Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA
Candidate for 2015 President-Elect
Concepts and Aims
The management of stormwater is central to my practice and my teaching. We are running out of potable water, and Landscape Architects are the best qualified of the design professions to take the lead in the application of better water management practices. I propose to be the voice of our profession in legislation and advocacy for making this a priority in development and having Landscape Architecture take the lead in this work.
I contend that our profession is best suited to changing the way development is accomplished to become a sustainable modification of the environment. The sponsorship of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™, along with our continued advocacy for best management practices for stormwater management and emphasis on our policies for practice, will keep us in the forefront of design. This will provide work for our profession, along with better food and water security, safe routes to schools, and better construction and design practices.
Our continued advocacy for licensure protection and enlargement will keep our practices contemporary and engaged in the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. We must remain diligent in our efforts to advocate for our profession in each state. We must enlarge our limits of practice where state laws are prohibitive.
We must continue to grow our professional membership and retain current members. This critical mass will allow our member-centric organization to enlarge programs to assist and promote the professional practice of Landscape Architecture. This includes the student and affiliate memberships, as well as the corporate category. With increased membership we gain revenue to aid our professional outreach and advocacy, as well as reach a critical mass to gain more attention on Capitol Hill and in our respective states’ legislatures.
We must increase our support of our programs in education. The students are the future of our profession. We must engage them to become more active advocates and bring them into the profession they will inherit. This requires our engagement on juries, guest lectures, closer ties between state and student Chapters, and outreach from firms to students and young employees to become mentor/intern partners.
Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, PLA, earned his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. He has practiced Landscape Architecture and Planning in Arizona, California, and Wisconsin, with projects on three continents and multiple countries, as well as multiple states in America.
He is Principal of the Kelly Design Group, LLC, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. This office is a design/bid studio which produces concept to construction documents for projects ranging from zoos and college campuses, commercial sites, municipal projects, and restoration plans to residential and estate plans.
Kelly also teaches full time at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He teaches from four to six classes per year with studios. His work with the Ojibwe nation has allowed him to work on multiple First Nation reservations with both University Extension and his professional practice.
Kelly currently serves on multiple University and Department Committees. He is a student advisor in the Department. Kelly also created and produces the L.A. Dept. Career Fair, the Center for Sustainable Design, and the annual LA Month display of student work at the State Capitol.
Kelly has been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has served as Wisconsin ASLA Secretary, President Elect, President during the ASLA Centennial, and Past President. Kelly also served as Wisconsin Chapter Trustee on the National Board of Trustees for two three-year terms. While Trustee he received the Careful Reader and Thoughtful Writer awards from the ASLA. Kelly’s committee work includes Council of Educators, Ethics Committee, Nominations Committee, Policy Committee, and Audit Committee. His committee work for Wisconsin ASLA has included the Wisconsin Strategic Planning Chair and Chair/Author of the Wisconsin Practice Act.
On September 11, 2009, Kelly was inducted as a Fellow of ASLA in the category of Knowledge. Kelly is currently serving as Vice President of Membership. He has two National Merit Awards, and five State Merit Awards.
Kelly has the honor of being married to Barbara for 32 years. He is the proud father of daughter Alison, MLA 2010, and sons Evan and Parker.