Three La Jolla-area properties win awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects


Three La Jolla-area projects won Merit Awards as the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects hosted its 2022 Design Awards in Landscape Architecture on June 30.

Local winners are A Garden in a Muirlands-area Home, The UC San Diego Ridge Walk, and The Boardwalk at Science Center Drive.

“Garden of the Arts”

In the “residential single-family” category, the “Jardin des Arts” which adorns a private home near Nautilus Street was described in the comments of the jurors as “a beautiful project with a variety of interesting spaces and elements of surprise. The texture and colors of the plant palette and building materials work very well together and demonstrate a certain expertise in planting design.

Michael Brennan, Principal Landscape Architect for Carson Douglas Landscape Architecture and former president of the ASLA San Diego chapter, said the owner is a retired architect who built the home in the 1990s in the Bauhaus-style.

“We wanted to create a landscape that could resist that and be a real complement to the architecture,” Brennan said. “It was a big challenge, so we wanted to take on that challenge. We had a full range to dream big.

Distinctive features of the garden include steel “earth vessels”, arches that guide people through the garden, and a “splash pad” that catches water and directs it into a biological swale.

“We really wanted to embrace architecture, which is rooted in a kind of modernism but more playful,” Brennan said. “It’s not just about lines and symmetry. It’s about asymmetry and composition and embracing the arts. So we wanted to create a sense of artistic expression and a beautiful space.

UCSD Ridge Walk

UC San Diego’s Ridge Walk

(Pablo Mason)

The UCSD Ridge Walk project, designed by Spurlock Landscape Architects, involves improvements to a walkway that winds through campus. He was honored in the “institutional” category of the awards.

Comments from jurors said the project “does an excellent job of accommodating both pedestrian and non-motorized traffic to a busy campus. It is well thought out, well planned and an integral part of the whole campus.

Emily Dowgiallo, marketing manager for Spurlock Landscape Architects, said in a statement that the firm was “extremely honoured” to receive the award.

“As UCSD’s campus and academic programs have grown, the need for greater connectivity both in the student body and in accessibility and orientation has increased” , she said. “This Ridge Walk improvement project is just one of many pedestrian corridor projects that UCSD is embarking on to improve student life. … Spurlock is proud to be an integral part of its development.

According to Spurlock, the work includes landscaping and landscaping spanning 7½ acres. Construction of the first phase, from the north end of Revelle Plaza to the main gymnasium, was completed earlier this year.

The walk at Science Center Drive

The walk at Science Center Drivea $164 million life sciences campus just north of UC San Diego, opened earlier this year and was recognized in the “commercial” category.

Comments from jurors said the project’s “promenade element”, designed by Landscape architecture on the ground floor“works very well in the context of a larger traffic pattern. There is a pleasant balance between the open spaces, the rest areas and the paths that connect them.

The Boardwalk comprises three buildings with over 190,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. It wants to be a flagship place for Properties of Healthpeakwhich already operates approximately 2 million square feet of life science office space in San Diego.

GroundLevel representatives did not respond to the La Jolla Lightrequest for comment.

American Society of Landscape Architects

The ASLA, founded in 1899, is a national professional association of landscape architects representing approximately 16,000 members in 48 professional chapters, 76 student chapters and six affiliated student chapters, according to the organization.

The Design Awards are presented every two years and are “the biggest thing we do as an organization this year,” Brennan said.

“It’s huge for companies that win awards,” he said. “You get a lot of buzz, and it’s a big deal to be recognized in a professional setting.”

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