ASLA NY Announces 2014 Design Award Winners

The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter recently announced the winners of their Annual Design Awards. Selected from 70 submissions and judged by the Northern California Chapter of the ASLA, these award-winning projects are recognized for their ecological designs that will help boost the city’s resilience to climate change. The five Honor and thirteen Merit ASLA NY awards will be presented at an Award Ceremony and Reception at Manhattan’s Center for Architecture this Thursday, April 3.

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects | West Point Foundry Reserve

Waterfront redevelopment and stormwater-related projects dominated this year’s ASLA NY’s Design Awards. Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects were awarded an Honor Award for their interpretative park at the West Point Foundry Preserve, an example of “sustainable development on a sensitive industrial archeological site.” Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates’ restoration work on the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 was also recognized with a Merit award. The waterfront property includes new recreation areas and sustainable elements, such as a green roof and use of recycled materials. Other standout waterfront reclamation projects include Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners’ Harlem River Promenade and Hallet’s Cove, both of which received Merit awards.

HMWhite Site Architects | Midtown Manhattan Sky Garden

In addition to these waterfront projects, the awards feature a diversity of projects that “highlight the vital role that landscape architecture holds in shaping and sustaining our environment,” says Ryan Kovac, ASLA NY Public Relations Chair and Mathews Nielsen landscape architect. Following the Award Ceremony this Thursday, ASLA NY’s award-winning projects in landscape architecture, design, and planning will be on display in Tafel Hall at the Center for Architecture for the month of April. 

Following is a list of the Honor Awards:

  • Chelsea Cove, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

  • Native Plant Garden, New York Botanical Garden

  • SIRR Coastal Protection Plan, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC 

  • Southern Highlands Reserve, W Gary Smith Design

  • West Point Foundry Preserve, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

Following is the list of the Merit Awards:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. 

  • The Deconstructed Salt Marsh, Scape Landscape Architecture, PLLC 

  • Gateway at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Andropogon Associates, Ltd. 

  • Harlem River Promenade, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC

  • Hallet’s Cove, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, PLLC 

  • Hudson Square Streetscape, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

  • Into the Woods, Nancy Owens Studio LLC

  • Midtown Manhattan Sky Garden, HMWhite Site Architects

  • Rainlab at Dalton School, Town & Gardens, Ltd.

  • Swingtones, Strafford, Supermass Studio Landscape Architecture, P.C.

  • Tongva Park & Ken Gensler Square, James Corner Field Operations

  • Reconstruct Forest Edge, Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture

  • Zones of Experience: Symbolism as a Master Planning Tool for St. John’s University, Louis Fusco Landscape Architects

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates | Chelsea Cove

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates | Chelsea Cove

Town & Gardens, Ltd. | Rainlab at Dalton School

Lead image of Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners’ Hallet’s Cove

All images via ASLA NY

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  1. Some amazing projects, sure the decision was a tough one. Would love to visit Chelsea Cove and would who wouldn’t want to play in the Rainlab!?  

  2. Thursday’s awards event was super fun. Glad Land8 reported on the event and Northern California chapter (who judged these) paid such close attention to the growing environmental focus. Exciting direction for all of us!

    Andrew- you would or wouldn’t want to play in the Rainlab?!! It was one of my favorite design projects, so I hope you WOULD! ‘-)! 

  3. Haha… Liz, I most certainly WOULD want to play in the Rainlab.  Such a great project.  I went back and edited my original comment to read accordingly… 🙂

    Was also glad to see the NorCal Chapter involved in the selection process.  Thanks for the comment!

  4. If you are in the NYC area, check out the award winning designs that are on exhibit at The Center for Architecture through April 30. The exhibit is just as impressive as the fantastic projects on display!

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