ASLA Florida Chapter
Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing landscape architects. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, US territories, and 42 countries around the world. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.
The majority of ASLA members, nearly 80 percent, work in private practice. More than one-third of ASLA's members are employed by small landscape architecture firms with fewer than 10 employees. Twenty percent work in larger landscape architecture firms. Thirty percent work in larger mixed-discipline firms, with a concentration on landscape architecture, engineering, architecture, or design/build. Nearly 12 percent of ASLA's members work in the public sector. Less than five percent of ASLA members are full time educators. The remaining members are employed by private developers or work in other specialized fields.
ASLA Florida was founded in 1959 by 11 members and associates, growing to more than 1,000 members in 10 sections, covering the state of Florida and Puerto Rico.
What is Landscape Architecture?
Landscape Architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of the land. The scope of the profession includes site planning, garden design, environmental restoration, town or urban planning, park and recreation planning, regional planning and historic preservation. Practitioners share a commitment of achieving a balance between preservation, use and management of the country's resources.
Activities of a landscape architect can range from the creation of public parks and parkways to the site planning for corporate office buildings, from the design of residential gardens to the management of large wilderness areas or reclamation of degraded landscapes such as mines or landfills. Entrance into the profession requires advanced education, training, licensure in 45 states and specialized skills.
Public Relations and Advocacy
ASLA seeks to improve public understanding of the profession and to advance the practice of landscape architecture. ASLA's government affairs department facilitates communication between members and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels and is an active advocate for the profession on issues including licensure, livable communities, transportation enhancements, and small business issues.
Information Resources and Services
Key programs and services of the Society include Firm Finder, a resource for locating a local landscape architect; Landscape Architecture magazine; LAND Online, the members' bi-monthly electronic newsletter; ASLA OnLine, a comprehensive website serving ASLA members and the public; professional workshops and seminars; accreditation of landscape architecture professional degree programs; liaison with related organizations and professions; the ASLA Annual Meeting and Exposition; the ASLA/Sweets Landscape Architecture Directory; the Professional Practice Library, professional and technical information resources; LATIS, the Landscape Architects Technical Information Series; employment referral; an online directory of landscape architecture firms; the ASLA Professional Awards Program; and a landscape architecture bookstore. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education has authorized ASLA to accredit programs of landscape architecture at U.S. colleges and universities.
Key ASLA Florida Chapter Programs include: