National Landscape Architecture Month Kicks Off
Earth Day is 22 April. Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of the American landscape architecture profession, was born on 26 April.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) kicked off National Landscape Architecture Month nationwide. ASLA chapters across the country are celebrating with public outreach activities to help kids "Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture," the theme for this year.
More than 35 ASLA chapters will feature multiple events throughout the month of April to highlight the importance of landscape architecture and the availability of careers in the field. Chapter events range from working with students to design outdoor spaces to collaborative charrettes, meetings, lectures, and film viewings.
Chapters have scheduled events with local high schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Ace Mentor program participants to teach them one-on-one about landscape architecture and provide them with information about opportunities in the profession. ASLA members are also working directly with guidance counselors and teachers to reach students.
In recognition of this goal of creating awareness of the profession, a number of national partners have signed on in support of the month. The Cultural Landscape Foundation and ACE Mentor program, both targeting middle school and high school students, have joined as partners.
The American Architectural Foundation has partnered with ASLA, as well. This organization has officially launched a scholarship program, "Redesign Your School: A Contest of Scholarly Proportions," to encourage 9th to 12th graders to submit their vision of ideal places to learn in the twenty-first century for consideration of scholarships up to $10,000.
Allied industry groups have also joined in support. The American Horticultural Society, the American Planning Association, the National Building Museum, the Professional Landscape Network, and the Urban Land Institute all join for the second year in a row. New partners include the National Wildlife Federation and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.
More information on National Landscape Architecture Month and on local events can be found at http://www.asla.org/lamonth/index.html.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 17,000 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 http://www.asla.org.