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2002 has seen the nation rebuild and become re-invigorated with patriotism as a result of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Americans are cautiously optimistic that the economy is beginning to rebound, albeit slowly, and this optimism is also prevalent in the landscape architecture industry. LASN, for the first time, has gathered seven leaders of national and regional industry associations and asked each of them to provide our readers with their views on what 2003 will hold for landscape architects, and discuss some of the initiatives that were accomplished in 2002. Organizational growth and securing a better future for the profession are dominant themes among the industry leaders. Denise Calabrese, executive director of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers noted that the APLD is a growing organization that continues to provide beneficial services to the landscape design industry. "We are working diligently on providing information to our growing membership that is helpful to them and their businesses," Calabrese said. "As we grow, reaching out to the membership for networking opportunities has become a challenge that we believe will be helped with the formation of state chapters for more localized events and networking." Nancy Somerville, executive director of the ASLA, noted in LASN's October issue that the ASLA is committed to help guide landscape architecture through the 21st Century with initiatives such as 50 by 2010 licensure plan, designed to achieve practice licensure for landscape architects in all 50 states by the year 2010. The full text of ASLA's year in review that was published in the October 2002 issue of LASN can be read by clicking on Interested in more forecasts for 2003? Read for yourself as we let the industry leaders speak... Landscape Architecture Foundation Next Five Symposia Planned under the Landscape Futures Initiative LAF is leading an analysis of the future of the landscape architecture profession, called the Landscape Futures Initiative. It has been 30 years since the Fein Report's study of the profession was published and it is time for a renewed examination of landscape architecture. The Landscape Futures Initiative will identify how the land design and planning professions need to evolve to provide policy leadership, vision and inspiration in the face of rapid change. The first Landscape Futures Initiative symposium, the Urbanization Symposium on April 5-6 hosted and organized by the University of Pennsylvania, was stimulating and thought-provoking. Around 200 participants attended the event. Four sponsors--The Hideo Sasaki Foundation, EDAW, Inc., Landscape Forms, and Wallace Roberts and Todd--helped fund the symposium with support totaling $20,000. One product of the symposium will be a publication that addresses what the implications of urbanization mean for the practice and teaching of landscape architecture and for public policy affecting land and the environment. The next symposia will be Culture and Technology, hosted by the University of Virginia on September 4-6, 2003, followed by the Connectivity Symposium on January 30-31, 2004 at the University of Texas in Austin. LAF is currently working with candidate universities to host the final three symposia: Global Environmental Threats; Population and Social Dynamics; and Economy and Politics NEA Awards $65,000 to LAF for the Landscape Futures Initiative The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded LAF a $65,000 grant to support the Landscape Futures Initiative. The grant is for a two year period, January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2004. According to NEA Design Specialist Susan Begley, the project was a panel favorite. Panelists commented, "This project includes highly regarded designers and landscape thinkers." "The issues addressed are very good--excellent line-up, people are top notch." "This will inspire anyone who attends." According to LAF Vice President for Research Gary Hack, "this is a real vote of confidence in the initiative -- and an extraordinarily large grant for the NEA these days." In addition to the generous monetary award, LAF can also take pride in the prestige conferred by being associated with the NEA. Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship Recipient Announced Christine Edstrom O'Hara, University of Washington, was selected as the 2002 Thomas Fellow for her proposal, "Palos Verdes Estates and Balboa Park: A Critical Evaluation of the Olmsted Brothers' Western Design Model." The fellowship jury consisted of: o Mark Francis, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Environmental Design, University of California, Davis o Robin Carson, Executive Director, Library of American Landscape History, Amherst, Massachusetts o Darrel Morrison, Professor, School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia Sponsored by the Garden Club of America, this $4,000 fellowship was established in 2000 by Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr. and is awarded annually to an exceptional graduate student to assist with research at a leading American institution. The deadline for the 2003 Thomas Fellowship is January 15, 2003. The deadline for LAF's other scholarships is April 1, 2003, and guidelines for the scholarship program will be available early next year. LAF provides approximately 24 talented students with scholarships and internships annually; however the foundation also recognizes the need to provide larger, more prestigious awards and is implementing a plan to improve and expand the program. LAF Creates the American Landscape Fund The American Landscape Fund was created to foster an ethic for shaping our land and enriching the human spirit by designing landscapes that enhance our environment and our lives. The fund supports landscape architects in the creation of environments with the capacity to restore and promote public welfare and health and add to our quality of life. The American Landscape Fund will balance LAF's assets between endowed funds that allow a 5% disbursement to programs, and annual funds that allow 100% of donations to go to immediate and critical programs. For example, a $5000 annual gift provides the same amount of annual funding as an endowment gift of $100,000. The American Landscape Fund encourages landscape architects, firms, suppliers, and related practitioners to make tax