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Applications now open for 2018 Spring Cohort

Early career designers:  Applications are now being accepted for DesignxRI’s Design Forward RI Emerge program.

DESIGN FORWARD RI (DFWD) is a comprehensive strategy to strengthen and support design sector skills, talent pipelines, and career trajectories in Rhode Island.  Nominated and/or approved by Rhode Island employers, designers take a deep-dive into concepts which reinforce critical thinking skills and application in the business of design.

DFWD Emerge is for recent design graduates (up to 2 years post-graduation) launching their careers.  The 2018 Spring program runs five-months and begins in March 2018.  Nominate a member of your team or apply below.  Application closes February 12. 

RFP Issued for Woonasquatucket River Greenway Consultant Services


The RFP will be posted to the online procurement system that the City shares with the City of Newport at For more information on the Proposal Package, please call the Purchasing Department at (401) 421-7740 extension 264 or email Patti Jordan at

RIASLA Announces 2016-2017 Professional Design Awards

Providence, RI, December  14, 2017 — The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the 2016-2017 Design Awards during the RIASLA Holiday & Awards Party in Pawtucket, RI on December 6th.  Two Merit Awards, One Honor Award, One Student Award and Two Special Recognition Awards were presented during the evening’s ceremonies.


L + A Landscape Architecture received a Merit Award in Communications for The Driverless City Project. BETA Group received a Merit Award for Bushnell Park North in Large Scale Built Design.  An Honor Award was given to Kate Field & Associates for Verbena in Small Scale Built Design.  A Student Award was given to Rebecca Nolan for Under the Surface: Hidden Dimensions of Drainage Landscapes.   In addition to presenting the design awards, two Special Recognition awards were given out to chapter members. Adam Anderson received a Special Recognition award for 10,000 Suns. Nathan Socha received a Special Recognition for his 5 Years of Continued Dedication to RIASLA.


The 2017-2018 awards were juried by the St. Louis of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Designs

Please see the press release below from the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission.  Design submissions are being accepted until December 15, 2017.  See below for more information or check out their website, here.


The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Newtown, Connecticut, invites design submissions for a permanent memorial, to honor and remember the twenty-six victims of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

All interested designers, including but not limited to landscape architects, architects, and artists, are invited to apply individually or as teams. Emerging design professionals are also encouraged to submit a design.

Kyle Lyddy, Chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission spoke to potential designers while explaining the importance of the work.  “With your submission, we hope that you will be purposeful with your thoughts, keeping in mind the reason your design is being sought, and are sensitive to the many individuals and families who have been impacted by that horrific day.”

A document called “Guidelines for Submitting a Design” will be available at as of Sept. 22, 2017. Phase I design submissions will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2017. Once accepted, the Memorial Commission and an advisory panel will review designs and create a short list to move forward into Phase II.

“While we have outlined a detailed document as a base for your work, we are hopeful this doesn’t limit the creativity of your submission,” Lyddy explained.

After a lengthy search for a site, the Town of Newtown was fortunate to receive a donation of land, by the Board of Trustees of the Social Boys & Athletic Club (SAC) of Sandy Hook, for the memorial.

The site is a 5.3-acre property in the community of Sandy Hook, which contains two open areas (former playing fields), two ponds, and woodlands. It is situated in a semi-rural area close to Sandy Hook Center. Neighboring and nearby properties include private residences, town land, and farms.

Individuals interested in submitting a design will be allowed access to the memorial via scheduled site walks and by appointment only.

Mr. Lyddy expressed thanks to the members of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, past and present, and others in the community who have played a role in navigating this process over the past several years. “It’s an emotional task. We’ve attempted to be diligent with our approach while ensuring every decision we’re making is guided by our mission statement of honoring those lost on that horrific day.”


Media Contact: Kyle Lyddy


Website / Design Submissions:



Green Roof Program

Join the Connecticut Chapter of ASLA as they present a full-day continuing education program on the planning, design and realization of unique amenity spaces above the street level!  The day also includes walking tours of nearby Constitution Plaza, Traveler’s Plaza, and Phoenix Plaza, part of the growing i-Quilt network providing connectivity to the exceptional assets of downtown Hartford — including parks, museums, public art and performance spaces, historic landmarks, modern architecture, and the Connecticut River. With a dozen exhibitors and six hours of training, this event will demonstrate how these exciting green pedestrian spaces are helping to rejuvenate our cities.

See the following link for more information and to register for this exciting event:

Connecticut ASLA – Designing Green Roofs & Plazas Conference