in this issue + President’s Letter (PAGE 1) + Awards (PAGE 4) + 2013 Year of Public Service (PAGE 13) + The Making of an Urban Orchard (PAGE 16) + Celebration Recap (PAGE 17)
elevation A QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER American Society of Landscape Architects www.il-asla.org
President’s Letter By Chris Gent // ILASLA President
riends & Colleagues, it is my great pleasure to introduce the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) award winning projects for 2012. The sixteen projects highlighted in these pages showcase the high caliber of professional practice exhibited by Illinois landscape architects in the fields of design, historic landscapes, communications, and environmental stewardship. This broad spectrum of work clearly demonstrates landscape architects’ leadership in design and environmental planning.
In an effort to be economically and environmentally sustainable, ILASLA has moved to a digital platform for our publications. This issue, as well as previous issues of Elevation and Folio, is available for download on the chapter website: il-asla.org. Interested members can also purchase print copies of Folio through the chapter website.
Over the course of the past year, our Chapter has benefitted from an amazing group of committee volunteers; the lifeblood that keeps ILASLA energized. With their hard work, the Chapter has accomplished great things, three of which are important to highlight here. First, in order for our profession to grow, the Chapter must engage all landscape architects. To this end, seventeen events were held in 2012, programmed and provided with both seasoned and emerging professionals in mind. From a lake cruise, to LARE review and prep sessions, to strategy sessions designed to expand members’ business acumen, there were events designed to engage members at all levels of their careers, across our region. Second, public service is an important aspect of the cultivation of relationships within our field and, in turn, helps raise awareness of the profession. In 2012, a group of Chapter members volunteered to design and build a play garden at the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show. President/Show Direc-
Johnson Controls Headquarters — Conservation Design Forum
tor Tony Abruscato noted it was the most successful play garden ever displayed at the show. Building on this achievement, Chapter volunteers took on development of two different gardens for the 2013 exhibition. Finally, ILASLA continues to have a strong public outreach and advocacy presence. Throughout the year, the Chapter sent 4450 elected officials, municipal leaders, affiliates and members a series of three postcards highlighting the award-winning work of Illinois landscape architects – and as part of the National Landscape Architecture Month festivities held in April – the chapter celebrated Fredrick Law Olmsted’s 190th birthday as a partner in the Village of Riverside’s FRED event. Volunteers served up birthday cake, and returned in August to assist with Olmsted’s Design Lessons for Today. These activities represent just a small portion of the work being done by ILASLA members every day. In addition to celebrating the award-winning work being done by landscape architects in Illinois, we must [continued on page 3]
Chapter Events + Highlights
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Please join us on June 20th from 5:30August 1st from 4-9pm. Come early and 8:00 p.m. at the Standard Bar & Grill in visit ILCA Field Day and participate in the Wicker Park as ILASLA and The Bartlett Industry Panel Discussion. Seminars Present: Wicker Park Bucktown: The Industry Panel Discussion is titled Communities Transforming. Presented “‘I love that plant. Why can’t I get it?!’ by Scott Page of Interface Studio and Erik Introducing new varieties: an industry Grossnickle of Bartlett Tree Experts, the supply chain discussion.” Every year the seminar will focus on creative solutions to nursery industry introduces hundreds of successful community buy-in and progresnew varieties. Learning about these new sive urban forest management. varieties then finding they are not available to use in design can be frustrating Plants and Pinot is taking place on June for many landscape architects. Panelists 27th from 3-8 pm. Hosted at the P.P.&O. representing all four stakeholders in the Nursery, this new type of event features supply chain, landscape architect, landguided nursery tours highlighting new and scape contractor, nursery re-wholesaler, exciting plant materials (annuals, perennials and grower will illuminate their unique and shrubs) with a brief closing presentationat tour’s end. Dinner and beverages will perspective in the market supply chain. be provided.. Registration is free for ILChris Beytes, senior editor for Grower ASLA members and guests and is currently Talks magazine will lead this lively, informative discussion. open on the ILASLA website. This event is presented and generously sponsored by the Afterwards, join us for an evening of food, Ornamental Growers Association. libations and music at ILASLA’s Summer 2013 Nature Explore - The Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute, will take place July 21-24 at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska. This is a great networking opportunity for anyone in the landscape and design business, as professionals come from all over the US. The event is approved by LACES for 13 Professional Development Hours (PDH) or 1.3 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Join us at the Gardens at Ball for the Annual ILASLA Annual Summer Mixer on
Mixer at the pavilion. Tour the grounds, enjoy the company of colleagues, and celebrate the Summer of 2013 with Ball Horticulture, ILCA and ILASLA. For more information please visit www.il-asla.org
The Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership will be hosting a symposium and working group, on Thursday, October 3, 2013, focusing on invasive ornamental plants and improving the working relationship between green industry and conservationists regarding this issue.
