ASLA Installs New President, Three Vice Presidents

Virginia Landscape Architect to Lead Organization in 2006


WASHINGTON, DC, October 10, 2005– The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has inducted Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, as president for 2006. The Society elected Pat Caughey, FASLA, as president for 2007 and will also welcome three new vice presidents: Judy Byrd Brittenum, FASLA, will serve as vice president of communication; Gary B. Kesler, FASLA, will serve as vice president of education; and Angela D. Dye, ASLA, will be the new vice president of government affairs.

Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, is a design leader at EDAW in Alexandria, Virginia, creating dozens of important works around the country. His work incorporates narrative landscape strategies to connect people to place for projects ranging from small gardens to urban parks to new communities. Noteworthy projects under his direction have included the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta and Sallie Mae Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. His work has been published in Landscape Architecture, Architectural Record, Southern Living, and Process Architecture.

He has served ASLA in many capacities: as Potomac Chapter president and trustee; ASLA vice president for information and practice; host chair for the annual meeting in 1992; and as a member of the Centennial Celebration Committee, the Public Relations Advisory Committee, several CAT projects, and the Green Roof Task Force. Carmichael has been the recipient of twelve ASLA awards and dozens more from AIA, APA, ULI, and AAN. In addition, he is a member of the ASLA Council of Fellows.

“Today’s world presents many challenges and exciting opportunities for landscape architects. I look forward to working with our members in the upcoming year to help promote safer, more sustainable environments that are not only functional but beautiful,” Carmichael said.

Carmichael’s successor will be Pat Caughey, FASLA, in 2007. Caughey was elected president-elect in June and is president and principal in charge of Wimmer Yamada and Caughey in San Diego, California. Caughey served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1998, and in 1998 was elected ASLA national vice president for professional practice.

ASLA’s new roster of vice presidents includes Judy Byrd Brittenum, FASLA, vice president of communication. Brittenum was inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows for her service to the profession in 2001. She has served as Arkansas Chapter president and has been active with the Boy Scouts of America, helping to update the landscape architecture merit badge.

Gary Kesler, FASLA, incoming vice president of education, is associate head and BLA program coordinator for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign. Kesler has been actively engaged in a variety of roles with ASLA, including chair of the IL/ASLA Education Committee, chapter secretary and president, and chair of the ASLA Council on Education.

As the new vice president of government affairs, Angela Dye, ASLA, brings more than 25 years of professional experience to the Society’s executive committee. She is founder of the landscape architecture firm, A DYE DESIGN, INC., the immediate past Arizona Chapter ASLA trustee and served as the chair of the ASLA Government Affairs Advisory Committee for three years.

The new vice presidents will serve 2-year terms. Continuing service on the ASLA executive committee are William T. Eubanks III, ASLA , vice president of membership. Eubanks is director of urban design at Seamon, Whiteside and Associates in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Donald Leary, ASLA, vice president of finance. Leary is a principal at Land Design, LLC , in Perrysburg, Ohio; and Robert B. Tilson, ASLA, vice president of information and practice. Tilson is president of the Tilson Group , located in Vienna, Virginia.


Karen T. Grajales
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