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2003 ASLA Chapter Reports

State chapters reporting

We've asked the president/executive director of each state chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to provide our readers with a brief summary of the organization's activities in 2003. Our thanks go to those chapters that participated.


The PA/DE Chapter has had a very busy year in all parts of the state. We held our annual meeting in Pittsburgh, April 10-12, 2003, our largest meeting ever with 175 landscape architects in attendance and 30 exhibitor booths. The meeting, in collaboration with AIA Pittsburgh's annual meeting, included five tours of local projects, awards banquet, opening night party, and educational sessions.

In May, our state officers went to Washington, D.C., to participate in Lobby Day on Capital Hill. This year we where able to meet with both states senators, many house members, and we met with local organizations regarding funding for local statewide initiatives.

October saw 65 members attend the 2003 ASLA meeting in New Orleans. Our chapter added two Fellows during the Investiture Dinner, November 1.

On the local front our local sections have been involved in the Point State Park design project in Pittsburgh, the start of a new landscape architecture program at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, working with University of Pennsylvania on collaborative projects and educational seminars. Additional projects have included a golf outing for state scholarships, community service projects, publishing our quarterly magazine, and updating our website.

The chapter has been involved in lobbying issues on new building codes, licensure issues, and the improvement of collaboration between allied professions.


After five years of entrenchment by the Ohio Chapter in passing the practice act, the executive committee began the 2002-2003 term by developing a strategy to initiate more membership support services.

Through a strategic planning session in Millersburg, Ohio on November 2002, in which a majority of the executive committee and each of the four sections were represented, three main action items were identified. Below, I have indicated the items from the meeting and the results after one year.

The executive committee during this term included:

Jim Speck - President
Don Leary - Trustee
Kathy Spatz - Treasurer
Steve Kolwicz - Pres. Elect
Eric Gilbey - VP Business
Peggy Brown - Secretary
Eric Sauer - VP Leg. Affairs
Mike Deeter - Past Pres.
Bill Wilcox - Brd. LA Exam.
Student Chapter - Mike Creekmore
Maumee Valley Section - Susan Muenser
Miami Section - Fred Lutt
Buckeye Section - Kelly Coffman
Western Reserve Section – Christine Carmosino

Action Plan #1 – Licensure Education and Implementation

Our main emphasis this year was to strengthen and defend our new practice law. By the end of 2002, the new law was published and distributed to all licensed landscape architects in the state through the Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners. In March 2003, letters were sent to all building officials informing them of the new law and the need to review their policies in regards to landscape architects sealing construction documents. Late this summer, the board also established a website ( keep us informed on the actions of the board.

We also saw the reappointment of Walter H. Roch Von Rochsburg to the Landscape Architect Examiners Board and have a nomination pending in the governor's office for a new board member to replace Alan McKnight, who is leaving the board.

We were able to negotiate a contract with State Street Consultants in April to help us establish and maintain legislative contacts. State Street, our lobbyist during the practice act effort, has proved to be most valuable in keeping the membership informed on bills and initiatives that could affect our practice. Some examples include HB 25, surface and subsurface drainage and HB 95, the design tax.

In January, OCASLA has become one of the charter members of the American Council of Engineering Companies on Ohio with Mike Deeter serving as our representative. This group will further advance our goal of encouraging qualification-based selection of its members.

Mike Deeter is also working with ASLA on the national level for licensure and on the future of a CEU program. The membership will be informed on the future of CEU's in Ohio as additional research and discussions evolve. No specific time lines for implementation have been established.

Action Plan #2 – Develop an Organized Public Relations Program

This plan did not live up to the expectations of the executive committee. We were unable to find anyone to fill the vice president of communications position that greatly hampered our efforts to develop a network of member representatives to local media outlets. It also stalled our progress on maintaining an updated website.

Landscape Architecture week was also not well promoted in the state. The Maumee Valley section was able to provide a display in a local design center in downtown Toledo. Planning efforts are already underway with the new section chairs to develop a more comprehensive plan for Landscape Architecture month, next April.

