Claudia West reveals the future of planting design in an inspiring presentation about a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities.  You will learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful and diverse.

As always you will have time to enjoy the Hodge Podge Volunteers hospitality offerings, plants Claudia will discuss during her presentation, book and gift shop sales at 8:15-9:00am, at the mid-morning break, and after the program until 2:00pm.  Claudia will be available to sign copies of her new book published by Timber Press you can purchase the day of the symposium.

Another special treat you can look forward to from our volunteers are tastings from their new cookbook “Passalong Recipes from the Podge – Digging Deeper” hot off the press and ready for you to purchase.  This cookbook is the second to be undertaken and published by our volunteers and has been in the works for over two years.  The recipes are all tested and delicious!

It pays to be an Early Bird!

Register by January 5, 2018 for savings.

EARLY REGISTRATIONS: $55 (Members), $70 (Non-Members) and $20 (Students).

LATE REGISTRATIONS: $65 (Members), $80 (Non-Members) and $30 (Students).

A ticket to the symposium is a great holiday gift for the gardeners in your family!

Click here to register today!

ASLA Elevates 23 Members to the Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 23 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2017. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. The 2017 class of new fellows will be recognized at the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, October 20–23, in Los Angeles.

The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. 

Dana Nunez Brown, ASLA

Dana Brown & Associates Inc.

Dana Brown, of Dana Brown & Associates, received her nomination, in Service, from the Louisiana Chapter. Brown’s pro bono design work—for nonprofit organizations, churches and neighborhood groups—ranges in scale from small gardens to community center expansions. Just a sampling of her many contributions to those most in need in and around New Orleans are the Lafitte Greenway master plan; a sensory garden for autistic children; water management and master plans for parks in Hollygrove and Hoffman Triangle, both historic African American communities; and EPA water-quality monitoring and education at three local schools. As a volunteer on public panels and boards, she teaches community leaders about the importance of stormwater management and demonstrates the vital role landscape architects play in regional planning and development. She is an inspiring and consummate professional who places education and service above all else. 

LAF Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

Anjelica Sifuentes

EDSA Minority Scholarship Winner

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has awarded a total of $59,500 to 10 outstanding students for its 2017 scholarship season. The scholarships and fellowships support the next generation of designers by rewarding superior student performance, encouraging diversity, supporting original research, and assisting students with unmet financial need. The awards are made possible through endowments established by generous sponsors. Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

EDSA Minority Scholarship: Anjelica Sifuentes, BLA Candidate, Louisiana State University

The EDSA Minority Scholarship was established to help African American, Hispanic, Native American and minority students of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds continue their landscape architecture education.

Anjelica is originally from San Antonio, Texas where she grew up surrounded by the rich culture of her Mexican ancestors, sparking her interest in the relationship designers have with the past. Her experience in both Texas and Louisiana has given her a new perspective on how human interactions directly influence the unique social, cultural, and ecological aspects of an environment. Anjelica believes that landscape architects have the ability to influence the world in a way that benefits each specific region by bridging the gap between history and innovative design. She is currently researching the urbanization trends of cities along the U.S.-Mexico border and how to approach spatial programming successfully despite harsh human interference. Her hopes are to continue to be an advocate for the profession through the promotion of cultural remediation and activism in landscape architecture. 

Two Local Professionals Elected to National Committee Positions

Two of the Louisiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects members were elected as national American Society of Landscape Architects officers, Haley Blakeman and Lake Douglas. Blakeman was elected as the Vice President of Communications and Douglas was elected as the Vice President of Education.  As a part of the Executive Committee, they will represent all 15,000 members in our 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. They will take office in October at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.  

Haley Blakeman is the Director of Implementation at the Center for Planning Excellence, where she works with Louisiana communities on citizen-driven, long-term planning and design solutions. She is a licensed landscape architect and a certified planner.

Lake Douglas is associate professor of landscape architecture and associate dean of research and development at the LSU College of Art & Design. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU, a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a PhD in Urban Studies/Urban History from the University of New Orleans.

As vice presidents, they will participate in the meetings and deliberations of the Board and ExCom and assist the president within defined issue areas. Blakeman, the vice president for communications shall serve as ExCom liaison to the LAM (Landscape Architecture Magazine) Editorial Advisory Committee and the Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee. Douglas, the vice president for education shall serve as ExCom liaison to the Committee on Education and as ExCom liaison to the LAAB representative, LA CES (Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System) representatives, and the NAED (National Academy of Environmental Design) representative.

The Louisiana Chapter is proud of their outstanding members and look forward to the leadership they will provide on a national level.

2017 Annual Awards Banquet ReCap

The 33rd Annual Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Awards Banquet was held on Friday, March 10th, 2017.

We opened the evening with a social hour. It was a great time to catch up with everyone after the hectic Mardi Gras season. 

Then we sat down to dinner and the fun really began!

We opened with a new award this year. The Louisiana Chapter, US Green Building Council presented their 2017 Sustainability Award to Carbo Landscape Architecture for Landscape Laboratories - Indian Springs School.

