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Over 4,000 Gathered in Nashville for the 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture

ASLA Immediate Past President Tom Mroz, FASLA, at opening general session of the ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture.

With comprehensive health and safety protocols in place, 4,000 attended the 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville.

General Session: Finding Our Future  

Nearly 800 attended the opening general session on Saturday -- Finding Our Future -- during which Tom Mroz, FASLA, and Torey Carter-Conneen, ASLA CEO, presented the ASLA 2022-2024 Strategic Plan and 2030 Vision. Read more


Past president Wendy Miller, FASLA, recognized the ASLA Outstanding Service Awards winners: Pamela Conrad, ASLA, and Adrianna Hernandez Aguirre, Associate ASLA.


ASLA extends gratitude to the ASLA Tennessee Host Chapter leaders and volunteer members who helped lead the planning and design of conference activities. Special thanks is extended to Tennessee Chapter Co-Chairs, Alisha Eley, ASLA, and Larry Mizell, ASLA; Field Session Co-Chairs, Tipton Fowlkes, ASLA, and Michael Pavin, ASLA; ASLA-ACE Mentor Program Legacy Project Co-Chairs, Daniel Boutte, ASLA, Tylor Fischer, ASLA, Host Chapter Booth Co-Chairs, Owen Harris, ASLA, and Chris Jansen, ASLA; Communications Co-Chairs, Nathan Oliver, ASLA, and Michelle Ye, ASLA; Women in Landscape Architecture Walk Co-Chairs, Lindsey Bradley, ASLA, and Sarah Newton, ASLA; and Executive Directory, Erin Monk-Tharp, ASLA.

And Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer for the City of Nashville, outlined Nashville's efforts to become a more sustainable city and announced Mayor Cooper’s proclamation establishing November 20, 2021, as Landscape Architecture Day in Nashville.

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Eugenia Martin, FASLA, was installed as ASLA president and Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA, as President-Elect. Tom Mroz, FASLA, will continue to serve as Immediate Past President for one year.

Also installed were incoming vice presidents: Joy Kuebler, ASLA to lead Government Affairs and Ebru Ozer, ASLA, to lead Education. Communications Vice President Jeanne Lukenda, ASLA; Finance Vice President Tamas Deak, FASLA; Membership Vice President Bradley McCauley, ASLA; and Professional Practice Vice President Adrian Smith, FASLA, will continue to serve in their roles.

ASLA offers a special thanks to past President Wendy Miller, FASLA; Vice Presidents Marq Truscott, FASLA, of Education, and Keven Graham, FASLA, of Government Affairs for their service on the Executive Committee.  




The education program featured over 70 60- and 75-minute education sessions, 13 field sessions, nine deep dive sessions, three workshops, and one general session with nearly 275 speakers contributing to the program. 

The Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN) hosted the session: “What a Time to Be a Black Landscape Architect,” as well as a successful networking luncheon. There were 40 attendees at the luncheon and 60 attendees at the session.     

The ASLA Education team hosted the educational session Dream Big with Design, A Conversation on PreK-12 Design Learning. Presenters from the September 2021 virtual event reflected on ASLA’s Inaugural PreK-12 Summit, discussed how their work is innovating design education and landscape architecture and weighed in on the future of the profession. Presenters included: Jennifer Mok, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Studio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, Todd McCurdy, FASLA, Principal, TMLA, and Nicole Plunkett, ASLA, Partner, Cotleur & Hearing; Founder, Future Landscape Architects of America. The session was moderated by Kene Okigbo, ASLA, RDG Planning & Design.  

Climate Action


The Conference featured presentations by the ASLA Climate Action Committee (CAC) to the Chapter Presidents, which included a commitment to increase engagement of more chapters in 2022 through regional climate action webinars and climate ambassadors from each chapter and university program.

The CAC also led an educational session and EXPO Practice Basecamp session where they also announced the release of Climate Action Now: A Landscape Architect’s Guide to Climate Advocacy





This year, the conference was abuzz with students! The ASLA Fund supported over 600 students, representing more than 60 schools, with free registration to the conference. As part of the free registration, students volunteered a few hours of time to assist with the EXPO, registration, education sessions, and anything else that came up. These grateful students showed up ready to be involved and get the best experience possible. 




The EXPO featured 254 booths, and several exhibitors said 2021 was the best ASLA EXPO ever. The enthusiasm will continue as 143 booths have already been sold for the 2022 ASLA Conference in San Francisco, November 11-14. The EXPO floor also included a lively Alumni Tailgate rally, with Arizona State University winning first place.

For the first time, Sunday at the EXPO was proclaimed Design Day. The day featured a variety of panels, events, and other sessions with the goal of turning the spotlight onto our valued industry partners, focusing on the important contributions to the work of the profession they provide our members through innovation, collaboration, and subject-matter expertise.


