After a year of planning and organizing we’re happy to report Southern California ASLA just pulled off one of the largest ASLA Annual Meetings ever! With over 6500 attendees, we’re now on the books as the second largest annual meeting, beating out Chicago and narrowly missing San Francisco.

I’m honored to have served as Southern California Chapter President throughout the year and during the Annual Meeting, but this couldn’t have happened without the support of our incredible members.
To everyone who attended the kick off meeting last December, to the firms who hosted our cocktail parties, to our wonderful sponsors who support us in so many ways, to the members who submitted and lead field and education sessions, to those who assisted at the Host Booth, Women in LA Walk, and Legacy Project, to the student volunteers, and to the Southern California Chapter Executive Committee – Thank You! I also want to extend a personal thank you to the Annual Co-Chair Committee Leaders who coordinated and lead the efforts necessary to pull the whole thing off. The Friday phone calls, emails and hours of volunteer efforts were all worth it.

Finally, a special thank you from all of us at the Southern California Chapter to Andy Bowden and Baxter Miller, our Chapter Annual Meeting Co-Chairs. Their personal commitment to the chapter goes beyond any thank you as we could not have done it without their many calls and emails with ASLA staff, their tireless optimism despite growing to-do lists and their infectious calm in the face of mounting pressure as the meeting neared. Thank you Andy and Baxter!

In the coming months we’ll be sharing more information about the Annual Meeting as it comes in, as well as, building on the momentum you’ve generated through all of the hard work and commitment to landscape architecture in Southern California by planning an amazing 2018.
So, take a breath, look back at all of the hard work and feel proud of hosting one of ASLA’s most memorable Annual Meetings. Well done.