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LSU Students, Faculty, Alumni Received Prestigious ASLA National Awards

10/09/2013 01:25 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU and the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture will be well represented at the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston on Nov.18, where a mix of LSU faculty, students and alumni will be presented with eight 2013 ASLA Professional and Student Awards.


The 2013 award winners were officially announced on Oct. 1. The Professional and Student Awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the United States and around the world. Full project information can be viewed at
ASLA 2013 Student Award winners representing LSU include:

• Andrew Doyle, who received an Honor Award in Analysis & Planning. Doyle, a fifth-year undergraduate landscape architecture student at LSU, received an Honor Award in the analysis & planning category for his project, “Longhorn: In Defense of Change.” His faculty advisors for this project were associate professor Lake Douglas and recently retired professor Van Cox. Located on the banks of Caddo Lake in northeast Texas, approximately four miles west of the Louisiana-Texas border and 25 miles northeast of Shreveport, La., Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant is an 8,493-acre World War II–era munitions production facility that was established in 1942. Doyle described “Longhorn: In Defense of Change” in his project statement as “a response to the existence of an alarming number of contaminated Department of Defense sites within the United States.” His project seeks to provide an alternative to traditional remediation methods commonly utilized by the federal system. Visit for more information about Doyle’s winning project.

• LSU graduate students Matt Siebert and Eric Roy, who received Honor Awards in Student Collaboration. Seibert, a landscape architecture graduate student, and Roy, a coastal sciences student with a background in engineering who is in the final year of a Ph.D. program, received Honor Awards in the student collaboration category for their project, “Metabolic Change: Coastal Patterns of Human Settlement and Material Flow.” The faculty advisors of Seibert and Roy included associate professor and director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Bradley Cantrell and Kristi Dykema Cheramie, associate professor of landscape architecture; Jeff Carney, associate professor of architecture and director of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio; and John White of the LSU School of Energy, Coast & Environment. “Metabolic Change” investigates a coastal region experiencing population growth largely driven by environmental change as a burgeoning superorganism consuming, transforming and expelling materials. The regional analysis and plan focuses on this superorganism’s metabolism of phosphorus, a finite resource essential to agricultural productivity and responsible for widespread aquatic pollution. The project integrates an analysis of phosphorus cycling grounded in systems ecology and engineering with a landscape architecture perspective on form to envision sustainable futures of an agrarian urbanism. Visit for more information about this project.


2013 ASLA Professional Award winners with LSU ties include:

• Associate Professor Lake Douglas, who received an Honor Award in Communications. Douglas, an associate professor of landscape architecture and associate dean of research & development at the LSU College of Art & Design, received an Honor Award for his book, “Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans,” published by LSU Press in 2011. The book uses multiple sources, many of which have never been published, to explore the public and private landscapes of the city of New Orleans and the people who shaped them. The book has also received a Kempler and Leila Williams Prize for Louisiana History from the Louisiana Historical Association in 2011 and an Honor Award from the Louisiana Chapter of ASLA in 2012.The 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury called Douglas’s book, “A wonderful book by an author who immersed himself in the topic and presented it so well. Beautifully written.”

• Reed Hilderbrand LLC, who received an Honor Award in Residential Design and Award of Excellence in Communications. Hilderbrand, a firm based in Watertown, Mass., received an Honor Award for its project, “Recovered Modernism: A Landscape Matrix Enriches a Dallas Hacienda.” LSU alumni Douglas Reed, who received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1978, was one of four lead designers on the design and construction team for the project. The project was to recover, order, and make accessible a sustainable environment for domestic life at the Greenlee House, a 1981 Edward Larrabee Barnes house located in Dallas, Texas. “It's beautiful the way the contrast celebrates both the natural and controlled spaces. The juxtaposition of clean lines with the landscape provides resolution between what's manipulated and what's not,” stated the 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury.

• Reed Hilderbrand also received an Award of Excellence in the communications category for its book, “Visible | Invisible: Landscape Works of Reed Hilderbrand,” published by Metropolis Books in January 2013. “Visible | Invisible” explores the preoccupations, influences, themes and challenges that shape how the principals and designers at Reed Hilderbrand reflect on their work. “This is so much more than a firm monograph. There is intellectual rigor to this, and yet, it’s so beautiful at the same time. The resolution of the incredible photographs and drawings allows you to study the details. Every firm should have this book. It’s a model for how to record your work for posterity,” stated the 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury.

• The Design Workshop Inc., received an Award of Excellence in Analysis & Planning The Design Workshop, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, and Aspen, Colo., received an Award of Excellence for their New Orleans project, “Lafitte Greenway & Re Revitalization Corridor: Linking New Orleans Neighborhoods.” LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni Kurt Culbertson, who received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1976, was the lead designer and landscape architect for the project. The Lafitte Greenway is one of the first revitalization projects undertaken in New Orleans since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The landscape architect led a multi-disciplinary effort to transform an old industrial rail corridor into a 3.1-mile linear greenway, a multi-modal transportation corridor linking residents to the heart of the city.

• Professor Emeritus Suzanne Turner, who received an Honor Award in Communications.  Turner, of Suzanne Turner Associates, received an Honor Award for her book, “The Garden Diary of Martha Turnbull, Mistress of Rosedown Plantation,” published by LSU Press in 2012. Turner taught at LSU for 21 years. She served as interim associate dean of academics for the LSU College of Art & Design for two years prior to her retirement in 1999. She returned to LSU in August of 1999 as professor emeritus and again, 2002–03, to serve as interim director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. In 2000, the Suzanne L. Turner Professorship in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture was established in her honor.  

• Hawkins Partners Inc., which received an Honor Award in Research. A landscape architecture firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, Hawkins Partners received an Honor Award for their Green Infrastructure Master Plan, developed in response to the requirement for Nashville to analyze and provide estimated impacts for the reduction to the 765.2 million gallons of combined sewer overflow, or CSO, discharged to the Cumberland River each year through green infrastructure strategies. When completed, Nashville was one of only a handful of cities in the country with a comprehensive plan and has served as a model for similar CSO cities across the U.S. LSU alumni Kim Hawkins and Gary Hawkins, founding principals of Hawkins Partners, both received Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at LSU in 1982. Kim Hawkins contributed to the Green Infrastructure Master Plan.


The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine featuring the winning projects is available online for free viewing. October’s edition will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14.


About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The society's mission is to lead, to educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more at


About LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture
The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has established an international reputation as one of America’s leading and consistently top-ranked programs. Part of the LSU College of Art & Design, the school offers Bachelor of Landscape architecture and Master of Landscape architecture programs. For more than 60 years, the program has produced landscape architects who practice all over the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline. For more information, visit





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