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Leaders of state ASLA chapters, along with leaders of affiliated green industry state associations report on their biggest events and issues of 2004 and their projections into 2005.

CALIFORNIA Southern California ASLA Chapter

After a 13-year hiatus, the Southern California Chapter of ALSA returned to the UCLA Conference and Member Retreat at Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, June 4-6, for a weekend of educational sessions, social events and camaraderie.

Those able to get up the mountain on Friday afternoon, before the traffic log jam set in on I-10, enjoyed wine tasting, dinner and panelists Robert Cardoza, FASLA (Nuvis) and Stuart Sperber (ValleyCrest) reminisced about landscape architecture in Southern Calif. in the "early days."

Saturday morning began with a presentation on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by ima+design principles, Ann Yamashiro Cutner, ASLA, and William Schultz, ASLA. ima+design, of Irvine, received LEED platinum 2.0 certification in 2004 for its environmental design for the Inland Empire Utility Agency (IEUA) headquarters in Chico.

At the time of the award, only three projects worldwide had earned the platinum certification. The firm earned 52 LEED points for the two-building, 66,000 square-foot project: 15 points were for area development, which included the use of reclaimed water from the treatment facilities for toilet, irrigation and exterior nonpotable water needs.

The IEUA headquarters received integrated state-of-the-art storm water management. More than 10,000 native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and ground cover were planted to reduce water consumption.

The other Saturday session was a presentation from Jon Kealey, PhD, an expert on ecology and wild fires, always a topic of concern for the large, destructive fires that ravage the arid landscape of Southern California each year.

The early Saturday afternoon session offered professional perspectives on the business of landscape architecture from a panel of LAs, including Calvin Abe, who was recognized this year as an ASLA Fellow, and Tal Jackson, the chapter's president elect.

Saturday afternoon offered a little relaxation in the form of "Games" presented by ValleyCrest on the expansive lawn area in front of the conference center.

Sunday concluded with another presentation from ima+design on its work on the La Costa Glen senior community in Carlsbad.


President (Matt Spidell), past president (Janet Misel Burns), president elect (John Birkey) CPC meeting-Washington, D.C.


CCASLA continues to make licensure in Colorado a number one priority. Over $25,000 dollars of chapter money, private contributions and countless hours from volunteers have worked to obtain licensure for landscape architects. CCASLA has worked with our lobbyist group, Colorado Legislative Services, to educate legislators on the profession of landscape architecture and the important role we play in the realm of health, safety and welfare. CCASLA continues to gain support from local legislators, however we continue to struggle with the anti-regulation sentiment stemming from Colorado's Department of Regulation Agency (DORA). The Colorado Council of Landscape Architects (CCLA) continues to meet monthly and constantly works to achieve our goal: to get licensure for landscape architects in Colorado.

Educational Outreach

In 2004, CCASLA worked with schools throughout Colorado to help educate students of our profession, design master plans and our volunteers have help to build school playgrounds throughout the region. During Landscape Architecture Month and throughout the year, local landscape architects worked with Denver West High School helping them to develop a master plan while creating a vision and a road map for future growth. Southern Chapter landscape architects went to lower income schools during career days and spoke with hundreds of students who were previously unfamiliar with the details of the profession. Schools included Widefield and Mesa High Schools, which are located to the south of Colorado Springs.

CCASLA worked closely with the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and Colorado State University (CSU) throughout 2004. The schools of landscape architecture continue to grow as other fields have experienced a reduction in students. We have supported both UCD and CSU through sponsorship and volunteerism. CCASLA continues to sponsor LA Days at CSU.

Facing Challenges

The Colorado chapter is not without challenges. We struggle with public perception. Legislators, fellow professionals and much of the general public do not fully understand the profession of landscape architecture.

CCASLA needs to work to increase its role with architects, planners and other design professionals. We also need to become more involved with and voice our opinions on statewide issues, especially those issues where other design professionals are taking leadership roles.

New Fellows

CCASLA is pleased to welcome new fellows Patrick Shea Jr., Todd Johnson and Jerry Adamson. Colorado consistently leads the nation and is proud to welcome new fellows annually.

ASLA & Education

In September, CCASLA board members and national ASLA leaders met with students, past members and nonmembers at UCD and CSU. This was the first time ASLA took their recruitment program on the road to educate and provide personal service to future members.


CCASLA is a strong, thriving, healthy chapter. Membership is increasing annually. We have many volunteers that remain nameless in this article, however they are the heart of the organization. Though CCASLA is not without problems and conflicts, our volunteers continue to improve membership programs, support licensure efforts and give the most valuable asset back to the profession....their time.


The chapter names its first executive director, Jeff Mills, who has provided administrative and publishing services to the chapter over many years.
As we go to press, the CTASLA Executive Committee is convening for its annual retreat. Upcoming programs in the planning stages include workshops on organics, stone application, and green roof design.

Our fiscal '04 year began on Oct. 1 with an energizing program at the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo's World Headquarters in Purchase, New York. Tours of the site were given from four different perspectives, followed by a reception and dinner.

The highly successful 6th annual Golf Outing was held Oct. 3. Proceeds went to the CTASLA scholarship fund.

On April 30th the annual LA program student merit and honor award presentations were made at the University of Connecticut.

On April 30 and June 5, CTASLA Vice President John Alexopoulos gave a walking tour showcasing the landscape design of Hartford's Bushnell Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted's firm and still a magnificent green oasis in the urban setting of Connecticut capital.

On May 25, CTASLA and the Connecticut Green Building Council co-hosted a bus tour to Manhattan to view two leading-edge examples of sustainable development: the Solaire (located in Battery Park City), the only LEED gold-certified residential apartment building in the country, and Stuyvesant Cove Park

On September 8, members of the executive committee and others gather to judge the Georgia ASLA Chapter's annual design awards program.
The Connecticut Olmsted Award was presented to the Green Valley Institute on September 16.


The Florida Chapter ASLA (FLASLA) represents more than 750 member landscape architects in 11 sections, including one Puerto Rico section. The Florida chapter has a range of projects and activities that support the profession and students working to enter it. The projects include the following:

  • Grant programs benefit landscape architecture students at three Florida universities.

  • Continuing education seminars are promoted as important to protecting Florida citizens’ health, safety and welfare.
  • The Florida chapter encourages cooperative programs and seminars with allied industry professionals to promote and improve quality services and products.
  • Chapter members organize and participate in community service projects as a benefit to local schools, parks and roadways.
  • The government affairs committee promotes sustainable management of Florida’s natural and cultural resources within government and resource management agencies.
  • The Florida chapter promotes research and development of products and services important to improving the quality of life for all Florida citizens.

Annual Conference and EXPO

The Florida Chapter ASLA Executive Committee and the Conference Committee presented the 2004 FLASLA Annual Conference and EXPO in Daytona Beach on July 28 through 31.

"Florida Under Siege - A Quest for Balance" was the conference theme. An array of speakers addressed the challenge of balancing the effects that an estimated 1,000 new resident a day will bring to our state over the coming years.

"This year's theme is not all happy and bubbly like past conference themes," 2004 chapter president Andy Dance wrote. "This theme slaps you in the face and reminds us that there is a bigger picture that we need to take time to concentrate on. Webster's Dictionary defines 'siege' as 'a persistent or serious attack.' Is there a more appropriate definition to describe what is happening to Florida?"

Looking Ahead

Landscape architect Jeff Caster took over as chapter president in October. At press time, the FLASLA executive committee was considering making a contribution to the University of Florida's continuing study of the effects of this year's hurricane season on various species of trees. Better data on tree survival rates will help architects make better choices for future plantings, Caster said.

The committee will decide on action at its scheduled meeting on Saturday, Dec. 4.

FLASLA members are also evaluating the performance of Florida's building codes, which were revised after Hurricane Andrew's 1992 visit.

"We're in the process of analyzing that data and possibly advocating further changes to the code," Caster said.

The chapter's website is at


The Georgia chapter of ALSA was established in 1968 and includes approximately 400 members. The chapter's executive board holds monthly business meetings. The annual trade show includes awards (design competitions and university student award competitions), and a gala banquet.

GaASLA helps fund student scholarships at the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design. It also produces a monthly newsletter and a website.

GaASLA members often participate in meetings and events with allied professional groups, such as the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association, and volunteer their expertise for community assistance projects and public events.

President 2004: Brian LaHaie

President 2005: Ron Sawhill

2005 annual meeting:
ASLA Tri-State, Asheville, N.C., April 21-23

2004 Awards Ceremony:
38 submittals; 18 awards given, including the top prize,
the President's Award.

The chapter's website is at

In Memoriam: Dan Franklin


Illinois has one of the largest chapters of ASLA in the nation with more than 450 members.

As we go to press the Illinois ASLA chapter is getting ready for its annual awards event, December 2, at the Swissotel Chicago. Cocktails and a dinner will precede the award's ceremony. Five awards will be presented.

ILASLA is creating a partnership with IDOT and allied professionals in support of context sensitive solution (CSS). The House Bill 3061, passed in June 2003, requires IDOT to apply CSS as an approach to road construction and rehabilitation to include provision for all types of travel (auto, transit, pedestrian and bicycle) wherever possible, and sensitivity to the environmental, economic, historic and cultural attributes of the communities through which a road passes. CSS is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks effective, multimodal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders. ILASLA hosted the first joint meeting with ISASCE (civil engineers), ILAPA (planners) and Michael Moss, the policy advisor to IDOT on February 16, 2004. Now ILASLA brings CSS to the members through a mixer with ISASCE members and Michael Moss on October 14, 2004.

2005 Events

The ILASLA has a busy schedule for 2005, including a design seminar; a grahics’ workshop; and a general assembly/rally at the Chicago Historical Society. In April, during Landscape Architect Month (proclaimed by Chicago Mayor Daley), there will be a Piet Oudolf and/or Catherine Gustafson lecture and exhibition with IIT & Dutch Consulate General. There will also be a tour of the Chicago public parks and meeting with their designers. In May there are officer nominations; in June a nursery visit; in July a LARE review session; in Aug. a golf outing; and in Sept. the first round approval of by-laws.

–In remembrance: Deborah S. Van Deun


INASLA Activities and Events

2004 was a very active year for the Indiana chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. After closing out the year with a great Holiday Reception in downtown Indianapolis, the Executive Committee got underway planning a number of new and exciting events. National Landscape Architecture Month, themed "Design for Active Living" in April kicked off our string of events with our first-annual Run/Walk for Healthy Living to promote active lifestyles and the effects landscape architecture can have on health. Another first for INASLA was the Office Hop on April 7. Seven Indianapolis Offices hosted approximately 70 students from the landscape architecture departments of Ball State University and Purdue University and was followed by a dinner social that gave the students opportunities to mingle with their professional counterparts. Landscape Architecture Month also saw two lunchtime discussions sponsored by INASLA on continuing education and vegetative stormwater management practices. The chapter was also involved in community service activities including a design charrette for the Jeffers Nature Preserve and trail in Huntingburg, Ind. and trailhead cleanup at the Indiana School for the Blind.

This year great strides were made in working more closely with allied organizations and neighboring chapters. Correspondence was shared with all members between the INASLA and the local AIA and APA Chapters, as well as better coordination with Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois Chapters of ASLA.

Dean Hill On TV

A few of our other activities this year have included the premier of INASLA past president Dean Hill's new show "Grounds for Improvement," Executive Committee visits to the landscape architecture departments of Ball State University and Purdue University, providing public input to the city of Indianapolis on the use of public open space for private development, updating and enacting a new chapter constitution and bylaws for the organization, supporting the Regional Planning Conference hosted by IPA, continuing monthly e-newsletters to the membership, and jurying the Ohio chapter's design awards.