deductible contributions annually. To date this year, LAF has raised more than $236,000 for the fund. More than 800 donors have contributed and in so doing, have made LAF's critical programs possible. As LAF concludes the Second Century Campaign with the end of the five-year pledge payment period in 2003, the majority of those who gave to the endowment have chosen to continue their support toward the equally important American Landscape Fund. Through donations to the fund, LAF will be able to continue its critical initiatives. CLARB CLARB's activities in 2003 will be dominated by four important issues: increasing mobility of licensed landscape architects; examining future directions for the profession; joining with collateral organizations to address improvements to licensure; and considering the future of landscape architectural education. We believe that these issues highlight the pressures facing the future of the profession. The issue of mobility is a familiar one to CLARB. Our members have always worked to facilitate the ease of movement of licensed landscape architects across political boundaries. We have already created systems that allow for relative ease of mobility across the U.S. and Canada. However, we will need to continue to streamline these processes and expand them to serve the international market in the coming years. Our research indicates that, while the demand for landscape architectural services is expected to continue to grow, this demand will primarily be for increasingly specialized services. Unlike traditional practice, specialized services are practiced over a large geographic area, even internationally. As their practice area grows, firms and individuals and the public they serve will need licensure systems that allow for mobility of practice to occur quickly and easily. Increased pressure for practitioners and firms that are more specialized will also put pressure on the basic concept that, once licensed, landscape architects are able to provide services across the breadth of the profession. As the profession itself becomes broader, it is likely that additional education, training and examination may be required to qualify individuals for highly specialized areas of practice. Since 1990, CLARB has monitored changes in the profession by performing scientific studies of the profession every five to seven years. We will need to increase this monitoring and be prepared to make changes in the licensure process as required to continue to adequately protect the public. CLARB will also continue to work closely with our collateral organizations including ASLA, CELA and LAAB. We have all committed to advancing the understanding and appreciation for the value of licensure to the profession and the public. We have also joined forces to begin to address the issue of whether the current landscape architectural education system will be able to meet the future demand for landscape architectural graduates. We are very pleased that all of the groups involved with the profession and the regulation of practice have joined together to develop unified responses to these issues. We feel that this cooperative spirit will allow us to find workable solutions to the future challenges to the profession of landscape architecture. IECA The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has been in existence for more than 30 years. Its mission has always been education and providing a venue for networking, if you will, between manufacturers, engineers, contractors, and regulators in the erosion control market. In the last five years that market has somewhat expanded. Today we find more people in the Landscaping Arena showing an interest in IECA because of their involvement in Improving Water Quality. To provide this service to these areas IECA has developed its "Technology Sections Concept" which caters to the needs of specific areas within this whole realm of water quality improvement. The year 2002 has been very good for IECA. Our 2002 Conference in Orlando was possibly our best conference regarding Technical Breakouts. We also offered an "EPA Phase 2 NPDES Compliance" workshop that was very well received and attended over the year. This IECA Workshop goes well beyond your typical Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop in that it addresses the needs of Landscape Architects as well as Stream Restoration and Wetlands specialists who play an major role in meeting the requirements of NPDES, Phase 2. I've been in Engineering for almost 40 years and the changes I've seen have been awesome and awesome in a good way. I've somehow survived the concrete channel mind set of the sixties and seventies as well as the Riprap mind set of the eighties and early nineties. The current concept of creating a more natural regime is the best thing we can do for the environment and water quality on a whole. Will we pass on a better and more stable environment to our children and their children, I think so. If IECA can claim a small percentage in this new mindset we will feel we have met our goals. We will not be complacent and that is certainly evident in the our plans for 2003. The 2003 IECA Conference being held in Las Vegas in 2003 will be by far our best conference from a Technical and diversity of exhibitors aspect. We plan to offer more of our NPDES workshops and are working toward updating and expanding our offering of IECA Workshops on an International level. Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Without any doubt, the most exciting event that members of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects will experience in 2003 is the International Federation of Landscape Architects 40th World Congress scheduled for May 25-29. The Congress theme is Landscapes on the Edge and the host city is Calgary, Alberta. Keynote speakers include T. Homer Dixon, Carl Steinitz, Martha Schwartz, Douglas Paterson, Michel Desvigne from France and Kongjian Yu from China. Please visit the Congress web site at to obtain more information. Download your registration form and take advantage of the early-early bird specials by registering before January 15, 2003. Both the CSLA and the ASLA are two of the over 60 member states of IFLA. The 2003 Professional Awards Program submission requirements are now posted to the CSLA Website at This program honors the very best work completed by Canadian landscape architects. The winning projects are selected from the many