2020 DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENTS

The ASLA Florida Design Awards Program encourages the advancement, expansion, and recognition of the Landscape Architecture profession by honoring projects that blend environmental and artistic principles that emphasize beauty, function, and the sustainability.

The following projects received awards in the following categories: Conceptual Category, Institutional Category, Open Space Category, Planning & Analysis Category, Preservation & Conservation Category, Residential Category and the Frederick Stresau Award.

Conceptual Category

Capture the Creek

Plot Studios

Award of Excellence 


Project Summary

Capture the Creek is a small but mighty public space on Wagner Creek designed by Plot Studio for The Nature Conservancy. Located in the heart of Miami's health district and surrounded by public housing, the design concept connects under-served communities to the creek through a living landscape that holds and cleans water. The project was conceived as a testing ground for innovative landscape design solutions that explore how to live with and protect our water systems while providing equitable climate solutions.

174th St Bridge Park Concept

Calvin, Giordano & Associates

Award of Merit


Project Summary

In South Florida, standard pedestrian crossings are no more than elevated steel cages, resulting in local resistance. However, because of the Sunny Isles Beach’s location and amenities flanking each side of Collins Ave, CGA embarked upon the concept of an elevated, safe, pedestrian crossing that can instead create a transparent environment that is desirable and blend seamlessly with the urban fabric to not only connect pedestrians to different amenities but also to supplement the City’s park space. By creating an elevated park rather than a bridge, the design will capitalize on pedestrian safety through potential connections of existing open space throughout the City. The bridge park will increase multimodal connectivity between key commercial and entertainment places, as well as the interstitial residential areas, that will advance cohesion and encourage repeat usage by providing a well-connected, safe and comfortable user experience.

Institutional Category

Nature's Neighborhood

Coyle & Caron, Inc.

Award of Honor


Project Summary

Nature’s Neighborhoods at Franklin Park Zoo (FPZ), designed by Coyle & Caron, replaces a traditional children’s zoo with a series of landscapes that combine nature-based play for children with habitats for animals within four ecologies (woodlands, grasslands, thicket, and wetlands). Nature’s Neighborhoods is designed to deliver FPZ’s mission, "to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for some of the zoo’s youngest visitors. The Neighborhoods engage all senses and allow for structured and unstructured play amid lush landscapes inspired by adjacent habitats and ecologies. The project is distinctive for its approaches to expand animal welfare in captive environments, its resource conservation strategies, and integration of research from early childhood educators. Collaborators include Cambridge Seven Associates, Main Street Design, and Nitsch Engineering.

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

HS2G, Inc.

Award of Merit


Project Summary

The LA recently completed construction of a botanical garden for a Miami boys preparatory school. Mature specimens were collected from all over the state to establish an immediate canopy. The design provides shady gathering areas that function for school assemblies and outdoor classrooms. The school’s President says, “The combination of native and rare species from all over the world has created a beautiful and dynamic landscape. The students are introduced to plants and trees from all over the world, turning the park into a pedagogical masterpiece. Already, teachers are holding classes outside, using the trees and plants as a starting point for lessons in geography, history, and science.” In addition, plant name tags teach students botanical names and geographical origins. The botanical garden is a living laboratory where students learn about biology and ecology by direct observation of wildlife, and as a theater for art classes.

Open Space Category

Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza

Local Office Landscape and Urban Design

Award of Excellence

Project Summary

At a hub of local commerce, the Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza are newly-rebuilt streetscapes well-equipped to bear the brunt of the increasingly intense rainfall in Miami. Networked green infrastructure which consisting of large canopy trees rooted in a continuous trench of shared soil, absorbs and filters stormwater, combats urban heat island effect, and defends the shops and restaurants from flash flooding. Designed to handle a rain intensity of 8 inches per hour, it is the most flash-flood resilient street in America. Its capacity was put to the test when Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, unleashing 7 inches of water per hour. The Mile performed as designed: one business owner, who was unable to reopen another of her businesses in Miami for months due to flood damage, was open for business on the Mile the day after the hurricane. The investment in natural systems has already paid dividends in combating the early impacts of climate change.

Planting for Growth

Florida International University

Award of Honor


Project Summary

Planting for Growth aims to alleviate mental health problems in youth through the integration of a trail network and connection of open spaces in an under-served community of Florida City. Proposed community hubs connect to new and existing trails via green streets and community gardens, which adhere to deeply rooted agricultural history of this particular town. Proposed hubs further enhance the fragile ecosystem and support a more sustainable food network, while furthering opportunities for economic development. The new trail connections tie productive landscapes with schools, residential zones and commercial areas, allowing community members to connect with nature and with each other. The interventions will increase access to healthy food, stimulate physical activity, produce economic efficiency, and foster a sense of community, all the elements necessary for mental wellness. Project Faculty Advisor: Ebru Ozer, Student: Daniela Rodriguez

Gainesville South Mainstreet Transformation

GAI Consultants I Community Solutions Group

Award of Merit


Project Summary

GAI Consultants’ Community Solutions Group led the design of this street transformation project on South Main Street in Gainesville. This ¾-mile industrial corridor southeast of Gainesville’s historic downtown area has been experiencing new and emergent reinvestment, thus driving the need for re envisioning the street design to include a more multimodal and sustainable focus. South Main is also the location of the new Depot Park, two regional bike trails, and the newly expanded Cade Museum. As South Main presently carries a relatively low traffic volume, the roadway capacity existed to redesign and reposition this corridor to better support its emergent, diverse land uses. The redesign of the street reduced auto lanes, while incorporating a new roundabout, on-street parking, bicycle facilities, diverse tree canopy, and Low Impact Design creating a much more livable street for Gainesville and the emerging district known as South Main.

Ecohub Park

Florida International University 

Award of Merit

Project Summary

Miami-Dade County has aquatic ecosystems that are home to unique plant and animal communities. Rapid urbanization and car-centric city planning created large disconnects between these water bodies. There exists little to no integration of these waterways within the urban environment. Yet, doing so would be a great benefit to human, plant and animal communities. This forms the basis for the proposed Ecohub, a 43-acre ecological corridor located in Miami Dade County’s District 8 at the intersection of US-1 and a significant canal. The Everglades and Biscayne Bay, two national parks that once shared a water flow system have been restricted through extensive water control systems, but at this canal, the two meet. Ecohub would connect the water flow once more and create a place for human enjoyment, as well as improve resiliency for natural and man-made systems. Ecohub may serve as a case study to replicate along the entire Miami Dade County canal system. Project Faculty Adviser: Linda Chamorro, Urban Analysis Contributors: Denise Morales and Tylor Price, Student: Patricia Matamoros Araujo

Nature Sound Therapeutic Park

University of Florida

Award of Honor


Project Summary

Not only people who live in big cities suffer from noise issues today. Even those in small towns witness noise pollution. The increasing stress can also cause mental health issues across society. The Healing Power of Sound has been an integral part of human civilization for thousands of years. This project is a studio proposal for a 3-acre small green space that needs to be redeveloped, located in Gainesville, Florida. Nature environment plus nature sounds provide nature therapy. The goal is to provide nature sound therapy in an open green space combining true landscape with natural sound. It would serve as an urban public space, recreational park, as well as a spiritual and therapeutic city pocket for mental healing. Project Faculty Advisor: Yi Luo, Student: Cenqi Zhu

Baker Park

Kimley-Horn and Associates

Award of Merit


Project Summary

Baker Park is a 17-acre waterfront park located on the Gordon River in Naples, FL. It serves as an important link between the Gordon River Greenway to the east, and Downtown Naples to the southwest, which is easily accessible from the park through on-street sidewalk and bike lane connections. The site was previously used as a landfill for yard waste and dredge material from the adjacent river. The park vision was to create a central gathering space for residents and visitors, with a mix of recreation opportunities, while using the landscape and park design to tell the history of the site and create opportunities for environmental education. After an extensive public engagement, planning, design and construction process, the former landfill has been converted into a beautiful park with a mix of passive and active recreation, social gathering spaces and environmental design solutions. .

Delray Beach Revitalization

ESDA, Inc.

Award of Merit


Project Summary

The Landscape Architect revitalized the 35-year-old A1A pedestrian promenade and streetscape of Delray Beach. Facing various challenges, the Landscape Architect executed desires of the client, while maintaining the site’s natural character. Crosswalks and customized amenities were introduced at each beach access point and greater usability was incorporated through bike-sharing and water fountains. Sidewalks feature a wave to mimic the experience of walking from the beach to the ocean and lighting was implemented to illuminate the promenade. Once complete, the City saw immediate results - parking meters and lighting gave the City an economic boost and over 15,000-square-feet of dunes and native plants were added back into the site. The landscape architect was instrumental in the design, implementation, and agency approvals of more than 1.3 miles of pedestrian promenade improvements, breathing life back into the iconic jewel of the City.

Planning & Analysis Category

Miami Baywalk & Riverwalk Design Guidelines

Savino & Miller Design Studio

Award of Excellence


Project Summary

The Miami Baywalk Design Guidelines was conceived to transform 4.5 miles of often hidden, publicly accessible waterfront into a vibrant, safe, and connected Baywalk. A lengthy analysis and public outreach process led to the creation of a family of unifying design elements that adopt the latest approach in sustainability and resiliency strategies. The project guidelines re-imagine the 25 feet wide waterfront easement through the creation of unified design elements and linkages that provide a continuous waterfront promenade experience, as well as spatial strategies to adapt to future private and public development. An important goal of the Guidelines is to create a brand, inspired by the mangrove, to raise awareness of the waterfront and its importance to Miami’s history, ecology and economic growth. The City’s is now working to codify the Guidelines to govern future development along this important public space.

Bok Tower Gardens Viewshed: A Preservation Strategy

Dix.Hite + Partners

Award of Honor


Project Summary

The Bok Tower Gardens Viewshed Analysis was implemented to identify and protect the Garden’s iconic views and ecological sanctuaries from the threat of incompatible development. The landscape architect teamed with a local planning group to develop a guiding document that outlines existing and potential threats, evaluates current preservation initiatives, makes recommendations for strategic partnerships, and provides an action plan for future acquisition of parcels. Since completing the Viewshed Analysis document, Bok Tower has successfully purchased 40 acres of land identified as a priority in this report and is in the process of purchasing another 50 acres of land identified as a top priority. With the guidance provided in this document, Bok Tower Gardens can continue its mission to protect the cultural and ecological landscape of this National Historic Landmark. .

University of Florida Campus Landscape Master Plan

GAI Consultants | Community Solutions Group

Award of Honor

Project Summary

To augment several recent planning efforts, the University of Florida retained GAI’s Community Solutions Group and IBI Placemaking to prepare a Landscape Master Plan for the 2000 acre campus. The plan provides direction for transformation of the University into a visually cohesive and sustainable pedestrian, bicycle, and transit friendly campus. It establishes a vision for the UF landscape through the adherence to 5 design principles creating welcoming edges; strengthening the campus core by expanding the pedestrian realm; assuring an interconnected campus of attractive multi-modal corridors; protecting and restoring natural areas of the campus; and providing a cohesive campus image through the creation of standards for hardscapes, furnishings and plant material. Further, it establishes specific requirements for the design of 15 landscape typologies, as well as creates detailed designs for 13 transformative Priority Projects.

Elevate Miami

Florida International University

Award of Merit


Project Summary

Miami-Dade’s Government Center is a 27-acre civic site that lies isolated within the heart of downtown by dense transportation infrastructure and is threatened by the effects of flooding and future impacts of sea level rise. Elevate Miami is an alternative masterplan that re-envisions Government Center as a downtown capitol that uses the concept of elevation as a physical and conceptual means of addressing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of the site. The project answers the challenges posed by the site’s flood-prone, flat topography and navigates the constraints of Miami’s dense transportation infrastructure with a series of three plaza hills that programmatically anchor an elevated urban spine. This systematic framework forms a contextually sensitive pedestrian corridor of place-making experiences through plays on elevation and addresses and anticipates current and future environmental impacts. Project Faculty Advisors: Roberto Rovira and TJ Marston, Students: Selene Basile, Alain Carrazana and Maidy Martinez

Barnacle Historic State Park Resiliency Master Plan

Savino & Miller Design Studio

Award of Honor


Project Summary

The Barnacle Historic State Park Master Plan addresses sea-level rise and resiliency issues for a five-acre property on Biscayne Bay, where the oldest house in Miami stands within a native Rockland Hammock forest. This property was owned by Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of the founders of Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest neighborhood. He left a legacy of ecological preservation, innovative design and a photography portfolio that tells Miami’s story in the late 19th century. To protect and preserve this legacy and unique native ecology, the master plan addresses improving the user experience, solving an existing erosion problem, raising vulnerable structures, and “retreating” from the existing shoreline to create a living shoreline within the property. The master plan is being implemented in two phases, with phase one currently in process. The resulting improvements will ensure the property is enjoyed for generations to come.

Coastal Eco Water

Florida International University

Award of Honor


Project Summary

This project is located at the Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus, a scenic campus located on the coastal edge of North Miami. Due to its adjacency to the bay, it is prone to high risks due to sea-level rise. The goal of the project is to develop a model resiliency approach that would be utilized by the coastal communities facing similar challenges. The project addresses three key issues that will mitigate flooding and stormwater pollution, reduce heat-island effect, and conserve water while adding recreational, educational, and aesthetic values into the campus. The proposed solution consists of sustainable stormwater management practices through green infrastructure. Interventions include five interconnected permeable wetlands, bioswales, green roofs, vertical gardens, urban tree canopy, rainwater harvesting tanks, and a lined storage wetland for irrigation via an automated siphon system, which was also developed by the Coastal Eco Water team. Project Faculty Advisers: Ebru Ozer and Arturo S. Leon, Students: Catalina Dugand, William Callahan, Alain Carrazana, Vivek Verma, Rutusha Nagaraj, Angeluz Lozada, Linlong Bian, Sumit Zanje, Dogukan Ozecik, Ana-Maria Dimand, and Gasndy Damus.

Miami [RE]Solution

Florida International University

Award of Merit


Project Summary

The Miami [Re]Solution project, located in Downtown Miami, Florida, aims to answer the question in Miami of whether to focus on preserving local culture and creating new developments in the Downtown area. This is based off the premise that when you invest in a space, you invest in the people; and when the people thrive, so too does the city. With Miami River and cultural hotspots located around the site, this project aims to create a sustainable environment along the river as well as tourist destination while promoting local employment opportunity and economic development through a mass transit hub. The Miami [RE]Solution aims to reconnect people to nature and community, repurpose underused areas, and rethink government center as something new. Project Faculty Advisors: TJ Marston and Roberto Rovira Students: Josandra Castillo, Ryan Rodriguez and Rutusha Nagaraj

Colon Urban Waterfront Renewal

EDSA, Inc.

Award of Merit


Project Summary

Once a thriving city next to the Panama Canal, Colon has fallen into disrepair over the last half of the 20th century. As a result, tourism declined to a non-existent level, as cruise ports shut down due to safety concerns. The landscape architecture driven approach served to generate tourism and growth, while planning efforts created a catalyst to generate economic activity by activating streetscapes as pedestrian thoroughfares and allowing retail offerings to thrive. The cornerstone of the project is a waterfront park on the City’s northeastern coast at the park’s close proximity to the cruise ports make it a key destination to incentivize and revitalize tourism. Connectivity through the city was accomplished through greenways, bike trails, and promenades. The Landscape Architect created solutions to 24 sections, shaping a set of design guidelines that City planning officials can use for long term redevelopment throughout the city.

Preservation & Conservation Category

Frenchman's Reserve Country Club - Preserve Restoration

Cotleur & Hearing

Award of Merit


Project Summary

Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club is a private golf club community located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The community sits on approximately 434 acres and includes an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and 49 acres of upland preserve. Due to impacts of poor maintenance over the years, a preserve restoration and relocation plan was put into action. The project scope included the analysis of existing preserves, relocation of 5 acres of impacted preserve, review of native wildlife, and removal of exotics. A Preserve Area Management Plan (PAMP) was implemented and the club members were educated on the importance of these preserves within their community. Four bee colonies containing nearly 200,000 bees were introduced to Frenchman’s Reserve and the honey is used within their clubhouse restaurant. A short game golf area was an added amenity where the impacted preserve previously existed. The project was completed in early 2019.

