Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

CELA 2024 Annual Conference

CELA 2024 Annual Conference

CELA Annual Conference | March 20-23, 2024

Thank you to all those that attended CELA 2024

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Conference Overview:

Landscape architecture plays a vital role in shaping our built environment and addressing the pressing challenges of our time. As the world grapples with issues such as climate change, urbanization, and social inequality, landscape architects are positioned to lead and to contribute, in creating positive, transformative, and resilient change. The conference theme, “Taking Action: Making Change,” calls upon landscape architecture educators to meet this challenge and drive meaningful impact.

Theme Description:

“Taking Action: Making Change” represents a call to action for landscape architecture educators to showcase the power of education in research, teaching, and outreach in taking action and making change. By embracing this theme, the conference is a catalyst for change and will shape a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient future through collective efforts.

Registration Rates 

  • CELA Member: $675
  • Non-Member: $825
  • Student*: $350


Pre-Conference Workshops

We encourage you to arrive early to the conference to attend one of our pre-conference workshops being held on Wednesday, March 20th. Make sure to reserve your spot now— seats are limited to 25 per workshop!

(approx. 1:30 – 4:30pm; $50) This workshop covers a variety of topics to assist programs through the LAAB accreditation process. Great for any academic programs preparing for an upcoming accreditation review or programs interested in accreditation. Workshop Leader: LAAB-ASLA Accreditation and Education Director | Kristopher Pritchard
(approx. 1:30 – 4:30pm; $50) The editor-in-chief of Landscape Journal will share insights, tools, and strategies to help you get your scholarship published. Presentations on best practices (e.g., writing article titles and abstracts, submitting manuscripts online) are interspersed with brief writing exercises and group discussions. Workshop Leader: James LaGro Jr. | Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
(approx. 1:30-4:30; $50) This workshop provides current and future leaders with information about key challenges and strategies for guiding a thriving 21st century landscape architecture program. For those now in leadership positions, the workshop will address issues both thorny and strategic, providing real-world solutions to administrative dilemmas. For faculty curious about academic leadership, the workshop will help in preparing them for these roles with skills for successfully leading a program. The workshop’s 3 sessions each start with brief presentations of the topics, followed by posing common scenarios, group brainstorming, and sharing of case studies highlighting strategies from experienced academic leaders. The workshop sessions are: Admin 101, Assessing Your Leadership Style, and the Value of Visioning. Workshop Leaders: Art Rice | Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, NC State University, and Eliza Pennypacker | Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State University


