|THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS|
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects
is the national professional association representing landscape architects.
Beginning with its 11 original members, ASLA has grown to more than 13,500
members and 48 chapters, representing 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,
WHAT IS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE?
Landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Landscape architectural projects include design of public parks, site planning for commercial and residential properties, land reclamation, urban and community design, and historic preservation. Examples of landscape architecture include Central Park in New York City, TRW’s headquarters outside Cleveland, the “Emerald Necklace” of green spaces and parks in Boston, Sursum Cordan Affordable Housing in Washington, D.C., preservation of Yosemite Park and Niagara Falls, and the landfill reclamation of Fresh Kills in New York. Landscape architects have advanced education, professional training, specialized skills, and are licensed in 47 states.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVOCACY
ASLA seeks to improve public understanding of the profession and to advance the practice of landscape architecture. ASLA’s government affairs department facilitates communication between members and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels and is an active advocate for the profession on issues including licensure, livable communities, transportation enhancements, and small business issues.
INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES
Key programs and services of the Society include Firm Finder, a resource
for locating a local landscape architect, www.asla.org/nonmembers/sewin.cfm;
Landscape Architecture magazine; LAND Online, the members’
bi-monthly electronic newsletter, www.asla.org/Members/land/index.cfm;
ASLA OnLine, www.asla.org,
a comprehensive website serving ASLA members and the public; professional
workshops and seminars; accreditation of landscape architecture professional
degree programs; liaison with related organizations and professions; the
ASLA Annual Meeting and Exposition; the ASLA/Sweets Landscape Architecture
Directory; the Professional Practice Library, professional and technical
information resources; LATIS, the Landscape Architects Technical Information
Series; employment referral; an online directory of landscape architecture
firms; the ASLA Professional Awards Program; and a landscape architecture