State Street consultants have been able to pick up the slack on communication to the membership. Serving as an association manager, they have developed an electronic database that has helped us greatly in communicating to the membership both via e-mail and regular mail.

This year, the chapter was able to secure funding from ASLA's chapter initiatives program in the amount of $2,519.50 to allow us to develop a traveling exhibit, that highlights works of landscape architecture in the state and promotes marketing and membership recruitment. This is the first time in over five years that the state chapter has applied for this support. The exhibit should be available for use by the membership this spring.

Action Plan #3 – Develop a School Liaison

The chapter has been able to maintain strong support with the state. The Student Chapter held a Yumin Li graphic workshop, student/professional mixers with local firms, assisted the Buckeye section in the Allegheny Riverfront roundtable discussion and prepared for the spring accreditation visit. On May 30, the chapter sponsored a seniors banquet for all graduating seniors.

Many sections have conducted high school design programs this year, exposing the profession to juniors and seniors.

Contacts were not established between the section chairs and new programs being established at Kent State University and University of Cincinnati. More effort will be made by the new section chairs to develop and maintain contacts with these programs.

Annual Meeting

This April, during Landscape Architecture Week, the Ohio Chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary during the annual meeting and awards reception. Held at the Golf Club of Dublin, the meeting broke new ground by offering educational sessions and a golf outing. We also began an outreach program through inviting all past presidents to a breakfast to discuss issues of concern to the group. State Street Consultants provided a large amount of support in developing this new format.

Chapter Archives

Peggy Brown, our secretary, is in the process of gathering and sorting the archives of the chapter. Since this effort will continue into 2004, we hope anyone who also has documents, will forward them to Peggy.

Chapter Bylaws

A committee, which includes Peggy Brown, Dick Myers, Tom Bonnell will continue to review and develop updated bylaws for the chapter based off of the model bylaws provided by ASLA.

Lobby Day

Don Leary and Jim Speck attended the ASLA Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., to promote TEA-21 funding, the UPARR program and HALS funding. Meetings were held with staff members in the offices of Mike Dewine, George Voinovich, Marcy Kapter and Paul Gilmor.

Ohio Historic Landscapes

Jim Speck is working with Mary Paolano Hoerner, Noel Vernon, William Barrow and Charles Birnbaum to develop an online directory of historic landscapes in Ohio. This group is still looking for representation from each section to assist in further development of this project.

Dues Increase and Sponsorship Program

OCASLA determined that to provide the level of service needed to further promote the profession and support its members, an increase in dues (the first since 1988) and strong development of a sponsorship program would be needed. From April to July, the section chairs and executive committee were able to communicate with the 308 members to get approval for the increase. At the same time, the executive committee began the implementation of a new sponsorship program. Sponsors were invited to participate at various levels and receive a variety of opportunities to interact with the membership. State Street Consultants will assist the chapter in maintaining continuity and promoting the sponsors over the long term. Members are encouraged to utilize these sponsors whenever possible.

Meetings will Allied Professionals

A meeting was held with the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association to investigate areas of mutual interest. We participated in the Central Ohio Construction Expo and were invited to participate in the Ohio Schools Design Facilities Manual Update. We do partner with AIA on the section level in Cincinnati and Toledo and hope to develop this relationship further.

Section Activities

All four sections; Maumee Valley, Miami, Western Reserve and Buckeye have conducted a variety of activities over the year, meeting quarterly. Some activities included golf outings, various socials, site tours, and student/professional mixers.


OCASLA has operated with under a budget as indicated below and remains in good financial standing:


Texas Chapter, ASLA, along with support from the Dallas City Parks and Recreation Department, held a Leadership Development Workshop January 17, 2003. National team members, Sadik Artunc, Bill Eubanks, and Chad Danos, were on hand for the seminar and national funding assisted the chapter in putting this event together. It was a great success, and representatives from all sections were present to improve personal leadership skills for themselves and their businesses, and become better educated on the leadership within their organization.

