Landscape Architecture Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Awards at AzASLA ANNUAL GALA 2014

Featured in MESQUITE JOURNAL Spring 2014 issue

Phoenix, Ariz. (March 29, 2014)… The Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (AzASLA) hosted their annual Design Awards Gala at the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 29th.  Speaking at the event was National Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Tom Tavella, PLA, FASLA.   The Gala brought together professional and student landscape architects to celebrate exceptional projects from the public space, urban planning, private, and educational sectors.

Winning projects received Awards of Excellence or Honor and were judged by landscape architects based upon design and planning quality and execution, response to site context, environmental sensitivity and sustainability, and value to the public, the client, and other designers. Additionally, special awards were given in the categories of Educators of the Year, Friend of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Sage of the Year, and Landscape Architect of the Year.

2014 AzASLA University of Arizona MLA Student Award Winners:


 “Integrating Biophilic Principles & Therapeutic Design Elements at Tucson Medical Center”

Award: Honor

  •           Deryn Davidson

“Al Hamriya Vocational School”
Award: Honor

  • Daniel Aros


“The Hydro Gene”

Award: Honor

  • Daniel Morgan

  • Katia Gedrath-Smith

  • Yang Yang


“Ironwood Tree Experience Community Action Toolkit Program”

  • Rachel Glass, UA MLA Candidate (group effort with, Eric & Susanna Dhruv, Martha Gebhardt, Robert Sheinaus and Loraine Zagula, Brenda Boehler, Judith Anderson, Lorraine Barker and the Doolen Middle School and Doolen/Fruitvale Neighborhood Association).

“Tumamoc Hill Sykes House Welcome Center and Gardens”

  • Katia Gedrath-Smith

  • Brianna Lehman

  • Daniel Morgan

Event sponsors:   Hunter Industries, FX/Luminaire, ExerPlay, Dave Bang Associates, Ewing, Kornegay Design, Landscape Forms, Acker-Stone, Maglin, Anova, Granite Express, Forms + Surfaces, Live Earth Products, Sun Ports, RainBird, Victor Stanley, Valley Rain Construction Company, Johnson Screens, Unique Lighting, Arid Zone Trees, TORO, Jon Mouer Photography, Design Collaborations, & Belgard Hardscapes

For more information regarding the 2014 AzASLA Design Awards Winners, please contact Karla Hunt at 602.438.2221 or For more information regarding the local chapter of AzASLA log onto

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