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DREAM BIG with Design: A Showcase of Landscape Architecture and PreK-12 Design Learning

There’s still time to register for ASLA’s inaugural PreK-12 Summit, DREAM BIG with DESIGN, A Showcase of Landscape Architecture and Design Learning

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Avengers' Campus at Disneyland | Image credit: ©Disney ©2021 MARVEL

Scheduled for Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, ASLA’s first virtual event for PreK-12 students will deliver one-of-a-kind sessions and hands-on activities. 

The event is being offered at no cost, and all sessions are pre-recorded, so that educators can incorporate the event into their existing schedules and extracurricular programs at any time. We invite students, educators, ASLA members, and design community members to explore innovative design learning opportunities throughout the year.

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Legoland Florida | Image credit: Todd McCurdy, FASLA  

The event will also include a curriculum showcase for educators. Designed for anyone wanting to introduce landscape architecture to students, the showcase features innovative lesson plans developed by ASLA members across the country.


FLAA outing in West Palm Beach, FL | Image credit: Future Landscape Architects of America

Program Overview

Thursday, September 23, 2021
PreK-Grade 5 Student Program
9:30am – 12:30pm EDT

Friday, September 24, 2021
Middle and High School Student Program
9:30am – 2:30pm EDT

Pre-Event Webinars

Hollywood’s Backlot Urbanism: A Cinematographic Pattern Language for Landscape Architecture – Storyboards and World Building 

Image credit: Chip Sullivan, FASLA (right) 

Charles (Chip) Sullivan, FASLA, explores connections and messaging around storyboarding and design in gaming and Hollywood. Chip’s presentation focuses on techniques for using storyboards in the design process and the cinemagraphic methods of world building unique and imaginative landscape of film and animation.

From Landscape Architect to Educator: Arnaldo Cardona, ASLA Speaks on Diversifying the Field with K-12 Education and Bilingual Special Education


Image credit: Arnaldo Cardona, ASLA 

Arnaldo Cardona, ASLA, shares what motivated him to become a landscape architect and a PreK-12 educator. Be inspired by his passion to introduce landscape architecture to young audiences. View past projects and hear his advice for collaborating as a landscape educator.

Program Highlights

  • Connecting Landscape Architecture Through PreK-5 Literature and Storytelling
  • Scouts Honor! Landscape Architecture Merit Badge
  • Webtooning and Gesture Drawing with Jia
  • NextGen Landscape Architecture: Unleashing Student Creativity and Engagement with Minecraft
  • Legoland Florida: YES! We Design Theme Parks!
  • Building Worlds: Landscape Architecture at Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Curriculum Showcase with the Future Landscape Architects of America



Minecraft design created by high school students from the Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) in Miami, Florida. | Image credit: Park University. 

Please direct questions about Dream Big with Design and ASLA’s Career Discovery and Diversity efforts to Lisa J. Jennings, Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity.

Please direct sponsorship inquiries to Judy Mehlman, Development Coordinator.

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