Advocacy and Policy

  • Work with the committee chair to come up with innovative ways to inform members of issues affecting the profession and communicate how the chapter is addressing these issues.
  • Advocate to local and state politicians on behalf of the chapter.
  • Work with NYSCLA to track relevant legislation and participate in advocacy efforts
  • Work with allied professional associations to advocate for issues of shared interest
  • Participants in this committee are on the forefront of environmental justice, climate change and other very timely issues


  • Review award categories and submission guidelines annually to determine if change is needed
  • Announce opening of submission period
  • Secure another chapter to judge submissions
  • Review submissions for guideline compliance and deliver to jury
  • Organize awards event, create awards certificates and slides for event
  • Work with Communications Committee to ensure award winners are posted on our website after the Awards Reception

 Communications / PR

  • Communicate important news and issues between our chapter and all members
  • Work with the Newsletter Editor to compose and distribute bi-weekly newsletter with event listings and news
  • Post events and news on social media (we have accounts on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin)
  • Send e-mailers for special occasions
  • Create printed documents, brochures, flyers and posters for events as needed; assist with presentation materials
  • Produce all graphic needs for other committees / events to ensure graphic consistency for our branding
  • Writing and/or sending out Press Releases/Media Advisories for major events and news items
  • Inviting local press to chapter events including award galas, Landscape Architecture Month events
  • Seeking out relevant member projects and events that could garner local media coverage and actively promote these events.
  • Actively working with the national Public Awareness (PA) representatives and the PA Coordinator at ASLA National for national PA campaigns. Our chapter should strive to host at least one Public Awareness event a year.

Experience with Constant Contact (email system) and basic web maintenance is helpful. Understanding of social media is very helpful.


  • Come up with innovative ways to reach local K-12 students to bring awareness to the profession.
  • Work with local institutions that have relevant k-12 programs to present landscape architecture to the students.
  • Work with Student Chapter at CCNY to keep the students engaged with our chapter 


DEI Working Group

ASLA New York’s local DEI Working Group seeks to be in dialogue and collaboration with the efforts of ASLA National and allied groups while maintaining a focus on taking action at the local level to create a culture of inclusion, promote diversity and bring about equity for our chapter members.  Dismantling the hidden hand of structural and systemic racism within the field of landscape architecture at the local scale and in particular, within our chapter, board and membership is the primary goal. This group is open to any and all people working within the field of landscape architecture and the operations of the group continue to evolve as they are defined by those who participate. Part of this work is to acknowledge that elitism and privilege in our profession is connected to racism and inequity. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you would like to get involved! 

Fellows Nominating  

  • Find and support nominations for fellows
  • Determine nominating methodology to select fellows
  • Coordinate and write portions of the nomination submission


  • Work with committee chairs to come up with innovative ways to reach local non-members.  Plan events and other ways to engage those individuals
  • Contact lapsed members via phone/email to encourage renewal


  • Create a calendar of educational programs for the year (to include but not limited to: Landscape Architecture month, 4 CEUs and a Beer programs, tours, annual conference, Archtober tours)
  • Execute all logistics surrounding each of these programs including choosing topics, procuring speakers, venues, CEU learning objectives, writing up program information for communications and sponsor outreach, setting up ticket prices, refreshments.
  • Host Networking/Social events.
  • Host Emerging Professionals events (Open Studios, happy hours)


  • Work directly with Executive Director and the Programs Committee to develop an appropriate strategy
  • Create sponsorship package for 2015, including prices and benefits and possible events to sponsor
  • Outreach to sponsors and potential sponsors for event funding and general chapter support
  • Outreach to chapter members to approach vendors/suppliers for sponsorship
  • Help organize the sponsor benefits at the President’s Dinner

NYSCLA Representative

NYSCLA (New York State Council of Landscape Architects) was established to represent all licensed Landscape Architects in New York State at the request of the New York State Board for Landscape Architecture.  The NYSCLA board is made up of  licensed landscape architects appointed by ASLA-NY and ASLA New York Upstate.  The NYSCLA board responds to issues of licensure and matters related to state regulations affecting the profession.  NYSCLA is staffed by an Executive Director who reviews pending bills in the State Legislature and acts as the liaison with the professional associations of Architects, Engineers and land surveyors in New York State. For more info please go to