Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) is pleased to announce the election of Landscape Architecture Market Sector Leader and Principal Christopher Schein as one of 40 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Fellows in 2024. ASLA 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 works, leadership/management, knowledge and service.

For close to four decades, Chris Schein has continually elevated landscape architecture as a critical component of the plan, vision, and design of memorable public spaces. His design sensibilities and ability to navigate a design through a complex public review process with multiple agencies stand as shining examples of what landscape architects can achieve. Chris is a recognized leader on important rehabilitation projects for major historical national and state parks and monuments, including work on the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Treasury, House Office Buildings, and the rehabilitation of the 1812 D.C. War Memorial. Chris has given almost 30 years of volunteer leadership to ASLA locally and nationally, most notably helping to protect landscape architecture licensure in the State of Maryland. As a volunteer trustee of the Historic Annapolis Foundation, Chris’s perspective on preservation and urban redevelopment challenges has been critical to the effort in ensuring a high-quality pedestrian friendly urban front water front for City Dock. As a practitioner, firm leader, passionate citizen, and advocate, Chris ensures that landscape architecture’s aesthetic, experiential, and environmental priorities are part of every phase of a wide range of high-use, high-visibility projects.

“Chris has been instrumental in elevating our landscape architecture practice and has fostered a culture where our team members thrive,” said Hord Coplan Macht CEO Tim Barnhill. “His leadership, creativity, and commitment to excellence have profoundly influenced our commitment to our clients and team members.”

“Landscape architecture makes the world a better place, and ASLA Fellows represent the most accomplished and admired leaders in the entire field,” said ASLA President SuLin Kotowicz, FASLA. “The professionals recognized in this year’s class of ASLA Fellows have made consistent and exceptional contributions to resilience and sustainability, stronger and more beautiful communities, and human health, safety, and welfare. Congratulations to the 2024 class of ASLA Fellows!”

ASLA Fellows will be elevated during a special investiture ceremony at the 2024 Conference on Landscape Architecture, which will be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6-9, 2024.