The Built Environment


Merit Award: Joseph Furr Design Studio - A Garden with Deep Foundations, Baton Rouge LA

Merit Award: McKnight Landscape Architects - IBM Rooftop Terrace, Baton Rouge LA

Urban Design

Merit Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Placemaking for Alexandria - Alexandria LA

Merit Award: Joseph Furr Design Studio - Taylor Porter Rooftop Garden, Baton Rouge LA

Merit Award: Suzanne Turner Associates - Yazoo Plaza at LASM, Baton Rouge LA


Merit Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Lakeside Pavilion, Rapides Parish LA

Merit Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Lake District Residence, Alexandria, LA


Honor Award: Carbo Landscape Architecture - Landscape Laboratories - Indian Springs School


Community Comprehensive Planning

Merit Award: Dana Brown and Associates - Pontilly Stormwater Hazard Mitigation Plan, New Orleans LA

Special Projects


Honor Award: Bruce Sharky - Thinking About Landscape Architecture, Book

President's Award: Dana Brown and Associates - Urban Water Management Educational Video

A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors. These event's just wouldn't be possible without them. 

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Thank You for a Wonderful 2016!

This is a love letter to each and every one of our wonderful members!

2016 let us do some pretty amazing things as a chapter and I'm honored to have been here for the ride!

what we accomplished in 2016:

  • We hosted an awesome National Meeting in NOLA in 2016 including a great Host Booth highlighted by tremendous graphics designed by ASLA LC members displayed in the booth and pocket guide, tours that highlighted landscape architecture in our state, and the most student volunteers of any conference ever covering 100% of volunteer needs at the meeting!
  • We saw the largest percentage increase in membership of any chapter in the country last year.
  • We hosted one of the best attended ASLA LC State Meetings and Awards Banquet in 2015 at the L’Auberge in BR supported by 10 sponsors, which included presentations from 3 allied professionals, and presented professional awards to 5 firms for 10 projects and one honorary member award to Kerry St Pe highlighted by a dinner presentation from Stan Skalka from Victor Stanley.
  • We started a new tradition of ASLA LC Awards Banquet at Hilltop Arboretum in 2015 supported by 8 sponsors, presented professional awards to 4 firms for 8 projects, patron awards to EB Brooks, Sarah Olivier, and John Spain, and Service to the Profession Awards to Haley Blakeman and Max Conrad highlighted by a dinner presentation from Emma Skalka from Victor Stanley.
  • In 2016, we had two members, Charlie Fryling and Lake Douglas, receive Fellows designation, one LSU alum, Kurt Culbertson, received the ASLA medal!
  • Our members worked with TCLF to produce the What’s Out There Guide for NOLA. We also coordinated with TCLF to jointly honor Sue Turner. 
  • The chapter was able to support RRSLA by sponsoring students participation in Advocacy Day in Washington DC. Also of note, the last three presidents of the LSU Student Chapter have participated in Advocacy Day. 
  • The chapter was also able to provide financial support the Neil Odenwald Chair through the LSU Foundation, the new ASLA HQ at the $1899 level for 3 years, the Dan Kiley Exhibit, and the Smart Growth Summit in 2016.
  • We enhanced Public Outreach through new ASLA LC website including significant social media presence and hosting the 10 Parks That Changed America premiere at LPB during Landscape Architecture Month.
  • And finally, The Legacy Project! There was tremendous work done by members in identifying a site for the Legacy Project with the International School, conducting a charrette to develop a conceptual design, coordinate production of a video highlighting the project, soliciting donations for the project, donating artwork for fundraiser at the national meeting, and transporting donated items from the Convention Center!

A huge thank you to each and every member! We could not have done all this without you!


Whitham Planning & Design LLC, located in Ithaca, NY, is seeking a Landscape Architectural Associate with expertise in design and planning, for our small, fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative firm.  

The position will require approximately 40 hours per week, with some evening meetings. 

Candidates are required to submit a resume, cover letter, portfolio (no more than 10 MB), and writing sample. Please send inquiries and application materials to Kathryn Chesebrough atchesebrough@whithamdesign.com.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with an expected hire to occur in February 2017. We look forward to reviewing your work.


Send your information to HAdmin@brec.org BEFORE January 3rd, 5PM.

The Assistant Director of P & E /Planning supervises and coordinates the activities of professional and technical assistants in planning, design, engineering and construction of recreation and park projects. The Assistant Director - Planning will focus on long range planning for the park department insuring that the Strategic Plan is updated and followed.  The Assistant Director will also provide technical support in ArcGIS Database management.



"Garden Design for Living" Symposium
Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)

The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture is hosting a symposium, "Garden Design for Living," held in conjunction with The Cultural Landscape Foundation's traveling exhibition, The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden, on display in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery through December 9, 2016.

Symposium events include a keynote address from Eric Groft, principal of Oehme, van Sweden, followed by alumni practitioner presentations and a tour of The New American Garden exhibition. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

The symposium and exhibition are free and open to the public. Attendees of the conference may claim six hours of continuing education credits for landscape architects.

RSVP to Catherine Allin at callin1@lsu.edu or 225-578-1434.

Click here for more information about the symposium.

Click here for more information about the exhibition.