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President's Message

Michael Askin, ASLA
NCASLA President



Hard to believe it is February 2017!  As NCASLA’S current president this year is going by so quickly.  In 2017, I will be celebrating 20 years in this great state which is unfathomable to me.  Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York State, I received my BLA from the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, located in Syracuse New York. I moved to Charlotte to start my career at DPR Associates in the Spring of 1997.

In the Fall of 1996 I joined ASLA, but working at DPR taught me how important it was to be a member of ASLA. It was during my first couple of years at DPR that the state's licensure came under attack by other professional groups within NC. Additionally, it was during this time, I realized that it was the Chapter and its’ leaders that were fighting for our future and our professional careers.
I didn't get involved with NCASLA until there was a need for a Section Chair here in Charlotte, I volunteered to help the existing section chair with a meeting and then running for and being elected to the position for one and a half terms before being voted President-Elect in 2015.

Currently I work for Landworks Design Group in Charlotte. It is a collaborative design firm where Landscape Architects and Civil Engineers work together to create places to live, work and play. Fortunately, one of the partners, Matt Langston ASLA has been in this role as a past president and is a great mentor for me.
This year has been busy for the ExCom. Our President-Elect Emily Blackwell, Treasurer Lora Greco, Past President Zak Pierce, Association Manager Debora Steenson and I have been planning the Southeast Regional Conference which will take place June 8 – 10 in Charlotte. It is a collaborative effort between the State Chapters of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Speakers, and volunteers are needed to help put on this extensive event.  
During World Landscape Architecture Month, the ExCom has set April 5th for our Annual Legislative Breakfast. This should coincide with a lecture that evening at NC State College of Design. NCASLA has had great success with these breakfasts, informing the state's legislators of the landscape architecture profession and our accomplishments across the state.

Leslie Bartlebaugh our newly elected Public Relations Chair is ramping up our social media presence. Membership chair Mark Phillips and Leslie are in the process of creating a video of “What Landscape Architects in North Carolina are Doing and Have Done”. NCASLA juried the Kentucky Chapter’s awards earlier this month. Thanks to the planning of Nick Serrano, our awards chair, who had gathered a great cross section of designers and other professionals to help in the jurying process.
Our Lobbyist Whitney Campbell, Legislative Affairs member Michael Mullis and Trustee Tim Maloney are vigilant with what is happening within the State Legislation, and keeping us aware of any situation that may arise. This year we may have another battle to fight but with open communication, cooperation, and advocacy, we can keep our licensure secure and out of harm’s way.

Our section chairs have done amazing work providing opportunities for networking and Continuing Education Credits. If you’re looking to help the local section please contact one of these chairs, Katie Lloyd – Charlotte, Myriah Shewchuk -Coastal, Zeke Cooper – Mountains, or Scott Arnold -Triad.

As busy as we may be this year, the executive committee cannot do it without you the members, our industry partners, and annual sponsors. A special thank you to ANOVA, Belgard, Carolinas Park and Play/Landscape Structures, Maglin Site Furnishings, Pine Hall Brick, Syn Lawn/Southeast Turf and TIFTUF. We appreciate all our sponsors and vendors. If you have a chance to personally thank them, please do so.

Michael E Askin, PLA ASLA
President NCASLA

Save the Date

March 1

6:00 pm

NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Annual Women in Landscape Architecture Lecture
Raleigh, NC

April 5

7:30 am – 9:00 am

NCASLA Legislative Breakfast
Legislative Cafeteria
Raleigh, NC

April 5

6:00 pm

NC State Department of Landscape Architecture 10th Annual Charles Burger Lecture
Raleigh, NC

June 8 – 10


ASLA Southeast Regional Conference
Uptown Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

NCASLA Annual Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

Reach over 1,800 Landscape Architect professionals on a daily, weekly and annual basis. Your support helps advance the landscape architecture profession
while promoting your products, services and company.

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 Video Material Needed

NCASLA is in the process of producing a short 3 minute video to explain what Landscape Architecture is, the purpose of NCASLA and how to join.  We are asking members and professionals across the state to submit any video, images or audio of the below items.  Our goal is to release this video on April 1, 2017 as part of World Landscape Architecture month.  We ask that all submittals be sent to Mark Phillips,, by February 28th, 2017.  If your file size is too large, you can request an upload link from Mark. 

