LeBleu and Parker win Alabama APA Leadership Awards
Charlene LeBleu, Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and Grayson Parker, a graduate student in the dual degree Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Community programs, have won leadership awards from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association. LeBleu will receive the “Kenneth J. Groves Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner,” and Parker will receive the “Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student.” They will be presented their awards at the Alabama APA conference in October. The Alabama APA Awards program “recognizes contribution of individuals, agencies, organization, local governments, or private companies within the State of Alabama who have completed outstanding programs or projects, or have made notable contributions to the planning profession.”
The Kenneth J. Groves Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner, established in memory of the former Director of Planning and Development of the City of Montgomery, “honors an individual for his or her significant/sustained contributions to the planning profession through distinguished practice, teaching, or writing.” Nominated by her peers for this award, LeBleu is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a graduate of the CADC’s dual degree Master of Landscape Architecture and Community Planning program. She has been on the Auburn faculty since 2004.
The Distinguished Leadership Award for a Student recognizes an “exceptional individual for an outstanding project that shows significant attainment in the study of planning while enrolled as a full-time student.” Parker’s “Hometown Walk” project, nominated by Visiting Assistant Professor Elise Cormier, was completed for Cormier’s Spring 2015 Landscape Architecture Studio III, which collaborated with LaFayette, Alabama to develop schemes for a recreational master plan “to foster playful, healthy, and connective recreational outlet.” “Hometown Walk” is an inter-generational community greenspace that serves as a pilot project to promote community, work within local culture, and enhance sustainable city services with an economically feasible approach.
"We are very proud of the work our landscape architecture faculty and students do to make Alabama communities better places to live, work, and play,” says David Hinson, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. “It’s wonderful to see Charlene and Grayson recognized by the Alabama APA in this way."