National Heritage Months


Walter Hood, ASLA, designed Witness Walls, composed of two different types of concrete walls, one with soft, impressionistic imagery and the other with sharper image contrasts. Photo Credit: Stacey Irvin.

National heritage months are intended to raise awareness, understanding, and respect for a particular group, culture, or cause.

This year, ASLA celebrates African American landscape architects, landscapes of honor, and the rich history of contributions made by African Americans within the profession and to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Celebrations include a rebroadcasting of the 2019 Annual Conference session Decolonizing Design: Black Narratives in Landscape Architecture with members Breeze Outlaw, ASLA, Ujijji Davis, ASLA, and Marc Miller, ASLA, a documentary film viewing event featuring Claiming Open Spaces produced and directed by Austin Allen held in the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture, and an engaging social media campaign recognizing notable African American landscape architects past and present.These and other Black History Month highlights can be found on the ASLA Celebrates Black History Month 2020 webpage.

Landscape of Honor: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Landscape architecture is the one profession with the power to offer a unique visual balance between meaning, remembrance and aesthetics in public spaces. They utilize powerful elements that coalesce in the form of parks, statues, plagues and other living testaments to a period of history, a person or philosophy. These memorial experiences educate the viewer while creating tangible experience with the past. They function as learning tools for teachers and sources of inspiration and celebration to all who see, touch and experience the presence of their past. Learn how landscape architects introduce new ways to approach memorial design in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn more on the Landscapes of Honors webpage.


I Am A Man Plaza, Cliff Garten Studio. Photo Credit: Jeremy Green  

Over the years, ASLA has remained committed to increasing awareness of the landscape architecture profession and all of its talented professionals through press releases, webpages, special events, and highlights on the significant contributions of members and landscape architects from diverse backgrounds and communities around the world.

  • May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (Coming Soon!)
  • June is LGBTQ Pride Month (Coming Soon!)

Join our expanding efforts to celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion at ASLA. Learn about National Heritage Months and tell us how your ASLA chapter is celebrating diversity using #iPledgeASLADiversity.


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