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BSLA Announces 2017 Award Winners

Boston – The Awards Committee of Boston Society of Landscape Architects recently announced the winners of the 2017 BSLA Awards Program.


From CRJA-IBI Group: Reclaiming a Post Industrial Riverfront
Excellence in Design

Excellence Award in Design

CRJA-IBI Group Reclaiming a Post Industrial Riverfront (Boston, Charlestown, Cambridge, Mass.)

Excellence Award in Analysis and Planning

Reed Hilderbrand Laguna Gloria (Austin, Texas)
Honor Award in Design

  • Chester Engineers – Alewife Stormwater Wetland (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects – Pond Residence (Wellfleet, Mass.)
  • Reed Hilderbrand – The Blue Garden (Newport, R.I.)
  • The Office of James Burnett The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Honor Award in Communication

  • Arleyne A. Levee, Honorary ASLA and Edited by Sarah Vance, ASLA – The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape  

Honor Award in Analysis and Planning

  • Sasaki Las Salinas (Vina Del Mar, Chile)

Merit Awards in Design

  • Copley Wolff Design Group – Assembly Row (Somerville, Mass.)
  • Halvorson Design Partnership Western Avenue (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Halvorson Design Partnership – Mount Auburn Cemetery Birch Gardens (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Klopfer Martin Design Group – Kennedy Plaza (Providence, R.I.)
  • Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture Stone Court Villa(Paradise Valley, Arizona)
  • Reed Hilderbrand – Boston Public Library (Boston, Mass.)
  • Reed Hilderbrand – MacDowell Colony Savidge Library(Peterborough, N.H.)
  • Richardson & Associates Lakeside Mountain Retreat (Greenwood, Maine)
  • Sasaki – Sacred Heart University Martire Center (Fairfield, Conn.)
  • Towers | Golde, LLC – Mass Div of Fisheries and Wildlife Field HQ(Westborough, Mass.)
  • Weston & Sampson – Community Path (Somerville, Mass.)

Merit Award in Communication

  • Terrence Parker – The StoneBale (Rollingsford, N.H.)

Merit Award in Analysis and Planning

  • Offshoots, Inc. Route 6 Stormwater and Vegetation Plan (Cape Cod, Mass.)
  • Reed Hilderbrand – Stone Acres Farm (Stonington, Conn.)
  • Richard Burck Associates – Connect Kendall Square Framework Plan(Cambridge, Mass.)

Honor Student Awards

  • Sonja Vangjeli and Dana Shaikh  – Stitching Boundaries (Lima, Peru)
  • UMass LARP Studio for Redesigning the Riverfront for Springfield(Springfield,  Mass.)

Merit Student Awards

  • Kathleen O’Connor Minuteman NHP Cultural Landscape Design(Lincoln, Mass.)
  • UMass LARP Studio for Stitching Together the Urban Fabric (Springfield, Mass.)


From over 100 entries, 27 projects were selected, representing a full scope of landscape architecture design and planning: residential, public, rural; new design, renovations, and restorations. Winners represent work in three countries and seven states – from Chile to Arizona to Maine. Winning firms include solo practices and those with international reputations; three student winners are from University of Massachusetts and one from Harvard School of Design.

Three levels of awards are available, with the Excellence Award given only to the project meeting an outstanding level of accomplishment. Multiple Honor Awards may be given in the categories of Design, Communication, Analysis and Planning, Landmark, or Research for projects that demonstrate the best of landscape professionalism. Merit Awards are given in the same categories for projects demonstrating significant accomplishments.

Student Awards are made at the Honor and Merit levels without regard to category.