VA ASLA Awards Programs

The Virginia Chapter ASLA bestows a variety of awards to its members and allied professionals on an annual basis. The awards are typically presented at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting held during the fall.

Annual Professional Awards
The Chapter sponsors a professional awards program on a annual basis. The purpose of the program is to recognize excellence, exemplary performance, and significant contributions by the landscape architecture profession within the Commonwealth of Virginia; to encourage the application of visionary and progressive solutions to the issues, problems, and opportunities challenging landscape architects; and to provide a forum for the review and evaluation of work currently shaping our environment. Submissions are reviewed in three categories: design, planning and analysis, and research and communications. A jury is convened to review the submissions and select honor and merit award winning projects. The awards are presented at the annual conference.

Information on the the 2018 Professional and Student Awards Program will be available in the spring of 2018.

2017 VA ASLA Professional and Student Awards

The VA ASLA Awards Committee sought to assemble a jury that represented the breadth of the profession, including private, public, institutional, and academic practice, and exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity. The 2017 jury was instructed to review the stated criteria of each category before beginning a spirited discussion of the merits of over 25 projects. The final awards represent the highest caliber of projects undertaken by landscape architecture firms and individuals practicing or studying in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Congratulations to all!

General Design


Beyond Infrastructure: Landscape, Community, and Ecology at the Duke University Water Reclamation Pond
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architecture – Charlottesville, VA


Renewal Refuge,and Remembrance: The Naval Cemetery Landscape
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects – Charlottesville, VA

VCU Pollack Roof Garden
Peter O’Shea, FASLA
O’Shea Wilson Siteworks – Charlottesville, VA


Bridge House: Spanning Generations
Anna Boeschenstein, ASLA
Grounded – Charlottesville, VA

The Perry
Mark Lewis, ASLA
LSG Landscape Architecture – Tysons, VA


Capillary System, a New Vision for Najarfgarh Drain
Qiaozia Qia, Student
University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

Chatham Hall Tree Framework Plan
Paul Josey, ASLA
Wolf | Josey Landscape Architects – Charlottesville, VA


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Culture Park
Jacob Fox, ASLA
O’Shea Wilson Siteworks, Charlottesville, VA

City of Austin Historic Cemetaries Master Plan
Laura Knott, ASLA
Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc, Charlottesville, VA

Longwood University Master Plan
Peter O’Shea, FASLA
O’Shea Wilson Siteworks – Charlottesville, VA

Student: Yes, And … The Improvising Landscape of the Displaced
Elyana Javaheri, Associate ASLA
Virginia Tech – Alexandria, VA

Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center
Dennis Carmichael, FASLA
Parker Rodriquez – Alexandria, VA


Student STEM Engagement with Landscape Architecture
Mike Fox, ASLA
WPL – Virginia Beach, VA

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Intangible Qualities
Emily Barge
3north – Richmond, VA

Urban Tree Guide
Neal Beasley, ASLA
Timmons Group – Richmond, VA


Over the Tracks
Matthew Scarnaty, Student

University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

Pattern Research: Honoring Tradition in Contemporary Islamic Garden Design
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects – Charlottesville, VA


Click here for information on other VA ASLA Awards.