Leadership & Governance
K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA

President-Elect
American Society of Landscape Architects

K. Richard (Dick) Zweifel, FASLA, is professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As one of the two founding faculty in the landscape architecture department, he helped develop the strong professional emphasis the program maintains today as one of five complementary disciplines within the college.

Zweifel has been an ASLA member since 1975 and was inducted into to the Council of Fellows in 2000. As a practitioner, teacher, and administrator, he has been an advocate for the profession and landscape architecture education throughout his career. He has more than 35 years of active involvement as an individual and a team member on a variety ASLA committees and projects at the section, chapter, state, and national levels. Throughout his participation, Zweifel has viewed ASLA service as a benefit and a privilege, affording expanded opportunities for contribution to the highest principles and values of landscape architecture. He most recently served as chair of the Council of Fellows Jury and the Licensure Committee, and as a member of the Policy Committee.

Zweifel’s primary service and scholarship interests are: 1) the relationship of evolving professional practice to licensure and curricular development; and 2) exploring new educational collaboration opportunities with practitioners and related disciplines.

He is actively involved in addressing current licensure and regulation issues. In 1998, Zweifel was appointed by the governor to the California Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC). He was elected chair in 2001, and currently serves as chair of the LATC’s Education Subcommittee. As the only landscape architect, he was recognized in 1998 for his work on the Continuing Education Subcommittee of the California Architects Board. Zweifel has also served on a variety of CLARB (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards) committees, including Master Grader, Examination Development (Performance Sections), Reciprocity, and Strategic Planning. He received the CLARB Presidential Recognition Award in 2000 for his contributions.

Zweifel earned his BSLA and MSLA degrees in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin, and has worked in public and private practice in California and Wisconsin. He is licensed in California.