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Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA

Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA
Candidate for National ASLA President-Elect

Concepts and Aims Statement

I discovered my love of the landscape very young and, as I matured, I came to understand that landscape design could and would change people’s lives. Somehow, we all discover or find landscape architecture through various means. The unique and outstanding common thread in all of us is our passion for the profession and the work we do changing communities for the better, balancing the built environment with the natural environment and creating places that heal societal woes, engage social interaction, demand healthy activity, and just plain give beauty. The Society is our collective voice and our only holistic representation.

ASLA is landscape architecture and landscape architecture is ASLA.

I see the goals and the direction of the Society simply as implementing the mission statement to give value to membership in two overarching ways. I like to think of this as advocacy for the members inside the Society and advocacy for the profession outside the Society. These two areas, inside and out, will provide the framework and versatility to grow with the times. Inside would be advocating for the practitioner/member with a business support platform presented in active, real time, and engaging ways. Creating new delivery methods in networking and continuing education will add new dimensions. Outside, we advocate for increased public and political awareness of the profession; as climate crisis solution leaders; and as community builders. Being in the forefront of cutting-edge issues will advance career development and diversity efforts in landscape architecture.

None of this can be accomplished without a strong and versatile base consisting of communication, management, and finances. I am envisioning a strong culture at the membership level supported by empowered staff transforming the Society to meet our changing paradigm and the challenges from our young voices.

I am truly honored to have been nominated as a candidate for President. If elected, I promise to share my energy, experience, and passion as a team leader, a collaborator, a mentor, and sometimes an instigator. Just imagine what we could do together creating the best ASLA possible for the Society, its members, and the future of our world.

Biography

Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA, PLA, LEED BD&C, was recognized for her professional service to the Society as the 2016 recipient of the ASLA Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes Emily’s exceptional volunteer spirit and many years of service as one of the core assets of ASLA, its committees, and Professional Practice Networks.

Emily currently serves as chair of the LARE Prep Committee, is an active participant on the Policy Committee, and creator of a new subcommittee within the Professional Practice Committee. With all of her work, including her contributions to the Women in Landscape Architecture PPN, Emily has been engaged in activities which give value to membership including: the development of educational sessions, posts for The Field, a LATIS Report, as well as LARE Prep and Spotlight webinars. As Florida Host Co-Chair, Emily will be welcoming you to ASLA Miami 2020 this fall.

Over the past two and a half decades, Emily’s work on the local level is notable and she is thought of as a “go to” person for her Chapter. As an activist, advocate, and passionate landscape architect, she has used her leadership positions (President, Trustee, etc.) to develop quality continuing education programs, remove barriers to practice, mentor students, and provide encouragement and support to emerging professionals with the LARE Review Course. She is also actively involved in ACE Mentorship and FLAA (Future Landscape Architects of America) to support career discovery. It is the growth of the profession that fuels her commitment to serve aspiring landscape architects and emerging professionals.

Emily received her BSLA from the University of Florida and has been in private practice since 1980. She has designed award-winning and sustainable spaces throughout her career and, while she enjoys residential design, it is the design of public parks, streetscapes and urban plazas, which are most rewarding to her. For the last 20 years, she has been a Partner and Director of Design at 2GHO in Jupiter, Florida. Emily and her husband Brian raised three wonderful children and are blessed with five grandchildren and her daily walking partner, one crazy Golden Retriever.

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