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also recognize the smaller, though no less important, volunteer efforts that are continuing to build relationships, benefit communities, and promote the value of the profession of landscape architecture in our state. With this in mind, we are also dedicating this issue to highlighting some of the ongoing volunteer efforts that are happening within our Chapter. As 2013 progresses, I look forward to opportunities to strengthen our membership, bolster our partnerships with allied professions, and advocate both locally
and nationally, for sustainable design and livable communities. To this end, and inspired by the great work and great stories presented in this issue of Elevation, I ask that each member get involved. If you are a firm leader, become active in the Chapter and encourage your staff to do the same. Whether you advocate for a cause, become a committee volunteer, or get involved in your community, you can help to promote the value of landscape architects. There is much we can do together.
THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS THE MISSION OF THE ASLA IS “TO LEAD, TO EDUCATE, AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAREFUL STEWARDSHIP, WISE PLANNING, AND ARTFUL DESIGN OF OUR CULTURAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS.” Elevation has a circulation of more than 5,000 copies and is published quarterly by ILASLA. Edited by Chris Jennette and Stacey Leonard, designed by Nikolas Davis and Chris Jennette, and produced by IMAGO. PRESIDENT CHRIS GENT, ASLA PRESIDENT-ELECT CHRIS LANNERT, ASLA PAST-PRESIDENT STEVE HALBERG, ASLA TREASURER TONY QUINN, ASLA SECRETARY ALAN WATKINS, ASLA TRUSTEE KEVEN GRAHAM, ASLA EXTERNAL COMM. CHAIR STACEY LEONARD, ASLA INTERNAL COMM. CHAIR BRAD MCCAULEY, ASLA PUBLIC AWARENESS CHAIR CYNTHIA ANDERSON, ASLA EMERGING PROFESSIONALS CHAIR LAUREN JENNISON, ASLA EDUCATION CHAIR KENON BOEHM, ASLA FELLOWSHIP CHAIR SARAH MARRS, ASLA ADVOCACY CHAIR PATTY KING, ASLA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUSAN RAGAISHIS
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ILASLA 2012 AWARDS PRESIDENT’S AWARD Judge Fisher Apartments – Site Design Group The Judge Fisher Apartments respond to a series of complex challenges through an elegant, responsive design that incorporates increased accessibility and a series of amenities with accommodations for a special resident, a rare falcon living atop the building. Loosely programmed areas for strolling and sitting, a unique water feature, and a “Trellis Walk” combine to create an environment designed for accessibility, safety, and social interaction tailored to the specific needs of residents…including the falcon!
PRESIDENT’S AWARD 31st Street Harbor – AECOM The 31st Street Harbor transforms an underused portion of Chicago’s Lake Michigan lakeshore into a new public amenity. Unlike traditional harbors that focus only on commercial boat activity, this project integrates a 1,000-slip marina with a park, melding high-tech engineering with thoughtful place-making. The result is a vibrant gathering place for Chicago’s South Side community.
HONOR AWARD Panduit Headquarters – Daniel Weinbach & Partners The Panduit Headquarters campus is a landmark sustainable project for both Panduit and the Village of Tinley Park. The design for the 53-acre campus contrasts a predominantly natural landscape -- consisting of low maintenance grasses and forbs, as well as bioswales, wetlands, and an extensive green roof – with meticulously designed courtyard spaces developed for employee and special event use. The project is already being emulated in other Panduit properties, and is held as an example of good landscape design and stewardship practices by the Village.
