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Alaska Chapter

By Peter Briggs, chapter president

Our chapter recently hit 50 members, so we've reduced the area we each need to watch over to approximately the size of Maryland (almost manageable). With 10% chapter growth in the past year, we were able to increase our attendance at the recent ASLA annual meeting to 1/3 of our chapter, tag heuer replica watches and we look forward to our usual 40% annual general meeting attendance in November...

Peter Briggs
Photo by Sam Browne

As a chapter, we have been focusing on the continued development of our scholarship and its supporting fund. Building on the success of our previous Garden Design Workshops in Anchorage, we expanded it to provide classes and workshops in Juneau. This doubled this aspect of our outreach this year, and significantly increased the amount we raised for our annual contribution to our scholarship fund (totaling over $22,000 now). In addition to these workshops, we held a chapter silent auction and partnered with the Alaska Botanical Garden on their annual auction. Our event, and our cooperation with the ABG, were made possible by a large donation of site furniture from Landscape Forms, and their sponsorship of our silent auction.

Another milestone for our scholarship efforts was the awarding of our first scholarship check. Melanie Nichols, pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Idaho, is a lifelong Anchorage resident and we look forward to her return to Alaska to join our ranks.

As part of our Landscape Architecture Month activities, we worked with local media to develop stories that highlighted our work as landscape architects in the state, members of our chapter went out into the schools to talk with students and encourage their interests, and in cooperation with ASLA national, we sent out chapter information, scholarship information, general ASLA information and a copy of Landscape Architecture magazine to 150 schools in Alaska. Beyond landscape architecture month, our members are actively involved throughout our communities and contribute at all levels.

Lastly, we are very proud to have had Elise Huggins elected into the ASLA College of Fellows (joining Dwayne Adams and Linda Cyra-Korsgaard). In addition to having a positive and lasting impact on design and development in Alaska, she is a consistent and productive member of our chapter and its board. We are a lucky chapter to have dedicated and talented individuals like Elise.

Arizona Chapter

By Michael Buschbacher, new president of the Arizona ASLA Chapter.

The Arizona ASLA has had an eventful year. As of August 2007, the AzASLA had nearly 350 members and has been adding 5 to 7 new members monthly. AzASLA President James Coffman wrote in AzASLA's newsletter that, "with this size comes greater expectations and opportunities to do more for our members, profession, community and Arizona."

Michael Buschbacher

In August, the ASLA Executive Committee voted to bring the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo to Phoenix in the year 2012, the Arizona centennial year. This news excited the AzASLA greatly; the last time Phoenix hosted the ASLA Annual meeting was in 1984. The AzASLA will be involved in all aspects of planning the meeting, and the Executive Committee will be seeking participation from all AzASLA members to guarantee the meeting is a success.

Over the past year, the AzASLA revised their website which debuted in the fall, and also brought back the Mesquite Journal, a newsletter of the AzASLA. As well, the AzASLA held and sponsored many exciting events throughout the year. The Hunter Golf Tournament and expanded event was held November 2 and the AzASLA co-sponsored the ASU Planning and Design Academy on "Sustaining the Landscape in the Public Realm" on November 30.

As well, because of recent growth, the executive committee reviewed the services that are being provided to its membership. As a part of this review, the chapter decided to move the State Annual Awards Program to the spring, closer to National Landscape Architecture Month. The Call for Entries will be announced in December 2007, and a jury will convene in February 2008, with results being published in the spring 2008 edition of the Mesquite Journal. A formal presentation will occur at the new Spring State Chapter Meeting and Annual Awards Dinner.

Northern California Chapter

On Oct. 5, 2007, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sign AB 937 into law. The bill, written by the Committee on Business and Professions to amend sections of the California Business and Professions Code, describes violations of the laws governing licensed landscape architects.

Ive Haugeland, new president of the Northern California ASLA Chapter

The Northern California ASLA Chapter sees the bill as strengthening the language to the business and professional code for landscape architects, basically giving licensed landscape architects an equivalent professional status under the law as it gives licensed architects.

Before AB 937, the law already provided for the licensure and regulation of landscape architects by the California Architects Board and made it a misdemeanor for any person to engage in the practice of landscape architecture without a valid license from the board. It also required landscape architects to provide customers with detailed written contracts that include specified provisions, including a description of the procedure the landscape architect and client would use to accommodate additional services.

AB 937 specifies exceptions to that written contract requirement. It requires a contract be executed prior to the landscape architect commencing work, except as specified, and requires the written contract include a description of the procedure used by either party to terminate the contract. AB 937 also specifies a written contract include a contract in electronic form. The bill makes it a misdemeanor for those not licensed as a landscape architect to use the stamp of a licensed landscape architect or to advertise or indicate that they are a licensed landscape architect or qualified to work as a landscape architect.

William Callaway, FASLA, Awarded 2007 ASLA Medal

The chapter is proud that the highest honor the American Society of Landscape Architects bestows upon a landscape architect went to a fellow member. The ASLA Medal is awarded each year to one whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact. This year, William Callaway, FASLA, of Sausalito, Calif., received that honor, recognizing his 40 years of work in the profession.

William Callaway, FASLA, CEO of SWA Group
Photo by Stephen Kelly

His last 38 years have been spent with the SWA Group, where he began as a draftsman and worked his way all the way up to president and now serves as CEO. In 2005 SWA became the third firm in ASLA history to receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award, a testimony to Mr. Callaway's leadership and professional passion. Today, the firm operates six studios: Sausalito, San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Houston, Dallas and in Shanghai.

Andrea Cochran, MLA, FASLA

Three 2007 Fellows from Northern Calif. Chapter!

The 2007 induction of 33 landscape architects into the ASLA Council of Fellows included two member of the Northern Calif. Chapter--Andrea Cochran, MLA, FASLA, for works of landscape architecture. Her MLA is from Harvard and her firm is Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture.

Bonnie Fisher, FASLA

On being named a Fellow, she told LASN:"At times, the pursuit of the excellence feels like a solitary one. This nomination is a wonderful acknowledgement of our years of hard work and service to the profession by others with the same passions and pressures."

Bonnie Fisher, FASLA, was recognized also for works of landscape architecture. She was educated at UCLA, UC Berkeley and Harvard GSD and is a principal of ROMA Design Group.

On being named a Fellow, she told LASN:"It underscores the importance of public space design and the role that landscape architects can play in shaping cities."

Owen Chong Lang, MLA, FASLA was recognized for works of landscape architecture.

Owen Chong Lang, MLA, FASLA

On being named a Fellow, he told LASN:"The distinction of a place in the Society of Fellows is truly invigorating, and serves not only as an inspiration for my continuing work, but as a signal call to greater responsibility in nurturing succeeding generations who will perpetuate and advance the legacy of the Society."

San Diego Chapter

By Chris Gustard, SDASLA, final president's message

SD/ASLA Hard at Work

This summer has been incredibly busy with many important matters taking place in and around the ASLA San Diego Chapter and its membership. Fun stuff first, the 2nd Annual SDASLA Night at the Ballpark and East Village Tour was an incredible success. We had about 100 attendees and sold all of our pre-purchased tickets. I want to thank all of those members and Chapter sponsors who attended. Given the success of the last two years, it's highly likely this will become an annual event for the Chapter.

At the local level, the Chapter has been hard at work with the formation of two very important committees: SDASLA Water Conservation Committee and the Storm Water and Low-Impact-Development (L.I.D.) Committee. The Water Conservation Committee, formed in response to the County Water Authority's upcoming stringent water conservation guidelines, is being fostered by Glen Schmidt with assistance from Marian Marum.

Our SDASLA Design Awards Program is fast approaching. Chris Langdon is working hard planning the event which will be held on December 6th at the beautiful Neurosciences Institute. Please organize your best projects and plan to submit and attend.

Another great event that I encourage members and member firms to submit to is the revitalized Orchids & Onions. The board met with Alison Whitelaw from the San Diego Architecture Foundation who came with a message from their board: "We want more submissions from your landscape architecture members."

One final project that David McCullough, Jon Wreschinsky and I have been working on is updating our chapter website. I am pleased to announce, that after nearly a year of working on this, the site should be going live later this month.

This newsletter's President's Message serves as my final message to the membership as your Chapter president. I will hand off the baton to Jon Wreschinsky in October who will take the president's position for 2008. Jon's a great guy and he's dedicated to the position on the board and serving the membership. I appreciate the opportunity to serve and I encourage the membership to become more active where you can.

Colorado Chapter

by Courtney McRickard, Inc., vice president of PR, CASLA

The 2007 CCASLA Design Conference, "Towards 2025; Advancing Our Communities," was held in Estes Park, Colo. October 19-20. The conference was an outstanding success bringing together over 100 landscape architects for two days of education sessions, field tours, roundtable discussions and product exhibits. The evening design awards banquet was attending by over 175 people and highlighted by the presentation of the President's Award of Excellence for three different projects completed by Colorado landscape architects. This was the culmination of a great year for landscape architects in Colorado.

Patrick Mundus, new president of the Colorado ASLA Chapter.
Photo courtesy of ASLA

National Landscape Architecture month was celebrated with a variety of events including career day speakers in local schools, chapter social events and a community build project at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

After three decades of trying to reinstate licensure for landscape architects in Colorado, 2007 was our year of success. On the evening of July 12 there was a party at the Chop House in Denver to celebrate the recent passage of the state Bill 107 concerning the regulation of landscape architects and to say thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who have helped over the years both financially and politically.

With the participation of our '07 and '08 executive committee members over the next six months, we hope to develop a new updated direction for our chapter organization including staffing, a more permanent office and updated administrative tools and functions. While we're planning for our organizational future, we're pleased to announce that CCASLA has retained an interim association manager, Mr. Gregory Williams, MBA.

