APRIL 2007 IS NATIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Theme to be “Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture"
WASHINGTON, January 23, 2007---The American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) has proclaimed April 2007 as National Landscape
Architecture Month. ASLA chapters across the country will
celebrate with public outreach activities to help individuals
Careers in 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.
“National Landscape Architecture Month provides a great
opportunity for ASLA members to introduce landscape architecture
to students in their communities,” said Pat Caughey,
FASLA, ASLA President. “With sustained growth in demand
projected for landscape architecture services, there are major
opportunities for young people considering entering the profession.
It’s a very good time to be a landscape architect.”
According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, landscape
architecture is the fastest growing of all the design professions.
The latest ASLA
National Salary and Business Indicator Surveys support
that projection, showing the average base salary and bonuses
for landscape architects at nearly $90,000—up 20 percent
from 2004—and firm billings up by 10 percent over the
previous survey. And, demand for landscape architecture services
is projected to expand 18 to 26 percent by the year 2014.
To meet this demand, the number of graduates in landscape
architecture programs needs to grow by an average of six percent
At the national level, ASLA is working with the ACE
Mentor Program to reach high school students and with
the Cultural Landscape Foundation to target middle school
students through its Cultural Landscapes as Classrooms program.
Throughout the month, ASLA chapter events will be held to
reach out to students.
Again this year, ASLA is partnering with a number of national
organizations to gain support for National Landscape Architecture
Month, including the American
Planning Association, the
National Wildlife Federation and the Professional
Landscape Network. ASLA will be reaching out to more organizations
in the coming months for partnership opportunities.
ASLA chapter events will be held throughout the month of
April. More information on National Landscape Architecture
Month and on local events can be found at http://www.asla.org/lamonth/index.html.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association
for landscape architects, representing more than 17,600 members
in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. Landscape
architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis,
planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation.
ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances
the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and
fellowship. Members of the Society use their “ASLA”
suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment
to the highest ethical standards of the profession.
Learn more about landscape architecture online at www.asla.org.
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