March 2014

March 2014 President's Message

Spring Is Time For Growth

Keith Downing, ASLA
President 2013-2014

Spring is always an exciting time for Landscape Architecture.  April is Landscape Architecture Month and we proudly get to celebrate and promote our profession. 

Tri-State ASLA Conference
One of the many ways to do this is to join us at the Tri-State ASLA conference in Asheville, NC April 2-4.  The North Carolina Chapter is hosting this year’s Tri-State ASLA Conference and is proving to be one of our biggest conferences ever!   We have a record number of over 50 Sponsors, a record number of submittals for Tri-State Awards and a record number of submittals for NC Awards.  Help us set another record for Attendance this Spring!  Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to network and fellowship with professional peers and industry partners.  Click here to Register Now!

State Government
Ron Price, RLA, ASLA, has been re-appointed to another term on the North Carolina Irrigation Contractors’ Licensing Board where he holds the position of Secretary.

Fellows Committee
The Fellows Committee, led by the tireless efforts of Christine Hilt, RLA, ASLA, has successfully submitted nominations to national and for the first time has submitted a nomination for a Community Service Award.  Best of Luck to our Candidates!!

From Past President Ed Johnson, RLA, ASLA, and North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects Liaison - The North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects has continued to meet throughout the year.  In early April, just after the 2014 Tri-State Annual Conference, the Board will come together for their yearly planning meeting.  NCASLA continues to be involved and looks forward to the partnership with the Board in advancing our profession. 

Public Relations
2014 Public Awareness Campaign
- (Message from National ASLA)

This year’s campaign is the “Value of Landscape Architecture”.  The true value of landscape architects projects is understated in many municipalities whose leaders don’t realize what a landscape architect is worth for any given project.

ASLA is calling on chapters to focus on the value of landscape architecture by digging up cold hard facts-statistics, monetary value, you name it.  ASLA hopes to provide local governments and the media with a strong case for landscape architecture, leading to better awareness and an increase in clients and billable hours.

ASLA Theme for Landscape Architecture Month
This year’s theme from ASLA for Landscape Architecture month is Career Discovery with a focus on Underrepresented Minorities and recommends the following career discovery activities for local chapters to provide and participate in.  Our Public Relations Chair, Howard Capps, RLA ASLA will be posting more detailed information to the NCASLA website as well as providing our five Section Chairs information to get everyone involved and participating in one of these activities.  Please contact your Section Chair to GET INVOLVED!

Coastal Section Chair          Myriah Shewchuck
Triangle Section Chair         Meredith Chandler
Triad Section Chair              Randal Romie  
Mountain Section Chair       Susannah Horton
Charlotte Section Chair       Michael Askin 


Suggested Activities:

  • Build a mini Green-Roof
  • Create a Rain Garden at a School
  • Provide a Student with a Job Shadow Experience
  • Participate in a School or Community Event, or better yet Plan a School or Community Event
  • Make a Presentation at a School about being a Landscape Architect or Designing a Park

NCASLA Legislative Day
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Legislative Breakfast in Raleigh June 19.  Do not miss this opportunity to meet with your Legislatures!  Thanks to you and our lobbyist, this event has grown both in success and attendance every year!  We expect the same this year and I look forward to seeing YOU on June 19 talking with our Legislators!

Frank B. Turner Award Selection Committee
President Elect,
Mike Mullis, RLA, ASLA and myself were invited to be a part of the Frank B. Turner Award selection committee. This award is presented to a state employee who has made an outstanding “Professional Contribution” to the built (physical) environment, as exemplified by the professional life of Frank B. Turner.  The selection committee consists of Association Presidents, President-Elects, Executive Staff and Representatives of AIA, ACEC, PENC, ASLA and the Office of State Construction and Past Turner Award Recipients.  Special thanks to AIANC and David Crawford for their efforts managing this annual award.

Non Members - Support Lobbyist for your Profession Now
Many of you may not know that $40.00 of the $100.00 NCASLA membership fee goes directly to support our Lobbyist that help advocate Landscape Architecture and to alert us to any political or legal concerns that may concern the professional practice and/or title act of Landscape Architecture.  There are over ±700 licensed Landscape Architects in the State of North Carolina.  Among those ±700, 432 of them are ASLA members.

If you are a Non-Member, now you can join your colleagues and donate to the legislative support to protect your profession.  For the price of less than one tank of gas you can help protect and support the profession of Landscape Architecture in North Carolina.