Editor's notes: CCASLA bade a fond farewell to Donna Ralston, the manager for the chapter for nine years. She helped grow, organize and support many of the chapter's most successful programs and events, including the summer garden tour, annual conferences and many education sessions and social events.

"When Donna decided to leave CCASLA, it felt like we were loosing a family member as well as an associate," said Mark Tabor, the 2006-2007 chapter president. He notes Ms. Ralston was the communication link to the members and helped organize and support many of the chapter's most successful programs and events, including the summer garden tour, annual conferences, and the many educational sessions and social events. She also assisted with the printing and mailing of the chapter newsletter.

On August 29, 2007, Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter appointed a five-member Board of Landscape Architects, which included three landscape architects:

  • Jennifer Staroska-McCoy of Denver,
  • James Ramos of Lafayette
  • Ted Ciavonne of Grand Junction.
  • Charles Adams is the newly appointed program director for the Colorado State Board of Landscape Architecture.

2007 Fellow from the Colorado Chapter!

The 2007 induction of 33 landscape architects into the ASLA Council of Fellows included one Colorado Chapter member--William P. Vitek, MLA, FASLA. Mr. Vitek received his MLA from the University of Michigan and works for EDAW in Denver.

William Vitek, MLA, FASLA

On being named a Fellow, he told LASN:"I find myself amazed now that 25 years have passed and I've been presented with such a prestigious honor. I am honored and value the fellowship that has been bestowed upon me by ASLA and my fellow peers."

Connecticut Chapter ASLA Report

The Connecticut Chapter of ASLA (CTASLA) accomplished much this year. From a revised website designed to improve communication with CTASLA members, to a handbook that seeks to better serve members, the CTASLA was kept busy.

The 2007-2008 CTASLA leadership election resulted in a number of newly elected members. The board was installed in early October.

A focus of CTASLA this year was to emphasize communication with youth as a critical focus across the nation.

"Introducing young students to the profession of landscape architecture should remain a focus of every professional," writes Aris Stalis, president of CTASLA in the CTASLA newsletter.

"The role of landscape architects, to protect and serve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Connecticut and beyond, is vitally important. CTASLA is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, education and skills in the art and science of landscape architecture," writes Stalis.

Brian Robinson, new president of the Connecticut ASLA Chapter.

In April, CTASLA installed a landscape architecture exhibit in the walkway between the Legislative Office Building and the State Capitol in Hartford. The exhibit was displayed from April 2nd to 11th and included about 30 boards which demonstrated many aspects of landscape architecture and highlighted the work of many CTASLA members. CTASLA has already reserved the space at LOB again for April 2008.

CTASLA also had a booth at the Connecticut Flower and Garden show which was held on February 22nd to 25th and drew thousands of people. CTASLA is hoping to have an even "bigger and better" presence at the 2008 show.

Florida Chapter

By Richard Rome, President FLASLA

The installation of new officers was complemented this year by the introduction of a new association manager, Sue Fern. The process of bringing administrative staff back to the Florida Chapter has been a long and thoughtful process that engaged many members and many hours of their time in deliberation and consultation. The processes by which the chapter's new and existing administrative staff and paid consultants will be hired, managed, evaluated and compensated was discussed at length in multiple meetings, and the committee members received insightful and persuasive comments from a number of chapter members. Changes in chapter policies and procedures will not only reduce the learning curve that impacts new ExCom members severely as they first take office, but they will also provide a continuing set of criteria by which decisions can be made that are in the best interest of the FLASLA's members.

This year's ASLA Annual Meeting in San Francisco demonstrated that landscape architecture is a known quantity now. It is critical that the FLASLA lead in the expansion of the presence of landscape architecture in the public sphere with regard to the pressing issues of sustainability, quality of life, and resource preservation in addition to our continued reputation for environmental planning and design.

The chapter has done well in many areas, which are revealed by the 2007 Membership Survey. The Annual Conference in Miami hosted over 600 attendees, the Design Awards Program provides a sophisticated and entertaining venue for the display of excellence in Landscape Architecture. Dedicated volunteers continue to lobby on behalf of the state's licensure statute.

A number of new initiatives will occur to improve chapter communications. Sections chairs will be provided with more assistance and support, committee and taskforce chairs will receive stronger assistance in the accomplishment of their goals and objectives. As well, students and emerging professionals will be mentored and nurtured, senior members will be provided with opportunities for continued participation and the chapter's financial resources will be optimized so that the future of the Florida Chapter is assured.


Volunteers' time is extremely valuable. A typical executive committee meeting represents approximately $16,000 in billable professional time donated to the Florida Chapter. This is without any consideration of travel time, which could easily double that figure. Such a generous giving of expertise and time will not be taken lightly, and new procedures will insure that meetings proceed in both a timely and productive manner. Of course, all ExCom meetings are open and public and all FLASLA members are invited to attend.

