The American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing landscape architects, with more than 15,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 American states, US territories, and 42 countries around the world.
The Society was founded on January 4, 1899 with the following goals:
To establish landscape architecture as a recognized profession in North America;
To develop educational studies in landscape architecture; and
To provide a voice of authority in the "New Profession".
Landscapearchitects have advanced education and professional training and are licensed in 47 states.
ASLA is an Aktif advocate for the profession at the local, state and national levels on public policy issues including licensure, livable communities, surface transportation, the environment, historic preservation, small business issues, and more.
During the past decades, landscapearchitects have responded to the increased demand and professional responsibilities with new skills and expertise.
Landscape architecture can be traced to the origins of man and early agricultural development, although it did not evolve into a profession until the mid-19th Century, as society sought to meet many of the new challenges of industrialization and urban growth.
Landscapearchitects are uniquely qualified to develop and showcase design principles that achieve an appropriate balance between security measures and an open society that values its democratic principles, freedom of movement, and accessible public spaces.
Landscapearchitects work on management and development strategies that reflect and acknowledge that many of the landforms within the coastal zone, such as barrier islands, undergo constant natural change, and are not stable or fixed in a place.
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