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Ball State University CAP Job and Internship Fair

Posted on January 07, 2017 11:16 am

The College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State is hosting a job and internship fair February 20-22. If any firms are interested in interviewing students, contact Tracy Hendricks at for more information.



2017 Purdue Landscape Architecture Career Fair

Posted on January 07, 2017 12:00 am

Purdue University Career Fair 2017The Purdue University career fair is Feburary 13th. For registration information, please contact Bernie Dahl at or Brooke Ponder at



President's Year End Letter

Posted on December 30, 2016 12:00 am

INASLA End of the Year Banner

Dear INASLA Members,

I would like to take a moment to thank you for being a part of our great organization.  The New Year is fast approaching and with it comes many opportunities for our profession to have measureable impact on the world around us.  Some of the goals that I have outlined for our Chapter include reaching and engaging a more diverse group of practitioners, focusing on awareness of landscape architecture amongst students in middle schools and high schools, and hiring a professional to help with our state-level advocacy efforts.  I am confident that the talented and passionate people that comprise this year’s Executive Committee and sub-committees will be able to make great strides in achieving our goals for the Chapter.  I also want to sincerely thank last year’s amazing Executive Committee for all of the late nights, weekends, and other random sacrifices of time that enabled such a successful year in the service of our membership.  I also wish to thank Jonathon Geels for his tremendous leadership of the Chapter over the last two years.

Looking back, 2016 was quite a successful year for INASLA.  From our large attendance at the Annual Meeting on the grounds of Conner Prairie, to the multitude of people reached by all the World Landscape Architecture Month activities, the Chapter was hard at work serving its members all around the State.  Our year started with an important thank you to our Chapter’s Sponsors at the Annual “Sponsorship Happy Hour”, held in both Central and Northern Indiana.  Over the last 2 years, we’ve had a near 12% growth in membership and our Annual Golf Outing has contributed several thousands of dollars to our scholarship fund. This enabled the chapter to continue to send two students (one from Ball State and Purdue University) to the National Advocacy Day event in Washington DC along with the rest of the Indiana Delegation.  Participants at the Annual Meeting heard from many influential practitioners, researchers, advocates and allied professionals alike.  Featured speakers included Jesse Kharbanda of the Hoosier Environmental Council, as well as sustainability pioneer Keven Graham who presented an update on the national SITES program.  Other topics included urban tree management practices, a complete street’s role in the broader community, the interplay of art and designed landscapes, and two panel discussions of multi-modal connections in cities, as well as a comparison of the codes of ethics in other allied design professions.  Katie Clark was awarded the prestigious Claire Bennett award for her tireless service and dedication to the profession.  The Chapter was also pleased to welcome new Honorary ASLA member Mark Zelonis to speak to the attendees about how good design adapts to the ever-changing needs of the world around it.

World Landscape Architecture Month saw amazing activities that elevated the statewide awareness of the profession in significant ways.  One of the most notable endeavors was the promotion of PBS’ “10 Parks that Changed America” program.  Noted local designers, as well as the program’s Senior Producer, Dan Protess, were brought together in a highly attended public viewing event in Historic Garfield Park to discuss the significance of local, state, and national parks and their impact on our society over the years.  Simultaneous viewings and discussions were facilitated in both Central and Northern Indiana during the show’s premier, that included locally televising one of the panel discussions, and INASLA leadership even promoted its own selection of “10 Parks” within Indiana as a further celebration of the importance of parks to our State’s communities.

Data which tracks our social media reach and following is continuing to trend upward.  The INASLA Executive Committee worked diligently throughout the past year via its many social media platforms to keep members aware of upcoming educational opportunities, updated on current events involving landscape architecture, and informed of the many great achievements of the statewide community of practitioners.  National ASLA staff members frequently cite INASLA as a leader among all Chapters in the field of communications, awareness, and public relations, and I would like to thank all involved for their continued tireless efforts.

A major achievement for INASLA in 2016 was hosting the National Advocacy Summit.  More than 35 attendees representing Chapters from across the country convened in Indianapolis to discuss how to conduct meetings with legislators, how to plan state lobby days, and how to utilize the new Licensure Advocacy Toolkit developed by the National ASLA staff and committees.  Additional Advocacy efforts included the continued Midwest Joint Licensure Caucus meetings, led by INASLA and involved members from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. These meetings will continue to be a resource in our ongoing licensure advocacy efforts. The State of Indiana received further national recognition in 2016 when several Hoosier practitioners were featured at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans.  A multitude of our colleagues presented during the many breakout sessions, and two distinguished INASLA members, Eric Ernstberger and Scott Siefker, were elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows.  In addition, students and faculty from both State landscape architecture programs were in attendance in strong numbers, and one particular student from Ball State even took home a national Honor award in the research category for his redesign of a landscape at an elementary school.  

Finally, 2016 Chapter activities ended on a high note with the Holiday Party hosted at the Rathskellar in Indianapolis.  INASLA members gathered to celebrate the elevation of Eric and Scott to the Council of Fellows, reflect on the past year’s activities, and toast the spirit of collaboration and fellowship, wishing all a successful year to come.  An extra special highlight of the evening was the attendance of one of Indiana’s most distinguished practitioners, former Chapter and ASLA National President, Claire Bennett.  Claire was able to address the members in attendance and remarked how wonderful it was to serve the professionals of Indiana over the years, and how she appreciated the opportunity to gather together once again with her Hoosier peers.

