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Meeting Highlights

General Sessions
Saturday, Sunday, Monday

On Saturday, Lawrence A. Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, will share progress in promoting green infrastructure practices and what landscape architects are doing to support the effort.  Sunday’s panel discussion will feature landscape architects known for award-winning work outside the United States:  Adriaan Geuze, International ASLA; Kathryn Gustafson, ASLA; Mario Schjetnan, FASLA; Kongjian Yu, International ASLA; and James Corner, ASLA.  On Monday, Charlie Cook will provide attendees with timely information about the changing political climate and what it means to the landscape architecture profession just in time for the national election in November.

LA CES™ Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Friday through Tuesday

Professional development hours (PDH) is the term that ASLA and the new Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES™) use to describe how much credit a course carries.  During the ASLA annual meeting, full registration offers access to programs totaling 22.5 PDH toward maintenance of your state license (where mandated)—that’s 21 percent more hours than in 2007.  By taking advantage of ticketed sessions, attendees may earn more than 31 hours.  Featuring leading experts in the profession, this year’s top-notch educational offerings are balanced to reflect the needs of practitioners and will provide an ideal opportunity for attendees to meet licensure requirements and practice needs.  With more than 120 topics to choose from, the most difficult part will be deciding which ones to attend.  Attendees may stop by the Professional Development Certificate booth, sponsored by Florence Manufacturing Company, to obtain real time proof of their PDH earned during the annual meeting.

Professional Development Certificate Booth sponsored by Florence Manufacturing Company

Florence Manufacturing Company

VectorWorks Cybercafé
Friday through Tuesday
Free for all meeting registrants.

Featuring state-of-the-art computer stations, the VectorWorks Cybercafé keeps annual meeting attendees connected with free access to computers to check email and leave electronic messages for other attendees. 

Sponsored by VectorWorks by Nemetschek N.A.


The Care of Trees Networking Gardens
Friday through Tuesday
Free for all meeting registrants.

Networking is listed among the top reasons attendees register for the annual meeting.  The Care of Trees Networking Gardens provides annual meeting participants with comfortable, attractive lounge areas for meaningful conversations among attendees throughout the convention center.

Sponsored by The Care of Trees

The Care of Trees


TCLF Icons of Modernism II: Wilmington Wonders and U Penn Archives Tea
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Ticketed Event.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has secured access to two extraordinary gardens in Wilmington, Delaware.  Highlights include an astonishing unpublished masterwork by a local designer/owner and an intimate lunch at the home of Governor and Mrs. Pierre S. du Pont, in the last residential commission realized by Dan Kiley.  The event will conclude with a curated tour and afternoon tea among original landscape drawings from the University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives, featuring early unpublished work by Kiley, Lawrence Halprin, FASLA, and many others.

Space is limited.  $600 per ticket ($400 is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution).  Checks should be made payable to TCLF and sent to 1909 Que St. NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC  20009 or register online at

For those who wish to attend only the U Penn Archives tour and afternoon tea, tickets are $75.  Transportation will not be provided.  A portion of these proceeds will benefit the conservation of landscape drawings in the collection.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF)

Garden Design Welcome Reception, featuring the TCLF Auction Preview
6:00-8:00 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Free for all meeting registrants.

Garden Design magazine invites all attendees and exhibitors to kick off our Philadelphia meeting with a stylish party as only they know how to host.  Enjoy wine and fabulous hors d’oeuvres as you preview the amazing offerings at The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s fourth annual silent auction.  This year’s auction will feature more than 75 sketches, paintings, photographs, books, clothing, garden furniture, and other ephemera executed by notable landscape architects, artists, and photographers.  Auction proceeds benefit TCLF’s many important programs, including the Pioneers of American Landscape Design initiative, which documents first-hand perspectives of renowned landscape practitioners for future generations.  For additional information about the auction, visit  TCLF is extremely grateful for the generous support from Monrovia Growers, the lead sponsor of the auction, and to the many artists who donated their work.


