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M. Meade Palmer Medal

To celebrate the extraordinary professional contributions of our late colleague, M. Meade Palmer, the Virginia Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects has established a new award in his honor. The M. Meade Palmer medal will be awarded to an individual who exemplifies the values, sensibility and spirit reflected in the life and work of Meade Palmer:

  • Gentility of bearing, a gracious and generous nature toward all he encountered
  • Devotion to design excellence and the profession of landscape architecture
  • Dedicated to encouraging and teaching others
  • Humility despite significant accomplishment
  • A deep respect for nature and context that guided his design interventions on the land, dictating a lightness of touch that became his hallmark

Those who knew him found in Meade a knowledgeable plantsman and horticulturist, a horseman with a love for all animal companions, a practical joker with a ready twinkle in his eye, a steward of the land who lived and worked most comfortably in his beloved Piedmont Virginia, yet never limited his boundary when the opportunity came to take on a new challenge. His contributions to the profession demonstrated expertise in design, horticulture, education, historic preservation, and service to ASLA. The respect he commanded in these areas was so great that he came to serve as an ambassador of the profession to those in allied fields and the public at large, serving also as a role model for generations of students and young professionals. Quick with a smile of teasing remark, Meade practiced his craft with a special joyfulness.

The award established in his name will be given to the Virginia Chapter member whose life and career demonstrate, as Meade did, a broad range of contributions to the profession. The nomination materials should document the applicant’s accomplishments in multiple areas listed below:

  • Excellence in the design and execution of built works, resource planning and preservation
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the profession of landscape architecture
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to regional landscape values and the preservation of its legacy
  • Concern for the future of the profession, expressed through teaching and mentoring young professionals
  • Promotion of landscape architecture in personal and professional life
  • Practice of stewardship ethic toward the land
  • Personal integrity
  • Nomination submittals shall include:
  • A written narrative describing how the individual exemplifies the qualities specified for the award.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Supporting illustrative materials (drawings, photographs or other graphics) demonstrating the qualities outlined above
  • Letters of support (3 minimum)

Award Receipients
Don Lederer 
Dick Gibbons