2014 National ASLA Award of Excellence in General Design

September 29, 2014 - Today the American Society of Landscape Architecture announced that Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has received the singular Award of Excellence in General Design for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus.

“The Award of Excellence is a wonderful honor for our team and for this outstanding client,” said Founding Principal Shannon Nichol. “For eight years, we worked closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NBBJ, and our other collaborators, forming, testing, and fine-tuning this campus landscape design – both above and below the surface. In the spirit of the Foundation's work, the landscape is designed to be boldly welcoming, warmly textured, and precisely detailed. New solutions for water handling and habitat creation were integrated into welcoming spaces for people.”

The landscape design is “a new model for an urban campus, where craft, beauty, and green technology all come together,” stated a jury member commenting on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus. Another jury member remarked, “It’s a beautiful landscape in the very active way they make sure employees walk through the place, and it’s wonderfully crafted.”

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol has also received a national Honor Award in Analysis and Planning for Unified Ground: Union Square – National Mall Competition.
More information about these awards is available on the ASLA website.

Aria GoodmanSeattle, WA2014