Associate professor Richard Alomar, who serves as chair and graduate program director in the Department of Landscape Architecture, has been elected by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as one of its 2022 ASLA Fellows. Alomar, who directs the Rutgers Office of Urban Extension and Engagement, is also a core faculty member on the Rutgers Global Health Institute.
ASLA Fellows are recognized 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/management, knowledge and service.
“Every landscape architect helps shape their community for the better, and ASLA Fellows represent the most accomplished and respected professionals in their field,” said ASLA President Eugenia Martin. “Their exceptional contributions from coast to coast and internationally have helped advance equity, environmental sustainability and excellence in design and planning. Congratulations to the 2022 class of ASLA Fellows!”
“ASLA works tirelessly to support its members and amplify the good they do in the world, so naming a new class of fellows is a joyful reminder of everything that landscape architects accomplish,” said ASLA CEO Torey Carter-Conneen (@toreycarter). “We extend our warmest thanks to the new class of ASLA Fellows for exemplifying the best in the field.”
Throughout his nearly three decades of practice, teaching, community engagement, and service, Alomar successfully advocated for sketching as a space to view, engage, and build awareness of the beauty and complexity of the landscape. He helped transform Urban Sketchers from a group of a few hundred participants to over 300 international chapters with more than 200,000 followers, with a robust executive and advisory board, a digital magazine, sustainably funded grant programs and sponsored partnerships with art suppliers and art institutions.
In the last decade Alomar has led over 100 sketch walks with more than 2,000 participants—including those at ASLA conferences—and has published or contributed to over twenty articles and books on sketching landscapes. His methods are followed by many ASLA chapters, landscape architecture programs and sketch groups around the world. Working with designers, students, and community groups, sketching has been the glue connecting education, advocacy, art, and engagement. His work in the public sector, engagement with communities, and contributions to the ASLA-NY chapter, National ASLA and New York State Education Board of the Professions have been long and consistent.
Alomar and his 2022 peers will be elevated during a special investiture ceremony at the 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture, which will be held in San Francisco from Nov. 11-14. Learn more about the ASLA Council of Fellows and Fellow biographies.