The real work of the Florida Chapter occurs at the grassroots level of the individual members who chose to work as volunteers on a personal and direct level with public officials, non-profit organizations, and with single individuals in the public sector who are not landscape architects, but who need to know what landscape architects can do for them. Those who lead such volunteers are the true workers in the organization. The Florida Chapter will support its volunteer coordinators in such a manner that they desire to continue or advance in the chapter's leadership ladder. Competent leaders will be continually mined from the chapter's membership, and opportunities for their leadership will be available on a continuous basis for them.

All Florida Chapter section, committee, and taskforce chairs will be expected to develop a written mission statement, goals and objectives, timeline with waypoints, and annual budget. Minutes of all meetings will be submitted to the executive committee. The roster of committee members will be kept up-to-date, and communication of activities and events will be timely and in writing. Again, templates will be available on the website for all of these requirements to assist in the development and documentation of Florida Chapter activities. With these new changes, the Florida Chapter continues to strive to increase its present membership and strengthen the profession's positive impacts on the citizens and environment of Florida.

Kentucky Chapter

By Pamela S. Hays, RLA, ASLA, president, 2007

The past year has proven to be hugely successful for the Kentucky ASLA Chapter. An upsurge in activities has lead to increased member participation, which in turn has provided the impetus for a small but steady growth in chapter membership. The new growth in our chapter brought with it the many challenges of maintaining our current commitment to the membership while working to expand our services to both our membership and the public. As part of our commitment to membership services the chapter recently co-sponsored a Green Roof Lecture presented by one of the leading experts in the industry-Ed Snodgrass. The session provided continuing education to our members free of charge. Hopefully this will be the first of many such opportunities available to design professionals and interested laypersons. Along with our growth in membership the chapter has experienced a steady growth in corporate sponsorship, which has allowed for many additional opportunities for the chapter to promote the profession and provide green experiences for the public. We are looking forward to another great year of continued growth with many new, exciting and creative opportunities to educate the public and advance the profession.

Boston Chapter (BSLA)

By Chapter President Bob Corning

Election Results

Congratulations to our new 2007-2008 BSLA Executive Committee. We welcome Trustee Thomas Doolittle back to the Excom and appreciate Melissa Braun's willingness to serve as secretary.

Upcoming Event

BSLA Annual Awards Gala
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Hotel Marlowe

2007 BSLA Golf Outing -- A Great Success!

Over 100 golfers enjoyed a magnificent day of golf, food and fun at this years BSLA golf outing held at Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, MA. The weather was fantastic, the course was in great shape and a good time was had by all that participated.

Special thanks goes out to Fred Adams of Ideal Concrete Block for his enthusiastic leadership in getting the golf outing back on track. We also want to thank Andrew Leonard of Leonard Design Associates, Nadene Parzych of Landscape Forms and the folks at our BSLA Chapter office for all of their assistance.

BSLA Firm News:

New Chinatown Park Opens on Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Dedication ceremonies for Chinatown Park, the first of the parks to be completed along Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, took place on September 12th. The dedication marked the culmination of a rigorous, five year planning and design effort. Boston based landscape architects Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc. designed the park, under the direction of the client/owner, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, and with the ongoing involvement of the mayor's Central Artery Task Force and the Chinatown and Leather District Advisory Group. Some 60 members of the community actively participated in public meetings as the design process evolved.

Martha Schwartz Named Tenured Professor at GSD

Alan Altshuler, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), announced that Martha Schwartz has been promoted to professor in practice of landscape architecture, with tenure (effective July 1). Since 1987, Schwartz has held positions of design critic and adjunct professor in the GSD, where she has taught options studios, portions of the landscape architecture core and seminars.

BSLA Celebration Gala

A wonderful time was had by 200 BSLA members, clients, and sponsors at the annual BSLA Celebration Gala on May 3 at the Hotel Marlowe. It was a great evening catching up with colleagues and peers, recognizing significant contributions to the profession, and celebrating the 20 award winning projects.

Highlights included a delightfully humorous globe-spanning tour of gardens through the eyes of Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joseph Hudak. The BSLA also marked the official end of Joseph Geller's service as BSLA president with a donation in his name to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

The evening ended with a special award to Sergeant Lucas Murray of the Boston Parks & Recreation Department. Luke shared the moving video he made chronicling his successful coordination effort to get a Kompan playground built in Iraq during his deployment as an Infantry team leader.

Many thanks for the support from our sponsors: Anderson Landscape Construction, Inc., Boston Illumination Group, Inc., Brilliant Lighting, Inc., Conceptual Site Furnishings, Inc., Landscape Forms, Nite Image, Omni-Lite, Inc., Old Town Fiberglass, Inc. as represented by Lantz of New England, and ValleyCrest Landscape Development for the table centerpieces, as well as the BSLA membership for making this such a terrific event!

Michigan Chapter

By Derk Dalling, executive director

2008 Michigan ASLA Goals and Update

The primary goal for the Michigan Chapter has been -- and will remain --licensure for the profession.

In April 2007, the legislation was reintroduced as Senate Bills 382 and 383. We were anticipating full approval of the legislation by late June or July of 2007. Not long after the introduction of the legislation, the governor's office issued executive order 2007-23 which eliminated the existing State Board of Landscape Architects effective July 15.

This action was primarily the result of a lack of activity on the part of the state board, which subjected this body to possible elimination.

Kenn Rapp, Chapter President.

Chapter members instituted a very effective outreach to the governor's office that included letter writing, phone calls, and local legislator to governor interaction. Despite Michigan ASLA efforts, the executive order was not rescinded.

On a brighter note Michigan was honored to host the 2007 National Licensure Summit in Grand Rapids June 22 - 24th. Hosting this event within the state proved to be very timely to demonstrate national support and interest in landscape architecture legislative progress in Michigan.

Throughout the summer, workgroups took place to amend the legislation. Items discussed included: creation of a technical advisory board comprised of landscape architects that would be called upon by DLEG, essentially to assist in ways the now eliminated state board would have provided input; new language for continuing education; and fees. New continuing education language will be crafted and based on model language in home builder legislation currently making its way through the legislature.

Major goals for the Michigan Chapter of ASLA for 2008.

  • Goal 1 - Pass licensure legislation.This goal is to continue the licensure efforts that are already in place.
  • Goal 2 - Work with national ASLA on the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. Develop a timeline and program for Michigan ASLA to have CEUs for the annual meeting and other events. This goal is to begin a more in-depth look at continuing education credits and what national ASLA is proposing. How will Michigan ASLA be affected by the national program and when our licensure legislation is passed?
  • Goal 3 - Begin implementation of the Michigan ASLA Marking Plan

Not all the goals outlined below are specifically identified in the marketing plan but they are in the spirit of the plan. Focus will primarily be concentrated on retaining and building membership. Our marketing plan calls for a 5% increase in membership this year. That's approximately 17 new members. Outreach programs to make landscape architecture and Michigan ASLA more visible will also be an objective.

New Mexico Chapter

Laurie Firor took over the presidency of the New Mexico Chapter of ASLA (NMASLA) on October 7, 2007, following the ASLA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Firor replaced President Pat Westbrook, who helped the organization accomplish a lot over the past year.

MNASLA worked on a Landscape Tour 2008 Calendar and the NMASLA Landscape Tour which is scheduled for the spring of 2008. The calendar proceeds went to the UNM Landscape Architecture Program Endowment Fund.

The 10th annual Golf Tournament was held in 2007. Over the past 10 years the tournament has raised over $30, 000 for NMASLA to support many chapter activities. The annual student mixer was held on September 7th and a workshop is in the works for January 2008. A Santa Fe meeting was held on September 21st and the NMASLA worked to move the chapter to official non-profit status.

During the state legislative session, MNASLA was successful in obtaining approval for changes to the Landscape Architectural Licensing Law. The changes concerned language modifications that recognized the UNM Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture and provided for an interim designation as "Landscape Architect in training" for individuals working on licensure.

North Carolina Chapter

The North Carolina chapter has had a very exciting and eventful year. We are pleased to have several of our members recognized on the national level including 2007-2008 ASLA President Perry Howard, FASLA, ASLA Vice-President for Membership Susan Hatchell, FASLA and chair of the ASLA Leadership Development Committee Rodney Swink, FASLA. In addition, four of our members were made Fellows, and we have established a steering committee to encourage and assist our members with pursuing Fellow status. NCASLA received a special commendation for "advancing the public perception of landscape architecture and the profession through exceptional planning, skillful coordination and enthusiastic promotion of chapter activities during National Landscape Architecture Month." Several section meetings and functions, a children's museum design competition and a letter explaining the profession and providing contact information sent out to all high schools across the state were all part of the chapter's efforts during the month of April.

N.C. Chapter President Dan Jewell

A highlight for NCASLA was the award of an ASLA Chapter Initiatives Program matching grant to prepare a film documenting the careers of three pioneers of landscape architecture in North Carolina. Now complete, the film is the first in a series capturing the history of the profession and professionals in our state. Coupled with the film, NCASLA has established a Legacy Award to recognize individuals for their lifetime contribution to the development of the profession in the state. A Firm Award has been initiated to recognize contributions to the advancement of the profession through quality design, and a Legacy Project Award. Presentation of all awards as well as screening of the legacy film will take place at our first annual "Celebration of Landscape Architecture," a formal event honoring individuals who have shaped the profession of landscape architecture in North Carolina.

NCASLA continues to support student growth through mentorship and scholarship programs at both NC A&T and NCSU. Additionally, our members frequently share their talents and experience as guest lectures or jurors for student projects and often welcome student interns into their offices.

