The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) inducted
Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA, as the 68th president of the 16,000-member Society
during the 2012 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Phoenix.
With more than 25 years in private practice, Tavella serves
as the director of design for Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., located in Trumbull,
Connecticut, where he manages a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects
located across the nation. Tavella is a LEED Accredited Professional and is
CLARB certified with licenses in five states. An advocate for the landscape
architecture profession, he served as the national ASLA vice president of
communications from 2008–2009, the chair of the Public Relations Advisory
Committee, the Connecticut Chapter national trustee, and four terms as the
Connecticut Chapter president.
“I am more convinced than ever that ASLA is doing the right
things to position landscape architects as leaders in the research, design, and
greening of the public realm,” said Tavella. “If we are to grow as a
profession, we need to introduce ourselves to the general public and especially
promising students at an earlier age. When they are asked what they want to be
when they grow up, ‘landscape architect’ should be their informed answer.”
Tavella’s successor in 2014 will be President-elect Mark A.
Focht, FASLA, of Philadelphia. As first deputy commissioner, parks and
facilities, for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Focht is responsible for
operations, maintenance, planning, capital, property management, urban
forestry, ecosystem management, and security of a 10,100-acre park and
recreation system comprising 197 passive parks, 55 recreation centers, 97
playgrounds, and 71 outdoor swimming pools. Previously, Focht served six years
as executive director of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park System.
Along with Tavella and Focht, ASLA installed three new vice
- Annette P. Wilkus, ASLA, is the new vice
president of professional practice. She is the principal of SiteWorks in New
- Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, is the new vice president
of membership. He is the principal of Kelly Design Group, LLC in Williams Bay,
- David L. Lycke, FASLA, is the new vice president
of finance. He is the principal at PLaCE Studios in Charleston, South Carolina;
and a vice president of P.M. Blough, Inc. in Grand Haven, Michigan.
The new vice presidents will serve two-year terms.
Continuing service on the ASLA executive committee are Susan M. Hatchell,
FASLA, immediate past president and president of Susan Hatchell Landscape
Architecture, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina; K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA, vice
president of education and professor and associate dean of the College of
Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California;
Mark H. Hough, ASLA, vice president of communications and campus landscape
architect at Duke University; and Chad D. Danos, FASLA, vice president of
government affairs and the director of landscape architecture at Duplantis
Design Group, PC.