A Message from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the 2015 ASLA calendar year as I proudly assume the role of your Texas ASLA chapter president. It is no secret Texans are extremely proud people. We are proud of our state, our roots, our stories and our determination, sometimes to extremes. We have weathered wars, storms, national tragedies and economic pitfalls, and we've done so with grit, perseverance, and a ‘can-do’ attitude. We are not a people to be satisfied with simply surviving, we are leaders who continually push for more and better. We are a people who refuse to just survive. We accept nothing less than to THRIVE. continue
Steven Spears, of Design Workshop, received his nomination, in Works, from the Texas Chapter. In landscape architecture, where decisions can have a substantial impact on communities, it is imperative that design balances ecology and humanity. Throughout his 16-year career, Spears has masterfully integrated the principles of environmental sensitivity, community benefit, economic sustainability and sensory art and aesthetic elements in each project with which he has engaged. His body of work proves that no matter how complex the project or how fast a city is growing, designs can be implemented with sensitivity and grace. These results are realized in several of the national award-winning projects he has led, including Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Lafitte Greenway and Corridor Revitalization plans, Residences at The Little Nell and Avon West Town Center Redevelopment and Implementation.
The Office of James Burnett
Ronald “Chip” Trageser, of The Office of James Burnett (OJB), received his nomination, in Works, from the Texas Chapter. Trageser has more than 20 years of outstanding professional achievement. He has been responsible for various mixed-use, healthcare,academic and corporate campus projects at OJB in Houston, where he is responsible for design and operations. He currently serves as the principal-in-charge for numerous mixed-use and corporate campus projects in the Woodlands and Houston areas, as well as for projects on the Rice and Baylor University campuses. Among his notable projects are the Rice University Brochstein Pavilion and Brockman Physics Building, Lakeshore East Park in Chicago, Klyde Warren Park in Dallas and Northbelt Campus in Houston. He serves on the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni advisory council and regularly employs student interns from the program.