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Two MD ASLA members elevated to Fellow


Grace E. Fielder and Christopher L. Schein of the Maryland Chapter of ASLA

Elected to Prestigious American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows

“ASLA Fellows represent the most accomplished and admired leaders in the entire field,” says President SuLin Kotowicz, FASLA

[Baltimore, MD] (June 13, 2024) – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the election of Grace E. Fielder and Christopher L. Schein as two of 40 ASLA Fellows in 2024. 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 works, leadership/management, knowledge and service.

“Landscape architecture makes the world a better place, and ASLA Fellows represent the most accomplished and admired leaders in the entire field,” said ASLA President SuLin Kotowicz, FASLA. “The professionals recognized in this year's class of ASLA Fellows have made consistent and exceptional contributions to resilience and sustainability, stronger and more beautiful communities, and human health, safety, and welfare. Congratulations to the 2024 class of ASLA Fellows!”

“Naming a new class of distinguished ASLA fellows is a reminder of how much landscape architects do to make our communities more connected, more enjoyable, and more resilient,” said ASLA CEO Torey Carter-Conneen. “We extend our warmest thanks to the new class of ASLA Fellows for their exemplary work and accomplishments.”

For over 50 years, Grace Fielder has worked to advance the practice, visibility, and power of landscape architecture through government advocacy, educational advancement, and community engagement. Raised on a dairy farm in rural Maryland, she developed a deep understanding of stewardship of the land and of caring for her community. Grace wrote “commitment to service” into her job description from the very start of her career, and her meritorious career and outstanding service to the profession are testament to that resolve. Her roles in government advocacy include serving as the vice chair of the Prince George’s County Development Quality Task Force, where she produced the “Landscape Manual.” She developed the Montgomery County, Maryland, Recreational Guidelines. At the University of Maryland she was instrumental in establishing the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, while she served on the College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Board. Two Maryland governors appointed her to the Maryland State Board of Examiners for three consecutive three-year terms.

Grace became the 15th woman to become a licensed landscape architect in Maryland and took it upon herself to recruit women across the land development industry from every age, race, creed, and color to hear their insights, shared experiences, and future needs. That effort grew into Women In Land Development (W.I.L.D.) which provided educational and networking opportunities to help women advance in their professions. Grace consistently engages professionals, students, and the public to help them address issues of equity, the environment, and well-being.

For close to four decades, Chris Schein has continually elevated landscape architecture as a critical component of the plan, vision, and design of memorable public spaces. A leader at Hord Coplan Macht, one of the largest multidisciplinary design firms, Chris has played a pivotal role in the firm’s growth, while ensuring active collaboration across disciplines throughout all office and market sectors, with landscape architecture being integral to the design portfolio. His design sensibilities and ability to navigate a design through a complex public review process with multiple city agencies stand as shining examples of what landscape architects can achieve. Chris is a recognized leader on important rehabilitation projects for major historical national and state parks and monuments, including security streetscape around the Capitol, the US Supreme Court, the US Treasury, House Office Buildings, and the rehabilitation of the 1812 DC war memorial.

Chris has given almost 30 years of volunteer leadership to ASLA locally and nationally, most notably helping to protect landscape architecture licensure in the State of Maryland. As a volunteer trustee of the Historic Annapolis Foundation, Chris’s perspective on preservation and urban redevelopment challenges has been critical to the effort to create a landscape-oriented pedestrian-friendly master plan for City Dock. As a practitioner, firm leader, passionate citizen, and advocate, Chris ensures that landscape architecture’s aesthetic, experiential, and environmental priorities are part of every phase of a wide range of high-use, high-visibility projects.

ASLA Fellows will be elevated during a special investiture ceremony at the 2024 Conference on Landscape Architecture, which will be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6-9, 2024. Fellow biographies are available here:

2024 ASLA Fellows:

●      Patricia Algara, ASLA, BASE Landscape Architecture, San Francisco

●      Matthew Arnn, ASLA, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC

●      Claire Bedat, ASLA, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

●      Catherine Berris, ASLA, Urban Systems, Vancouver, BC

●      Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

●      Molly Bourne, ASLA, MNLA, New York City

●      Jules Bruck, ASLA, University of Florida, Gainesville

●      Karen Cesare, ASLA, Novak Environmental, Tucson

●      Lisa Cowan, ASLA, StudioVerde, Cumberland, ME

●      Lynn Crump, ASLA, Scenic Virginia, Richmond, VA

●      Chris Della Vedova, ASLA, Confluence, Des Moines, IA

●      Scott Emmelkamp, ASLA, Planning Design Studio, St. Louis

●      Grace Fielder, ASLA, G.E. Fielder & Associates, Laurel, MD

●      David Fletcher, ASLA, Fletcher Studio, San Francisco

●      Pamela Galera, ASLA, City of Riverside, CA

●      Cory Gallo, ASLA, Mississippi State University, Starkville

●      Aan Garrett-Coleman, ASLA, Coleman & Associates, Austin

●      Adriaan Geuze, ASLA, West 8, Rotterdam

●      Kim Hartley Hawkins, ASLA, Hawkins Partners, Nashville

●      Joseph Imamura, ASLA, Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC

●      Jerany Jackson, ASLA, Great River Engineering, Springfield, MO

●      Joni Janecki, ASLA, Joni L. Janecki & Associates, Santa Cruz, CA

●      Paul Kelsch, ASLA, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

●      Cody Klein, ASLA, OJB Landscape Architecture, Boston

●      J. Rebecca Leonard, ASLA, Lionheart Places, Austin

●      Bradley McCauley, ASLA, site design group, Chicago

●      Charles Grant Meacci, ASLA, Bolton & Menk, Charlotte, NC

●      Cleve Larry Mizell, ASLA, Lebanon, TN

●      Michael Murphy, ASLA, Texas A&M University, College Station

●      Faith Okuma, ASLA, Surroundings Studio, Santa Fe

●      Patsy Eubanks Owens, ASLA, University of California, Davis

●      Laurel Raines, ASLA, Dig Studio, Denver

●      Jane Reed Ross, ASLA, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Birmingham, AL

●      Dale Schafer, ASLA, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Hudson, NY

●      Christopher Schein, ASLA, Hord Coplan Macht, Baltimore

●      Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA, City of Beaverton, OR

●      Michele Shelor, ASLA, Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, Phoenix

●      Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Manoa

●      Leo Urban, ASLA, Urban Associates, Delray Beach, FL

●      Glen Valentine, ASLA, Stimson, Cambridge, MA

About ASLA and the ASLA Fund

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. ASLA Mission: Empowering our members to design a sustainable and equitable world through landscape architecture. ASLA Fund Mission: Investing in global, social, and environmental change through the art and science of landscape architecture.


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