Shape the Future: Submit for ASLA 2021

Cumberland Park, Nashville, Tennessee / image: Hargreaves Jones

ASLA 2021 Call for Presentations
Deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT

The Call for Presentations for the 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville is now open. We are looking for education proposals that will help drive change in landscape architecture and provide solutions to everyday challenges that are informed by practice and research.

Help us shape the 2021 education program by submitting a proposal through our online system by Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

The 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture is scheduled to take place in November in Nashville, Tennessee. Of course, we don’t know what will happen with the COVID-19 pandemic by then—and ASLA will be monitoring the situation carefully as we plan a conference that is safe for everyone. But there’s one thing we do know—whatever form our conference takes this year, we will not compromise our standards for delivering the high-quality, well-rounded educational experience that everyone has come to expect. Your submissions make that possible.

All education session proposals are reviewed by the Annual Conference Education Advisory Committee. Sessions will be organized into topics most relevant to the practice of landscape architecture and cross-sector collaborations. Please visit the submission site to learn more about the 2021 education tracks, submission criteria, review process, and key dates.

If you’re an ASLA member, make sure you have your unique ASLA Member ID or username handy—you should use it to log into the submission system.

New for 2021: the conference education program will be organized by tracks. Before you submit, prepare by reviewing the 2021 tracks and descriptions. Submitters are required to select one education track and up to two leading topics within the track.

The tracks are:

  • Resilience and Stewardship
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Design and the Creative Process
  • Design Implementation
  • Planning, Urban Design, and Infrastructure
  • Leadership, Career Development, and Business
  • Technology
Susan Chin, Hon. ASLA, FAIA, presenting “Reimagining El-Space: The Next Frontier in Urban Landscape Design and Planning” at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture. / image: EPNAC

Considerations for Submitters:

  • What problems are we trying to solve?
  • What are your business pain points?
  • What information do you wish you knew as an emerging professional?
  • Is there an information gap that you’re seeing among your own staff?
  • If you were to send one of your employees to the conference, what would you want them to bring back to the office?

Speaker Resources:

  • To coordinate proposals and network with potential speakers, we encourage you to use the CFP Google Group.
  • Speakers are encouraged to use the submission templates for 60- and 75- minute sessions, deep dives, and field sessions to collaborate on proposals before submitting. The templates provide descriptions of the required submission information and can be edited and shared.
  • Review the session descriptions, learning outcomes, and session guides from past conferences. A number of education session recordings from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 (2020 coming soon!) conferences are also available via ASLA Online Learning.

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