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.

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D.C., and was invited to be a speaker and panel member regarding city sustainability with a focus on water security at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. The fact that the world is running out of potable water is a critical concern and one he focuses much of his speaking and advocacy efforts on, including at the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Originally from Prescott, Arizona, Kelly's initial interest was to study and practice international agriculture. Several professors, and later his wife, encouraged Kelly to look into landscape architecture. "I was always drawing," he recalled. Earning an MLA was the ideal path for him to enter into the profession and work as a practitioner. He was a student member of the ASLA and continued his involvement with the association as he entered the profession. In Wisconsin, he was president of the ASLA state chapter (WIASLA) during the national organization's centennial year. He has also served two terms as a WIASLA trustee, a position that acts as liaison between the state and national organization. He has been awarded three state chapter ASLA Certificates of Achievement, and one national ASLA Certificate of Achievement. He is also the author of several bills in the Wisconsin Legislature, most recently the Practice Act for Landscape Architects (AB 142, 2009 WI Act 123). Above: Shoreline revetments and native plantings have restored this residential water frontage. "I want to honor the elements," explains Shawn Kelly. "We have the ability as landscape architects to capture that, and to walk softly and leave the site better for our involvement." March 2018 47

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