SWA Group Wins 7 Design & Communication Awards

Five Honors from American Society of Landscape Architects Given At ASLA Convention Today; Two Others from National Parks Assn and California Architectural Foundation

SAUSALITO – SWA Group, one of world’s leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design firms, announced today being honored with five awards from the American Association of Landscape Architects and, separately, an award from the National Recreation & Parks Association and a first-ever Environmental Excellence Award from the California Architectural Heritage Foundation. The five ASLA awards were given today at the ASLA Convention in Phoenix.

The awards from the ASLA include three Analysis & Planning honor awards for

* Wusong Riverfront: Landscape Infrastructure Pilot Project which is transforming a community in Kunshan City in China’s Jingsu Province.

* Coastal Roulette: Planning Resilient Communities which outlines strategies for reduced flooding and damage around Galveston Bay on the Southeast Coast of Texas.

* Nanhu: Farm Town in the Big City, a new community design which preserves agricultural heritage while accommodating growth in Jiaxing, China.

The two communications awards include:

* SWA won an ASLA Communications award for “Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA”, a book enjoying popular success from author Gerdo Aquino of SWA and published by Birkhauser Architecture.

* SWA’s Sarah Peck received an honor award in communication for the “Landscape Urbanism” website and journal, an independent project that explores the intersection of landscape architecture and urban contexts. The project was a 2010 winner of SWA’s Patrick Curran Employee Fellowship, an annual program to support the creative endeavors of firm employees.

* The National Recreation & Parks Association gave a 2011 Facility Design Award for the Rosemont Bridge, an innovative three-span design over the Buffalo Bayou Park and a busy thoroughfare in downtown Houston. It was designed by SWA on behalf of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department.

* Lastly, a new award from the California Architectural Foundation was given in honor of the California Academy of Sciences, designed by Renzo Piano with its green roof and surrounding grounds by SWA Group. The Nathanial Owings Award recognizes excellence in honor of Owings, a venerated founder of SOM Architects, and reflects his spirit in the “meaningful cooperation with nature as well as with one another.”

SWA Group (www.swagroup.com), established in 1957, is an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, CA, Sausalito, CA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Shanghai. Since its inception, SWA Group has worked in over 60 countries, and its projects have garnered more than 600 awards.

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