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Letter from the President

    Jonathan Mueller, FASLA

    Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee
    Robin Shifflet, ASLA
    James Sipes, ASLA
    Mario Nievera, ASLA
    Mia Lehrer, FASLA
    Annette Wilkus, ASLA
    Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA
    David Yocca, FASLA
    Janet Rosenberg, ASLA
    Christian Zimmerman, FASLA
    Joan Honeyman, ASLA
    Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA
    Peter L. Schaudt, FASLA
    Sarah Boasberg, Hon. ASLA
    Mark Hough, ASLA
    Ruth Stafford, ASLA

    San Diego Host Chapter Leaders
    Glen Schmidt, FASLA, and Joe Esposito, ASLA,
    Host Chapter Co Chairs

    Laura Burnett, ASLA, and Emily Henning, ASLA,
    Legacy Project Co Chairs

    Dolores Marquez, ASLA, and DJ Taylor, ASLA,
    Field Sessions Co Chairs

    Jim Taylor, ASLA, and Mark Steyaert, ASLA,
    Host Chapter Booth Co Chairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    As a profession, we are entering a time of unparalleled opportunity. One of great promise.  One where the fruits of our collective efforts have begun to be realized. In July 2009, Engineering News­ Record ran a cover article titled "Landscape Architecture Rising," citing the ascent of landscape architects to the forefront of major engineering projects. Speaking at the Congress for the New Urbanism meeting last year, architect Andres Duany declared, "It’s not cool to be an architect. It's cool to be a landscape architect. That’s the next cool thing." The Architect's Newspaper featured a cover story in March about the surge in major commissions going to landscape archi­tects, stating, "Traditionally, the architect was the master builder with landscape designers as mere ancillaries. Today that relationship is fast being reversed."

    At no other time since the founding of our profession have we enjoyed greater recognition by allied design professionals, the development community, and the general public. Only we have the knowledge of natural systems as they relate to the broader built environment. We also have the vision to develop design solutions for the long term. This is allowing us to emerge from the background to lead design teams on many of the most significant projects of our time. As demand for ecological-based design grows, we'll be called upon as key choreographers of public space in both urban and rural contexts. We must seize the moment as LEED, the Sustainable Sites Initiative*, and systems-based design reshape our cities.

    It's with these thoughts in mind that we convened the Annual Meet­ing Education Advisory Committee last November to begin planning the more than 135 education sessions, keynote programs, field ses­sions, and workshops. Please join us in San Diego, one of the premier American cities, for four days of intense learning, fellowship, inspira­tion, and celebration. I hope to see you there!

    Jonathan Mueller, FASLA
    ASLA President
    Coeur d' Alene, ID

    *The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.


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