The American Society of Landscape Architects will elevate 33 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013, including Phoenix landscape architect H. Duane Blossom of Todd & Associates.

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 2013 class of new fellows will be recognized at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, Nov. 15-18 in Boston.

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 full 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.

Blossom received his nomination, for Service, from the AzASLA, the Arizona Chapter. As a prominent practitioner and engaging educator, his storyboard workshop design approach uses critical thinking and visual communication to build consensus among all stakeholders.

He uses his analytic approach with great effect also to mentor students and young professionals, sharing his love of drawing, landscape art and the vast potential of nature. A pivotal midpoint in his career was as principal for POD Inc., which became a leader in landscape architecture.

His clear understanding of the programming and concept development, together with his superior graphic abilities, have helped many a client and the general public understand the importance of the design process. His BSLA is from Kansas State and MLA from the Harvard GSD.