catch up with everyone after the hectic Mardi Gras season. 

Then we sat down to dinner and the fun really began!

We opened with a new award this year. The Louisiana Chapter, US Green Building Council presented their 2017 Sustainability Award to Carbo Landscape Architecture for Landscape Laboratories - Indian Springs School.

The Built Environment

Commercial/Business

Merit Award: Joseph Furr Design Studio - A Garden with Deep Foundations, Baton Rouge LA

Merit Award: McKnight Landscape Architects - IBM Rooftop Terrace, Baton Rouge LA

Urban Design

Merit Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Placemaking for Alexandria - Alexandria LA

Merit Award: Joseph Furr Design Studio - Taylor Porter Rooftop Garden, Baton Rouge LA

Merit Award: Suzanne Turner Associates - Yazoo Plaza at LASM, Baton Rouge LA

Residential

Merit Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Lakeside Pavilion, Rapides Parish LA

Merit Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Lake District Residence, Alexandria, LA

Institutional

Honor Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Landscape Laboratories - Indian Springs School

Planning

Community Comprehensive Planning

Merit Award: Dana Brown and Associates - Pontilly Stormwater Hazard Mitigation Plan, New Orleans LA

Special Projects

Communications

Honor Award: Bruce Sharky - Thinking About Landscape Architecture, Book

President's Award: Dana Brown and Associates - Urban Water Management Educational Video


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Thank You for a Wonderful 2016!

This is a love letter to each and every one of our wonderful members!

2016 let us do some pretty amazing things as a chapter and I'm honored to have been here for the ride!

what we accomplished in 2016:

  • We hosted an awesome National Meeting in NOLA in 2016 including a great Host Booth highlighted by tremendous graphics designed by ASLA LC members displayed in the booth and pocket guide, tours that highlighted landscape architecture in our state, and the most student volunteers of any conference ever covering 100% of volunteer needs at the meeting!
  • We saw the largest percentage increase in membership of any chapter in the country last year.
  • We hosted one of the best attended ASLA LC State Meetings and Awards Banquet in 2015 at the L’Auberge in BR supported by 10 sponsors, which included presentations from 3 allied professionals, and presented professional awards to 5 firms for 10 projects and one honorary member award to Kerry St Pe highlighted by a dinner presentation from Stan Skalka from Victor Stanley.
  • We started a new tradition of ASLA LC Awards Banquet at Hilltop Arboretum in 2015 supported by 8 sponsors, presented professional awards to 4 firms for 8 projects, patron awards to EB Brooks, Sarah Olivier, and John Spain, and Service to the Profession Awards to Haley Blakeman and Max Conrad highlighted by a dinner presentation from Emma Skalka from Victor Stanley.
  • In 2016, we had two members, Charlie Fryling and Lake Douglas, receive Fellows designation, one LSU alum, Kurt Culbertson, received the ASLA medal!
  • Our members worked with TCLF to produce the What’s Out There Guide for NOLA. We also coordinated with TCLF to jointly honor Sue Turner. 
  • The chapter was able to support RRSLA by sponsoring students participation in Advocacy Day in Washington DC. Also of note, the last three presidents of the LSU Student Chapter have participated in Advocacy Day. 
  • The chapter was also able to provide financial support the Neil Odenwald Chair through the LSU Foundation, the new ASLA HQ at the $1899 level for 3 years, the Dan Kiley Exhibit, and the Smart Growth Summit in 2016.
  • We enhanced Public Outreach through new ASLA LC website including significant social media presence and hosting the 10 Parks That Changed America premiere at LPB during Landscape Architecture Month.
  • And finally, The Legacy Project! There was tremendous work done by members in identifying a site for the Legacy Project with the International School, conducting a charrette to develop a conceptual design, coordinate production of a video highlighting the project, soliciting donations for the project, donating artwork for fundraiser at the national meeting, and transporting donated items from the Convention Center!

A huge thank you to each and every member! We could not have done all this without you!