Remembering Robert W. Good, FASLA
In July of 2009 we lost a great friend and landscape architect, Bob Good. As we carry on with the business, we will remember Bob's tremendous contributions to both the profession and our personal lives. Bob lived a rich and fruitful life. He began his landscape architecture career as a student at Cornell University in upstate New York, where he was originally from. After graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Landscape Architecture, he went on to receive a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. Bob graduated with Honors. His first job out of school was with Environmental Design Associates in Stamford, Connecticut. Following EDA he went to JJR in Ann Arbor, MI. He became JJR's primary designer for Middle East projects, including the Abdul Azziz Royal Military Academy, the West Point of Saudi Arabia. After several years at JJR, he accepted a Senior Associate position with EDAW, and was a major contributor to the growth of the Alexandria, VA office from 7 people to almost 50. While at EDAW, he was called upon to work on projects with most of the firm's offices, and he was an instructor at EDAW's first summer intern program.
In 1983, he started Stephenson + Good with Brian Stephenson, a relationship that would last 26 years. His work and that of the firm has been recognized by more than 30 awards, including a Merit Award for Design from the ASLA for the Rehabilitation of Washington Plaza, Reston's iconic village center; five GSA Design Honor Awards; four U.S. Department of Defense Design Awards; a Citation of Recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice; multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects, and numerous other design awards and recognitions from local governments and industry associations.
Bob has been a mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia Downtown Urban Design Commission, and was elected to the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. He was the chairman of the ASLA's Committee on Design and Planning for the National Capital and in that position, testified on design and planning issues before both Houses of Congress as the ASLA's representative. His projects have taken him across the US, to Mexico, throughout the Middle East and as far away as the east cost of Malaysia. He developed an early interest in historic preservation and is qualified as a historic landscape architect by the U.S. Department of the Interior. He has been a juror for design award programs nationally and in recognition of his career and contributions to the profession, he was elected to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2001.
CGLA carries on Bob's legacy, his attention for detail, his passion for design and his willingness to go beyond the necessary to create great places and enrich the lives of others in the process.