American Society of Landscape Architects

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. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly-accessible sustainable design resources.

Our Vision

Leading the design and stewardship of land and communities.

Our Mission

Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments.
The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

Values

Excellence: Committed to learning, constant improvement, and achieving the best outcomes for members in all endeavors. Mission-driven in service to members, the profession, and the public good.

Integrity: Honest, ethical, and forthright in all dealings.

Diversity: Committed to fostering equity and inclusion within our profession, membership, and leadership, striving to mirror the communities we serve.

Standards of Conduct

ASLA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment that fosters respect, fairness, and integrity for all whom participate in the ASLA Annual Conference on Landscape Architecture. ASLA members and guests should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, refrain from engaging in discrimination or harassment, and abide by the meeting safety and responsibility policies.

Leave No Footprint Behind

ASLA continues efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference. Our organizational partners, product suppliers, and venues play an important role in this effort. They work with us to ensure that all print materials, signage, decorations, and equipment are recycled and/or recyclable, almost all handouts are distributed electronically. We, together are thoughtful in our approach and are committed to implementing sustainable practices at the conference and in our workplaces.

Miami Beach’s building code requires a Silver LEED certification for all new public projects. The convention center, will achieve this standard. Elements of the design include rain harvesting for storing and utilizing for cooling towers, installation of reduced flow water fixtures, sun shading the exterior perimeter of the building, daylighting the public spaces, using high efficiency LED lighting, using occupancy light sensors throughout the building, saving 200 existing trees and planting new canopy trees, and reducing energy consumption by 20%.

The hotels chosen as official hotels were selected in part because of their commitment and accolades for their sustainability efforts. Separately, one of ASLA’s most valued contributions to sustainability is that of our exhibitors. At the close of the conference, exhibitors donate booth products toward building a project in the Miami Beach community. The ASLA/ACE Legacy Project is a collaboration between the ASLA Host chapter and the ACE Mentor Project, our generous conference exhibitors, and the ongoing commitment and support of Freeman Expositions.

ASLA Fund

The ASLA Fund mission supports many programs and initiatives that raise the profile of the landscape architecture profession. It increases the body of knowledge that ASLA members need to serve their communities and build their practices. The ASLA Fund supports public awareness, honor and awards, career discovery, continuing education, and tools for teachers.

The ASLA Fund is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the American Society of Landscape Architects, supported by the tax-deductible contributions of ASLA members and other individuals and organizations, and committed to the careful stewardship and artful design of our cultural and natural environment.

ASLA 2019 Professional General Design Honor Award. LANDPROCESS. Chulalongkorn University. Photo credit: Property Management of Chulalongkorn University.