Last night at the American Society of Landscape Architects’ President’s Dinner, our team celebrated Mikyoung receiving the ASLA Design Medal, as well as the other medal honorees and the new national ASLA officers.

One of the highest honors the ASLA can bestow upon a landscape architect, the Design Medal recognizes an individual “who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for at least ten years.”

An excerpt from Mikyoung’s speech follows:

“A good friend of mine told me, ‘You know, Mikyoung, you are the first person of color to receive this award and the third woman.’  I’m just so honored to take this mantle on.  But I’m also looking forward to the day when a diversity of voices are acknowledged and celebrated at a faster clip so that we can stop counting.”

Medal recipients are nominated by an ASLA member or chapter. The Executive Committee reviews all nominations and forwards no more than two nominees to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for final selection.

Sarah Goldhagen, an amazing thought leader in the profession said: “Mikyoung shows that landscape design and environmental art can be a public amenity, a social condenser, and a sustainable practice while simultaneously being a poetic art that captures and sustains our all-too-often-distracted attention, confers a graceful sense of play, and instigates deep imaginative thought about the many ways that every day landscapes can enrich people’s individual experience and social congress.”

Nomination letters can be found here:

Sincere gratitude to all of our friends and colleagues for the nominations, especially Thaisa Way for leading the nomination process!