2013 VA-ASLA Award Winners
The Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects sponsors a biennial professional awards program to recognize excellence, exemplary performance, and significant contributions by landscape architect in Virginia. The North Carolina Chapter ASLA acted as the jury.
Follow the links below to see each of the submission PDF files. All information reprinted with permission from the VA-ASLA Web site.
The Presidential Award of Excellence and the Community Service Honor Award to Siteworks for The StoryLine Project
StoryLine is an art and outreach project in Charlottesville that joins local artists and designers, historians and scientists, educators and parents, writers and politicians with young people to explore and interpret the places where they live. Created for the city of Charlottesville Parks and Recreation’s Summer Camp Excel, the project centers on a walking expedition of the city’s neighborhoods and environs, during which participants learn to use close observation and creative expression as a means of understanding urban landscapes and the stories that enrich them. This annual project culminates with the creation of a collaborative chalk mural on the Community Chalkboard, a designed public landscape unique to Charlottesville that serves as a platform for communicating the work of the group to a public audience.
The Presidential Award of Excellence is the highest award given to a project that has been deemed by the jury as exceptional for its wonderful story, clients, and design excellence.
Analysis and Planning Honor Award to Oculus for their South Carlyle Master Plan
The 17.61 acre South Carlyle project site is located at the border between the Carlyle and Eisenhower neighborhoods in Alexandria and will serve as a key connection between urban developments to the north and west and parkland to the south and east. The simultaneous development of plans for a new mixed use community on the northern half of the site and an expansion of an existing municipal wastewater treatment plant onto the southern half of the site presented an opportunity to develop a master plan to increase density and create a cohesive vision, but also introduced a significant programming challenge. The landscape architect worked with a multi-disciplinary team to develop a design to transform this former rail yard, landfill, and brownfield site; combine seemingly incompatible mixed use development and wastewater treatment facilities programming; and meet the varied needs of the developer, city, and public. The resulting master plan centers on an expansive landscaped deck located over wastewater treatment tanks and above-grade parking, creating public space that establishes a vital connection in a local network of parkland and trails.
Analysis and Planning Merit Award to Nelson Byrd Woltz for their Master Plan Design of the Norfolk Botanical Garden
The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a major cultural and educational destination that receives over 300,000 visitors annually. The conceptual master plan proposes opportunities that maximize the visitor experience and bring greater awareness to the surrounding environment. Several sustainability initiatives are proposed including rain gardens, a eco- restroom and classroom, and education gardens.
General Design Honor Award to BCWH for their design of the University of Dayton: Central Mall
The University of Dayton wanted a versatile space that could comfortably accommodate large crowds just as easily as individuals and small groups. The design had to include open space for large tents, replenish a depleted tree canopy, separate pedestrian from vehicular traffic, and solve serious drainage and topographical problems. The landscape architects led a multi-disciplined team throughout the design process, solving the site’s programmatic and technical issues while creating a memorable center for the campus. The solution is both crossroads and gathering space: a 500-foot, terraced lawn bordered by trees and seat walls, with a plaza and fountain at one end, an amphitheater at the other, and an innovative bio-retention garden along one edge.
General Design Honor Award to Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects for their design of Martha Jefferson Hospital
Situated on a pastoral site above Charlottesville, Martha Jefferson Hospital’s new 80-acre campus represents the best of progressive landscape architecture. The design capitalizes on the site’s assets by reinforcing and framing distant views; abstracting local topography, geology, and hydrology; drawing on the rich palette of Virginia native plants and plant communities; and reconceiving an existing stormwater pond into a bio-diverse amenity. The landscape narrative celebrates healing and health—both physical and ecological—while maintaining contextual references to the regional landscape. The focus of the design revolves around five components of the site, all connected by a network of paths: the main entrance and the experience of arriving, the adjoining roof garden, the park and amphitheater which frames the mountain views and acts as connector to the surrounding community, the network of garden courts and outdoor rooms as immediate extensions of the hospital’s interior spaces and entry points, and the articulation of a meadow and pond environment at the site’s lower elevations.
General Design Merit Award to Siteworks for their design of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation
This new home of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation embodies the mission of nuturing scholarship and indirectly the character and legacy of the University’s founder. The Landscape at Jefferson Scholars is designed as an extension of this mission and as a contemporary expression of the iconic landscape of Jefferson’s Academical Village.
Residential Design Honor Award to Monroe and Crocker for their design of Windrush
The design purpose at Windrush was to complete a half-finished residential project, creating harmonic balance and realizing the potential of an existing house in an intimate setting, respecting both sensitive site and architectural form pushed boldly against a narrow river’s floodplain. The simple, elegant Asian teahouse, built on spec by the architect-developer, gave strong cues. The place-defining element of the river threading through a small woodland valley provided natural endowment of animation, flora, fauna, light, color, scent and musicality, from soft riffle to roaring flood.
Residential Design Merit Award to Graham Landscape Architecture for Wolf Hills Farm
The landscape architects were commissioned early in the planning stages to collaborate with the architect concerning additions to the house and the resultant landscape spaces. This project allowed the design team to demonstrate value in our work throughout the design process while integrating sustainable measures such as regional materials, local craftsmen and native plantings.
Student Design Honor Award to Dasha Lebedeva from the University of Virginia for her project Sand Flows Oyster Forms
Sited at Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Virginia the project aims to address the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality issues by catalyzing the growth of oysters and other mollusks that filter excess nutrients and suspended particles from the water, improve conditions for sea-grasses, provide a food source for marine birds and animals, and help buffer the coastline.
Student Design Merit Award to Kate Hayes and Rachel Stevens from the University of Virginia for their project Market Gradients: Green Infrastructure = Public Space
Market Gradients is a proposal for a new public space and city market in Charlottesville. The design responds to a call from the city for a permanent home for the city’s farmer’s market, a contraction of the quantity and quality of public space in Charlottesville and a growing concern for the stormwater infrastructure and water quality of the region. This project conceives of the social and cultural space of the market as the intersection of public space and green infrastructure.
Student Design Merit Award to Danielle Alexander, Jack Cochran, Nicholas Knodt, and Clayton Williams from the University of Virginia for their Design Publication: SNACKS
SNACKS is a publication of a new and unique short-run publication venture. The publication team, led by a landscape architecture student and two architecture students, is now embarking upon its eighth issue of the yearly journal and are expanding efforts to create opportunities for students to get involved with publishing as well as learn from the exciting events going on at the school. The journal has served as an important venue of dialogue and design issues within and outside of the school community. The journal is published once a year to allow for an intensive submission and editing process. The newest endeavor is called SNACKs, which are short-run publications to be created at greater frequency throughout the year, responding to much needed coverage of the impressive array of internationally known speakers that visit and present workshops at the school.