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terrain vol. one


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noun ter·rain \tə-ˈrān also te-\ a (1) : a geographic area (2) : a piece of land (3) : ground b : the physical features of a tract of land c : a field of knowledge or interest ~Merriam-Webster

“terrain” vol. one is an inaugural publication that captures and celebrates progressive work being done by KYASLA to further landscape architecture in Kentucky; recognizes non-landscape architect leaders who make substantial contributions to our community in the spirit of the profession (through the Grady Clay Award); and highlights award winning projects throughout the state. The intention of this publication is to annually highlight and promote what is most impactful to the practice and our communities. This is a publication for landscape architecture professionals, local leaders, future landscape architects, and anyone else who experiences landscape. The quality of our future is dependent on thoughtful use of our land…we start the conversation with terrain.




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About terrain 2016 KYASLA Sponsors Table Of Contents

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About KYASLA KYASLA Public Awareness Remembering David French Remembering Mike Smiley UKLA Creative Studies Tour



2015 KYASLA Awards and Jury Introduction Honor Award - Built Work CityPlace Southwest Regional Library Honor Award - Planning and Analysis Rsquared Merit Award - Planning and Analysis Euclind Avenue and South Limestone Street Honor Award - Student Category UKLA Class of 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Lyle Aten Grady Clay Community Vision Award Lisa Adkins


KYASLA Advocacy

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KYASLA 2016 Platinum Sponsors Belgard University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture


KYASLA Executive Committee

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Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects P.O. Box 701334 Louisville, KY 40270

Advocacy Blitz Day

Park(ing) Day

Advocacy Day - Capitol Hill

Parklands Tour

HB 314 Signed into Law

Beargrass Canoe/Hike Tour

Dyescape Build Day

UK Tailgate Tour

Winter Trivia Party



Instagram: KENTUCKYASLA Twitter: @KentuckyASLA The Kentucky Chapter seeks to represent and further the aims and policies of the American Society of Landscape Architects through legislative advocacy, public outreach, membership development, and contributions to the community. Currently, the Chapter consists of 105 members and is led by a 12 member Executive Committee that acts as the decision making body for the organization. Over the years, the Chapter has made significant contributions to the advancement and protection of landscape architecture in Kentucky. Recent, significant contributions consist of: the passing of HB 314 – an update to KRS 323A (practice law); stronger partnerships with the University of Kentucky through events such as the tailgate tour and annual conference; project tours of landscapes of significance such as Parklands of Floyd Fork and Beargrass Creek; and community outreach through Louisville Metro’s Lots of Possibility program which activated a vacant lot in Louisville’s Portland neighborhood with a dynamic community space built to reinforce the mission of Anchal Project, an organization that empowers disadvantaged women in India by creating a path to economic independence. The Chapter has been extraordinarily successful as an entirely volunteer based organization, and continues to grow the relevance of landscape architecture within the state. However, the role of a landscape architect as the lead on many of our largest projects remain limited. By growing our membership and volunteer base, landscape architects can better position a future led by landscape architects who now, more than ever, need to be the guiding influence of our built environment.


Please contact KYASLA President – Amin Omidy (amin_omidy@gspnet. com) to find out how you can get involved. Images courtesy of KYASLA


toxins from rainwater. These aren’t pie in the sky. It’s what


landscape architects are designing right now.


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Here are just a few of the project types covered by landscape architecture:


School and college campuses


Corporate and commercial grounds Public gardens and arboreta Historic preservation and restoration Hotels, resorts, golf courses






Hospital and other facility sites


Interior landscapes


Land planning


Landscape art and earth sculpture


Monument grounds Parks and recreation Land reclamation and rehabilitation Residential sites Security design Streetscapes and public spaces Therapeutic gardens Transportation corridors and facilities Urban and suburban design Water resources

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All 50 states require landscape architects to earn a

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landscape architecture, covering a broad spectrum of design, science, and know-how. Topics include site design, historic preservation, continuingtechnical education courses. planning, grading and drainage, horticulture, and even subjects like psychology. All 50 states require landscape architects to earn a license to practice. This not only involves earning a university degree, but usually It’s easy to confuse landscape architects with several years of work experience, passing of a rigorous exam, and taking continuing education courses.

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It’s easyLandscape to confuse landscape architectsdesign, with other often landscape professionals, straightforward. architects but the difference is straightforward. Landscape architects design, often working with landscaping other construction companies to install those working with landscaping or or other construction designs. Think of the fashion designer imagining an outfit while a clothing thedesigns. apparel, or Think an artist of designing companiesmanufacturer to install makes those the a wall poster that’s printed by another company. Landscape architects and contractors are complementary but highlyan distinct professions. fashion designer imagining outfit while a clothing For more information, please visit or manufacturer makes the apparel, an artist

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Dave French dedicated his life to the preservation of Kentucky’s natural and cultural resources. Dave worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, for 33 years. He was in charge of Master Planning and Environmental Studies for many years and more recently as Study Manager for Special Projects. Dave managed such projects as the Indianapolis Central Waterfront Master Plan, the Ohio River Greenway Corridor Master Plan in Indiana, the Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area in Indiana and Kentucky and the Louisville Kentucky Waterfront Park and Belvedere Connector Plans. Following a short “retirement,” Dave began his second career, serving for 21 years as Stewardship Manager for River Fields, Inc., a nonprofit river conservancy organization located in Louisville. His responsibilities included among other things managing River Fields’ real estate holdings and conservation easements. Dave is a Registered Landscape Architect and member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).He served as President of the Kentucky Chapter of the ASLA in 1974 and was the Kentucky Chapter Trustee of the Kentucky to the National ASLA from 1975-1979.He is also a member of the Landscape Architecture Advisory Council at the University of Kentucky. Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison Former President and current River Fields Board Development Chair Hunter Lou is wrote: “In addition to his many abilities, Dave could portray many things that helped people better understand a particular project or issue. His maps were invaluable in this regard as were his site plans. The broad range of skills that Dave brought to River Fields were invaluable in advancing River Fields’ mission.”



Mike Smiley will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and passionate advocate for his profession of landscape architecture. Outside of his circle of friends, colleagues and clients however, few may realize the impact Mike’s planning and design talents have had in protecting, preserving and furthering the vision of Louisville’s Olmsted Park system. Mike’s love of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks led he and his wife Jodi to co-found the landscape architecture company, Environs Inc. Over a 25 year career as a landscape architect, Mike spent 16 years working on the restoration of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks including such notable projects as: •Shawnee Park Picnic Grove •Sunny Hill Restoration •Baringer Spring Trail – Cherokee Park •Baringer Hill Restoration – Cherokee Park •Big Rock Master Plan – Cherokee Park •Big Rock Playground – Cherokee Park •Iroquois Amphitheater and Park Master Plan To honor Mike’s memory and his body of work, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects joined other friends and family in raising funds for a tree grove to be planted in his name near Iroquois Park’ s Northern Overlook in Louisville. The Chapter believed this would be a fitting tribute to Mike, acknowledging not only his love of the Olmsted Parks but his contributions toward furthering the legacy of these Louisville treasures. A special dedication of the grove has been planned for April 2nd, 2016. 2PM at Iroquois Park. KYASLA would also like to thank the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Louisville Metro Parks and E-Z Construction for their contributions toward making the “Mike Smiley Grove” a reality.

The Creative Study Tour was first introduced in 2014 as part of a innovative research partnership grant. This project is an extended educational experience that provides an opportunity for a select group of landscape architecture students to travel across the United States in search of creative knowledge. The idea behind these trips is to meet with creative individuals in various creative disciplines and talk about their creative narrative, exposing students to the value and power of creative thinking. With support from KYASLA the second Creative Study Tour in 2015 was able to strengthen this experience within the landscape architecture department and expand through collaboration with other universities. Students participating in the CST in both 2014 and 2015 were tested both pre and post semester to determine the impact of the experience on creative thinking, metacognition and motivation. A battery of creative tests measuring both convergent and divergent thinking was selected taking into account the various ways creativity can be defined. Results indicate that students who participated in the Creative Study Tour scored significantly higher on creative measures as well as metacognitive awareness and intrinsic motivation.



Image courtesy of Travis Klondike




Every year the best projects across the state are recognized and set apart as superior professional design. Only a quarter of the submitted projects are given this distinction. These projects are awarded Honor.


Projects given the award, Merit, display good design and characterize environmental responsibility. The jury may award any number of entries in any category this distinction.


The Student Award recognizes good design and students currently working towards a landscape architecture degree. The jury may award any number of Honor and Merit awards in this category.


The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects may bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.


The Grady Clay Award is a state honor given to an individual who sustains and strengthens Kentucky communities across the state.


/JURY Terri-Lee Burger, Partner, Abel Biannson Butz Terri-Lee Burger is a Registered Landscape Architect with over twenty-five years of experience in design and project leadership.