Garden Design


An Academy Affair:  The 23rd Annual LAF Benefit Dinner
6:30–10:30 pm
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Ticketed Event

Join the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) for an elegant evening benefiting the Olmsted Scholars Program. This exceptional event will recognize and pay tribute to the first national winner of the prestigious Award, as well as all 24 University Olmsted Scholars. Meet and mingle with these talented new design leaders while enjoying the ambience of the newly refurbished Hamilton Building, an award-winning exhibit space, originally built in 1915 as an automobile showroom and now home to the Academy’s collection of American artwork. Enjoy extraordinary food, drink and art while relaxing with colleagues, friends and the future leaders of the landscape architecture community.

Proceeds from this event benefit the LAF Olmsted Scholars Program. Admission is $190 per person. To purchase tickets or explore sponsorship opportunities, please visit or e-mail

LAF Foundation

Alumni Reunion
8:00-10:00 pm
Grand Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Free for all full registrants.  Meeting badge required.

One of the most anticipated events of the meeting!  Each school hosts a designated area for alumni, faculty, and students to mix and mingle.  Spend time with your own program and find others easily as well.  Catch up on the latest news on your alma mater, visit with old friends, and make some new ones.

Click here to see the participating schools.

Saturday and Sunday

With nearly 450 exhibitors, the ASLA EXPO is the largest trade show in the industry.  Explore hundreds of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions—all under one roof.  Full registrants will receive a $15 concessions voucher to be used at the EXPO concession stand.  For your convenience, a number of popular activities will be located in the EXPO this year:

JobLink LIVE:  Participate in JobLink LIVE to find great new employees for your firm or a rewarding new position for yourself.  Representatives from private firms, public agencies, and academic institutions will be on hand to conduct interviews and review résumés.  Employers may host a tabletop display for only $300 and employers and prospective employees may schedule interviews online ahead of the meeting.  Click here for more information.

Federal Agency Outreach:  Meet with representatives of key federal agencies to discuss their planning and landscape architecture projects, and learn about opportunities for working with them.  Invited agencies include: Bureau of Land Management; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Federal Highway Administration; National Park Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and USDA Forest Service.

ASLA Commons:  This year, the ASLA Commons will host many exciting programs. In addition to picking up your free official tote bag and checking on your membership or other ASLA Services, attendees can do the following:

  • Meet the editors of leading industry publications. Chat with Bill Thompson, FASLA, about how he selects projects to feature in Landscape Architecture. Talk with Sylvia Lewis about her 2009 editorial calendar for Planning. Pitch your projects to Jane Kolleeny at GreenSource or a senior editor with Garden Design. These editors and others will be available during EXPO hours to meet one-on-one with attendees.
  • Ask the ASLA Professional Awards Jury how to make a good impression next year. Former professional awards jurors will be on hand to talk one-on-one with attendees about the process, categories, criteria, and how to put your best foot forward with the awards jury. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos or synopses of projects they plan to enter so these former jurors can share specific suggestions for communicating with the 2009 jury. Sign up to meet with ASLA Professional Awards Jurors.
  • Meet with leaders of the ASLA Council of Fellows about the Fellows selection process. More than 4,200 ASLA members are eligible for consideration for nomination to the Council of Fellows this year. Former jurors and current leaders of the Council of Fellows will be on hand to meet with eligible members and chapter leaders about the process, categories, criteria, and how to put together a solid nomination. Attendees are encouraged to bring a curriculum vitae or résumé so these leaders can offer specific advice. Sign up to meet with leaders of the ASLA Council of Fellows.

ASLA/ULI Bookstore:  Pick up your signed copy of Green Infrastructure.  Browse the latest titles for landscape architecture professionals and take advantage of your ASLA discount.  Meet prominent authors and have your books signed during the EXPO Reception Saturday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and during the EXPO Afternoon Tea and Raffle on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

ASMP Photo Studio:  Want to have a photo shoot with a professional photographer, but don’t know who to call, can’t find the time, or are just camera shy? The American Society of Media Photographers will host a portrait studio in the EXPO and provide attendees with complimentary electronic portraits in black and white and color. Sign up for your complimentary sitting ahead of time. Full meeting registration required.

Saturday EXPO Reception:  Stop by the EXPO Saturday evening between 4:00 and 6:00 pm to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres with exhibitors and colleagues, meet prominent authors at the book signing, and celebrate the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals in the world.