Left to right: Sadik Artunc, Kori Haug, Bill Eubanks, and Chad Danos at the Leadership Development Workshop.

The Texas Chapter Conference was hosted this year in Houston, April 13-14 at the Hotel Intercontinental. This year's conference boasts record early registration, excellent attendance, informative break-out sessions, and an exceptional gala/awards banquet. Next year the conference will be at the Adams Mark Hotel in Dallas, April 15-16. For those wanting information, to volunteer or get a jump start on the activities, please visit

National Landscape Architecture Week (NLAW), April 19-27, was celebrated in Texas with an erected kiosk in the North Central Gallery of the Capitol Building. The kiosk carried photos of projects around Texas, highlighted the importance of our practice and detailed the strengths of our profession. It stood on display for a week during committee hearings and meetings to impress, educate and inform our state representatives about the profession.

The city of Wylie invited Ann McGinnes (Texas Chapter trustee), Randy Phillips (DFW section chair) and Brandi Reaves (Texas Chapter president) to accept a city proclamation on behalf of landscape architects. Claude Thompson, city planning director and a member of ASLA, was key in having this proclamation passed. It was honor to have Wylie show its support on such an occasion as NLAW.

From left: Ann McGinnes, Texas Chapter trustee, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Brandi Reaves, president, ASLA Texas Chapter. Inset: Councilman and past mayor pro tem, Joel Scott; Randal Phillips; Brandi Reaves, president, ASLA Texas Chapter; Ann McGinnes; and J.C. Worley, mayor pro tem.

In early May, Ann McGinnes, Texas Chapter Trustee, and Brandi Reaves, Texas Chapter President, were in Washington, D.C., attending the mid-year meeting. The first day was spend on Capital Hill lobbying representatives to stress the importance of bills and programs that protect the environment, provide work for our growing profession, and insure safety and quality to the community.

The state sponsored LARE review took place May 17-18 in Plano, Texas at the offices of HNTB. It was a new venue this year and two new instructors provided the registrants with valuable test taking skills to prepare for the upcoming exams.

Northern California

Michael P. Scheele, chapter president

The Northern California Chapter is winding down a very active year and getting ready for another! The chapter took on the challenges associated with being host to the 2002 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in San Jose by putting forth approximately 28 San Francisco Bay Area tours, hosting a ASLA President and Trustees Reception, and setting up a "pub crawl" and golf tournament.

Overall, the annual meeting attendees gave high marks on our members' efforts and the chapter broke even on expenditures. Other chapter events included continuing our second year of professional lecture series (this year's focus being on water and the sustainable use of it), a fun and successful chapter annual meeting/awards program and our "third Thursday" informal meetings and get-togethers at various member firms.

In December 2003, California will be reviewing the landscape architect license to determine if it is still of value to the public. This is called a sunset review. We hope it results in continuance of licensure as it has in past years. This is clearly one of the most important issues facing landscape architects in California and occurs every four years.I personally have enjoyed the experiences I had over the years participating with the chapter. I became involved as a student member while studying landscape architecture at U.C. Davis in 1988. In the early mid-1990s, I became the Monterey Bay section chair and continued on to director, vice-president and president-elect. My successor this year as president is Sarah Tamblyn. Sarah worked with the chapter in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She has graciously decided to contribute further, taking on the top spot this upcoming year. I will continue on as past president and as a CCASLA representative through 2004.

New Jersey

by David G. Roberts, chapter president

The New Jersey Chapter had an active year under the leadership of past president, Joe Perello. Highlights of the year include several activities during Landscape Architecture Week, namely the planting of a community butterfly garden, a horticultural lecture and the display of the 2002 NJASLA award winners in the atrium of the Statehouse in Trenton. Add to that a proclamation by Governor McGreevey and a legislative breakfast during the same week and it was a very high profile time for landscape architects in New Jersey.

