President’s Message: Looking Forward to a Great Year!

Jennifer NitzkyTo ASLA-NY Members,

My first months of office have been very busy starting with a productive and exciting annual meeting in Denver. It was great to see old friends and make new from across the country while also attending many interesting educational sessions and presentations. Several New York landscape architects were represented in Denver – from the many presenters to our honorary members, award winners and new Fellows inductees – I was proud to see so many actively participating in the Annual Meeting. Chicago will prove to be another fabulous event – don’t forget to submit presentations to ASLA by January 29th. We hope to see many of our chapter members present in the Windy City!

Our committees have also been busy setting goals for the year. Our Programs Committee co-chairs, Amy Verel and Gareth Mahon have prepared an exciting year  with a robust mix of educational programs, networking and social events. Our first event is co-sponsored with the AIA-NY Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee (DfRR) on January 29 for which Donna Walcavage, FASLA, DfRR Program Leader will give the introduction. Sign up now – it is free for ASLA members. We are also planning another inspiring June conference, teaming up with the APA NY among others. This day long event will offer CEUs while engaging participants in relevant issues in our urban environment. Our Emerging Professionals programming will kick off our highly popular Open Studio series in March and will continue with several more events throughout the year. Last year we offered 51 CEUs – this year we will once again provide our members with many opportunities to gain CEU credit. Go to our Events page for more great programs.

April is always important as we celebrate Landscape Architecture Month – a time to be proud of our profession and raise public awareness of landscape architecture. I urge all of you to take part in activities that will give a better understanding of our profession to the general public  – write an article, contact the press / media with story ideas, speak to students, lead a tour of your built public spaces, flood social media with images – anything that is within your means will help strengthen our profession. This year ASLA National is teaming up with the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) to make this World Landscape Architecture Month. Each chapter will team up with another country or city to participate in coordinated events – our chapter is teamed up with Italy. Stay tuned for more info.

We will be kicking off April with our annual Design Awards Presentation and Reception. This year our national president, Richard Zweifel, FASLA will speak and we will be recognizing not only outstanding achievements in landscape design but also the members who strengthen our profession. Mark your calendar for April 2 and don’t forget to enter your design award submissions by January 30. Our Awards Committee has worked very hard to simplify the awards submission process, bringing you a completely online process this year – check it out here and submit today.

Our chapter has great momentum going into this year and we owe it to great leadership and energy of our Board Members and volunteers. I would like to introduce you to our newest Board Members:

  • Carl Carlson, ASLA, Programs and Communications Committees
  • Lisa DuRussell, ASLA, Chair of PR
  • Francine Lieberman, ASLA, Chair of Membership Committee

Thank you all and I look forward to seeing you at our events this year!


Jennifer Nitzky, PLA, ASLA, ISA

Chapter President

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