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Eugenia Martin, FASLA

Eugenia Martin, FASLA
Candidate for National ASLA President-Elect

Concepts and Aims Statement

“The only thing that is constant is change.” — Heraclitus


Even if we actively try to keep things as they are, change will happen. As change happens, we need to be mindful of where we are now, then grow and adapt to meet the need. As President, I will be mindful during times of change to ensure we adapt and grow as a Society, as well as reflect the ASLA Mission to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

Mindful of Advocacy. Through the years, we have been successful at National advocacy by passing legislation. We now need to focus on the local level. Awareness of the profession at the local/state level will have more of an impact at the national level as legislators can see the impacts on their “home turf.” We also need to be more strategic at the national level by focusing on targeted meetings with legislators and committee members.

Mindful of Communication. Communication brings about awareness. Awareness helps advance the profession with clients, policy makers, allied professionals, and the general public. Communication is also about collaboration with ASLA members, potential members, and allied organizations. As we update the website, how and what we communicate is incredibly important to the Society’s health.

Mindful of Education. Education is integral to the growth of ASLA and the profession. We need to be responsive to our members’ needs by adapting how we provide tools and resources. This includes providing various continuing education opportunities and business tools, which reflect our current and potential members’ needs. Education allows landscape architects to lead in critical and emerging practice areas and increases awareness of the profession as a career option.

Mindful of Fellowship. Fellowship is time spent with other landscape architects as well as networking opportunities with allied professionals. Through fellowship, we need to encourage and provide opportunities for emerging professionals to grow and become leaders.

I am incredibly honored to be nominated, and as President, I will mindfully work with you and on behalf of our members to ensure ASLA adapts, grows, and embraces change.

Biography

Eugenia M. Martin, FASLA, has been making significant and notable contributions to the practice of landscape architecture for close to 25 years, working in both the public and private sector. Her leadership, experience, and vision for making the world a better place is coupled with an unbridled passion for landscape architecture and the engagement of fellow design professionals.

Martin has been recognized nationally, regionally, and locally for her enthusiasm for the profession and her desire to advance the values of landscape architects. She has built a rapport with legislators and their staff members to garner support on issues critical to landscape architects and sustainable communities. Results of her determined advocacy include then-Senator George Voinovich sponsoring the Clean Water Affordability Act, Congressman Mike Turner cosponsoring the Community Parks Revitalization Act, and Senator Sherrod Brown co-sponsoring the Innovative Infrastructure Act. She is also a strong advocate of professional licensure for landscape architects, testifying at the state level.

Martin is very active in leadership, having served at the national level as ASLA Vice President of Government Affairs and Ohio Chapter Trustee. She was Chapter President and has held several positions on the OCASLA Executive Committee, including Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Treasurer, as well as serving on several national committees including ASLA Audit Committee, ASLA Member Services Committee, and chair of the ASLA Government Affairs Advisory Committee. She currently serves on ASLA Finance and Investment Committee. Martin’s leadership extends beyond ASLA, volunteering on the Worthington Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and the Advisory Board for Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

In 2009, Martin was recognized with the Ohio Chapter ASLA Service Award. She was one of the first recipients of ASLA National’s Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession. Martin is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is a licensed landscape architect in Ohio. Currently, she shares her talents and skills as a Project Manager for The Ohio State University and the Wexner Medical Center.

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