GS&P’s Louis Johnson Awarded National Landscape Architecture Grant

Landscape Architect’s Entry Focuses on Ohio River Educational Initiative

July 26, 2017   |   Louisville,  Ky.   |   People

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that Landscape Architect Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA, was awarded a grant for his entry into the 2017 National Grant Competition for Emerging Professionals in Landscape Architecture. The competition challenged entrants to submit a sketch and short essay describing a way landscape architecture can combat climate change. Johnson’s entry, entitled “36 Miles: Revealing the Ohio Educational Initiative”, outlines a plan to build advocacy for Louisville’s Ohio River. The grant will fund his participation in the 2017 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. 

“I’m incredibly proud of Louis for this well-deserved honor,” commented Mickey Sullivan, P.E., executive vice president of Land Planning, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Landscape architects and land planners have a unique opportunity to make positive social, economic and environmental impacts on our communities. I applaud Louis for pushing himself to make a difference in Louisville and for working to promote his ideas on a national scale.”

“This contest was an exciting opportunity and I look forward to attending the ASLA Annual Meeting this fall,” commented Johnson. “The Ohio River is Louisville’s most underutilized natural resource. By collaboratively educating the community about the benefits of the river, I believe that we can better use this natural resource to positively impact Louisville’s future health and quality of life, as well as to reduce the impact of climate change.”

The contest, which was sponsored by Anova Furnishings, aims to inspire young professionals to harness the power of landscape architecture as well as accelerate individuals’ careers by providing winners with the opportunity to learn and network at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting. The panel of judges comprised leaders from SiteWorks Landscape Architecture, HILLWORKS: landscape + architecture and St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

For a closer look at Johnson’s submission, visit http://www.anovafurnishings.com/2017LAGrant-Winner-Johnson.  

“I’m incredibly proud of Louis for this well-deserved honor. Landscape architects and land planners have a unique opportunity to make positive social, economic and environmental impacts on our communities. I applaud Louis for pushing himself to make a difference in Louisville and for working to promote his ideas on a national scale.”

Mickey Sullivan, P.E., executive vice president of Land Planning, GS&P
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