2019 Awards Gala

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:00pm-9:30pm

University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
Student Center
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Our community of landscape architects will recognize projects with professional awards, lifetime achievement awards, and Edward B. Ballard Scholarship recipients.  There will be plenty of time to network and opportunities to learn from colleagues.  All in a special setting with delicious food & drink.  Your ticket includes a reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, 3-course dinner, and beer & wine.

This year the winners will be announced in advance – but not their winning category.  Register now so you’ll be in the audience as the winners are announced.

Special thanks to our Gala Sponsors: Country Casual Teak, Landscape Forms, Lighting Environments, and Victor Stanley, Inc.

Click here for tickets and more details.  Register by the April 16 early-bird deadline to save $40.  Registrations must be received no later than May 13.  No on-site registrations are possible.

Click here for a map of UDC and directions from the parking garage: UDC Site Map and directions.

Keynote Speech by Matt Arnn, ASLA, the U.S. Forest Service’s Chief Landscape Architect

“100 Years of Landscape Architects in the U.S. Forest Service”

Matt Arnn, ASLA provides professional leadership to the agency’s 120+ landscape architects practicing on over 190 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands. His work stresses the integration of social and ecological places and processes, creating physical and emotional points of entry and engagement for visitors to public lands. Matt has worked across the continent and abroad, designing and planning visitor centers, trails, campgrounds, interpretation experiences, scenic overlooks, night sky viewing areas, and other recreation infrastructure. His work after September 11, 2001 with the Forest Service Living Memorials Project led to the creation of over 50 new parks and open spaces to help affected communities regain traction through investment in their public places.

Lifetime Achievement Award to be Presented to Alain C. deVergie, FASLA

During his twenty-four years of public service with OBO (Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations of the US Department of State), Mr. deVergie was actively involved in more than 175 major OBO Embassy, Consulate design, MSGR (Marine Security Guard Residence), CMR (Chief of Mission Residence), and construction projects on five continents. He visited project sites in most of those countries and became familiar with the cultural significance as well as native flora of many regions of the world. His chief project related duties included site and local data analysis, preparation of Site Planning documents which form the basis of the Statements of Work and Requests for Proposal, Master Site Development Plans, and design review of A/E construction documents, interpretations of OBO Design Standards and International Zoning and Building Code Supplements, and construction phase technical questions. Design/build projects required him to conduct on-board critiques and evaluations of the A/E’s interpretation of the planning documents that he prepared. These standards included specific requirements for overall site planning, and specifically, pedestrian plazas, Consular, Staff, and Representational gardens, Service District including parking and internal vehicular/pedestrian circulation, warehouse, utility and office support buildings, and Post Recreation Areas.  Mr. deVergie retired in 2017.


Scenes from our recent Awards Galas

The top professional award in 2018 – the President’s Award – was presented to AECOM for their Sense of Place, in the Analysis, Planning, and Urban Design Category.

Members of the AECOM team are pictured here, accepting the award from Potomac Chapter President Steve Cook, ASLA (2nd from left).

2016 photo