July 16, 2012
Since entering the field, Dr. Mary Myers, Associate Professor in Temple’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture in the School of Environmental Design, has been a staunch advocate for the landscape architecture profession. Her dedication to her craft and educating the next generation of professionals has not gone unnoticed.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced that Myers is one of just 33 members to be elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows, a designation conferred upon individuals “in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time.”
“Dr. Myers has enlarged the domain of landscape architecture through her scholarly research, superior teaching and forward looking leadership,” said Adam Supplee, President of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of the ASLA in nominating Myers for the honor. “Her achievements in each of these categories are significant and the sum of them is truly noteworthy.”
Myers and the other Fellows-elect will be recognized at the 2012 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo beginning September 28 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Elevation to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors a landscape architect may receive,” said Myers, an avid proponent of using science as a basis for design who spearheaded development of the Temple University Master of Landscape Architecture program with a concentration in Ecological Landscape Restoration. “There are over 5,000 members in the ASLA; this is a real honor.”
Myers was nominated by the PA/DE Chapter of the ASLA in the “Knowledge Category.”
“In research and publications, she has advanced the field in parkway design, human perception of landscapes, and sustainability. Her comprehensive focus is on applied research, particularly in the linkage of aesthetic and scientific theory,” according to the ASLA. “In 2011 she became one of ten Landscape Architecture Foundation research fellows selected to study landscape performance. Her combination of data collection resulted in specific and defensible findings in keeping with her focus on validity and usefulness.”
Dr. Myers has been a practicing landscape architect for more than two decades, developing master plans for state and community parks; designing gardens and estates in the USA and Central America; and designing unique projects, such as ecotourism resorts and woodland amphitheatres. She earned her BSLA from the University of Wisconsin, MLA from the Harvard GSD, and PhD from Heriot-Watt University.