JHLA Design, Charleston, SC
For over thirty years, Julie Hensley dedicated her professional life to acquiring, managing, and planning parklands and open space, and creating a nationally recognized model for operating an ever-expanding park system with little reliance on tax subsidies for growth. As Director of Planning for Charleston County Parks, she added 6,000 acres, more than doubling the acreage of the Charleston County Park holdings. Julie also created a structure and process to provide sustainable stewardship of that public resource. Julie's leadership contributed significantly to the Charleston Greenbelt Program, which has protected over 21,000 acres of land to date and purchased over 9,300 acres for future public parks and green spaces. In 2019, the ASLA Board of Trustees honored her with the LaGasse Medal for her career devoted to sustainable stewardship and her protection of thousands of acres of park lands and ensuring the longevity of valuable cultural and natural resources. Now the owner of her own firm, Julie continues to provide pro-bono services for parks and public landscapes. Her effective leadership and passion for open space and land conservation and her numerous park master plans will shape Charleston County for generations.