awards, lectures + publications

Awards

  • ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award for Mission YMCA Edible Garden, 2016
  • Award of SFSU Invited Design Competition, 2016
  • ASLA Northern California Chapter Honor Award for “Designing Urban Agriculture”, 2015
  • ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award for VF Outdoor Campus, 2015
  • Golden Nugget Award: “Residential Project of the Year” and “Best Multi-Family Housing Project” for 38 Dolores, 2014
  • Golden Nugget Award: Grand Prize “Best Mixed-Use Project” and Merit Award “Residential Project of the Year” for 9th Avenue, 2014
  • Santana Row- “Project of the Year”, Builder Magazine
  • Gold Nugget Award: Grand Prize “Best Mixed Use Project” for Santana Row, Pacific Coast Builders Conference
  • AIA Potomac Chapter Award, for Aspect Communications, 2004
  • Winner of the Fushan River Park Design Competition, a 1000 acre Central Park in Fushan, China with Huan Rong and BLY, 2004
  • Winner of the 10 N. Virginia Public Plaza Project Competition in Reno, Nevada with SVWB Architecture and VWRL, 2003
  • ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award for Aspect Communications, 2003
  • ASLA National Merit Award for Union Square, San Francisco, 2001
  • Finalist for the Walnut Creek Veteran’s Memorial Competition with artists Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer, July 2001
  • Honorable mention for the Harvey Milk Design Idea Competition awarded by the San Francisco Prize and the San Francisco Arts Commission, 2000
  • Contract Award Winner of the Union Square Project for San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco Prize: Union Square design competition winner with MD Fotheringham, 1997
  • Johnston Residence, San Francisco, CA. Published in Fine Gardening Magazine, 1996
  • Honorable Mention, “Visionary Landscapes” Competition sponsored by Landscape Architecture Magazine, December 1992
  • Drawings selected for Outstanding “Women in Design Professions” Exhibit, Santa Monica, CA, sponsored by California Women in Environmental Design (CWED), January 1992
  • Design award, by Garden Design Magazine at Landscape and Garden Show for “Composeros Court” temporary installation, 1991
  • “Award of Excellence” by NCASLA at Landscape and Garden Show for “Garden on the Edge”, temporary installation, 1989
  • “Best of Show”, Unconventional category, by professional jury for Landscape and Garden Show held at Fort Mason, 1989
  • Honorable Mention, U.C. Davis Arboretum Design Competition for “Sculptural Entry” Design, 1988
  • Honorable Mention for the New Orleans City Park Arboretum Design Competition, 1986
  • “Todos Santos Plaza Redesign” – one of five firms/teams selected for Stage One of the national competition, 1987
  • Progressive Architecture Citation for “The Terraces”, a continuing care facility, Los Gatos, CA, 1988

