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Harley Ellis Devereaux named Landscape Architecture Firm of the Year by ASLA Michigan Chapter

October 20, 2015

Harley Ellis Devereaux named Landscape Architecture Firm of the Year by ASLA Michigan Chapter

Harley Ellis Devereaux has received a recognition award as Landscape Architecture Firm of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The Firm of the Year Award honors firms for outstanding design and contributions to the profession of landscape architecture.

“We are thrilled to receive this important award,” said Michael Cooper, President and Managing Principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux.  “Great environments integrate the indoors and outdoors to provide a complete experience.  We appreciate this recognition of our commitment to the profession of landscape architecture and to providing our clients with great spaces that help drive their success.” 

In addition to the firm award, Harley Ellis Devereaux also won a Merit Award in the Landscape Planning & Analysis category for the firm’s work on the Perrysburg Riverfront Master Plan in Perrysburg, Ohio. Founded in 1816 on the banks of the Maumee River, the city was formed with the river as its focal point, but over the years its connection to the riverfront weakened. Recognizing the need to reconnect the city to the river, city leadership and key stakeholders recently sought to redevelop the city’s riverfront.  Harley Ellis Devereaux developed a master plan that includes four major open spaces, including Fort Meigs, Orleans Park, Riverside Park and Hood Park.  The Riverfront Master Plan seeks to re-establish connections that place the river at its appropriate position in the city as its most important natural resource and to restore its preeminence as a front door to the city.

“Because of the steep slopes from the bluff down to the river, the greatest planning and design challenge for creating connections is to elegantly resolve barrier-free routes from the city down to the water’s edge,” says Mark Hieber, Principal, Landscape Architecture, Harley Ellis Devereaux.  “These transition areas then become major open space assets, providing striking vistas of the Maumee River.”

The firm received both awards on October 1 at the ASLA Michigan Annual Meeting.