ASLA Colorado’s 2023 Professional Design Awards

Recognizing excellent works by Colorado’s landscape architects 

For additional information, please contact Executive Director Greg Williams at 303-748-0321 

September 6, 2023 – For Immediate Release 

Photos Available – See links in attached table to high-resolution images of each winning project. 

The 2023 Award-winning projects are available with full descriptions and more photos. 

The American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado Chapter presented 23 (twenty-three) Professional Design Awards, 10 (ten) academic awards for four University of Colorado Denver and six Colorado State University landscape architecture students, and several individual recognition awards at the Chapter’s Annual Gathering and Awards Event held at Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO 80204 on the evening of August 31, 2023. 

The professional awards recognize exceptional accomplishments by Colorado and Wyoming landscape architects. ASLA Colorado is one of the largest chapters nationally, representing more than 460 landscape architects, landscape architecture students, and affiliates in Colorado and Wyoming. The Chapter is part of a national organization representing more than 15,000 members ( Landscape architecture is a licensed design profession like engineering and architecture that requires licensure to protect public health, safety and welfare. It was also recently recognized as a STEM profession. 

“This year, ASLA Colorado is celebrating our 50th anniversary! Since 1973 we have been promoting the development, education, awareness, and fellowship among landscape architects in Colorado and Wyoming. These awards celebrate amazing works by our Chapter’s landscape architects, who continue to serve communities and clients across Colorado and Wyoming, nationally, and internationally. Our members design a wide array of places including beautiful and functional landscapes for cities, residential sites, parks and public spaces. We also conduct research and create large scale master plans. Park and neighborhood plans serve diverse communities, addressing both social justice and environmental needs. Several of these projects were called out by the jury for special recognition for their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. All of the winning projects exemplify the profession’s dedication to and expertise in combining art, science, history, social sciences and technical design to create vibrant places where people live, work and play.” said ASLA Colorado President Sara Bonaquist, ASLA. 

More than 180 landscape architects, suppliers and friends attended the awards event. 

Jurors from the ASLA New York Downstate chapter judged 47 (forty-seven) entries in July. The 23 (twenty-three) winning projects can be seen on the 2023 Awards page (download PDF list). The awards gallery includes photos, locations, plant lists and the full narratives describing each project. You can view the awards by category, year of entry and winning firm or agency.

Community contribution and service recognition:

The Chapter recognized several members of our community for their contributions and service to the chapter and community: 

  • Phillip E. Flores Chapter Service Medals (2)
    • Recipients: Vivian Kovacs and David Sprunt, ASLA 
    • Named in honor of the Chapter’s first president, Phillip E. Flores, FASLA, the medal recognizes the recipient’s many years of service to the Colorado Chapter and the community. Recipients are selected by the Chapter Fellows, landscape architects who have been recognized nationally for their exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. This is the highest award given by the Chapter. 
  • Volunteers of the Year Award (2)
    • Vice President of Communications Chelsea Gieryic, Associate ASLA 
    • Katie Bridges, Affiliate ASLA 
  • Contractor of the Year Award
    • The Unfound Door (professional photography) 

ASLA Colorado gratefully acknowledges the support of our Annual Sponsors: 

Platinum Level: Anova, Colorado Hardscapes, Rocky Mountain Recreation, Site Pieces, Summit Recreation 

Gold: Green Theory, Urban Accessories 

Silver: Hunter/FX Luminaire, LandscapeForms, Vestre. 

Bronze: Altitude Resource Group, Downs & Associates, IronSmith,, Maglin Site Furniture, JVA Consulting Engineers, Forms+Surfaces, Madrax/Thomas Steele, Iron Age Designs, Siloam Stone, Inc., Playwell, Tournesol, Vortex. 

And our Strategic Goal Sponsors: 

Big Horn Sheep: Rocky Mountain Recreation, Anova, Urban Accessories 

Blue Spruce: Basalite Concrete Products, Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Rainbird 

Lark Bunting: Colorado Hardscapes, Tournesol 

Bar Sponsor: Green Theory 

Door Sponsors: Altitude Resource Group, Ironsmith, LandscapeForms, Downs & Associates, Site Pieces 

Friends: Denver Botanic Gardens, Philosophy Communications, The Unfound Door Photography, Ken’s Print+Graphics, Colorado Real Estate Journal. 

For more information on this year’s awards, the awards categories, criteria for selection, and on the history of our prestigious awards contact ASLA Colorado at or phone 303-748-0321. 


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