Looking forward to 2017, the Chapter will complete its third and final contribution to the Center for Landscape Architecture fund, and will be sending along the final progress updates to membership as building construction wraps up and National staff transition back to the wonderfully remodeled and re-imagined facility.  We will again be aggressively promoting World Landscape Architecture Month, hosting another exceptional Golf Outing, continuing to offer CEUs in both Central and Northern Indiana on a regular basis, and building a Chapter Annual Meeting that you won’t want to miss.  With our recent successes in defending significant threats to our licensure in Indiana, INASLA will be in constant contact with National’s Governmental Affairs team to serve as a battle-tested resource to other Chapters that will be facing similar threats in 2017.  Similarly, INASLA will be strengthening our ability to both monitor state-wide legislative trends related to our profession, while increasing opportunities to pro-actively advocate the merits of landscape architecture with policymakers and legislators.  The Chapter will also continue to celebrate the substantial legacy of landscape architecture in Indiana by submitting another great round of candidates to be considered for the ASLA Council of Fellows.  

No doubt there is a lot of work to do in 2017, with still other initiatives and programs provided by INASLA not mentioned here, but the sum total of all of this collective sweat equity will only help multiply the vitality and impact of our profession upon the communities within our great State.  Thank you for supporting the Chapter with your membership, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and others on the Executive Committee with thoughts, questions, ideas, and even a volunteer hand if that is your calling.  We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes for anyone who wants to help us further the profession with their time and talent.  May 2017 be a year full of successes and triumphs, new inspirations and ideas, and remind all of us why we enjoy the privilege of practicing landscape architecture in Indiana!


Bill Kincius, ASLA
President, Indiana Chapter ASLA



ASLA Announces Call For Presentations For 2017 Annual Meeting

Posted on December 21, 2016 12:00 am

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the call for presentations for the 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO. The deadline for education session proposals is February 1, 2017, and detailed information is available at

The American Society of Landscape Architects is currently accepting presentation submissions for the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO, which will be held October 20-23, 2017 in Los Angeles. Individuals who are interested in presenting are invited to submit an online proposal by February 1, 2017 (11:59 pm PST).

In planning our annual meeting, ASLA focuses on the number one reason that attracts participants—the education program. Meeting attendees can earn up to 21 PDH from a well-balanced education program that focuses on the topics that ASLA members value and require in their day-to-day practices.

Education session speakers selected from this process will receive a full complimentary registration to the ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and may also be eligible for reimbursement for one night's hotel stay at an official ASLA hotel (estimated $750 value).

Landscape architecture professionals wishing to present at the Los Angeles meeting need to be active members of ASLA. Allied professionals are encouraged to both submit presentations and speak but are not required to be members of the Society.

Instructions for Submitting a Presentation 
In order to successfully submit a presentation for consideration, all presenters must sign the speaker terms and agreement prior to the February 1st submission deadline. Additionally, the following items are needed for each presentation: speaker names with a biography, a session title, marketing statement, learning objectives, outline, and sources. Submissions should also speak to panel diversity and audience engagement.

Session Types

  • Field Session: Multiple speakers offer education combined with a field experience
  • Education Session - Panel Format: One moderator leads a guided discussion between 1-3 panelists
  • Education Session - Presentation Format: 1-3 speakers who co-present


Tactical Tips and Sample Submission Materials 


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Education Program Format
Education Sessions will take place on Friday, October 20, through Monday, October 23, 2017. Presenters should plan to conduct a minimum of 50-60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A (total time = 90 minutes), with no more than three presenters.

Submission Evaluation and Selection
The selection process for the ASLA Annual Meeting Education Program is competitive. Only 1 in 4 presentations will be selected. The ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee (AMEAC) will review, evaluate, and score submissions using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture
  • Clearly stated and achievable learning objectives
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Subject matter appeal
  • Appropriate audience type and expertise level (intermediate, advanced)
  • Speaker qualifications and diversity



  • December 6, 2016 - Call for Presentations Opens
  • February 1, 2017 - ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee (AMEAC) evaluates proposals and makes recommendations
  • March 2017 - Selection notifications sent to proposers
  • Subject matter appeal
  • Appropriate audience type and expertise level (intermediate, advanced)
  • Speaker qualifications and diversity


About the ASLA Annual Meeting

The 2017 event will take place October 20–23 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

More than 6,000 attendees are expected, and the meeting will feature a diverse spectrum of industry experts speaking on a wide range of subjects, from sustainable design to active living to best practices and new technologies. More than 130 education sessions and field sessions will be presented during the meeting, providing attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™). Many of the sessions will also qualify for continuing education credit with the Green Building Certification Institute (toward LEED AP credential maintenance), the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and other allied professional organizations and state registration boards.


2017-18 Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship Opportunity

Posted on December 20, 2016 12:00 am

The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.

This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the history of pedagogic innovation at the GSD as well as the century of leadership in landscape education within the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 10, 2017 

For details and more information, please visit Kiley Teaching Fellowship or send an email to:


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