Dave Roberts, Chapter president

The 2003 NJASLA annual meeting in Atlantic City also broke attendance records, crossing the threshold of 500 participants for the first time in NJASLA history. ASLA President Paul Morris gave an welcoming keynote and the meeting was considered a resounding success. The 2004 meeting is taking shape and exhibitor registration is ahead of last year's pace. The theme will focus landscape architects on becoming active in the smart growth movement in New Jersey and using their skills and talents in shaping such things as transit villages, communities for active living and "green" buildings.

The chapter expects to focus on forging alliances and developing a media kit to gear up for an effort to upgrade our licensing from a title to a practice act in New Jersey.


The Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (INASLA) kicked off its 30th year with the rejuvenation of the holiday reception in December. The reception was held in conjunction with the unveiling of the 2002 INASLA Design Awards Exhibit. The reception was held at the Indianapolis CAP; IC. CAP; IC is a satellite, urban learning center facilitated by a collaborative effort of the College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University and the city of Indianapolis. The design awards exhibit circulated throughout the spring at Purdue University and Ball State University.

INASLA President Dean Hill (left) and Ed Curtin, ASLA vice president of finance, present Claire Bennett, ASLA past president, with the INASLA Lifetime Achievement award during the 30 in 03 Gala.

National Landscape Architecture Week, April 19th-26, included a flurry of activity for INASLA. Mayor Fred Armstrong of architecturally acclaimed Columbus, Indiana presented a proclamation kicking off NLAW at Mill Race Park, an ASLA design award recipient. INASLA members joined Ball State students as they celebrated Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday with a reception and the unveiling of the Harvard School of Design Territories Exhibit. The exhibit featured works of contemporary landscape architecture throughout Europe and was underwritten by INASLA. The culminating event of National Landscape Architecture Week was the 30 in 03 Gala, a celebration of INASLA's 30th anniversary. ASLA President Paul Morris joined 180 members, guests, students, and spouses at the gala held in Indianapolis. During the gala, INASLA presented past ASLA president and longstanding member, Claire Bennett, with a Lifetime Achievement award. INASLA also unveiled the Claire Bennett Legacy award. The award was conceived to honor Claire and to recognize members that have made significant and lasting contributions to INASLA. Ed Curtin, Deane Rundell and Malcolm Cairns were the first recipients of the award.

INASLA completed its 30th anniversary by hosting the 2003 annual meeting in October at the Allison Mansion on the campus of Marian College in Indianapolis. Allison Mansion is one of the best intact works of landscape architect Jens Jensen. The annual meeting included walking tours of the Allison Mansion and the expansion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a luncheon, the 2003 INASLA Design Awards, and a keynote presentation by Robert Grese. A contingent of 150 people, including members, students, and Jens Jensen enthusiasts, attended.


Christopher Della Vedova, chapter president

With the successful upgrade of the landscape architect registration to a practice act in 2002, the role landscape architects play in the design and installation of projects makes a real difference in the State of Iowa by affecting the public's health, safety, welfare and overall quality of life. This helps fuel the growth of the profession within the State.

To assist that growth, the Iowa Chapter continues to take steps to improve old initiatives and provide new ones.

In 2003 the chapter distributed 500 copies of the Membership/Awards Directory to the membership, architecture firms, and legislators. The directory highlights the 2002 design award recipients and Iowa based firms.

The chapter website,, went live in 2002. The website provides members and the public the opportunity to access up-to-date information about our activities and the profession. During 2003, the website has generated an average of over 1,000 individual users sessions per month, providing an outstanding opportunity for Iowa firms and sponsors to promote themselves.

The 2003 spring conference, "Breaking Traditions," continued to build upon the success of the 2002 efforts to provide nationally recognized speakers to our membership. The 2003 event featured acclaimed speakers from across the country, including Marc Treib, professor of architecture at U.C. Berkeley, Martha Schwartz, landscape architect and artist, and Thomas Oslund, principal with Oslund and Associates. Attendees for this event included several allied professionals and landscape architects from surrounding states.

