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Space Created. Redefined. Reclaimed.

Since the days of Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architects have been adding value to outdoor space. Today, almost 500 members of the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects continue to design and redefine the way we use outdoor space.


Dear Friends,

The past week has been a whirlwind for the Illinois Chapter of ASLA. As you know, we were notified of a new bill that would repeal the Landscape Architecture Act of 1989. We quickly hired the Manning Consulting Group to lobby on our behalf. 

There was a hearing for the bill in the Illinois Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee yesterday in Springfield. I am happy to report that Senator Pamela Althoff (32nd District) agreed to remove Landscape Architects from the bill. With an amendment, the title act for Landscape Architects in Illinois will be safe.Many thanks to ILASLA Advocacy Chair, Keven Graham, FASLA, who testified before the committee on our behalf. 

Thank you also to our members that showed tremendous support for Illinois landscape architecture. The number opposing the proposed legislation exceeded 500 individuals. It was clear to the Senate Committee that landscape architecture should not be included in the bill. 

The Chapter will continue to monitor specific legislative issues that affect our members on both a national and state level. We have great momentum now and the quest to have our current title act elevated to a practice act will continue. During the next few months, the Executive Committee will be working to raise funds for legislative efforts. There will be numerous opportunities for our membership to advocate for our profession. I would encourage each of you to get involved.

Thank you again for your tremendous efforts. I look forward to our continued work to advance the profession of landscape architecture. 

Best wishes,
Alan C. Watkins, ILASLA President