Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

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156 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 9 8 LASN interviewed President Gregory Miller, PLA, FASLA, and President-Elect Shawn Kelly, PLA, FASLA. The following summary highlights their experiences in the profession, in ASLA and in life: President Gregory Miller, PLA, FASLA Overall Involvement in the Association Gregory Miller has been an active member of ASLA for nearly 20 years and has served in chapter and national leadership positions and committees. He mentions that his involvement has been a large part of his professional identity saying, "As a relatively small profession, it is important for landscape architects to come together as a collective to establish our vital role in shaping our communities. I feel like ASLA is a second family, and this experience as president means that family has grown tremendously." The Association's Recent Accomplishments ASLA has experienced many successes this past year. Miller states, "Our federal advocacy efforts have resulted in the promotion of significant legislation that highlights the amazing work being done by landscape architects. Our state advocacy efforts resulted in several defenses of challenges to licensure laws." ASLA published the Smart Policies for a Changing Climate report that permits the association to strengthen their voice in shaping policies. The association has also published two Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books to teach school- age children about the profession. Plans for the Chinatown Green Street are developing, as ASLA continues to direct their efforts into shaping the urban environment. To learn more about ASLA's programs, visit asla.org. His Takeaways from His Presidential Term Miller remarked that he has always felt participation at the local level provides the highest benefit of membership, and that he greatly enjoyed visiting chapters and seeing the work being done throughout the U.S. When asked what highlighted his professional experience with ASLA, he stated that one trip held a great influence for him, the Diversity Summit in June. "Our profession will continue to grow in exciting ways with a new generation of landscape architects, and inclusion of more diverse voices, [which] is critical to maintaining our influence in our communities. There's a lot of passion in the discussion of diversity, and it was a meeting that had a profound impact on me as a leader and practitioner. My only regret is that this year has to end." Gregory Miller concluded the interview with optimism towards Shawn Kelly taking ASLA to new heights. Presidential Talks: ASLA Continued on page 158

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