Stewart, an interdisciplinary design, engineering and planning firm, is honored to announce President and Director of Design George E. Stanziale, Jr., is elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows. Stanziale received his nomination in the Leadership and Management category from the ASLA North Carolina chapter for his transformational and pioneering mindset and unwavering focus on the power of landscape architecture on the community. He is among 31 distinguished professionals elevated this year from around the US.
Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service over an extended period of time.
“Anyone who works with George can speak to his incredible vision and leadership abilities. He combines his unique perspective and expertise with his compassion for others to build consensus and achieve the best outcomes possible for the communities he touches,” said Willy Stewart, PE, CEO of Stewart. “We experience and appreciate this every day at Stewart, and this well-deserved recognition from ASLA is a true testament to George’s contributions to the industry and the entire landscape architecture profession.”
Stanziale applies a design-thinking approach to every aspect of leadership and management, including helping build Stewart as it is today, a highly integrated force of more than 200 multidisciplinary professionals. By vigorously employing this mindset, ASLA notes Stanziale has pioneered and refined a multidisciplinary, consensus-based approach to design that has fundamentally transformed the landscape architecture profession in North Carolina over the past 35 years.
“George has been a leader in shaping Stewart and transforming the work they produce for clients,” said Mark Hoversten, FASLA, AICP, dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University. “He brought design thinking and a landscape architecture ethic to a significant and well-known engineering firm. George’s philosophy of leading projects with design has positioned Stewart as a unique design and engineering firm. As a member of our College of Design Board and current President, he is a trusted advisor to me and for the department of landscape architecture.”
Stanziale’s volunteer leadership includes the transformation of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) landscape architecture curriculum into one that balances insightful design with pragmatic professionalism and the establishment of Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Research Triangle District Council, which now supports more than 700 members, as well as being a founding member of the ULI Carolinas including five district councils across North and South Carolina. By bringing together diverse minds and professions and actively engaging with the people of his state, Stanziale has unleashed the power of landscape architecture and placed it at the center of the transformation of the communities he works in.
“In my experience, the journey is just as important as the destination and is best traveled with a collection of diverse minds. In celebrating the fact that we’re not all like-minded, we bring together diverse professions to achieve successful, integrated solutions,” said Stanziale. “I am humbled by this recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects and honored to stand alongside 30 talented fellows who will be inducted this year from across the country, all with diverse backgrounds and significant contributions, who share a similar passion for advancing our profession.”
A true testament to his leadership and community impact, Stanziale will also direct the NCSU College of Design Board as 2018-2019 president, strengthening his role as a key advisor to the dean of the College and influencing the larger design community. The college includes the departments of architecture, landscape architecture, interior, industrial and graphic design as well as art and design.
This year’s Council of Fellows was inducted during an investiture ceremony at the annual ASLA Conference and Expo, held Oct. 22 in Philadelphia. For more information on this year’s fellows, see the full profiles here.