To lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.
— ASLA Mission

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) was organized in 1899 as the first professional organization for landscape architects. Today, almost 18,000 landscape architects in public, private and academic practice nationwide are members of the ASLA. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments. Illinois boasts one of the largest state chapters of ASLA, with over 500 members. The Illinois Chapter, ASLA (ILASLA) invests in opportunities to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. 

This year, ILASLA will play host to 5000+ landscape architects and allied professionals when the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO is held in Chicago on November 6-9, 2015. ILASLA is excited to serve as Host Chapter again, and support ASLA’s efforts to make the 2015 meeting a resounding success. The Legacy Project is a lasting gift to commemorate the event.

Landscape architects design the outdoor spaces in which people live, work and play. They design and plan areas as small as private gardens and as large as entire cities. Their goal is to create environments that are beautiful, functional and in harmony with ecological principles. Landscape architects must understand the design process, plant and soil science, ecology, construction practices, engineering principles, and environmental psychology. This range of knowledge is essential to the landscape architect's task of shaping and protecting the outdoor environment, to accommodate the work and recreational activities of people.

The profession of landscape architecture is a licensed profession in the State of Illinois. To achieve licensure and the privilege to use the title "Landscape Architect" most licensed landscape architects have completed a minimum of a four year professional degree program, which is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board in landscape architecture. Professional education is just one requirement of becoming a registered landscape architect. Most registered landscape architects have taken and passed the Landscape Architecture Review Examination (LARE). The LARE is a national test administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.