Each year, a survey is sent out to members of ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs), asking them to sound off on a variety of topics. Past survey themes have included favorite spaces, career paths and work issues, creativity and inspired design, and more. For 2017, we’re asking our members what questions they’d like PPN members to answer.
So, if you had a chance to ask a fellow landscape architect anything, what would it be? Responses are welcome in the comments section below, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Shaped by your responses, the survey will be sent to all PPN members in early 2017, and summaries of the survey results will be shared in LAND’s PPN News section and here on The Field.
To get an idea of what we’ve asked our members before, here are the past few sets of questions posed to PPN members:
2013: Favorite Spaces
2014: Career Paths in Landscape Architecture
2015: Creativity & Inspired Design
Who inspires you?
Where do you go to feel inspired?
Whose work (an individual landscape architect or a firm) do you most admire?
What is the greatest unknown landscape architect or firm?
What is your favorite place that may not be familiar to others?
What is your favorite portrayal of a landscape in a work of art? Paintings, literature, movies—any medium is fair game!
If you could travel back in time to a historical landscape, where and when would you go?
How do you recharge?
What’s the next big thing in landscape architecture?
What trend in landscape architecture annoys you the most?
What place has the most potential to be transformed by landscape architecture?
What landscape do you find is just as spectacular at night as during the day?
Name a place that you love to visit in any season.
What makes that place special at every time of year?
What is your favorite plant to add interest in all seasons?
How does the profession today stack up against historical achievements in landscape architecture?
2016: PPN Roundtable
Campus Planning & Design PPN: Think back to when you were a student (or if you’re currently a student, this will be an easy one): what was/is your absolute favorite spot on campus?
Education & Practice PPN: If you could go back and change one thing about your MLA or BLA education, what would it be?
Digital Technology PPN: How did you learn to use most software that you’re currently using for production and visualizations?
Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN: What is/are the most difficult challenge(s) you face when designing for children in outdoor environments?
Parks & Recreation PPN: What’s one epiphany or A-HA! moment you’ve had in a park or public space that changed the way you plan or design?
Ecology & Restoration PPN: How applicable is the term “ecological restoration” to your area of professional practice?
Design-Build PPN: What do you plan to do this year to positively impact your community?
Environmental Justice PPN: What does Environmental Justice mean to you?
Housing & Community Design PPN: What is the most important design element that makes for a successful community?
Residential Landscape Architecture PPN: You just won the lottery are now designing your dream home: name one feature you absolutely need to have outside, to make your dream home complete.
Sustainable Design & Development PPN: What technical skills do landscape architects need to further develop to compete in the evolving markets of sustainable design and climate resilience?
Historic Preservation PPN: How can design and planning be enhanced by integrating culture and history more fully into the process?
International Practice PPN: Thinking internationally, where would you love to work on a project outside the United States?
Women in Landscape Architecture PPN: Many professionals cite the importance of mentorship at different points in their careers. If you have a mentor now, or have had one, name one essential lesson you learned from them.
Transportation PPN: Why do we need Landscape Architects when there are plenty of Civil Engineers, Garden Designers, Urban Planners, Ecologists, and Architects?
Urban Design PPN: Why does landscape architecture matter in the 21st century?