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Charlie Newman, Local Attorney, Received Prestigious Olmsted Award

MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis based attorney, Charles F. Newman of Burch, Porter, Johnson LLC received the distinguished Frederick Law Olmsted Award bestowed by the Tennessee Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (TNASLA) at their state awards dinner and conference April 25.

Newman was honored for his leadership in conservation and his role in providing access to and protection for the most prominent and beloved public landscapes in Memphis-Shelby County.

Through Charlie’s decades of service, he shared the values of the landscape architecture profession by working behind the scenes on complex legal strategies to secure acquisition and protection for notable parks and greenways such as Overton Park, Shelby Farms Park, Shelby Farms Greenline, and Big River Crossing (formerly Harahan Bridge).

In the 1970s, Newman led the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Vole case that saved Overton Park. In the 2000s he shaped the establishment of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, negotiating the conservation easement.  Later he negotiated with CSX for the acquisition of the abandoned railroad corridor that is now Shelby Farms Greenline.  Most recently, he was instrumental in reaching an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for shared use of the Harahan Bridge.

Charlie Newman said, “Landscape Architecture is perhaps the most important of the visual arts, the most consequential with the most significant social consequences.  I have been very lucky to have had, in over 50 years, so many opportunities to support what you [landscape architects] do, and I appreciate this award very much.”

The purpose of TNASLA’s Olmsted Award, named in honor of the founding father of Landscape Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, is to promote the ideals he established to ensure the health and enjoyment of the environment by all mankind.  The award is given annually to recognize significant contributions in one of four categories: contributions to the profession in Tennessee, preservation of the landscape of Tennessee, enhancement of Tennessee’s physical environment, or landscape architectural education. 

Owen Harris of Dalhoff Thomas Design Studio and TNASLA President-Elect, said “The TNASLA Past-Presidents Council awarded Mr. Newman for his lifetime of service and leadership in protecting some of the most significant public spaces in Memphis.”  

Newman is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School and has been listed for 25 years in Best Lawyers® in America. He has served on the Memphis Landmarks Commission, TN Nature Conservancy, Wolf River Conservancy, Environmental Action Fund, Memphis College of Art, and Civil Rights Museum Foundation.  

Past TNASLA Olmsted Award Winners include Barbara Hyde, Jean Nelson, Larry Mizell, and Caron Beard.

 
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Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects PRESENTS STATE AWARDS

MEMPHIS, TN --- The Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (TNASLA) met in Memphis on April 25 & 26 for their annual state conference and awards ceremony. 

The conference opened with a keynote by Carol Coletta (Memphis River Parks Partnership & Kresge Foundation).  Landscape Architecture luminaries Kona Gray, FASLA (EDSA, Florida) and Thomas Woltz, FASLA (Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, New York) spoke. Additional speakers were Mitch Robinson (Strawberry Plains Audubon Center), Bob Wenner (Wolf River Conservancy), Daniel Ashworth (Alta Planning + Design), Warren Goodson (WH Porter & Co.), Ritchie Smith (Ritchie Smith Associates), Nick Oyler (City of Memphis), Roshun Austin (The Works), Seth Harkins (Alcy Ball CDC), Dane Forlines (The Heights CDC), and Emily Trenholm (HighGround News).  Tours in Memphis included Crosstown Concourse and Edge District with Todd Richardson, Tony Pellicciotti, and Tommy Pacello. 

DESIGN AWARDS

Professional and Student Design Awards were judged by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

Professional Award Winners were:

WMWA Landscape Architects (Chattanooga) | Award of Excellence in Analysis & Planning | The Ramble

Hodgson Douglas Landscape Architects (Nashville) | Honor Award in General Design | Downtown Commons

Hodgson Douglas Landscape Architects (Nashville) | Honor Award in Residential Design | Terra House / River House

Dalhoff Thomas design studio (Memphis) | Honor Award in Analysis & Planning | Big Creek Resilience

PORT Urbanism (Chicago) and Sanders Pace Architecture (Knoxville) | Honor Award in Communications | Urban Wilderness Gateway Park Community Event

Civil Site Design Group (Nashville) | Merit Award in General Design | ONEC1TY Amenities

Cliff Garten Studio (Venice, CA) | Merit Award in General Design | I AM A MAN Plaza

Hedstrom Design (Knoxville) | Merit Award in Residential Design | Farmside Lane at Blackberry Farm

Dalhoff Thomas design studio (Memphis) |Merit Award in Analysis & Planning | Parkside Planned Development

PORT Urbanism (Chicago) and Sanders Pace Architecture (Knoxville) | Merit Award in Analysis & Planning | Urban Wilderness Gateway Park Framework Plan

WMWA Landscape Architects (Chattanooga) | Merit Award in Communications | Black Creek Pattern Book

 Student Award Winners:

A number of students in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Graduate Landscape Architecture Program were recognized for award winning projects and plans. 

Hank Mary, Wyatt Pless, Daniel Rose, and Dustin Toothman received Honor Awards.  Alexa Macri, Maggie House, Fernando Turpin, Bridget Ash, Natalie McCarthy, Payton Watson, and Chloe Reeves received Merit Awards. 

OLMSTED AWARD

This year’s Olmsted Award was bestowed upon Charles Newman of Memphis for his more than 50 years of leadership in conservation and his role in providing access to and protection for the most prominent and beloved public landscapes in Memphis-Shelby County. The purpose of TNASLA’s Olmsted Award, named in honor of the founding father of Landscape Architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, is to promote the ideals he established to ensure the health and enjoyment of the environment by all mankind.  The award is given annually to recognize significant contributions in one of four categories: contributions to the profession in Tennessee, preservation of the landscape of Tennessee, enhancement of Tennessee’s physical environment, or landscape architectural education.