Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 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.

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34 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 36 State Report (Continued) ASLA Florida Chapter Profile: The American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Chapter proudly represents the landscape architecture profession throughout the State of Florida. Members of ASLA residing in Florida are automatically assigned as members of the Florida Chapter as well as local Sections. ASLA Iowa Chapter Profile: Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA's mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society's programs and operations. Left: ASLA Florida President Deena Bell Llewellyn & ASLA National President Greg Miller present an Award of Honor to Savino Miller Design Studio for their Miami Beach Community Park project. Left: President Deena Bell Llewellyn & President Elect Kevin White address ASLA Florida Conference Attendees of 2018. Left: President Greg Miller presents the Award of Merit to UF students Bryana Boileau and Daniel Rodriguez for their A Weekend in Live Oak project. Left: FIU Student Dominic Mack receives the Award of Merit for his Communi- vers-city project. c By Bruce Niedermyer, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Past President Looking back at 2018, we have a lot to share regarding the Iowa chapter's accomplishments. We held multiple well- supported events allowing for professionals, students, and our generous sponsors to come together and learn, socialize, celebrate and plan for our future as a chapter. As we typically do, we kicked off the year with our annual Winter Social and heard from Iowa State University students who were financially supported by the chapter to attend the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles in 2017. Throughout the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, we spent many hours preparing to update our chapter's Strategic Plan. In February, a small group of chapter members met in Des Moines and participated in a Strategic Planning Workshop led by Julia Lent, the Managing Director of Member and Chapter Services with the American Society of Landscape Architects. After the workshop, a draft strategic plan was shared with the Executive Committee and an updated version of this was then published for our entire membership to review and provide feedback. The Executive Committee is now working to implement this updated strategic plan into the chapter's daily tasks and looks forward to maintaining this newly adopted vision. Practitioners also took advantage of reaching out to state representatives in two advocacy events early in the year. The first was an event providing discussion between landscape architects and legislators at the Iowa Capitol Building. For the second event, AIA's Annual Design Day on the Hill, our chapter's Treasurer joined a variety of design professionals including architects, planners and more to showcase the benefits that landscape architects provide to the built environment. Participating in these events and continuing to have a strong relationship with our local lobbyists helps to ensure our chapter is staying on top of any legislative issues related to our profession. Supporting local youth continues to be important to our chapter. The Executive Committee chose to support the local chapter of ACE by funding two $2,000 scholarships to be awarded to high school students with promising futures in design and/or engineering professions. In late March, our Spring Conference was held in Ames and offered valuable continuing education opportunities to our membership while providing our 2018 Sponsors with much appreciated face Above: Iowa State University Students presenting their experiences from the ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Below & Left: Members of the Iowa Chapter came together to establish an updated Strategic Plan.

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