Announcements 08.25.2022

Georgia ASLA Honors Atlanta Studio with Firm of the Year, Design Excellence

The Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has honored the Atlanta studio’s Landscape Architecture practice with Firm of the Year and four projects for design excellence. Three of the four projects received the highest recognition in General Design, Social Impact, and Analysis and Planning.  

The Landscape Architecture Firm Award recognizes outstanding landscape architecture firms for significant contributions to the achievement of the profession of landscape architecture in Georgia.  

“These awards represent a testament to the hard work of our dynamic team and the powerful partnerships with our valuable clients,” says Zan Stewart, principal and landscape practice leader. “Our commitment to raising the bar for holistic integration of landscape design in the built space offers new opportunities to redefine the industry.”  

Firm of the Year

Perkins&Will Atlanta founded its landscape architecture studio in 2007 as a bold step toward leading the industry in sustainability, integrated design, and resilient environments. In the decade and a half since its founding, the studio has changed the way landscape architects and building architects work together at the largest firm in Georgia and broadly throughout the industry.

The recipient of nearly 100 design awards since its inception—among them ASLA National Awards and first place for Conceptual Design at the International Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism—the group has brought respect and awareness to Georgia for its contributions to landscape architecture and urban design.   

The landscape team at the Awards Gala held on August 12th.
Left to Right: Nina Feng, Chencheng He, Rishika Chaudhury, Micah Lipscomb, Maria Yegros, Renee Robinson, Marilyn Wagman
Previously a sloping concrete loading dock, a framework of industrial-inspired terraces mitigate the grade and provide spaces to socialize.
Honor Award—General Design
Atlanta Dairies

Atlanta Dairies catalyzed a rebirth of Atlanta’s diverse and historic Memorial Drive corridor by re-engaging residents with the native landscape, set against the backdrop of its industrial history. Formerly a dairy factory, the six-acre ruinous site was re-imagined as a verdant respite for locals to eat, drink, and socialize. Located in the heart of the development, a once hot and impervious loading yard was transformed into a shaded and inviting plaza, comprising plant material native to the indigenous Piedmont region and upcycled site elements collected during demolition. With a blend of contrasting industrial forms and organic plantings, Atlanta Dairies has become a neighborhood destination and a model for adaptive landscapes in the city. 

Honor Award—Social Impact
George Mason University, Wilkins Plaza

Wilkins Plaza at the center of George Mason’s Fairfax, Virginia, campus creates a 1000-foot-long student life corridor that celebrates themes of well-being, diversity, racial justice, and inclusion. The project acknowledges the importance of both engaged social well-being and more solitary pursuits. The plaza plays host to student life functions, such as student group displays and campus cultural events, as well as opportunities for quiet reflection. With these elements, the east end of the plaza, closest to student housing, is meant to engender a “hang out culture” for this university that was formerly more focused on a population of commuting students. Additionally, the western end of the plaza incorporates a new Memorial to the Enslaved People of George Mason, serving as a model for bottom-up efforts for lines of inquiry into equity and racial justice to become a celebration of diversity and inclusion in designed physical space.  

The vision for Brandon Avenue simultaneously embraces three key objectives: respecting the past and historic context, serving as a model of sustainability and resilience, and creating an altogether new urban typology on campus.
Honor Award—Analysis and Planning
University of Virginia, Brandon Avenue Master Plan

The Plan for Brandon Avenue envisions an entirely new urban district that celebrates engagement with nature as a central feature. Conceived as a 21st Century extension of the nationally significant Lawn and Academic Village, the project features extensive bioretention areas along with promenades, plazas and open spaces. The project vision simultaneously embraces three key objectives: respecting the past and historic context, serving as a model of sustainability and resilience, and creating an altogether new urban typology on campus. Like the historic lawn, the Brandon Avenue Green Street is an architecturally defined civic open space centered on a multi-functional, performative landscape.  

Merit Award—General Design
Atlanta Financial Center

Our design for the Atlanta Financial Center, in the commercial corridor of north Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, reinvents the office-tower courtyard as a serene, engaging park for wireless work, lunch breaks, team meetings, or events. Nested between a highway, a commercial thoroughfare, and a 1980s office building, this new “working landscape” is a dynamic space where health and resilience come together as workplace and environmental priorities. 

The centerpiece is a sculptural precast-concrete seating wall that twists around an elliptical lawn.  A continuous path of crushed slate spirals out along the wall, providing stormwater infiltration and opening into a large plaza, where picnic and cafe tables allow the space to flex for formal and informal business gatherings. This elegant park reflects the character of the surrounding neighborhood and provides a calm retreat for workers in the adjacent office towers. 

A place of respite nested between a highway, a commercial street, and an office building.