The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has elevated Kathleen John-Alder, associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and 30 other members as Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.
The ceremony took place at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO in October.
John-Adler received her nomination, in Knowledge, from the New Jersey Chapter for inspiring colleagues and students to think deeply and critically about their actions toward the land. A talented artist and award-winning practitioner with a remarkable grasp of the history of the profession and its methods over the past century, she is a born teacher with genuine insight into the nature of design and has a remarkable ability to explain it visually and in writing.
Her examination of the work of Lawrence Halprin and Ian McHarg has increased our understanding of ecology in environmental discourse and expanded our appreciation of modernist design and its contribution to our profession.
John-Alder’s early career included an associate partnership with OLIN before moving into academia where her research dealt with the transformative role of environmentalism in the mid-20th-century landscape and the impact of climate change, including in the Arctic. She has earned her place in an elite circle of hybrid practitioner-scholars working at the frontiers of landscape architecture to discover its larger potential.
“The mood of the event was joyful and celebratory. Smiles, hugs and cheers filled the room,” said John-Alder. “It was an honor to become part of this accomplished group of individuals that included many friends and former colleagues.”
red bowtie) is Gregory Miller, a Fellow of ASLA and president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The gentleman on the right is Marq Truscott, Fellow of ASLA and chair of the Society of Fellows.
Read more about the 31 ASLA members that were elevated as Fellows.