President’s Letter

A Celebration of Place

As landscape architects, we create spaces that have soul.We intuitively understand the unique characteristics that reflect the cultural heritage and natural features that define a site within its context.

Landscape architects also take those characteristics and synthesize what is distinctive to underscore and amplify what makes a place special. Our designs are influenced by place, and place is influenced by design.

Rich in history as a “melting pot” of French, Spanish, Creole, African, Irish, German, and Italian heritage, New Orleans embodies a culture like no other. Known for its laissez-faire attitude (French for “Let (people) do (as they choose),” New Orleans is well known for its hospitality, food, and revelry.

This distinctive way of life takes place in a dynamic ecological zone at the intersection of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, offering an exceptional marriage of culture and place.

Be sure to be part of this extraordinary event. Take advantage of 120 education sessions, 15 field sessions, four workshops, and two general sessions. Explore the profession’s largest EXPO, showcasing innovation, beautiful design, and environmental responsibility. Share ideas, best practices, and some fun with your fellow professionals.

And celebrate the place and the people that are New Orleans.

ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee

Mike Albert, ASLA
Design Workshop

José Almiñana, FASLA
Andropogon Associates

Bradley Cantrell, ASLA
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Chad D. Danos, FASLA
ASLA President

Chris Dimond, FASLA
PWP Landscape Architecture

Kona Gray, ASLA
EDSA

Harriet Grimm, ASLA
Saratoga Associates

Dean Hill, ASLA
greenscreen

Susan Jacobson, FASLA
The Morton Arboretum

Shannon Nichol, FASLA
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Tim Orlando, ASLA
Sawyer Berson Architecture &
Landscape Architecture

Tom R. Oslund, FASLA
Oslund and Associates

James Richards, FASLA
Townscape

David Rubin, ASLA
Land Collective

Susan Van Atta, FASLA
Van Atta Associates

Ramiro Villalvazo, ASLA

New Orleans Host Chapter Leaders

Haley Blakeman, ASLA
Shannon Blakeman, ASLA

Host Chapter Co-Chairs

Lake Douglas, ASLA
Seth Rodewald-Bates, ASLA

Field Session Co-Chairs

Byron Pogue
ASLA/ACE Mentor Program Legacy Project Chair

Justin K. Lemoine, ASLA
Amy Norval, ASLA

Host Chapter Booth Co-Chairs