Since 2013, the American Society of Landscape Architects has convened a Diversity Summit to aid in tackling the stubborn issue of the lack of diversity among landscape architecture professionals. In 2017, ASLA hosted the Diversity Super Summit in Washington, D.C. All past summit participants were invited back along with six new professionals. Participants discussed diversity issues and prioritized action items for the organization to carry through as part of its commitment to fostering diversity in the field.
This year, ASLA will host the 2019 Diversity Summit from May 17-19 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. The nine new professionals from the 2018 Diversity Summit have been invited back and ASLA is looking to invite six new participants to add valuable input to discussions and resource development.
Eligibility and Deadline
If you are a landscape architecture professional of color in the United States with at least two years of professional experience and interested in applying, please complete the 2019 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest by Friday, January 18, 2019. Selected participants will be notified in early April. ASLA will pay primary transportation and two nights lodging for all summit participants.
Please submit the following:
  1. Resume (two pages maximum – PDF format to be uploaded)
  2. One (1) Letter of Recommendation (PDF format to be uploaded). The letter should specifically address your merit as a landscape architecture professional and interest to address diversity in the field.
  3. Letter of Interest (750-word maximum - PDF format to be uploaded).
Prior to writing your letter of interest, review the 2018 Diversity Summit Report and the 2018 Diversity Summit Summary, and include answers to the following questions:
  • How will your experience and values be beneficial to ASLA’s Diversity Summit?
  • What is your vision for ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program in the coming years?
  • What do you hope to get out of participation?
For questions, email discover@asla.org. Please proceed to the next page to complete the 2019 ASLA Diversity Summit Call for Letters of Interest.