1970s

1970

A movement toward architectural humanism and a renewed respect for traditional and historical design emerges. The El Morro Tourist Complex in Venezuela is the first resort to effectively integrate the use of an elaborate aquatic and pedestrian traffic system. EDSA’s design includes an immense network of canals built to house thousands of local and international tourists.

1972

EDSA invests in the profession and future leaders beginning an internship program that provides real-life opportunities for students of landscape architecture. Bob Behling, FASLA and EDSA Principal, is the first intern. EDSA also establishes the first minority scholarship for the study of landscape architecture.

1975

The restoration of disturbed sites to their earlier natural character and reclamation of quarries, strip-mined areas, and landfills for productive purposes becomes a focus of the profession. Joe Lalli and John Miller travel to Yugoslavia for on-site observation of Babin Kuk; where an ability to blend natural beauty, heritage preservation and ecology in tourist development becomes a cornerstone of EDSA design.

1977

EDSA negotiates the first Development of Regional Impact (DRI) for PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. With processing completed in 13 months, PGA serves as a model for managing complex issues of wetland preservation and management by multiple agencies in unison.

1979

The egalitarian studio structure affords one team the responsibility for a project from concept through construction, providing design continuity, as generations of EDSA designers recognize the value of an entrepreneurial spirit and persistence needed to take projects through implementation.