NCASLA Election Results Announced

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NCASLA) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election.

Elected to the one-year term of President Elect is Courtney Landoll, PLA, LEED AP.  Sadie Walters, ASLA, was elected to a two-year term as Secretary.  The Member At Large- Legislative Affairs position, a two-year term, will be held by Elizabeth Frere, MUD, PLA, ASLA.   Two section chairs were also elected: Coastal- Howard T. Capps, RLA, ASLA, and Mountain- Joshua Karrick, PLA, ASLA, AICP.   Crystal Ross, ASLA, was appointed to fill the remaining year of the two-year term as Treasurer. Incoming members of the Executive Committee shall assume office in November 2019, at the conclusion of the annual meeting of ASLA.

"We are thrilled to welcome our new members to the NCASLA Executive Committee!" says Lora Greco, 2018-19 NCASLA President. "These individuals will bring talent, expertise and energy to our group and will provide leadership to the organization as we continue to advance our mission. Thank you to all of our Executive Committee members for your commitment and service to NCASLA."

NCASLA Works to Protect the Industry

During the 2019 Long Session of the North Carolinas General Assembly, NCASLA partnered with other associations of design professionals, including engineers, architects and surveyors, to introduce and advocate for House Bill 871 – Fair Contracts. An identical Senate bill, Senate Bill 569, was also filed.

The goal of the legislation was to prohibit any contract requiring landscape architects, engineers, architects or surveyors to indemnify, hold harmless or defend the other party to the contract against liability or claims for damages, losses or expenses, including attorneys' fees, for actions by the other party. Landscape architect liability insurance generally does not cover clauses like this and as a result, contracts that require landscape architects to cover these losses pose tremendous risk for the landscape architect.

The House first passed the bill on May 2nd and the Senate ultimately passed the bill on June 26th. Because the two versions of the bill varied slightly, the House was required to vote on the bill again on June 27th. Governor Roy Cooper then signed House Bill 871 into law on June 8th, making it the 92nd bill to become law in North Carolina in 2019. As a result, after the Oct. 1 effective date landscape architects can no longer be required to indemnify or hold harmless the other party in contracts for landscape architecture services for damages not caused by the landscape architect.

We would like to thank the other professional groups for their work on the bill and particularly the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina for raising the issue that design professionals were legally vulnerable in this way. We also appreciate and commend the work of the bill's sponsors: Rep. Dean Arp (R – Union), Rep. Sarah Stevens (R – Wilkes), Rep. Robert Reives (D – Chatham) and Rep. Elmer Floyd (D – Cumberland). This legislation is a great example of the great work that NCASLA does at the North Carolina General Assembly each year, the importance of advocacy and the value of partnering with similarly situated professional groups to achieve mutual goals.

NCASLA 2019 Candidates Announced

2019 NCASLA Candidate Bios

President-Elect (one candidate)

                Courtney Landoll, PLA, LEED AP

Landscape architects innately want to make a difference. Professional societies like ASLA provide a way to increase our collective voice and impact. For NCASLA to be impactful, we must be visible, energetic, organized and united. Through my experience in ASLA, I know how to provide the right leadership, to help you and NCASLA be a force for positive change, and as President-elect that would be my charge.

Over the last ten years, I have served ASLA in various roles. In Washington, I worked my way up from a Member-at-Large to President. I later served as ASLA Chapter Presidents Council Chair, a position appointed by the President to assist Chapter Presidents in their role. I now serve on the ASLA Leadership Development Committee, to guide emerging leaders through the leadership ladder of ASLA. I have been mentored by great leaders of ASLA and now consider it my privilege to help others.

That said, what would make NCASLA more meaningful to you and to the public? That is a question I would ask you, but as a former President I can identify areas for improvement, including more continuing education and networking throughout the year. Let’s gather over inspiring subjects and continue the conversation afterward over a beer. Second, we need expanded ways to serve the public and promote the profession, like Parking Day and Career Discovery in the schools.  Last, we need opportunities for you to serve NCASLA in ways that are defined and time-limited to fit your busy lifestyle. 

If these ideas resonate with you, I ask for your vote and hope that you will join me to make NCASLA the best that it can be. Our strength is our members. Let us work together so that NCASLA reflects how amazing our membership is.


Secretary (two candidates)

                Crystal Ross

Crystal is a landscape designer who focuses her design strategy on having a positive impact on the communities she works in by creating healthier, safer, more enjoyable outdoor spaces that respond to social needs as they evolve. With passions for art, pattern, materiality, horticulture and cultural celebration, Crystal produces colorful, lively and environmentally conscientious design concepts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University and now has over six years of professional experience working on a wide range of projects. Crystal enjoys working through a collaborative design process with other design professionals to consider new ideas and ways of thinking about design solutions. Her own expertise lies in quality designs through construction documentation and implementation.