NCASLA is always looking for better ways to serve its members and the profession of landscape architecture. Perhaps due to these efforts, we have experienced record growth of our chapter over the past year and greater support from our membership as evidenced by the overwhelming approval of increasing dues to maintain our legislative consultant support. For the future of our chapter, we see continued increase in our membership and more activity on the section level in the form of social events, lunchtime meetings and CEU opportunities, all of which promise an exciting 2008 year ahead.

New Jersey Chapter

Allied Professional Status

The New Jersey ASLA Chapter reports this year its political action committee and PSI, the chapter's professional lobbyists "achieved an important goal of legislative approval of allied professional status. As a result, landscape architects now have equal status with architects, engineers and surveyors when forming professional corporations. This will increase the influence that landscape architects have in N.J."


As the NJASLA is often asked for referrals, in February the chapter initiated a "Find a Landscape Architect," an online search engine and directory of participating members. As a special offer to launch this service, members who registered receive a free year for a simple listing. The listing allows visitors to search for a landscape architect by specialty (a list of eight project types), then allows the visitor to find the landscape architects in any of 10 regions in the state.

Jeff Grob, the new president of the New Jersey ASLA Chapter.
Photo courtesy of ASLA

Court Rejects Challenges to Highlands Act

N.J. Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the state has successfully defended the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act in two cases brought by developers challenging the constitutionality of the act. The Highlands Act became law in August 2004 to protect overdevelopment of 415,000 acres of land known as the Preservation Area, which covers parts of Warren, Sussex, Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties.

OFP planned to develop a 93-acre tract in Washington Township, Morris County, and Castle Rock wanted to develop a 28-acre parcel in West Milford, Passaic County. Each of these developers had obtained development approvals or permits after March 29, 2004 but before the act was signed into law on August 10, 2004.

The New Jersey Appellate Division held the act applied retroactively to the OFP and Castle Rock properties. The court held that the March 29, 2004 cut-off date for development to be exempt from the act was rational because it avoided a last-minute rush for development approvals in an environmentally sensitive area between the time the act was introduced and the time it was adopted. The court also rejected OFP's claim that its property, located next to a landfill, ought to be "removed" from the Preservation Area because its inclusion would not help to preserve water quality.

Jeff Tandul Appointed to the ASLA Licensing Committee

Jeff Tandul, a past president of NJASLA, was appointed to the ASLA Licensing Committee, which has set the goal of "50 by 2010," i.e., having all 50 states mandate Landscape Architecture licensing (Vermont is the only holdout). Mr. Tandul has been NJASLA's liaison to the ASLA State Licensing Summits and selected by CLARB as a grader of LARE 11 times. He has also served two terms on the LARE Graphic Exam writing committee and also writes vignettes for section "C" of the LARE.

Jeff Tandul

New York Upstate ASLA Chapter

The New York Department of Education began implementing mandatory continuing education requirements for landscape architects on January 1. The chapter responded by holding or helping sponsor numerous lectures and workshops including a detailed horticultural seminar with New York Root Zone and a talk on restorative gardens given by the chapter's newly inducted fellow, David Kamp, FASLA.

Michael Haas, New York Upstate Chapter President.

In November of last year, the chapter held its annual President's Award Dinner at the Central Park Boathouse where we feted Peter Reed, Senior Curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for his extraordinary work organizing the Groundswell Exhibition in the new architectural galleries of the restored museum. Over 300 attended and raised $30,000 for chapter activities.

We continue to stress educational goals. We plan to continue to provide a variety of interesting sessions for our members to earn learning units for licensure and we are laying plans for taking landscape architecture into the public schools. If we are going to continue to successfully promote and build sustainable landscapes on the planet, we will need to educate new landscape architects at an astonishing rate to replace those who are retiring. The chapter hopes to do this by building relationships with the New York City Department of Education and their network of guidance counselors as well as participating in the ACE Mentor program.

At the 2007 President's Award Dinner held on November 8, 2007, we honored Joshua David and Robert Hammond for their work founding the Friends of the High Line. Friends of the High Line is the community based advocacy group that spearheaded the selection and hiring of a landscape architecture firm, Field Operations, for their project. Even better news is that the first phase of the project, a park built atop an old elevated rail line in Manhattan, will open in 2008.

Ohio ASLA Chapter (OCASLA)

The Ohio ASLA Chapter is comprised of four sections: the Buckeye (central and southeast), Maumee Valley (northwest), Miami (southwest) and Western Reserve (northeast).

As we go to press, OCASLA is getting ready for its Fall Retreat and Strategic Planning Session, scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2007 in Dublin, Ohio.

The 2007/2008 calendar year of the Ohio Chapter is October 1 to September 30, roughly coinciding with the ASLA national annual meeting. The new chapter president is Jeannie Martin.

"Part of my goals as president this year is to improve and increase communication with our members, nonmembers and the other professional societies," said Ms. Martin in her inaugural message to the membership.

