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Landscape Architecture Academic Program Administrators Meeting

On November 12, more than 80 leaders of landscape architecture academic programs met virtually for the ASLA 2020 Landscape Architecture Program Administrators Meeting. Typically held in-person during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, like many events in 2020, this meeting went virtual.

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ASLA’s new CEO Torey Carter-Conneen welcomed the participants and introduced himself and his vision for ASLA. Carter-Conneen reminded the group that ASLA student membership is free and that all students should be taking advantage of the resources and opportunities provided through their membership. The group also received updates from ASLA Committee on Education Chair Maria Bellalta, ASLA; Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) Chair Joy Lyndes, FASLA; and Accreditation and Education Director Kristopher Pritchard. Pritchard provided the group with the newly released 2020 LAAB Annual Report data which was recently published on LAAB’s website.

Following these important education-related updates, best practices in remote teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic were shared by Ken Yocom, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Department Chair at University of Washington and Leslie Wren, ASLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University.

Dark Matter University (DMU) leaders Justin Garrett Moore, Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP and Maria A. Villalobos H., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology provided an overview of the recently formed anti-racism design education and practice collective. Moore and Villalobos urged the program leaders to inform their faculty about DMU and encourage them to join if interested. Following that overview, best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion were shared by Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Program Director at The City College of New York, Kimberlee Douglas, ASLA, Director of Landscape Architecture Program at Thomas Jefferson University, and Galen Newman, Ph.D., ASLA, Associate Department Head at Texas A&M University.

To close out the meeting, Landscape Architecture Foundation Program Manager Megan Barnes provided an update and a continued call to participate in the Green New Deal Superstudio, a national conversation about how the framework of the Green New Deal can be translated into actual projects.

A recent LAND article was published informing ASLA members how they can participate (virtually) in studios which are conducting their final reviews from mid-November through the end of the year. Also, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture provided an update to the group.

Watch the recording of the ASLA Program Administrators Meeting.

Since the recording is two hours long, here is a breakdown:

  • 0:00 — Intro, ASLA Committee on Education Update, LAAB Annual Report, LAAB Updates
  • 33:00 — COVID Response/Remote Teaching (Ken Yocom/U of Washington, Leslie Wrenn Kansas State)
  • 1:00:00 — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion / Dark Matter U
  • 1:15:30 — DEI (Catherine Seavitt Nordenson/CCNY, Kim Douglas/Thomas Jefferson, Galen Newman/Texas A&M)
  • 1:39:00 — Green New Deal Superstudio Update
  • 1:50:30 — CELA Update


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