Chad D. Danos, FASLA
Candidate for 2015 President-Elect
Concepts and Aims Statement
The collective strength and adaptability of our profession will propel us as problem solvers of the issues we face in the built environment. As landscape architects, we share common values that empower us to create better places in which we live, work, and play. Regardless of how we practice our craft, we all play a critical role in advancing our profession. To do that, we must focus on our shared principles and encourage our fellow colleagues to participate in the conversation with respect to their own technique.
If elected, I will focus on issues that maintain and advance our relevancy as landscape architects. In order to remain viable within our ever-changing world, we must address our profession’s lack of diversity, be engaged in the decision making process, and lead on emerging issues.
Diversity – The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2043, our nation's majority population will be comprised of today’s minority populace. As our country evolves demographically, we must also face the issue of our profession's lack of ethnic and gender diversity so that landscape architecture will remain a viable option for our future emerging professionals.
Being engaged – Advocating on issues that affect our built and natural world is a responsibility of our stewardship of land and community. We must engage our federal, state, and local decision makers in understanding the full spectrum of the decisions they face.
Emerging issues – Landscape architects’ innovation is our strength, which allows us to be at the forefront of new issues we face as a society. Whether green stormwater systems, sustainability, resiliency, or active living, ASLA has been and must continue to be engaged in these and future issues in order to fulfill our collective vision.
I am extremely honored to have been selected as a candidate for President-Elect and am humbled by the confidence entrusted to me by the nomination and executive committees. I've been deeply committed to ASLA for nearly 20 years and have witnessed its increased sophistication and tremendous accomplishments as an organization. However, we are far from realizing our collective vision, and I am ready and eager to help guide us closer to our goal.
Chad D. Danos, FASLA, serves as director of Landscape Architecture for the multi-disciplinary firm, Duplantis Design Group, PC, located in Baton Rouge, for its four Louisiana offices as well as a Houston and Atlanta office. Danos can identify with alternative practice types as he has previously worked in city government, a mid-size landscape architectural firm, launched a micro-landscape architecture practice that eventually evolved into a partnership practice, and has taught as an adjunct instructor. Danos is CLARB Certified with licenses in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Danos became involved with ASLA early in his career at Louisiana State University, in large part because of the profound influence of Dr. Robert “Doc” S. Reich, FASLA. After serving as student chapter president and on the steering committee for LABASH ’89 at LSU, he then served as Louisiana Chapter president in 1996-97. Since that time, Danos has been a stable advisor to subsequent Louisiana Chapter presidents serving as a conduit for knowledge transfer to the Chapter’s future generation of leaders. In 2003, Danos was a key member of the Host Committee for the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans.
For the past 10 years, Danos has served ASLA in numerous capacities: Vice President of Government Affairs (2012 – 2013), Trustee (2003 – 2011), Finance and Investments Committee (2013 – 2014), chair of Government Affairs Advisory Committee (2006 – 2011), Licensure Committee (2010 – 2012), Nomination Committee (2006 – 2007), Disaster Response Task Force (2005 – 2008), and Leadership Development Committee (2003 – 2004). Danos’ service to the profession was recognized by induction into the 2011 Class of ASLA Fellows.
As an advocate for the advancement of landscape architecture, he has served on local committees to strengthen landscape and stormwater codes and is currently the landscape architect representative on Louisiana’s licensing board. In this role, Danos continues to educate and defend our right to practice. As ASLA Vice President of Government Affairs, he was a speaker at state conferences on advocating for the profession at federal, state, and local levels.