Share Your Point of View: Alternative Practice Areas for Landscape Architects

Everyone brings a unique experience to the public realm.
ASLA 2017 Student Honor Award in Communications. Tactile MapTile: working towards inclusive cartography. Jessica Hamilton, Student ASLA | Faculty Advisors: Thaisa Way, ASLA; Anat Caspi; Ben Spenser. University of Washington. / image: Jessica Hamilton

Landscape architecture is an ideal educational foundation for a wide range of creative career opportunities. Increasingly, landscape architects are discovering and pursuing alternative career paths outside of traditional studio professional roles. The ASLA Public Practice Advisory Committee wants to hear about your professional practice needs and interests. This information helps us create valuable resources for public practitioners and those members interested in alternative practice areas.

Your responses will assist with:

  • Outreach efforts spotlighting the important roles landscape architects play in public policy and design of public space.
  • Sharing successes and challenges of pursuing alternative career options for landscape architects.
  • Developing tools necessary to pursue work effectively in government and non-profit roles.
  • Increasing the public’s knowledge of public sector landscape architects.
  • Providing students and emerging professionals with pertinent career development information.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for your time and feedback:

Take the survey!

Please complete the survey by Friday, August 16.

To tide you over while responses are collected, several webinars on alternative practice areas and career paths can be found in the ASLA Online Learning library:

Or, take a look back at another ASLA Public Practice Advisory Committee-led initiative: the ongoing Policy Shapers interview series, published in LAND. The series has been going strong for more than ten years, producing more than 35 interviews so far with landscape architects who are active in shaping public policy either through their work or as volunteers:

David T. Tatsumi, ASLA
President of Tatsumi and Partners, Inc.
Interview conducted by Weywantheawy Kang and edited by Carlos Flores, ASLA

Nette Compton, ASLA
Deputy director of Parks for People at The Trust for Public Land
Interviewed by Aqsa Butt, Associate ASLA, SITES AP

Mark H. Hough, FASLA
University Landscape Architect at Duke University
Interviewed by Om Khurjekar, ASLA

Mami Hara, ASLA
General manager and chief executive officer of Seattle Public Utilities
Interviewed by Irene Ogata, ASLA

Glenn Acomb, FASLA
Retired from the University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture and from the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC), a UF cross-disciplinary research group
Interviewed by Andrea Salo Weber, ASLA

Dee Merriam, FASLA
Community planner at the Center for Disease Control
Interviewed by Chris Kingsbury, ASLA

Keith Robinson, ASLA
Principal landscape architect, Division of Design, Landscape Architecture Program, Caltrans
Interviewed by Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, FASLA

Barbara A. Petrarca, ASLA, TRB Emeritus
Retired Supervising Landscape Architect, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)
Interviewed by Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, FASLA

Barbara Wyatt, ASLA
Historian / Landscape Specialist for the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmarks programs, National Park Service
Interviewed by Lisa Pearson, ASLA

Gary Scott, FASLA
Director of Parks and Recreation, City of West Des Moines, Iowa
Interviewed by Lisa Pearson, ASLA

Trinidad Juarez, ASLA
Regional Landscape Architect, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Forest Service
Interviewed by Anita Bueno, ASLA

Irene Ogata, ASLA
Landscape Architect with City of Tucson, Arizona
Interviewed by Jason Harrington, ASLA

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