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Photo Gallery: DREAM BIG with Design Debuts at ASLA 2023

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On Saturday, October 28, ASLA’s premiere Career Discovery virtual event  DREAM BIG with Design  debuted at the 2023 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis, MN.

The event was reserved for approximately 50 local elementary school students and families. Attendees sketched their way through the DREAM BIG LIVE Zone, participated in a mini concert with Billy Jonas, and enjoyed a tour of the EXPO Hall.

Featured presenters included:

  • Chip Sullivan, FASLA
  • Earthscape Play Team Melissa Quinn and Nathan Schleicher
  • LEGOLAND, Florida Designer, Todd McCurdy, FASLA
  • Walt Disney Imagineering Team led by Jennifer Mok, ASLA

View the DREAM BIG LIVE Minneapolis photo gallery.

ASLA extends a special thanks to its dedicated community of donors, ASLA members, staff, and student volunteers who made DREAM BIG LIVE possible.


  • Thomas J Nieman, PhD, RLA, FASLA, Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky


  • SmithGroup


  • Boston Architectural College
  • BrightView
  • Confluence
  • Tom Mroz, FASLA
  • John Troy, FASLA

About DREAM BIG with Design

Early in the pandemic, DREAM BIG with Design was created to deliver a virtual showcase of landscape architecture to PreK-12 students and educators. The showcase offered two days of exciting presentations and design charrettes led by ASLA members and special events, such as a visit by Billy Jonas, an award-winning children’s musician.

Session topics ranged from:

  • Playground design
  • Fairy park design
  • Designing with Minecraft
  • Story time
  • Theme park design

Discussions were framed around design principles and infused solutions to some of the most critical issues of our time:

  • Green infrastructure
  • Equity in design
  • Climate action
  • Transportation for all
  • Water and stormwater

Read more about DREAM BIG with Design and access program resources.

Please direct questions about ASLA Career Discovery, DREAM BIG with Design and 2024 DREAM BIG LIVE DC to Lisa J. Jennings, Senior Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity.

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