Overall, it was a very successful year thanks to our hardworking executive committee and numerous volunteers.

The year 2005 is shaping up to be great as well. Plans are to continue many of the annual events established in 2004 and prior, as well as to continue to add new opportunities for all members to get involved. Efforts are already underway to continue to strengthen relationships with our allied professional organizations, and planning is ongoing for next year's happenings.


By Tom Whitlock, ASLA, MASLA President and vice president of Damon Farber Associates

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) had an exciting year that saw many changes in the way we connect with other design professionals, the public and our membership.

We were very successful in our Lobby Day efforts nationally.

We were able to get both of our state senators to sign onto a letter of support for funding the Historic American Landscape Survey. Locally we teamed with allied professionals to support a state bonding bill. Unfortunately, the state Legislature was unable to come to an agreement.

The highlight of the year was our annual awards banquet. We welcomed M. Paul Friedberg back to Minnesota. He spoke and later met with the local press to give additional insight into his design for Peavey Plaza. The Minnesota chapter has started an effort to restore this modern landscape that has slowly eroded.

Landscape Architecture Outlook

Even though membership as been growing at less than three percent a year for the last few years, Minnesota landscape architects are flourishing and MASLA is working to raise the profile of the profession even farther. A couple of positions on our executive board were changed to respond to our new focus on public relations. In 2005 we expect an even more successful year for Minnesota landscape architects who specified over $60 million worth of goods and services in 2004.

"The big news in Nevada is that we are now a statewide chapter. The Northern Nevada ASLA had been a section of the Northern California chapter. Now, they have joined us as a section."--Nevada ASLA chapter


The big news in Nevada is that we are now a statewide chapter. The Northern Nevada ASLA had been a section of the Northern California chapter. Now they have joined us as a section.

The chapter also has an executive director, Helen M. Stone. Helen has been working with the green industry in the Southwest for years. She is the publisher of Southwest Trees & Turf and also coordinates the annual Desert Green conference. NASLA is one of the sponsors of the conference, which is held every November.

New Leadership Faces

Our election results came in with a few new faces joining the Executive Committee. Geoffrey Schafler, JW Zunino & Associates, will continue to lead the association as president. Congratulations to Tammi Gaudet, who is our new president elect. Tammi works at WLB Group and has been an active member of our association for years.

Beatty Design Charette

From Jan. 22 through 24, the National Park Service teamed up with SNASLA for the "Enhance Our Community" design charrette in Beatty, Nev. SNASLA members and students from UNLV joined with the NPS, Beatty community members and other professionals for the design charrette. Design goals for the charrette included: creating trails for use by the community, but sensitive to the toad habitats, encouraging the awareness and appreciation of the river corridor by using interpretive and artistic elements, providing design standards which recognize budget and maintenance limitations, establishing clear way-finding mechanisms for the visitors to the area and enhancing the visual quality and character of the Beatty area. The product of the charrette was a series of drawings with design ideas that Beatty can use for their next steps in beatifying their city, protecting the toad and stabilizing their economy.


This poster by Santa Fe landscape architect Tamara Baer, an abstraction of the spectacular physical beauty of the Southwest and the region's cultural influences, was selected by the NMASLA to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month in April.

President: Jill Brown, ASLA

A committee was formed to help plan NMASLA's first Landscape Tour held in May--a wonderful experience to showcase beautiful gardens and landscapes to the community.

The NM ASLA was well represented at the School-to-World Career Day event at the Albuquerque Convention Center Saturday, March 12.

NMASAL attended the ASLA Licensure Summit III June 4-6 in Boston, Massachusetts, bringing together those working to protect, upgrade, and enact practice acts for landscape architects across the United States. A Friday evening reception allowed sharing of information and lobbying strategies. ASLA national asked each chapter to provide a case history of legislative campaigns past and present prior to the summit.