"Our licensure law now requires continuing education and I would like for OCASLA to be seen as the primary provider for the CE credits and not the other professional societies. In order to achieve this goal, we need to provide more CE credit opportunities and let everyone know about it.

"How do I plan to do these things? The first and easiest way is to provide a monthly 'From the President' e-mail. This e-mail will provide information of current and upcoming events and happenings around the state, so consider this the official kick-off!"

A 2007 Fellow for Ohio!

The 2007 induction of 33 landscape architects into the Council of Fellows included one member of the Ohio Chapter--Lawrence W. Walquist Jr., FASLA, in the category of "knowledge." He is a professor landscape architecture at the Austin Knowlton School of Architecture Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Ohio State University, and a senior design critic with the firm of Kinzelman Kline Gossman Landscape Architects, Architects, & Planning Consultants.. He told LASN: "Most important to me has been the joys and rewards of teaching and mentoring of over 1,200 students."

Lawrence Walquist Jr., FASLA

In Memoriam

William Nathan Wilcox, the former executive director of the Ohio Board of Examiners of Architects and the Ohio Board of Landscape Examiners (1976-2004), passed away on October 11, 2007 after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Wilcox received a BA in architecture in 1963 from the University of Cincinnati and practiced with H. T. Kirk and Associates in Columbus for several years. He was a member of the Member Board Executives of the National Council of Architectural Licensing Boards (NCARB), the Council of Landscape Architectural Boards (CLARB) and American Institute of Architects, Columbus Chapter. He was awarded the prestigious NCARB President's Medal and the CLARB Service Medal for his outstanding service to the boards and the councils.

His family remembers him as a devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather. Family and friends recall his unique sense of humor.

Oregon Chapter Report

The Oregon ASLA working with the Washington ASLA in a partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program on a community charrette in the fall in southwestern Washington. In April, which was National Landscape Architecture Month, the Oregon ASLA held the Second annual Fountain Festival. The event was a big success and according to the Oregon ASLA newsletter, included, "a whimsical combination of red umbrellas, red balloons, red lunch boxes, musicians, dancers and lots of enthusiastic people of all ages."

Jennifer Richmond, new president of the Oregon ASLA Chapter.

In the spring of 2007, Measure 49 was introduced, and was voted on in November. The Executive Committee of the Oregon ASLA discussed in depth Measure 49 with sister organizations such as AIA, and contacted National ASLA for suggestions on how and if Oregon ASLA organizations should get involved in advocating Measure 49. The Oregon ASLA concluded that they would support the measure and encourage the membership to do so as well. The October 2007 issue of the Oregon ASLA's monthly newsletter stated, "We do not [want to] see our farmland, forest and natural areas cleared to make way for inappropriate and incompatible developments."

Pennsylvania/Delaware American Society of Landscape Architects

From a report by Carl R. Kelemen, RLA, ASLA, Chapter Trustee

The PA/DE Chapter now boasts over 600 members! Year after year, ASLA asks the Chapter presidents and Board of Trustees what they believe is important to their members, and year after year, the number one response is, "Public relations." Keep landscape architecture out in the public's eye...explain who we are and what we do to the general public so they appreciate the importance and diversity of the that when the public asks a landscape architect to help them out, they aren't thinking about getting the lawn mowed, or flowers planted, or the shrubs pruned. ASLA has increased the PR staff and redoubled the efforts to increase public awareness of the profession on many fronts. The results are that public awareness of the profession is up significantly over the last several years.

Carl Kelemen
Photo by Sam Browne

Landscape architects and their expertise are being sought by more people, businesses and allied professionals than ever before. The schools are not graduating enough young professionals to meet the growing demand. Salaries are climbing more quickly than most of the other design professions. LAs now make, on average, more than architects, and have better prospects for employment. It is a time to celebrate the profession and our successes. I know, there are problems...recent assaults on the professional practice enjoyed by the LAs in Pennsylvania have been distressing, but ASLA is there, too, trying to educate public agencies.

In Pennsylvania, SB612 passed the Senate. The legislation is now awaiting action in the House. SB612 upgrades the LA law to eliminate the "grandfather's clause," which allows licensure by interview. The new law will require all candidates to sit for the exam before becoming licensed and increase CEU requirements to more closely align with the requirements of neighboring states.

South Carolina ASLA Chapter

SCASLA 2007 Annual Meeting Highlights

The recently renovated historic west end of downtown Greenville was the perfect backdrop for the 2007 SCASLA annual meeting, Aug. 16-19, "Thinking Green Today for Tomorrow." Over 40 percent of the membership attended.

Barret Anderson, new South Carolina ASLA Chapter president.
Photo courtesy of ASLA

The theme of this year's meeting was "Thinking Green Today for Tomorrow." Lindsey Moore, executive director of the SC Design Arts Partnership, updated the membership on the Mayor's Institute and encouraged SCASLA members to become involved in the community design initiatives.

