2019 Awards

At its annual Awards Gala on May 16, the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized 15 projects with professional awards.

In addition, Mia Manning and Alice Bell, landscape architecture students at University of Maryland and Virginia Tech (at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center), respectively, were presented with Edward B. Ballard Scholarships. Two more Virginia Tech graduate landscape architecture students from the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, Amanda Cortez and Jake Fettig, were awarded ASLA student awards, Honor and Merit, respectively.

Finally, Alain C. deVergie, FASLA was celebrated with the Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award and discussed his 24 years of working around the world for the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO).  Read more about Mr. deVergie: Alain deVergie Lifetime Achievement Awardee

The audience learned more about the scope and history of the U.S. Forest Service from its Chief Landscape Architect, Matthew Arnn, ASLA, during his keynote address: 100 Years of Landscape Architects in the U.S. Forest Service.

The top professional award – the President’s Award – was presented to AECOM for Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, Washington, DC, in the Analysis, Planning, and Urban Design Category.

“The South Capitol Street Corridor Project will provide a multi-purpose connection across the Anacostia River and transform the area into a signature mobility, recreational and ecological gateway to the District’s Monumental Core. Key components of the Project include an iconic new memorial bridge commemorating Frederick Douglass, two new oval parks, waterfront esplanades along both sides of the river, a system of interconnected multi-use trails, approximately 50 acres of active and passive parkland, approximately 1,700 new trees, and 75,000 sf of bio-retention. Overall, the project will provide a multi-purpose connection across the Anacostia River, a waterway that currently divides our Nation’s Capital into the haves and have nots.”

The AECOM project team accepts the award from Potomac Chapter ASLA President, Mike Casey, right.


The following additional awards were also announced:

Honor Award for Social Impact

Project: Swampoodle Park, Washington, DC

Firm: Lee and Associates, Inc.


Honor Awards for Built Design

Project: Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing at Bowie State University, Prince George’s County, MD

Firm: Perkins+Will, Inc.


Project: 7th Street Park & Recreation Pier at The Wharf, Washington, DC

Firm: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects


Project: Capital City Bikeway Jackson Street Reconstruction, St. Paul, MN

Firm: Toole Design Group

Project: The Apollo Terraces, Washington, DC

Firm: Landscape Architecture Bureau, LLC



Merit Award for Analysis, Planning, and Urban Design

Project: Nature’s Healing: The Creation of a New Sustainable Growth Strategy for Restoration & Conservation, Chongqing, China

Firm: Chongqing Donehome Landscape Architecture Planning Design Co., Ltd.


Merit Awards for Built Design


Project: Kemp Mill Urban Park, Silver Spring, MD

Firm: M-NCPPC Montgomery County

Department of Parks, Park Development Div.

Project: Greenbriar Local Park, Potomac, MD

Firm: Hord Coplan Macht



Project: Woodside Farm, White Post, VA

Firm: Arentz Landscape Architects, LLC


Project: Forest Hills Retreat, Hartford County, MD

Firm: Campion Hruby Landscape Architects


Project: Nachusa Visitor Use Center, Lee County, IL
Firm: Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.S.


Project: Splinter Creek, Oxford, MS

Firm: Loch Collective


Merit Awards for Historic Preservation

Project: Documenting Women’s Memorial Groves along the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, VA

Firm: Paul Kelsch, Virginia Tech


Project: Virginia Theological Seminary Memorial Garden, Alexandria, VA

Firm: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects