2019 ASLA Oregon Design Awards

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The ASLA Oregon Design Awards program celebrates professional and student excellence by recognizing the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning in Oregon and beyond.


Meet the 2019 Jury Members

The 2019 Design Award winners will be selected by a jury and will be announced at the annual soirée on November 1st. This year’s jurors are:


Suenn Ho

Urban Designer and Principal / Resolve Architecture + Planning / Suenn Ho Design / Portland, OR

Suenn’s designs speak to history, culture and heritage. She co-led the Old Town/Chinatown streetscape design team, as well designed 20 ornate bronze plaques for the sidewalks. Suenn designed the Garden of Surging Waves at Astoria’s Heritage Square. This urban plaza episodically reveals the life of the early Astorian-Chinese through custom-designed sculptural installations. The Garden received several design awards including the ORPA Design Award, and Oregon Main Street’s “Best Downtown Improvement Project”. Suenn is designing heritage installations for the ¾-mile Tigard Outdoor Museum Trail which, has won an NEA Placemaking Grant. Currently, Oregon Heritage Rail Center has commissioned Suenn to design an entry plaza that showcases the museum’s artifacts.


Jeff Schnabel

Director for the School of Architecture, Portland State University / Portland, OR

With a background in both landscape architecture and architecture studies, Jeff Schnabel now serves as the Director for the School of Architecture at Portland State University. His activities in and out of the classroom are focused on making the public realm successful after dark. Jeff is a co-founder of the Portland Winter Light Festival and a Board Member of the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit dedicated to lighting Portland’s bridges. Jeff is also a member of the International Nighttime Design Initiative and the Media Architecture Institute.


Sandra Fischer, FASLA

Principal, Land Morphology / Seattle, WA

Sandra Fischer, FASLA was inducted as an ASLA Fellow in 2018. Recognized for her ground-breaking and influential practice that has spanned the Pacific Northwest, Great Plains and Northern Rockies (including being the first woman licensed in the state of Montana), Sandra has worked tirelessly to create more attractive, livable, walkable and economically sustainable communities. Sandra’s planning and design work has garnered awards from ASLA, WASLA, ID-MT ASLA, APA, Puget Sound Regional Council, Metro and the Governor’s office, and others. She has led award-winning global consultancies and regional multidisciplinary firms, and small practices. Through her active participation in civic and professional organizations, has raised the profile of landscape architecture. Sandra is a principal at Land Morphology and currently teaches at UW College of Built Environments.


Mark Brands, PLA

Managing Principal, SiteWorkshop / Seattle, WA

Mark Brands is a landscape architect with Site Workshop, a Seattle based landscape architecture firm focused on the artful transformation of the public realm. As a co-founder of Site Workshop and the managing principal, Mark has been a guiding force in its growth, culture and leadership through two decades of operations.

Mark's work spans 30 years of private practice with an emphasis on public spaces. He is deeply committed to developing planning and design processes that result in both a shared vision for the future and practical strategies for implementation. His focus on the design process and commitment to building consensus between projects constituencies helps evoke the essential, special qualities of a place.

Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from WSU and was recently elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows.



Director of Landscape Arch., Olson Kundig / Seattle, WA

As Olson Kundig’s director of landscape architecture, Michelle strives to create beautiful places through the artful integration of nature and the built environment. Since earning her dual Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees, Michelle has been captivated by the way landscape design can influence how we move through environments and the stories that unfold there.

Before joining Olson Kundig in 2016, Michelle collaborated with the firm for over ten years on projects ranging from large private residences to hospitality projects and college campus expansions. She has also worked on several large-scale museum projects. In these works – many of which incorporate artworks – Michelle seeks to create beautiful places that connect to the immediate context of a site, and to the larger scale of human history.


Special thanks to our 2019 Jury co-sponsors: