Arcadia’s Martha Degasis Wins Lockwood de Forest Award

By Justin Dullum

We couldn't be happier to announce: Our very own Martha Degasis has received the coveted Lockwood de Forest Award for her landscape architectural work at the Santa Barbara History Museum. It is the highest honor the City of Santa Barbara can bestow for such work. The award is not given out annually but only when a particular site design rises to the prestigious award's high standard. If you've ever visited the museum you understand why the landscape, finished in 2009, is deserving of the de Forest prize; its understated design is a perfect example of a landscape that appears to have been there forever, as if a product of nature. It is a harmony of native plant gardens and stone hardscaping that evokes the history of the West while also being perfectly functional when the venue hosts weddings and other gatherings.

So, Congratulations, Martha!