Jamestown Resiliency Plan and Memorial to the Enslaved by William & Mary Win Virginia ASLA Awards


February 27, 2024

Five members of the team smile with their award plaque at the annual awards ceremony.

Two VHB projects—The Jamestown Resiliency Plan and The Memorial to the Enslaved by William & Mary—were recognized by the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (VA ASLA) Annual Professional Awards Program. These submissions were juried by ASLA members from across the eastern United States, representing a range of landscape architecture professional practitioners.

The Jamestown Resiliency Plan was selected to receive a Merit Award in the Analysis and Planning category and the Memorial to the Enslaved by William & Mary was selected to receive a Commendation Award in the General Design category. Winning projects were celebrated this past Saturday at Virginia Tech during the Chapter’s award reception.

“Receiving not just one, but two prestigious awards from VA ASLA is a testament to the power of innovation, dedication, and collaborative spirit within landscape architecture at VHB,” said Stephen Talley, PLA, Landscape Architect at VHB. “These accolades fuel our passion to continue pushing boundaries and creating innovative landscapes that resonate deeply with people.”

VHB partnered with Preservation Virginia and the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation to develop the Jamestown Resiliency Plan, which includes strategies to address impacts from sea level rise, water management, and improving the visitor experience. VHB landscape architects conducted climate science research to develop this data-informed framework and action plan for a more sustainable landscape and environment aligning with the richness of the surrounding historic landscape and waterfront.

The Memorial to the Enslaved by William & Mary is an outdoor monument established to commemorate the men, women, and children whose labor and lives built, maintained, and served the university. The focal point of the design by architecture firm Baskervill includes a hearth structural element to evoke a brick fireplace that is centered within an open plaza. The interior of the hearth includes a symbolic vessel to hold fire created by local artist Will Sendor of Sendor Design. VHB helped with the layout design and detailing of the landscape and hardscape elements, stormwater management, and tree preservation measures during construction.

VHB also provided civil engineering services for two additional ASLA Virginia award winning projects: Broad Creek, which won the Virginia Landmark award, and the Flatiron Park – End of Massive Resistance Memorial that won a Commendation Award in the General Design category. VHB was a teaming partner to VIA Design on both.

Together these projects represent our landscape architects’ commitment to creating sustainable, inspirational, and enduring environments. Learn more about landscape architecture at VHB.

An aerial view of historic Jamestown that shows visitors observing the archaeology dig site. The hearth focal point of the Memorial to the Enslaved by William & Mary.