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09-30-20 | Department

Dawn Uchiyama, FASLA

Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland, Oregon

Dawn Uchiyama has dedicated her career to advancing innovative stormwater infrastructure planning and design using landscape, spearheading Portland's evolution as a world leader in that realm. As Deputy Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services-with over 600 employees and a $500 million annual budget-she has facilitated organization-wide strategic planning and diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness. Her efforts have supported improved design outcomes in all aspects of public infrastructure-from pipes to green stormwater management to watershed restoration. Dawn's early career focused on parks, natural areas, and trails, with an emphasis on community engagement and education, as well as watershed and stream protection and restoration. She integrated these foundational practices with emerging ideas for stormwater management, including facilitating a citywide effort to create the first published design details and specifications for green streets. Known for her commitment to collaboration and inclusivity, Dawn demonstrates the value landscape architecture brings to public service and infrastructure provisioning by working creatively across disciplines as a designer and leader.

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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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