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Strong GSD showing in ASLA Honor Roll

Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty and Loeb Fellows have earned recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), which announced its 2015 honors last week.

Carl Steinitz, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Emeritus, is recipient of the ASLA's Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal for “significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education.” Steinitz's research is devoted to improving the methods by which planners and designers organize and analyze information about large land areas and how they make major design decisions. In 1984, he received the Outstanding Educator Award of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and in 1996 he won the Distinguished Practitioner Award from the International Association for Landscape Ecology.

Among those named ASLA honorary members this year are Charles Waldheim, the GSD's John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture; Loeb Fellows Susan Chin (LF ’00), Charles McKinney (LF ’94), and Susan Rademacher (LF ’87); and Nina-Marie E. Lister, who served as a visiting associate professor of landscape architecture at the GSD from 2009 to 2014 and currently teaches at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Since its inception in 1899, the ASLA has inducted only 175 honorary members.

Chin's Design Trust for Public Space also won the Olmsted Medal, a recognition of environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship.

The ASLA also added 37 of its members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015, among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members. One of those honored is the GSD's Chris Reed, associate professor in practice of landscape architecture. 

He and the other 36 honorees will have the designation conferred this fall at the ASLA Conference in Chicago.

Photo: Charles Waldheim (L) and Carl Steinitz