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ASLA St. Louis


American Society of Landscape Architects

Design Plan Connect Communities

From your chapter President, Felipe DeNarvaez

Dear Members and Distinguished Guests,


elcome to Our Annual Awards Celebration!

I am excited to be able to serve our membership as President of the St. Louis Chapter ASLA in 2016. There have been many positive activities, changes and accomplishments over the past years with this organization and I am looking forward to keeping that momentum going. First, I want to recognize our Past President and new Trustee, Scott Emmelkamp, for outstanding leadership during his term and his continued commitment to our chapter. Among many other things, he was instrumental in “spreading the word” and increasing public awareness of landscape architecture last year, with events like a bike tour with the AIA President, and the huge effort behind our ArchVision advocacy event. One of my objectives during my year as president will be to provide our membership with more continuing education opportunities, which we hope to accomplish through various channels, many with our allied professions like AIA, ASCE and APA, to name a few. Speaking of allied professions, I am also interested in continuing and growing our collaborative efforts with these group, through activities like: • Joint Allied Networking Event (Name TBD!) • AIA Jacobs Film Series • Sponsorship of USGBC and Shaw Series

I want to also recognize our Executive Director, Elizabeth Graff, for all of her efforts to keep the chapter up and running. She works tirelessly on our behalf and her passion for the profession shows in her continued dedication managing the day to day operations. Finally, I want to recognize the outstanding Executive Committee of our chapter. I am pleased to have such a diverse group of passionate leaders on the EXCOM that are truly invested in representing the best interests of the membership. For our members, I would like to thank you for your continued commitment and acknowledgment of the value that ASLA brings. Not only are we represented at a National level by our Society, we at the St. Louis chapter are always keeping you in mind when we Advocate at Jefferson City to protect our licensure, increasing public awareness and recognize the worldclass work our local firms are doing, which are at the center of tonight’s event. I look forward to the coming year, and encourage you to contact me anytime with suggestions or questions.

Felipe DeNarvaez, ASLA, PLA President, St. Louis ASLA

From your Past President and Current Trustee


y term as President of the St. Louis Chapter has ended but as I reflect on what our Chapter accomplished in 2015 I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our membership. We made it our mission to “Get the Word Out” about landscape architecture profession. With the help of our dedicated membership and executive committee I can say that our mission this year was a resounding success. On Sept. 21, 2015 the St. Louis Chapter organized an advocacy event called “ArchVision: Landscape Architecture Transforming a Landmark.” State Representatives and Senators were given a behind the scenes tour of the $380 million dollar Arch Grounds renovation project. The tour was followed by a CEU luncheon and keynote speech by Gullivar Shepard of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the lead design firm on project. In attendance was St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and Chad Danos, FASLA, PresidentElect ASLA National. At the event, special recognition was given to local business leader Walter Metcalfe, Jr. senior council for Bryan Cave, LLC for his selection as an Honorary ASLA member. Mr. Metcalfe was the driving force behind the Arch Grounds project. For World Landscape Architecture month in April the St. Louis Chapter organized a social media Photography Contest. Photographs of various topics and locations in the area that included the “Designed by a Landscape Architect” card were submitted. Overall there were 72

photographs entered via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that received a total of 822 “Likes”. The top three entries received cash prizes. The St. Louis AIA and ASLA chapters teamed up to participate in the MLB “4-a-Greener Game” recycling program at a Cardinals and Cubs game. The volunteer group of allied professionals and family members collected plastic and aluminum cans for recycling between innings at Busch Stadium. Entry into the game was free and volunteers were able to watch the game. The efforts of both organizations were recognized on the scoreboard during the game. We partnered with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for the ASCE/ASLA Annual Golf Tournament again in 2015. The event was held at the beautiful Forest Park Golf Course. The golf tournament helps raise funds for programs and scholarships to educate youth about the roles of engineers and landscape architects and encourage students to pursue these professional careers. Thank you for the opportunity to lead such a great Chapter.

Scott Emmelkamp, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP Trustee, St. Louis ASLA/2015 Past President

A Message from the Outgoing Trustee


ur St. Louis Chapter is fortunate in so many ways. We are blessed in the number of hardworking volunteers we have every year. Most organizations are lucky to get 5-10 percent of their membership actively involved in any given year. We usually have over 25 percent of our membership actively volunteering. Thank you! Our chapter is so strong because of your hard work.

