Updates from ASLA


President-Elect 2024-2025

 In ASLA’s annual election, Brad McCauley, ASLA, PLA, has been elected 2024-2025 president-elect by ASLA Full/Fellow, Associate, and International members. He will be sworn in as president-elect at the 2024 Conference on Landscape Architecture this fall and as president at the 2025 meeting in New Orleans. As a practitioner, Brad has led the team at site design group for the past decade as the Managing Principal. The recognition of awards throughout the Midwest and on a National level has been a testimony to Brad’s leadership.  More important has been the steady and managed growth of the firm from ten professionals in 2012 to over sixty professionals today, including full-time employees in Tokyo, Brazil, and an entire team based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Brad’s commitment to inclusive recruiting, hiring, and retention has transformed the culture of the firm to meet today’s market demands and leadership expectations. Under his guidance, the firm’s $2 billion portfolio reflects his commitment to design excellence improving the quality of life for all. For him, good design is not a luxury; it's a right that should be accessible to everyone.  Brad extends his leadership to various organizations, including The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Stewardship Council and his Alma Mater’s Department of Landscape Architecture Resource Committee at the University of Illinois. His involvement in local and regional consortiums, panels, and publications showcases his dedication to the broader profession. Within ASLA, Brad has played a pivotal role in steering the organization toward bold achievements. His contributions as Vice President of Membership led to strategic program revamps that fostered membership growth. Brad's advocacy efforts span a wide spectrum, from representing business owners and students to international practitioners, municipal members, and women in the field. In his home state, Illinois, Brad's impact has been transformative. As the Chapter President during the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago, he later took on the role of Chapter Trustee. Brad's most noteworthy accomplishment was leading a dedicated five-year charge that successfully reclaimed licensure in Illinois, leaving a lasting legacy for the profession. "I am deeply honored and grateful to be elected as the next President-Elect of ASLA! My heartfelt thanks go out to all the members for your trust and support. I would also like to acknowledge Jeanne Lukenda, whose dedication and vision have been truly inspiring throughout this campaign. As we move forward, I am excited to focus on our collective goals of collaboration, strategic scaling, and inclusivity. Building on the foundation of our major initiatives, strategic plan, and major developments such as STEM designation and the elevation of nature-based solutions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we have a unique opportunity to elevate our profession. By leveraging our partnerships, fostering youth engagement, enhancing business skills, and championing diversity in all its forms, we can create a more cohesive, inclusive, and impactful society. Together, we will advance the field of landscape architecture and improve the lives of all our members." says McCauley.

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