Design Workshop Wins Three National ASLA Awards: Firm honored with 17 ASLA National Awards, since 2006

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Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture, urban design, planning and strategic services firm, has been awarded with three National ASLA Professional Awards this year, which are the highest honors presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Design Workshop will be recognized for its work at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia on October 19th.

"It is humbling to have our work recognized by our peers and to know in some way we are leaving a legacy for future generations.” – Kurt Culbertson, Design Workshop CEO

Design Workshop is honored to receive three Professional Awards in the following categories:

From Weapons to Wildlife: The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) – This Plan served as the driving vision in the conversion of a 17,000-acre Superfund site into one of our nation's largest urban wildlife refuges. Addressing pressing land use issues of the early 21st century – conservation, habitat protection and management, pollution control, cleanup and reuse, public use, recreation, environmental education and sustainable development – the CMP conceptualized a pioneering approach to dynamic, novel ecosystems where restoration would harbor living ecologies while simultaneously providing recreational opportunities. Demonstrating the role landscape architecture may play in complex, contaminated lands, the CMP represented a model for how public and private partnerships may assist with the large-scale remediation of decommissioned military sites into public wildlife reserves.

A Colorado Legacy: I-25 Conservation Corridor Master Plan - This critical 17-mile stretch of Interstate 25 lies undeveloped following the implementation of the I-25 Conservation Corridor Master Plan, the result of a strong strategic vision coupled with unprecedented cooperation among conservation organizations, government entities and private landowners. The Conservation Fund, in collaboration with Design Workshop, initiated a strategy to engage residents and government officials in conserving open lands to forever protect scenic vistas, water quality, wildlife, clean air and recreational opportunities along the corridor. Devised to offer solutions to the surrounding uncontrolled sprawl, the plan leveraged unique planning methods and limited development strategies to achieve what had been previously considered impossible: preservation of over 100,000 acres of open space along Colorado's Front Range.

VanPlay: Plan to Play - How does a parks and recreation department recast itself as a relevant brand today that can successfully face the next century of change? Seeking a vision beyond the typical 'blue and green' parks motif, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation challenged the design team to craft a brand to spark the public's curiosity in the first system-wide master plan in over 25 years. Curlers to coyotes roam and recreate in Vancouver's network of 1,300 hectares of parkland, 28 kilometers of seawall and 175 neighborhood facilities. The resulting brand draws from this energy to forge a vibrant identity agile enough to represent the breadth of exceptional and progressive services offered—from mahjong to warming stations for the homeless. VanPlay, the re-envisioned brand, garnered over 1 million digital impressions in its first six months and is helping the city create a framework for inclusivity and welcome in the face of challenges that range from sea level rise, aging infrastructure and rising social inequality.

“In every project, it is our goal to help our clients achieve their environmental, economic, aesthetic and community-based objectives. In doing so, we hope to advance the profession and continually improve upon previous work. It is humbling to have our work recognized by our peers and to know in some way we are leaving a legacy for future generations.” – Kurt Culbertson, Design Workshop CEO/Chairman.

About Design Workshop:
Founded in 1969, Design Workshop is an internationally-renown landscape architecture, urban design, planning and strategic services firm with eight offices in the U.S. and projects spanning the globe. The firm has been recognized with over 350 prestigious awards for its work in new communities, urban centers, resorts, public parks and residences. Design Workshop differentiates its planning and design process through DW Legacy Design®, the integration of art, community, environment and economics, in every project. From fragile ecosystems to urban sites in rapidly changing cities, Design Workshop works in challenging environments around the world. For additional information visit

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