Simon David, RLA, BIG Architects Simon David, ASLA, has extensive interdisciplinary experience in landscape architecture and architecture, with an emphasis on urban design and sustainability.

Leonard J. Hopper, FASLA, Weintraub Diaz NYC Parks Len Hopper is currently working with Weintraub Diaz, an award winning landscape architecture firm known for creativity and innovation.

Charles McKinney, NYC Parks As the Principal Urban Designer for NYC Parks, Charles McKinney is leading the preparation of master plans for flagship parks and new acquisitions.

William Vincent, Senior Associate, Sawyer|Berson William Vincent is a senior manager and project architect at SawyerǀBerson Architects.

Thank you to the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for serving as jury committee on this year’s awards!



HONOR Built Work AWARD LaGrange, KY

An integral component of the overall site design is the movement of water. The concept is an interpretation of the natural hydrological cycle by creating moments and movements of water from collection, to distribution, and finally transpiration. The site diagram on the left represents the general components of this landscape system. Water collection and distribution is represented in blue and shows the path of water as it feeds landscape material. All overflow water will make its way to the bioswales, which are indicated in orange, where the remaining stormwater will be filtered. Areas in green represent infiltration opportunities, which will infiltrate surface runoff. The final component is the increase in canopy coverage, shown with green circles, which will return water into the atmosphere, and completing the hydrologic cycle. At the request of the client, the site design leans favorably towards creating a verdant park like plaza as an oasis from the nearby downtown. The plant material selection reinforces this premise by using plants that engage the senses and guides visitors through the site. Spatial considerations were made to both reinforce the architecture and, at times, to selectively contrast it to call attention to design features such as the broad sweeps of the bioswale area.

“Very sophisticated design & spatial composition across various scale.” – NY ASLA Awards Jury

Green infrastructure + stormwater principles

Image courtesy of GS&P

View overlooking green parking and CityPlace event lawn

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Cascading fountain and native plantings inspired by local landscape

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Grand opening event at CityPlace

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HONOR Built Work AWARD Louisville, KY

The Louisville Southwest Regional Library is the first of three new regional libraries strategically positioned to serve the suburban regions of Metro Louisville. The project was a true design collaboration between the Louisville Free Public Library and the design team. Over 120,000 books and media offerings are available in a building that aspires to be a vessel for daylight. The exterior was inspired by the act of discovery, with symbolic metal curtains that are peeled away to reveal greater knowledge within. A variety of earth tone materials were selected for their durability, texture, and depth, allowing daylight and shadow to animate the facade throughout the day. The surrounding site re-imagines the suburban parking lot as a vessel for rainwater, allowing the property to collect and infiltrate all of the water from several surrounding properties to relieve the burden on the municipal system. The project is a model of sustainability for Louisville, having received LEED Gold certification. More importantly, the new Southwest Regional Library aspires to be a landmark in the community for generations to come, offering lifelong learning to its users, and acting as a catalyst for future neighborhood development.

“Big effort made for the community, demonstrating the possibilities of landscape architecture.” – NY ASLA Awards Jury

Front facade of Southwest Regional Library

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The project infiltrates water from the site and four adjacent properties.

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Front entrance of Southwest Regional Library

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Drop off drive in front of Southwest Regional Library

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HONOR Planning & Analysis AWARD Louisville, KY

Rsquared, (Reuse & Revitalize) is a new program being developed by the Vacant and Public Property Administration (VPPA) in Louisville, KY., to combat issues of vacancy and abandonment. This program is a comprehensive umbrella initiative which focuses on sustainable methods to reduce blight and vacancy among Louisville neighborhoods. The project goals of Rsquared are summarized as: educating the public and city on current conditions related to vacancy and abandonment within the given study area; development and implementation of a multifaceted public engagement process; reduction of vacant property through identifying of and empowering partner organization(s) and; helping them wotk through a design process and working towards implementation. In the summer of 2015 VPPA and other Metro Louisville staff engaged Gresham, Smith and Partners and their team of landscape architects and urban designers, to produce the program’s first edition of RSquared— Rsquared 40212. This initial effort developed an integrated community input process based on research and analysis that allowed citizens to express their vision for vacant lot reuse strategies by utilizing the following four key stages of the planning process: + + + +

Education Engagement Empowerment Implementation

“The ambitious scope and very effective use of landscape architecture as the medium to reverse the challenge is impressive.” – NY ASLA Awards Jury

To the right: Map displaying vacant properties (red) located in study area

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Tactical public engagment

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Temporary installation displaying future design

