Martinez-JodyJune 24, 2015

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ASLA-MN Announces 2015 ASLA Fellows Inductee
American Society of Landscape Architects names Minnesota landscape architect amongst nation’s best

Media Contact: Colleen O’Dell, ASLA-MN Director of Public Relations
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Jody L. Martinez
Jody Martinez, Design and Construction Manager for the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, was nominated by the Minnesota Chapter in the Leadership/Management category. Martinez is a trusted, respected and highly regarded leader. For over 35 years she has been instrumental in the improvement of the quality of Saint Paul communities through bold planning initiatives and skillfully designed and executed parks, open space, parkways, trails and other essential public realms. Her leadership and project results drive multi-departmental teams as she manages numerous major initiatives throughout the city.

Under Jody’s 10 years of leadership, the Design and Construction Division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has grown and developed. She has managed a project portfolio reaching nearly $300 million in that time period for Saint Paul’s 4000-acre park system. Her earlier days as a project designer led to accomplishments including an extensive portfolio of work on Saint Paul’s Mississippi riverfront renaissance. These projects include Mississippi River Boulevard, Shepard Road, Wabasha Bridge, Lower Landing Park, Upper Landing Park, Sam Morgan Regional Trail, project management of the $17 million transformation of Harriet Island Regional Park, and project direction for the Great River Passage Master Plan addressing Saint Paul’s 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront.

Since 2004, Jody has also served as a core team member of the Saint Paul Design Center, and is the City’s project manager of the $63 million CHS Field project. She and her division of landscape architects have also supported the development of the Metro Green Line, 8 to 80 Vitality Fund, and the redevelopment of the Ford Motor Site into a 21st Century Community.

Chris Coleman, Mayor of the City of Saint Paul has said: “I’ve always believed in the power of government to help people improve their lives, build communities and create spaces for people to come together. Jody Martinez has led her team of landscape architects to create an award winning park system in Saint Paul. Her urban design leadership is invaluable to this city, and has led to the creation of some of Saint Paul’s most iconic places, such as Harriet Island and CHS Field.”

The idea that parks and landscape architecture are at the heart of Saint Paul‘s success as a city has been a cornerstone of Jody’s career. Jody has proven the value that landscape architecture brings to quality planning and design results. She believes strongly that a well-designed, integrated and meaningful public environment is essential to a city’s positive growth and prosperity, and she further believes that landscape architects can lead these efforts.

Jody received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Distinction in 1979 from the University of Minnesota.

About the ASLA Council of Fellows
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. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time, and is indicated professionally by the use of the acronym FASLA after their names. In 2015, thirty-seven individuals from throughout the nation have been elevated to the Council of Fellows. Individuals considered for this distinction must be full members of ASLA in good standing for at least ten years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of the ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. Election is based on professional excellence and outstanding accomplishments in one of four categories: Works, Leadership/Management, Knowledge, and Service. Learn more about the ASLA Council of Fellows at www.asla.org.

About ASLA-MN
ASLA-MN is the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) –Minnesota Chapter which represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA, the national organization, has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world.

As a licensed profession in the state of Minnesota, landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Landscape Architectural projects range from academic, medical and corporate campuses, conservation and natural areas, historic landscapes, parks and recreation, transportation corridors, urban design, water resources, and commercial and residential properties. To learn more about landscape architecture online visit www.asla.org or the Minnesota Chapter homepage at www.asla-mn.org.