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The Potomac Chapter helps its members network to stay connected to National ASLA and their profession, to make professional contacts, to find work, to stay tuned to legislative happenings, and to stay abreast of local current events. Are you connected?

Our Potomac Chapter serves the Greater Washington, DC region.

We provide landscape architects a united presence and identity in DC, Northern VA, and suburban MD. Our Chapter is more active than ever and provides a variety of opportunities for participation.

Whether you are interested in community service, education, networking, professional development, or just pure socializing, there’s something for everyone. To get detailed information about chapter activities, watch this website or visit our Facebook page.

Weekly emails keep members up to date on our events, as well as others. Potomac Chapter members also benefit from discounts to some of our programs and those of our partners.

The Chapter provides much more than networking events and happy hours.
Our Awards program and Gala Dinner are two of our premier programs.

This year’s Gala will again be held at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). 135 people attended our 2018 Gala. At the Gala, the award-winning projects will be presented, as well as student scholarships and our Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be given to Alain deVergie, FASLA. Our keynote speaker is Matt Arnn, ALSA, Chief Landscape Architect at the US Forest Service, who will speak on 100 Years of landscape architects in the US Forest Service.

In 2018, 17 projects were honored with awards and were highlighted on our website, as well as social media, and at our exhibition at the District Architecture Center.

Again this year, the Chapter is leasing the SIGAL Gallery at the District Architecture Center to display our 2019 award winners’ boards and information about our Chapter and the profession of landscape architecture from July 1-August 30.

This street-level gallery is open to the public every day except Sunday. Exhibiting boards of award-winning projects in their gallery with large windows on 7th Street has been an extremely successful way for us to increase the visibility of the profession, especially to architects and the public, since the gallery is also open to the public. In 2018 AIA DC logged more than 500 visitors to the gallery while our exhibition was up. In addition, they hosted nearly 40 programs there during that time. Mark your calendars now for the July 1 Opening Reception.

We’re also planning another case study panel of awardees, followed by a networking reception, in August. We will apply for 1.0 hours LA CES credit as soon as the panelists are confirmed.

One of our newest events is our Annual Chapter Celebration, honoring new members, leaders, and Fellows, which will be held in November/December. We expect the licensure application in DC will finally be operational and that we’ll be able to recognize new DC licensees, too.

Increased Visibility
One of the reasons we decided to invest in renting the SIGAL Gallery was to increase the visibility of our Chapter and our profession, which benefits all members. You may have noticed that we have also increased our online presence through our website and social media.

The Chapter has been working for several years (with the help of a lobbyist) to promote licensure for landscape architects in the District and is thrilled to announce that we have finally succeeded! The bill was approved by Congress. We are now contributing to the development of the specific regulations and procedures and expect that the online registration for landscape architecture licenses will be open very soon.

Partnerships and LA CES

We continue to seek out ways to partner with allied organizations for your benefit. The Potomac Chapter is again a partnering organization for DesignDC, a conference where you can earn LA CES credit. We are also a partner with a number of other organizations, giving you more opportunities to learn and earn LA CES credit. As part of these agreements, Chapter members frequently receive discounted registration fees.

Already a Potomac Chapter member? Join in and engage with your peers.
Not a Potomac Chapter member yet? Come and see what you’ve been missing! Non-members are welcome at most of our events.

To become a member of the Potomac Chapter, you must first join the American Society of Landscape Architects and specify that you wish to become a member of the Potomac Chapter. 

Open Studio at Hord Coplan Macht

February 27, 6:00-8:00pm Join colleagues to network and tour Hord Coplan Macht’s DC Metro studio. Food and drink will be provided.

LARE Prep Panel Discussion

February 8, 6:00-8:30pm a fast-paced, interactive evening panel to help you prepare for the LARE in an organized, effective way, with as positive an attitude as possible.

Why Not Cultural Systems?

January 31, 6:30pm Join Potomac Chapter ASLA and the University of Maryland to discuss the role landscape architects have to play at this Victor Stanley lecture Series program.