PennDesign Congratulates 2010 ASLA Fellows

Fri. 17 September

The School of Design is proud to recognize the 2010 inductees to the American Society of Landscape Architects distinguished Council of Fellows.

Fellowship is among the highest honors bestowed by the ASLA, recognizing individual's contributions to the profession and the public. Seven of the 41 members in 2010 Class of Fellows received their master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania:

José M. Almiñana, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa, Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC
Diane M. Dale, William McDonough + Partners
Steven E. Koch, Koch Landscape Architecture
Alistair T. McIntosh, Sasaki Associates Inc.
Lucinda R. Sanders, OLIN
Barbara E. Wilks, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

OLIN and James Corner Field Operations were also recognized at the ASLA Annual Meeting. OLIN received the 2010 Landmark Award for their work as lead designer on Bryant Park. James Corner Field Operations along with Diller Scofidio + Renfro were awarded a 2010 ASLA Professional Honor Award in the General Design category for their work on the High Line in New York City.


José M. Almiñana, ASLA
Andropogon Associates, Ltd, Philadelphia, PA 

José Almiñana, nominated in the Service Category by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter, is an outstanding advocate for the importance of landscape architect involvement in planning and development. His groundbreaking projects, public service, and cross-discipline collaboration have positioned landscape architects at the core of the sustainability movement. His firm’s work in rainwater management, bioengineering design, and the ecological remediation of urban landscapes weaves together the landscapes of man and nature for the benefit of both. As a key player in the Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM (SITESTM) and a frequent lecturer, Almiñana is among the leading landscape architects of his generation. He has bachelor’s degrees in architecture from the Central University of Venezuela and construction review from the College of Engineers of Venezuela and a master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa, ASLA
Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Ignacio Bunster-Ossa was nominated in the Works Category by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter. An architecture graduate fascinated early in his career by the value of landscape design, he stands today as one of the most respected landscape architects in the United States, with a focus on public places and their integration into the urban realm. Among the many notable urban landscapes, new communities, university campuses, waterfronts, parks, and civic spaces that have benefited from his planning and landscape design expertise are the Georgetown Waterfront Park and Anacostia Waterfront in Washington; Nashville's Public Square; the Trinity River Corridor in Dallas; and Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif. Bunster-Ossa earned his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Miami and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Diane M. Dale, ASLA
William McDonough + Partners, Charlottesville, VA

Diane Dale was nominated in the Works Category by the ASLA Executive Committee. Her skills in analysis, strategic thinking, and communication are highly effective in addressing the challenges of community planning. Her firm's approach is to translate architectural and engineering strategies into a language that focuses on the integration of spatial planning, site systems, and built form. As a landscape architect/lawyer, she commands the multidimensional insight necessary to direct cross-discipline community-planning work globally. Dale has been recognized often for her work and is a frequent conference speaker. She earned her bachelor of landscape architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, her master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and her JD from the University of Virginia.

Steven E. Koch, ASLA
Koch Landscape Architecture, Portland, OR

Steven Koch was nominated in the Works Category by the Oregon Chapter, which noted his ability to develop gardens and urban spaces that evoke the historic and cultural landscape of the Northwest. He is a master of urban context and scale, and his work is crisp, restrained, and responsive to social, ecological, and programmatic objectives. His richly tactile surfaces, unexpected juxtaposition of materials, dramatic lighting, artful stormwater conveyance, and layered plant palettes create environments that refresh and delight. Koch advanced the founding principles of landscape architecture that he learned while working under Ian McHarg and Lawrence Halprin. His designs speak to the opportunities and values inherent in the Northwest. He earned his bachelor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon and master of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alistair T. McIntosh, ASLA
Sasaki Associates Inc, Watertown, MA

Alistair McIntosh was nominated in the Works Category by the ASLA Executive Committee. His landscape design philosophy is based on three interrelated concepts: the historic and geographical circumstances of the particular site, which is the starting point for the process of placemaking; the forms of human use and how they shape the occupation of civic spaces; and the act of construction, which achieves the tangible reality of meaningful landscape design. His range of key projects includes the Indianapolis waterfront park and open space system, the Hudson River Park in New York City, and Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Graduate School of Design and earned his master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lucinda R. Sanders, ASLA
OLIN, Newton, PA

Lucinda Sanders was nominated in the Works Category by the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter. With an emphasis on social purpose and ecological sensitivity, her restorative landscapes combine her talents in urbanism with her interest in social and natural systems, philosophy, and art. Her design and management ingenuity has drawn design commissions from the Battery Park City Authority, GSA, and Carnegie Hall. Her firm is also developing the new master plan for Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront. On the University of Pennsylvania faculty she has created an ambitious urban design studio that addresses real-world design problems along the East Coast. Her service to the profession has raised the profile of ASLA and the profession. She earned her BA from Wells College and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Barbara E. Wilks, ASLA
W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, New York City, NY

Barbara Wilks was nominated in the Works Category by the New York Chapter. Her technical proficiency and design prowess are evident in work that is sophisticated and inviting, urban yet a reprieve from urban life. She applies these juxtapositions of structured hardscape with naturalistic plantings at scales from urban master planning to individual sites. Her work also stands apart for how beautifully it addresses the current issues of sustainable, contextual, and community-based design. As a mentor, Wilks has a collaborative spirit and respects the intellectual autonomy of others. Her sustained efforts in designing and building make our cities more livable, more sustainable, and more beautiful. She earned her bachelor of architecture from Cornell University and master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.