The jury consists of five voting members and is be comprised of representatives of landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, economic development, and restoration ecology. All members of the jury were recommended by the Competition Manager and appointed by the conservancy.
John H Alschuler, Jr.
For over 20 years, John H. Alschuler, Jr. has guided HR&A’s real estate advisory practice in New York, which focuses on the revitalization of urban communities, regional economic development, waterfront redevelopment and service to institutional owners of real estate. Mr. Alschuler’s core skills include the structuring of public-private partnerships, development finance, and innovative development strategies. His work in locations as diverse as Washington D.C., Austin, Texas, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Charleston, South Carolina, St. Louis, Missouri, and international locations such as Kuwait City has led to bold plans that have reshaped important waterfronts, downtown districts, and neighborhoods. He has played a major role in multiple, large scale landscape projects including Brooklyn Bridge Park, the High Line, the Anacostia Waterfront, and is currently working on the site of the London Olympics.
Mr. Alschuler has served on the Board of Directors for SL Green Realty Corporation in New York and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University where he teaches real estate development in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Friends of the High Line, Inc. Mr. Alschuler received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and an Ed. D. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Richard Haag FASLA
The work of landscape architect Richard Haag is internationally recognized for its creativity, sensitivity to the natural environment, and adaptive use of existing structures and landforms. Mr. Haag is the only person to twice receive the prestigious American Society of Landscape Architects President’s Award for Design Excellence for Seattle’s Gas Works Park and for the The Sequence of Gardens at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Additional honors he has received include the 2003 ASLA Medal, a lifetime achievement award and the highest honor given to a landscape architect by his peers, the 2007 ASLA Design Medal, and the First Waterfront Cultural Heritage Award in 2009 from The Waterfront Center/The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Mr. Haag was educated at the University of Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. He was awarded a Fulbright in Japan for two years and was Resident at the American Academy in Rome. Mr. Haag is Founder and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington; the Richard Haag Endowed Scholarship was instituted in his honor. The Harvard University Graduate School of Design honored Mr. Haag with a symposium and exhibition entitled Exploring the Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag, followed by the book Richard Haag: Bloedel Reserve and Gas Works Park. In 2010, MaggioliEditore published Luca Maria Francesco Fabris’ La natura come amante/Nature as a Lover - a monogram of Mr. Haag’s seminal work.
Based in Houston, Texas, Carlos Jimenez is an internationally recognized architect whose work thrives on a close collaboration with clients and consultants to resolve demands of program, to address the circumstances of the site, and to integrate the complex urban influences on the project. His convictions are strengthened by the belief that the design of the built environment makes a difference in people’s lives. Since its founding in 1983, his award winning firm Carlos Jimenez Studio has striven to achieve excellence in design through projects ranging in scale, type, and locality: from art studios to a corporate headquarters, from a house in the sparse hills of West Texas to an academic center on the lively streets of North Philadelphia, from a subsidized housing tower in Evry, France to a community center in the medieval traces of Gandia, Spain.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Mr. Jimenez moved to the United States in 1974 and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston College of Architecture. In addition to being a visiting professor at a number of universities in the United States and abroad, he is a tenured Professor at the Rice University School of Architecture. From 2001-2011 he served as a member of the Jury for the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Marsha Maytum FAIA LEED AP
Marsha Maytum is a founding Partner of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco. She has focused her career on the rehabilitation of historic buildings, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, and the creation of new buildings within historic settings. Her education at the University of Oregon (Bachelor of Architecture) and the Royal Academy in Denmark was founded upon responsible environmental design and historic preservation.
By integrating sustainable design with innovative transformation of historic resources, she has demonstrated the link between saving buildings and natural resources. Ms. Maytum has been frequently invited to lecture nationally on the topic of sustainable design, adaptive reuse and universal design. Her work has received national and regional recognition from the American Institute of Architects, the National Building Museum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the California Preservation Foundation.
Darrel Morrison FASLA
Darrel Morrison is a pioneer and long-time advocate for the use of native plant communities as models for the design of gardens and landscapes. His practice and teaching have taken him from the University of Wisconsin to the University of Georgia, where he served as Dean of the School of Environmental Design, and now to Columbia University’s Landscape Design program. He has created some of the most interesting constructed native plant landscapes in America, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center in Austin Texas, where he was senior landscape architect. He is the 2006 recipient of the American Horticulture Society Landscape Design Award.
Mr. Morrison received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University, and his Master of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He believes that designed-and-managed landscapes can be ecologically-sound and aesthetically-rich at the same time; and further, that they can express a strong sense of place. Current and on-going projects where these were goals include: extensive native grass plantings at Storm King Art Center, a sculpture park at Mountainville, NY; the Old Stone Mill landscape at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx; and most recently, a two-acre extension of the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which will feature an eastern meadow component, and both upland and lowland Pine Barrens representations.
Allan W. Shearer, ASLA
Allan Shearer is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches graduate level landscape planning and design studios and courses that bridge the Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning programs. His research centers on how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Dr. Shearer is “of counsel” to the Waller Creek Conservancy providing assistance in formulating the design competition process.
He graduated from Princeton University and received his Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Shearer previously taught at Rutgers University and the Boston Architectural Center (now the Boston Architectural College). He has been a visiting scholar at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and was a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.