AR - Landscape ArchitectureThe Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (AzASLA) kicked off “Landscape Architecture Month” recently by presenting an educational symposium  in Phoenix.

The Annual AzASLA Design Awards Gala topped off the conference by recognizing professionals and projects that represent the most significant achievements of Arizona landscape architecture. Both AzASLA professionals and landscape architecture students at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona were recognized.

The year’s notable Keynote Speaker and Awards Presenter was nationally renowned landscape architect, Shane Coen, FASLA, principal with Coen+Partners, a prominent landscape architecture firm based in Minneapolis.

Taylor - Landscape ArchitectureThe landscape projects receiving Awards of Excellence and Honor were juried by landscape architects, planners and artist professionals and were awarded to outstanding public spaces, commercial and residential design, and planning and analysis projects. Judges awarded the projects that best exemplified design and planning quality and execution, response to site context, environmental sensitivity and sustainability, and value to the public, the client, and other designers.

Several special awards were presented this year including Best Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Practices and a Community Service Award to recognize members’ volunteer contributions benefitting the public. Outstanding students from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona were presented ASLA Honor and Merit Awards. The winners:


“South Mountain Community College Library”
Award: President’s (highest project award of the evening)
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Tucson and Phoenix
Brian Sager, RLA, LEED AP, Helen Waltheir, Joy Lyndes, RLA
Architect: Kelly Bauer of Richard + Bauer Architects
Owner: Maricopa Community Colleges

“Taylor Mall ASU Downtown Campus”
Award: Excellence
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc., Phoenix
Roger Socha, RLA, ASLA
Client/Owner: City of Phoenix / Gail Brinkmann, RLA / Street Transportation Department

“Habitat at the Phoenix Convention Center”
Award: Honor
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.
Judeen Terrey, Phoenix & Angela Dye (A Dye Design), Telluride, CO
Client/Owner: City of Phoenix / Edward Lebow / Office of Arts & Culture

“Chandler City Hall”
Award: Honor
GBtwo Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Shari Zimmerman and Leah Manbeck
Client/Owner: City of Chandler / Marina Norris, Assistant to the City Manager

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – $75,000 – $200,000

“Arcadia Residence”
Award: Excellence
Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, Phoenix
Allison Colwell & Michele Shelor

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – up to $75,000

“City Grocery”
Award: Honor
Steve Martino & Associates, Phoenix
Steve Martino


“City Of Tucson Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Ordinance & Development Standards”
Award: Honor
City of Tucson, Office of Conservation & Sustainable Development
City of Tucson, Water Department
Client/Owner: City of Tucson


“Campbell Bridge Park: Re-envisioning Urban Habitat”
Award: Honor
Travis Mueller, University of Arizona
Faculty Advisor: Lauri Johnson


“Urban Agriculture”
Award: Honor
Lora Simone Martens, Arizona State University
Faculty Advisor: Kim Steele, Professor & thesis advisor

“Sonoran Desert Bioregion: A Framework for Creating a Sense of Place for the City of Scottsdale”
Award: Honor
Valerie Ahyong, Arizona State University
Faculty Advisor: Joseph Ewan, Thesis Chair; Ken Brooks, Thesis Coordinator; Ken McCown (former ASU faculty), Thesis support; Roberth Thayer (author of LifePlace, Thesis Support


“(EN)Hance Park”
Award: Excellence
Joél Carrasco, Arizona State University
Collaborative students: Valerie Johnson, Zane Jones, Aaron LeGendre, Michael Gehart, Ying Xiong, Joanna Lee, Jose Quintana, Brandon Wenzel, Brandon Colvin, Joel Aldridge, Bissan Salloum, Kristi Johnson, Peter Pang
Faculty Advisor: Gabriel Diaz-Montemayor


Student Community Service:

“Aviva Children’s Services Play Space”
University of Arizona College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture: 3rd Floor Studio

  • Student Participants: Beth Johannessen, Lee Streitz, Travis Mueller, Laura Jensen, Scot Pipkin, and Julia Roberts
  • Special recognition to: Heidi Flugstad of Wheat Scharf Associates


“University of Phoenix Stadium”
Asset Landscaping
Matthew Johnson & Kevin Robinson
Client/Owner: John Drum, VP of Stadium Operations & Mr. Any Levy, Turf Specialist for the Arizona Cardinals


2012 Landscape Architect of the Year: Jim Coffman, RLA, ASLA, Coffman Studio
2012 Firm of the Year: Wheat Scharf Associates (Tucson)
2012 Sage of the Year: Duane Blossom, RLA, ASLA
2012 Friend of the Year: Ed Mulrean, Arid Zone Trees
2012 Educator of the Year: Gabriel Diaz-Montemayor, Arizona State University

2012 Student ASLA Honor and Merit Awards:

ASU Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture Awards
Allyssa Williams, Honor
Christopher Ford, Honor
Kyle Fiano, Honor
David Sodemann, Merit
Ryan Martindale, Merit
Erica MacKenzie, Merit

ASU Master of Landscape Architecture Awards
Kristian Kelly, Honor
Brandon Colvin, Merit

UA Master of Landscape Architecture Awards
Lee Streitz, Honor
Maria Voris, Honor
Autumn Ela, Merit
Travis Mueller, Merit