HONOR AWARD Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project – Hitchcock Design Group Responding to the community’s desire for a project that would be more than simply an engineered stormwater solution, the Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project incorporates recirculating natural stone waterfalls, wetlands, a promenade, overlook, and amphitheater into a space that is not only an efficient model of stormwater management, but also a place that supports recreation, connectivity, and economic development; all of which have fostered civic pride in a space that was once considered an eyesore.
ILASLA 2012 AWARDS HONOR AWARD Urban Residence – Chris Gent Landscape Studio A simple palette of bluestone, limestone, and cedar unifies the design for this residence, located in the City of Chicago. Despite the limitations of a typical city lot, the design creates an engaging garden that provides privacy, space to entertain, and a retreat from the hectic urban environment. The design includes custom fencing, a trellis canopy, lush plantings, ponds, and waterfalls, organized around three zones — entertainment, privacy, and garden. The space benefits from a focused materials palette and well organized design, resulting in a beautiful and functional urban oasis.
HONOR AWARD Nature Boardwalk Lincoln Park Zoo – WRD Environmental Thoughtful design has helped to transform Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Pond into a functioning, diverse ecosystem in the heart of the city. A rehabilitated pond ecosystem and wetland filter stormwater runoff from the adjacent Farm-in-the-Zoo, and a boardwalk brings people to the water to discover, learn, and connect with nature while they enjoy iconic views of downtown Chicago. It is a natural space in the shadow of skyscrapers; a home for birds, fish, frogs, turtles, insects, and mammals; and, ultimately, a place for visitors to experience first-hand the richness of nature.
HONOR AWARD Lightscape – Site Design Group Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street is a unique installation of color and light, choreographed to music along State Street in downtown Chicago’s busy shopping and business district. Created to be a year-round attraction, it breaks new ground in interactive decorative street solutions. Between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. each day, the installation’s embedded speakers broadcast musical selections and special announcements as the lights change patterns in synchronization with the music. Based on the installation’s popularity, 6 more clusters were installed within the first year.
MERIT AWARD Thomas J. Waters Elementary School Campus and Outdoor Classroom – The Lakota Group In 2007, the landscape architect initiated a campus and outdoor classroom design process to incorporate sustainable features into a fun learning and recreational setting for students at Thomas J. Waters Elementary School. The program includes a classroom addition on the southern end of the school; new garden house/storage space for the community garden; a recreation field; two playgrounds for different age groups; staff parking; and new outdoor garden space. Features such as permeable paving, a green roof, cisterns and rain barrels for stormwater capture and reuse, and recycled materials have made the new campus a model of stewardship for students, and provided them with an interactive, living classroom in which to learn.
ILASLA 2012 AWARDS MERIT AWARD Simple Elegance – Mariani Landscape Discovered by the current homeowners in a derelict state, this site has undergone a dramatic transformation. From the outset, the team collaborated closely to ensure that the main design elements – the residence, gardens, and lake view – would not compete, but rather harmonize. The overall design intent was to create a calming landscape that evokes a sense of time and place, and incorporates new functional requirements of the residence such as a pool, gravel driveway, dining terraces, and tennis court. The landscape design takes a cue from the simplicity of the lake and uses big sweeps and a clean color palette of whites and greens. The end results are simple, elegant, and timeless.
MERIT AWARD Waterline: 12 Designers, 12 Dreams – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Waterline: 12 Designers, 12 Dreams, is a multimedia project that communicates the immense potential for a re-birth of the South Branch of the Chicago River. This corridor of approximately three miles touches Chicago’s central city, transit hubs, office core, industrial corridors, and emerging residential and arts neighborhoods, yet rarely do people stop and contemplate the River as a positive amenity or a place to spend time. Culminating in an exhibition that attracted approximately 5,000 visitors over a two-month period, Waterline inspires Chicagoans to see the River as an asset that can provide ecological services and contribute to the city’s social, cultural, and economic life.
MERIT AWARD Near North Montessori School Children’s Garden – Site Design Group Serving over 500 students, the Near North Montessori School had a plan to build a Children’s Garden that would meet all Montessori Method philosophies, and follow a constructivist model wherein children learn from discovery rather than prescribed play. The final design responds to numerous unique challenges presented by the site and the program, and incorporates elements such as edible gardens, a gentle hill perfect for rolling down, and an accessible “tree house” area, inspired by student designs. Through the collaboration of the design team, Near North Montessori School students now have an engaging, safe, and imaginative space to play, explore, discover, and, most importantly, learn.