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MERIT Planning & Analysis AWARD Lexington, KY

The South Limestone Street and Euclid Avenue/Avenue of Champions corridors provide critical links between the University of Kentucky, Downtown Lexington, the Chevy Chase shopping district, and surrounding urban neighborhoods. Across the country, universities and cities have reinvested in the areas adjacent to college campuses to better integrate them with the surrounding urban fabric, improve the university experience, revitalize neighborhoods and attract reinvestment. This is already underway in Lexington, with the City’s investment in the South Limestone streetscape, UK’s investment in new student housing and student center that will engage the Limestone and Euclid corridors, and the private market investment in a new Kroger grocery on Euclid. This study builds on this momentum by identifying market opportunities, strategies and critical next steps that need to be taken in order to continue the successful transformation of these two corridors and the neighborhoods and university uses that surround them. Despite being a “commercial” corridor study, this analysis takes a comprehensive approach, paying equal attention to the residential market, as the success of commercial areas is tied closely to the depth and quality of nearby housing and consumer markets. The report assesses current conditions in the study area, including a detailed analysis of residential and retail markets, and identifies opportunities for further investment that will continue to advance the upward trajectory of the two corridors and surrounding neighborhoods. This study considers site context, marketability opportunities and constraints, socioeconomic trends and characteristics, competitive supply, demand and market segmentation. These analyses result in conclusions about potential future resident characteristics, the housing and retail products they will demand, and the likely market performance of those development products.

Conceptual street section maximizing multi-use tranist options

‘Information is presented clearly and concisely building the case for a development strategy along the project area.” – NY ASLA Awards Jury

Image courtesy of MKSK

Image courtesy of MKSK



HONOR Student AWARD Work Jeffrey Embree Wesley Griffith Hannah McClure Jonathan Wehmer

“[InMotion] excites me; and makes me want to implement it!” – NY ASLA Awards Jury

While the state of Kentucky as a whole ranks low on mobility in regards to biking and walking compared to other states, the city of Lexington offers residents some neighborhoods with more amenities that actually promote and encourage walking and biking. These areas have been slowly growing as bike and shared use roadway infrastructure expand. However, Lexington is still a car dependent city. Walking and biking is more economic and provides a faster and more efficient mode of transportation for short trips to access goods, foods, and activities. The University of Kentucky’s campus proximity to Lexington downtown and the projected town branch commons redevelopment, could provide students with more opportunities for running daily errands by foot or bike. The project “in Motion” was developed to tackle walking and biking mobility and connectivity issues that resulted from a rapid changing on and around campus and to find solutions that promote walking and biking not only for students but also for residents of the downtown area by connecting the campus to the city through multiple urban streetscape designs. One of the main goals of ‘inMotion’ that set it apart from other projects was the collaboration of team members from different design disciplines. The participants had previously not worked together and were unfamiliar with the design process of the other. The project encouraged participants to take the lead and put to them the challenge of organizing teams with different design approaches to interact and collaborate with each other. Although ‘inMotion’ models a streetscape project, it goes beyond the basic design to encompass other aspects of landscape architecture. Participants looked at multiple modes of transportation including transit, vehicular, biking, and walking in order to plan along transportation corridors and propose a smaller design that catered to a broader urban planning design. The site was specific as to the general northern end of the University of Kentucky, and then further specific to each group design. Designing each site included reclaiming unused or underutilized gathering and street spaces which were, in some cases, proposed to be repurposed as small parks or open public lands. With this work we are hoping to advocate on the importance of walking and biking as well as shed light on the multiple opportunities for creating street spaces that could bring students and downtown residents and visitors together.

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ULI project exhibition

Bike and pedestrian utilization across campus

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Fort Boonesborough State Park Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site Barren River Lake State Resort Park Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park General Burnside State Park Green River Lake State Park Lake Cumberland State Resort Park Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park Carter Caves State Resort Park Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Natural Bridge State Resort Park Pine Mountain State Resort Park John James Audubon State Park Kenlake State Resort Park Lake Barkley State Resort Park Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park


Illustrated above are Kentucky state parks where Lyle has gifted his design expertise. Right: Lexington Legends baseball facility