The chapter's government affairs committee (formerly the licensure committee) hosted a legislative contact breakfast with legislator at the state Capitol. This new event builds upon the licensure success and helps increase the visibility of the landscape architecture profession with legislators and the public across the state.

In an effort to increase interaction between students and professionals, the chapter co-sponsored a tailgate at Iowa State University with the Student Society of Landscape Architecture for a Cyclone football game. Chapter members, students and landscape architecture department staff members had an enjoyable afternoon of food, fun and football.

The chapter established a scholarship to be given to an Iowa State University landscape architecture student. This first recipient of this annual scholarship is Carrie Ann Mardorf a student from Hopkinton, Iowa.

Chapter members assisted the Associated General Contractors with the design of a nine-hole miniature golf course. The participants of AGC's construction camp for kids built the course, located at the Boone, Iowa YMCA camp. It was a great opportunity to expose youth to the profession of landscape architecture.

The executive committee has begun the use of video conferencing for several of its monthly meetings to help limit drive time. We want to thank Shive-Hattery, Inc., for allowing us to utilize their facilities for this effort.

Books to schools program. The chapter offered members the opportunity to donate a books related to landscape architecture to schools of their choice. By working with the national organization we were able to offer these books below cost and the chapter took care of all the coordination and delivery to the selected school. Each book received a nameplate that identified the member and the chapter. We were able to put books into over 25 schools in Iowa and surrounding states and expose more youth to the profession of landscape architecture.

The Iowa Chapter and executive committee are here to serve the membership, and we encourage members to contact us with concerns or ideas that can improve the chapter.

The successes of the chapter are the results of dedicated committee members, past and present, and an active membership.


The Hawaii Chapter of the American Society or Landscape Architects are pleased to announce the results of the 2003/2004 executive committee elections.

Allan Schildknecht, president , Hawaii Chapter, ASLA

The new executive committee will begin serving the one-year term November 1, 2003.

Trustee: Alan Fujimori, ASLA, R. M. Towill Corp.
Past President: Leonard Bisel, ASLA, Leonard Bisel Landscape Architecture
President: Allan Schildknecht, ASLA, Irrigation Hawaii, Ltd.
First Vice President: Ray Higa, ASLA, PBR-Hawaii
Second Vice President: Matt Flach, ASLA, U.S. Navy DPW
Secretary: Aolani Yamasato, Associate ASLA, PBR-Hawaii
Treasurer: Tomo Masatomo Murata, ASLA, Lester H. Inouye & Assoc.
First Member-at-Large: Randal Fujimoto, ASLA, Randal Fujimoto Landscape Architect
Second Member-at-Large: Lance Foster, ASLA, R. M. Towill Corp.

North Carolina

Mark Robinson, immediate past president

The North Carolina Chapter, ASLA, has had a busy and productive year in 2003. We have continued to explore and develop means to address legislative issues and more effectively engage and support legislators in matters relevant to our profession. We have prepared a postcard promoting landscape architecture for distribution to governmental and private organizations across the state. A community assistance team was assembled to help Ocracoke Island in planning efforts for landscape preservation. The landscape architecture programs at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T University continue to flourish under the direction of Achva Stein, FASLA, at NCSU and Perry Howard, FASLA, at NCA&T. The spring and fall conferences were successful. Derek Williams introduced a two-track program, one focusing on business practices and one on local design issues. This proved to be a popular format. Derek Williams will serve as president and Robert Hayter as president-elect in the coming year.

North Carolina was honored by the election of two of its members to the 2003 Class of Fellows. Achva Stein moved from California three years ago to take over the chair of the landscape architecture program at North Carolina State University. Achva has made significant strides in making a good program significantly better. It is our good fortune to witness her career-long achievements while in residence in North Carolina. Chuck Flink started making a statement about greenways in Raleigh years ago and now carries that message across the country. Chuck blends communication, entrepreneurship and professionalism into a highly effective approach to landscape architecture. The chapter enjoyed sharing in their recognition of high achievement.

