2015-2016 National Student Representative

To the Student Members of the ASLA, I’d like to start out by thanking all of you. I am exceedingly grateful that you have given me the opportunity to serve you. As I stated in my Letter, the most rewarding experiences in my life have been a result of helping others. Because of this profession I have many opportunities to learn and grow.

It was an honor to participate in the planning and hosting of LAbash 2015. The process taught me that cooperation, communication, and perseverance are vital to the success of any endeavor. I have also received the opportunity to engage in my Student Chapter of the ASLA. From them, I have gained the ability to work hard and play hard; through firm visits and social interaction I continually rediscover the joy of Landscape Architecture. In my experience, the hard work and dedication exhibited by the Student Body of Landscape Architecture is amazing.

I recently returned from participating in Advocacy Day and the Annual Mid-Year Meeting. I was able to meet some of our Student Members. The level of professionalism I saw from students at Advocacy Day is inspiring. While there I learned a great deal about advocacy, communication, and the inner workings of the ASLA. I dedicate myself to apply this knowledge to improving student experience for all of you. We are, by a great measure, the sum of our experiences.

The sum of my experience could not be calculated without factoring in my husband, Matthew. Currently, he is undergoing the Architectural Registration Exam here in California. His father is Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate, and while working for him I discovered my love of design. I also discovered that my love did not correlate to buildings, but instead a love of nature. I am, at heart, a total plant dork. After research, I discovered Landscape Architecture is the perfect marriage. My husband and family have blessed me with incredible support. Without them, I would not be where I am today.

I am also thankful for the continual support of Cameron Rodman. His exceptional leadership leaves me in awe. His patience and commitment to all of you have afforded me a great deal of understanding I would not have had otherwise; I have a strong foundation upon which to build. Thank you, Cameron.

During my term I hope to improve mentorship, student outreach, and communication between student chapters. To that end I am developing a survey from which I will create a set of goals and objectives for my term. Ultimately, my highest goal is to represent the issues most important to you, the student body. Please look out for the survey in the following weeks.

In addition, I encourage you to “Like” the Student Facebook Page, and become friends with my Professional Account Chelsea Keith. Please invite me to your Student Chapter Pages / Groups so that I may better communicate.

I would also like to invite you to continue participation in the World Landscape Architecture Month campaign. April is over, but the campaign was so popular the ASLA has decided to continue. I feel that this is a great chance for the student body to showcase their work to the world. It’s important that we, the future of the profession, demonstrate the value in what we are learning. You can post pictures of designs, models, built projects, or even just landscapes you love.

 In closing, I would like to again thank you all. I hope that I make you proud as the 2015-2016 ASLA National Student Representative.

Chelsea Keith
5th year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Student
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


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