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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 (DC, Northern VA, and suburban MD).

We provide landscape architects a united presence and identity in the Greater DC area and a representative voice in the issues and events that will determine the future of the profession.

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.

Examples include our Open Studios/Tours + Happy Hours, which are currently provided at no charge. The cost/person of just three or four of these networking events equals the cost of Chapter dues.  Our Chapter plans three Open Studios annually, as well as other tours and happy hours.  In 2019 our office studio visits attracted more than 35 registrants on average and provided lots of time for networking.  We expect the office visits to remain popular.

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

More than 130 people attended our 2019 Gala.  At the Gala, the award-winning projects are presented, as well as student scholarships and our Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our keynote speaker addresses a subject of interest to landscape architects and their guests.

In 2019, 15 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 will display our 2020 award winners and information about our Chapter and the profession of landscape architecture.

We’re also planning another case study panel of awardees, followed by a networking reception.  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 at the District Architecture Center 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 finally succeeded!  The bill was approved by Congress.  As soon as the District opens their online licensure application portal, we will begin recognizing new licensees.

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. 

Go to www.asla.org  to join.

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.