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Landscape designers honor alumnus Eckerson

Bruce G. Eckerson, ’83, P ’11, received the 2007 Honor Award in Residential Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects at their annual meeting in October in San Francisco.

The competition acknowledges the best in landscape architecture worldwide and singled out Eckerson’s “Connecticut Country House project in Westport, Conn.

Eckerson, lead designer and project manager, said “Simple, subtle, sublime and silent were the guiding principles identified to shape the design process. I am honored to be recognized for design excellence by such a prestigious organization. The jury of professionals noted, “What a harmonious place to live.

“The design details and craftsmanship of the execution are extraordinary. Even the pattern of the stonework is engaging.

Conceived as a blend of traditional and modern design aesthetics, the “Shaker Modern home and garden are deeply rooted in Connecticut style, with a nod toward contemporary spareness and simplicity. A restrained palette of building materials and plants was used in a consistent manner throughout garden rooms, to create a seamless composition of exterior spaces.

Design opportunities and challenges on the property included creating a setting for two highly successful designers with two active, growing sons; increasing the house’s footprint and adding a three-bay detached garage, producing an aggressive site improvement program ranging from active living and play spaces to quiet contemplative rooms. The property is a difficult, hilly one-acre site needing privacy from the road and adjacent properties. For details on the project, visit Awards.

Eckerson, an English major who played on the Hobart lacrosse team, now lives in Fairfield, Conn., with his wife, Alice, and two children. His daughter, Ellie Eckerson, is a member of the William Smith Class of 2011.