NATIONAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MONTH
ASLA Chapters, Partners Gear Up for Nationwide Events
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2007---The American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) kicked off National
Landscape Architecture Month nationwide today. ASLA chapters
across the country are celebrating with public
outreach activities to help kids “Discover
Careers in Landscape Architecture,” the theme for
More than 35 ASLA chapters will feature multiple events throughout
the month of April to highlight the importance of landscape
architecture and the availability of careers in the field.
Chapter events range from working with students to design
outdoor spaces to collaborative charrettes, meetings, lectures,
and film viewings.
Chapters have scheduled events with local high schools, Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Ace Mentor program participants to
teach them one-on-one about landscape architecture and provide
them with information about opportunities in the profession.
ASLA members are also working directly with guidance counselors
and teachers to reach students.
In recognition of this goal of creating awareness of the
profession, a number of national partners have signed on in
support of the month. The Cultural
Landscape Foundation and ACE
Mentor program, both targeting middle school and high
school students, have joined as partners.
The American Architectural
Foundation has partnered with ASLA, as well. This organization
has officially launched a scholarship program, “Redesign
Your School: A Contest of Scholarly Proportions,”
to encourage 9th to 12th graders to submit their vision of
ideal places to learn in the twenty-first century for consideration
of scholarships up to $10,000.
Allied industry groups have also joined in support. The American
Horticultural Society, the American
Planning Association, the National
Building Museum, the
Professional Landscape Network, and the Urban
Land Institute all join for the second year in a row.
New partners include the National
Wildlife Federation and the International
Federation of Landscape Architects.
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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