2023 Special Awards Nominations
Call for AZASLA 2023 Special Awards:
The Call for Special Awards Nominations is now open. Final selection of all winners in the special awards category will be determined by the AZASLA Gala & Executive Committee. Eligibility for nominations vary per award. Members interested in submitting a nomination should include the name of the individual or organization along with a short paragraph describing why the nomination has been made along with an email address for the nominee. A photograph or headshot of the nominee will also be required, if awarded.
NOMINATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2023 AT 4PM
Nominators will be notified by email by February 21st and finalists will be announced at this year’s Awards Gala & EXPO on Saturday, March 25th. Registration to attend the event is required. The Special Award categories are:
1. Volunteer Award
This award is intended to recognize an individual member who has contributed significantly to the profession of landscape architecture through service to the community and participation in the AZASLA Chapter. Honorees include members and non-members who are nominated by an AZASLA member in good standing.
2. Emerging Professional Award
This award is intended to recognize emerging professional landscape architects who show remarkable leadership in community service, education, design, and/or service to the profession. Ideal honorees display dedication to both the community and profession exemplified by activities such as participation in the local chapter and completion of high quality professional work. Any member who has been actively participating in the profession (or non-licensed) for less than 5-years is eligible to be nominated by an AZASLA member in good standing.
3. Champion Award
This award is intended to recognize individuals or organizations outside the profession of landscape architecture who, through the encouragement and support of quality design create a better awareness of the profession in the State of Arizona. A recipient of this award may be an elected official, community leader, affiliate organization, or allied professional who contribute through laws, regulation, policies, or commission of work to the perception and role of landscape architecture in the built environment. Ideal honorees have gone above and beyond in advocacy efforts that have led to further public appreciation of the profession. This award is open to non-members and affiliate members who are nominated by AZASLA members in good standing.
4. Educator of the Year
This award is intended to recognize those individuals who exemplify the fundamental importance of education in advancing the art of design and stewardship of the environment, thus elevating the value of landscape architecture in the built environment. Honorees may be faculty or staff from primary, secondary, college, university or other academic programs as the importance of environmental design education may be emphasized at any age. Any member in good standing may nominate an honoree for this category.
5. Julio Taboada Contractor of the Year (submitted by RLA)
This award is intended to honor individuals or firms who embrace innovation, technology, craftsmanship, teamwork and dedication in their role as contractor in bringing well executed design to reality. Recipients of this award, Individuals and/or firms, must be licensed as contractors by the State of Arizona and nominated by an AZASLA member.
6. Office of the Year
This award is intended to recognize the continuing contributions of firms or institutions who have produced distinguished landscape architecture and have made significant contributions to the local chapter, the profession, and their community stepping beyond the traditional role of a design firm or office. Any firm or institution with at least one member in good standing OR which have their main, or founding, office within the boundaries of the State of Arizona may submit. Honorees may self-nominate or be nominated by any AZASLA member in good standing. Specific contributions deserving of merit, including projects and community outreach, should be outlined in the nomination.
7. Landscape Architect of the Year
This award is intended to recognize professional landscape architects who show remarkable leadership in community service, education, design, and/or service to the profession. Ideal honorees display dedication to both the community and profession exemplified by activities such as participation in the local chapter and completion of high caliber of professional work. Any AZASLA member who is registered in the State of Arizona is eligible to be nominated by an AZASLA member in good standing. Specific contributions deserving of merit, including projects and community outreach, should be outlined in the nomination.
8. AZASLA Sage
The AZASLA Sage is an individual who has made a continued impact on the profession and has displayed sustained dedication to the community. Recipients of this award have displayed devotion to the art and science of landscape design, encouraging others and advancing awareness of the profession. Any AZASLA member in good standing may nominate and individual whom they feel has established a legacy deserving of recognition. It is recommended that nominees have been active participants in the profession for at least 20 years.