Washington, D.C. March 19, 2013 –
In honor of National Landscape Architecture Month in April, landscape
architects across the country will host a variety of activities to celebrate the
profession and show how the profession promotes public health. This year’s
theme will be “Healthy Living Through Design.”
Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American
Society of Landscape Architects, landscape architects have long been creating environments
that encourage daily exercise, provide clean air and water, and even supply
nutritious food. This helps combat growing epidemics of depression, obesity,
diabetes, asthma and heart disease.
architecture, more than any other design profession, epitomizes green design,
and public health has always been an integral concern for landscape architects,”
said Somerville. “National Landscape Architecture Month provides a great
opportunity to highlight what landscape architects do to help everyone get
outside and get healthy.”
To mark the month, the entire April issue of Landscape
Architecture Magazine will be
made available online for free.
Landscape Architecture Month also encompasses Earth Day on April 22 along with
the April 26 birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), the father of American
landscape architecture and the designer of New York City’s Central Park and
other iconic landscapes.
Olmsted’s time the field of landscape architecture has taken a lead in solving
environmental problems and promoting civic planning for healthy living. Recent
innovations include green roofs, sustainability certification, green
infrastructure, and active transportation measures including complete streets.
Some of the events throughout National Landscape
Architecture Month include:
a documentary film about women landscape architects, "Women in the Dirt,"
to audiences throughout the state of New York
information about landscape architecture with the Vermont state legislature
in partnership with the National Park Service to unveil a new design for the
Shasta Rail Trail in Northern California
joint advocacy events in Kansas and Missouri
with hundreds of students at a local design high school in Kentucky to discover
future landscape architects.
Learn more at the National
Landscape Architecture Month website.
About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape
architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters
and 76 student chapters. The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to
participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our
cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use the “ASLA” suffix
after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest
ethical standards of the profession. Learn more at www.asla.org.