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Recognizing Achievements of Two ASLA Fellows

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Philip L. McDade, FASLA becomes the 54th Distinguished Member of the Construction Specifications Institute

Phil stepped up to serve as a member of the ASLA Professional Practice Committee (PPC) in 2007. He has continued to be actively engaged on the PPC Specifications Subcommittee serving as chair for the current term. In 2010, Phil led the full PPC as overall committee chair. Under his leadership, the PPC advanced the committee charge to “provide landscape architects with the most effective professional practice tools that enrich their knowledge and, in turn, enhance the impact and viability of the profession.”

The results of the work of the ASLA PPC Specifications Subcommittee include engaging landscape architecture professionals in the specification review process of the ARCOM MasterSpec Landscape Library of Specifications and successfully updating existing sections and developing a new specification on soils. Phil brought the first founding principle of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – “…to improve the quality of construction specifications… (and) dedication to improve construction documentation—to his work with the PPC."

CSI’s highest honor, the Distinguished Member, is being awarded to Phillip L. McDade FCSI, CCS, FASLA, DTM for his accomplishments within the CSI Community. Phil will be the 54th Distinguished Member inducted into this elite group with the first inductee dating back to 1954.

Phil has more than 38 years of involvement with CSI, with a reputation of working smarter, encouraging others to get involved, and always stressing the importance of mentoring others. He earns this prestigious award by demonstrating tremendous support for CSI and the principles of the organization through his leadership, his communications with other CSI members, and his personal interactions with members of all ages. He continually inspires the members to participate at the Chapter, Region, and Institute level and encourages them to use their skills and talents to work toward the betterment of CSI.

Phil truly believes the construction industry is built on relationships. He continues to encourage members to communicate beyond personal preferences and to work with people from every facet of the design and construction industry.


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Mia Lehrer, FASLA, has been nominated to the L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners.


“Mia Lehrer, founder and president of landscape architecture and urban design practice Studio-MLA (formerly Mia Lehrer + Associates), has been nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to the powerful L.A. Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners. The naming of Lehrer as LADWP Commissioner set the stages for a board composed entirely of women—a first for the department, which was founded in 1902 and is the largest municipal utility in the United States.”

Read the full article on Archpaper.com.




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