From the ASLA:
"The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 37 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 6-9, in Chicago.
The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows."
To see the entire 2015 Class of Fellows click here or paste https://www.asla.org/contentdetail.aspx?id=46747 into your browser.
We are pleased to announce that O'Shea Wilson Siteworks has received three awards from the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Awards were received in the General Design Category for the New Cabell Hall Courtyard Transformation, for VCU Honors College, and in the Planning and Analysis Category for MODERN/HISTORY: Re-inhabiting the Rice House.
Concrete has been poured for the new accessible path through Dawson's Row at the University of Virginia.
After a year and half out on Horseshoe Farm in Earlysville we headed back to town. We loved being out in the county surrounded by incredible trees, birds and the incredible skies. The kids missed the city and the ability to move around without the reliance on the folks and the car...so we're back! After a long and unsuccessful house hunt...we discovered fortuitously that our friends Maurice Cox and Giovanna Galfione Cox were looking for someone to rent their beautiful home on Old Ridge Street. We jumped at the opportunity to continue the stewardship started by their family in the home/ design office hybrid lifestyle and have been in residence and at work all of one big night and day so far. We already love it and look forward to living and working back in Charlottesville!
After months of top secret, intense design work with a great team headed by VMDO Architects we are officially official with the unveiling of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center for Virginia Wesleyan College. Led by the incredible vision and generosity of an anonymous donor to honor the service and leadership of outgoing President William T. "Billy" Greer, this project will complete the colleges quad and establish a high performance building and landscape dedicated to the natural sciences and the regional environment. See more at http://www.vwc.edu/news-a-events/news-releases/vwc-announces-greer-environmental-sciences-center.
New Cabell Hall was up and running a few weeks before the end of the semester...
not too many weeks left here on Horseshoe Farm before we migrate back into town
Some of the Siteworks staff traveled up to NYC for a working session with Cooper Robertson & Partners last Friday. They have a fantastic view!
Some surprising wildlife emerged with the first day of April out at the studio....
Last week we had the unexpected pleasure of discovering The Old Cold Storage Warehouse-Architectural and Industrial Storage down in Arrington, Virginia. This cold storage facility was built by the federal government for Nelson County apple growers in the 1930's and today is the magical home of the various businesses run by Jeremy Hale. Inside this incredible structure sits a treasure trove of material memories. From room stacked with vintage wooden carts, to old cars and vintage bikes, to salvaged wooden beams and whole tree trunks, this place is stocked to the roof with history waiting to be transformed into a new and wonderful use. We found ourselves here along with Joshua Wheeler and Clay Hansen of The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression scouting out shipping containers that Jeremy will be helping to transform into a mobile Free Expression Wall and Gallery over the next few months. We can't wait to get going on this fun new endeavor.
After a flurry of work this winter in updating the museum master plan and in developing ideas for a comprehensive trail system and entry sequence, the Board gave unanimous approval to move into schematic design and fundraising for the entire project. When complete this will be an incredible expanded museum, historic garden and cultural park that integrates contemporary art, ecology and history in an interactive exploration of the Shenandoah Valley. We can't wait!
6 inches of snow on top of an earlier 10 and a temperature of 8 degrees was replaced by rain and 68 in the space of four days. The resultant foggy sunset was a much appreciated gift during an intense deadline.
The Buffalo Shook Lumber Yard on The High Bridge Trail in Farmville, Virginia. Wouldn't this be an amazing baseline wall wall for a new baseball stadium on The Appomattox River?
The High Bridge Trail in Farmville, Virginia. What an awesome place to go for a run after a meeting for our Master Planning project we are working on with Cooper Robertson.
New Cabell Hall Courtyard at the University of Virginia is almost done! A little more planting to complete this Spring and then one of our favorite projects should be open to use.
The volunteer thicket of pears out front is in full glory.