Following Lindsey, Mayor Knox White and Clemson Prof. Robert Bainbridge spoke on of Halprin's early influence on Greenville's master plan for revitalization and the city's development future.

A diverse group of speaker topics included how to facilitate public charrettes (by Bill Eubanks, ASLA and Thomas Dunbar, ASLA), sustainable community planning methods and water quality best management practices. Other presenters were Angela Vining, Upstate Forever's director of sustainable communities and John Thomas, senior associate at Edward Pinckney and Associates.

Saturday's general session opened with a keynote address by Richard Webel, managing director of Innocenti and Webel. Other topics throughout that day included the Sustainable Sites Initiative of ASLA, creating bicycle friendly communities, and low-impact development strategies. Later that afternoon, attendees toured Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research.

The SCASLA general session of its annual meeting began with an address by ASLA President-Elect Perry Howard. Mr. Howard was inducted as the new ASLA president during the ASLA annual meeting in San Francisco.

The final event of the meeting was the Fellows Celebration Cocktail Hour and Awards Banquet. Among those recognized at the banquet was Chuck Pigg of Greenwood Development, the recipient of the Frasier Award in recognition for his demonstrated leadership in community development and advocacy of the landscape architecture profession.

At the annual meeting chapter members had the opportunity to explore Falls Park and about 10 miles of walkways along the Reedy River, replete with gardens and greenways.

The silent auction to benefit Clemson University's Landscape Architecture program raised close to $2,000, which will go towards the purchase of new model-building technology.

2007 Fellow from South Carolina Chapter!

The 2007 induction of 33 landscape architects into the ASLA Council of Fellows included a member of the South Carolina Chapter-- William Eubanks, FASLA. Mr. Eubanks was educated at the University of Arkansas and is the director of urban design for Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, Inc.

William T. Eubanks, FASLA

On being named a Fellow, he told LASN:"It makes me think of all the things I need to do to be worthy of the honor. Students and young landscape architects have a special place in my heart and I hope to be a better mentor to them."

Local Design Firms, Regenbogen Associates and Stantec, Join Forces

Planning and landscape architecture firm Regenbogen Associates has joined the Charlotte design and consulting firm Stantec.

"Regenbogen has an excellent reputation in Charlotte and Charleston thanks to truly high-quality work," says Rich Keagy, Stantec vice president and leader of the company's urban design practice on the East Coast. "They are a perfect complement to the services we already provide in this office, and the merger will only help us continue to grow our planning and landscape architecture services throughout the region."

Tennessee ASLA Chapter (TNASLA)

One effort the Tennessee ASLA Chapter has been working on for quite some time is getting a graduate landscape architecture program at the University of Tennessee, so that Tennesseans no longer have to go out of state to get it.

Last year when LASN spoke with the chapter, we were told the program looked like a done deal, but it was premature to report it.

Andy Reynolds, new president of the Tennessee ASLA Chapter.
Photo courtesy of ASLA

On July 26, 2007, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission gave final approval for the new Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at the University of Tennessee, offered by the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Classes will begin fall 2008, and the deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2008.

"We have realized the need to educate landscape architects in Tennessee for years and, finally, we have made it happen," said UT architecture professor Tracy Moir-McClean, interim coordinator of the MLA program. She said it is necessary to have a consistent supply of well-trained and licensed landscape architects in the state.

Though the MLA program will be administratively housed in the College of Architecture and Design, it is cross-disciplinary in its studies and faculty.

"This is a great marriage of expertise and knowledge between the two colleges," said Dr. Mary Albrecht, associate dean for academic programs at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "There has been a commitment from both colleges to work on bringing this program to the University of Tennessee."

Moir-McClean said the program will apply for candidacy status with the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) as soon as possible. Candidacy status signifies that the program is demonstrating reasonable progress toward earning accreditation. The program cannot be granted full accreditation until the first class graduates; however, the LAAB does consider graduates of a program that achieves accreditation from candidacy status to have graduated from an accredited program. The program at UT offers three degrees: the MLA professional degree, the Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture and the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture.


On September 17, 2007, TNASLA presented their annual awards to landscape architect firms at the Building Great Communities Conference in Memphis, Tenn.

LandDesign received a Merit award for the Carlisle residential community design in Franklin, Tenn., a project featured in our Feb. 2007 issue.

The projects submitted for consideration were judged by landscape architects from TNASLA's sister ASLA chapter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One Honor Award and Six Merit Awards were given:

The Tennessee Chapter states it is more important than ever to strive not only to build affordable quality communities but also to play an active role of establishing communities that create a sense of sustainable purpose. The "Building Great Communities" conference showcased the best practices and tools for the professions green building/LEED, landscape architecture, planning, urban development and urban forestry. It was the ideal setting to present these distinguished awards.

Merit awards went to Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), Hawkings Partners (three Merit awards, one Honor award), LandDesign, Inc., and Heibert & Associates LLC.

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