WASHINGTON, DC, February 13, 2006---The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has proclaimed April 2006 as National Landscape Architecture Month. ASLA chapters across the country will celebrate with public outreach activities to help communities “Discover Landscape Architecture,” the theme for this year. The month encompasses Earth Day on April 22 and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted on April 26, who founded the American landscape architecture profession.
Each week will focus on a different aspect of the profession:
· April 1-8: The landscape architect’s roles in security design and disaster preparedness will be explored during week one. Renowned landscape architect Laurie Olin, FASLA, who redesigned the Washington Monument grounds, will be giving tours of the project in conjunction with the National Building Museum. Landscape architects planning for community rebuilding and the restoration of vegetation and protective wetlands to mitigate damage from future storms along the Gulf Coast will explore lessons learned and applicability to other natural disasters.
· April 9-15: In week two, students will be encouraged to explore career opportunities in landscape architecture, a field that is much in demand and that offers a lucrative salary. ASLA partners with the ACE Mentor Program of America to introduce high school students to careers in landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, and construction.
· April 16-22: Week three activities will highlight green building and sustainable design. The culmination of the week will be the official dedication of ASLA’s landmark green roof on its Washington, DC, headquarters.
· April 23-30: During the final week of April, the focus will be on the residential landscape architecture—dollar for dollar, the best investment in home improvement. Award-winning landscape architect Steve Martino, FASLA, who has pioneered the use of native and low water plants, bold forms, and conservative use of water to achieve dramatic, lush, and livable landscapes, will visit the National Building Museum for a lecture on his work.
“Landscape architecture touches our lives every day in hundreds of different ways,” said Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, president of ASLA. “National Landscape Architecture Month is a great opportunity for Americans of all ages to learn more about how landscape architecture can improve our communities, increase property values, and protect our environment through creative, sustainable design.”
ASLA chapter events will be held throughout the month. More information on National Landscape Architecture Month and on local events can be found at http://www.asla.org/lamonth/index.html.
This year, ASLA is partnering with a number of national organizations to gain support for National Landscape Architecture Month, including the American Horticultural Society, the American Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Urban Land Institute. ASLA will be reaching out to additional organizations in the coming months for partnership opportunities.