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Meet Candidate for National ASLA President-Elect Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA

Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA

Here is your chance to familiarize yourself with the candidates’ goals, directions, and biographies. In the next three issues of LAND, the candidates will respond to questions related to the future of the profession and the Society.

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Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA
Candidate for ASLA National President-Elect


Selected from over 16,000 member landscape architects, Emily M. O’Mahoney, FASLA, was recognized for her professional service to the Society as the 2016 recipient of the ASLA Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes Emily’s exceptional volunteer spirit and many years of service as one of the core assets of ASLA, its Committees and Professional Practice Networks.
Emily represents Florida on the Climate Action Committee, is an active participant of the Policy Committee, creator of the accessibility work group within the Professional Practice Committee and has served as chair of the LARE and Professional Practice Committee. With all her work, including her contributions to the WIILA PPN, Emily has been engaged in activities which give value to membership including: the development of educational sessions, posts for The Field, a LATIS Report, as well as LARE Prep and Spotlight webinars. As Florida Host Co-Chair, Emily was to welcome you to ASLA Miami 2020 last year. Thanks COVID!

Over the past two and a half decades, Emily’s work on the local level is notable and she is thought of as a “go to” person for her chapter. As an activist, advocate, and passionate landscape architect, she has used her leadership positions (President, Trustee, etc.) to develop quality continuing education programs, remove barriers to practice, mentor students, and provide encouragement and support to emerging professionals with the LARE Review Course. She is also actively involved in ACE Mentorship, ACE Legacy and FLAA (Future Landscape Architects of America) to support career discovery. It is the growth of the profession that fuels her commitment to serve aspiring landscape architects and emerging professionals.
Emily received her BLA from the University of Florida and has been in private practice since 1980. For the last 20 years she has been a Partner at 2GHO in Jupiter, Florida, planning and designing award winning and sustainable spaces, places, and communities. An electric car and solar on the roof exemplify Emily’s commitment to walk the walk. Emily and her husband Brian raised three wonderful children and are blessed with five grandchildren and her daily walking partner, one crazy golden retriever.

Goals and Directions Statement

ASLA is our collective voice for taking action. There is passion in our profession found in the work we do, the information we share, and the advocacy we undertake. ASLA expands and expounds on those passions, letting our allied professions, our government, and the public know that landscape architecture is the profession for creative and innovative solutions to mitigate climate change and to create resilient communities.
ASLA is emerging from a challenging year with hope. Our new leader, CEO Torey Carter-Conneen, is looking at us with fresh eyes, and prodding us to think beyond the status quo in how we function as a society. The annual conference in Miami was re-visioned into an outstanding virtual event. I embrace the trend of taking a challenge and turning it into an asset.
ASLA is evolving and advocating for the profession and the communities we serve. We design better with diverse voices creating spaces for diverse and changing populations. We must strive to create a just and equitable world for everyone. Who is better prepared to accomplish this than our profession? I see and hear the dialogue changing: in ASLA committees and PPNs, in the Conference on Landscape Architecture, in student studios, and in our design award winners. I support efforts to make landscape architecture synonymous with these principles.
My goals and direction for ASLA are framed through three lenses: advocacy, management and practice.

  • ADVOCACY: Promote landscape architecture as the leading profession for creative solutions to social and environmental issues.
  • MANAGEMENT: Implement our membership campaign to grow our community.
  • PRACTICE: Support, encourage and increase diversity, equity and inclusion in our membership, in our workplaces and academic programs, and in the communities we serve.


  • ADVOCACY: Increase visibility to elected officials, allied professionals, and the public through white papers, public outreach, social media and awards.
  • MANAGEMENT: Convert obstacles and challenges facing ASLA into opportunities through creative thinking and innovation.
  • PRACTICE: Empower our members – and potential members – through inspiration, education and community.

I am truly honored to have your consideration. As President, I promise to share my energy, experience and passion to lead ASLA.

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