The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently elevated 22 members as 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 and management, knowledge and service.

Alumnus and advisory board member Mark Brands (Managing Principal, PLA at Site Workshop) was one of the members formally recognized at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, November 15-18, in San Diego.

Brands received his nomination in Works from the Washington Chapter. Mark has built a professional practice over three decades that has been focused on the enrichment of the public realm. Over a wide range of projects—from the largest developments in the Pacific Northwest to small, volunteer-led improvement efforts—he brings a spirit of collaboration that emphasizes an inclusive approach centered on design equity. The result is built work that reflects the character, values, and needs of the local community.

Mark’s deep commitment to social and environmental responsibility is reflected in his encouragement of multi-modal transportation with trails and bicycle infrastructure; the design of beautiful spaces for people to socialize, relax, and collaborate; and a commitment to immersing people in nature-rich environments. His multi-faceted approach to sustainability is evident in community planning projects, such as his award-winning work with the Commonwealth Conservancy in Santa Fe to develop the Village at Galisteo Basin Preserve. Featured as an exhibit at the National Building Museum, this project celebrates the cultural heritage of the region while emphasizing the use of sustainable materials and construction.

Mark’s work in equitable design reinforces landscape architecture’s role in raising community voices and expressing them in well-crafted work.