Residential Category

Urban Modern

Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.

Award of Excellence


Project Summary

The Urban Modern was a true collaboration between architect, builder, landscape architect and client. The site is on two adjacent lots in a bustling urban neighborhood. To the east is a busy collector street. Privacy and noise abatement were important to the clients, while maintaining interactivity with the neighborhood. We preserved two existing majestic trees during the design of the home: a banyan, which provides a stunning focal point upon arrival, and a grand live oak, around which the entry courtyard was designed. Walking through the home and into the backyard, one can experience the pool, deck and fire feature, or the curvilinear sculpture garden. We sited two additional pieces of sculpture in the landscape, which sequences through an event lawn, a pollination garden, a bird garden, and a bocce court. The plant palette is 100% Florida Friendly. A bold low voltage landscape lighting design absolutely transforms the home at night.

Coccoloba Garden

Raymond Jungles, Inc.

Award of Honor


Project Summary

The Coccoloba Garden in Islamorada, Florida, rests on top of an ancient coral reef that is more than 125 million years old. The project site is seven acres in area, 11% of which is protected second growth native forest with an existing brackish pond where fossilized limestone was quarried as part of a commercial shrimp farm. To mitigate the cost of the garden, the existing pond was enlarged, lowlands were created to harvest keystone, and fill from the excavations was used to vary the site’s flat grade. The garden areas look natural and wild, resulting in less maintenance and more opportunities to engage with local flora and fauna. The garden’s resilience was put to the test when Hurricane Irma made a direct hit in 2017. Although there were storm surge related erosion issues and toppled trees, the Coccoloba garden was completely restored within a year’s time..

Prospect Street

DWY Landscape Architects

Award of Merit


Project Summary

The clients at Prospect Street purchased this spec home mid-way through construction and immediately engaged the landscape architect. Paired with their want to complement the character and scale of the neighborhood surroundings was the desire to be immersed in a lush tropical setting. With the majority of the windows “ opportunities to draw the outside in “ already installed, the landscape architect was challenged with how to thread the landscape through the home. The result is a modern home fully integrated into the Florida landscape.

Golden Beach Residence

Clad Landscape Architecture and Design

Award of Honor


Project Summary

This magnificent waterfront site was the perfect canvas for the creation of this subtropical landscape design. Defined by a sequence of outdoor rooms, the garden unifies and creates harmony between the architecture and its surrounding environment. Carefully selected planting textures create layers of lush foliage that weave together each space. Several existing mature trees were incorporated into the design and were given great importance throughout the project, helping frame the views and blur the boundaries of what is interior and exterior. The residence’s outdoor rooms celebrate a narrative that elaborates on the idea of water as an important element for residents of Golden Beach. Beginning at the entrance, minimal and clean architectural elements are surrounded by planting. The landscape navigates its way through each of the different rooms of the home; from the interior living rooms until it reaches the pool deck and upper level.

Pierhouse at Channelside

Dix.Hite + Partners

Award of Honor


Project Summary

The Pierhouse at Channelside has helped spur an economic revival in the Channel District of Tampa by providing walkable urban housing for young professionals and enhancing and activating the public realm. The landscape architect led the design of the 6.3-acre site with thoughtful site planning, conceptual design of private courtyards, the streetscape and entry experience, and the urban park and trail. Collaboration between the design team, the developer, and the City of Tampa resulted in a reimagining of the public right-of-way into a 1/2-acre public park and art walk that provides a pedestrian connection to adjacent retail, residential, and commercial properties. The park, the private amenities, and the context-sensitive materials and details make the Pierhouse a high-quality, walkable mixed-use development that helps define the District’s character.

Frederic B. Stresau Award 

The Frederic B. Stresau Award is named in honor of Fred Stresau, who is considered by many to be the father of Florida Landscape Architecture. The award is bestowed annually by the ASLA Florida jury to the professional award of excellence recipient that best exhibits innovation and design excellence. These works are truly exceptional and collectively contribute to enhance our body of knowledge. 

2020 Recipient: 

Urban Modern | Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.

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