RIASLA Announces 2015-2016 Landscape Design Awards

Providence, RI, January 5, 2016 — The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the 2015-2016 Design Awards during the RIASLA Holiday & Awards Party in Newport, RI on December 10th.  Four Merit Awards, Three Honor Awards, and Five Special Recognition Awards were presented during the evening’s ceremonies.

Kate Field & Associates received the first Merit Award for Bridge House in Small Scale Built Design. BETA Group received two merit awards, one for the Washington Pedestrian Bridge in Large Scale Built Design and one for Veterans Memorial Park in Planning and Analysis. The fourth Merit Award was presented to Searle Design Group for Swan Point Cemetery Office Complex Renovations & Additions in Large Scale Built Work.

L + A Landscape Architecture received a Special Recognition Award in Communications for Gardens of Suzhou, as well as Honor awards for City Walk in Planning and Analysis and Kiruna New Town Hall as an On The Boards project. An Honor Award was also given to Veri | Waterman Associates for Pvt. James H Quinn Square in Large Scale Built Design.

In addition to presenting the design awards, four Special Recognition awards were given out to chapter members for their dedication to the RIASLA.

Kurt Van Dexter and Jenn Judge both received a Special Recognition award for Chapter Communications & RI Parking Day, Sallie Sirhal received a Special Recognition for her years of service working on the RI Chapter Newsletter, and Karen Beck received a special recognition award for her 30 Years of Continued Dedication to RIASLA

The 2015-2016 awards were juried by the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The awards can be viewed on the Rhode Island ASLA website @ http://rhodeislandasla.org/2015-2016/


Bridge House


Project Statement:
“Bridge House” is a newly renovated, contemporary shingle-style house on the coast of Rhode Island. The property consists of a 2.4-acre lot in a quiet residential community overlooking scenic Narragansett Bay. The landscape scope included an overall update of the entire site and reprogramming to provide a resort like environment to meet the changing needs of a growing family while being sensitive to the coastal buffer zone. The project was completed in 2010.

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Private James H. Quinn Square

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Located at the gateway to Central Falls, the renovation of Quinn Square sets the tone for the transformation of the downtown core, simultaneously breathing new life into an underutilized  public space while acting as a catalyst for an active, vibrant streetscape in this diverse community.  Operating  at the scale of a small urban park, it provides a consistent seasonal burst of color, texture and pattern while also serving as a fitting space for memorial observations.

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Washington Pedestrian Bridge


Project Statement:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington Bridge, once a city street connector and interstate highway carrier, is now a preserved landmark and vital link in the region’s growing bike path, pedestrian way and park system. The design and geographical location promote the attraction of thousands of bicycle commuters and recreational users as it supports health, educational and economic growth and sustainability.

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Veterans Memorial Park

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Project Statement:
The Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan is a visioning instrument for restructuring a disorganized memorial park into a destination for reflection and a landmark for civic activities.  The design team, led by landscape architects, facilitated the charrette process by listening to the needs of different stakeholders and their perception of the opportunities and limitations of the site.  This process guided the group towards a positive consensus and produced a design that balanced the sensitive treatment of the veteran memorials while providing a safe and compelling public space.  This project is moving forward with final design of Phase I, which is scheduled to commence this winter.

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City Walk


CITY WALK is a network of connected urban landscape spaces enhancing the everyday life of the city. In 2014, a landscape architecture study for this 7.8 mile route culminated seven years of advocacy to incorporate CITY WALK into municipal and neighborhood planning, which it has successfully accomplished. Two principles guide the ambition of CITY WALK: connect eight Providence neighborhoods via a network of pedestrian spaces/bicycle routes and improve equitable access to urban assets.

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