WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 32 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2014. 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 2014 class of new Fellows will be recognized at the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, November 21-24, in Denver.
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 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.
William Tary Arterburn, ASLA
William Tary Arterburn, of Studio Outside, received his nomination, for Works, from the Texas Chapter. With a career spanning four decades, he is an inspiration to students and fellow practitioners alike. He has expanded the profession through community involvement, academic participation, and professional mentorship and shared his high ideals of ethical practice to his clients. He has a particular mastery of extending patterns, textures, and ideas to make interior and exterior spaces one cohesive continuum. In sum, he has rewarded the profession with continued efforts to be an invaluable, tireless practitioner, teacher, and leader. The excellence of his environmental and residential work has earned his firm recognition with dozens of awards from the ASLA and others. His BLA is from Louisiana State University and MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Keiji Asakura, ASLA
Asakura Robinson Company
Keiji Asakura, of the Asakura Robinson Company, received his nomination, for Service, from the Texas Chapter. He devotes himself to a profusion of service projects while also forging a distinguished professional career. He instigates creative ideas, dedicates time, and shares expertise consistently with significant civic impact. Equally important, he understands that lasting results depend on the enthusiastic shared commitments of many stakeholders. His thousands of hours of pro bono work have demonstrated the invaluable role that progressive landscape architecture and ecological planning play in the creation of vital, livable, and beautiful cities. His extensive community-development initiatives in Houston's widely diverse neighborhoods have made people's lives better and their understanding of the value of landscape architectural excellence deeper. His BSLA is from Cal Poly Pomona.
Hunter Beckham, ASLA
St. Louis, MO
Hunter Beckham, of SWT Design, received his nomination, for Leadership/Management, from the St. Louis Chapter. He spearheaded federal legislative approval and funding for the Historic American Landscape Survey. He was an early promoter of and contributor to the Sustainable Sites Initiative and led the certification of two SITES pilot projects. He is a leader in the St. Louis business and academic communities and has brought together state and local officials on issues important to landscape architects. On the academic front, he offers his time and knowledge demonstrating to students and faculty how to incorporate professional values and metrics into their own professional skill sets. Under his leadership, membership of the St. Louis Chapter nearly tripled and activity surged. At the local level, he is a tireless advocate in the development of the Washington University Master of Landscape Architecture program. His BLA is from the University of Arkansas.
Axel Bishop, ASLA
Axel Bishop, of Design Concepts, received his nomination, for Leadership/Management, from the Colorado Chapter. A leading advocate promoting sustainable landscapes, stormwater management, and learning landscapes in the West, he helped found the Xeriscape Council. He redesigned and codified regional stormwater and drainage systems as naturalized recreational amenities. And he forged new educational frontiers in landscape design for school districts in multiple states. He possesses a unique ability to align citizens and government entities in support of fundamental changes in land design. Many of his ideas are now common practice across America. He also laid the early groundwork to protect the integrity of the practice of landscape architecture for Colorado's multi-decade re-licensure efforts. His Bachelor of Parks Administration and Landscape Architecture is from Texas Tech University.
Kevin Conger, ASLA
CMG Landscape Architecture
San Francisco, CA
Kevin Conger, of CMG Landscape Architecture, received his nomination, for Leadership/Management, from the Northern California Chapter. His sustained focus on the improvement of San Francisco's open public space has established deep relationships among sustaining organizations and public agencies. He has been a design leader for many of San Francisco's projects of benefit to the public, which recently includes the redesign of Market Street, San Francisco's main transit and cultural boulevard. He has also carried his transit-oriented infrastructure concepts to Seattle. Even in his more modest projects he has generated significant community empowerment, such as a nonprofit farm-park that provides fresh, healthy produce to the food desert of West Oakland. His BSLA is from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and MLA from Rhode Island School of Design.
Douglas Findlay, ASLA
PWP Landscape Architecture
Douglas Findlay, of PWP Landscape Architecture, received his nomination, for Works, from the Northern California Chapter. He is regarded as the leading voice in the integration of design into the coordination of highly complex landscape architectural projects, preserving the integrity of every project's design concept through to its completion. Worldwide, his projects range from civic parks and university campuses to corporate headquarters, urban plazas, and private gardens. In a world of buildings, roads, and parking, he never loses sight of the need for fresh air, sunshine, shade, water management, and climatic and seasonal change—all necessities for health and well-being. He has shaped the firm's foundation on these principles, paying particular attention to the importance of the place, the people, and the program. He received his BSLA from Cal Poly and MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Jennifer Guthrie, ASLA
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Jennifer Guthrie, of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, received her nomination, for Works, from the Washington Chapter. Her distinguished portfolio of projects and strong leadership skills have built and sustained one of the world's leading design firms, produced some of the most influential landscape works of the new century, and shaped how emerging professionals approach landscape architecture. She insists on a rigor of the design process and deliverable that positions landscape architecture as essential to high-quality public spaces. She is a consistent advocate for the catalytic potential of high performance landscape architecture. As a result, her work has expanded the public's understanding of landscape architecture's role in civic life, the workplace, and education. She earned her BS in Architectural Studies and BLA from the University of Washington.
Mark Hollinger, ASLA
Costello, Hollinger & Moore—JMP Golf Design Group
Mark Hollinger, of Costello, Hollinger & Moore—JMP Golf Design Group, received his nomination, in Works, from the Northern California Chapter. He is internationally renowned for a consistently strong integration of dramatic landscape elements forged into his golf course design concepts. He creates visually appealing, enjoyable, environmentally responsible, financially successful, and memorable courses for clients worldwide. He is well-known in Japan and SE Asia and introduced his style of golf course design to China in the early '90s. His golf courses are notable for his high standards of land planning with keen sensitivity to the best landscape architecture principles of environmental stewardship. He understands the value of golf as a visual community open space, and his designs feature highly detailed landscape elements, all integrated naturally, which is his signature. He received his BLA from University of Georgia .