Conference Field Excursions

Friday, March 22nd: (approx. 12:45pm-5:00pm; $35)   Join us for an afternoon of walking and sketching in Forest Park. Opened in 1876, this St. Louis gem is a historic marvel, having hosted the 1904 World's Fair. Spanning 1,300 acres, it has 30 miles of paths, 2.5 nautical miles of waterways, and a 190-acre Nature Reserve—all free for visitors. Ranked as the 6th most visited U.S. urban park, it draws 15 million annual visitors amidst its 47,000 trees. It is home to cultural icons like the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, and the Saint Louis Zoo.  Sketchbooks capturing the park's essence will be showcased at the conference. *Sketch Materials Not Provided. Tour Leaders: Chip Sullivan, FASLA Berkeley and Jonathan Stitelman, Washington University
Friday, March 22nd: (approx. 12:45pm-5:00pm; $60) Enjoy a bike ride in Forest Park, celebrated globally as one of the most exquisite urban parks and a St. Louis treasure. After getting your bike at the Boathouse, join local designers for the review of the Designs for the Park’s East Waterways.  At Round Lake, witness the rebirth of a historic fountain. This transformative project extends Forest Park's river system, uniting it with Jefferson Lake through cascades, a picnic lawn, and a footbridge.  Historic Seven Pools and its bridge undergo careful restoration, preserving their unique charm. Other landscapes include the Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape and Government Hill.  Finally, return to the Boat House, just a short 30-minute walk (1.3 miles) from the hotel venue. Tour Leaders: Russ Volmert, PLA, AICP, Forest Park Forever and Ted Spaid, FASLA SWT Design
SOLD OUT Friday, March 22nd: (approx. 12:45pm-5:00pm; $65) Discovering St. Louis's vibrant parks unveils a tapestry of nature and culture. NPS Gateway Arch National Park, anchored by the iconic Gateway Arch, celebrates westward expansion with breathtaking views of the city. In contrast, the Katherine Ward Burg Garden offers tranquility amidst blooming flora—a hidden gem for peaceful reflection. Within the Central Corridor, City garden merges art and greenery, while Kiener Plaza and Pillars of the Valley pay homage to the city's history. St. Louis's parks, diverse in character, beckon visitors to embrace both natural serenity and urban vibrancy. Navigating the Brickline Greenway, a segment of Great Rivers Greenway, invites exploration along scenic paths connecting communities. Tour Leader: Michael Allen, Executive Director, National Building Arts Center
SOLD OUT Friday, March 22nd: (approx. 12:45pm-5:00pm; $65) Established in 1859 and spanning 79 acres, the Missouri Botanical Garden stands as a living tribute to biodiversity, boasting a diverse array of plant collections and meticulously curated landscapes. Visitors are invited to wander through themed gardens, from the serene Japanese Garden to the vibrant Victorian District. The Climatron, houses tropical rainforest flora. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a global leader in dedication to conservation and education. Adjacent is 289 acres of Tower Grove Park. Established in 1868, it offers lush landscapes, historic pavilions, and vibrant floral displays. The park's centerpiece is the iconic Tower Grove House, surrounded by walking paths, playgrounds, and serene ponds. This urban oasis, designed by Henry Shaw, is a cherished destination for recreation and relaxation.  Tour Leader: Charling Chen, Missouri Botanical Garden, Michael Powell and Alisa Blatter, Arbolope Studio.
SOLD OUT Friday, March 22nd: (approx. 12:45pm-5:00pm; $100) Paddling the Mississippi River is one of the most unique experiences St. Louis has to offer, truly immersing oneself in why St. Louis is here. Led by Derek Hoeferlin, St. Louis native and chair of the landscape architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis, and “Big Muddy” Mike Clark and his river-recreation outfitter “Big Muddy Adventures,” join an unforgettable paddling trip down the Mississippi River. Starting just downriver of the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge (formally Route 66) and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the journey will take you through the only non-navigable reach of the river between the Twin Cities and the Gulf of Mexico, with a stop at Mosenthein Island where we’ll enjoy a break on a sandbar and have the chance to spot wildlife and learn about the intersection of ecologies and river management. We’ll continue on through the port of St. Louis, paddling alongside barges, where we’ll see our setting quickly transition to engineered infrastructure for navigation, industry, urbanization and flood control. We'll pass beneath five contemporary and famous historic bridges, including the Eads Bridge, and experience an incredible new perspective of downtown St. Louis, from the water. The trip ends with an unbeatable view of the Gateway Arch and lands us on the historic landing of downtown St. Louis. This is a wonderful “only in St. Louis” experience you will never forget and NO paddling experience or special equipment is necessary! Big Muddy Adventures’ expert guides will provide you with everything you need for the adventure and help you board one of our extraordinary voyageur canoes. Tour Leader: Derek Hoeferlin, Chair, Landscape Architecture Program Washington University


Additional Information

*Students must register using a school-issued email address (.edu) to receive the student rate. You must be a registered student at the time of the conference and provide a current transcript before by March 15th. You can upload your transcript HERE. Failure to upload your transcript by March 15th will result in your registration rate being the full non member price. 

For questions about payments or registration, contact or 919-674-4185.

For questions about logistics or the event, contact Dawn LeBlanc, The CELA Conference Manager, at or 919-459-6103.


Cancellations & Substitutions

Conference registrations can only be canceled by submitting a request via email to Substitutions are encouraged and must be submitted in writing.


Refund Schedule

Until January 31, 2024 Full refund, minus $75 administrative fee
February 1 – 29, 2024 50% refund
March 1, 2024 and after Substitutions only
No refunds or credits will be given to “no shows”


Global Investiture Fund

A portion of your registration dollars will go towards The CELA Global Investiture Fund, in which The CELA will identify and develop practices that positively impact global conditions and align with The CELA organization’s vision and mission.


The Annual CELA 2024 conference provides a platform for landscape architecture educators to share inspiring case studies, research findings, and pedagogical approaches that empower educators, students, and communities.

We look forward to welcoming you to the CELA 2024 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri