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Updates from ASLA

Greg Miller, ASLA

Candidate for 2017 President-Elect

Concepts and Aims Statement

It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for President of ASLA. I'm proud of our accomplishments and excited for what the future brings.

We all have a broader understanding of instability; in economics, the environment, even personal safety. Landscape architects have the skills and expertise to solve tough problems, and ASLA is positioning the profession to be leaders in redefining, reconstructing, and reshaping our communities. Our influence is expanding beyond designing site-specific solutions to encompass the entire landscape of the world in which we live.

Landscape architecture at its core focuses on providing for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. This still remains the primary charge of the profession, but the depth of our work is increasingly recognized as vital. For instance, the public now values parks for being more than just safe places for recreation. There is a greater appreciation for universal accessibility, opportunities for kids to reconnect with nature, and therapeutic benefits for people with mental, behavioral, and sensory disorders. Efficient systems that reduce resource consumption, while providing ecosystem benefits, are now considered prerequisites for a successful project. All of our members, whether in private practice, public institutions, or academia, can demonstrate meaningful impacts to their community.

ASLA has recently enacted umbrella policies that will guide the continuing evolution of our programs and operations. Promoting ASLA and landscape architects as leaders on critical issues, fostering the development of emerging professionals, and diversifying our membership will amplify the effectiveness and influence of all our efforts. The advocacy network can build on successes at the national level to advance critical issues in our local governments. SITES will progressively steer decisions and policies based on measured successes. The Center for Landscape Architecture will exhibit our commitment to supporting sustainable development and can act as a catalyst for additional advances. Furthermore, expanding our focus on urban development and environmental justice will increase the public awareness of the valuable work being done by landscape architects.

Our challenges remain real, but opportunity abounds to firmly establish ASLA at the forefront of creating a better world.

Biography

Greg Miller, ASLA, is president of the firm Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller Ltd. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. MRWM is a mid-size firm with 12 licensed landscape architects practicing primarily in the Southwest. Miller has a diverse range of project experience with a focus on parks and recreation facilities, schools and campuses, complete streets and transportation corridors, health care facilities, and residential landscapes. Miller is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, California, Ohio, and Illinois.

Miller has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of New Mexico for 12 years. He teaches Materials and Construction Techniques as well as Water and the Landscape. He has worked diligently to strengthen the connection between the professional community and students through his service as a mentor, thesis committee member, and liaison to the student chapter. He has also spent six years teaching in the Art in the School Program, a volunteer program that fosters the love of art and design at the elementary-school level.
Miller's national leadership experience includes ASLA Vice President of Membership and New Mexico Chapter Trustee. He was Chapter President and has held several other positions on the NMASLA Executive Committee. He has also served on a variety of chapter and national committees. Miller has recently served on ad-hoc committees to provide technical and industry expertise on the City of Albuquerque's effort to update the landscape, water use, street tree, and complete streets ordinances.

Miller has authored feature articles in Landscape Architecture and Specifier News (April 2010) and LD+A Magazine (March 2014) and a case study chapter in Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th Edition (Albuquerque West Side Skatepark). He has recently been a speaker at several local and regional conferences including Think Trees New Mexico, Great Plains Green Convention, Transportation Research Board AFB40 Mid-Year Meeting, and the New Mexico Architectural Foundation Fall Tour.

In his personal life, Miller enjoys traveling with his wife and two kids, attending their school functions, and coaching Little League Baseball. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Texas A&M University. 

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