01-22-20 | Association News

Landscape Architecture Organizations Explore State of Profession

Goals Included Creating Climate Change Interventions

The President's Council, representatives from seven leading landscape architecture organizations including ASLA, met last week.

On January 9th and 10th, 2020, representatives from seven landscape architecture organizations met in Raleigh, N.C. to explore and champion the state of the profession, according to a press release from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The representative organizations included:

• American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
• Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)
• Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLRB)

• Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) also representing the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF)
• Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB)
• Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)

The two days of discussion explored how landscape architecture organizations can come together to affect change, inform policy, promote mutual objectives, and identify areas of further collaboration. The objectives of the meeting were to:

• Create and promote opportunities for real interventions for climate change through landscape architecture
• Increase diversity, equity, inclusion and reconciliation with Canada's First Nations, Inuit and MA(C)tis communities throughout the profession
• Address threats to professional licensure in North America
• Understand the state of landscape architecture education, enrollment and accreditation in North America
• Increase student participation in, and awareness of, the organizations
• Explore solutions for the potential gap in the numbers of landscape architects in the industry, whether retiring or coming into the profession

The landscape architecture organizations have met yearly since 2002.

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