SEAS alumni Kofi Boone (BS ’92, MLA ’95) and John S. Troy (MLA ’73) are two of the 19 members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) elevated in 2020 to the ASLA Council of Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large.
Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership/management, knowledge, and service.
ASLA Fellows will be elevated during a special Investiture Ceremony later this year. Additional information about the 2020 Class of Fellows, as well as previous ASLA Fellows, is available on the ASLA Council of Fellows webpage.
Kofi Boone, ASLANorth Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Nomination in Knowledge by the North Carolina Chapter
Kofi Boone has made significant contributions toward the collective knowledge and understanding of community-engaged design and social equity through his leadership in both academia and practice for over two decades. From popularizing the correlation between race and attitude as a landscape analysis factor to pioneering the use of mobile technology to document landscapes, he has laid a foundation for the pursuit of environmental justice and social equity through design. Kofi’s scholarship on cross-cultural engagement methods has expanded the toolkit available for landscape architects working in communities different from their own, and he has become a leading voice challenging the historical legacy of colonization and championing the contributions African Americans have made in shaping and maintaining the American landscape. Kofi has a sustained record of award-winning and nationally recognized scholarship in equitable community-based design strategies, focusing his work on ecological and human-made disasters, ranging from rebuilding flood-damaged landscapes to supporting communities that have been marginalized by structural inequality, urban renewal, and displacement. Through collaborative engagements with communities recovering from hurricanes and flood damage, Kofi applies equitable community design practices to resilient design strategies. Kofi’s commitment to education earned him the 2019 Most Admired Educator in Landscape Architecture by Design Intelligence.
John S. Troy, ASLAJohn S. Troy Landscape Architect Inc., San Antonio, Texas
Nomination in Service from the Texas Chapter
John S. Troy has practiced landscape architecture in the San Antonio area since 1981, where his contributions, dedication, and service are profound and enduring. After beginning his career as a professor, he developed a robust residential practice, became a public voice for sustainability, and helped lead the transformation of the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABG) into a nationally recognized horticultural showcase. Since 1994, John has provided sustained planning and guidance in shaping the development of an eight-acre phased expansion of SABG’s original thirty-acre property. Through John’s vision and efforts, SABG is now an exemplary regional botanical garden, its design having been recognized by Texas ASLA with a 2019 Honor Award. In 2017, he founded the Landscape Architecture Advisory Council to foster a rare collaboration among the ASLA South Texas chapter, the San Antonio Water System, and SABG education and conservation staff to focus on water conservation, sustainability, landscape design, education, and broadened information on plants in the Garden. Throughout his career, John has pioneered and promoted water conservation with the use of native plants and low-water-use landscape design. John’s continuous, active, pro-bono service promoting the transformative power of landscape architecture spans four decades and was recognized with the Texas ASLA Community Service Award.
Read the full story on the ASLA website.