Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, Installed as New President of ASLA


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has installed Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA, PLA, as its president for the 2018-2019 term. Kelly was sworn in during the October 22 President’s Dinner at the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia. He succeeds Gregory A. Miller, FASLA. 

In his remarks at the dinner, Kelly outlined his vision for the Society and the role of landscape architects in addressing such critical environmental issues as the growing worldwide scarcity of potable water. He also called upon members to help him raise public awareness about the profession. 

“ASLA is growing in scope and reach, as it must to be the voice of our ever-changing profession,” Kelly said. “While we must honor our roots, our ‘why’, we also need to embrace the opportunities for progress. We are, in fact, a vehicle for that positive change. We must also be the authors for that positive change.” 

Kelly has practiced landscape architecture and planning in Arizona, California, and Wisconsin, with projects on three continents and multiple countries, as well as multiple states in America. He is principal of the Kelly Design Group, LLC, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. 

Kelly also teaches full time at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He earned his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona. 

Joining Kelly on the 2019 Executive Committee are (click on link for biographical information): 

  • Wendy Miller, FASLA, 2019 President Elect
  • Gregory A. Miller, FASLA, Immediate Past President
  • Haley Blakeman, ASLA, Vice President, Communications
  • Lake Douglas, FASLA, Vice President, Education
  • Kona A. Gray, FASLA, Vice President, Professional Practice
  • SuLin Kotowicz, ASLA, Vice President, Finance
  • Eugenia Martin, FASLA, Vice President, Government Affairs
  • Dennis R. Nola, ASLA, Vice President, Membership

About ASLA

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly accessible sustainable design resources.


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