ASLA survey shows business outlook weakening

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has recently released the results of their third quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey with billings and inquiries for work drop and hiring plans on hold. Year on year results see an overall improvement  with 84.7 percent claimed stable to significantly higher third-quarter inquiries from potential clients for new project work.  Fully 80.6 percent of firm representatives responding indicated stable to higher billable hours in the third quarter of 2013, representing a slight drop from 82.8 percent last quarter. Inquiries showed a retreat, with some 78 percent reporting stable to higher inquiries for work, compared to 83.5 percent last quarter. It will be interesting to hear how the industry is fairing during the business roundtables at ASLA Meeting/Expo in Boston next week.

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ASLA announces 2013 Professional & Student Awards

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitors Center Landscape | General Design Category – Honor Award | HM White | Image Credit – Aaron Booher

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional Awards and Student Awards this week. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world.

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This Week In Landscape | 18 August 2013

A weekly summary of links from around the world to keep you informed about the latest news in landscape architecture

How urban scars are being remade into vibrant, vital playgrounds | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
“One of the mistakes of the late 20th century was to think of parks as an escape from the city,” says Michael Van Valkenburgh, the landscape architect whose office is designing Corktown Common. “I think it’s very different to think of a park as an essential piece of the city, as opposed to ‘not urban.’”

Q&A: Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen | Susan S. Szenasy| Metropolis Magazine
“Here the principals of the New York firm, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Kim Mathews, RLA, ASLA and Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, talk about the evolution of their profession, their commitment to teaching, writing, lecturing, their research-informed work, as well as the new appreciation of design in the public realm.”

He beautifies an already beautiful San Diego | Nina Garin | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt is responsible for some of the county’s best outdoor spaces”

Can you see the landscape architecture for the trees? | Christopher Vollan | Rize
Landscape architecture, at its best, is much more than the arrangement of greenery, furniture and lawn. Like building architecture, it requires deep knowledge of site history and characteristics balanced with future intentions. As a reflection of our high aspirations in this regard, @MtPleasant2016 is proud to have engaged PWL Landscape architects…”

ASLA survey shows uneven economic picture for Landscape Architecture firms | ASLA
Landscape architecture firms are experiencing sluggish but steady growth as they emerge from the recession, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ second quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey.

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ASLA announces 2013 Honors

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced the 2013 Honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the Honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year.

2013 Honors List
ASLA Medal: Warren T. Byrd Jr., FASLA, will receive the ASLA Medal, the Society’s highest award for a landscape architect. Byrd taught full-time for 26 years at the University of Virginia, serving seven years as chair of the landscape architecture department.
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Viceroy Anguilla | Barnes Bay Anguilla | EDSA


Viceroy Anguilla, a 35-acre resort at the west end of the island of Anguilla, is positioned to take advantage of its unique setting, boasting over 3,000 feet of beach frontage across two bays. Interiors blend seamlessly with exteriors as open walkways and courtyards provide views of the water as well opportunity for relaxing and socializing. Creative use of a limited planting palette was achieved through site sketches and hands on design in the field.

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