Hundreds of conference registrants participated in Practice Basecamp sessions on the EXPO floor on Saturday and Sunday. Programming included engaging campfire sessions organized by ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs), eight fast-paced Game Changer presentations, Continue the Conversation with select education session presenters, and presentations by the ASLA Climate Action Committee and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Practice Basecamp highlights from the conference can be found on The Field.

Two exhibitors each also led one-hour Learning Labs on the EXPO floor, tapping into the knowledge of companies that are transforming the future of our industry. Over 180 attendees took advantage of these sessions, earning 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) for each.


Ten firms interviewed and hired candidates for two days at JobLink LIVE on the EXPO floor. The high demand started discussion about a virtual job fair. The Emerging Professionals Portfolio Review was equally successful with 57 sessions. Thank you to all the portfolio reviewers for making this program a success.   

Council of Fellows 


ASLA elevated 35 members as ASLA Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.

At the Conference, ASLA formally inducted the 2021 Fellows. Chair Marion Pressley, FASLA, also introduced the 2021 COF scholarship students and discussed the long-term plans for the scholarship program. Over $30,000 was raised for the COF scholarship fund. Learn about the 2021 Class of Fellows and previous ASLA Fellows.

Board of Trustees Meeting  

The Board of Trustees approved the 2022 annual operating plan, 2022-2023 operating and capital budgets. They also approved revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws, which included expanding Associate member privileges to hold office in chapters and vote on amendments to the Constitution. The constitutional amendments will be on the general election ballot in the spring.

Also, during the meeting, three public policies -- Environmental Sustainability; Wildlife & Wildlife Habitat; and Livable Communities -- were approved as amended. The ASLA Policy Committee worked tirelessly throughout 2021 to substantially update these policies, all being last updated more than a decade ago.

Chapter Presidents Council


The 2021 Fall CPC Meeting took place November 18 and 19, before the start of the conference. Topics included Chapter Operating Workbook (COW) and Basecamp Training; CLARB Uniform Standard Licensure by Veronica Meadows; Honors and Awards by Manager Makeeya Hazelton; Fellows Presentation on submission do's and dont's by Marq Truscott, FASLA; ASLA’s Strategic Plan by CEO Torey Carter-Conneen; Government Affairs Updates by Director Blackwell, Hon. ASLA, Director Hebron, and Manager Rawls; ASLA Fund and Store by Director Martin, Hon. ASLA; Landscape Architecture Magazine by Editor-in-Chief Reut; LAF Updates by Barbara Deutsch, FASLA; ASLA IT Updates by Director Diamond; and Climate Action Committee Presentation by Scott Bishop, ASLA, Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, and Pamela Conrad, ASLA.

The meeting concluded with the leadership transition of CPC Chair from Tim Slazinik, ASLA, to Jennifer Cross, ASLA. The CPC welcomed Alaska Chapter past president, Taylor Keegan, ASLA, as the new CPC Chair-Designate.

Social Media

The conference generated plenty of buzz on social media, which allowed ASLA members unable to attend to get a sense of the enthusiasm. ASLA reached 62,000 followers on Instagram. Moreover, numbers across all ASLA social media platforms increased during the week of the conference, with impressions up 212 percent (349,044 total Nov 18-23); engagements up 52 percent (7,786 total, Nov 18-23), and 609 new followers on ASLA’s Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts.

Other Updates

The Emerging Professionals Reception held at the conference had 274 attendees. The event was free for all student and associate members at the conference and was sponsored by Vectorworks and Permaloc. Membership dues prizes were raffled off to 9 winners.

The Women in Landscape Architecture Walk, organized by Sarah Newton, ASLA, and Lindsey Bradley, ASLA, of the Tennessee Host Chapter, had more than 70 participants. The morning walk featured downtown Nashville spaces designed by, worked on by, or featuring women. See the conference website for more about the 2021 WILA Walk, including project photos and a Google map with links to videos about the projects visited.

The LARE Prep Committee provided several opportunities for students and emerging professionals to learn and prepare for the L.A.R.E. The LARE Prep Committee held two workshops to support emerging professionals on their path towards licensure. Committee members and a CLARB representative also hosted a LARE Q&A session for students and emerging professionals who’ve not started the examination process. Nearly 60 individuals took advantage of one of these events during the weekend. 

ASLA also hosted a Landscape Architecture Academic Program Administrators Meeting. With over 60 leaders in attendance, representing institutions with landscape architecture programs, participants received updates from: ASLA honors and awards, ASLA partnership opportunities, LAAB, CLARB, and CELA. Previous VP of Education Marq Truscott, FASLA, provided a general ASLA update and introduced the new VP of Education Ebru Ozer, ASLA.

The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) hosted an Accreditation workshop, which was intended to assist with the LAAB accreditation process, was aimed at academic programs interested in LAAB accreditation or preparing for an upcoming accreditation review. Current LAAB board members Lynn Ewanow and Danny Ortega, ASLA, joined Accreditation and Education Director Kristopher Pritchard to provide an overview of the accreditation process timeline and outcomes after a program review is complete. Leaders from 12 accredited landscape architecture degree programs participated.

On to San Francisco!

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