Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 17 of 165

18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News l e t t e r s "PLA, RLA, CLA, LLA…?" I am a Licensed LA, practicing for 39 years. I am also an avid reader of LASN. I recently read your Publisher's Letter in the Jan 2018 issue of LASN and want to offer my opinion on the issue of designation of "licensed vs professional vs practicing." The ASLA is simply an organization made up of a group of professionals. You don't need to be a member of the ASLA in order to practice landscape architecture. The ASLA is entitled to their opinion on our professional designation, but they can only dictate whether or not you can use "ASLA" after your name. The ability to practice landscape architecture is dictated by the state you are working in and the license/registration/ certification that is required. In New York, with a Practice Act, you are a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA). In New Jersey, originally with a Title Act, you were a Certified Landscape Architect (CLA), which ultimately granted us the ability to practice; now it's Licensed Landscape Architect (LLA). If you work in multiple states, choose a designation that best suits you on your business card. List all your licenses on your letterhead. The introduction of the "P", whether it stands for professional or practicing, is embarrassing. Of course we are professional. Of course we are practicing. Check out your doctors, lawyers, etc. No P's on their designation, right? We have been dealing with an image problem for too long...Let's get the respect we deserve. Yours Truly, Kurt Snyder, LLA KLS Lighting, specializing in Landscape Illumination Summit, N.J. "When it comes to education I gain a great deal of satisfaction when I read about the people who carry on the work." I write you in regards to the latest issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Jan. 2018). I do so as a faculty member of the Texas A & M University Landscape and Urban Planning Department, and as a former editor of an international journal (Landscape and Urban Planning, published by Elsevier), and as a practicing landscape architect. Know that I am a fan of the work you put together for us each month. I regularly expose my students to your work and show them how to use it in their projects. Your latest issue has features I have read and design details I am informed by, as well as some of the available products we can use. As I have said in past letters to the editor, yours is a professional trade journal we all benefit from greatly. I reference our profession to our graduate and undergraduate students as a discipline involved in the business of spaces, places and people. At first the students do not readily accept this plebeian reference as a term to appreciate. Later, most see the value in this simple reference. My purpose in writing you is to convey a repeated thank you to one of the most supportive and useful pieces of professional literature for our students and practicing professionals. I am particularly partial to the way you continually put our profession into a positive light. The features are so very valuable for our students to see as a means to advance the upgrading and evolving purpose of our profession. As we move further into our field as professionals it can be hard for us to realize the eternal vigil necessary to make our physical plans be responsible for sustaining the human environment in positive and meaningful ways. When it comes to education I gain a great deal of satisfaction when I read about the people who carry on the work. Your piece on Mr. Gregory Miller ("Creating Meaningful Connections among People and Places", Jan. 2018 www. php?number=29849 ) was real special one for me. I worked with him when he was an undergraduate. I became familiar with his background and practice when I visited him in Albuquerque once he graduated. We have a real genuine true believer in this person. Your feature on him will help others realize we're still doing good things because of people such as Mr. Miller. Thank you Mr. Schmok. We appreciate what you do for us as well. Respectfully, Jon Rodiek FASLA, FCELA Texas A & M University Landscape and Urban Planning Department College Station, Texas Correction Thanks to Barbara Brem, PLA, ASLA, of Carrollton, Texas, we learned the project pictured in the firm profile of Design Workshop on p. 69 of the Oct. 2017 issue was not in Lewisville, Colo., but in Lewisville, Texas. h t t p : / / w w w . l a n d s c a p e o n l i n e . c o m / research/article-a.php?number=29588 GREGORY MILLER, FASLA

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Landscape Architect & Specifier News - MAR 2018