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09-10-20 | Department

David M. Cutter, FASLA

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

David Cutter has been a pioneering advocate for-and early adopter of-many national ASLA initiatives, including SITES, World Landscape Architecture Month, PARK(ing) Day, STEM, PPNs, environmental justice, and diversity. He also served as the national vice president of education, on multiple national ASLA committees, and as a 2019 President-Elect candidate for the Society. David's active participation in the New York Upstate Chapter for seventeen years included ten years as chapter president and trustee. His commitment earned him an ASLA Outstanding Service Award in 2019. David generously offers his services to help small, under-served communities value their landscape as an asset and an important identity element for community development. He has also become a national expert through his years of planning and development of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway. Now, as university landscape architect for Cornell University, David has played an influential role in elevating landscape as a driving element in both the 2008 Cornell Campus Master Plan and as a fundamental component of the Climate Action Plan.

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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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