We are fortunate in that we accomplished so much as a Chapter and a national society this past year. At a national level, construction has started on the Center for Landscape Architecture. Once complete, our renovated headquarters in Washington DC will greatly raise awareness of our profession. We saw how ASLA’s green roof raised awareness of the profession, and the Center will build on those efforts. A big thank you to the firms and individuals who donated to make the Center a reality. At a local level, we’ve had so many highlights. The ArchVision event in September was a great opportunity to showcase the profession by recognizing Walter Metcalfe with an Honorary ASLA membership. We were honored to have Mayor Slay and ASLA national president-elect Chad Danos attend. The event showcased the

important work of landscape architects in transforming St. Louis, from Dan Kiley’s original vision to Michael Van Valkenburgh’s new plan.

As I wrap up my term as Trustee, I wanted to take a moment to thank the Chapter for allowing me to serve as your Trustee. It’s been an honor to serve the Chapter at a national level. We are blessed with so many talented leaders. From Randy Mardis, Gerry Biedenstein, and Hunter Beckham before me, with the excellent leadership of Scott Emmelkamp as the new trustee. Landscape Architecture is a great profession. We have many opportunities, but also challenges ahead. We must continuously evolve to continue being the leaders in the design and stewardship of our land and communities. As a society, as ASLA, we have the opportunity to have a greater collective impact to keep our profession at the forefront. Thank you for your continued support and involvement with ASLA.

Stephen Ibendahl, ASLA, RLA St. Louis ASLA Trustee 2013-2015


n Sept. 21, 2015, St. Louis ASLA played host to elected officials, allied professionals, landscape architects and other interested parties to celebrate the transformational power of landscape architecture as highlighted in the Gateway Arch grounds project. Some highlights: • Elected officials got a behind-the-scenes tour of the project, led by members of the design and construction teams. • HOK played host to the ArchVision luncheon and keynote by MVVA’s Gullivar Shepard; attended by nearly 85 people. • Walter Metcalfe received a key to the city from Mayor Francis Slay, and a plaque commemorating his honorary ASLA status. • VP of Advocacy Susan Maag received special recognition for all her efforts supporting the profession • The event and Mr. Metcalfe’s honor were written up in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

You are encouraged to look at the professional photography taken at the event, which can be viewed at www.stlouisasla.org. A huge thank you to the volunteers and attendees who made this event a success, especially event supporters CityArchRiver, NPS, Great Rivers Greenway and St. Louis Design Week. It was even recognized by ASLA national as a successful “grassroots advocacy” effort. An additional note of thanks goes to event organizers Susan Maag, Stephen Ibendahl, Scott Emmelkamp and Elizabeth Graff. It was a coordinated effort to organize, manage and get the distinguished guests to attend, and it all thanks to the oustanding commitment to advocating for our profession. Three cheers for the transformational power of Landscape Architecture, and it’s ability to connect communities, stimulate economies and create beautiful outdoor spaces!

ArchVision Advocacy

Felipe DeNarvaez President SWT Design

Scott Emmelkamp Past President/Trustee Planning Design Studio

Russ Volmert President-Elect Arcturis

Carolyn Gaidis VP Of Events Washington University

Matthew Snelling VP Of Development DTLS

Aaron Defenbaugh VP Of Public Awareness Jacobs

Mark Vogl Member at Large Great Rivers Greenway

Jonathan Schmitz Member at Large Springfield, MO

Angela Mayer Member at Large Forum Studio

Stephen Ibendahl Outgoing Trustee The i5Group

Todd Teuscher Treasurer WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Laura Barrett VP Of Student Outreach SWT Design

Susan Maag VP Of Advocacy SLM Consulting

Laura Schatzman VP of Membership

Gabriel Presley Secretary Arcturis

Scott Runde Member at Large PGAV

Elizabeth Graff Executive Director St. Louis ASLA


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In 2016, two of our chapter’s most distinguished members Robert E. Goetz, FASLA and Floyd W. Zimmerman, FASLA reached significant milestones in ASLA membership. Bob has been an active member of ASLA for 60 years and Floyd for 50 years. Their dedication to the profession and contributions to the growth of the practice of landscape architecture is greatly appreciated.


Floyd Zimmerman, FASLA

Education: Pennsylvania State University BSLA, 1958 Harvard University, MLA 1963 ASLA Fellow Election: 1989 Category: Executed Works Professional Registrations: Michigan, Maine, Utah ASLA Involvement: Landscape Architecture Foundation, Board of Directors, Member; Professional Awards Jury Member, 1989; Golf Tournament, 1986 Annual Convention, Tournament Director Honors and Awards: Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1988; ASLA Certificate of Merit, 1958; Nejaada Market International Design Competition, Doha, Qatar, 1st Place; AIA, Honor Award, King Khaud International Airport; UMM Al Quara University, Medda Saudi Arabia (Sr. Planner on the team that produced the winning master plan in international competition) Business Associations: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc., Sasaki Associates, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Environmental Planning & Design Public Service: Kansas State University, Dept. of LArch., Faculty Advisory Board; University of Ca., LArch. Extension Service, Former Program Advisor; Guest Speaker, 5th Annual International Urban Design Conference, Washington, D.C.; Guest Speaker, American Concrete Institute Annual Meeting; Guest Speaker, Mideast Consultants Quarterly Meeting; Guest Speaker, Ca. Council of LA, 1984 Annual Meeting; Guest Speaker, Washington University; Guest Speaker, University of Utah; Guest Speaker, Harvard University; Guest Speaker, Pennsylvania State University; Guest Speaker, Kansas State University; Guest Speaker, Colorado State University; Guest Speaker, Utah State University

