LDC Award for Excellence - 2015

Heather Heimarck Wins Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence


Director of The Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College

Recognized for Leadership in Landscape-Design Education


WELLESLEY HILLS, MASSACHUSETTS—July 29, 2015—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts announced today that Heather Heimarck, ASLA, director of The Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College (BAC), is the 2015 winner of the Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence, given in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment.


“We recognize Heather Heimarck for her leadership in landscape-design education,” said, 2013-2015 LDC chairman Tinka Zeitvogel. “She was the pivotal force in the 2009 transfer of The Landscape Institute to the BAC, and her efforts enabled former students to complete their studies in landscape design, history and preservation without interruption. She continues to share her passion as a popular lecturer at the Landscape Design School.”


With a background in fine arts, sculpture, and community service, Heimarck brings a social and environmental ethic to the art of landscape design and landscape education. Prior to joining the BAC, she was director of the Landscape Institute at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Her professional work spans large-scale urban-planning projects such as the Lower Charles River Basin; campus and institutional work, including the award-winning Honan Allston Public library; streetscapes; bike lanes; and residential design. Her projects include some of the first residential and commercial properties to become LEED certified in Massachusetts.


A registered landscape architect in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Heimarck is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the United States Green Building Council, ASLA, ELA, and NELDHA. She received the Janet Darling Webel Award for Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She trained as a sculptor before discovering the interdisciplinary field of landscape architecture, then went on to earn a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.


Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts


Organized in 1963, the Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts operates under the auspices of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) and is a special-subjects group of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. The purpose of LDC is to provide ongoing landscape-design education through speakers, workshops, and tours of outstanding public and private areas. The Massachusetts chapter is the largest Council in the US. It provides judges for the Boston Flower & Garden Show and presents three landscape-design awards of its own.


The Membership


LDC members have completed the Landscape Design School, a series of four 10-hour courses, and passed the required examinations, entitling them to become NGC-accredited Landscape Design Consultants. Members act in an advisory capacity to encourage awareness of the need for good landscape architectural practice, serving as guardians of environmental beauty by applying what they have learned to individual and community projects. LDC members promote environmental interests through work on town committees and boards. Members have been responsible for many landscaping projects at municipal buildings and other public areas in their cities and towns. A number have gone on to earn certificates in landscape design, or Master’s degrees in landscape architecture, and to establish their own businesses.


For more information about LDC, visit www.ldcma.org or contact ldcmass@gmail.com.

Editorial Contact:
Frances Wheeler
for the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts