Emerging professionals are an energetic and dynamic demographic that are fresh voices of the industry. The Potomac ASLA Chapter Emerging Professionals Committee aims to provide young members with the guidance for a clear path to grow in a role in their career. Mechanisms to do so will be via various community, volunteer, professional development, and mentoring activities. The committee will focus energy on the values of landscape architecture and how they can impact social and professional change in the ever-evolving field. Through these principles and defined goals, the committee will strive to make a positive impact on the profession, local community, and generate professional leadership skills early in the career path.
Short-Term Committee Goals
- Increase ASLA membership and involvement of Emerging Professionals.
- Find ways to advocate for emerging professionals value in the profession and methods of career progression.
- Professional development, focused on LARE prep and mentoring, that develops leadership skills and networking opportunities.
- Encourage increased community involvement to spread awareness and become advocates of the profession (via volunteering, a publication, Parking Day, Bike Tour, etc.).
- Take initiative to lead one event per year to influence the next generation of Landscape Architects.
- Partner with AIA Emerging Professionals for one informal social event per year.
Long-Term Committee Goals
- Help the Chapter to become a model for a national Landscape Architecture Emerging Professionals forum.
- Explore ideas to redefine the practice of landscape architecture and move our profession forward.
- Become involved with the Practice Innovation Lab at 1776 Startup Incubator.
- Work with LAM to create an Emerging Professionals Column.
One of the most popular events organized by the Potomac Chapter’s Emerging Professionals Committee is the annual bike tour. Watch the News & Events page for upcoming dates.
Stay tuned to the Emerging Professionals page for upcoming information on resources, programs and insights geared toward Emerging Professionals.
In the meantime, check out national ASLA’s resources at http://www.asla.org/emerging.aspx.