Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing landscape architects. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to over 15,000 members and 49 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 62 countries around the world, plus 72 student chapters. Membership is open to all landscape architects as well as students and others interested in the profession’s issues, values, and goals. ASLA promotes the profession and advances its practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. In addition, stewardship of the land has always served a central role in the mission of the ASLA and is an integral element of all outreach.

ASLA works to increase the public’s awareness of and appreciation for the profession of landscape architecture and its contributions to quality of life. ASLA is an active advocate for the profession at the local, state, and national levels on public policy involving licensure, the environment and sustainable design, livable communities, surface transportation, historic preservation, and storm-water management issues, among others. Members of the Society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.

Our mission aligns with the National ASLA.  The purpose of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects “shall be the advancement of education and skill in the art and science of landscape architecture and the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture as an instrument of service in the public welfare.  To this end the Chapter shall seek to effectuate within the Chapter territory the aims and policies of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Inc.”  We offer our members the opportunity to network, build business, and expand their professional knowledge and expertise.  The Chapter also promotes the discipline of landscape architecture and advocates policy positions that advance sustainable, appropriate, and environmentally friendly practices.

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Landscape Architecture as a Career
UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture