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California Firm Principal to Lead Society

Pat Caughey, FASLA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2006– The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has inducted five new officers for the 2007 calendar year. Patrick W. Caughey, FASLA, will serve as president, Perry Howard, FASLA, as president-elect, Todd Wichman, ASLA, as vice president of information and practice, Gary Scott, ASLA, as vice president of finance, and Susan Hatchell, FASLA, as vice president of membership.

For over twenty years, Caughey has successfully balanced his practice of landscape architecture with his leadership of ASLA at the college, chapter, and national levels. Caughey oversees the daily practice of Wimmer Yamada and Caughey in San Diego. In 1984, Caughey co-founded the ASLA student chapter at Arizona State University. He has served as chapter vice president and president for the San Diego Chapter and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was elected ASLA national vice president for professional practice in 1998 and was inducted into the Society’s Council of Fellows in 2004.

In addition to his ASLA service, Caughey is a member of the national board of directors of the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor program. He has made recruiting young people to the profession of landscape architecture a key initiative for ASLA in the coming year.

”In the coming months, ASLA will focus on three major themes: stewardship, leadership, and promotion of the profession,” said Caughey in his first speech as president. “ASLA’s work in establishing standards for sustainable sites will provide much-needed guidelines to protect and improve our natural and built environments. We encourage landscape architects to speak out at public hearings, to the media, and in other forums to share our knowledge and lead our communities to make good design decisions. And we will reach out to students and young adults to invite them to consider becoming landscape architects and joining the fastest growing profession among all the design disciplines.”

Caughey’s successor in 2008 will be Perry Howard, FASLA, program coordinator for the landscape architecture department at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He received his BLA from Louisiana State University and his MLA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has served as secretary of the ASLA Florida Chapter, the ASLA North Carolina Chapter national trustee, and most recently as president of the ASLA North Carolina Chapter. Howard has chaired the Council on Education for ASLA, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture regional director, and is a past member and vice chair of the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects.

Todd Wichman, ASLA, is the Society’s new vice president of information and practice, and principal of Todd Wichman Landscape Architecture, LLC, in St. Paul, Minn.

Gary Scott, ASLA, is the new vice president of finance. He is the director of parks and recreation for the City of West Des Moines, Iowa.

Susan M. Hatchell, FASLA, is the new vice president membership. She practices in North and South Carolina through her firm, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture, PLLC, and teaches as an associate adjunct professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University.

The new vice presidents will serve 2-year terms. Continuing service on the ASLA executive committee are: Gary B. Kesler, FASLA, vice president of education and associate head and BLA program coordinator for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign; Angela D. Dye, ASLA, vice president of government affairs and founder of A DYE DESIGN, INC., in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Judy Byrd Brittenum, FASLA, vice president of communication and associate professor of landscape architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 16,600 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. 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. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture online at

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