2015 Special Recognition
Organization / Firm of the Year
Based in Chicago, Illinois, site design group, ltd. is an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design practice that produces creative spaces that inspire, restore, and transform communities. In their 25 years in business, the firm has made its name for their commitment to design excellence and active involvement as an advocate for the profession.
Resulting from a thoughtful placemaking process, the public spaces designed by the firm have successfully redefined the shape and character of communities throughout Chicagoland. Such projects include the redevelopment of Henry Palmisano (Stearn’s Quarry) Park, a 27-acre former limestone quarry turned landfill, into an active and educationally focused environmental park. The firm recently completed the innovative and acclaimed Judge Fisher Senior Apartments, and the Woodlawn Senior Housing development; places that had a positive physical, social, and economic impact on the surrounding communities.
As one of the pioneers of the now famous Chicago median program, site design group, ltd. has completed over 60 miles of unique, bold, and complex streetscape developments in the past two years alone. Involved in several forward-thinking green infrastructure projects, the firm is working with the City of Chicago to develop the new Placemaking/Liveable Streets Guidelines.
As a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), the firm believes a diverse team enhances design solutions. The firm’s staff have wide-ranging professional and educational backgrounds, including landscape architecture, architecture, planning, natural resources, arboriculture, English, museum curation, fine arts, graphic design, construction management, and marketing communications. The growth, success, and evolution of the firm is attributed largely to the individual contributions and unique makeup of this dynamic team. In turn, staff are dedicated to the advancement of the profession and deeply involved in local community and professional initiatives.
From their inclusive, community-oriented design approach to their dedication and contributions to the profession of landscape architecture, the Illinois Chapter, ASLA is proud to recognize site design group, ltd. as the 2015 Firm of the Year.