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,
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
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
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.