Crystal previously served as Secretary for the Boston Society of Landscape Architects from 2014 to 2016 and was also actively involved in the Emerging Professionals group.  During her time in Boston, she also organized several events for Landscape Architecture Awareness Month to increase public awareness and showcase what it is we do as designers in urban environments. Crystal moved to Raleigh in January of this year and looks forward to continuing to advocate for the landscape architecture profession in the southeast through communication and education.


                Sadie Walters

Sadie Walters is a native of Asheville and now calls Raleigh home. She developed a love of the natural world and plants very early in life. A graduate of Warren Wilson College, she majored in environmental education. While at Warren Wilson, she worked on the landscaping crew at a time when the campus was converting to the use of native plants. Upon graduation, she started her own business, Growing Native Nursery. It was during this period of time that she was hired by Buncombe County Social Services Department to create the outdoor play space for children and families receiving services located in front of the department in downtown Asheville. This experience propelled her to return to school to obtain a Masters in Landscape Architecture, from North Carolina State University. While obtaining her master's degree, she worked at the Natural Learning Initiative at NCSU, which offers evidence-based design assistance, professional development, and information resources to advance experience of the natural environment in the daily lives of all children. Upon graduation in January 2016, Sadie completed two internships with landscape architecture firms in the triangle and in the summer of 2017 began work with Timmons Group, a multidisciplinary design firm in Raleigh. Her passion continues to be seeking ways to connect people with the natural world through design and the use of native plants.


Sadie is married to Adam Walters and has two daughters, Maven and Ada.



Member at Large- Legislative Affairs- (one candidate)


                Elizabeth G. Frere, MUD, PLA


Elizabeth has practiced landscape architecture for eleven years, with the last ten years working in various roles within the Facilities Management department at UNC Charlotte. In her current role as a Project Manager in Capital Projects she oversees the Advanced Planning (AP) efforts with the design teams and University customers, manages the schematic, design development, and construction document phases of projects that include real property acquisitions, new construction or rehabilitation of existing facilities, and repairs and renovations. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Urban Design from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is licensed to practice landscape architecture in North Carolina, is a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is an active member in her Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee. Elizabeth is a natural leader and fights hard for her beliefs and for what is in the best interest of her customers. She is at her best in a group environment and is extremely proactive in getting full involvement of all team members to derive the best results possible. Elizabeth values inclusion, accountability and collaboration, always striving for consensus design.


Coastal Section Chair (one candidate)


                Howard T. Capps, RLA, ASLA


Howard T. Capps, RLA, ASLA, has provided Land Planning & Landscape Architectural services to both public & private clients from his Wilmington, N.C. based office since early 1987.

Howard has served as Coastal Section Chair in 1994- 1995 and again in 2000- 2001.  He has also served on the NCASLA Executive Committee as Member-At-Large, Legislative Affairs from 1996-1999.

He was founding board member of NCLOLA. Locally, Howard has served as Vice- Chair and Chair of the Cape Fear Transit Authority Board, Citizens Advisory Committee for the 2035 & 2040 MPO

Long Range Transportation Plans, and Vice- Chair of the 2016 Wilmington Comprehensive Plan.

If elected to serve as Coastal Section Chair, I will work with members in the Coastal Area to continue our current section chair’s work to raise the profile of our profession in our communities.

Will also encourage members in the Coastal Area to reach out to local elementary, middle and high school students to educate them about our profession during Landscape Architecture Month.


Mountain Section Chair (one candidate)

                Joshua T. Karrick, PLA, ASLA, AICP

Josh Karrick is a Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience and is now based in Asheville, NC. He has recently served as the Mountain Section Chair for the last two years and serves as the regional office manager for Bell Engineering. Josh has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and is also a Certified Planner. In addition to serving on the NC ASLA Board, Josh has served on the Kentucky ASLA Executive Committee in a variety of roles including; President and Sponsorship Chair and on the Kentucky APA Board as Professional Development Officer and Section Chair.


My goal in with position is to engage the local membership with professional and product educational opportunities that also allow for networking and social events that will promote the profession.

Voting members will be sent a link to participate in the process, which will be open from July 1- August 1, 2019.

Participate in Your Section

NCASLA is looking for a few more members to join teams for upcoming projects.

August is officially National Site Tour Month and several sections are looking for 2-3 volunteers to help with the planning of and hosting of tours. Hosting a site tour can make an enormous impact in educating local, state, and federal policy makers on how landscape architects use design to create well-planned communities and master plans, parks, transportation corridors, and manage stormwater runoff.
Volunteers are needed from the:

  • Triangle Section for an event in Raleigh

  • Triad Section for an event in Winston-Salem

  • Charlotte Section for an event in the Charlotte area

On September 20, NCASLA Sections will participate in PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day is an annual event in that encourages community members, students, and designers to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets.
Volunteers are needed from the:

  • Coastal Section for a PARK(ing) Day event in Greenville

  • Triangle Section for a PARK(ing) Day event in Raleigh

  • Triad Section for a PARK(ing) Day event in the Triad

  • Charlotte Section for a PARK(ing) Day event in Charlotte

  • Mountain Section for a PARK(ing) Day event in Asheville

If you’d like to be involved with either (or BOTH) of these projects in your area, send an email to NCASLA Executive Director, Sarah Gillian, at

ASLA Elevates Andrew Fox to Council of Fellows

Please join us in congratulating NCASLA member, Andrew Fox, for receiving the honor of being elevated to Council of Fellows!

