Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin, FASLA, of San Francisco, is the first recipient of the Construction Specifications Institute's prestigious Michelangelo Award. Halprin will accept the award on Saturday, Sept. 17, during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Institute's San Francisco Chapter.

Halprin was an apprentice of Thomas Church with whom he developed the contemporary California Garden concept. His body of work includes: Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco; FDR Memorial, Washington D.C.; the Walter and Elise Haas Promenade, overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem; and dozens more American and international common spaces.

In 2004, CSI created the Michelangelo Award to pay tribute to an individual for a lifetime of distinguished, innovative service to building design and construction.