Dale Schafer Elected to American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows

News - 05.23.2024

Dale Schafer of Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture 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

Hudson, NY (Date, 2024) – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the election of Dale Schafer of Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture as one 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.”

Dale Schafer’s award-winning work, his holistic approach to design, and his passion for horticulture are a living testament to the significance of landscape architecture leadership in designing public spaces. He is an exemplary collaborator, designer, and problem solver with a keen understanding of scale, function, and aesthetics, able to engage and lead allied disciplines on complex assignments. His modernist style balances the utilitarian and ecological nature of rural vernacular and contemporary design. At the award-winning Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens, New York, Dale led the overall park design refinement and details, as well as community engagement, to transform this post-industrial site into a climate-resilient park that provides public access to the waterfront and a superb view of the New York skyline. A series of landscape interventions and innovative planting strategies add ecological resiliency to the vulnerable East River shoreline. Heritage Field at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx is a 13-acre recreational park located directly adjacent to the new Yankee Stadium with a portion of it on the roof of the stadium parking garage. The park provides the community with extensive and diverse recreation facilities, playgrounds, and pedestrian thoroughfares with an overlay of interpretive elements that honor the site’s history. In the Baoshan District of Shanghai, Dale was challenged to design a park and open space plan for a series of high-density neighborhoods situated among cranes and shipping containers on the inaccessible Yangtze River. The two new Baoshan Harbor City Parks and the open space plan set a precedent for post-industrial waterfront design.

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: https://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=65494.

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
  • 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.