Leadership | LAF Medal and Founders' Award

2016 LAF Founders’ Award Recipient: American Society of Landscape Architects



“Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the first organization in the world to promote the practice and ethics of landscape architecture as a profession. ASLA serves as the premier advocacy and educational forum for landscape architects, with its core vision to lead design and stewardship of land and communities.”

                            — Awards Committee Chair Dennis Carmichael, FASLA


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the first recipient of the LAF Founders’ Award. This award is given annually to a firm, agency, or organization that demonstrates a significant commitment to preserving, creating, or enhancing landscapes over a sustained period of time.

ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

Through its programs, ASLA:

  • Raises the visibility of the landscape architecture profession through activities like World Landscape Architecture Month
  • Conducts legislative and regulatory outreach to educate policymakers
  • Supports licensure of the practice of landscape architecture in the U.S.
  • Sponsors continuing education
  • Hosts the world’s largest gathering of landscape architects at its Annual Meeting and EXPO
  • Enable networking, exchanges on professional opportunities, and sharing of best practices and research
  • Serves as an authoritative resource for information and best practices in sustainable landscape design