Design Challenge Winner: Sarah Carrier, ASLA

The first BSLA Design Challenge was won by Sarah Carrier, ASLA with her project “Akimbo.” Over the summer, she will be working with the design and manufacturing team at Walpole Outdoors readying Akimbo to take center stage at New England Grows beginning November 29.

Sarah is a playground design consultant at Goric Playgrounds. Her passion is playground design and someday she will write a book on the subject.Sarah built a pattern wall and magnetic ball run out of Azek and is excited for an opportunity to design another interactive piece with the same material.

Sarah’s Bachelor degree is in Geography from Clark University. She then was awarded an MLA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (2008) and has worked at Boston area landscape architecture and engineering firm prior to joining Goric.

The Award of Merit was given to Andrew Louw, ASLA for his project “Spirograph”.Andrew is a landscape designer at Beals and Thomas, Inc. in Southborough, MA. He graduated from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME and then went to the University of Oregon where he earned both¬† MLA and MCRP degrees.

Both Andrew and Sarah will be recognized at the Open House on September 22 at Fairsted.

Design Challenge 2016 is thanks to Walpole Outdoors, AZEK, with support from New England Grows.


Th Design Challenge Committee was chaired by Tom Ennis, FASLA. Jury members were Matthew Cunningham, ASLA and Andrew Hartness, ASLA. Clint Caban represented Walpole Outdoors.