Keynote Speakers

Saturday, September 19,
8:00 - 9:30 am

The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Hon. ASLA
Mayor of Chicago

Mayor Daley has earned a reputation as America’s “greenest mayor.” His ongoing crusade to improve the urban environment of Chicago has inspired other mayors and civic leaders around the globe. A recent headline in the New York Times indicated that city was beginning to “catch up” with Chicago’s ever-expanding collection of green roofs – just one indication of Chicago’s national leadership when it comes to sustainable design and green initiatives.  Mayor Daley’s vision for a greener, healthier, and more sustainable Chicago began with his first term in 1989, and has developed steadily over the past 20 years.

By working to strengthen the environmental programs, policies and procedures followed by the City’s Bureau of Forestry, Department of Environment, Department of Transportation, and other agencies – both public and private – the Mayor has created a broad-based coalition to address environmental challenges and innovations in the 21st century.

Over the last twenty years, Mayor Daley’s sustained commitment to the development and management of public landscapes and conservation of urban natural areas has benefited the profession of landscape architecture on local, regional, and national levels. His leadership and vision have made the Chicago-area landscape industry one of the strongest and most profitable in the country, and he has set a high standard for other mayors and civic leaders to follow.

In recognition of his leadership, Mayor Daley will receive the 2009 ASLA LaGasse Medal and the Chicago Park District and City of Chicago will receive the 2009 Landscape Architecture Medal of Excellence.


Sponsored by Landscape Structures

Booth 2400

Sunday, September 20,
8:00 - 9:30 am

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

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.


Sponsored by HNTB Corporation

Monday, September 21,
3:00 - 4:30 Pm

Lisa Heinzerling
Associate Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation 

Much of ASLA’s work is devoted to positioning the landscape architecture profession at the forefront of environmental public policy development.  The Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is the primary policy arm for the EPA.  Prior to her current position, Lisa Heinzerling was a member of President Obama’s Transition Team for EPA and served as Senior Climate Policy Counsel since his inauguration. After finishing law school, where she served as editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review, Ms. Heinzerling clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a Skadden Fellow at Business & Professional People for the Public Interest, in Chicago, and for three years practiced environmental law in the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. She has served as a law professor at Georgetown since 1993 and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard and Yale law schools. Her scholarship in environmental law has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal, among other places.  She is the author, with Frank Ackerman, of Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (The New Press 2004). She was the lead author of the winning briefs for petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.


Sponsored by Landscape Forms

Booth 1800

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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