St. Joan of Arc Chapel Project Receives 2024 Professional Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

May 1, 2024


The St. Joan of Arc Chapel project at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., recently received a 2024 Professional Award in the medium-scale design category from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WI ASLA). As part of an extensive renovation project, raSmith collaborated with The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA), the Marquette University Facilities Planning and Management Team, and other stakeholders to develop a beautiful site design for the chapel.

Built in France in 1492, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel enriches the Marquette University campus and provides a special place of worship, community, and academic learning. The site design included new stone paving; the renovation of stone walls, a fountain plaza, and planters; ADA-compliant routes; and new trees and gardens to complement the chapel. This project represents a significant collaboration between multiple design disciplines, stakeholders, and contractors to renovate and preserve a historic chapel for future generations.

“We are proud to be part of this unique project, which will have a lasting impact for Marquette University and the surrounding community,” said Tom Mortensen, PLA, ASLA, raSmith site planner / landscape architect. “It’s rewarding to see Marquette University’s vision for this project come to life, from the early planning meetings all the way through to the final construction.” He added, “It’s not too often in one’s career that you can say you were involved in a project that was built in 1492. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Learn more about raSmith’s services for the St. Joan of Arc Chapel project.

About the WI ASLA Professional Awards Program
The Professional Awards recognize landscape architecture projects located in or out of Wisconsin across multiple categories — small-scale, medium-scale, and large-scale design; unbuilt works (design); analysis & planning; research; and communication.

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