50 Years of ASLA Membership

Bob Goetz, FASLA

Education: University of Illinois BSLA, 1947 ASLA Fellow Election: 1992 Category: Direct Service to the Society Professional Registrations: Kansas, Missouri, Illinois ASLA Involvement: Chair, Membership Comm., St. Louis Chapter, 1989-92; Chair, National Annual Meeting, 1969; Chair, Missouri Comm. for Registration of Landscape Architects, 1966-72; Chair, CAT Charrette in Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo., 1964; Co-Designer, CAT for National Parks and Recreation Convention, 1963; Member, Public Relations Comm., 1960,1961; President, St. Louis Section, 1956-60; Founding Member, St. Louis Section, 1956 Honors and Awards: St. Louis Chapter ASLA: Civic Award, Gordon F. Moore Community Park, 1991, Honor Award & Best Entry Award, Ape House St. Louis Zoo, 1988, Merit Awards, Bee Tree County Park, 1988, Plaza Frontenac, 1986; Honor Award, Nick Maggos Residence, 1986; Nat’l. Landscape Award, AAN: Ape House St. Louis Zoo, 1990, McDonnellDouglas World Headqrts., 1979; Award

of Excellence, Romanstone Design, Tillery Residence, 1989; Facility of the Year, Athletic Business Conference, Gordon F. Moore Community Park, 1984; Certificate of Merit, AAN, Chesterfield Mall, 1977; Landscape Award, Greater St. Louis Landscape Nurserymen’s Assoc.: Crestwood Plaza Shopping Center, 1975, Tobias Lewin Residence, 1974; Bee Tree County Park, 1974, Storz Instrument Co., 1974; Citizen Conservationist of the Year, Ozark Chapter, Sierra Club, 1974; Best Environment Award, Great St. Louis Home Builders Assoc., Whispering Hills, 1969-73; Honor Award, Nat’l.. Swimming Pool Institute, 1970; Commendation Award, ASLA, Blackmeer-Creeley Residence, 1969 Business Associations: Owner, Landscape Architect/ Land Planner, 1956-Landscape Design & Contracting, O.E. Goetz Nursery, 1947-56 Public Service: President, Open Space Council, 1973, Member, Board of Trustees, 1965-; Chair, Coalition for the Environment, 1970, Member, Board of Trustees, 1969-77; President, Missouri Association of Landscape Architects, 1963, Treas., 1981-86

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The Civic Stewardship Award is a proactive award given by the St. Louis Chapter to recognize an individual or organization that has raised awareness or shown stewardship of the natural or built environment.



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rban harvest STL, in collaboration with the community, provides equitable access to local, healthy, sustainably grown food and enriches lives through environmental and educational experiences. They envision vibrant cities where underutilized spaces are transformed into productive urban farms supporting underserved communities. This is manifested through community based agricultural projects that stimulate biodiversity and nurture a positive quality of life to its inhabitants and their environment. One of the organization’s primary efforts, the FOOD ROOF, has brought urban farming and sustainable planting practices to the forefront, not only in St. Louis, but also on a national stage. Mary has spoken twice at the national ASLA conference (alongside two landscape architects) and produced

a TEDx talk entitled “Growing Food Where We Live.” Her efforts were also featured in the New York Times last year. Urban Harvest hosts several local schools for educational efforts on sustainable farming on its FOOD ROOF, and leases out space to downtown residents who want to grow food in while living in an urban setting. In 2015, Mary left her job in Washington University’s Sustainability Office to be the nonprofit’s full time Executive Director, traveling frequently to speak and educate audiences about the value in rooftop and urban farming. Mary and Urban Harvest STL have been altruistic ambassadors of the natural and built environment since their founding. It’s with great enthusiasm that our chapter give them the Civic Stewardship award.

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Metamorphosis The site, located in a downtown St. Louis neighborhood, connects the Gateway Arch Ground and Chouteau’s Landing, once a prosperous industrial area but now largely abandoned. The project aims at revitalizing these underutilized spaces beneath the highway interchanges and abandoned areas and an opportunity to rethink blighted and underutilized areas. Specific proposal includes introducing three productive landscape systems - compost field, nursery and wood farm into the site. This creates a link between the site and the surroundings environment and a change to engage the community.


