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Registration for LABash 2020 is Open!

Since 1970, landscape architecture students and professionals have gathered at an annual student-run conference known as LABash. Each year a different university hosts the event, bringing together students and professionals who are passionate about landscape architecture for a weekend of keynote lectures, educational sessions, panels, workshops, and social gatherings. ASLA is a proud sponsor of LABash.

Cornell University is hosting the 50th annual LABash conference in Ithaca, NY April 2-4, 2020, the first time the event has ever gone to New York. Taking inspiration from the university's trademark Libe Slope, the theme of the conference focuses on the concept of "Rise Above Run." LABash Executive Director Molly Davis, Student ASLA shares more about this concept:

As emerging landscape architecture professionals, we are constantly challenged to "rise above" broader societal issues and create landscapes that not only acknowledge, but embrace these obstacles through the power of design. At this year's LABash, we want to challenge designers to ask how landscape architecture can be used as a medium to rise above climate change and a multitude of other issues related to social justice and the environment.

ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA will open the program, followed by keynote lecturers Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA (MVVA), Mia Lehrer, FASLA (Studio-MLA), Martha Schwartz, FASLA (Martha Schwartz Partners), Signe Nielsen, FASLA (MNLA), and Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Hon. ASLA (NYC Parks).

The conference is currently offering a discounted early bird registration rate through January 15, and the school with the highest student registration will receive a $500 prize at the conference! More information about LABash 2020, along with registration and sponsorship opportunities, can be found on the official website: and on Instagram and Facebook.

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