Landscape Architect Dick Bell Honored at NCASLA Celebration

A documentary film and an inaugural Legacy Award express appreciation for a lifetime of service to the profession of landscape architecture.

Pinehurst, NC, December 02, 2007 --( Landscape architect Dick Bell, FASLA, formerly of Raleigh, was honored in a tribute film and with one of the first ever Legacy Awards presented by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NCASLA) during a gala celebration held at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC, on Saturday, November 10th.

Bell, whose landmark projects in Raleigh include Pullen Park, the N.C. State University “Brickyard” and Student Sculpture Garden, the Legislative Building Grounds, and St. Mary’s and Meredith Colleges and Water Garden Office Park, helped launch and shape the profession of landscape architecture in this state since opening his first office in 1952. His accomplishments were celebrated in a film documentary “Landscape Architecture: North Carolina Pioneers.”

The film was directed and produced by UNC-W Film Department Chair Dr. Lou Buttino and funded through a matching grant from the ASLA. Wilmington landscape architect Mindy Arthur narrated and co-produced the film.

Through interviews, archival footage and on-site filming, it also documented the careers of two other pioneers in the profession: Lewis Clarke of Raleigh and Kenneth Coulter of Durham. Bell, Clarke and Coulter are fellows in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Dick Bell is also a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

According to NCASLA, this was the first in a series of documentaries planned to highlight the careers of the state’s leading landscape architects. It will soon be available for purchase on the website

Bell, Clarke and Coulter also received the NCASLA’s inaugural Legacy Awards for their lifetime contributions to the profession.

Dick Bell lived and worked in his award-winning Water Garden Office Park on Highway 70/Glenwood Avenue for 52 years until this month when he and his wife, former Garden Gallery owner Mary Jo Bell, moved to their condominium in Atlantic Beach.

Originally from Manteo, NC, Bell helped design the original master plan for N.C. State University while he was a student there. Over his career he completed nearly 2000 projects. He is now turning his attention to writing books about his life and the art of landscape architecture.

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