Sunday General Session - What's Next: The Economic Outlook for the Landscape Architecture Industry
Kermit Baker, Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects,
Senior Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Sponsored by HNTB
Sunday, September 20
8:00 – 9:30 am
Arie Crown Theater, Level 2, Lakeside Center at McCormick Place

After more than a decade of a booming market, many in the landscape architecture industry have suffered since the economy hit the brakes in the last year. As chief economist for the AIA and Senior Research Fellow for Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Kermit Baker is uniquely positioned to analyze business and construction trends for U.S. economy and examine their impact on the landscape architecture industry. ASLA commissioned Mr. Baker to perform original research this summer, which he will combine with historical data gathered by the bi-annual National Salary and Business Indicators Surveys and the Business Quarterly surveys to provide a market forecast for ASLA members and the landscape architecture profession.

Prior to joining the AIA and Harvard, Mr. Baker was Vice President and Director of the Economics Department at Reed Business Information, where he was responsible for industry forecasting. He received his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the same field. Don’t miss this up-to-the-minute forecast for the landscape architecture industry.

ASLA/Landscape Structures Gala

Sponsored by Landscape Structures
Sunday, September 20
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Art Institute of Chicago
Ticketed event. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Sunday evening's Gala at the newly opened Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago will stand out as one of the highlights of our meeting. Dine on the finest food and drink the City of Broad Shoulders has to offer. Dance the night away to the live sounds of Malik’s Ultimate Band or escape for a quieter view of the Art Institute’s world-renowned collections of art.

TCLF 5th Annual Silent Auction
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, September 20
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place
Free for all meeting registrants.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) launched the Pioneers of American Landscape Design initiative in partnership with the ASLA in 2003 with the goal of documenting, collecting, and preserving the unique, first-hand perspectives of renowned landscape practitioners. To support the development of this and other important educational initiatives, TCLF is conducting its fifth annual silent auction of artwork. This year’s auction features more than sixty sketches, paintings, photographs, books, clothing, and other ephemera executed by notable landscape architects and artists. In addition to the diverse collection of work by both veteran and emerging landscape architects, the auction will include more than a dozen works by celebrated photographers from across the country.

For additional information about the auction, visit

Professional Practice Network Meetings
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, September 20
5:30–7:00 pm
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place
Free for all full registrants. Meeting badge required.

Meet colleagues who share your interests, exchange ideas and information, and discuss priorities for the coming year at the meetings of your Professional Practice Networks (PPNs). Non-PPN members are welcome to attend. See the Schedule at a Glance for PPN meeting times.

ASLA Council of Fellows Business Meeting
Sunday, September 20
12:15-2:00 pm
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place
Current members of the Council of Fellows are welcome. Meeting badge required.

Join ASLA Council of Fellows Chair Rodney Swink, FASLA, in conducting the annual business of the Council, recapping the events of the past year, and planning for the future.

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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