The LaGasse Medals are named for Alfred B. LaGasse, past executive director of the American Institute of Park Executives and executive vice president of the National Recreation and Parks Association. From 1968 until 1976, he served as the executive director of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects Foundation. Throughout his lifetime, LaGasse was concerned with the proper management of the nation’s public lands and the judicious use of the country’s natural resources.
Purpose: Recognizes notable contributions by individuals to the management and conservancy of natural resources and/or public landscapes.
Landscape Professional Eligibility: The nominees must be a landscape architect or a hold degree in landscape architecture and possess a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the profession.
Non-Landscape Architect Eligibility: The nominee must possess a minimum of five years in a position directly responsible for managing natural resources or public landscapes.
Frequency: No more than two medals are awarded annually; one to a landscape architect and one to a non-landscape architect.
Selection Process: The Executive Committee reviews all nominations and forwards no more than two nominees in each category (Landscape Architect and Non-Landscape Architect) to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for final selection. The BOT selects the medal recipients by secret ballot during the mid-year meeting (held in the spring). The medal recipients are notified by the president and invited to attend the ASLA Annual Conference (held in the Fall) where the medals will be awarded.