2021 Awards Gala

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm
virtual – on Zoom

Our community of landscape architects will recognize projects with professional awards and celebrate this year’s lifetime achievement award.  The virtual event is FREE for everyone.  Please invite your friends, clients, and colleagues.

This year the winners will be announced in advance – but not their winning category or level of award. 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, Vectorworks, and Victor Stanley, Inc.

Click here to register.  Register by May 5 to be sure to receive the Zoom connection instructions.

Keynote Speech by Jenn Low, PLA, ASLA, Communications Director at the Urban Studio and Deputy Director of the 1882 Foundation.

Jenn Low is the Communications Director at the Urban Studio and Deputy Director of the 1882 Foundation where she leads a collection of place-keeping initiatives in D.C.’s Chinatown, including the Dear Chinatown, DC Mapping Project. With thirteen years of experience as a landscape architect and her recent studies as an integrative designer, Jenn works at the intersection of participatory design and public history, and her work seeks to redistribute power in our design processes to advance our work toward spatial justice. Jenn is also a core organizer with Dark Matter University, a collective of design educators working toward an anti-racist model of design education and practice.

Keynote topic: Design Shifts in the 21st Century: Deliberate Moves to Bend Toward Justice
If we are committed to cultivating thriving and just places for all, we must actively disconnect from generational cycles of harm that are of and interconnected to the built environment. To do so, this work demands a shift in mindset, diversifying partnership and collaboration models, and redesigning our design processes. Through the lens of her design research studies through the MDes in Integrative Design program, Jenn reflects on her pivot into new territories in both practice and pedagogy to advance issues of justice in the built environment. She offers her reflections on abundance, collaboration, and the possibilities of co-creating new participatory processes.

Lifetime Achievement Award to be Presented to Sunny Scully Alsup, FASLA
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s Landscape Architecture program in 1975, Sunny’s first job was with the Madison city planning office, but she soon moved east to Washington, DC, where she remains.  Her background in prairie restoration made her a natural fit as the first employee at Oehme Van Sweden.  Being interested in larger scale work, she then partnered in 1985 with Bob Mortensen, FASLA and Mark Lewis to found the firm now known as LSG.  Through those 25 years of building the firm, her practice generally centered on commercial, campus, and urban design projects.  There was always the interest in collaborative efforts with others, especially artists.

During her professional career, she remained active in local and national ASLA activities.  She served as Chapter President, co- chaired the Annual meeting when it was in Washington, and served on numerous committees and juries.  Sunny wrote articles, performed speaking engagements, taught, and always tried to raise the visibility of the profession in related organizations.  Over the years, she mentored numerous young people at various stages in their careers; she enjoys representing the profession in any forum.

After 25 years, it seemed like a good time to turn another leaf, and she retired from the firm to chair the NARAL foundation, as well as work on other boards for environmental and arts organizations she supports, such as the Potomac Conservancy, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Washington Performing Arts.  She founded the Ambassadors Council for N Street Village, a shelter that serves 80 percent of the city’s homeless women.  She still views everything through the eyes of a landscape architect.  As a board member of the NoMa BID Parks Foundation, she has helped direct the city’s investment of $50 million in acquisition and design of public space.  This included hiring eight landscape architecture firms to implement plans for these spaces and infrastructure, as well as numerous commissions for public art.  Being on the other side of the table enabled her to offer insight to why these professions offer such value in creating character for this newly evolving neighborhood.

She currently divides her time between Washington, DC and Kiawah Island, SC.  She set up painting studios in both places and can often be found on a golf course or hiking along the river.  As are we all, she patiently awaits the end of the pandemic, when we can all return to vibrant urban pleasures, such as live theater and music.  In the meanwhile, everyone has developed more appreciation for our natural world, and hopefully will continue to invest effort to preserve, enjoy and enhance these spaces.

Click here to see last year’s award winning projects.