(A lively cocktail hour kicked off this year’s ASLA Oregon Design Awards Soiree. . Photo credit: Renee Wilkinson)
The 2013 ASLA Oregon Design Awards Soiree took place this year at the Multnomah Athletic Club, a private, not-for-profit athletic and social club located in SW Portland. We look forward every year to bringing our design community together to celebrate the excellent work being done by creative thinkers and innovative problem-solvers.
There was a hint of nervous excitement in the air during the cocktail hour as guests trickled in. Award winners were not notified in advance this year – a change to the format that happened last year. Instead, the jury was flown in to meet earlier in the day to discuss the merits of various entries and decisions were made just hours before the awards ceremony.
(Entry boards on display at the soiree will also be on display at locations throughout Oregon over the next year. Photo credit: Renee Wilkinson)
Each entry was on display around the room, giving fellow designers an opportunity to learn more about the various projects. Columbia Cascade / Timberform was the presenting sponsor this year, ensuring the event was as polished and elegant as the attendees. Servers whirled delicious hors d’oeuvres around on platters between guests that were busily catching up on the latest design community news.
After a comfortable period of mingling, nibbling and sipping the signature cocktail provided by Willamette Graystone, it was time for the show to begin. Former president Kurt Lango welcomed everyone to the event, followed by Melinda Graham the current president who noted key volunteers and committee members who helped shape the event. Amy Cooney, vice president of chapter services and event organizer, then took the stage and introduced the jury members.
(University of Oregon Professor Robert Ribe accepts an award after the jury commented on his research work. Photo credit: Renee Wilkinson)
The 2013 jury panel included Brodie Bain, Ethan Seltzer, Jeffrey Stuhr, Jonathan Mueller, and Sally Nichols. They spent a full day reviewing and debating projects to carefully select winners in the following categories: Award of Excellence, Honor Award, and Merit Award. Attendees voted on the fourth category, the People’s Choice award. As awards were announced, the jury thoughtfully shared their comments on each of the winners, providing wonderful insight to audience members eager to hear their names called.
The clinking of cocktail glasses and chatter of excited award winners continued long after the ceremony concluded. Our landscape architecture community came out in force to celebrate work that is not only beautiful, but meaningful to the greater community. We look forward to seeing what innovative and creative work develops over the next year!
(Past president Kurt Lango visits with jury members and fellow ASLA members. Photo credit: Renee Wilkinson)
2013 Non-Design Award Winners
2013 Fellows: Mike Abbaté
Oregon ASLA Chapter Service Award: Christopher Olin
2013 SOIREE SPONSORS:
Columbia Cascade Co. / TimberForm
Signature Drink Sponsor:
General Event Sponsors:
Missed the show? Review the list of projects that received awards this year on the Design Awards Winners page. Entry boards on display at locations throughout Oregon including Portland State University, University of Oregon, Center for Architecture Gallery, Portland Airport and Portland Development Services Building over the next year. And sign up for theASLA email list to ensure you don’t miss future event announcements.
ASLA Oregon is a 285 member professional society dedicated to the advancement of landscape architecture within the state. The group holds an annual design awards event every fall and a professional symposium every spring. For more information visit aslaoregon.org.