MERIT AWARD Johnson Controls Headquarters — Conservation Design Forum Once dominated by asphalt parking lots and turf lawns, the Johnson Controls headquarters is now a leading-edge, high performance facility with the largest concentration of buildings on one campus to ever receive LEED Platinum certification. 13 acres of restored upland prairie, streams and wetlands, and beautiful gardens planted with an array of hardy grasses and flowering perennials have transformed the grounds into a refuge for both wildlife and employees. The project is a shining example of how a sterile, 40-yearold suburban campus can be reintegrated into its surrounding ecosystem.
ILASLA 2012 AWARDS MERIT AWARD Glencoe Residence – The Garden Consultants Overlooking a picturesque golf course, this project seamlessly integrates an existing home and extensive program into a series of intimate outdoor rooms that frame stunning views of the borrowed landscape. The principal challenge, and overarching design intent, was to preserve the character of the setting, while incorporating a substantial program within the main viewshed of the adjacent groves of mature Oaks. The restrained design solution mediates between the home and the landscape beyond; it gently extends the building and welcomes and engages the neighboring site. The project successfully integrates program, home, site, and context to reveal a singular, refined vision.
MERIT AWARD Chicago River Fish Hotel – WRD Environmental The Chicago River Fish Hotel is a sustainably-designed, self-contained floating garden. Intended to mimic the qualities of a natural river bank, the Fish Hotel is a floating dock with four manmade islands and four suspended fish cribs at varying water depths. 25 native species at the surface attract invertebrates for the fish to eat and provide needed shade, while branches and logs at the surface attract turtles and birds, creating a rich habitat for aquatic life. A highly visible, verdant oasis, the Fish Hotel has helped to build awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s second waterfront.
MERIT AWARD Elemental Building – 1610 N. Honore – Altamanu Located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, this 1890’s two-flat residence with a detached garage on a 2,900-sf urban lot has been converted into a three-story single-family home. The site design includes permeable paving, a 100 percent native Illinois plant palette, reclaimed materials, a solar-panel shade canopy and an edible container garden. Through a rigorous dedication to sustainability and reuse of existing materials, the home was awarded LEED Platinum certification, and has become a showcase of environmental sustainability for residential development.
MERIT AWARD Cheney Mansion Phase One Improvements – Wolff Landscape Architecture Improvements such as an ADA compliant walkway, and newly designed signage blend seamlessly into the historic fabric of Cheney Mansion, a historic house and property owned by the Park District of Oak Park. Improvements were designed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes, and incorporate materials re-used on site, such as 200 linear feet of original bluestone re-set to flank the site entry and retain its historic character.
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
2013 Year of Public Service By Nik Davis // ASLA
At the National Level
At the State Level
The 2013 Year of Public Service (2013 YPS) has been established by the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) Public Awareness Campaign to highlight the wide-reaching public service activities performed by landscape architects and to advocate for a higher commitment to community service projects.
The Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects has been involved in numerous volunteer efforts over the past year. The nature of these efforts has varied quite a bit and demonstrates the broad range of interests within our profession.
At the national level, any current ASLA member can submit their project to the Public Awareness Campaign to bring attention to the volunteer efforts Landscape Architects are involved in throughout the country. For more information on how to submit and to see the many efforts of our members, visit ASLA’s website (http://asla.org/yps.aspx).
As a joint effort, the ILASLA Public Awareness and External Communication Committees partnered with Andrea Briney at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), a Chicago Public School (CPS) magnet school for agriculture and allied professions. Andrea teaches Landscape Design and Horticulture at CHSAS and reached out to ILASLA to find a way to bring landscape architecture professionals into the classroom.
