2020 Design Awards

Award of Excellence

WxLA – Reed Gilliland, Inc.


Project Statement
WxLA emerged from a panel at the ASLA national convention in the fall of 2018 as a gender justice advocacy initiative in landscape architecture. Raising awareness of the challenges that prevent women from reaching their potential and providing inspired ideas and new models, WxLA’s initiatives include the (First-ever) Women’s Landscape Equality (re)Solution, WxLA Instagram Campaign, The WxLA Scholarship, and two social media takeovers.

In addition, though nascent in its life as an advocacy organization, WxLA has been featured in numerous national and international publications including Landscape Architecture Magazine, World Landscape Architecture Magazine and The Dirt. A mobilized and empowered movement, WxLA is providing a voice for women in the profession, a mechanism for enacting change and an inspiration to legacy and next-generation practitioners alike.

Honor Award

Heartwood Greenways And Stormwater Masterplan – Meyer Studio Land Architects (MSLA)


Project Statement
In 2019, a series of unprecedented floods ravaged Eastern Nebraska and the greater Omaha metropolitan area. Estimated damages ranged upwards of 1.3 billion dollars: farms were shuttered, families lost homes. Disastrous flooding is becoming the new normal of a changing climate, a problem exacerbated in this region by sprawling urbanization that increases impervious runoff and associated flood-level peak flows. The Heartwood Greenways and Stormwater Masterplan, which anchors a 500-acre development in Omaha, Nebraska, is designed to help protect adjacent communities and farms by mitigating future extreme weather events.

The greenway system is defined by a series of meticulously crafted water detention basins, both functional and beautiful. The project celebrates the process of capturing rainfall and conceives this network of detention basins as a sculpture park. The project explores an expanded role for the design of climate infrastructure, wherein these systems are designed to make legible our changing planet while serving to mitigate the disastrous impacts of these changes.

Honor Award

New Stanford Hospital – GLS Landscape Architecture


Project Statement
The New Stanford Hospital sets a bold new global standard for healthcare facilities prioritizing a landscape-driven and human centered design to revolutionize the patient experience. While leading at the forefront of technological innovations and seismic standards, the hospital also prioritizes a novel approach to the landscape: Four acres of healing gardens are informed by the therapeutic power of nature, providing solace to patients and families and offering healthcare workers a healthy and restorative workspace. This allows the facility to integrate a holistic approach to wellness, addressing social, emotional, and physical needs simultaneously.

The hospital’s open spaces are designed to be fully integrated into the California landscape, drawing on the history of Santa Clara Valley agriculture and connecting visually to the larger Stanford University built environment.

Honor Award

Portola Valley Residence – Lutsko Associates


Project Statement
Tucked into a grassy hillside in Portola Valley, a California town at the edge of a coastal mountain range, this modest residence honors the surrounding landscape and provides spaces for the family of five to gather and play. The project includes a three-bedroom house, a small guest house and studio, pathways, parking, a backyard terrace, and gardens that unobtrusively maintain the natural landscape character. To this end, the gardens and gathering spaces connect the house to the site and create outdoor rooms to occupy, without distracting from the natural beauty of the open hillside. The planting design is restrained, exploring subtle transitions that effectively blur boundaries between naturalistic California “garden” and contextual plant communities, in this case naturalized annual grasses. The resulting home and gardens feel bound to the hillside and anchored by a calm sense of place.