BSLA Congratulates Three New Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 28 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2016 and Boston is proud to have three new Fellows:

Paula Cortés
Tom Doolittle
Todd Richardson
We invite you to join BSLA in congratulating these members for this outstanding honor.

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 as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo,

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.

Paula V. Cortés, ASLA
Cortés Associates
Cambridge, MA
Paula Cortés, of Cortés Associates, received her nomination, for Service, from the Boston Chapter.   Through her award-winning work and community service leadership of multiple constituencies, hers is a showcase of the value and influence of landscape architecture and landscape architects. Protection and development of abandoned or underutilized open urban space are at the core of her passion for public betterment and longstanding service within the profession. Her gardens and public spaces, which includes extensive pro bono contributions, have become centers for community activity and respite and much-loved sites for wedding photographs, musical evenings, summer picnics, cooking classes and gardening workshops. Her conviction is to create more livable, inviting public landscapes. The many positive results of her leadership and skillful design are impressive evidence of her energy and commitment to the profession and the many people her work has blessed.
Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA
Alta Design + Planning
Cambridge, MA

Thomas Doolittle, of Alta Design + Planning, received his nomination, for Service, from the Boston Chapter. As an advocate for the profession and ASLA leader, he has advanced the public’s understanding of landscape architects’ contributions to vibrant public spaces and livable, walkable cities. He volunteers countless hours to connect with other professions, organizations and civic groups to improve the lives of those around him. His organizational skills are invaluable, and his dedication and commitment to the profession are clearly evident to those with whom he works. His balanced perspective and clear expression of ideas consistently provide solutions to critical concerns, most notably within the Government Affairs Advisory Committee, which includes representation on all sides of the political spectrum, and on the Transportation Alternatives Program towards sustainable pollination populations.

Todd Richardson, ASLA
Richardson & Associates
Saco, Maine
Todd Richardson, of Richardson & Associates, received his nomination, in Works, from the Boston Chapter. Recognized regionally and nationally, his work spans the spectrum of project types and geographic locations with a balance of private, nonprofit and public projects. He engages audiences as small as a single client or classroom of students to larger communities and institutions. His influence as a designer is wide and lasting. Through both the processes and outcomes of design, he produces exceptional work that continually explores how places connect us to each other, to ourselves and to the landscape. The essence of his work is about the far-reaching possibilities held in these connections. His urban and naturalistic built work is beautiful and well-grounded with an indigenous quality. Materials used in deceptively simple ways appear to have always belonged where they are, and with timeless quality.

Thank you to Harry Dodson, FASLA, Chair of BSLA Fellows Committee.