CLA SITE Congratulates Siela Zembsch for ASLA Merit Award Nomination
CLA SITE congratulates Siela Zembsch for her award nomination

CLA SITE congratulates Siela Zembsch for her award nomination

CLA SITE Congratulates Siela Zembsch for ASLA Merit Award Nomination

CLA SITE is delighted to announce that SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) student Siela Zembsch has been nominated for a Merit Award with the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ALSA). Since joining CLA SITE as a student intern in February 2023, Zembsch has made significant contributions while pursing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) with a minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric.

From Galway, New York, Siela Zembsch has enriched her academic journey through diverse internships, including roles as a Research Associate for the Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation in Syracuse, NY, as a Design Research Assistant for the Syracuse Urban Food Forest Project, and as a Horticulture Intern at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

Zembsch’s passion lies in the design of natural spaces located in public rights-of-way corridors, such as roadway dividers and utility corridors. “Several of my classmates and I were tasked with developing plant mixes for a range of utility corridor rights-of-way site typologies and creating a comprehensive guidebook that discusses how rights-of-way corridors can become critical corridors for biodiversity,” Zembsch said of her final studio class at SUNY-ESF. “ROWs are landscapes that are often overlooked, and yet many have enormous, unrealized potential to support a rich network of pollinators and native flora.”

Peter Loyola, RLA, Principal and Owner of Saratoga Springs-based CLA SITE, commends Siela’s innovative approach and dedication to landscape architecture, which were prominently displayed during her internship. “Siela’s nomination for this Merit Award is a testament to her exceptional creativity and hard work. We are proud to celebrate her achievement and look forward to her future contributions to the field.”

Speaking of her career after graduating this coming May, Siela said that she hopes “to create spaces that can be truly functional, inclusive, beautiful, and ecologically-healthy. I’m especially interested in public-realm design projects, such as many of CLA SITE’s, that create more walkable, lively cities for all, and work that improves biodiversity and resiliency.”