-- Landscape architect, Paul Morris, FASLA, of Portland, Ore., was recently elected as the 2002-2003 national president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Morris will officially become the Society's president-elect following the ASLA Annual Meeting this September and serve the Society through his president from October 1, 2002, through September 31, 2003.
"My aim is to move our profession in a direction that is accessible to all landscape architects and excels in providing balance and value to our rapidly changing world," Morris said. "ASLA has the opportunity to influence nationwide concern for the environment, specifically through advancing the values of livable communities, sustainable development, and context-sensitive design. As landscape architects, we must be leaders on projects affected by it."
Morris received his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the University of Oregon and Graduate Certificate in Special Programs from Harvard University. He is a CLARB-certified landscape architect with four state licenses and also a registered mediator. Since 1980, Morris has dedicated his career to facilitating politically sensitive and technically complex projects that achieve environmentally sensitive and humanistic solutions for issues affecting multiple interests and requiring community-based decision making and consensus building. For the last 10 years, community planning and civic design at the local, national, and international level have served as a key focus of his practice.
In 1989 Morris and partner Michael McKeever formed the firm McKeever/Morris. In 2000, Morris merged his practice with one of the nation's leading planning and engineering firms, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Inc. where he now serves as senior supervising landscape architect. His diverse portfolio of professional practice includes such notable projects as Portland's I-405 Decking; the Oklahoma City National Memorial; the Oregon Garden; and the Twin Creeks Transit Oriented Development Master Plan.
Morris brings an energetic vision to ASLA, with plans to advance the profession's involvement in public policy formation, local community service and interdisciplinary collaboration. He has been active in ASLA since 1985 and currently serves as national vice president of public affairs. In 1998, Morris chaired the ASLA Annual Meeting in Portland, setting records for participation and public outreach. Simultaneously, he served a four-year term on the national Continuing Education Committee, focused on advancing new technologies in distance learning. Morris has served on 16 other national committees and task forces.
Morris is also an active member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the National Recreation and Parks Association. His work has culminated in over 50 citations, recognitions and awards including 1997 inclusion in Marquis' Who's Who in America, 1998 investiture as an ASLA Fellow, and 2000 Excellence in Design For Transportation Award from the Office of the White House and U.S. Department of Transportation.
In 1999, Morris was the first landscape architect elected to the board of 1000 Friends of Oregon, an organization dedicated to maintaining the nation's leading land use planning program. He has taught at the university level and is a frequent public speaker, including most recently to the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. He has contributed over 80 articles on landscape architecture topics ranging from urban regeneration, to gardens, to growth management.
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to work with Paul in the coming year," said 2001-2002 president-elect Rodney Swink. "He brings great energy and ideas to the Society, and he has a good sense of how landscape architects can prepare for new professional challenges, such as transportation and urban sprawl."
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing the more 30,000 landscape architects nationwide. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to more than 13,500 members and 48 chapters, in all 50 states, the U.S. territories and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and networking. For more information, visit ASLA OnLine,