Leadership & Governance

Strategic Objectives

Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments. The Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. ASLA programs and operations are grounded in the core values of sustainability and stewardship and a commitment to promoting equity and diversity. The following strategic objectives should be viewed in that context.

Advocacy and Awareness

  • Promote and defend laws and regulations that:  advance the design, planning, and stewardship of the natural and built environment; and foster a business and regulatory climate that supports the profession of landscape architecture.
  • Promote and defend licensure of the profession to protect the public health, safety, and welfare and to protect landscape architects’ right to practice.
  • Advance the image, visibility, and understanding of the profession with client groups, public policy makers, allied professions, media, and the general public.
  • Promote broad use of the Sustainable SITES Initiative® (SITES®) and its sustainability principles through communications, advocacy, and education programs.
  • Keep the profession and the Society in the lead on critical and emerging practice areas and issues.

Serving and Supporting the Members

  • Provide educational opportunities, information, and technical resources to support the diverse professional needs of ASLA members and enable members to expand their knowledge and skills.
  • Support and train professional and student chapters and chapter leaders to enable the chapters to better support, serve, and advocate for the members.
  • Provide networking and fellowship opportunities to foster information exchange in support of members and their professional activities.
  • Produce a high quality magazine that contributes to the profession’s core body of knowledge and enhances the image of the profession.
  • Recognize, celebrate, and promote the work and contributions of members through professional awards and honors programs.
  • Grow the ASLA membership and foster volunteer leadership to increase organizational capacity and amplify the voice and influence of the profession.

Shaping the Future of the Profession

  • Promote landscape architecture as a career option and foster diversity in the profession.
  • Support landscape architectural programs and promote accessible educational pathways into the profession.
  • Support the growth and recognition of the profession around the world.

Governance and Management

  • Maintain effective lines of communication and promote collaboration with and among ASLA members, chapters, committees, the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee, allied organizations, and others.
  • Exercise responsible financial management and administrative oversight to ensure effective use of the Society’s resources.
  • Identify priorities and objectives that respond to member needs and advance the Society and ensure that ASLA programs are managed and implemented in accordance with member- and Board-identified goals and values.


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