2023 Class of Fellows, Kelleann Foster, ASLA Council of Fellows02-07-24 | News

2023 Class of Fellows, Kelleann Foster, ASLA Council of Fellows

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
by Staff

ASLA Council of Fellows - Category: Leadership/Management

Throughout her career, including 34 years at Penn State University, Kelleann Foster has distinguished herself as an exemplary leader, a visionary, an innovative and highly skilled administrator, an educator, author, volunteer, and ambassador for the profession. Her exceptional accomplishments reflect the trailblazing nature of her work: applying research in photo-realistic image manipulation software to empower landscape architects and the communities they serve to better understand possibilities; engaging landscape architecture and other students in online learning through a collaborative, virtual studio environment; and introducing GIS as a tool for landscape architects. She was the driving force behind the geodesign degree programs offered entirely online through Penn State's award-winning World Campus, teaching thousands of people how geodesign could change their environment. Her award-winning book, Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, demonstrates the diverse nature of the profession through the lives of practitioners and with a unified voice, promotes the profession to the public and future generations of landscape architects. Her leadership and accomplishments as a volunteer with the University Tree Commission and the University Design Manual, the Heritage Tree Program, and the ClearWater Conservancy demonstrate her contributions to the public recognition of the profession. Kelleann's exceptional leadership skills, her breadth of knowledge, and her significant contributions to advancing the profession of landscape architecture throughout a distinguished career will be felt for generations.