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09-11-20 | Department

Tamás Deák, FASLA

KPB Architects, Anchorage, AK

Tamás Deák's exemplary project work for over a quarter century, as well as his advocacy and leadership, has raised the awareness of the profession and sustainable practices in Alaska and increased its respect from allied professionals and the general public. His impact in the state has been undeniable-from integrating green infrastructure principles into the redevelopment of Alaska's largest airport, to orchestrating Alaska's first private stream restoration on previously deteriorated land, and leading the urban design team efforts associated with major capital investments in downtown Anchorage. Tamás led a small but group of voices to achieve licensure for landscape architects and, after an 18-year effort, to have a permanent seat among sister professions on the State of Alaska licensing board. He was the first licensed landscape architect to lead the Municipal Platting Board, and to lead advisory commissions for the Watershed and Natural Resources Commission and the Housing and Neighborhood Development Commission. He has served nationally as a trustee for ASLA and has received recognition from the University of Alaska for his commitment to education and serving as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer in various departments.

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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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