Each fall we look forward to celebrating design with the Oregon landscape architecture community at the annual Oregon ASLA Awards Soiree. This year we are proud to share that two Mayer/Reed projects and one Mayer/Reed landscape architect took home honors.Representatives from Mayer/Reed and the City of Portland accepted an honor award in analysis & planning for the Green Loop, a concept and planning framework for a continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail encircling Portland’s inner city utilizing existing street rights-of-way as its network.
A second honor award, this one in the category of community service, went to our pro-bono Portland Winter Light Festival installation – Kinetic DeLight. Crafted of 700 human-powered LED skateboard wheels on a custom steel frame, the exhibit invited visitors to spin streaks of light, offering both touch and visual sensations. Kinetic DeLight will be making a re-appearance at the free 2020 Portland Winter Light Festival in February.In addition, Mayer/Reed landscape architect, Shannon Simms, received the President’s Chapter Service Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the chapter and the profession.
Mayer/Reed welcomes landscape designers, Anna Chen and Rachel Lingard.
Anna Chen, ASLA, LEED GA joined Mayer/Reed as a landscape designer. Her current work includes Washington Way at OSU, Benson High School modernization and Evergreen School District improvements. “Landscape architecture is the medium that links society with nature,” she says. “Whether designing a natural area or urban landscape, I aim to create both physical and poetic connections to place.” Anna has a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture with a minor in urban planning from Arizona State University. She serves on the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee as the Emerging Professionals Chair.
Rachel Lingard, ASLA joined Mayer/Reed as a landscape designer. Her current work includes the Lincoln High School replacement, Errol Heights Park and Evergreen School District improvements. She brings a holistic perspective and affinity for sustainable design. “The field of landscape architecture requires us to think not just about one piece of the puzzle, but about how it all fits together,” she notes. A lover of learning and the outdoors, Rachel finds the beauty of our planet a constant source of design inspiration. She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning degree from Utah State University.
After years of design and construction, Portland State University’s former Neuberger Hall reopened this week with a new name, Fariborz Maseeh Hall. As students return to campus for the fall term, one of the first things they’ll notice about the remodeled academic and student services building is the new main entry plaza on the South Park Blocks with its unique site amenity we call the Social Jetty. The Mayer/Reed designed jetty is a 77 ft. long steel and wood structure that invites people to dock out of the flow for a period of time. It provides places to sit, dine, study, converse, create, relax, people-watch or simply be. We’ll be watching to see how it gets used in the days ahead.
The Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Prize in Landscape Architecture is a newly-established, international prize established by The Cultural Landscapes Foundation. The prize will be awarded every other year to practitioners whose landscapes are deemed to be particularly significant, influential and enduring. The work of these individuals are legacy landscapes that promote the best of our profession through excellence and stewardship, along with an increased awareness for the value of design and of our profession.
The prize is named after the influential Cornelia Oberlander who is a landscape architect practicing in Vancouver BC. She has inspired me since the mid-1970s when I was a graduate student. I was impressed with her ability to achieve such a seamless integration of building and landscape. Since that time, she and her work have strongly influenced me in my own practice here in the Pacific Northwest.
Cornelia has played a significant role in the evolution of our profession; and I’m delighted to see this TCLF program honor her with the naming of the International Landscape Architecture Prize. I’m pleased to participate as part of the 100 Women who have enabled the initial round of funding for this important program.