About ASLA

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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.

Our Vision: Leading the design and stewardship of land and communities.

Our Mission: Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments.

The Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

What Does ASLA Do?  

  • Conducts legislative and regulatory outreach to educate policymakers about the healthy, sustainable solutions landscape architects provide to the problems facing communities.
  • Supports licensure of the practice of landscape architecture within the United States and its territories.
  • Fights for small landscape architecture firms and helps them compete more effectively in the marketplace.
  • Partners with leading design and environmental organizations to promote green infrastructure, sustainable community design and development, and safe and walkable transportation systems.

  • Supports the development of research and continuing education initiatives that enable practitioners to address the evolving challenges of landscape architectural practice.
  • Provides career discovery activities to K-12 teachers, students, and their families.
  • Sponsors hundreds of hours of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects to maintain their licenses.

  • Hosts the Annual Meeting and EXPO each year, the world’s largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students − some 6,000 attendees get access to more than 130 continuing educations sessions and events and more than 450 exhibitors’ products and services in one central location.
  • Provides an online forum of Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) and a member directory to enable networking, exchanges on professional opportunities, and sharing of best practices and research.

See a list of Allied and Affiliated Organizations ASLA works with to achieve its vision and mission.


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