As the chapter looks forward, we see distinct needs to promote landscape architecture and an understanding of the many facets of our professional capabilities. We also see the need to continue to build bridges to the engineering and architectural professions and to the green industry at large.

We look forward to a challenging and productive year.

Speaking of fundraising, the chapter's first annual regional ski day was a huge success, with over half of the membership attending.VTASLA is having another busy year! Our small chapter continues to grow, and at last count we are 40 strong.


To celebrate National Landscape Architecture Week our chapter was able to donate a number of books to the Hubbard Library in Montpelier Vermont. The Hubbard Library is associated with the statewide lending system, and we are thrilled that these books will be available to people all over the state.

Speaking of fundraising, the chapter’s first annual regional ski day was a huge success, with over half of the membership attending.

Focusing on the 50 by 2010 initiative of ASLA, our licensing committee has been hard at work preparing to take our case to the legislature in 2004. We now have a lobbyist on board, and have recently completed the preliminary sunrise review hearings with the secretary of state. Next steps include visiting all of our local representatives before they return to session in January of 2004. Speaking of fundraising, it hasn't been all work and no play. Our first annual regional ski day was a huge success, with over half of our membership attending. We had guests from the Boston and New York chapters participate. The skies were clear, the snow fresh, and the temperatures gentle, a feat indeed given the overall frigid temperatures of the season! Several of us took to the slopes of Mt. Mansfield at Stowe, while another hardy group tackled the cross country trails at Trapp's Family Lodge (yes, the "Sound of Music" Trapps). We even had a small contingent on snowshoes. Fun was had by one and all, and many tales of glory were exchanged over dinner and drinks at the Stoweflake Resort. We are looking forward to repeating this event January 30, 2004. Dust off your gear and get ready!


Liz Sargent, immediate past president

The Virginia ASLA Chapter enjoyed a very productive year resulting in the establishment of various new programs and initiatives, and the further development of ongoing programs.

On October 18, the chapter held its annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. The first ever M. Meade Palmer medal went to Barry Starke, FASLA. Mr. Starke, a past ASLA president, received a dramatic bronze medal, designed by Warren T. Byrd, ASLA, and Sue Nelson. Designed in honor of Mr. Palmer, a beloved chapter practitioner who passed away in 2001, the medal recognizes Mr. Starke's service, carefully crafted built work, mentoring, education, and integrity. Also presented during the meeting was a special documentation project prepared by Virginia Tech landscape architecture students under the direction of Professor Brian Katen, ASLA. In just over 24 hours, the students produced a power point presentation documenting the special qualities, materials, and design characteristics of a sculpture garden designed by Lawrence Halprin at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. During an afternoon of work on site, the students produced over 2,000 graphic images, including photographs, sketches, plans, and materials studies which they wove into a poetic and moving documentation piece. A round-table discussion of the project involved Susan Smead, a representative of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, landscape architect Rob McGinnis, and landscape historian Jacky Taylor. Rob McGinnis, ASLA, and attendee Mary Hughes, FASLA, are members of the committee charged with developing documentation standards for the Historic American Landscapes Survey, and were impressed enough with the student work that they have recommended it be shown to the rest of the committee members for consideration in the standards development.

Other awards bestowed during the annual meeting were landscape architecture scholarships to UVA student Ginnifer McGill, and Virginia Tech student C.L. Bohannon, the chapter's Allied Professional award to Hal Wiggins, and the Stewardship of the Environment award to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Keynote speaker was Neil Porterfield, FASLA, former dean of Penn State University School of Arts and Architecture.

