Mark Johnson is President and the leading designer who has spearheaded Civitas’ most challenging projects. He began his career at Utah State University where he received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He worked at Maas and Grassi, an Ogden Utah design firm, and landed his first dream job with Jones & Jones of Seattle. There he worked on several zoo exhibits, urban plazas and streets, parks and several major river plans. He left Seattle to earn an MLA in Urban Design at Harvard, where he found important mentors in Peter Walker, Moshe Safdie, and Jose Luis Sert. These great designers and thinkers fuelled Mark’s passion to make a real difference in how cities work for both people and the environment.
Since co-founding Civitas in 1984 Mark has led major public space projects, urban design plans and strategies, and has become widely known for his impact on several cities, on education, and on the role that landscape architects can play in leading complex projects to successful results. Mark is a regular lecturer at AIA, ASLA, APA, ULI events and also RESITE 2014 in Prague where WLA Editor Damian Holmes first met Mark Johnson(MJ). Mark has courteously agreed to answer our three Landscape Architect Profile questions to give our readers an insight into his prestigious career.
Continue reading Profile | Mark Johnson, President, Civitas
At the Hudson’s Edge: Beacon’s Long Dock a Resilient Riverfront Park | Beacon, NY | Reed Hilderbrand LLC | Photo Credit: James Ewing Photography
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the 2015 Professional and Student Awards. Thirty four professional and twenty three student award recipients, selected from 459 professional and 327 student entries, the awards honor projects in the U.S. and around the world.
The winners will receive their awards at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago on Monday, November 9 at McCormick Place – Lakeside Center, Arie Crown Theater.
The following is a complete list of 2015 professional & student award winners:
Continue reading ASLA announces 2015 Professional & Student Awards
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.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 18 August 2013
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.
Continue reading Viceroy Anguilla | Barnes Bay Anguilla | EDSA
This weeks landscape links from around the world.
Mahindra World City: The Future of Gated Communities? |By Oliver Balch at Green Futures | The Big City
“Mahindra World City sets out to take the gated community concept – safe, separate, exclusive – and give it a sustainability spin.”
Landscape Architect Exhibits New Ceramic Sculptures | Arthur Whitman | Ithaca.com
“Marc Peter Keane is an accomplished Ithaca-based landscape architect and writer specializing in contemporary Japanese-inspired gardens.”
NZ first for landscape architecture | Voxy.co.nz
“For the first time New Zealand will host the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Council meeting and World Congress . The World Council meeting on April 11 at SkyCity in Auckland will be the Federation’s 50th World Congress, and is hosted by the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects.”
Top Landscape Architects Visit CSU to Discuss Projects that Blend Natural and Built Environments | Colorado State University
Laurie Olin, Christine Reed, James Lord, and Walter Hood will give separate lectures on April 9-12 as part of the 20th annual Landscape Architecture Days Lecture Series; all the talks are free and open to the public. More info at CSU
ASLA | April is National Landscape Architecture Month
National Landscape Architecture Month = Healthy Living Through Design 2013
Landscape links from around world published in the last week
What is a Landscape Architect? | Katrina | Exscapes
“America isn’t keeping up with advances in planning issues and sustainable design. Businesses should be soaking up all the landscape architects they can. Many are also giving up their title because it is expensive to maintain a practicing license and many are not able to keep up with it due to layoffs.”
From Parking Lot to Paradise – the Revenge of Urban Agriculture | Charles Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Today, however, we have home food production, urban farming, productive gardens, or whatever else you might want to call this movement – and it’s hot.”
The Fearless Grady Clay | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Few journalists have had a greater impact on the field of landscape architecture than Grady Clay, Honorary ASLA, who died on Sunday at the age of 96. He was the editor of this magazine for nearly a quarter century—from 1960 to 1984.”
Out now: Topos 82, About Landscape
Latest edition of Topos Magazine – “All around the world people associate something different with the term landscape.”
Faculty Wins Minneapolis Creative City Challenge | LSU – Robert Reich Landscape School of Landscape Architecture
Director and Associate Professor Bradley Cantrell working with Invivia + urbainDRC won the Minneapolis Creative City Challenge with their proposal: The Minneapolis Interavtive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI).
New Filipino landscape architects as results of Landscape Architect Licensure Examination announced
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 20 out of 31 passed the Landscape Architect Licensure Examination given by the Board of Landscape Architecture in Manila this March 2013.
We Moved! | Landscape Architecture Foundation
In line with the organization’s growth, LAF has moved to a new office in downtown Washington,
Another week in landscape architecture with our selection of links from around the world
Landscape Urbanism…Decoded? | OLIN
“What is landscape urbanism? Is it a method, a practice, or a result? What does this term mean to contemporary practitioners of landscape architecture?”
Landscape Architects: Please Don’t Call Us ‘Architects’ | Sommer Mathis | Atlantic Cities
ASLA goes after Atlantic Cities for spelling Olmsted wrong and calling him an architect. Also stating there is “distinction between landscape architecture and architecture…”
Detroit Mayor Announces Parks and Recreation Closures and Cuts Due to City Council’s Belle Isle Decision | City of Detroit
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that 50 Detroit parks will close this spring and the operation of other City parks and recreation centers will be severely impacted, due to the Detroit City Council’s failure to approve a Belle Isle lease agreement with the State of Michigan.
Iowa State landscape architecture professor receives national planning award | Iowa State University
The American Planning Association is honoring an Iowa State University faculty member with a national award. Christopher J. Seeger, an associate professor of landscape architecture and extension specialist, will receive a 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Transportation Planning.
Imagining in the Urban Wild | Stephen Plunkard | Stantec is…..
Could an interesting, creative and challenging outdoor experience be an alternative to video games? Would it encourage girls and boys to become planners, designers and engineers?
Global Centre for Ecosystem Management Established by UNEP and China | UNEP
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have established a new global centre on ecosystem management in Beijing, which is aimed at promoting ecosystem management in developing countries.