Tortured Topographies: The Process of Exposing Layers of “Stuckness” The objective of this project is to expose the contaminated site history from the past the present. Situated on the Pruitt-Igoe site, currently a dumping ground for demolition debris and waste. The process of dumping and layering was approached with a ‘cut’ process, exposing the layers. Then the ‘fill’ allowed an impactful and dramatic shift of the earth, allowing visitors a greater understanding of the past, present and future of this site.

STUDENT MERIT AWARD > Shuying Wu Minimum to Maximum

This project consists of several design interventions that transform a derelict site within Chouteau’s Landing into a revitalized and viable area. The main intervention includes a series of tall red masts that receive and send feed back within social situations and also to attract the Monarch Butterfly to improve habitat.

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Originally founded in 1929, this 440+ acre site has transitioned from being “Camp Zoe,� an all girls summer camp, to house festivals and outdoor concerts, to eventually being purchased by the State of Missouri in 2013 to become a destination state park. The design team developed several options which merged into one final plan that guided the development of the overall park property. The design and programming of Echo Bluff State Park is meant to serve the greater public through employment opportunities, area attractions and memorable visitor experiences. The design team worked closely with biologists to use plantings of native species and seeds that are indigenous to the region.

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Water and the UTPL

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The purpose of the Water and the UTPL Landscape Masterplan is to present an alternative to the present-day unattractive and ineffective storm-water management through the vision of storm water as a valuable, integrated and attractive part of the campus. The design was inspired by Ecuadorian artists and local petroglyphs that showcases the collection and use of rainwater that creates a positive and culturally symbolic use of storm-water on the UTPL site.


JCPRD Legacy Plan Johnson County, Kansas

In 15 years, Johnson County has grown not just in total population, but has become a more diverse community with rising interests in natural resources and active living. During this same period, the landscape of parks and recreation within Johnson County has seen a significant evolution. Throughout this growth, the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) has remained at the forefront of the field as stewards and recreation service innovators, acquiring environmentally significant land holdings, and providing residents with new and relevant offerings. The JCPRD Legacy Plan continues these traditions and harnesses the district’s capabilities to focus the organization’s future and growth on work that is responsive to an evolving Johnson County.

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HONOR AWARD > Forum Studio

Gateway Plaza

Richmond, Virginia

The Gateway Plaza is a 1.5-acre streetscape and urban plaza located in Richmond, Virginia. The team of landscape architects worked with renowned artists to develop a design vocabulary for the Plaza, centered around the concept of “flow�, connecting nearby centers with the project. The LEED Gold Gateway Plaza transformed the underutilized surface parking lots into an energizing new downtown entrance.


Webster Groves Sculpture Garden Webster Groves, Missouri

The success of this half-acre park site nestled along one of the major corridors in the city included collaboration with the City Council, Arts Commission, artists, donors and the community at large. The Webster Groves Sculpture Garden is a gateway for the city and multi-functional, allowing for opportunities to engage with a neighbor and public art and also to enjoy times of quiet reflection. The landscape architect placed sculptures strategically within the park and planned for future replacement and additions to the curated art collection.

MERIT AWARD > Arcturis

River Des Peres Greenway Des Peres, Missouri The River Des Peres Greenway is part of the Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG) larger River Ring Plan, of greenways, trails and open spaces that spans across a three county area of the St. Louis region. The master plan was developed with an emphasis on stormwater BMPs, neighborhood connectivity and serve as an enhancement to the open space/ parks within the area. The greenway would also serve as alternative transportation pathway both locally and also regionally through the connection to the light rail system. Another key element of the project was to address water quality the movement of storm-water through the site by promoting improvements such as the use of bio-swales, native landscape plantings and other stormwater BMPs.

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North Riverfront Redevelopment and Open Space Plan St. Louis, Missouri

This purpose of this 180-acre riverfront redevelopment and open space plan was to develop a collective vision for the space which would enhance the location and rich history of the site as well as reconnect our community to the riverfront. Designed as a world-class riverfront destination with an appropriate mix of attractive uses where all can live, work, learn and play. It is also a ‘place-based’ plan that is flexible to changes within the local and regional context with truly implementable outcomes.

Award of Excellence

Carolyn Gaidis VP of Events Sue Wiest Decorations Scott Emmelkamp Guest of Honor Coordination Floyd Zimmerman Guest of Honor Bob Goetz Guest of Honor Elizabeth Graff Graphics/Awards/Presentation Laura Schatzman Graphics/Presentation ASLA Minnesota Awards Judging Chapter HOK Venue Butler’s Pantry Catering

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