© Achva Benzinberg Stein, FASLA 2012 
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Achva Benzinberg Stein, is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects  and a practicing professional who has taught and worked in the US, Europe, Israel,  India and China. She is the founding Director of the Graduate program in Landscape  Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York,  where she is a member of the faculty in both Landscape Architecture and Urban  Design. In 2010, Professor Stein was honored with the Community Service Award by  the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition of her lifelong  commitment to public design and her contribution as the Director of the City College  Architectural Center, a community assistance program, which prepared designs and  master plans for low income communities in the greater New York City region. The  City College of New York has also honored her contributions, granting her the  Outstanding Teaching Award for 2011-2012. Her projects with neighborhood groups,  non-profit organizations, public housing authorities, and Government agencies focus  on meeting social needs while seeking to heal the damage caused by poorly  managed urban development. Her designs have won numerous design awards. These include designs for school  grounds, large-scale housing projects, parks, playgrounds, hotels, community  gardens and private residences. Among the various personal awards she has  received are the Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding the Service to the  Community from the City of Los Angeles; the Award of Distinction from the Council  of Educators in Landscape Architecture; the Collaborative Practice Award from the  Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; the University of Southern  California Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the award of Excellence  from the AIA California Chapter for her educational contributions to the profession.  Professor Stein was twice the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, once to India in  1979 and again in 2001 to Germany. Among her more noted publications is the book, Morocco: Courtyards and Gardens,  published by Monacelli Press, the article "On Sacred Trees and Historical Sites"  published by the World Bank in Historic Cities and Sacred Sites/Cultural Roots for  Urban Futures;"Winter Dream" in The Next Jerusalem, edited by Michael Sorkin, and  published by Monacelli Press, and the article "Thoughts Occasioned by the Old  Testament" included in the book The Meaning of Gardens, edited by Mark A. Francis  and Randy Hester, and published by the MIT Press. Professor Stein is the designer of the Moroccan Courtyard in the new galleries for  the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and South Asia at the  Metropolitan Museum of New York. The courtyard is a permanent installation, which  will open in November, 2011. Among her other important exhibitions are "Windows  of Opportunity", focusing on marginal lands in urban areas, which was presented in  the nation-wide traveling exhibition Nature Constructed/Nature Revealed; "Subjects  and Objects" which was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and  "Uhuru Garden", part of the show Urban Revisions, which was prepared by the Los  Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and which later toured the both the US and  Canada.