asla-logoFounded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a 501(c)(6) organization, is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.

Our Vision: Leading the design and stewardship of land and communities.

Our Mission: Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments. The Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

asla-mn-grn-250The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-MN) was incorporated in 1976 and is comprised of nearly 300 members with a reach that extends far beyond our membership via initiatives such as _SCAPE, social media, electronic newsletters, and relationships with allied professions.

ASLA-MN is the state chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Our membership includes over 270 landscape architects and affiliates, and our events and publications reach a larger community of designers, allied professionals, and emerging professionals enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architect program.

We provide information and resources for those working in the profession and those seeking professional landscape architecture services. Click on the links below to learn more about our members' firms, our sponsors, and our networking opportunities.  If you are a landscape architect or working in an affiliated profession, consider joining ASLA and the Minnesota Chapter.

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Displayed from June 9 to September 12, 2012

On Sept. 12, the highly successful “Water Works Temporary: Feeding the Flyway” pop-up park finished its summer-long run at Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis. The temporary park installation was designed and organized by the American Society of Landscape Architects Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN), in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Homegrown Minneapolis, the Downtown Improvement District, and local design, landscape, equipment and environmental firms.

Water Works Temporary (WWT) was installed at the western end of the historic Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis, a popular bike and pedestrian crossing of the Mississippi River.  The location is the centerpiece of the revitalization of Minneapolis’s historic Milling District, the leading world producer of flour in the 19th century.  Remnants of the era’s stone and iron infrastructure are a major tourist attraction, creating a need for seating, resting, and gathering spaces for the 1.6 million people who visit the Central Riverfront annually. The Mill City Farmer’s Market, Aquatennial Celebration, bike and walking trails, and large community events also draw visitors to this area. In addition, the site provides an important resting place for migrating birds moving up and down the great Mississippi “flyway” from Canada to Mexico.

ASLA-MN’s design efforts for WWT focused on celebrating the Mississippi River, horticulture, and the creation of inviting public spaces in an historic urban context.  The WWT “outdoor room” featured giant aluminum container gardens filled with swamp white oak trees, prairie grasses, and flowering native plants; large wooden beams arranged as benches; and a demonstration of floating island technology by Midwest Floating Island, LLC. Floating islands are a type of constructed wetland that aid in improving water quality and can be used in rivers, lakes, and ponds.

Plants, materials, and equipment for WWT were donated by several local vendors, and installation was done by ASLA-MN volunteers. In June, the pop-up park hosted artist Wil Natzel’s installation “Night Blooms” as part of the Northern Spark Festival, an all-night celebration of art on the riverfront that drew over 20,000 spectators. Visitors enjoyed reclining on WWT’s benches, interacting with the floating island and plants, and taking in the sweeping views of downtown and the Mississippi River. With the completion of the project, ASLA gave the donated plants and materials to the Park Board to be replanted in parks and gardens throughout the city.


Spring Lake MPLS



Restore . Clean . Connect


Floating Island Extravaganza

Over 100 people gathered on August 17 to celebrate the launching of a floating island at Spring Lake in Minneapolis (behind Parade Ice Rink along Kenwood Parkway)!

Local leaders and national experts on floating island technology discussed the project and shared their support of the landscape architecture profession.

ASLA-MN extends its appreciation to the following program partners:

  • Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA)
  • Midwest Floating Islands
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Blake School
  • Minneapolis Parks Foundation
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Minnesota Native Landscapes

This was an exciting event which gained the attention of media both locally and abroad:

  CBS Minnesota
Erosion Control
Minnesota Public Radio
Green Living Guy Aug 21
Green Living Guy Aug 11
  Int'l Business Times UK
KARE 11 Simply Science
Star Tribune Aug 18
Star Tribune Aug 15
Star Tribune Aug 11

ASLA-MN extends its sincere appreciation to the following individuals who volunteered their time to make this project a success:

Solange Guillaume
Amber Hill
Ed Juda
Aaron Kraemer
Emily Lowrey
Laura Lyndgaard


Colleen Odell
Marjie Pitz
Nancy Snouffer
Sarah Weeks
Joslyn Wood

Visit ASLA-MN's blog for additional information about this project and other discussions about landscape architecture in Minnesota.

Theodore Wirth and Chain of Lakes Interpretive Boards

The American Society of Landscape Architects Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN) is celebrating the legacy of Theodore Wirth this year. Expanding upon a vision originated by Horace Cleveland, Theodore Wirth labored for nearly 40 years to realize the extraordinary Minneapolis park system we enjoy today. He championed the cause of Minnesotais parks with a combination of lofty goals and the humble-though avant-garde belief that parks are for people. The results of his efforts changed not only the Twin Cities but the vision for parks in cities around the work. Look at any map of Minnesota and you will begin to appreciate the magnitude of his achievement. Recognizing that Every Map Has a Legend? this year ASLA-MN honors Theodore Wirth's legendary contribution.

The year-long theme is being celebrated in part by a traveling exhibit about Theodore Wirth and the Minneapolis park system.  Boards have been displayed at:

  • AIA-MN 2010 Convention
  • Marquette Building Lobby in Minneapolis
  • Walker Art Center northern lobby
  • 2011 Northern Green Expo 
  • HGA first floor gallery
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • College of Design, Rapson Hall
Theodore Wirth   Theodore Wirth
Theodore Wirth   Chain of Lakes
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Landscape Architecture   Wirth Legacy

Thank You

Many thanks to Brainstorm Overload for the design of these beautiful exhibit pieces and the multitude of hours spent assembling such a rich and comprehensive story. Learn more about Brainstorm Overload:


Todd Zerger / brainstormoverload