Immediate Past President
American Society of Landscape Architects
With over 25 years in private practice, Thomas R. (Tom) Tavella, FASLA, is an award-winning LEED Accredited Professional and is CLARB Certified with licenses in five states.
In 2008-2009 he served as the national ASLA vice president of communications. Tavella focused his efforts on improving member satisfaction, increasing the public’s appreciation for the profession, and strengthening the landscape architect’s voice in government affairs. As chair of the Public Relations Advisory Committee, he led efforts to significantly increase media coverage and public awareness of the profession. As the past chair of the Council of Professional Practice Networks, Tavella played a vital role in creating a new, consistent electronic newsletter design. As a former chapter leader, Tavella worked to engage chapters in leveraging National Landscape Architecture Month for local and regional media coverage. He frequently serves as a media spokesperson for ASLA on a number of practice issues, particularly water and stormwater management.
An advocate for the profession, Tavella has made government affairs a top priority through building new and strengthening existing relationships with public officials at the national, state, and local levels. As chapter president, he organized a successful effort to upgrade Connecticut’s licensing law from a title act to a practice act. He has volunteered on election campaigns and organized grassroots letter-writing campaigns. On the national level, Tavella has attended 10 consecutive ASLA Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C., and is an active participant in the ASLA Advocacy Network.
He served four terms as the ASLA Connecticut Chapter president and also served as the chapter’s trustee. Tavella re-established the chapter’s design awards program and has chaired the chapter awards committee since 1995. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of landscape architecture and sustainable design by teaching at the New York Botanical Gardens, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Connecticut, and University of Massachusetts. He and his wife, Kara, are the proud parents of twin daughters who are in college.