Thursday, May 18, 2023

This May, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects have announced their 2023 Design Awards. A number of our graduate students, our alumni, and friends of the department have recieved awards for their student/professional work. All of the Award Information can be found at:


To highlight some of our department's award winners, we have the following: 


Student MERIT Award - Creating Community Vision for Indian Orchard

(Image contains students restoring a mosaic bench decorated in glass art)

Rebecca Bagdigian-Boone (MLA)

Li-Ting Hsu (MLA)

Remington Pontes (MLA)

Muskaan Handa (MLA)

Abby Derick (MLA)

Jake Harlow (MLA)

Suzanne Warner (MLA)

Associate Professor Frank Sleegers, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jury Notes: "The jury felt it was refreshing to see a project that centers on community engagement, getting the community involved in real solutions. The before and after photos were very compelling. Demonstrated great examples of working with people and engaging the community, like the creation of the mosaic bench".


Student HONOR Award - Discovery Forest

Discovery Forest 4.jpg

(Image contains a playscape featuring elements of forestry and styalized play structures as fungi)

Abby Derick (MLA)

Jury Notes: "The jury liked the fresh ideas used to connect the users and nature with innovative, fun, immersive yet detailed focus design solutions. The representations are very clear to challenge the traditional play equipment."


Professional Award: JURY Special Recognition: Comprehensive Community Impact - China Trail Garden at the Acton Arboretum (Acton, MA)

(Image contains a small wooden footbridge styalized with Eastern wooden architecture, closely resembling Tori gates in terms of color and shape. The bridge is surrounded by native Chinese & Japanese plants)

LANDD International LLC - Lead Designer Hongbing Tang, ASLA, PLA (PhD, Lecturer)

Jury Notes: The Jury felt this was a compelling and inspiring passion project. Comprehensive and diverse community engagement and activation story is strong. The landscape story is small, but focused, incorporating a unique combination of plants. The potential for perennial stewardship is inspiring and outstanding. Small budget, but has big cultural and community significance.


Some of our Alumni-affiliated projects and Friends of the Department are listed below: 

Professional Excellence Award in Research - OffShoots Inc. - Mycofiltration for Stormwater Management

Professional Honor Award in Analysis & Planning - Sasaki - Changchun Middle Mountain Landscape

Professional Honor Award in Analysis & Planning - Reed Hilderbrand - The Franklin Park Action Plan

Professional Honor Award in Residential Design - Dan Gordon Landscape Architects - A New Angle

Professional Honor Award in Residential Design - Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC - Herrick Woods

Professional Honor Award in General Design - STIMSON - Hackley School Center for Health and Wellness

Professional Honor Award in General Design - STIMSON - MIT Hayden Library and Lipchitz Courtyard

Professional Honor Award in General Design - University of Massachusetts Amherst - UMass Amherst Campus Core Revitalization

Jury Special Recognition: Significant Value to Landscape Architecture - Regenerative Design Group - Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan


Congratulations to all!