November 17, 2013


ASLA‐MN Announces 2013 ASLA Fellows Inductees American Society of Landscape Architects names two Minnesota landscape architects amongst nation’s best

Media Contact: Colleen O’Dell, ASLA‐MN Director of Public Relations, (612) 230‐6469

L. Peter MacDonagh
Peter MacDonagh was nominated by the Minnesota Chapter in the Knowledge category. For more than 27 years Peter has been at the forefront of the sustainable landscape architecture movement. He is an internationally recognized authority on low‐impact stormwater management, green infrastructure, lake and river restoration, natural area management, green roofs, and soil bio‐engineering. In addition to his landscape architecture training, he is also a professional arborist, a certified wildland fire manager, and wetland restoration specialist. He founded Kestrel Design Group in 1990, which was recognized in a 2005 Landscape Architecture Magazine profile as one of three firms that are innovative “design science firms” dedicated to environmentally sound landscape architecture. He taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota for 13 years.

One of Peter’s most prominent contributions is the idea that constructed landscapes can be informed by correlated native landscapes, a technique he employed on numerous projects, including the first U.S. sports arena with a green roof. He pioneered stormwater harvesting to irrigate green roofs for Minneapolis City Hall and the Minneapolis Central Library. Peter also developed a new model for more effectively matching native seed mixes to roadside conditions, a system now adopted by the 5 largest land management agencies in Minnesota. As the author of the influential State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Building Guidelines for Site and Water and the Minnesota Soil Bioengineering Handbook he demonstrated how to restore river function and control erosion ecologically.

Peter earned a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture with honors from the University of MN in 1985, an Architecture Certificate from Nanjing University in China in 1982, a Certificate in Amenity Horticulture from the National Botanic Gardens in Ireland in 1980, and a Certificate in Horticulture from the Royal Horticulture Society in England in 1979.

Craig Churchward
Craig Churchward was nominated by the Minnesota Chapter in the Leadership and Management category. For nearly 30 years, Craig has been changing the way America plans and designs its highways and streets, moving transportation planning toward a more ecologically and culturally sustainable paradigm. His work on the federal scenic byways program, visual quality management, context sensitive solutions, and integrated project management has improved the policies, programs, and practices of state departments of transportation nation‐wide, as well as the Federal Highway Administration. He has consistently pushed for plans and designs that are multi‐modal, insisting on the integration of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit into a project’s layout, particularly as a matter of public health. Craig has been a prime contributor to the radical alteration of our country’s surface transportation system over the past three decades.

While working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Craig developed the agency's innovative Visual Impact Assessment (VIA). This six‐step process dramatically changed how the Department assessed impacts to visual quality on road construction projects. Craig’s process has since been used in Wisconsin, Ohio, and California, as well as by the National Park Service and the United States Forest Service. Craig also created the concept of Visual Quality Management (VQM). VQM merges the VIA process, quality assurance and quality control systems from the manufacturing sector, and functional reforms generated by the Context Sensitive Solutions movement. His VQM concept has been used on the largest transportation toll system in Texas. He co‐authored the chapter on Context Sensitive Solutions in one of our profession’s most authoritative reference manuals: Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards, and worked as the National Director of Context Sensitive Solutions at HNTB. Craig earned a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture 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. 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

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 or the Minnesota Chapter homepage at www.asla‐

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