Annual Meeting and Professional Awards 2014

Annual Meeting and Professional Awards 2014

SPUR provided the venue for the 2014 ASLA/NCC’s Annual Meeting and Professional Awards Presentation on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Photographs and a scent exhibit provided the backdrop for enjoying delicious food and drink, and complemented networking and socializing with colleagues prior to and after the awards presentation; it was a lovely evening.

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Amy Cupples-Rubiano, ASLA/NCC President, gave an overview of the Chapter’s news and events, which are summarized here. The Chapter continues to advocate for policy issues on national and state levels, to work to raise our professional profile, and to correct the perception of landscape architecture.

Our Chapter is having a great year with nearly 600 members. We are continuing to grow and have strong support from our sponsors. We are expanding and growing our Mentorship and Emerging Professionals groups and are strengthening our relationships with our student ASLA Chapters from UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley Extension, and the Academy of Art University. Lastly, we are continuing to strengthen our partnerships with sister organizations to support, sponsor, and participate in their events.

There are three important initiatives on which we are currently working:
1) We are applying to become a provider for ASLA’s Continuing Education System, LACES. This will allow us to register all of our lectures for Continuing Education Credits, such as our recent Invasive Plants Lecture, our Legacy Lecture with Peter Walker, and our Mentorship Group Irrigation Presentation with Ann Runley. While California does not currently require continuing education to maintain our license to practice landscape architecture, many states do. And many of our members are licensed in multiple states. We have, therefore, taken this step to help our members to achieve those numerous credits for our various registrations.
2) All four ASLA chapters of California have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set aside money from our ASLA chapter membership fees of two dollars per member per year. This money is specifically set aside to help us support the profession and our license through direct lobbying and other legal defense at the local and statewide levels. CC/ASLA, the California Council of the ASLA, works at the statewide level and each chapter works at the local level with the support of our CC/ASLA legal counsel.
3) A South Bay sub-section has begun to form. Jan Palajac, Marybeth Harasz, Adit Pal, and Marie Mai are working to develop the activities of the section which will aim to provide four lectures per year in a local setting for our South Bay members. All members will continue to be invited to all of our events, but this will provide an opportunity to have events closer to South Bay members. Interest has also been expressed in starting a Napa/Sonoma sub-section. If you are interested in joining either of these groups, or starting one of your own, please contact Laura Leuer at

This third point is emblematic of our Society. ASLA is based upon volunteerism. We are representatives for each of you, our members. We, as an ASLA Chapter, hold events and lectures and write the Update(d) blog in response to what our members want. If you are interested in particular activities, topics or events, let us know – or even better, volunteer! We are always looking for volunteers, either for a specific event, for writing in the Update(d) blog, or to be on the Executive Committee. Get involved and you can help to make ASLA what you want it to be.

In this annual color, hard copy issue of Update we are very excited to profile all of those projects receiving awards. Additional information and images of all the awards are viewable on the Chapter’s Award page website: We hope you enjoy the issue.

Congratulations to all Award recipients and our thanks to all of the participants in this year’s Professional Awards Competition.

This year’s awarded entries were as follows:

Student Design: Merit Award
• The Dilating Line by Johanna Hoffman, UC Berkeley

Student Design: Award of Excellence
• 22nd Street Missing Link: Choreographing the Urban Watershed by Megan Richards, UC Berkeley Extension

Research, Analysis, Planning and Communication: Honor Awards
• San Jose State University Landscape Master Plan by Wallace Roberts & Todd, Inc.
• Iron Horse Nature Park and Open Space Master Plan by SWA Group

Design: Commercial and Institutional: Merit Awards
• Airbnb Headquarters by Meyer+Silberberg Land Architects
• John Lo Schiavo, Center for Science & Innovation at the University of San Francisco by INTERSTICE Architects
• Weill Lawn and Commons at Green Music Center, Sonoma State University by SWA Group
• Therapy Landscape for the Rehabilitation Center at El Camino Hospital by INTERSTICE Architects

Design: Commercial and Institutional: Honor Award
• VA Palo Alto Medical Center Mental Health Clinic by Royston Hanamoto Alley + Abey

Design: Residential Single Family:
Merit Award
• Portola Valley Residence by Thuilot Associates

Design: Residential Single Family:
Honor Awards
• Hillside Residence, Sausalito by Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
• Napa Vineyard Retreat by Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture

Design: Residential High Density and Mixed Use: Merit Awards
• University of California, Davis West Village by SWA Group
• Sun City Yokohama by SWA Group

Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space: Merit Award
•Lake Merrit Park: Downtown and Neighborhood Edges by Wallace Roberts & Todd, Inc.

Historic Preservation: Honor Award
•Foothill College by Meyer+Silberberg Land Architects

Our Annual Meeting and Professional Awards event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and the time commitment of our jury. This year’s sponsors include Park West Construction at the Platinum Level; Forms+Surfaces, Cold Springs Granite, and Delta Bluegrass at the Gold Level; Maglin and IronSmith at the Silver Level; and EJ Co., Miracle Playsystems, and Landscape Forms at the Bronze Level.

This year, we exchanged jury duties with the New York ASLA Chapter. The NY jury consisted of Adrian Smith of HMWhite, Elena Brescia of SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, Ken Smith of Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architecture, Liz Kennedy of ELKASTUDIO, Jonie Fu of AECOM, Roger J. Kuhns of SustainAudit LLC, and Kristen Richards of Webzine. Thanks to our jury who reviewed NY’s submittals: Marybeth Harasz of the City of San Jose, Chip Sullivan of UC Berkeley, Barbara Lundberg of Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey, Kevin Hart of Kevin Hart Architecture, and Sean O’Brien of LSA Associates.

Award recipient books are available for $20 plus shipping; for additional information on the books or the awards, please contact the Northern California Chapter Office of ASLA at 415-974-5430 or

– by Melissa Erikson

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