Landscape Architecture from the Mountains to the Piedmont to the Coast.
North Carolina landscape architecture is diverse. NC landscape architects participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of a wide variety of natural environments. Projects are designed and planned for the slopes of the mountains, the rolling hills of the Piedmont, as well as the sandy shores of the coastal lands.
This is a great time to be a landscape architect and I'm grateful to represent the Chapter as your President. I've enjoyed traveling the state these past couple of months and meeting many of you, some for the first time. I've met with the NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit Landscape Architects, several Town Managers and Town planners. I've spoken to several groups and presented at conferences about Landscape Architecture. I've also been representing our State Chapter serving on the APA-NC Great Places in North Carolina initiative.
But even as I've enjoyed these different but related levels of professional collaboration, I was reminded about a story that heard back in 2009. It was at an NCASLA conference where Rodney Swink, FASLA was our Chapter President and addressed our Chapter.
A group is gathered at Niagara Falls and one of the members from the group says,
"Do you believe that I can string a wire and walk across the falls?"
No one believes he can; he does it.
"Do you believe that I can push a wheelbarrow across the wire?"
No one does; he does it.
Do you believe that I can put a 200 lb. sack in the wheelbarrow and push it across?" They all do and he does it.
"Are any of you willing to get in the wheelbarrow and let me push you across?"
No one is.
Belief ends when we have to get personally involved.
We all have an obligation to open our eyes to the changes taking place in our profession. Are we doing our part to advance our line of work? Those of us that are owners, principals, or who are in senior leadership positions; are we doing our part to enhance the ability of our staff to take part in NCASLA? Are we recognizing the opportunities that present themselves everyday to engage those around us in the profession of Landscape Architecture?
Each of us has the opportunity to get personally involved. If we do, it will be a gift that we make to our profession and our profession needs us. Our profession needs the owners, principals, and those in senior leadership to teach our staff about ASLA and our state chapter. Our chapter needs our skills and talents and most especially our passion. It's time to get serious about our profession and our state chapter.
Please give serious consideration to getting in the wheelbarrow and shaping the life of our profession and its future. Who knows? Maybe someday in the future, someone will be listening to your message and thanking you for the lasting gift of getting involved and preserving the character and importance of our profession.
Ways to get in the wheelbarrow:
Mountain Section - Drake Fowler - DFowler@DesignWorkshop.com
Other announcements -
We have a lot of opportunities to get in the wheelbarrow and be involved in our profession. I look forward to seeing and meeting you in April at our State Chapter Conference, if not before. Thank you for your support of our profession.
Ed Johnson, RLA, ASLA
NC Chapter President
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