01-06-21 | Feature

ASLA Indiana Chapter

State Association Report
by Randy Royer, Chapter President

April Westcott and a team of masked bandits (Mark Ancel, Kris May and Sailor Westcott) participated in this year's Earth Day event in Indianapolis where they took the opportunity to talk to people about the profession of Landscape Architecture and handed out native wildflower seeds and LA activity packets to children.
Seen in this picture is Ken Remenschneider, Meg Storrow, Ed Curtin, April Westcott, Julie Bernard, Bernie Dahl, Joann Green, Claire Bennett, and David Gorden among others. April Westcott received the Claire Bennet Legacy Award in recognition of her continued service and commitment to the Chapter.
The ASLA Indiana Chapter Executive Committee pictured from top left to bottom right: Marc Ancel, associate at large; Shannon Creasy, member at large; Adam Kutemeier, associate at large; April Westcott, member at large; Julie Barnard, immediate past president; Pat Stout, member at large; Alan Rosenwinkel, president elect; Jonathan Geels, trustee; Monica Guillaud, treasurer; Christy Jackson, treasurer-elect; Sarah Evans, secretary; Rotina Tian, associate at large; Randy Royer, president.
Randy Royer, president
Alan Rosenwinkel, president elect
Christy Jackson - Recognized for your work with our sponsors as events changed due to COVID-19.
Shannon Creasy - Service Recognition Award for making timely social media posts and messages to the Chapter members to keep them informed during all of this change.
Monica Guillad - Recognized for or staying on top of the budget and our finances throughout all of this.
Adam Kutemier - Recognized for planning and coordinating the virtual student presentations and awards as well as the student and profession design awards.
Kris May - Recognized for all of your flexibility and hard work in moving the conference to a virtual format.

The 2020 INASLA year actually began last fall at the annual planning retreat where the Executive Committee met to discuss our approach to advocacy, membership, social events, sponsorship and the Chapter budget. Little did we know what 2020 had in store for us...

As the leaves began to change, INASLA participated in the Indianapolis Monumental Awards by having a Chapter member serve on the awards jury. We also had a couple of landscape architecture firms win awards - REA won a Monumental Award and Mader Design won the People's Choice award.
In November, our very own April Westcott received the ASLA Outstanding Service Award at the National Conference on Landscape Architecture!
Congratulations April!

Over the winter we continued the tradition of the Annual INASLA Holiday party and held a number of lunch-and-learns for Chapter members looking to earn CEU's. We also supported both Purdue and Ball State by participating in portfolio reviews, mock interviews and job fairs at both schools.

Even though COVID-19 was ramping up, this spring was a very busy time for the Chapter. We were able to, once again, join the AIA in celebrating our newly licensed professionals in a combined ceremony in Indianapolis with awkward fist bumps instead of handshakes as we were all settling into the new normal.


In addition to his many responsibilities, our chapter trustee, Jonathan Geels, developed and hosted a virtual Field Day Camp for Young Girls to introduce them to the profession of landscape architecture. 14 girls, ages 9-12 and from five states, participated in an eight-week virtual camp that focused on the different phases of design and featured female leaders from around the country.

In April, we hosted virtual student Honor and Merit award presentations for both Ball State and Purdue students.

Ball State University
Lendell Ervin - Honor Award; Debbie Mattson - Honor Award;
Nancy Jones - Merit Award; Jonathan Sieg - Merit Award

Purdue University
Hoi Lam Si - Honor Award; Evelyn Simmel - Honor Award; David Armbruster - Merit Award;
Joe Ascolese - Merit Award

The Chapter also launched the inaugural INASLA Scholarship for students pursuing a degree in landscape architecture at Purdue and Ball State. We awarded a $2,000 scholarship to one student at each school based on their academic achievement, demonstrated talent and commitment to excellence. Congratulations to:
Margaret Morse - Purdue University
Jake Maple - Ball State University

In April, we also celebrated World Landscape Architecture Month 2020 with the "Life Grows Here" campaign. All month, our Chapter showcased the many ways in which life grows in the spaces Landscape Architects create. The Indiana Chapter was able to take over National's social media feeds for a day and showcase the work of our Chapter members.
Sadly, we lost one of our own this spring. Mark Holeman, a longtime ASLA member, passed away on May 3rd. Mark's work can be found throughout central Indiana and he made a lasting impact on the field of landscape architecture. Thank you, Mark, may you rest in peace.

In June our immediate past president, Julie Barnard, and president elect, Alan Rosenwinkel, presented the profession of landscape architecture to the Urban Naturalist team at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
We also participated in a panel discussion with the Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin Chapters called 'What's next? Being a landscape architecture Student During COVID-19'. Alan Rosenwinkel and April Westcott represented Indiana and provided their perspectives on the subject to a number of students and emerging professionals.

The issue of diversity in the profession has been discussed for years, both locally and nationally. We have decided to create a new position on the Executive Committee. The diversity chair will focus on the issue of diversity within our Chapter. More to come as the responsibilities of this new position are determined.

Last but not least... After deciding to move the 2020 INASLA Annual Conference on landscape architecture to Ft. Wayne, the Events Committee determined that it would be in the best interest of our Chapter members if the event were to be held virtually. Kris May is the mastermind behind pulling all of this together in a matter of months.

As my term as Chapter president comes to a close, I would like to once again thank the members of the Executive Committee and Chapter volunteers who worked tirelessly to advance the profession of landscape architecture and serve the chapter in spite of the adversity 2020 put before us. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve the Chapter with such a fantastic group of people! Thank you for your service!!

As seen in LASN magazine, December 2020.


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