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American Society of Landscape Architects Selects Design Workshop for Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announces that a contract has been signed with Design Workshop to serve as lead consultant for a project greening the streets surrounding ASLA's headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown. The firm has a long history of designing landscapes that combine environmental sensitivity, economic benefits, artistic vision, and community input.

The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems and innovative technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public.

Design Workshop will oversee the project through all phases from design and installation to long-term maintenance planning and educational outreach will collaborate with the ASLA Site Sustainability Task Force throughout all phases of the project.

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CCASLA 2013 Awards

Each year, the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recognizes the outstanding achievements of landscape architects through its Annual Awards Program. In 2013, Colorado ASLA awarded 17 projects, each illustrating progressive approaches to careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environment. Design Workshop was honored to be recognized by its professional peers receiving eight of this year's awards, including the President's Award of Excellence. Download this PDF to see details of each project.

Emerging Leader Returns to Design Workshop
Mike Albert

Design Workshop is thrilled to welcome Mike Albert back as a Principal of the Firm! Mike brings with him experience gained through his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he graduated with Distinction and was part of the national award winning teams for the Urban Land Institute/Gerald Hines Urban Design Competition, the Designing Action International Competition and the Boston Affordable Housing Competition.

Prior to taking time off from Design Workshop to earn his degree, Mike developed a broad range of experience working on projects that positively impacted his clients and the community in which the project was located. He has notable experience in projects ranging from private residential gardens, multi-family affordable housing, urban parks and streetscapes to resort and tourism planning, master planned communities and urban redevelopment strategies. Mike's dedication to the profession is reflected in the accreditations and certifications he has earned, including landscape architecture licensure, national planner certification, LEED Accredited Professional certification and construction documentation certification as well as the numerous national and regional awards for design and leadership.

Design Workshop Expands the Breadth of its Leadership
Steven Spears

Design Workshop is thrilled to announce that Steven Spears, PLA, AICP has been promoted to Shareholder of the Firm. Steven joined Design Workshop in 2004, after practicing throughout the United States and Australia. Steven was named Principal in 2009 and played a significant role in opening the Austin office in 2008 and growing it to 15 employees today. A firm believer in the quadruple bottom line design process of integrating economic sustainability, environmental sensitivity, community benefit and profound art/aesthetics, Spears' design and planning work has been recognized at the state and national level.

As a Professional Landscape Architect and a Certified Planner, Spears works with both private sector and public sector clients. He provides in depth knowledge on both sides of the table, and has built a reputation to creatively design, entitle and implement complex projects.

Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park Among the Latest Four Projects To Receive SITES™ Certification for Sustainable Landscapes

Design Workshop's Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park was awarded a One-star rating by SITES™ and is one of eight pilot projects newly certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative for its sustainable site design, construction and maintenance. View project »

Rebecca Leonard elected Chair-Elect of the American Planning Association's (APA) Urban Design and Preservation Division.
Rebecca Leonard

As Design Workshop has successfully done with organizations such as the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, she will concentrate on increasing the Division's focus on development and promotion of case study resources.

Design Workshop Wins National Medal of Excellence

Design Workshop was honored with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2012 Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence for its Design Week.

American Horticultural Society Honors Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) presented its Landscape Design Award to Design Workshop's Richard Shaw during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet held earlier this summer. This award is given to an individual whose work demonstrates and promotes the value of sound horticultural practices in landscape architecture.

Culbertson Named to LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction
Kurt Culbertson

Kurt Culbertson, chairman of Design Workshop, was inducted into the Louisiana State University Alumni Association 2012 Hall of Distinction during ceremonies at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Jordan's Petra Region, One of World's New Seven Wonders, Receives National Planning Excellence Award

The Strategic Plan for the Petra Region in Jordan, one the "New Seven Wonders of the World," received the 2012 American Planning Association's Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Award. View project »



Company's Founder Honored with Top Landscape Architect Medal

Joe Porter, one of Design Workshop's founders, received the ASLA Medal in 2008, the highest honor bestowed upon a landscape architect for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession, the welfare of the public, and the environment.

Richard Shaw Receives the Distinguished ASLA Design Medal

Richard Shaw, FASLA, a partner of Design Workshop, received the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Design Medal, one of the highest awards the Society presents each year. Mr. Shaw is recognized for his relentless pursuit of design excellence and exceptional work over the years on projects ranging from residential gardens to urban / regional master plans. He has practiced nationally and internationally, and twice, he has earned the Urban Land Institute's prestigious Award of Excellence for The Little Nell in Aspen and for Whistler/ Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia. Other awards and honors include: ASLA National Honor award for the Woody Creek Residence in Colorado, ASLA Colorado Chapter Land Stewardship Designation Award for Ameya Preserve in Montana, and the Nevada ASLA Chapter Project of the Year award for the Nevada Department of Transportation Landscape and Aesthetics Western Highways Corridor Plans.

Mr. Shaw has served on both the national and Colorado chapters of ASLA, Landscape Architecture Foundation, and advisory councils at Utah State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Kurt Culbertson Named to LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction

Kurt Culbertson, chairman of Design Workshop, was inducted into the Louisiana State University Alumni Association 2012 Hall of Distinction during ceremonies at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus March 30.

Culbertson graduated from LSU in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. In 2008, Design Workshop was named the Firm of the Year by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Culbertson was inducted along with distinguished scholar, author and international business consultant John S. Butler, of the University of Texas at Austin, who was named Alumnus of the Year, and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James, named Young Alumnus of the Year.