Lectures

  • SF Public Works Presentation with Micah Silvey, GBCI, 38 Dolores SITES Pilot Project, 2016
  • University of Washington at Pullman, “Food Stories – Designer as Change Agent”,  2016
  • Presentation to National Parks Service, GGNRA & Parks Conservancy regarding potential adoption of SITES into NPS design process for resource management, “Introduction to SITES rating system and 38 Dolores SITES Pilot Project”, 2016
  • University of Texas at Arlington, “Designers are Explorers of the Intersection of Culture, Nature & Technology”, 2015
  • SITES Fundamentals Webinar #8, “Marking a Real Impact with your SITES Project”, 2014
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Boston, “Urban Agriculture and the Form of the City”, 2014
  • City of Dublin, CA “Water Conservation by Design: Systemic Solutions to Big Water Savings – from Conservation to Regeneration”, 2014
  • Tri-City Urban Agriculture Virtual Charette and Webinar for Living Futures with Joel Carben and Daron “Farmer D” Joffe, Cascadia Branch Collaborative via Anchorage, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, 2014
  • Cities Alive Conference, Panel Moderator for On the Roof Session with Keith Agoada, Ben Flanner, Mark Winterer, and Francesca Vietor, “Emerging Trends in Urban Agriculture”, 2013
  • Designing Urban Agriculture: various lectures at SPUR, Seattle ASLA, Oregon ASLA, LAND8 webinar (international audience), and Book Signings, 2013-2014
  • ASLA Northern California Chapter Lecture Series, San Francisco, “Urban Agriculture”, 2012
  • ASLA Washington DC Chapter, “Edible Landscapes – Growing Roots in the Urban Realm”, 2010
  • FLASLA Conference, Keynote Speaker, “The Sustainable SITES Initiative”, 2009
  • Green Living Fair, Serramonte Center with Sustainable San Mateo, “Green Tips for Green Landscapes”, 2009
  • Design San Francisco Annual Conference, “Green + Bold: Creating a Vision of the Future for the Bay Area”, Keynote Panel moderated by Eric Corey Freed, 2009
  • University of California at Berkeley, “Sustainable SITES, Climate Change & LEED™”, 2008
  • ASLA Utah Chapter, “Sustainable SITES Initiative Update”, 2008
  • ASLA National Conference, San Francisco, “Bay Area LEED™ & Sustainable Projects” – a mobile Workshop, 2007
  • Chatam College, Pittsburg, “Sustainable Sites – The Green Revolution”, 2007
  • ASLA Texas Chapter conference, Houston, “Sustainable Sites – The Green Revolution”, 2007
  • Landscape Architecture Days, University of Colorado, Fort Collins, “Sustainable Sites – The Green Revolution”, 2007
  • ULI Developing Green Conference, Seattle, “ Sustainability Entering the Main Stream”, 2006
  • SPUR, “The Sustainable Sites Initiative”, 2006
  • ASLA Louisiana Chapter Conference, New Orleans, “K + R: Regenerating So. Louisiana- Designing for Integrated Systems”, 2006
  • ASLA National Conference, Minneapolis, “ The Sustainable Sites Initiative”, 2006
  • Interrorbang Design Lecture zSeries, San Diego, “Why Sustainability matters”, 2006
  • University of California at Berkeley, Sustainable Careers panel, 2005
  • ASLA National Conference, “The Sites Initiative” & LEED™ Forum, 2005
  • USGBC Conference & Expo, “Site Paradigms”, 2003
  • CC/ASLA Conference, “The Greening of Aspect Communications”, 2003
  • ASLA-Northern California Chapter: Professional Lecture Series, “Theories and Insights on Sustainable Works”, 2002
  • ASLA National Conference, “Sustainability Meets Technology–New Lessons From the Green Front, 2002
  • ASLA National Conference, led the ASLA’s LEED™ Advisory Committee’s panel discussions on LEED™ and Site Issues, 2002
  • USGBC International Conference & Expo, “Sustainable Sites and LEED™”, 2002

Publications:

  • Landscape Architect & Specifier News, “Women in Landscape Architecture – April Philips”, October 2015
  • ASLA Professional Practice Blog, “The Latest on Urban Agriculture” Interview, 2014
  • Huffington Post’s Green Blog, “Designing Urban Agriculture” Interview by Annie Spieglman, 2013
  • Pacific Sun Newspaper, “Designing Urban Agriculture”Interview by Annie Spieglman, 2013
  • “Designing Urban Agriculture: The Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes” by April Philips, published by Wiley Books, 2013
  • Landscape Architect and Specifier News, “Dixie Rain Garden”, June 2009
  • Landscape Architect and Specifier News, “Stonebrae Elementary – A Thoroughly Natural Facility”, June 2008
  • San Francisco Chronicle, “Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake, a Park for Remembrance”, October 2005
  • East Bay Business Times, “Building on History at Nut Tree”, January 2005
  • ASLA Landonline – Sustainable Design & Development: new ASLA PI Group to bring abstract Environmental concepts down to earth” – an interview with April Philips, May 2004
  • The Construction Specifier, “The Value of Green Landscape Architecture”, May 2004
  • Landscape Architecture, “A Still Imperfect Union: Appraising the Redesign of San Francisco’s famous square”, December 2003
  • Marin Independent Journal, “In Tune with Nature”, March 2003
  • Hotels Magazine- Westin Palo Alto Hotel, September 2002