Chapter History

Founded on December 3, 1954, New York Upstate was the 13th chapter to be organized as part of the American Society of Landscape Architects. ASLA is the national professional association representing more than 16,000 members. 

The Executive Committee meets regularly to plan events, coordinate continuing education programs and plan advocacy efforts.

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What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape Architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of the land. The scope of the profession includes site planning, garden design, environmental restoration, town and urban planning, park and recreation planning, regional planning, historic preservation, and much more. Practitioners share a commitment of achieving a balance between preservation, use, and management of the earth’s resources.

The actual term “landscape architecture” became common after 1863 when Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux designed New York’s Central Park. Landscape Architecture is a profession that encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environment.  It is committed to creating healthy, enjoyable, and secure places for the future.