Immediate Past President
American Society of Landscape Architects
Jonathan Mueller, FASLA, became an ASLA member in 1981. A private practitioner, his professional frame of reference includes experience with design-construct, multi-disciplinary, and independent landscape architecture firms as both an employee and stockholder. He is currently a senior landscape architect with Landmark, a landscape architectural studio of Architects West in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, that he helped establish in 1984.
Since the early Landmark years, he has pursued the role of a volunteer advocate for the profession, which has provided opportunities for influence at a local, state, and national level. For him, these engagements confirmed the power of the collective impact resulting from the service and advocacy actions of individual landscape architects. He believes the leader has to be the servant in order to reach the hearts and minds of the policy makers who can benefit the profession. He emphasizes that we must tell our story – a lesson learned while working with ASLA past president Theodore J. Wirth’s organization – and that service opportunities provide the platform for such actions.
To that end, he has been involved with numerous volunteer efforts in 24 years and currently serves on his city Parks Foundation and Design Review Commission. He served two terms on the Idaho State Board of Landscape Architects and was CLARB representative for the board for four years. He is a past president and trustee of the Idaho-Montana Chapter, during which he played an active part in the successful effort to upgrade Idaho’s licensing law. His national committee service includes the Honors and Awards Advisory Committee, Professional Practice Committee, and serving as chair for both the Policy Committee and Finance and Investments Committee. He served as ASLA vice president for government affairs in 2008-2009.
His work as a landscape architect has produced eight Merit and two Honor awards from the Idaho-Montana Chapter. He has received citations and recognitions from his chapter and state and local government for his extensive volunteer service. He is an LLA in six states and is CLARB certified. He received a BLA from the University of Idaho in 1978, where he has also served as part of the adjunct faculty for the LA program.