Also inducted were Joseph D. Fail, of Bay Springs, Miss.; David B. Means III, of Gloster, La.; James P. Richards, Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas; Donald Welge, of Chester, Ill.; and Claude O. West, of Minden, La.

A Fellow of the ASLA and the Institute of Urban Design, Culbertson has received numerous awards for his work including ASLA National Honor awards for his design of Canyon Forest Village at the Grand Canyon and South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis, Mo., and his master plans for Flathead County, Mont., and the Bow Valley of Alberta, Canada.

Other awards include Colorado Chapter ASLA Honor Awards for the Red Butte Ranch Residence, Aspen, Colo., and Chalalan Ecolodge in Madidi National Park, Bolivia, and a North Carolina Chapter ASLA Honor Award for the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. His Strategic Plan for Petra, Jordan, won the Pierre L’Enfant Award for International Planning from the American Planning Association in 2012.

A long-time supporter of the School of Landscape Architecture, Culbertson was one of the driving forces in the fundraising campaign to raise four million dollars to name the school for its founder, Robert “Doc” Reich. He personally donated a quarter of a million to the Reich School. He also served as co-chair of the fundraising effort to endow the Max Z. Conrad Lecture Series in the Reich School. A Fulbright Scholar, Culbertson was the Robert S. Reich Teaching Professor in the College of Art & Design in 2004. He also serves on the Sigma Chi House Corporation.

Design Workshop Wins 2012 National Medal of Excellence

Design Workshop was honored with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2012 Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence for its Design Week.

Design Week is a pro-bono effort launched by Design Workshop in 2004 that is aimed at creating a link between academia and practice. A national program, it joins landscape architecture students with students from other disciplines, faculty and a real client in a collaborative learning environment to pursue a real project. Design Workshop has taken teams of design professionals to more than 10 universities across the United States – including the University of Kentucky, Clemson, Louisiana State and Penn State – engaging more than 1,600 students.

“Design Workshop was founded 40 years ago in academia,” said Design Workshop Chairman Kurt Culbertson. “We have always sought to maintain a strong relationship with the academy to build frameworks for collaboration. In addition to our collaborative research efforts with a number of universities, we see Design Week as a wonderful way to give back to the profession. We’re so honored by this recognition from ASLA. Design Week is program we’re very proud of as we work to help shape the education of future professionals and to develop relationships with future graduates.”

American Horticultural Society Honors Richard Shaw

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) presented its Landscape Design Award to Richard W. Shaw during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet, held in summer 2012 at AHS’ headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Landscape Design Award is given to an individual whose work demonstrates and promotes the value of sound horticultural practices in landscape architecture. The award is one of the Great American Gardeners Awards presented annually by the AHS to individuals, organizations and businesses that represent the best in American gardening. Each recipient has contributed significantly to fields including scientific research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, teaching and conservation.

Shaw is a principal and partner in Design Workshop’s Aspen, Colorado office. He has devoted his career to residential design, resort design, tourism development, transportation planning and community development throughout the world. His designs rely on native plants to enhance the sustainability of the constructed landscape and they incorporate a deep respect for the regional setting. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Shaw has received numerous awards, including the Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute and the Design Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects recognizing his lifetime contributions to designed landscapes.



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Addressing National Challenges with Improved Development Patterns

September 4, 2014 – Chuck Ware

Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Blacksburg, Virginia

The Real Resources of Sierra Nevada

October 8, 2014 – Steve Noll

Sierra Business Conference, Tahoe City, CA

Sustainable Return on Investment in Community Development

October 9, 2014 – Chuck Ware

Cityscape Conference, Dubai, UAE

Field Session: Times Two: Doubling Downtown Denver

November 21, 2014 – Chuck Ware, Josh Brooks and Anna Cawrse

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Field Session: Stapleton and Lowry: Runways to Green Communities

November 21, 2014 – Allyson Mendenhall

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Education Session: Earth, Wind and Fire: Just Add Water and Stir Vigorously

November 21, 2014 – Steve Spears

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Education Session: People are Pedestrians by Design: The Benefits of Walkable Environments

November 22, 2014 – Allyson Mendenhall

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Education Session: Social Justice: The New Green Infrastructure

November 22, 2014 – Kurt Culbertson, Kathleen King

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Education Session: Planting Design for Beauty and Delight

November 22, 2014 – Steve Spears

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Education Session: Subsurface to Surface: Fracking Needs Landscape Architect Attention

November 23, 2014 – Darla Callaway

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

Education Session: Translating Research into Project Documentation and Publication

November 24, 2014 – Stephanie Grigsby, Rebecca Leonard

American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting 2014, Denver, CO

View this in-depth interview with Design Workshop founders Joe Porter and Don Ensign.

Woodlands Township transit plan focuses on improving Town Center parking, mobility

With a mobility plan underway in south Montgomery County and a countywide thoroughfare plan on the horizon, The Woodlands has maintained its focus on the community’s transit issues.

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Transportation Discrimination and a Call to Change

Design Workshop's Dayton Crites discusses the need for transportation improvements that accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Austin Business Journal Interview with Rebecca Leonard

Design Workshop President Rebecca Leonard discusses factors that helped to shape her career and her goals for the next couple of years.

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Greenroads Certifies First Project in Texas

The Greenroads Foundation announced that the Bagby Street Reconstruction Project in Houston, Texas has become the first project to achieve Greenroads Certification in the State of Texas, receiving a Silver Rating for its design and construction sustainability efforts.

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