Submit Your Ideas for the 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture

Miami Beach Soundscape by West 8 / image: photo by Robin Hill ©

The American Society of Landscape Architects is now accepting proposals for the 2020 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Miami through January 23.

The ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture is the largest gathering of landscape architects and allied professionals in the world—all coming together to learn, celebrate, build relationships, and strengthen the bonds of our incredibly varied professional community.

We are seeking education proposals that will help to drive change in the field of landscape architecture and solve everyday challenges informed by research and practice. Help us shape the 2020 education program by submitting a proposal through our online system by Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

New for 2020

The conference education program will be organized across dynamic conference tracks designed to help you focus on the challenges that are most important to you. Before you submit your proposal, prepare by reviewing the 2020 conference tracks and descriptions. For your submission, select one of 14 tracks that represent topics most relevant to the practice of landscape architecture and cross sector collaborations today.

Please visit the submission site to learn more about criteria, the review process, and key dates. ASLA members are invited to log in to the online system using their unique ASLA ID.

Session Formats

60- or 75-Minute Education Session
The standard education session with 50/60 minutes of presentation followed by 10/15 minutes of Q&A, maximum three speakers.

Deep Dive Session
Engaging, in-depth programs that explore specific landscape architecture topics, maximum five speakers. Deep dives are interactive sessions that can include lectures, hands-on learning, facilitated discussions and other creative audience engagement tools.

Field Session
Multiple speakers offer education combined with a field experience. Field sessions are organized through the host chapter. Please contact the host chapter committee leaders at

Opening general session speaker Gina McCarthy at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture / image: EPNAC

Speaker Considerations

  • Please limit the number of submissions to three per submitter.
  • Speakers will be asked to verify that they were submitted on no more than three sessions.
  • Landscape architecture professionals (graduates of a landscape architecture program recognized by ASLA) wishing to present at the Conference on Landscape Architecture need to be active members of ASLA.
  • Allied professionals are encouraged to both submit presentations and speak but are not required to be members of ASLA.
  • Education session speakers selected from this process will receive a full complimentary registration to the Conference on Landscape Architecture.
Closing general session speakers Andrew Revkin, Kongjian Yu, FASLA, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, ASLA, and Hitesh Mehta, FASLA, at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture / image: EPNAC

Collaboration is Key

Use the resources below to make connections, coordinate proposals, and network with potential speakers:

  • Google Group: To coordinate proposals and network with potential speakers, we encourage you to use the CFP Google group.
  • Review session descriptions, learning outcomes, speakers, and session guides from past conferences. Session information from the 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 education programs is available online.
  • ASLA Member and PPN Member Directories: The ASLA Member and individual Professional Practice Network (PPN) member directories are available online to current ASLA members. Log into your ASLA account to search the directories.

Review Criteria

The selection process for the Conference on Landscape Architecture is competitive—only 1 in 4 presentations will be selected. The ASLA Annual Conference Education Advisory Committee (ACEAC) reviews, evaluates, and scores submissions using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture
  • Clearly stated and achievable learning outcomes
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Subject matter appeal
  • Appropriate audience type and expertise level (intermediate, advanced)
  • Speaker qualifications
  • Panel equity, diversity, and inclusion

ASLA Online Learning and Conference Education Session Recordings

Recordings of education sessions from past ASLA conferences (2019 recordings will be added soon!) can be found on the ASLA Online Learning website,

ASLA Online Learning presentations provide information on new and evolving practices and techniques. These distance learning opportunities are also a convenient way to earn professional development hours (PDH) needed to meet state licensure requirements. PDH are approved by the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) and can be earned after viewing a presentation by completing and passing a short exam. Check state mandatory continuing education requirements to ensure that LA CES™ courses are compatible with your state requirements.

Webinar prices for ASLA members, Associate ASLA members, and Student ASLA members are discounted at least 75% below non-member prices. Sign in with your existing ASLA username and password to receive the member discount.

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