The 2012 Design Awards were presented in a well-attended ceremony at The Hort that also marked the opening of the exhibition featuring the projects. Ten Honor Awards and 13 Merit Awards were presented to 16 firms, with three firms receiving multiple awards. Projects included public parks, urban plazas, complete streets, community gardens and residential properties. The firms competed in five categories: Landscape Architecture Design; Small Landscape Project Under $50,000; Collaborative Design (for projects involving landscape architects and allied professionals); Planning, Analysis, Research and Communications; and Un-Built Projects. The competition was juried by the Illinois chapter, and the exhibition curated by The Hort’s Chris Murtha. James Russell, Bloomberg architecture critic, presented the certificates.
Guests included New York City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, NYASLA President Denisha Williams, Hort Executive Director Sara Hobel, the principals of several member firms, and members of the Awards Committee. The event was co-sponsored by The Hort, The New York Office of William J. Quinlan, and Andrews LeFevre Studios.
In the Landscape Architecture Design, Honor Awards went to Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects (3 awards), New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and Thomas Balsley Associates. Merit Awards were received by Abel Bainnson Butz, Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects, Joanna Pertz Landscape Architecture, Louis Fusco Landscape Architects, MKW + Associates, Stantec Consulting|Thomas Balsley Associates, Thomas Balsley Associates, and W Architecture & Landscape Architecture.
A Merit Award was given to dlandstudio architecture+landscape architecture in the Small Project Landscape Design category.
There were two Honor Awards in Collaborative Design. They went to SCAPE/Landscape Architecture and to Robin Key Landscape Architecture, in partnership with Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners, OCV Architects, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, and desigNYC.
Three firms were recognized for Planning, Analysis, Research & Communications: Nelson Byrd Woltz with an Honor Award, and Peter Gisolfi Associates - Architecture/Landscape Architecture and Saratoga Associates with Merit Awards.
For Unbuilt Projects, HM White received an Honor Award, and Merit Awards were granted to SCAPE/Landscape Architecture and Thomas Balsley Associates|Weiss/Manfredi|Arup.