Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

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President-Elect Shawn Kelly, PLA, FASLA Background Born and raised in the western United States, Shawn Kelly graduated from Prescott High School, in Prescott, Arizona. He then won a competitive nomination and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. "I completed 2½ years at the Academy and transferred to the University of Arizona in Tucson to complete my B.S. in Renewable Natural Resources. After graduation, I worked on a USAID project in what was then called Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) for one year. Upon my return, I worked for United Van Lines until I returned to the University of Arizona for my MLA," says Kelly. Career Summary He completed his degree and says that he transitioned through multiple roles in a variety of firms and passed the UNE while working in San Diego, California. After moving his family to Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Kelly opened his practice as a design-bid firm. While maintaining his practice, he started teaching full time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The president-elect still holds these positions and has recently earned the title of Distinguished Faculty Associate. Kelly wrote the Practice Act for Landscape Architecture in Wisconsin, which resulted in the 2009 Wisconsin Act 123 and made Wisconsin the forty-seventh of forty-eight states with a Practice Act. He does not direct his practice to any one product or scale stating, "I have projects that span from less than one acre residential to over 80,000 hectares of natural resource management, with many institutional and public projects as well as estate and corporate work." The president-elect believes that all projects have an element of creative stormwater management and reuse. Kelly's classes focus on the technical requirements for students: Stormwater Management with Grading and Drainage, Technical Details for Construction and Construction Documents, Professional Practice, and Senior Capstone. He has also taught advanced courses in Water and Details and has worked a great deal with First Nations in Wisconsin. Kelly is a prolific speaker who focuses on the scarcity of potable water worldwide. ASLA Experience As an ASLA member, he served as chapter secretary, chapter president in 158 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 160 Presidential Talks Continued from page 156 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 7 1

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