ASLA Oregon 2018 Recognition Award Winners Announced

ASLA Oregon will present its 2018 Recognition Awards at the Awards Soiree on Friday, November 2, 2018. The awards celebrate the spirit of the landscape architecture profession in Oregon by recognizing people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, sustained community leadership and careful stewardship.

From ASLA Oregon President Andreas Stavropoulos: “ASLA Oregon is fortunate to have an active and talented membership! The committee had tough decisions to make this year with numerous outstanding nominees. We are grateful to all nominees for their work and contributions to the field and also to their colleagues who took time to recognize them.”


Brian Bainnson, ASLA, PLA, will receive the Distinguished Practitioner Award in recognition of a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Bainnson has built an exceptional career by helping others heal. He is one of a handful of national experts in the planning, design and construction of therapeutic gardens. Works include the Portland Memory Garden, the Therapeutic Gardens at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, and the Oregon Burn Center Garden at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. Bainnson’s work has been featured in books, he has authored many articles in magazines and journals, and he is a sought-after speaker. Bainnson has also served the profession of landscape architecture over a sustained period, volunteering on the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee for twelve years, including roles as President and Trustee. Bainnson is Principal at Portland-based landscape architecture firm Quatrefoil, Inc.


Casey Howard, Associate ASLA, will receive the Outstanding Emerging Professional Award. This award is given to an emerging professional in their first five years of practice that exceeds expectations and shows promise in making contributions to landscape architecture. Howard is a passionate and principled designer, whose curiosity, interests and efforts add value and strategic direction to multi-disciplinary projects. She is a critical thinker and is valued by all her colleagues for her problem-solving and innovative thinking. For example, Howard helped innovate the methodology for repeat photography that is used heavily within the field of historic landscape preservation planning to compare historic and current conditions. Howard has proven herself a leader within the landscape architecture community by her participation with the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee as the Emerging Professionals Chair, and as a 2016 Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar. Howard is a Project Associate at MIG, Inc in Portland.


Willie Levenson will receive the Tom McCall Award to honor his outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Levenson has reshaped and redefined Portland’s relationship with the Willamette River. He started with a simple idea: If he could get Portlanders in the river, they would become aware of it in new and profound ways, reawakening to its potential as a living system. In 2010, Levenson created the Human Access Project (HAP). Willie established HAP as a non-profit and recruited a board of directors whose members also deeply cared about the river. With his leadership, HAP set out a vision to raise awareness of the river and ultimately inspire “a City in love with its river,” leading to widespread stewardship of our largest natural resource. Levenson created ‘The Big Float’, growing this event into a signature Portland summer activity on the Willamette River with attendance at more than 2,500 floaters in 2018. It is through Levenson’s creative energy, clear vision, and tireless efforts that HAP has connected so many Portlanders to the river over the 8 years since he began his river journey.


ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person at their Annual Soiree on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Elysian Ballroom, 918 SW Yamhill Street, Portland. Tickets may be purchased online at the ASLA Oregon website.