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Recent News

  • Gung Hay Fat Choy - Happy Year of the Horse!

    In the spirit of the Year of the Horse – in Chinese culture, commonly a time for improvement of one’s ethos – we are proud to launch our new website!

  • Congratulations, Ernest Wong - 2013 ASLA Council of Fellows!

    Founder and Principal Ernest Wong was recently recognized at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo Council of Fellows Investiture Ceremony on November 17th in Boston. Congratulations, Ernie!

  • Principal Brad McCauley was recently voted President-Elect of the Illinois Chapter ASLA.

    Congratulations to Brad and the rest of the new ILASLA Executive Committee!

  • Blair Kamin discusses the new Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse in Chicago Tribune.

    “First of Emanuel’s promised 4 boathouses prove shipshape.”

  • site design group, ltd. is honored to be the most recognized firm for the 2012 Illinois Chapter ASLA Awards.

    Awards include: Presidents Award, Judge Fisher Senior Apartments; Presidents Award, 31st Street Harbor; Honor Award, Lightscape on State Street; and Merit Award, Near North Montessori School Children’s Garden.

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    Awards

    • 2014 - Friends of the Chicago River Blue Ribbon Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2014 - Friends of the Chicago River Silver Ribbon Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - ENR Midwest Award of Merit
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - Chicago Building Congress Merit Award Finalist for Construction Under $15 Million
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - Bruce Abrams Good Neighbor Award - Commercial New Construction, Chicago Association of Realtors
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Fieldhouse
    • 2014 - AIA Chicago Small Projects Honor Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2014 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Merit Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2014 - ACEC Illinois, Engineerng Excellence Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Institutional President Award
      Judge Fisher Senior Apartments
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Recreational and Open Space President Award
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Urban Honor Award
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2013 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Institutional Merit Award
      Near North Montessori School
    • 2012 - Illinois ASLA Design, Merit Award
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2012 - Illinois ASLA Planning & Analysis Honor Award
      Bubbly Creek Framework Plan
    • 2012 - Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award
      Henry Palmisano Park
    • 2012 - AIA Chicago, SustainABILITY Leadership Award, Citation of Merit
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Award for Engineering Excellence - Illinois Society of Professional Engineering - Chicago Chapter
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Engineering News Record Midwest Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Project
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Award of Merit for illumination
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2012 - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Award of Merit for controls
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2012 - Urban Land Institute Chicago, Vision Award, Program Category Finalist
      Lightscape on State Street
    • 2012 - International Superyacht Society Fabien Cousteau Blue Award for stewardship of marine ecosystems
      31st Street Harbor
    • 2012 - Learning by Design Citation of Excellence Award
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2011 - Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award Finalist
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2011 - Friends of Downtown, Best Open Space
      Mary Bartelme Park
    • 2011 - Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2011 - Metropolitan Planning Council Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2010 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Urban Merit Award
      Tinley Park Downtown Master Plan
    • 2010 - Association of Licensed Architects Silver Medal
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2010 - Chicago Architecture Foundation-Patron of the Year Award Nomination
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2010 - City of Chicago, Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence – New Infill Park
      Printers Row Park
    • 2010 - ENR Midwest Best of 2010 Merit Award
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2010 - Association of Licensed Architects Silver Design Award
      Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary School
    • 2010 - Illinois ASLA, Design: Recreation & Open Space Honor Award
      Mary Bartelme Park
    • 2010 - Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association Award for Best Strategic Plan
      Tinley Park Downtown Master Plan
    • 2010 - Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Excellence in Landscape, Silver Award
      Henry C. Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park
    • 2010 - Illinois ASLA, Environmental Stewardship Honor Award
      Henry C. Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park
    • 2010 - Chicago Atheneaum American Architecture Awards
      Henry C. Palmisano (Stearns Quarry) Park
    • 2009 - Chicago Architecture Foundation-Patron of the Year Award Nomination
      Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
    • 2009 - Driehaus Foundation Award for Community Design, 3rd Place
      Langston Hughes Elementary School
    • 2009 - Green Building of America Award
      Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
    • 2008 - The American Architecture Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2008 - FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2008 - Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006 - Building Stone Institute, Tucker Design Awards
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006 - Texas ASLA, Merit Award, Design
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2005 - Congress for the New Urbanism, Charter Award
      Waukegan Lakefront Downtown Urban Design Plan
    • 2005 - Driehaus Foundation Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building, 3rd Place
      Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Building
    • 2005 - Illinois ASLA, Design-Public Honor Award
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2005 - Illinois-Indiana Masonry Council, Excellence in Masonry, Silver
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2005 - Metropolitan Planning Council, Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning
      Waukegan Lakefront Downtown Urban Design Plan
    • 2005 - Midwest Construction, Site Landscaping, Award of Merit
      The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2004 - Best of Institutional Award, Midwest Construction Magazine
      Chinese American Service League Kam Liu Building
    • 2004 - Illinois ASLA, Merit Award
      Dan Ryan Expressway Landscape Guidelines
    • 2003 - Friends of Downtown Best Planning Project
      Grant Park Framework Plan
    • 2000 - Illinois ASLA, Honor Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park
    • 2000 - Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Neighborhood Development Award
      Ping Tom Memorial Park
    • 2000 - Friends of Downtown, Best Open Space
      Ping Tom Memorial Park

