Sasaki is excited to announce that Gina Ford, principal and landscape architect in Sasaki’s Urban Studio, has been elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows, after having been nominated by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA). Fellowship is one of the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members, recognizing their contributions to the profession and to society at large.
Gina’s dedication to landscape architecture as a tool for social, economic, and environmental urban resilience—at the planning and built-work stages—has distinguished her throughout her career, as do her many high-profile riverfront landscape designs from the Chicago Riverwalk to the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park and flood recovery planning in Cedar Rapids.
"This is truly a wonderful moment and acknowledgement of Gina and her practice," said Sasaki principal Mark Dawson, FASLA. "Gina's passion, intellect, talent, spirit, and commitment to design excellence to the profession of landscape architecture has been recognized by her peers. We are extremely proud and pleased for Gina and really look forward to her continued leadership, visibility, and energy here at the office and in the profession. I send many congratulations to Gina!”
Gina’s experience is informed by extensive research, writing, travel, teaching, and competitions. Her teaching includes guest critic and studio instructor roles at the Harvard Design School, MIT, and RISD. She holds degrees in architecture from Wellesley College and landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was the recipient of Wellesley's Shaw Fellowship, the Janet Darling Webel Prize, the Hyde Chair at the University of Nebraska, and the Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship. Gina also serves on the board of directors for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and on the editorial board of Architecture Boston.
She will be formally recognized as a fellow at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Los Angeles this October. Congratulations to Gina!
See below for some of Gina's most significant projects
Inspired by beach landscapes, The Cove at the Chicago Riverwalk provides opporunities for physical connections to the water through kayak rentals and docking for human-powered craft
The plaza at the Lawn on D is a hub of activity for events, inviting visitors to make the space their own
A 15-foot flood protection levee is reshaped as gradual, terraced spaces, functioning as flood protection infrastructure, a community performance space, and a piece of land art
The Redevelopment Plan leverages new investment in infrastructure to help activate the core of the city with programmable and ecologically-restored spaces