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Gary Brown, FASLA

Gary Brown, FASLA
Candidate for National ASLA President-Elect

Concepts and Aims Statement

The future of landscape architecture can be summed up in one word… Community… “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals”. However, we know it is more than just a feeling. As landscape architects we often talk about creating a “sense of community.” For me, community is about creating a safe, welcoming space where a body of like-minded sprits can come together and be connected, engaged, face-to-face in a living, breathing world.

I have three goals that will shape how we can become a more inclusive and engaged community:

  1. Increase our membership to 20,000 by supporting our diverse emerging professionals.
  2. Improve our engagement strategies with K-12 and STEM educators.
  3. Be a leader in the forward momentum on resiliency and mitigation of our changing climate.

We must maintain a clear focus on key issues identified in our strategic plan including recruitment and engagement of our emerging professionals and growth in career discovery. We must stay strong in our fight for resiliency in our changing climate. However, we must do this with a focus on fiscal realities. We must consistently plan and closely monitor how we can maximize the use of our limited resources to provide the quality services our members demand.

ASLA exists to support you and your ability to advance professionally as part of our larger community of practice. We must engage teachers, especially the STEM teachers, who instill the importance of science, technology, engineering and math to our learning community. We must engage in the teaching process, educating the educators, about who we are, what we do and most importantly, why we do what we do--create community.

Finally, we must mitigate our changing climate. We need to work in community with our environmental, scientific and educational partners to engage the policy makers with a focus on the big picture--warming Earth and our long-term impact on this planet.

I am honored to be a President-Elect candidate and look forward to working with you to advance our professional society as an inclusive, engaged and diverse community.


Gary A. Brown, FASLA, PLA, has been a landscape architect at the University of Wisconsin for over 34 years. He is currently the director of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison, overseeing the development of the long range, comprehensive campus master plan and all facilities planning activities on this spectacular 933-acre lakeside campus. He is also the director of the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve, a unique outdoor laboratory that is used for active learning, research, and outreach. His work helps safeguard this historic cultural landscape for generations of faculty, staff, students, and visitors who cherish this land. He holds a BSLA from UW-Madison and is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, having been recognized for his administrative works in 2004.

Mr. Brown has served ASLA in various capacities, from member-at-large, secretary, and president in the Wisconsin Chapter, to chair of the Professional Practice Network Council and a long standing leader in the Campus Planning & Design PPN. He served as the ASLA National Vice President for Professional Practice from 2008-2010 and currently serves as the Wisconsin Chapter Trustee.

For over three decades, Gary has served on numerous local planning committees and commissions promoting the work of landscape architects and providing guidance on the development of neighborhood plans, zoning ordinance updates and workforce housing initiatives. He received the Wisconsin Chapter’s Outstanding Public Service Award in 2000 for his eight years of service on the City of Madison Urban Design Commission. He also was instrumental in the creation of the title and practice acts for landscape architects in Wisconsin. He received the 2004 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture, and is a founding member and chair of their Alumni Advisory Board.

He regularly serves as a guest lecturer and critic, and has mentored young landscape architecture interns who have proudly gone on to build successful professional careers of their own. Most recently, in 2018, Brown received an ASLA Honor Award in Planning & Analysis for the UW-Madison Campus Master Plan and its Stormwater Management-Green Infrastructure Plan that is a prototype for other university campuses.

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