AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm with offices and work spanning the globe, is pleased to announce that Principal Steven Spears, PLA, AICP, was recently elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows.
Spears joined Design Workshop in 2004 after practicing landscape architecture throughout the United States and Australia. He became a partner in 2013. Spears graduated with honors from Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture and earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association and is a registered landscape architect in Texas, Indiana and Colorado. After numerous years with Design Workshop's Aspen office, Spears co-opened the Austin office in 2008. A firm believer in the quadruple bottom line design process of integrating economic sustainability, environmental sensitivity, community benefit and profound art/aesthetics, Spears' design and planning work has been recognized at the state and national level. He has a rich portfolio of both private sector and public sector clients where he provides in-depth knowledge on both sides of the table and has built a reputation for and a portfolio of creatively designed, entitled and implemented complex projects.
In order to be considered for nomination by the ASLA Council of Fellows, an individual must be a current ASLA 10 year member in good standing who has:
- Demonstrated exceptional contributions over an extended period of time
- Made a significant positive impact on the public and the profession
- Received recognition for those contributions from multiple sources
Spears was selected in the works category for his mastery of design and planning in significant works which have advanced the art, stewardship and social responsibility of landscape architecture, particularly in the design of parks, urban redevelopments, complete and green streets, resort and hospitality developments, land planning and residential estate gardens.
Approximately 1,300 landscape architects have been initiated into the Council of Fellows since the origin of the professional organization in 1899. "Becoming a Fellow is a true honor. Being recognized by my peers at the national level as a member in the Council of Fellows has always been a professional goal and personal dream of mine. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on its members in recognition of the contributions these individuals have made to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. I am thrilled to join other Design Workshop Fellows Kurt Culbertson, Richard Shaw, Todd Johnson, Don Ensign and Joe Porter." - Steven Spears, PLA, AICP, Principal
About Design Workshop
Founded in 1969, Design Workshop has been recognized with nearly 300 prestigious awards for their work in community planning, new communities, urban centers and mixed-use resorts, public parks, golf courses and residences. The firm’s philosophy challenges staff and their clients to equally merge artistic vision, environmental sensitivity, community values and sound economics to create unique places that stand the test of time. They refer to this approach as DW Legacy Design®. For more information, please visit http://www.designworkshop.com.