The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will hold its annual meeting and EXPO in San Diego, California, October 30 – November 2, 2011. According to their website, www.asla.org, more than 6,000 landscape architect professionals from the United States and around the world will be in attendance. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours.
In addition to continuing education credits for landscape architects, the annual meeting will also offer continuing education sessions for other design professionals. Opportunities are available for approved credit from the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In all, more than 135 workshops, field sessions, general sessions, and education programs are offered.
Another opportunity available is the JobLink Live & Emerging Professionals Portfolio Review. This is an opportunity for employers and prospective employees to network. In addition, students can sign up online to have their resumes and portfolios reviewed by members of the Emerging Professionals Committee.
The ASLA EXPO provides the largest trade show in the landscape architecture industry. Over 450 exhibitors are found in one place, showing new products, services, design solutions, and technology applications. According to the website, this is a highly attended event.
In keeping with ASLA’s commitment to sustainability, they are striving to reduce the carbon footprint of the annual meeting by using recycled and recyclable materials, as well as soy ink on all of their printed materials, signage, and decorations. Furthermore, the hotels, vendors, conference center, and others that ASLA contracts with for the event all maintain an ongoing commitment to sustainable practices.
From what I have found on the ASLA website, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity for design professionals of different backgrounds. Not only will this be beneficial to landscape architects, but it will also be a good prospect for architects and urban planners as well. Whether you are a seasoned professional, or just beginning in the field, the 2011 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO will be a wonderful chance to grow and explore.