Boston Society of Landscape Architects Announces 2019 Design Awards

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G2 Collaborative, Harvard Yard Child Care Center (Cambridge, MA)

BOSTON–The Awards Committee of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects announced the winners of the 2019 BSLA Design Awards Program. From nearly 100 entries, 26 projects were selected to recognize excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture.

Awarded projects reflect careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of the cultural and natural environment.  The program was open to work by landscape architectural practitioners and professional landscape architecture students based in Massachusetts or Maine (the Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ chapter area), or to projects built in Massachusetts or Maine regardless of where the designers are based.

With sites from Alabama to East Boston to Kabul, this year’s submissions reflected the extraordinary reach of the Boston-area design community.

“This year’s submissions also demonstrated a strong focus on issues of climate resilience and community building,” said Ricardo Austrich, ASLA, current BSLA President and member of the 2019 Design Awards jury. “From a restored wetland in a residential yard to managed retreat of a seaside town; to rethinking neighborhood playgrounds, urban streets, or a war-torn city, the jury recognized projects that expanded the definition of design excellence. Landscape architecture is one means to address the complex issues of our time, and create beautiful environments in the process.”

“It’s encouraging to see so much attention to detail in creating spaces for clients, owners, and the public to enjoy,” said Joseph Strayer, ASLA, BSLA Awards Committee Chair. “There isn’t one singular style of landscape architecture that the jury awarded.  The recognized projects are truly a mix — simple and highly detailed, public and private, active and quiet, urban and rural — and celebrate the unique mix of Boston’s design leadership.”

The 2019 BSLA Design Awards Gala will take place Wednesday, May 22 on the campus of Northeastern University. Tickets go on sale May 1.

HONOR AWARDS

Honor Awards were given in Analysis and Planning to

Sasaki Associates for A 21st Century Research District for ASU (Mesa, AZ)

Sasaki Associates for Kabul Citywide Framework (Kabul, Afghanistan)

MERIT AWARDS

Merit Awards in Analysis and Planning were given to

STIMSON for Florence Griswold Museum | The Artists’ Trail (Old Lyme, CT)

Stoss Landscape Urbanism for Moakley Park Vision Plan (Boston, MA)

Sasaki Associates for Chengdu Panda Reserve (Chengdu, Sichuan, China)

Dodson & Flinker for Montauk Hamlet Master Plan (East Hampton, NY)

Sasaki Associates for Gulf State Park Master Plan (Gulf Shores, AL)

A Merit Award in Research was given to

Sasaki Associates for Shifting Gears: Design for Autonomous Vehicles (Boston, MA)

Merit Awards in Design were given to

STIMSON for Cider Ridge Farm (Wilton, CT)

Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge for One Greenway (Boston, MA)

Ground, Inc. for Tontine Crescent (Boston, MA)

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects for Pond’s Edge Estate (Chestnut Hill, MA)

STIMSON for Rockport Residence (Rockport, MA)

G2 Collaborative for Harvard Yard Child Care Center (Cambridge, MA)

Ground, Inc. for Collaborative Learning and Innovation Center (Medford, MA)

Klopfer Martin Design Group for Central Square East Boston (East Boston, MA)

STIMSON for Williams College North Campus Restoration (Williamstown, MA)

Klopfer Martin Design Group for Hoyt Sullivan Playground (Somerville, MA)

STIMSON for Boston College Historic Campus Core (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Regenerative Design Group for Fowler Clark Epstein Urban Farm (Boston, MA)

Merit Awards in Student Work were given to

Qiaoqi Dai and Chengzhang Zhang from Harvard Graduate School of Design for “Across Racial and Infrastructural Boundaries”

Jonathan Kuhr, Koby Moreno, Haoyu Zhao, and Sijia Zhong from Harvard Graduate School of Design for “Airport Archipelago”

Alexandra DiStefano, Sophie Elias, and Jonathon Koewler from Harvard Graduate School of Design for “Aggregated Inundation”

Xiwei Shen, Jiawen Chen, and Chengzhe Zhang from Harvard Graduate School of Design for “Bloom! A Dynamic Landscape Biological System”

Chengzhe Zhang from Harvard Graduate School of Design for “Oasis + Productive Settlement”

Xiwei Shen from Harvard Graduate School of Design for “The Forehead of Arlington National Cemetery”

“It’s encouraging to see so much attention to detail in creating spaces for clients, owners, and the public to enjoy,” reports Joseph Strayer, ASLA, BSLA Awards Committee Chair. “There isn’t one singular style of landscape architecture that the jury awarded.  The recognized projects are truly a mix — simple and highly detailed, public and private, active and quiet, urban and rural — and celebrate the unique mix of Boston’s design leadership.”