Discover Landscape Architecture

ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Book for Kids cover / image: James Richards, FASLA

Do you have a friend who is interested in landscape architecture? Do your children like the idea of blending art with the environment? Are you a landscape architecture professional visiting a local school and searching for a fun interactive exercise?

The ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books for kids, teens, and adults were designed by ASLA members to inspire and teach anyone interested in landscape architecture and the built environment.

Use the activity books to learn or teach about:

  • the tools and skills needed to become a landscape architect,
  • the many ways landscape architects shape our environment,
  • how landscape architects use hand drawing to formulate ideas and solve complex problems, and
  • how to make beautiful places for people to live, work, and play.

Discover more at asla.org/activitybooks.

Whether you are a kid, teen, parent, teacher, undergraduate student, or landscape architecture professional, there are many ways to share the activity books. To start, share with family, friends, classmates, neighbors, other professionals, and community members. ASLA’s Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books are for anyone interested in landscape architecture, architecture, planning, engineering, and for those who like to draw, doodle, and be inspired.

Help ASLA spread the word and inspire the next generation by posting your drawings with #ASLAactivitybooks to show the world your creative talents!

image: EPNAC

How the Activity Books Were Developed

At the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles, members provided sketches to be included in the books. The Chapter Presidents’ Council also had a charrette activity to create problem-solving exercises for the teens and adult’s activity book.

Sketches for the activity books being made at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles / image: EPNAC
Sketches for the activity books being made at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles / image: EPNAC

In early 2018, ASLA selected sketches from the annual meeting and reached out to members to submit revised sketches for the books. The Chapter Presidents’ Council voted on the top problem-solving exercises for the teen and adults book.

Drafts pinned up for review at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, DC / image: Shawn Balon, ASLA
Drafts pinned up for review at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, DC / image: Shawn Balon, ASLA

ASLA staff had multiple rounds of reviews for both books over the spring, and a video was created to launch the books in June:

Stay tuned for future initiatives at ASLA, including printed copies of the activity books for distribution and Spanish translated editions.

Shawn Balon, ASLA, is the Career Discovery and Diversity Manager at ASLA.

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