Please join us in congratulating two NCASLA members, Walt Havener and George Stanziale, as they have received the honor of being elevated to the Council of Fellows!
Walter Havener, ASLA
Durham, North Carolina
Walter Havener of Surface 678 received his nomination, in Works, from the North Carolina Chapter. Havener is one of the most influential landscape architects in the Southeast, sought out by top-tier architects who want the very best environmental design. Because he believed landscape architects were not sufficiently appreciated and that the region would greatly benefit from better design, he devoted himself to engaging architects, engineers, graphic designers, and artists to collaborate on projects that reflect landscape as an integral and critical part of their built context. Significant among his work is the transformation of a prison yard into gorgeously designed gardens at the North Carolina Museum of Art West Gallery and Sculpture Park. His body of transformative landscape design work comprises a diverse collection of ecologically responsive and stunningly crafted projects. Havener’s hallmark is contextually sensitive, conceptually based, and exquisitely restrained design. He is a pioneer in the practice of integrated and beautifully designed stormwater management across the region and is credited with significantly raising the profile of the profession throughout North Carolina.
George E. Stanziale, ASLA
Raleigh/Durham/Charlotte, North Carolina
George Stanziale of Stewart received his nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the North Carolina Chapter. Throughout his career, Stanziale has applied the landscape architecture design approach to every aspect of leadership and management, a mindset he has vigorously employed in the transformation of a traditional engineering firm into its current form as a highly integrated force of 200 multidisciplinary professionals. Stanziale has pioneered and refined a multidisciplinary, consensus-based approach to design that has fundamentally transformed the landscape architecture profession in North Carolina. His volunteer leadership includes the establishment of ULI Carolinas, which now supports more than 700 members, and the transformation of North Carolina State University's landscape architecture curriculum into one that balances insightful design with pragmatic professionalism. By bringing together diverse minds and professions and actively engaging with the people of his state, Stanziale has unleashed the power of landscape architecture and placed it at the center of the transformation of his community.