Our mission as a Chapter is the advancement of knowledge, education, and skill in the art and science of landscape architecture as an instrument of service in the public welfare. To this end, our Chapter promotes the profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. We support the strategic objectives of ASLA National by adapting those objectives into initiatives, outreach events, education sessions and other activities which reinforce our mission at the local level.
Our chapter is one of four in the state of California, and one of forty-nine nationwide. Our membership is composed of more than 155 professionals spread over a geographic area that can generally be described as northeastern and central California, from the Oregon border down to Fresno, and from the Nevada state line west to one or two counties inland from the California coastline. Our chapter is part of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a national professional association for landscape architects founded in 1899.
Landscape architecture is a vast profession that is easiest to describe as the “design of the outside world”. From famous landscapes like Central Park and the FDR Memorial in Washington D.C., to your neighborhood park or even your backyard, landscape architects create outdoor spaces which enhance the environment, society, culture, and public health. Landscape architects are trained as holistic thinkers who weave together cultural, environmental, and architectural systems in each project. They use a multidisciplinary approach involving art, environmental science, ecology, and much more to create outdoor spaces like streetscapes, hospital grounds, waterfronts, and corporate campuses. Learn More