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Women in Landscape Architecture Resources

Webinars

Closing the Gender Equity Gap, Advocacy in the Workplace
Hosted by the ASLA Gender Equity Task Force; March 2023

Hear Their Voices: Inspiring Stories from Women Leaders in Design Education
Hosted by the ASLA Committee on Education; March 2021
ASLA convened women of color leaders in architecture and landscape architecture education to discuss networks of mentorship, camaraderie, and solidarity. “Hear their Voices: Inspiring Stories from Women Leaders in Design Education” was moderated by Samantha Solano, ASLA, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The lively, candid discussion included the following leaders in design education: Diane Jones Allen, FASLA, director and professor of landscape architecture, University of Texas at Arlington; Maria Bellalta, ASLA, dean and faculty, School of Landscape Architecture, Boston Architectural College; Hazel R. Edwards, professor and chair, College of Engineering and Architecture, Howard University; and Vini Nathan, dean and McWhorter endowed chair, College of Architecture, Design, and Construction, Auburn University.

For more, see ASLA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinars on Vimeo.

WILA PPN Facebook Group

In addition to the LinkedIn group, the PPN's Facebook group is another great way to stay up-to-date with the PPN and find information relevant to the profession. Click the "Join Group" button to contribute via posts and comments.

Mentorship

The Women in Landscape Architecture PPN has heard that many of our members are interested in a mentorship program. On a PPN survey, ASLA asked members to share one essential lesson learned from a mentor (see LAND for a recap of the responses), and many of the answers reflected heartfelt gratitude for a helpful or transformative insight shared. Many professionals cite the importance of mentorship at different points in their careers.

In 2020, the ASLA Mentorship Program launched in conjunction with the announcement of free ASLA membership for students. The goal of the program is to foster relationships between students and seasoned professionals that allows both parties to increase their understanding of the many facets of landscape architecture.

A number of ASLA chapters also have formal mentoring programs and we encourage you to contact your local chapter for information.

Women in Design: How to Find a Network of Other Women Designers
Lessons Learned from Mentors
Mentorship: Connecting With Your Fellow Practitioners
Colorado Chapter's Mentor Program
Potomac Chapter Mentor Chain

We hope that these resources help you find a program you can join, or gives you inspiration to start your own program.

Landscape Architecture Magazine Articles

Click through the selection of LAM  articles below to read about women in the field of landscape architecture, both past and present, who have made an impact on the profession.

Disneyland: Dream Built in One Year through Teamwork of Many Artists by Ruth P. Shellhorn, FASLA (April 1956)

What the Client Wants by Julia Silverstein Ries, FASLA (April 1961)

At the Helm: Women Take Charge of the Landscape Profession (May 2000)

Constellation of Pieces by Marc Trieb (March 2002) - A team of women architects - and landscape architect Martha Schwartz - assembled to design this Japanese housing complex. Did the all-woman team produce a more humane design?

Women (and Men) Need to Know by Bradford McKee (November 2014) - Read about the controversy surrounding the decision not to award the 1991 Pritzker Prize to architect Denise Scott Brown and the release of the study "Where Are the Women?" by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

A Hand up, a Hand down: Set-asides for Women-owned Firms Are a Paradox. Some Can Move You Ahead. Others Are Just a Headache. by Fred A. Bernstein (February 2015)

Lean Initiative by Jennifer Reut (August 2015) - Learn more about Build Yourself, a course focused on women working in design, investing women designers with the skills to manage issues, and obstacles for success.

Start Your Engines by Kevan Williams (March 2017) - Hear from women who launched their own design firms – the deciding factor, their approach to the back office, and what no one tells you about starting your own firm. Read more at LAM online.

Martha Schwartz, Reconnecting by James Trulove (July 2017) - Martha Schwartz, FASLA, is focused on climate change in her GSD studio and teaching her students how to integrate meaningful ecologies into the urban environment.

Drawn Together by Jane Margolies (March 2018) - In the 20 years since GGN was established, Kathryn Gustafson, FASLA, Jennifer Guthrie, FASLA, and Shannon Nichol, FASLA, have shaped landscapes in cities all over the globe that are strikingly original, sensitive to their sites, and welcoming.

Where the Water Was by Anne Raver (October 2018) - Anne Whiston Spirn, FASLA, has made West Philadelphia - and the water that flows beneath it - a life's work.

 


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