      Publications

      • "New Playgrounds Designed to Meet Many Needs" Humana. 31 October 2014. View article.

      • "Deep Pockets: Reforming Chicago's Smallest Play Spaces" Landscape Architect and Specifier News. July 2014. View article.

      • "State Street Lightscape" World Landscape Architecture Magazine. 14 - Temporary and Transitory. July 2014.

      • "Chicago's Mary Bartelme Park" Landscape Architect and Specified News. March 2014. View article.

      • "Why Young Families Should Live in the West Loop" Chicago Magazine. 11 October 2013. View article.

      • “Illuminating the Windy City.” Landscape Architect and Specifier News. April 2013, 68-70. View Article

      • "Detailed investment in public works" Mandarin Quarterly. 30 April 2013. View article.

      • "Adams-Sangamon Park" CS Modern Luxury. January 2013, 32-33.

      • "The Cityscapes Forum: Chicagoans of the Year in design: Landscape architects Peter Schaudt and Ernest Wong brighten the cityscape and reflect their field's rising profile" Chicago Tribune. 22 December 2010. View article.

      • “Best of 2010 Architecture.” Chicago Tribune. 12 December 2010, 5. Landscape Urbanism: Strategies.

      • “The Cityscapes Forum:High Praise For The New Palmisano Park” Chicago Tribune. 30 November 2010. View article.

      • Swanson, Brad. “Mary Bartelme Park & Playground.” Landscape Architect and Specifier News, October 2010, 20-22.
      • "Cityscapes Forum: West Side story: A new park, with dynamic geometry and bold interactivity, creates an urban oasis amid wall-to-wall condos" Chicago Tribune. 27 August 2010. View article.

      • Dingman, Ian. “20 Great Towns and Neighborhoods.” Chicago Magazine, April 2010

      • "Historical Perspective Ernest Wong" Luxe Chicago Style Makers, Luxe Interiors + Design. 10 March 2010, 114-115.

      • Kent, Cheryl. Screen Play. Architecture Magazine, December 2004.

      • “Dan Ryan Expressway Landscape Guidelines”, Folio: National ASLA. Volume 3, 2004,18-19.
      • Ernest C. Wong, Guest Lecturer. “Grant Park Framework Plan”, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Illinois ASLA, 6/25/01

      • Gibson, Lydialyle. “Residents Mull Grant Park’s Potential.” Chicago Journal, 8 March 2001, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1.

      • “Public Spaces. Spaceshaper Interview: Chicago’s Ping Tom Memorial Park”. Insites brochure - Landscapeforms, vol 1, issue 2, 2003

      • “Ping Tom Memorial Park”. Building Stone Magazine, 2002

      • Hinshaw, Mark, & Wong, Ernest C. “A Cultural Revolution: In Chicago’s Chinatown, carving a public space out of an urban wasteland.” Landscape Architecture, July 2002, 30-36.

      • “Ping Tom Memorial Park. The City in a Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago’s Parks. By Julia S. Bachrach. Santa Fe, NM: Center for American Places, 2001, 127.
      • “Chinatown Cheers New Park On River.” Chicago Sun-Times, 6 September 1999, Section 2, 4.

      • Bey, Lee. “Gateway to a Greener Chinatown.” Chicago Sun-Times, 17 August 1998, 16.

      • Architecture Awards - BSI Study Tour. July/August/September 2002, 16-20.

      • “Ping Tom Memorial Park”, LandForum: Designed Landscape Forum III. Volume 13, 2002, 95.