May 2017  

President's Report

May 2017– President’s Report

Hello Friends - April showers bring May flowers!

If you haven’t done so already, please register on our website ( for the PGASLA Awards Gala being held this Saturday (May 6th) at the Center for Architecture & Design on 18th and McGee. Claudia West is our keynote speaker for the event, and ASLA National President-Elect Greg Miller will speak on the current standing and advocacy endeavors of ASLA National. We will then have the awards recognition. The event starts at 5:00 pm, and there will be good food and drinks on-hand, with a flare of Cinco de Mayo. Please come and enjoy the evening with us, we’d love to have you all there!

National Advocacy Day was held last Wednesday in Washington DC as part of the mid-year Chapter President’s Council meetings. David Contag, Chris Cline and I were advocating passionately for our profession. Our Kansas State University student chapter member, Taryn Borelli, also joined us in Washington DC. She shadowed David Contag in advocating to Senators and Representatives, and was very well-prepared and well-spoken during these deliberations.

Along with licensure, a significant part of our focused message during Advocacy Day was “Landscape Architects are Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development”. We were briefed on primary “asks” of our Senators and Representatives. Those “asks” during Advocacy Day were: (1) requesting support for the permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, (2) support for the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant program, and (3) support for the EPA’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. Funding for these three programs is being cut or threatened, which made our strategy and message a challenging one, but we held our own with professionalism and conviction.

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
May 2017 

This is an exciting time for ASLA!  We have our Prairie Gateway Awards Gala coming up on May 6th.  Don’t forget to sign up and enjoy the “Seis de Mayo” Mexican buffet, thank our Chapter Sponsors, and celebrate with all of the award winners.  The mid-year meeting for all Chapter Presidents and Trustees will be in Washington D.C. this week.  I learned over the weekend that the Trustees Saturday schedule for the meeting is being revised to allow all Trustees to participate in the People’s Climate March 2017. Check out event details:

Please contact me at if you have any questions. See report below regarding highlights from ASLA

  • This is really big news….On April 7, the District of Columbia became the 51st jurisdiction in the United States to enact landscape architecture licensure. The successful multiyear effort was accomplished through the perseverance and dedication of the ASLA Potomac Chapter, ASLA national, and support from the Virginia and Maryland ASLA Chapters and numerous individuals nationwide!!!!

  • President Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, will be the keynote speaker in Provo, Utah, for the Utah Chapter’s annual meeting on Friday. Rinner will present on ASLA’s current programs and priorities, to include the Center for Landscape Architecture and next week’s midyear meeting.

  • Recently President Rinner attended the Twin States Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.  She opened the conference with a presentation about current ASLA activities, including a discussion of federal advocacy initiatives and an update on the Center for Landscape Architecture and the Green Street Demonstration Project. The talk also focused on ASLA and climate change, a special focus area of the Society. The exciting conference included presentations on the renaissance of downtown Birmingham and a tour of key downtown projects designed by landscape architects, including Railroad Park and the Connecting Rotary Trail.

  • EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, attended an association CEO roundtable, “Associations Which Go from Good to Great.”  Topics were innovation, employee engagement, and revenue growth.  Participants were very interested in ASLA’s use of the Baldrige Framework.

  • Preparations for the midyear meetings continue, as does work on ASLA’s application for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and preparations for the Center opening events on May 16 and 17. 

  • Pledges to the campaign for the Center currently stand at 82 percent of the goal.  ASLA continues to solicit support from landscape architecture firms and practitioners, companies who supply the profession, and others.

  • Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, recently led a representative from the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) for an inspection tour.  DCSEU provided an incentive grant for steps taken to reduce energy consumption in the design of the Center.

Finance, Meetings, and Business Operations

  • CFO Mike O’Brien is reporting the March results to the Finance and Investments Committees tomorrow.  The results are in-line with the budget.

  • Meetings, EXPO, Education staff, and annual meeting vendors were in Los Angeles last week planning for the annual meeting.

  • The 2017 EXPO booth sales are at 85 percent of the budget. 

  • The 2016 LAM advertising contracts total 84 percent of the budget.


Government Affairs

  • In Alaska, the state senate passed HB 48, legislation that would add a landscape architect as a permanent, voting member to the State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. The legislation would also extend the board through 2025. Previously passed by the house in March, the governor is now expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

  • The Trump Administration’s recent budget blueprint recommended eliminating all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and the Chesapeake Bay Program, two critical restoration and research programs to protect and preserve these important water resources. ASLA urges all its members to Send a Message to their legislators about the GLRI and to Send a Message to their legislators about the Chesapeake Bay Program.


Member and Chapter Services

  • On April 11, the Emerging Professionals Committee held the first Ask Me Anything event of 2017, featuring Nina Chase, ASLA.  It was streamed live on the ASLA Facebook page and remains available for viewing.  So far, it has been viewed 2,300 times.  The next event will be held May 9, featuring Mark Focht, FASLA.

  • Last week, the Leadership Development Committee, Member Services Committee, and the Emerging Professionals Committee held their bi-monthly committee calls. The LDC is working on the chapter best practices tool.  A sample of the tool will be provided to the CPC at the midyear meeting. The MSC is working on updating collateral for the member packets and also developing a Virtual Summit for chapter membership chairs for May.

  • The 2017 Membership Satisfaction Survey results were emailed to the chapters last week via the CPC News. Please contact Susanna Butler if you are interested in receiving custom chapter reports from the member satisfaction survey.

  • Membership trends continue to show a slight overall decrease, despite steady growth of the core membership group, full members. 


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Education and LAAB

  • The 2017 Graduating Student Survey was sent last week to all students with a 2017 graduation date. Additionally, the survey link was shared with all of the landscape architecture program chairs so they could encourage their students to complete the survey before June 15.

  • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 237 active providers offering courses. There are two new provider applications pending review.

  • Requests for bulk copies of YOUR LAND has reached over 1,500 copies. The publication itself is free and can be ordered in quantities of 10, 25, 50, 75, or 90 magazines. To request bulk copies, complete the online order forms and send an email. ASLA will keep record of requests and activities for future engagement, to help efforts towards career discovery and diversity.

  • This week, notifications were sent to six new candidates selected to participate in the 2017 Diversity SuperSummit. The SuperSummit will take place from June 9-11 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture and will convene participants from the past four diversity summits. The goal of the SuperSummit is to review past summit discussions and ideas, identify current, real-world obstacles, create action items for ASLA, and discuss the future of the Summit.

  • Accreditation and Education Programs Manager Kristopher Pritchard represented the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) at the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) Spring Conference in Chicago April 2-4. There were over 100 accreditation professionals in attendance. The theme and presentations focused around data, complaints, program outcomes, and communicating the value of accreditation.


Professional Practice

ASLA Online Learning is excited to announce the Student and Emerging Professional SPOTLIGHT mini-series giving Student and Associate ASLA members the opportunity to work with a Professional Practice Network (PPN) mentor in creating a presentation for ASLA’s Online Learning series. For additional information on the SPOTLIGHT mini-series, please visit The Field and review the Call for Proposals, which closes on May 25.

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