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2016 ASLA Chapter Reports
Saint Louis ASLA Chapter


St. Louis Design Week was held in the first week of October. Members participated in a SWAP Meet... Socializing With Allied Professionals, that is. After the SWAP Meet, five members participated in a panel discussion at the St. Louis Central Library that was focused on the integration of social values and culture within the landscape.

The St. Louis ASLA Chapter had a productive and busy year with numerous activities and achievements in the Gateway City and beyond. A major effort in mid-February was teaming with the Prairie Gateway Chapter on a visit to the Missouri state capitol to advocate for the profession with state legislators. Susan Maag, VP of Advocacy led chapter efforts as she has over the past five years. Her hard work and success was recognized in May, at the Mid-Year Meetings when Susan was awarded the ASLA Advocacy Leadership Award. Congratulations Susan on a well deserved award!

The Annual Chapter Awards Celebration was held on Feb. 27 recognizing the outstanding work and service of chapter members and students. A highlight of the night was awarding lifetime achievement awards to Floyd Zimmerman, FASLA and Robert Goetz, FASLA.

Mid-May found Chapter Trustee Scott Emmelkamp and Chapter President Felipe DeNarvaez at the Mid Year Trustee/Chapter Presidents Council meetings in Washington, D.C., where they represented the chapter. The spring brought many sponsor events, lectures and the chapter's involvement in celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month with a photo contest for members, celebrating their favorite local landscapes. A social function cumulating the month and viewing photos was held on May 12 at the CORTEX District in the Central West End neighborhood. Late summer brought the chapter's involvement in the annual ASLA/ASCE Golf Tournament on August 29 at Probstein Golf Course in beautiful Forest Park.


At Advocacy Day, members of the Saint Louis Chapter ASLA distributed a booklet about the benefits of landscape architecture. In mid-February, the St. Louis Chapter teamed with the Prairie Gateway Chapter to advocate for the profession with Missouri state legislators.

Chapter members and allied professionals also participated in 4-A-Greener Game at a St. Louis Cardinals game on Sept. 13. This recycling program initiated by MLB at stadiums across the country is an opportunity for volunteers to collect aluminum and plastic during the game to help make baseball more sustainable.

The fall was a busy season for the chapter with many members participating in St. Louis Design Week in the first week of October. The chapter got its groove on by sponsoring a SWAP Meet (Socializing With Allied Professionals) at Urban Chestnut Brewery on Oct. 6, enjoying some good German bier and conversation with fellow landscape architects, design professionals and contractors. The event was organized by our incredible Chapter Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Graff and it was a huge success....prost! The following morning five chapter members participated in a Design Week panel discussion, at the St. Louis Central Library. The session was entitled Landscape Architecture: Creating a Sense of Place, and focused on the integration of social values and culture within the landscape. In late October, Scott, Felipe, Elizabeth and Russ Volmert, Chapter President Elect attended BOT/CPC Meetings in New Orleans. They along with numerous other members went to the Annual Meeting and Expo where they attended sessions, went on tours and enjoyed the many offerings of The Crescent City . . . Laissez les bons temps rouler!

As seen in LASN magazine, December 2016.

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