What is the WVASLA?

The West Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WVASLA) is a professional society representing members of the landscape architecture profession throughout the state of West Virginia. We are a state chapter of our National Organization, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), which represents over 25,000 members of the landscape architecture profession in the United States and its possessions, Canada, Mexico and the Islands of the Caribbean. Our purpose is to promote the profession of landscape architecture and educate the general public on the benefits and expertise practicing landscape architects can provide.

What is Landscape Architecture?

For over a century, landscape architects have been shaping our land. Their work entails preserving, planning, designing and managing the land to successfully blend the qualities of nature with the needs of people.

Landscape architecture is one of the most diverse design fields, combining art, science, engineering and technology in a profession that creates new cities, preserves wildlife habitats and designs recreational spaces. In so many areas, the work of landscape architects shapes the environments where we live, work, relax and renew ourselves.

Landscape architects deal with complex issues and provide a wide range of services. In addition to the better known arenas of parks and recreation and planting design, landscape architects are also expert in visual quality assessment, public facilitation and mediation, environmental impact statements, wetlands mitigation, urban design, historic preservation, large- and small-scale master planning and site design.

The work that landscape architects are trained and qualified to perform is often bid only to engineers or architects. By including landscape architects in a wider range of project bids, public agencies assure a broader perspective on how a project may be addressed.

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