The Chapter assisted in design charrettes and conducted a mini-lecture series. The charrettes/critiques included ILASLA volunteers (Keven Graham, Stacey Leonard, Brad McCauley, Greg Pierceall, Daniel Stone, Alan Watkins, and Jack Cebe) who donated their time and experience to review the students’ design concepts for a garden to be constructed at the Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. ILASLA volunteers also conducted a minilecture series at CHSAS consisting of three lectures with different focus areas. Lecture topics and speakers included: Phytoremediation, Jameson Skaife; Plant Material Selection – Using plants as Design Elements, Alan Watkins and Adam White; and Drafting and Rendering techniques – Hand vs. Computer, Kenon Boehm and Victoria Mancini. 13
Each volunteer brought their own unique approach to the profession and provided the students with an opportunity to see the various directions and specialties landscape architects can pursue. The students found the experience fun and informative and the Chapter plans on continuing the effort again next year. These are just some of the many volunteer efforts ILASLA and its members have conducted over the past year and we are only half way through 2013! If you are interested in getting involved be sure to contact your local ASLA Public Awareness Chair, Cynthia Anderson at email@example.com, to find out more about the efforts that are underway.
What ILASLA Members are Doing Over the last few months, ILASLA reached out to landscape architecture firms in Illinois to highlight the volunteer efforts firms and members are already doing. The Chapter feels it is important to document these efforts and to encourage other members to get more involved in local and state efforts where possible. Landscape architects are all too often explaining what we do and who we are; sometimes it’s best to demonstrate our skills/expertise by leading these types of efforts and promoting awareness. Volunteering is a great way to generate exposure for our profession, and as shown below, many ILASLA members are already getting involved.
JAMESON SKAIFE - HOERR SCHAUDT This year, I volunteered with ILASLA to give a lecture to horticulture and landscape design students at the Chicago Public High School for Agricultural Sciences. I gave them an introduction to brownfields – their sources of contamination, as well as their potential value in being restored and reintegrated into the urban fabric. After explaining the eight phytoremediation processes, we discussed how landscape architects can use this type of scientific information to their advantage, and use plants and their abilities to remediate as part of an overall design. It was great to see the students so excited and engaged in urban landscape topics!
JOSÉ L. MAGÁN – ACCENT URBAN DESIGN I have participated in several public charrettes and other volunteer initiatives as a member of ILASLA. I have also worked as a volunteer for the Village of Homewood since moving to the community in 2005. First, I was a member of the Appearance Commission for five years, and then I became a member of the Fine Arts Committee. Additionally, I have worked as a volunteer for Homewood School District 153, creating a Master Plan for the beautification of Churchill School, one of our local schools. I helped the School District in the process of selecting contractors for some of the improvements for the school. I also designed the foundation planting for one of the buildings at Churchill, contacted landscape suppliers, tagged
the plants, and helped to complete the installation of the design in the fall of 2011, along with volunteers from the local Parent Teacher Association, Girl Scouts, and other local organizations. The design intent was that kids learn from the landscape, therefore most of the plants that I chose were natives, and also served as habitat for butterflies and other insects.
PAMELA SELF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Pamela Self Landscape Architecture recently donated comprehensive design services for the CASA Kane County Grow a Healthy Child Garden—a 4,100 square foot healing space gracing the entrance of the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva. The intimate garden and pergola provide a beautiful place where visitors and volunteers serving more than 500 abused and neglected children annually can find beauty, peace and continued inspiration to help every child find a safe, nurturing and permanent home. Chapter members BRAD MCCAULEY AND ALAN WATKINS attended the Consortium for
Design and Construction Careers at IIT this past fall. The consortium presented a great opportunity to talk to students about landscape architecture, and many of the students expressed specific interest in design and construction careers. Brad and Alan also recently attended a Career Day at the Morton Freshman Center in Cicero. They were able to talk to 100 high school freshman about the work of landscape architects. The students seemed very interested in landscape architecture! SmithGroupJJR volunteers at the Anixter Center
Planning Resources employees volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
Their hope is to continue to educate students about landscape architecture, and encourage them to pursue careers as landscape architects!
SMITHGROUPJJR Each year the SmithGroupJJR Chicago office takes one day for all employees to get out of the office and give back to the community. In the past, they have worked with KaBOOM to build a playground in the city, and this last year they worked with the Anixter Center, an organization that provides services and programs to people with disabilities in the Chicago area. Working in five different teams, the group tackled cleaning and painting a long hallway and an adjoining stairwell in much need of some love. SmithGroupJJR also adopts a family during the holidays and participates in CANstruction, where they annually raise and donate funds to buy over 3,000 cans of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
PLANNING RESOURCES, INC. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of Planning Resources’ (PRI) business model, and is the source of inspiration for two
ongoing efforts at the firm. Recently, PRI has provided volunteers and in-kind services to DuPage Habitat for Humanity for their “Build Stronger Tomorrows” program, assisting with sustainable landscape designs. At Prairie Green in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, PRI landscape architects provided site planning and necessary County approval processing for a sustainable site design, where the townhomes were built to LEED standards. Combined with the extensive recycling of construction materials and use of low-impact landscaping materials, this three-part strategy minimizes DuPage Habitat’s environmental footprint and maximizes short and long-term cost savings for Habitat’s limited-income homeowners. Additionally, PRI has been providing construction and landscape review guidance for DuPage Habitat for Humanity’s projects in West Chicago, IL.
