Event Formats Evolve in Response to COVID-19

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With businesses and organizations closely monitoring the evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, numerous events have been canceled, postponed, or transformed, with often astonishing speed, into virtual gatherings. With protecting the health and safety of all involved as the top priority, more changes are likely to come as circumstances continue to change. With everything from national conventions to local events quickly shifting dates or formats, we are all exploring new ways to stay connected. We’ll be tracking event changes on ASLA’s Conferences for Landscape Architects page as we become aware of them, and are recapping a few event updates below to help keep you informed.

Virtual Events:

Urbanism Next Virtual Forum
May 14, 2020

ASLA Potomac Chapter Awards Gala
May 14, 2020, Facebook Live

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Spring Meeting Webinar Series
May 11-June 19, 2020

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Virtual Conference: Roundtables and Workshops
May 19-28, 2020

Epidemic Urbanism: Reflections on History Online Symposium
May 28-29, 2020

New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)
Ecology and the Residential Landscape: webinar series May 28-June 24, 2020
Ecology, Culture, and the Designed Landscape: webinar dates TBA

Digital Landscape Architecture Virtual Conference DLA2020
June 3-4, 2020

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) 28: A Virtual Gathering
June 10-13, 2020

Esri User Virtual Conference
July 13–15, 2020

Events Postponed Until Late 2020:

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)’s Courageous by Design: Landscape Architects Confronting the Climate Crisis in New York City
September 18, 2020, New York, NY

National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference
August 17-19, 2020

Urban Forest Symposium – Urban Forestry Relationships, Regeneration, & Reflections: A Coastal Peoples Focus
October 7, 2020, Seattle, WA

ASLA Central States Conference: Fuse 2020
New dates TBA

Events Postponed Until 2021:

April 2021, Ithaca, NY

TRB Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design AKD40 (formerly known as AFB40) Mid-Year Meeting
June 27-30, 2021, Winter Harbor, ME

For more events, check ASLA’s Conferences for Landscape Architects and RFQs and Opportunities listings, and search the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) for other distance learning opportunities.

A note on the 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture:

Registration opened last week for the 2020 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, which runs October 2 to October 5 in Miami Beach. ASLA has measures in place to ensure attendees a safe and enjoyable meeting, with the uncertain factors of the novel coronavirus pandemic first in mind. ASLA staff is working closely with local meeting and tourism officials, convention industry experts, and the host chapter, ASLA Florida, to monitor guidance for large gatherings regarding group sizes and distancing provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local agencies. If the conference proceeds as planned, registrants who find they later wish to cancel will receive refunds minus a $100 processing fee. However, after August 10, registration fees are not refundable. Tickets for special events and field sessions are not refundable. Hotel deposits will be refunded if reservations are canceled three days before your arrival—check details with your hotel.

If the conference must be canceled, your registration fee will be fully refunded, as will the processing fee and costs of tickets to special events. Hotels will also refund your deposit. For airfares, you should check with your airline about reimbursement or credit policies.

If you book early, through June 9, you save on the registration fee (up to $300 off the on-site registration fee for professional members, if you book lodging in hotels where ASLA has reserved rooms for the event).

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