Sunday EXPO Afternoon Tea and Raffle:  Spend Sunday touring the EXPO and entering the raffle to win fabulous trips, rare wines, and many other luxury items.  Meet additional prominent authors at the book signing and have a nosh between 3:00 and 5:00 pm as raffle winners are announced to tide you over to the Gala that evening.

ASLA Council of Fellows Investiture Reception and Dinner
7:00 pm
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Ticketed event.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Join friends and colleagues for an elegant evening honoring the newest members of the ASLA Council of Fellows.  Members of the Council of Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary work, leadership, knowledge, and service to the profession over a sustained period of time.  Formal attire is appropriate, but not required.

Dinner and video sponsored by L.M. Scofield Company.



ASLA Council of Fellows Business Meeting
12:15-2:00 pm
Current members of the Council of Fellows are welcome.  Meeting badge required.

Join ASLA Council of Fellows Chair Rodney Swink, FASLA, in conducting the annual business of the Council, recapping the events of the past year, and planning for the future.

Women in Landscape Architecture Reception
6:00-7:00 pm
Ticketed event.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Celebrate the leadership legacy of women in the profession of landscape architecture.

ASLA/Landscape Structures Gala
7:00-11:00 pm
National Constitution Center
Ticketed event.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Sunday evening’s celebration at the National Constitution Center will stand out as one of the highlights of our meeting.  Dine on the finest food and drink the City of Brotherly Love has to offer.  Dance the night away to the live sounds of Liquid Pleasure, performing top hits from Motown to that Philly Sound to today.  Don’t miss the spectacular views from the museum’s glass walled observation tower.

Sponsored by Landscape Structures

Landscapes Structures


Professional Practice Network Forum
9:45-11:15 am
Free for all full registrants.  Meeting badge required.

ASLA’s 17 Professional Practice Networks (or PPNs for short) unite colleagues who share common practice emphases.  Come hear about plans to improve PPN communications, information sharing, and networking opportunities.  Join discussion sessions, network with colleagues, exchange ideas and information, and discover opportunities to advance your practice.  Newcomers are welcome.


Open Forum: Growing the Profession
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Free for all full registrants.  Meeting badge required.

Landscape architecture is the fastest growing of all the design professions, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects that the profession must grow by 16 percent by 2016 in order to meet demand.  Hear what is being done to reach out to K-12 students to help them discover careers in landscape architecture and how you can get involved in growing the profession.

ASLA Awards Ceremony and Champagne Reception
2:00 pm
All meeting attendees, family, and guests are welcome.

Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards program honors the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards program gives us a glimpse into the future of the profession.  A video presentation will highlight the projects receiving awards in the General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Research, and Communications categories, as well as the 2008 recipients of The Landmark Award, the Student Awards, and the Bradford Williams Medals.  A special champagne reception honoring the award recipients, clients, and faculty advisors will follow the ceremony.

Sponsored by Landscape Forms

Landscape Forms


The President’s Dinner: Presentation of ASLA Honors
7:30 pm
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Ticketed event. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Enjoy an extraordinary evening as we pay tribute to the distinguished recipients of ASLA’s highest honors.


NJASLA 2008 Golf Outing
7:30 am-1:00 pm
Riverwinds Golf Club, Deptford, NJ

Enjoy a round of golf with your friends from the NJ chapter and colleagues from around the country.  The course is located across the Delaware River and has amazing views of both the river and Philadelphia skyline.  The course also features an island green situated in the Delaware River.  Beginners and advanced golfers are welcome. 

Event costs include breakfast, green fees, golf cart, luncheon, cocktail hour, and prizes.  Registration fees and transportation details can be found at



Don’t miss the most important annual event for landscape architecture professionals!

Designing a More Sustainable Meeting

ASLA continues to reduce the carbon footprint of the annual meeting and 2008 will be the greenest meeting yet. The official meeting hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center are located within walking distance of each other, eliminating the need for shuttle buses. The hotels, convention center, show decorator, transportation company, and other vendors with whom ASLA contracts services must demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices. ASLA’s printed materials, signage, and decorations are recycled, recyclable, and printed with soy ink. The meeting handouts will be distributed electronically. Meeting attendees may do their part by traveling to the meeting via Amtrak, purchasing a TerraPass, or arranging air travel through GoodShop (see Travel and Hotel Information).