Hall Of Fame Inductees


The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.


Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.


Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.


Nomination Qualifications

  • Person with integrity and passion
  • Minimum 20 years in industry
  • Someone who has developed  or invented  new technology
  • Has made contributions that resulted in change
  • Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
  • Provided education and encouragement  with self-sacrifice
  • Changed the industry

Donald C. Brinkerhoff, FASLA*

Chairman / CEO


A graduate of Cal Poly in 1952 and recipient of the Fellows Designation from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Don is perhaps one of our nation’s most influential storytellers and landscape architects. He brings to the landscape design profession more than 55 years of study, work experience and worldwide travel including urban planning studies at the University of Madrid which was part of a three-year, around-the-world study tour taking him to exotic destinations which he has used as inspiration on many of our projects.

As a significant contributor to the field of landscape architecture and for his executed works and landscape design innovations, for instance, he was the person who originated the terms “softscape” and “hardscape” to more easily distinguish plant materials from pools, walkways and walls, Don received the coveted Fellows designation from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1998 (awarded to him by his peers). He was inducted into the California Building Industry’s Hall of Fame in 2001 for his California community design contributions and also received the Sarno Lifetime Achievement Award for Casino Design in 2005.

He has extensive experience in the design of world renowned hotels, destination resorts, casinos, urban entertainment venues, mixed-use developments, and communities worldwide. Notable projects with which Don has been affiliated include Encore Resort and Casino (Las Vegas), Fontainebleau Hotel (Miami Beach), Americana at Brand (Glendale), Ascaya (Henderson), The Grove (Los Angeles), Four Seasons Hotel (Beverly Hills), The Mirage, Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, Red Rock Resort and Casino (plus many others in Las Vegas), Majestic Mansion (Beijing), the community of Belcourt (Newport Beach), Watermark Condominiums (Irvine), The Borgata (Atlantic City), Jurassic Park-The Ride (Hollywood), Caesars Forum Shops, many master planned communities, private estates, commercial centers and mixed use projects throughout the United States and overseas.