news & awards


Oregon Main St. Conference:

Best Downtown Improvement Project for 2014

"Astoria efforts win big at Main Street conference," The Daily Astorian, October 2, 2014

The Garden of Surging Waves has been recognized as the Best Downtown Improvement Project for 2014 by Oregon Main Street on October 1, 2014 at their annual conference.  The conference, focusing on downtown revitalization, cited the Garden as "stunning" and "the first phase in creating [Heritage] Square which will pay respect to the many immigrant communities that shaped Astoria."

Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce:

2014 Most Distinguished API Individual Award

RESOLVE principal Suenn Ho has received the APACC (Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce - Oregon/SW Washington) 2014 Most Distinguished API Individual Award  at their AAPI Fundraising and Award Gala on October 17th. Suenn was recognized for her design work and leadership within the community.

Oregon Recreation and Parks Association:

2014 Design Award

"Astoria plaza project garners design award," The Daily Journal of Commerce, September 17, 2014

ORPA (Oregon Recreation and Parks Association) has awarded Heritage Square Phase 1 - The Garden of Surging Waves its 2014 Design Award.  The announcement took place September 9, 2014 at ORPA's annual conference held in Seaside, OR.

Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce:

2014 Woman of Vision

"Women of Vision award winners announced," The Daily Journal of Commerce, July 25, 2014

The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce has announced the winners of their 2014 Women of Vision Awards.  RESOLVE principal Suenn Ho is one of 45 women recognized for shaping the built environment through outstanding leadership, mentoring efforts, community involvement, and promotion of industry diversity.  The DJC honored the winners at its Women of Vision Conference on September 24, 2014 in Portland.

2014 Urban Land Institute Northwest:

Photo Essay Contest Honorable Mention

RESOLVE principal Suenn Ho has received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Urban Land Institute Northwest Photo Essay Contest for her original photographs and supporting statement on the Kowloon Walled City.  The contest asked respondents to address the following question:  "What ingredients or elements make up successful urban neighborhoods, and which of these will be most important as our world moves rapidly toward a more urban future?"

Collaboration of Design + Art

Top 100

Heritage Square Phase 1 - The Garden of Surging Waves has been selected by CODA as one of the top 100 submissions for their 2014 awards program.  CODA - Collaboration of Design + Art - is the global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks. The link below takes you to the CODA Awards web page where you can find The Garden of Surging Waves under Public Space entries.


EPA Greening the JADE

"Planning under way to improve Portland's Jade District." The Daily Journal of Commerce, June 26, 2017

ODOT Interpretive Display

"'Great ideas' realized in display showcasing bridges," The Daily Journal of Commerce, May 23, 2016

"Celebrating a longer lifespan," The Daily Astorian, May 26, 2016

OMSI Coastal Discovery Center

Bob Chisholm Community Center

"Seaside picks up the 'baton' for good cause," The Daily Astorian, April 19, 2016

The grand opening for Astoria's Heritage Square Phase 1 - The Garden of Surging Waves took place on May 17, 2014.  Read about the community's bicentennial legacy gift in the following articles:

奥斯特瑞亞市"滄浪園"落成典禮隆重舉行, Portland Chinese Times, May 23, 2014

"Garden Shines Light on History, Legacy," The Daily Astorian, May 20, 2014

"The Garden of Surging Waves," Oregon Coast, March - April, 2014

"Visitors Applaud Chinese Garden," The Daily Astorian, November 18, 2013

Twenty-two years ago, RESOLVE principal Suenn Ho was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct architectural studies on the Kowloon Walled City, the densest urban enclave on earth.  In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its razing, the Asia Society Hong Kong's sponsored a symposium with Suenn as a panelist (see link to article below).

"Walled City of Dreams," by David Dawson, The World of Chinese, Issue 2, 2015

"Life in the Kowloon Walled City,", December 2, 2013