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ASLA Elects President-Elect, Three Vice Presidents

WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2003—The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced the election of Patrick A. Miller, Ph.D., FASLA, as its president-elect for 2004. He will become president of the organization at the ASLA Annual Meeting in the Fall of 2004.

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Miller has worked in public, private, and academic practice in the United States and Canada and served as head of the landscape architecture department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for 13 years. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an MLA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. A licensed landscape architect since 1973, Miller has received numerous awards and recognitions for his professional research and service work and has lectured internationally on landscape architecture and professional education. He served six years on the ASLA Board of Trustees, two years as vice president for education, and has participated as a chair or member of several chapter and national ASLA committees, including the Professional Practice Institute, the Task Force on Professional Interest Groups, the Continuing Education Committee, the Academic Program Support Council, the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee, and the Council on Education.

In addition, ASLA announced the election of three vice presidents who will serve two-year terms: Karen C. Hanna, ASLA, will serve as vice president of education; John H. Nicolaus, ASLA, was elected as vice president of communication; and Amy L. Schneckenburger, ASLA, was re-elected as vice president of public affairs.

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Karen C. Hanna, ASLA, is professor and head of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University. On August 1, 2003, she will become the dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Hanna received a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Arkansas in 1993. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in landscape architecture from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. From 2001 to 2002 she served as president of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

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John H. Nicolaus, ASLA, is a partner at The HLA Group, a landscape architecture and planning firm in Sacramento, California. He received his BS in landscape architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 1985 and has served as the president of the Sierra Chapter of ASLA and as a member of the ASLA Board of Trustees. Nicolaus currently chairs the Public Relations Advisory Committee and previously served on the Government Affairs Committee and the Nominating Committee. He received an ASLA Merit Award in 1999 for the UC Davis Medical Center Urban Wildlife Preserve.

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Amy L. Schneckenburger, ASLA, is deputy chief of project management at Yosemite National Park, having previously worked for the National Park Service as a landscape architect for National Capital Parks in Washington, D.C., and as a construction project supervisor in the United States Virgin Islands. She graduated in 1984 with a degree in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University and studied public policy at Princeton University. She served as a Fellow at The Wilderness Society in 2002, an ASLA Congressional Fellow in 1992, and as government affairs liaison for the Colorado Chapter, where she chaired a fight for re-licensure in that state.


Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 13,500 members. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.


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