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.
- 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
Leslee A. Temple, FASLA
Leslee is currently President and majority stockholder of NUVIS, a WBE/DBE landscape architecture and site planning firm founded in 1971 and based in Costa Mesa, CA. Leslee joined the firm in 1978, and served in a number of positions at NUVIS as she rose through its corporate structure, becoming President in 2011.
NUVIS influences design solutions for people, environments, and experiences with the goal to create inspired outdoor venues that exhibit a sense of place/space, opportunity for interaction, and dramatic results from texture, form, color, and pattern. NUVIS markets include residential community living, public spaces, natural/environmental experiences, image infrastructure, urban design, transportation corridors, and retail/entertainment/mixed use lifestyle strategies. Other offices include San Ramon, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Scottsdale, AZ.
Before becoming President of the firm, Leslee managed clients and select projects while being accountable for the operational, strategic planning, marketing, and financial aspects of the firm, including its investment and 401k portfolios. She is now responsible for integrated solution management, the firm’s long-term sustainability agenda, expanded market business development, and financial/administrative/operation oversight.
She holds professional licensure in seven states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and North Carolina) in addition to national certification/reciprocity with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). Leslee holds a BSLA degree from Cal Poly, Pomona, and participated in several continuing education programs, including Universal Design, Fair Housing, and the New ADA/ABA Guidelines Executive Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).
Leslee’s distinctive skills in consensus fostering and resolution facilitation, along with multi-subconsultant management and multi-agency coordination have been invaluable for the array of projects under her direction over her more than 40 years in the industry. She has been honored numerous times by the industry and her peers, including the 2003 & 1984 ASLA/SCC Professional Design Merit Award, awards from CLASS, AILA and others; and was named Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1982.
Throughout her professional career, Leslee has served on a number of industry related governing boards and financial committees, including serving as CLASS Fund Financial Director & $1M+ Endowment Investment Administrator. And for years, she has been active and a strong supporter of the Girl Scouts Growing Up Green program.
Her personal recognition includes: CLASS Life Member Award, 2009; Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), 1992; and Women in Leisure Services Gamma Chapter Helen Green Memorial Citation Award,1991; ASLA National Largest Chapter President’s Cup, 1983, 1984, and 1985; and AILA Outstanding Service Award, 1981.
Leslee has served as a guest speaker or instructor at many colleges and universities, including Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Irvine and UCLA. She is a regular keynoter for a variety of organizations, including: Panelist, “Water Conservation to the Max,” PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference), 2008; Panelist, “Great First Impressions: Exterior Design,” IBS (International Builders Show) Orlando, FL, 2008; Guest Lecturer, “Demystifying Those Mysterious Fellows,” Redlands (CA) Horticultural Society Speaker, 1975, and many more.
Showing a real strength in the sports world as well as in the board room, Leslee was a Finisher in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in 1985