Michigan ASLA Year-In-Review03-21-24 | Feature

Michigan ASLA Year-In-Review

LASN 2023 Yearbook
by Kyle Verseman, Chapter President

New Continuing Education Licensure Requirements for Licensed Landscape Architects
Starting April 26, 2023, licensees are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education hours before renewing their license. Landscape Architect licensees with an expiration date after April 26, 2023 will be required to complete 24 hours of continuing education hours prior to renewing their license. A minimum of 16 of the 24 required CEUs must be earned in a program or activity pertaining to the subject of public health, safety, or welfare.


2nd Annual Great Lakes Region Climate Action Seminar
MiASLA was pleased to support the 2023 Great Lakes Region Climate Action Seminar, a multi-chapter event held virtually on February 9-10. The event aimed to explore and expand landscape architecture's role regarding climate change impacts occurring in urban and natural systems across the Great Lakes Region. Host Chapters included New York Upstate, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota chapters.
The theme of the 2023 seminar was Collaborating on Climate: Partnerships among landscape architects, educators, and communities to strengthen climate action. The Great Lakes Region is one of the most significant ecosystems on Earth, containing 95% of freshwater in North America and home to over 50 Million people in the United States. Although the region's climate is considered less volatile than other regions and coastlines of the US, the Great Lakes are not exempt from the impacts of climate change. This seminar brought together landscape architects, educators, and communities to talk about the pressing challenges facing our region and to unpack how critical partnerships are taking shape to address new challenges and opportunities.

2nd Annual "Placemaking Through Landscape Design" High School Summer Camp
The Michigan Chapter, along with Lawrence Technological University hosted 10 high school students for a week long summer camp focused on introducing high school students to the profession of landscape architecture. The 5-day camp was held in the design studios at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. Campers were led by a group of local professionals including landscape architects, artists, and urban planners. Over the course of the week, students were tasked with designing a 'teen park' on the site of a local park in Southfield. They toured the site and performed a site analysis, developed their program, built 3-D models and wrapped the week by presenting their master plans for their park to a group of local professional designers. During the week, campers were also able to visit a number of public and private spaces in and around southeast Michigan as well as tour a design firm in downtown Detroit.