WASHINGTON, DC-The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has proclaimed April 19-27, 2003, as National Landscape Architecture Week in order to celebrate the important role of landscape architecture in creating the special places where we live, work, and play.
The week encompasses Earth Day (April 22) and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted (April 26), long acknowledged as the founder of the American landscape architecture profession. Public events are being planned across the nation, including student competitions, tours of local landscape architecture sites, and community improvement projects.
The first National Landscape Architecture Week was held in 2002. "Landscape architecture is the most public of the arts, so we are inviting the public to join our celebration through their local chapters," said Paul F. Morris, FASLA, president of ASLA. Information on chapter events will be posted on the ASLA web site, www.asla.org/lamonth, as it becomes available.
Founded in 1899, the ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 13,500 members nationwide. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship.