April 2017  

President's Report

April 2017– President’s Report

Good day PGASLA members!

Kansas City Design Week is here! KCDW is happening from April 6th to 13th. Tickets are already on sale, and events sell out quickly so get yours early. Check out the website at: for the schedule of events throughout this week-long celebration.

National Advocacy Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 27th in Washington DC as part of the mid-year Chapter President’s Council meetings. David Contag, our Trustee and Chris Cline our President-Elect, will be accompanying me in these advocacy and chapter betterment endeavors. We are continuing our support of Kansas State University’s SCASLA (Student Chapter) by sponsoring a student chapter member to join us in Washington DC too. The student chapter member is Taryn Borelli, the Student Chapter Vice-President. This event will no doubt be a memorable and empowering experience for her.

A significant part of our focus for National Advocacy Day is going to be combatting the momentum on occupational licensing reform that is currently sweeping the country. While we’ve been successful at defeating direct deregulation attempts (at least so far!), we are continuing to work with CLARB, AIA, the ASLA Licensure Committee and others to develop strategies to deal with the newly proposed approaches to regulatory reform.

Mark your calendars, the PGASLA Awards Gala will be here before we know it! The Awards Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 6th at the Center for Architecture & Design. The award submittal entries were due on March 31st, and we anticipate having notification of award recipients by April 14th. We will notify award recipients as soon as we receive the results from the Iowa Chapter, who is independently jurying our award submission entries. Claudia West will be our keynote speaker at the event and ASLA National President-Elect Greg Miller will speak on the current standing and advocacy endeavors of ASLA National. Good food will be on-hand, with a flare of Cinco de Mayo. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an agenda of that evenings events.

As always, please keep your eyes peeled for upcoming monthly PGASLA LINKS event invites via email. There will be opportunities for educational and fun sessions to attend in the upcoming months, and they’re also worth the ever-important and sometimes elusive CEU credits.

David Stokes, PLA, ASLA
President, Prairie Gateway Chapter


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Trustee Report

Submitted by David Contag
March 2017 

Your Prairie Gateway Chapter President David Stokes; President Elect Chris Cline; Student Representative Taryn Borelli; and Trustee David Contag are planning to travel to Washington D.C. for the Mid-Year Chapter President’s Meeting April 25th to the 29th.  We will meet with our Legislators for national advocacy and for the business of running the national and local PGASLA chapter.  We always get great ideas at these meeting and get energized for the coming year.  Please contact me at if you have any suggestions or comments to pass on to ASLA staff.

From the Executive Offices

  • Pledges to the campaign for the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture now total $1,221,576, leaving only $278,424 left to raise. To see who has already given, please see ASLA Center Honor Roll.

From Government Affairs

  • On Monday, the Trump administration issued a revised travel ban for six nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  ASLA updated its membership on the revised ban and requested member feedback on how the ban is impacting members, their firms, and landscape architecture programs at colleges and universities across the country. Please take a moment to tell ASLA how the revised travel ban is impacting you.

  • Yesterday was social media day to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and ASLA activated the iAdvocate Network and ASLA_Advocacy Twitter account to ask members to urge their legislators to sign onto a Dear Colleague letter to increase funding for LWCF. ASLA encourages all members to send a message to their legislators about LWCF. Additionally, ASLA Advocacy participated in a social media campaign supporting #LWCF, engaging over 1,500 viewers on Twitter over a series of six advocacy related tweets.

  • Recently, ASLA sent a letter to Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL) opposing bill H.R. 861that would eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – and urged him to withdraw the measure. ASLA then activated the iAdvocate Network and ASLA Advocacy Twitter account informing advocates about the statement opposing the bill and urged them to send an opposition message to their member of the House of Representatives.  Currently, over 1,550 messages have been sent on this issue. Send your message today.

  • ASLA issued a statement last week in response to President Trump's, First Address to a Joint Session of Congress.The statement highlighted President Trump’s call for an infrastructure proposal and urged policy makers to support an infrastructure package that is comprehensive and addresses updating and strengthening all forms of community infrastructure, including multimodal transportation corridors, water and stormwater management systems, public lands, parks and recreation facilities, and the unique needs of our coastal communities.

  • State Government Affairs Director Elizabeth Hebron continues to work with chapters facing licensure and barriers to practice issues. Recently, assistance was provided to Arkansas, Illinois, South Carolina, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.

  • Register for the upcoming free webinar on The Future of Shared Autonomous Vehicles tomorrow from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST, sponsored by Stantec. Design professionals will hear from autonomous vehicle experts on the profound impact these future vehicles will have on urban places, mobility systems, and human ecology. The panel will also discuss what they are doing now to integrate autonomous mobility into their work.

From Landscape Architecture Magazine

  • The fantastic March issue is arriving any time now to readers. The cover feature is about startups, and how more than a dozen emerging professionals made the leap to open their own offices—terrific insights! Other major stories include a profile of Steve Durrant, FASLA and his work at Atla Planning to expand bicycle networks in cities. And a major spread focuses on the new Chicago Riverwalk by Sasaki with Jacobs/Ryan Landscape Architects.

From Professional Practice

  • On February 28, the ASLA Archives and Collections Committee met to discuss the ASLA website area devoted to the ASLA Library, Archives and Research Services. Library and Archives Technical Administrator Ian Bucacink reviewed the recently updated Landscape Architecture Collections Database. Committee members began exploring possible future exhibit display in the Center for Landscape Architecture.

  • ASLA participated in the monthly ASHRAE Code Standard review on February 27, which focused on the section for site sustainability. The ASHRAE members were in agreement with ASLA and acknowledged that the existing standard requires major revisions. The ASHRAE Committee requested that ASLA continue to advise and participate in the revisions of the current standard.

From Public Relations and Communications

  • A press release announcing the results of the 2017 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey went live on Tuesday in English and Spanish. Washington, D.C. radio station WTOP-FM has shown early interest, with reporter Jeff Clabaugh conducting an interview with Jennifer G. Horn, ASLA, for a weekend business feature.

LA Bash 2017 Update

  • Final preparations are being made forLA Bash 2017, which is being heldMarch 23-25 at the University of Maryland, College Park.  As a sponsor of LA Bash, ASLA will have a booth in the EXPO and will host a dinner for ASLA student chapter presidents.
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Central States ASLA Conference

Register Today: April 19-21

Prepare for the twelth annual ASLA Central States conference, returning this year to Des Moines Iowa.

More information and registration.

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Diamond Level Sponsor

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Gold Level Sponsor

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Kansas City Design Week

It's about Kansas City. It's about design. It's about a week long. (8 days, really) It's all about coming together for events, workshops, parties, talks, explorations, a big dose of the fabled surprise & delight. It's inspiration, connecting, discovering that, sure enough, DESIGN WAS HERE. Just about everywhere, all week long.

Join us Apr. 6-13 to experience a week of exciting events that will inspire you to take the next step in your creative journey. Visit for information and registration.



Tickets to one event remaining . . . 

Designing an Industry: Kansas City's Fashion Leaders

April 13 | 11:30AM Registration / 12:00PM Presentation
Berg Event Space | 1525 Grand Blvd, KCMO 64108


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Silver Level Sponsor

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Nominate today for the Alton Thomas, Kessler Legacy and Metrogreen Visionary Awards.  

Members are invited to nominate eligible, qualified people and projects for the following awards. Nominations will be reviewed by the Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will review nominations and select, at their discretion, worthy recipients.

Nominate Today

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