submissions received and are recognized for their contribution to enhancing the quality of life in the world around us. The CSLA Professional Awards Program continues to be one of our highlights each year and the presentation of the National Awards of Excellence will take place at the 40th IFLA World Congress on May 27, 2003. The CSLA Board of Governors will continue to develop common positions in 2003 on issues such as reciprocity, membership standards, accreditation of University programs and the development of new programs for landscape architectural education. The Board is currently developing a new strategic plan that will guide our leadership through to the end of 2005 and we have received application from Canada's most recently constituted Territory for recognition of the Nunavut Association of Landscape Architects. I look forward to greeting you all in Calgary next May. North Carolina Chapter - ASLA NCASLA will focus on legislative affairs, public awareness and communications initiatives, and service to both the public and to our membership in 2003. Licensure and scope of practice challenges dominated our agenda in 2002 and will continue to be two of our top priorities over the coming year. The direction and purpose of our efforts related to these issues will emphasize the need for and value of cooperation between allied professions and strengthening the framework of landscape architectural practice in North Carolina. We intend to expend our legislative resources advocating for public interests rather than solely defending our professional interests. NCASLA will expand its efforts in 2003 to increase and enhance public awareness of landscape architecture. From the state construction office to local gardening clubs, there is still a lack of knowledge and understanding about the accomplishments and capabilities of landscape architects across the state. NCASLA is considering several strategies to close this knowledge gap; two are already underway. The first involves our newsletter. The newsletter has been transformed from a members-only information and opinion exchange to the "North Carolina Landscape Architecture Journal." Each publication will be based upon a major theme drawing upon contributing writers from across the state. The intention will be to distribute these quarterly journals to business and trade organizations, municipal governments and state legislators, along with our own membership. The second public awareness and communications initiative involves newspapers. NCASLA is developing an insert to be distributed with several major newspapers across the state. The insert will highlight the work of landscape architects and provide information about the practice of landscape architecture in general. The journal and the newspaper inserts represent two of our efforts to increase public awareness of our professional activities and capabilities. The third area of focus for NCASLA in 2003 will be extending service both to the public and to our members. Two community service projects are currently in the planning process and will be carried out with the help of volunteer design assistance teams. We continue to develop our contribution to the Historic American Landscape Survey and a history of landscape architecture in North Carolina is being researched and written. In service to landscape architects, NCASLA is forming committees at the section level to focus regional attention on legislative affairs. We are exploring new opportunities for continuing education in terms of content and format. We are strengthening our efforts to support the state's two landscape architectural programs and to create more opportunities for contact between professionals and students. Despite the busy agenda, all work and no play is not our objective. NCASLA will host a spring conference in Asheville in the mountains and a fall conference, very possibly down at the coast. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities before us in 2003. New Jersey Chapter - ASLA The New Jersey Chapter of the ASLA continues to grow and prosper. The year 2002 consisted of many professional, educational, and social events and we are poised for another banner year in 2003. There have been several topics relevant to our organization and pertaining to the profession of landscape architecture. In regards to licensure, the Chapter successfully achieved a revision to the NJ Building Design Services Act so that Landscape Architects are now recognized as "Closely Allied Professionals" with Engineers, Architects, Planners and Land Surveyors in the State, permitting inclusion in multi-discipline limited partnerships, corporations and other contractual positions. This first initiative is a step in working towards a Practice Upgrade by legislation in the future. Membership involvement is strong as it relates to education and professional development of Landscape Architects. The Chapter Annual Meeting held in February continues to grow in size and importance each year. Attendance was more than 450 individuals in 2002, with people coming from throughout NJ, as well as from NY, PA, CT, DE and other neighboring States. This two and a half day event is one of the best-attended Chapter meetings, and attracts quality speakers and fills an exhibit hall with more than 50 exhibitors. The Annual Meeting receives full continuing education credits from the State Licensing Board, which fulfills a certified landscape architect's yearly requirement. We are well into the planning of our 2003 Annual Meeting, and this year's event will be more exciting than ever, with some new ideas and new events included as part of the program. The Chapter will continue to organize and sponsor other educational and social events throughout 2003. NJASLA's sponsorship and organization of such events as an LARE review course, speaker sponsorships at Rutgers University and other seminars pertaining to LA topics, our Annual Golf Outing, Regional Social Events, Legislative Breakfast at the State Capital, Professional Design Awards Program, and especially upcoming celebratory and public information events to be held during National LA Week, all promise to contribute to our Chapter's goals of supporting LA's in their professional endeavors. The NJASLA Executive Committee looks forward to a professionally rewarding year in 2003, and we thank the active members and volunteers of our Chapter for their motivation, inspiration and dedication in continuing