Pink Flamingo & Annual Awards
Each year NVASLA recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession at the Pink Flamingo and Annual Awards Banquet. The Pink Flamingo started around December 1990 as annual gathering to network and celebrate the end of another successful year. As the chapter grew, an awards component was added.
The awards program is intended to promote professional excellence and highlight the aesthetic and environmental benefits of the built landscape to the public. Contributions to the chapter are acknowledged through the President’s Award and Trustee’s Award. Contributions from non-chapter members for management and conservancy of natural resources and/or public landscapes in Nevada are acknowledged through the Award of Honor.
Design and planning excellence is acknowledged through the Annual Landscape Architecture Awards. Awards are given under a number of categories, with one project taking the Project of the Year prize.
Design and planning categories are as follows:
2016 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
2015 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
2014 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
2013 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
2012 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
2011 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
2010 Pink Flamingo and Landscape Architecture Awards
History of the Pink Flamingo banquet
Brian Patterson and Jack Zunino put their heads together in 1990 to define a year-end celebration for local landscape architecture professionals. At the time, ASLA members in Nevada belonged to a sub-section of the California ASLA chapter. Instead of coming up with a dignified theme, Brian decided to go with the tackiest representation of the profession he could think of, a pink flamingo. Brian and Jack didn’t realize that plastic pink flamingos would cost about $10 each, so in order to decorate a room and make a statement, a lot of pink flamingos would be needed. The flock was built over time, each year 10 to 20 plastic flamingos were purchased. The goal was to have enough of the plastic birds to fill a meeting room at the Flamingo Hilton at some point. Vendors and suppliers joined in on the fun and would donate pink flamingo items to be raffled at the annual banquet. ASLA chapter members started adding accessories to many of the birds, including top hats. Once the chapter was large enough to have a Nevada awards event, the Pink Flamingo Banquet was combined with the annual awards event.