  • Images/video of impactful projects (completed and designed by a LA)
  • Design process images/video
  • Historic images/video
  • NCASLA Section event video/images
  • NCASLA annual conference video/images
  • Interviews with practitioners or the general public about landscape architecture

Join the North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the ASLA Southeast Regional Conference.  The Conference will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 thru Saturday, June 10, 2017.  Events will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Embassy Suites Uptown Charlotte, NC.
The ASLA Southeast Regional Conference is certain to educate, engage and ignite discussion within the Landscape Architecture Community!   Plan to be a part of it!
•    Panel discussions to case studies, lectures and tours
•    Learn from Industry Partners during the two-day Expo
•    Enjoy the Southeast Regional Awards Ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
•    Network with leaders in the Landscape Architecture Profession
•    Downtown Charlotte has lots to offer from restaurants, museums, night life...

Call for Presentations
Submit Your Presentation Today!

Please consider submitting your presentation that will educate, engage and ignite discussion within the Landscape Architecture Community.  Southern Latitudes - Design Across Lines is the theme for the ASLA Southeast Regional Conference. If you have a presentation which is regionally based, please complete the application for consideration. We welcome panel discussions, case studies, lectures, tours and other suggested presentation formats.
The conference committee will review and select proposals based on the continuing education approval criteria outlined by NC Board of Landscape Architects, GA Board of Landscape Architects, and SC Board of Landscape Examiners.   Presentations should be submitted by March 1, 2017.  Click on the link above to submit your presentations.  

Industry Partner Prospectus for Exhibiting & Sponsoring
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•    Two day expo
•    An Evening Reception in Expo Hall
•    Network with leaders in the Landscape Architecture Profession
•    Many opportunities to promote your products & services to decision makers throughout the Southeast Region

Call for Award Entries
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Professional and Student Awards Submissions are open to projects or to ASLA Members, Associates, Fellows and registered professionals in the Southeast Region. The Southeast Region is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.   Entries Due March 22, 2017


The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew resulted in more extensive damage than Hurricane Floyd and devastated many of the same communities impacted 20 years ago. Loss of life, loss of structures and industries, destruction of transportation and other infrastructure, as well as flood enabled release of toxic waste make visible the need for more effective strategies for natural disaster response. Rather than rebuild our communities with the same systems and forms that continue to place human and environmental health in jeopardy, the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture recently undertook a weeklong design charrette entitled, DesignWeek, to address the effects of climate change, namely living with floods.

The intent of the inaugural DesignWeek was to serve as a catalyst for discourse, debate, and action surrounding climate change, resilient design, and rural development, with the specific goal of developing new strategies for living with the realities of flooding. While assessing past responses to natural disasters, the 2017 DesignWeek was most focused on the future of three North Carolina communities: Greenville/Belvoir, Kinston, and Windsor.

The event involved more than 70 students from the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture, NC State School of Architecture, and UNC-Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional Planning.  Working collaboratively, 12 interdisciplinary teams demonstrate the important role of design in building our state’s resilience to natural hazards. Teams did so by identifying and developing innovative strategies and techniques to address known and anticipated future socio-environmental issues, and proposing strategies capable of directing resources to communities that promote the health, safety, and welfare for all.  

Work emanating from DesignWeek confronted design issues and opportunities across both time and physical scales. Short-term questions explored ways of better preparing for and responding to the crises of recurring flooding in our communities. Longer-term questions explored methods of communicating the benefits of proactive climate adaptation strategies and the resultant community impacts.

The 2017 DesignWeek enabled this process by hosting a series of events that brought together designers, planners, policy experts, and community members to begin the design dialogue necessary to frame new design directions and to engage the creativity of our students in the interest of visualizing solution strategies. The Department of Landscape Architecture plans this immersive design experience to be an annually recurring session that revises and refines approaches to a wide range of design imperatives.

*Anova Furnishings sponsored a reception during the final presentation of student projects at the end of DesignWeek.