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Lyle Aten’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession of landscape architecture throughout his career have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment. Lyle Aten was born in Macomb, Illinois. Joining the Navy at age 17, he later attended Western Illinois College with the intention of becoming a coach. A college advisor, based on the results of an aptitude test, suggested that Lyle consider the study of Landscape Architecture as it matched his aptitude for graphics, music, art, and nature. Taking that advise, Lyle switched schools, using his G.I. Bill for tuition to attend the University of Illinois, where he was fortunate enough to study under then Professor Hideo Sasaki, and the rest is history. Most of Lyle’s professional work, leadership and service has been in the area of Land Planning. He began work on a temporary basis in Peoria Illinois, working with Scruggs and Hammond. His work took him to Lexington, Kentucky where he ultimately relocated as one of the first landscape architects to practice in the state. The Lexington office of Scruggs and Hammond began modestly with a staff consisting of one person and his assistant but grew to become one of Kentucky’s premier design offices. Lyle eventually became President of Scruggs and Hammond where he officially retired about 1993. This formally ended his landscape architecture design career in 2000, following completion of the Lexington Legends baseball facility. Lyle continued to serve the Lexington community, serving as a member of the Lexington/Fayette County Planning Commission for eight years. Reflecting on his career, Lyle was quoted as saying, “I have been very lucky. I was just very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time”.




Grady Clay - Landscape Architecture Magazine

The Grady Clay Community Vision Award is named in honor of Grady Clay, Jr., the internationally acclaimed writer and urbanist. The award is an annual, statewide honor for those who are improving the quality of life for Kentuckians by offering design vision and creative solutions that sustain and strengthen Kentucky’s vibrant communities.

Legacy Trail, Lexington, KY

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Lisa Adkins is President and CEO of Kentucky’s oldest community foundation, Blue Grass Community Foundation. An attorney, Lisa is a recognized leader in growing philanthropy and community engagement. Since joining the Community Foundation in 2009, Lisa is leading the successful transformation of the Foundation’s approach to growing community giving and engagement. During her tenure the Foundation’s assets have increased 127%, gifts 494% and grants 537%. Additionally, the Foundation launched, the GoodGiving Challenge and charitable Giving Cards, strategies and services to make charitable giving simple, effective and accessible community-wide. Under Lisa’s leadership, the Community Foundation is working to make Lexington an even greater city, with a focus on downtown and neighborhood revitalization, healthy food access and improvements to the built environment, including the Legacy Trail, the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and Town Branch Commons.



On January 21, 2016 ASLA members engaged at our state capitol for our annual Blitz Day. This may well have been the best year yet! Legislative advocacy is vital to the protection of the law that allows landscape architects to practice. Additionally, this affords landscape architects the opportunity to educate our state leaders on the importance of landscape architecture and it’s relationship to a growing economy and creating better quality of life for all. Throughout the day we were able to meet with over a dozen state senators and representatives engaging in conversation to discuss the importance of landscape architecture to our states economy and quality of life.

#BlitzDay2016 meeting with Senator McGarvey in Frankfort, KY.

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BELGARD COMMERCIAL HARDSCAPES Site Solutions Utilizing Permeable Pavers

Northfield Seth Seaton 901 E Troy Ave | Indianapolis, IN 46203 317-407-2444 Adams Darryl Sapp 600 Cardiff Valley Rd | Rockwood, TN 37854 865-388-8707


Landscape Architecture




Past President


President Elect

Louisville Metro Parks Louisville

Gresham, Smith & Partners Louisville

Gresham, Smith & Partners Louisville

Booker Design Collaborative Louisville

John Swintosky, ASLA, PLA Louis R. Johnson, ASLA

D. Amin Omidy, ASLA, PLA Kristin Booker, ASLA, PLA



VP Membership Services Carter Dickerson, ASLA Viox & Viox Covington

At-Large, Public Relations Chair Erin Hathaway, ASLA CARMAN Lexington

VP Professional Development Cassie Nichols, ASLA CARMAN Louisville

At-Large Chris Sass, ASLA University of Kentucky Lexington

Treasurer Sarah Kopke-Jones, ASLA Jones Landscape Architecture Louisville

At-Large, Advocacy Chair Josh DeSpain, ASLA RossTarrant Architects Lexington

Secretary Spencer Heuke, ASLA Heritage Engineering Louisville

At-Large, Emerging Professionals Chair Jared R. Kaelin, Assoc. ASLA Gresham Smith & Partners Louisville

Sponsorship Chair Jonathan Henney, ASLA, PLA, AICP Gresham, Smith & Partners Louisville

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terrain vol1 2016  

“terrain” vol. one is an inaugural publication that captures and celebrates progressive work being done by KYASLA to further landscape archi...

terrain vol1 2016  

“terrain” vol. one is an inaugural publication that captures and celebrates progressive work being done by KYASLA to further landscape archi...

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