2019 AzASLA Awards Gala
One of the best and most prestigious nights in Arizona happens every year around springtime when some of the brightest minds and advocates from the landscape architecture design industry get together to celebrate the work and service that impacts our communities right here in the state. The 31st Annual Arizona American Society of Landscape Architects (AzASLA) Awards Gala took place on March 30th in the beautiful and very popular private event destination of Warehouse215 @Bentley Projects located in the heart of Phoenix’s urban-chic Warehouse District. AndersonBaron’s very own Brett Anderson serves as this year’s AzASLA President and gave an inspiring speech before his peers, fellow members, and guests.
This year’s message focused on leadership with an encouraging theme of leading by service, solutions, and seeds in the areas that defines the impact of landscape architecture including environmental advocacy, education and equity, sustainable growth, water and resource management, as well as the many other ways landscape architects serve our communities. Listeners were genuinely compelled to lead by service to the community embodied in their privileges as a landscape architect; lead by solutions from the forefront of environmental technology along with stewardship over the health, safety, and welfare of the public in outdoor places. He quoted Ian McHarg and his famous saying, “The most important issue of the 21st century will be the condition of the global environment” as a motivator for landscape architects to take pride in their roles as solution providers.
Lastly, lead by planting seeds so that the next generation can grow from dynamic mentorship and legacy building. Brett exemplified this point with honoring and presenting previous AzASLA President Laura Paty with a special plaque celebrating her legacy building achievements of service in leading AzASLA to new heights. The night was highly attended and a great success of what AzASLA is all about as an organization; leading, educating, and cultivating the artful design of our cultural and natural environments. AndersonBaron congratulates all this year’s award winners for the great work in creating community through inspiring environmental design.