ASLA Elevates 2015 Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 37 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.

Congratulations to Illinois Chapter’s own Keven Graham for being elevated to Fellow for Service; and Richard Bumstead for being elevated to Fellow for Leadership Management.

Planning Resources-Wheaton, Illinois
Keven Graham, of Planning Resources, received his nomination for Service, from the Illinois Chapter. Graham’s volunteer efforts on the local, regional and national level have had a positive effect on the landscape architecture profession for 20 years. His active participation in SITESTM, DuPage Habitat for Humanity, USGBC Greenbuild, the U.S. General Services Administration, Illinois Park and Recreation Association and ASLA activities has also magnified public awareness, which shapes the profession as a whole. He was instrumental in the expansion of the sustainable sites section within the LEED rating system. And he initiated and developed the Design and Professional Practice Network. He has long promoted the benefits of ASLA membership. His leadership of the Illinois Chapter and passion for the profession are inspirational. His work has significantly improved the chapter and the position it holds as a recognized and respected voice of the profession.

The University of Chicago-Chicago, Illinois
Richard Bumstead, of the University of Chicago, received his nomination, for Leadership/Management, from the Illinois Chapter. Stewardship embodies preservation, restoration, maintenance and oversight. Bumstead’s 32-year stewardship of the University of Chicago campus in turn supports the overall mission of the institution’s teaching and research. He develops positive public awareness for the vital contributions landscapes provide, which results in appropriate maintenance, adequate funding and capital investment, environmental practices and asset management. As a result, other institutions have re-examined their own environments and practices, which enhances the role landscape has on the overall campus experience in attracting prospective students, and promoting faculty, staff, student and community collegiality. Through Bumstead’s leadership and stewardship, the university is consistently listed as one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses, and its landscape is especially noted in travel articles that highlight the surrounding neighborhood of Hyde Park.

The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows.