Local Landscape Architects Honored as ASLA Fellows

Local Landscape Architects Honored as ASLA Fellows

The ASLA – National has chosen 2 local landscape architects to be elevated to the prestigious ASLA Council of Fellows for 2012. James M. Heid Jr., of  UrbanGreen, Inc., San Francisco, and Christine G. Pattillo of PGAdesign in Oakland, will be among 31 other national and international landscape architects to be recognized for their work and accomplishments.

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 Fellows-elect will be recognized at the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, September 28–October 1 in Phoenix.

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 ten 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.

Picture of James HeidJames Heid was nominated by our chapter in the Leadership/Management Category. His design and business experience have revealed to him an important lesson that he communicates to design professionals and real-estate developers alike: landscape architects are positioned to play a strong role as team integrators, a strategy essential in their increasingly interdisciplinary design projects. By learning the language and mechanics of real estate economics, he has been able to magnify significantly his ability to influence decision makers and explore new opportunities for landscape architects. He established his firm, UrbanGreen, to serve as a sustainable development advisor and provide complex team management to projects around the world. He earned his BLA from the University of Idaho and MS in real estate development from MIT.

Picture of Chris PattilloChris Patillo was nominated by our chapter in the Service Category. Most recently, her vision and advocacy have led to her creative and administrative leadership in the ASLA Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Her drive and organizational skills have moved HALS to the forefront of landscape preservation in California and the United States at large. Her creative and focused efforts to build the network—and increase widespread awareness of the importance of cultural landscapes and high-quality HALS documentation—have moved the resource to an international level of high regard. Practicing what she professes, her firm, PGAdesign, has completed the single largest HALS set in the United States: San Francisco’s Doyle Drive, which traverses the Presidio. She holds a BA and MLA from UC Berkeley.

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