The chapter has continued to update and improve its website which was initiated through an ASLA CIP grant, furthered its new publications program with a series on the future of the profession, and updated its strategic plan with a heavily attended workshop. Finally, the chapter designated funds to employ an executive director to assist executive committee members with the execution of programs and initiatives. Linda James, a Williamsburg area native, was recently hired to the position, and has already contributed greatly to the effective management of the chapter. We look forward to an exciting year during 2003-2004 under the direction of Morgan Pierce, chapter president.

South Carolina

Due to the hard work and diligence of the executive committee, not only did Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Greenville, Clemson and Walterboro declare April 19-27 as Landscape Architecture Week, but South Carolina, under the direction of Governor Mark Sanford, also declared the week in honor of our profession. In addition, the South Carolina Legislature also passed a concurrent resolution recognizing Landscape Architecture Week this year. This is big news for us statewide and at the national level. South Carolina is the first chapter in the nation to accomplish this and we have already been recognized in LAND Online for this accomplishment. I would like to thank everyone on the executive committee for their selfless dedication to the advancement of the landscape architecture profession by achieving this goal. I would also like to thank, in particular, our Immediate past president, Greg Duckworth, for his work on this project. Greg has been instrumental with this task of recognizing L. A. Week at the state level. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated and hard working group of people and know the executive committee will continue down this path of excellence.

After the tremendous success with the National Landscape Architecture Week initiative of proclamations, the executive committee has now refocused its efforts on the SCASLA History Archives Project and the continued planning of our joint annual meeting with CELA. In addition, Bill Eubanks, Regan Contois and I had an exciting trip to Washington, D.C., for the joint board of trustees' Chapter Presidents' Council Lobby Day and mid-year meeting.

David Stack, SC chapter president

The planning of our annual meeting with CELA is moving right along with Regan Contois, president-elect, doing a tremendous job with programming and fund-raising. Carol Johnson, FASLA, will be our keynote speaker. The executive committee is excited and honored to bring to our membership another nationally/internationally known speaker (James van Sweden was our keynote at last years joint AIASC/SCASLA/ASID conference in Asheville, N.C.). A roundtable discussion has also been planned between our practicing professionals and academic professionals to discuss the role of landscape architecture graduates and the needs of our profession in the workforce. Regan and her planning committee have done, and continue to do, a superb job and I, for one, look forward to experiencing the fruits of their labor in September.

The SCASLA History Archives project has been discussed for many years and the executive committee has begun work on the project this year. A memorandum with request for materials has been sent to all SCASLA past presidents. The Clemson University Libraries' Special Collections Unit has agreed to house the archives and SCASLA has earmarked funding for the project. The executive committee is in hopes that we can track down 23 years of records (i.e., attic collections) from across the country (as many of our past leaders have relocated to other states) and archive our history in one, easily accessible location.


Achievements in 2003 by Brooks Kolb, chapter president

It has been a very exciting year for WASLA. Richard Haag, founder of the landscape architecture program at the University of Washington and celebrated designer of Seattle's Gas Works Park, received the ASLA Medal, the highest honor awarded to a living landscape architect. At the same time, Jones and Jones of Seattle received the first-ever Firm award for their groundbreaking achievements in ecological regional planning, site planning and design. Both awards were officially conferred at the ASLA annual meeting in New Orleans.

The chapter also celebrated two significant national awards. Charles Anderson, a landscape architecture with Kathryn Gustafson, lead designer, received a National Design award for the Arthur Ross Planetarium at New York's Museum of Natural History. Mithun won a National Planning award for the "Blue Ring" concept envisioning a future ring of parks surrounding Seattle's Center City.

In April, we celebrated Landscape Architecture Week in several ways. We co-sponsored the Olmsted Centennial Conference, presented by the National Association of Olmsted Parks and Seattle's Friends of the Olmsted Parks, held in Seattle in late April. This event commemorated the Olmsted legacy throughout the United States, including the centennial of Seattle's own Olmsted-designed park system. At the same time, we honored Rich Haag's Medal at a celebration held in Steinbrueck Park, co-designed by Rich Haag, with Peter Steinbrueck, president of the Seattle City Council. We presented Peter with our new Downtown Seattle Urban Landscape Guide, a full-color brochure which we produced using funds received from a CIP (chapter initiative program) grant from ASLA, which we won competitively. Other Olmsted centennial events were held this past summer across the state in Spokane.