Park Design Guidelines

Bill Perkins, ASLA was invited by representatives of Albuquerque's Department of Municipal Development to review and comment on the proposed new Park Design Guidelines for the city's parks. Bill's response was to David Flores, senior project manager in the department of municipal development. Mr. Perkins said that standards should be clearly articulated, and "ambiguities between guidelines and standards should be eliminated." He warned, however, that these "these standards may also ensure that our city’s parks are predictable in their form, devoid of expression of place and neighborhood identity, and generally without vitality." He urged the city place more emphasis on giving the park division the resources and respect it needs to do the job that is required. He advised the city to pursue strong standards for high efficiency of irrigation for cool season grasses, but said it was reasonable for the city to establish a second set of design guidelines, somewhat less stringent, for irrigation systems that help provide supplemental water on an as-needed basis.

He recommend Albuquerque embrace drip irrigation technology as a rational approach to the arid climate, that design standards should not preclude full-court basketball courts, and the use of retaining walls could in some situations be part of sound design solutions even when such walls may not be the only feasible solution. And one last admonition: "Parks need drinking fountains."


Chapter officers including: Dave Walters, president; Tara Byler, vice president of chapter services; and Rod Lamb, vice president of member services attended the chapter president's council meeting at ASLA's Annual Meeting in New Orleans at the end of October while Gregg represented the chapter at the trustee meetings.

In November, the chapter helped sponsor a lecture by Larry McCann who spoke on Jon Charles Olmsted as a follow up to the previous spring's Olmsted conference. In December at the AIA gallery, the chapter displayed the posters that were created for that conference.

The chapter assisted in promoting the National Smart Growth Conference held in Portland in January. The student chapter from the University of Oregon continued its tradition of coordinating with the Oregon chapter to match students with practitioners for Shadow Mentor Day at the end of January.

Tara Byler and many volunteers put on an exceptional Awards program and banquet on April 17. There were over 30 submittals and 9 awards. This event netted the chapter over $3,000.

Rod Lamb and Brian Wethington put on another successful LARE session to assist landscape designers in preparation for the state licensure test.

Gregg, Rod and Dave attended the national mid-year meeting in May in Washington D.C. They lobbied the state's senators and representatives for landscape related bills such as TEA-21 reauthorization and funding Historical American Landscapesor HALS.

The month of June found the chapter participating in both the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Conference and the Therapeutic Garden Conference. Dave Anderson coordinated the chapter booth at the Green Roof Conference. Annie Kirk and Brian Bainnson did and outstanding job of helping to put on a very successful Garden Conference working with Legacy Health Systems. The attendance was at capacity including 42 members and 36 students. This conference was partially funded with an ASLA's CIP grant. The event netted $10,000, which provided funds towards maintenance and capital improvements for the local Memory Garden the chapter previously help design. At the same time Tara and Irene were putting together the new CIP application for next year. This was successful in garnering $5,000 from National to assist in putting on the Pacific Northwest Style-a retrospective program involving University of Oregon students and senior practitioners.

Our first publication of the revised OregonLand came out in August and along with our monthly NewsWire and special NewsFlash notices, kept our members informed on noteworthy events.

Other events included our annual ASLA / OLCA golf tournament held at Pumpkin Ridge, the site of National tour events. Ron Tendick and Gil Williams again volunteered to work with the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association to make this a successful event, which brought in another $1,500 for the Chapter.

The chapter's Mt. Hood Section was lead by Paige Schloop and Mike Faha. They helped facilitate two key events.

Part of the chapter's legislative goal for the year was to review our chapter's constitution and by-laws and modify them to comply with National's recent changes. Rod Lamb led this review, which culminated with a favorable vote.


Submitted by W. Michael Leigh, RLA, ASLA, immediate past president

The 2004 year once again was a successful one for the PA/DE chapter. In February we held our annual Chapter Retreat at Penn State University. April saw the chapter hold its state annual meeting in downtown Philadelphia. This two-day meeting was attended by 136 professionals and students from Temple University. The annual design awards where held at the roof garden inside the spectacular Kimmel Center. April was also Landscape Architecture Month, with all of our sections contributing to promote the discipline of landscape architecture. In May we had members from the chapter attend Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. This is always important for our two states to keep the profession in the bull's eye of our legislature.