Nikolas Davis, ASLA, is a Senior Associate with Houseal Lavigne Associates brings more than eight years of professional experience in landscape design, planning, urban design, and sustainable practices to the firm. Nik has a wide range of experiences that include designing streetscapes, open spaces, and master plans and drafting zoning regulations, creating design/developFor the last 8 years PRI staff has volunteered at ment standards, developing growth strategies, the Philip J. Rock Center and School in Glen and illustrating regulatory impacts on the built Ellyn, decorating the outside of their facility environment. Nik graduated from Purdue Uniduring the holiday season with lights, ornaments, versity with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape holiday planter arrangements and more. While Architecture. Recently, Nik has served as the this is a small gesture, we hope that it brings a chair for the Public Awareness and External little light to the adversities so many experience Communications Committees for ILASLA. on a daily basis. 15
A corner plaza adjoins the orchard at Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard
The Making of an Urban Orchard
n April 3, Dave Snyder of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) presented the most recent installment of The Bartlett Seminars, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. The event was not only educational but charitable as well, raising $125 in support of the nonprofit CROP.
The CTA Blue Line runs right through the site located in Logan Square. But as CROP’s Dave Snyder sees it, the highly visible intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard is
the ideal place to plant the nonprofit’s first fruit orchard. All the foot traffic from the nearby farmer’s market will mean plenty of opportunities to educate residents about crop diversity. If all goes as planned CROP and its partners will plant 70 fruit trees representing 30 varieties this fall. The design by Altamanu features a plaza with a decorative timeline of the history of Logan Square and the site, a curved wooden sculptural fence that serves as a versatile backdrop for the plaza, curved wooden benches and more.
It will be years before the site produces fruit. But when it does half will go to local food pantries, schools, religious congregations and other nonprofits. The balance will be used for apple-based events and other outreach and educational programs. Learn more about CROP at www.chicagorarities.org.
Celebration 2013 Celebration, the annual awards ceremony and spring social event put on by ILASLA, was a resounding success. The event, held this past April, saw an incredible turnout of over 230 attendees representing almost 80 firms across the state. Sixteen noteworthy landscape architecture projects received awards, in addition to a well-deserved public service award given to Donna V. Robertson, who was instrumental in the creation of the masters of landscape architecture program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The night was highlighted by an entertaining award presentation by Mary Hollis Inboden, a Chicago-based actor, writer and comedian, and the fun continued well into the evening with lots of networking, eating and dancing. This yearâ€™s event was held at Architectural Artifacts where attendees had the opportunity to explore three levels of displays while enjoying drinks and appetizers with other landscape architects, industry professionals and their clients. The layout of the space allowed for a more open and less formal presentation atmosphere, in contrast to seated dinners and auditorium presentations of the past. This was also the first year that a silent auction was included as part of the event. Some lucky participants went home with tickets to the upcoming LandUp conference, a Landscape Forms bench, and some Longshadow garden ornaments, in addition to many other goodies. Many fresh changes to the event, a great turnout and some outstanding displays of landscape architecture all helped make Celebration a top notch event. ILASLA would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make Celebration possible, including platinum sponsors The Office of William Joseph Quinlan and Unilock. Landscape Forms and Bartlett Tree Experts were sponsors at the gold level. Silver level sponsors included Longshadow Classic Garden Ornaments, Pine Hall Brick, Whitacre Greer and Midwest Groundcovers/Midwest Trading. Music was sponsored by Landtech Design and Rainbird, and Tabletops were sponsored by imagineNation, Leatzow Insurance and Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Center. We would also like to thank a5, inc. for help in the production of the event.
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