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Development as usual is not cutting it in the era of climate change. A new interdisciplinary report released this morning by the American Society of Landscape Architects calls on public officials and private interests both to transform the ways they plan, design, and build at all scales to counter climate change, and it asserts that the most fundamental and potent mitigation policies and strategies are based in landscape solutions.

ASLA’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience comprised 10 professionals—five of them landscape architects—who produced a slate of recommended policies and planning solutions to guide national and local leaders, as well as private-sector decision makers as they work to address climate change in several specific development arenas. That includes the protection of (more…)

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A lift behind the scenes helped bring the National Park Service into being.

A lift behind the scenes helped bring the National Park Service into being.

From the April 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

In February 1916, the American Society of Landscape Architects met in Boston for its annual meeting. Among the reports entered into the proceedings was one of the Committee on National Parks. The committee was made up of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Harris Reynolds, Stephen Child, Percival Gallagher, and Warren H. Manning, and it had been formed on the recommendation of ASLA President James Sturgis Pray in 1915, part of a groundswell of unease that had been brewing for several years over the fractured administration of the national parks.

The passage of the National Park Service Organic Act on August 25, 1916, established the park service and its mission, and though it has been amended many times, and threatened many more times than that, it remains, 100 years hence, our primary apparatus for preserving and interpreting the national parks. Ethan Carr, FASLA, the landscape historian and author of Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture & the National Park Service, writes that (more…)

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Landscape Architecture Magazine is the monthly magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Since 1910, the magazine has served as the voice of the landscape architecture profession. The magazine’s purview encompasses landscape design, land use, and environmental and ecological concerns at all scales, including gardens, parks, streets, urban development, brownfields, watersheds, and regional and global issues, not least climate change.

We are seeking a versatile staff writer/editor for its print magazine and website to cover landscape architecture, environmental and urban affairs, design practice and technology, among other areas. The ideal candidate will be a sharp, fast writer and reporter with a natural ear for news and emerging developments, a perceptive and constructive editor, and an omnivorous but skeptical consumer of design and culture.

The job duties include:

  • Regularly developing your own stories, both short and fast and longer stories, for the magazine and its blog.
  •  Cultivating story ideas for the magazine’s departments and feature well.
  •  Assigning stories to outside writers and managing their work on deadline.
  •  Substantive editing of outside writers’ stories.
  •  Researching, assigning, and gathering photography and graphics with an eye for vitality in presentation.
  •  Shaping the tone of stories and display copy with a distinctive voice.
  •  Aiding with basic page layout.
  •  The ability to work quickly, accurately, and independently on a tight deadline as part of a small staff.
  •  Excellent grammar, usage, and copy skills.

The ideal candidate will show:

  • Excellent reporting, fast writing, and oral communication skills.
  •  A passion for landscape architecture, and a working knowledge of the design and construction industry in general.
  •  An innate sense of great design.
  •  A strong sense of enterprise in spotting and developing stories.

Education: B.A. in English, journalism, communication, or related field; degree or coursework in landscape architecture, horticulture, or environmental design issues a plus.

Skills: Proficiency in written, verbal, and interpersonal communication.  Excellent organizational skills, good judgment, and attention to detail.  Ability to balance heavy workload with short- and long-term project deadlines, address changing priorities, and work well under pressure. Experience with basic magazine layout, blogging, knowledge of InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Experience: Minimum three years’ experience in writing for publication; knowledge of landscape architecture, design, planning, and/or environmental issues.

Apply to: HR@asla.org

Please send your résumé, along with 3 writing samples, and salary requirement (negotiable will not be accepted). All of the items must be received in order to be considered.

This is an in-house, staff position located in the Chinatown section of downtown Washington, D.C. No phone calls or agency referrals, please.

No relocation benefits or remote working are offered.

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