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09-28-20 | Department

Brenda Williams, FASLA

Quinn Evans, Madison, Wisconsin

Brenda Williams is recognized as a national leader in the conservation of cultural landscapes and advancing the role of landscape architects in their planning and design. Throughout her thirty-year career, she has developed award-winning design, planning, and stewardship solutions for significant cultural landscapes at national parks, national historic landmarks, and sites of regional and local importance throughout the United States. Her work has an emphasis on landscapes in the public realm, where she champions appropriate access, recognition, preservation, adaptation, and interpretation of culturally significant sites. Brenda developed the Cultural Landscape Master Plan format and process that integrates thorough documentation and analysis with master planning in a streamlined approach. She also pioneered the integration of National Environmental Policy Act standards and processes into Cultural Landscape Reports. She facilitates the development of inspiring cultural landscape solutions, such as her leadership in the $500-million rehabilitation of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Brenda conducts workshops, mentors students, and participates in volunteer activities nationwide.

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Editors Note: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has elevated 19 members as ASLA Fellows 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 their works, leadership, management, knowledge, and service. ASLA will formally recognize its 2020 Fellows during a virtual event in the fall. Thanks to ASLA for the Fellows photos and tributes (edited for space).

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