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James Burnett To Receive American Society Of Landscape Architects Design Medal


The Office of James Burnett has been planting trees and taking names in the landscape design world for years. Founder and president James Burnett has won numerous awards with such projects as Klyde Warren Park in Dallas and Rice's Brochstein Pavilion and Brockman Hall in Houston, and now he can add to his shelf. Yesterday, the American Society of Landscape Architects announced that Jim will receive the ASLA Design Medal.

"We are very excited to be in such great company of past recipients," Jim tells us. "While this is an individual award, I see it as a firm design award as it takes many people to execute an idea."

OJB's designs can be seen all over Texas and beyond. From McKinney & Olive in Dallas to CityCentre in Houston, Jim and his team have been transforming and creating plazas, parks and gardens for three decades.

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

OJB will accept the medal at ASLA's annual meeting in New Orleans on Oct. 24. ASLA's Board of Trustees selected Jim based on nominations and professional achievements. Last year, OJB received the ASLA Firm Award.

OJB's approach of creating park-like landscaping throughout urban cores keeps cities feeling like one continual greenspacelike how its recent deal with Hillwood at 3001 Turtle Creek aims to feel more like a continuation of Katy Trail and the hilly landscape of the neighborhood. 

"Our office is really interested in enhancing urban experience by creating spaces that give people opportunities to reconnect with nature," Jim tells us. "Nature helps us navigate the hustle and bustle of urban living."