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Andrew Fox, ASLA

NC State University College of Design, Raleigh

Andrew Fox, ASLA
NC State University College of Design, Raleigh

Andrew Fox received his nomination in Knowledge from the North Carolina Chapter. Among his many achievements during his distinguished career, Andrew received the prestigious 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award from the International Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture; established the award-winning NC State Design + Build Studio; and launched his department’s inaugural “Design Week” program, an exemplary educational engagement experience in keeping with the land grant mission of NC State. His scholarship focuses on resilient design for coastal regions and green infrastructure, work that has had significant social outcomes for people in marginalized communities. Under his leadership the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (DCCL), which he founded, has become a national model for resilient design research and education. Andrew’s achievements, contributions, and impacts on faculty, students, and the profession have significantly enhanced the profession’s collective body of knowledge, capabilities, and influence.

Learn about all 22 new members to the ASLA Council of Fellows

Early-Bird Registration Open for Second Wave of Modernism IV

Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place conference, Dallas, TX October 3-5, 2019:  EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION NOW

A constellation of landscape-architecture all-stars, including Peter Walker, Peter Ker Walker, James Burnett, Christine Ten Eyck, Mary Margaret Jones, Isabel Castilla, and Chuck McDaniel, is featured at the Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place conference and related events in Dallas, October 3-5, 2019.  The daylong conference, sponsored by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Texas Chapter ASLA, the Dallas Architecture Forum and others will be held on Friday, October 4 will highlight Dallas’ leadership in projects that balance design with natural and cultural values and the imperative to deal with climate change, and will showcase the city’s public-private initiatives and recent innovations in creative management and stewardship. The conference will examine the city’s legacy of innovation, from projects completed in Dallas’ Arts District over the past 35 years, to four new downtown parks and the 10,000-acre Trinity River Project, which would be the largest urban park in America.  Space is limited, and CEU’s are available. For more information, go to:


Join the SE chapters of Landscape Architects for the 2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference. The conference will be held on Sunday, June 2nd through Tuesday, June 4th at the Hyatt Regency located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.


The 2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference is certain to educate, engage, and ignite discussion within the Landscape Architecture Community, including:

  • Field Sessions that explore all the Upstate has to offer with local guides

  • Enjoy the unique blend of modern city and historic southern charm as renowned Greenville mayor Knox White, Honorary ASLA kicks off the conference!

  • Celebrate with your colleagues at the Awards Luncheon*

  • Experience cutting edge displays and immersive spaces in a re-imagined Vendor Expo

  • Challenge yourself and your colleagues with a Pop-up Design Competition

  • Network with vendors and explore new products & details at Vendor Scavenger Hunt

  • Refresh your perspective by attending thoughtful and engaging Keynote Sessions given by leaders in the field

  • Meet new friends and enjoy the comradery at the Welcome Reception and Happy Hours

  • Experience downtown Greenville and all that it has to offer, including the iconic Falls Park, a thriving downtown, an exciting culinary scene, and incredible outdoor activities

CE CREDITS- Continuing education credits will be available for participation at this year’s conference through LA CES and NCBoLA approved sessions.

WHERE TO STAY- To make a room reservation at the reduced rate, please call the reservation line at 864-235-1234 using the group name “Landscape Architects” or visit to make your room reservation online.

DOWNLOAD THE EVENT APP- Friendly Reminder: After registering, please check your email for instructions on downloading the exciting Event App 2019 ASLA Southeast Regional Conference for all of your conference needs including CEU tracking, up-to-date schedules and other helpful conference information! Visit the registration desk upon arrival with questions or email 

See you in Greenville!

NCASLA Advocacy Day- June 19

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

  • 12:00 PM  2:00 PM

  • North Carolina Legislative Building- 16 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC, 27601

All NCASLA members are encourage to come to Raleigh to meet with their North Carolina Senators and Representatives to share with them the importance of landscape architecture throughout the State! Enjoy frozen lemonade with your legislators as you discuss current projects or policies that allow you to make a positive and substantial impact on our State’s economy and environment.

To attend or get more information, email


Play a Role in the Future of NCASLA


Would you like to volunteer your time for the landscape architecture profession, but can’t commit to a role on the Executive Committee? Please consider joining one of the following committees by contacting

  • Communications Committee

  • Awards Committee

  • Membership Committee

  • Legislative Committee

  • Governance Committee

  • Conference/Events Committee

Be part of the committee for the year, or choose to take part in special projects, your time and talent is an asset!

Contact today