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Designing for Resilience: Lessons from 2020 for Landscape Architects

Please join us on Friday, October 16, at Noon PDT for a conversation with Wendy Miller, President of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

In reckoning with the impact from a global pandemic and environmental disasters of 2020, landscape architecture is in a unique position in its ability to respond and help lead us forward with designs for resilience to these events in the future. What are these themes and ideas landscape architects are considering right now?

Also, they’ll be discussion on collaboration between landscape architects and landscape contractors, so essential to achieving these new desired design outcomes, including water conservation and the growth of good green spaces broadly for all communities. How can architects and contractors each benefit from more closely partnering?    

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA is a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and sustainable and climate-resilient landscape planning and design. ASLA led the development of the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture, its LEED Platinum headquarters and green roof in Washington, D.C., and co-developed the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) rating system. ASLA also develops and promotes publicly-accessible resources and news designed to educate members and the public about climate change, sustainability, and resilience.


Wendy Miller, FASLA, is a registered landscape architect focusing on urban design and transportation. Miller’s career started in the public sector working in local government developing environmental ordinances and promoting aesthetic improvements through design, project development, and public awareness. Her transition to transportation planning and policy opened a new avenue of work. For over a decade, she was a member of the North Carolina Association of MPOs Executive Committee, advocating with federal and State partners for healthier transportation systems.

Starting a second career as principal of her consulting firm, Wendy Miller Landscape Architecture, she provides expertise in corridor design solutions, public involvement, and planning strategies to prepare communities for new and disruptive transportation technologies on the horizon.

Active in ASLA since graduate school, Miller treasures the lifelong friendships she has formed serving the North Carolina Chapter in several leadership roles including Chapter President. She was recognized with the NCASLA President’s Award in 2015. Miller has served national ASLA as chair of the Public Practice Advisory Committee and the Landscape Architecture and Transportation Professional Practice Network and as Vice President for Professional Practice. Miller currently holds the position of President of ASLA.

Wendy Miller, FASLA

President, American Society of Landscape Architects

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