Over the summer we made progress in a preliminary research phase looking into the feasibility of upgrading our Washington State Landscape Architecture Title Act to a practice act, in accordance with ASLA's national program, "50 in 2010." We expect to initiate the second phase of this effort in the coming months, generating a debate among chapter members to gain consensus for proceeding with the upgrade. Washington State is one of a handful of states having only a title act; our bordering states of Idaho and Oregon have both recently achieved practice act statutes.

In October, we successfully completed our fourth planning and design charrette held in partnership with the rivers, trails and conservation unit of the National Park Service. Dedicated to designing a system of trails for the city of Moses Lake, the charrette was co-sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health for the first time. Signaling recent studies statistically demonstrating the close correlation between exercise, recreation and good health, the study was embraced enthusiastically by the citizens of Moses Lake.

This fall will see our biennial Chapter Professional awards celebration and program, which will be held November 8, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. In addition to honoring the chapter award winners (whose identities remain secret as of this writing) we will for the first time confer "President's Awards of Service" to recognize three persons who have worked long and hard serving the chapter and raising the visibility of the landscape architecture profession within the state. These three are Clair Enlow, journalist, for service from a community leader outside the profession; Don Benson, past-president and visibility committee chair, and Margaret Hayes, member.

Lastly, our committees were active and energetic this past year. We continued the very popular mentoring program with the student chapters at University of Washington and Washington State University, conferred student awards at both universities, and granted two student scholarships at each university. The new committee on the environment (COTE) generated a far-reaching mission statement, including advocacy of environmental sustainability guidelines, such as promoting LEED certification among members and extending the LEED checklist to landscape and site parameters. This initiative has attracted widespread interest among our members. Seattle members also participated in a Seattle Waterfront Design Collaborative in partnership with Allied Arts. The collaborative held a month-long charrette looking at ways to win back Seattle's downtown waterfront to pedestrian-oriented civic and recreation uses from its current role as a noisy, polluted transportation corridor fenced off from the city by a double-decker highway known as the Alaskan Way viaduct.

In the year to come, we hope to consolidate some of our achievements in 2003. We expect to reprint the Downtown Parks Guide for use in walking tours of downtown Seattle, move ahead with our licensure initiatives, create an educational brochure aimed at primary and secondary school students showing them how a representative city park is planned and designed, and hold a fall conference and expo. On top of all of this, we hope to come up with a long-term media action and public relations plan.

Upstate New York

Members of the NYU ASLA Executive Committee and local L.A.s at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

By Dan Sundell, chapter president

At an executive committee retreat in the year 2002, our facilitator asked, "If this organization did not exist, would you create it and for what purpose?" You would think that this would be an easy question but everyone was silent at first. Later we began to chime in with the benefits of the organization such as the opportunity for networking, the ability to watch legislation and to promote the profession. This exercise allowed us to clarify why we belong to the organization and helped us focus on establishing goals to enhance the benefits to our members. I am pleased to announce that with the help of an active executive committee, we accomplished many of the goals that we established that day. Our National Landscape Architecture Week activities included several design workshops around the state and an attractive brochure featuring the work of many of the firms in our area. We revived our newsletter and published several electronic newsletters.

Dan Sundell, New York, chapter president, ASLA

We held executive committee meetings at each of the L.A. schools in our area. We began to look into creating a requirement for continuing education as part of our licensure. We are planning a seminar on bioremediation this winter. Lastly, we began planning activities to commemorate our upcoming 50th year in 2004. We plan to interview many of the founding members of the organization and catalog significant work of landscape architecture that our members have completed.

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