Summer saw a slow down in activities within the chapter, but we where still working with legislative issues on the state and national level. Also as chapter president I have been promoting more section involvement in regards to outreach to the communities thru volunteering, activism and involvement.

This fall we approved our new constitution and bylaws, began planning for our next annual meeting in Hershey, PA, and had the swearing in of new officers. The chapter is financially healthy and we are once again ready for the new challenges of the New Year!


Texas Chapter ASLA started the year with Frederick Steiner hosting the "Landscape and Connectivity Symposium" at the new MLA program at the University of Texas at Austin. The event is part of a series of seven symposia, presented by the LAF exploring the diversity of global landscape change.

Chapter Conferences

The Texas chapter conference, produced annually with volunteer effort, was hosted in 2004 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Section, April 15 and 16 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Dallas. This year's conference boasts record sponsorship, vendor support, and outstanding attendance.

Test Preparation

In conjunction with the annual conference, the chapter sponsored a leadership development workshop and L.A.R.E. review. National ASLA leadership development team members, Tom Dunbar, FASLA and Bill Eubanks, ASLA, presented two consecutive sessions on leadership skills. The L.A.R.E. Review was led by Mark Boyer of the University of Arkansas Department of Landscape Architecture and Robyn Wilgus, in private practice in Arkansas.

Special Events

National Landscape Architecture Week (NLAW) was celebrated in Texas by the City of San Antonio as well as several other cities in Texas by having the City Councils issue proclamations supporting "National Landscape Architecture Week." During this time many ASLA members worked with their city councils and local representatives to educate and inform them on the profession of landscape architecture.

In early May, Ann McGinnes, Chapter Trustee, and Brent A. Baker, chapter president-elect, were in Washington, D.C., attending the mid-year officer's meeting. The first day, nicknamed "Lobby Day" was spent on Capital Hill visiting with legislators and their staff, speaking to the importance of support for bills and programs that invest in the public landscape of our communities.


The Utah Chapter has been focused on three main things this year--preparing for the ASLA National Meeting in Salt Lake City this Oct. 30 to Nov. 2nd, improving our public relations and materials about the chapter and collaborating with other professions and organizations to share the skills of landscape architects for the greater good.

Community Involvement

In addition to promoting our profession amongst ourselves through the national meeting, we have also been getting out into our community, contributing our skills to worthy projects. Last fall, ASLA Utah partnered with the Bureau of Land Management and Washington County, Utah to host a design charette exploring development options for a 20-acre parcel of land recently acquired by the BLM. The land is adjacent to the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and the Red Cliffs Campground and is the site of the Pioneer town of Harrisburg.

For the coming year, the chapter is continuing its public relations efforts, focusing on professional collaboration, promoting the profession to elected officials, and service to the community. The chapter is currently planning a design charette in Salt Lake City to explore ways to make a busy road more pedestrian friendly and an attractive gateway into the city. We welcome the incoming president for 2005, Kelly Gillman.

–In Memoriam: The chapter wishes to remember the outstanding accomplishments of Ira Hodges who was active in the industry and who passed away in 2004.


The Vermont Chapter is having another busy year!

Our small chapter continues to grow--we are one of the fastest growing of all ASLA chapters and at last count we are 59 strong.

With an on-going focus on the "50 by 2010" initiative of ASLA, our licensing committee continues to be hard at work. The 2004 legislature recessed without passing a bill to establish licensing of landscape architects in Vermont, but we remain optimistic and aim to reintroduce legislation in Jan., 2004.

We published our first annual handbook in January. We continue to develop open communications with allied professionals, and hosted an allied professions breakfast in April in conjunction with licensure efforts.

Our annual awards program continues to grow. A five-member jury from the Michigan chapter selected 10 projects to receive Vermont ASLA awards in 2003, and the award winners of the 2004 Public Space Awards will be presented in October. In September several members of our chapter juried the upstate New York annual awards.

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