to promote Landscape Architecture in New Jersey, the "Garden State." Wisconsin Chapter - ASLA 2003 Issues for the Wisconsin Chapter of ASLA Issue 1 - Pursuing Practice Act Licensure Legislation for Wisconsin: In 2002 ASLA-WI surveyed its membership to determine how practitioners felt about upgrading our "Title Act" Legislation to a "Practice Act." The great majority of respondents indicated full support of the licensure upgrade effort. The survey asked if members were prepared to increase chapter dues to fund this campaign, and they agreed that it was warranted. Since then we have formed a committee chaired by Scott Stefanc, ASLA, which has developed a plan and budget to oversee this daunting task. We intend to hire a lobbyist when needed, but first we recognize the need to continue working diligently to establish and strengthen our relationships with fellow allied professionals. In 2002, we began by attending the Arborists Convention, working with the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors on a grant award and by having our immediate National Past President, Len Hopper speak at the Wisconsin AIA convention. In 2003, we intend to expand on this effort by continuing to work with the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers and the American Institute of Architects. Issue 2 - Community Education and Service: In 2003 and 2004 one of our efforts is to carry out a CIP grant award program funded by ASLA. The project will benefit the Hearthstone Museum, a nonprofit National Register property which has national significance as the first place in the world to use a Thomas Edison dynamo to generate electricity using waterpower. The project will offer practitioners and the public an educational program on Victorian-era landscape design while producing a plan for the redesign of this historic landmark site. The project, submitted by ASLA-WI Past President, Ed Kleckner, will involve community outreach and encourage a greater understanding of landscape architecture. Issue 3 - Support of the U.W. Landscape Architecture Department: The UW-Madison Landscape Architecture Department recently received an unprecedented six-year term for re-accreditation by ASLA. The Wisconsin Chapter was commended by the visiting committee for the exceptional relationship that exists between the department, student chapter of ASLA and Wisconsin's practitioners. This will continue to be a major emphasis of the Wisconsin Chapter in 2003 as we work with the Horticulture Department and Urban Planning Department and UW Administration to secure additional staff positions. Issue 4 - Improving the Visibility and Understanding of the Profession: A significant issue facing Midwestern Landscape Architects is the need to improve our profession's visibility and the public's understanding of the leadership role our professional members can play in complex multi-disciplinary projects. We are heading into 2003 with two of our members recently inducted as ASLA Fellows for their outstanding leadership: Rosheen Stycznski for leadership as a national ASLA Vice-President of Visibility, and Jim Ritzer for providing leadership within the Wisconsin DOT. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the "Father of Earth Day" was recognized as the recipient of the Olmstead Medal for his tireless contributions in protecting this nation's environment. Michigan Chapter - ASLA The Michigan Chapter forecast for the coming year is in a word - excellent. My enthusiasm reflects the active involvement and participation of our chapter members as part of our many annual and special events, earned revenue, and involvement by many of the product suppliers during our annual state conference and other events. In addition, chapter members have begun to take a very active role in political issues on a state-wide level. These range from resource protection to licensure for landscape architects. This past October, our annual conference was held in Grand Rapids at the beautiful Amway Grand Hotel. Interest and support by vendors and suppliers was so great that we had to turn away some last-minute requests due to space limitations in the vendor hall. The conference, called Smart Design 2002, built on theme of Sustainable Community Design from the previous year, and featured a variety of speakers from cross disciplines. At the annual awards gala, a record number of Honor Awards were given to some very deserving projects - both for public and private sector work. Both the conference and the awards gala provided an excellent forum for landscape architects, product suppliers, and students from both Michigan State and the University of Michigan, to mingle and exchange ideas. Our annual golf outing was the most successful to date with a record number of product suppliers and chapter members attending. Whereas there was some very spirited team competition between rival consulting offices, many participants simply enjoyed being outside and playing golf with so many friends and associates. All marked their calendars next-year's event in July. We also conducted a number of successful tours for the membership of historic and important properties in the state. Namely, the Ford Estate in eastern Michigan and the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. A number of chapter members and representatives from the MASLA Executive Committee have begun to take an active role in reviewing the state's licensing act for landscape architects. Today, we enjoy one of the more powerful title acts for licensure of landscape architects in Michigan. The next step would be to upgrade this to a practice act which would support efforts by ASLA National to have practice act legislation for all chapters in the country. This will be an on-going effort and will be of great benefit for not only ASLA members in Michigan, but for all registered landscape architects in the state. Through this effort, we would hope to entice many of the non-members to join the ASLA. Today, we have close to 400 members statewide. It is for all of the above that I am confident that the coming year will bring continued growth for the profession and for the Michigan Chapter of the ASLA. I look forward to seeing members and non-members at our annual conference this fall at the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn and encourage you all to support the work of incoming president David Tobar, ASLA.

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