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ASLA Testifies in Favor of DC Licensure


2016-11-03

 On October 19, 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia held a hearing on the Regulations of Landscape Architecture and Professional Design Firms Amendment Act of 2016. The legislation, introduced this past summer by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, would establish landscape architecture licensure in the District of Columbia as well as require registration for professional design firms. Elizabeth Hebron, director of state government affairs of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), testified on behalf of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

“On behalf of the over 15,000 members of the American Society of Landscape Architects, I would like to express our association’s full support for establishing landscape architecture licensure in the District of Columbia and urge quick passage of Bill 21-790, the Regulation of Landscape Architecture and Professional Design Firms Act of 2016. Licensure is a critical government function necessary to ensure the protection of the public from unqualified or incompetent individuals who engage in professional practice. The fundamental function for any form of professional regulation, including the licensing of landscape architects, is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. As such, landscape architects are licensed in all 50 states. Currently the District of Columbia is the sole state level jurisdiction without landscape architecture licensure.”

Others testifying in favor of the bill include Dena Kennett, ASLA, president of the Potomac Chapter; Marsha Lea, FASLA, chair of government affairs for the Potomac Chapter; Ryan Moody, ASLA, founding principal of Moody Graham; Sharon Bradley, ASLA, founder and president of Bradley Site Design, Inc., Lisa Delplace, ASLA, principal and CEO of Oehme, van Sweden; and Lynne Church of Lynne Church Landscape Design.

Government witnesses testifying in favor of the bill included Ronnie McGee, chairman of the DC Board of Architecture and Interior Designers, and Clifford Hooks, program manager for occupational and professional licensing with the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Please help us reach the goal of 2,000 signatures on the national iAdvocateNetwork petition supporting DC licensure! The current signature total is just shy of 1,500 and the deadline to sign is Monday, November 7. 

Contact

Karen T. Grajales
Manager, Public Relations 
tel: 1-202-216-2371
ktgrajales@asla.org
@ktgrajales

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