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  • In Memory of Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA, FAAR - a note from Ernest Wong

    "When I heard the news that Peter Lindsay Schaudt passed away on Sunday night, I was both shocked and saddened. Peter was a generous and kind friend, a fierce competitor and an advocate for our profession of landscape architecture. As the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin noted in his awarding the two of us “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2010 for architecture, we both are about the same age, both of us had trained in architecture, and both of us had the pursuit of creating wonderful public spaces.

    Throughout the years of practicing in a city that is just now discovering landscape architecture, I grew to admire Peter’s attention to detail, his ability to understand the context of each of his designs, but mostly his “controlled restraint” to alleviate over complicating design programs and bring simple beauty to his work. I’m certain that this was learned through his early years with Dan Kiley, whom every landscape architect of our “modern” era idolized.

    Peter was generous and thoughtful with his kindness. When we moved into our new space, Peter presented me with a drawing that he did as an architecture student at UIC. The exquisitely detailed and finely textured pen and ink drawing was of my father’s Atrium Homes in Hyde Park, a housing project that he greatly admired. I was so moved by this act of kindness that the drawing has remained in our conference room for every visitor to see.

    When the time came for my nomination for Fellowship with the ASLA, Peter championed the nomination from within the selection committee, serving the organization that advocates for our growing profession. His editorial on the merits of landscape architecture continues to add to our strength as a design profession. It is this selfless act of duty that inspires me to give back to our quiet community.

    The memory of those who influence and formulate our lives is deeply imbedded in how we continue to live our own lives. Peter Lindsay Schaudt was a proud and influential man. His strength as a practitioner, his goodness as a friend and colleague, and his drive to enhance our lives will be deeply missed."

    Ernest C. Wong, fASLA

    July 21, 2015

  • 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

    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      Garfield Park Conservatory Play and Grow Garden V1.0
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      LaSalle II Magnet School
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      Park 574
    • 2015 - Illinois ASLA: Design, Merit Award
      The University of Chicago 58th Street West Streetscape
    • 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.