ASLA Names Six New Honorary Members

Public Officials, Longtime Staff Among Honorees


WASHINGTON, May 22, 2006 The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has selected six individuals to receive honorary membership. Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects, and since its founding in 1899, the Society has conferred honorary membership upon only 94 individuals. The 2006 honorees received their certificates on May 4 at a dinner in their honor in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Senator James Jeffords, Honorary ASLA

U.S. Senator James Jeffords, Honorary ASLA, has more than 30 years of experience in Congress. Jeffords has worked diligently for historic preservation, protecting the environment, and broadening the concept of transportation to include bicycles and pedestrians. He has supported funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Historic American Landscapes Survey.  Additionally, Jeffords has also supported sustainable building technology, an important issue for ASLA. 

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, Honorary ASLA

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, Honorary ASLA, holds a masters’ degree in urban planning and practiced for 15 years before running for Congress in 1982. During her 12 terms in Congress, she has been a stalwart supporter of conservation, cleaning up of the waterways adjacent to Lake Erie; developing the Maumee River Heritage Corridor between Ohio and Indiana; and establishing wildlife refuges and shoreline recreation, among many other accomplishments. 

Ron Leighton, Honorary ASLA

Ron Leighton, Honorary ASLA, is ASLA’s Director of Education and Academic Affairs.  For the past 19 years, he has raised awareness of the education issues affecting the profession of landscape architecture. He has worked with the Council on Education and the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board to establish, review, accredit, and grow educational programs for the profession. Leighton is responsible for continuing education programs and materials and has been recognized with an ASLA Excellence in Service Award.

Mayor Laura Miller, Honorary ASLA

Mayor Laura Miller, Honorary ASLA, is devoted to making the City of Dallas the most livable, vibrant, and beautiful city in the nation. She led the charge to revitalize the Trinity River Corridor which balances flood protection, environmental responsibility, economic development, recreation, and regional transportation.  It includes the Great Trinity Forest Plan, creating an urban forest seven times the size of Central Park.  She has created a Downtown Parks Plan that provides for urban parks, plazas, open spaces, and streetscapes linking the city’s light rail, vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Zandra Miller, Honorary ASLA

Zandra Miller, Honorary ASLA, is ASLA’s Associate Director of Finance and Business Operations.  For more than 20 years, she has consistently demonstrated leadership, organized thinking, and devotion to ASLA members in every task she takes on.  Her financial management and administrative oversight help ensure that the Society’s resources are used effectively.  Miller also manages the ASLA headquarters building.  She was awarded the ASLA Excellence in Service Award in 2004.

U.S. Representative Mark Udall, Honorary ASLA

U.S. Representative Mark Udall, Honorary ASLA, is an avid outdoorsman and he has stressed environmental protection, growth management, and education throughout his political career.  To protect the land and water, he has worked to clean up abandoned hard rock mines, which continue to leach toxins into mountain streams and lakes.  He has been on the front lines to help communities respond to the challenges of sprawl, including protecting water and wildlife habitats affected by new roads built across public lands.


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