Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

The CELA Conference

The CELA Conference

The CELA 2022 Conference, Evolving Norms: Adapting Scholarship to Disruptive Phenomena

The CELA conference is the annual destination for educators and students with an interest in the academic practice of landscape architecture. It includes hundreds of attendees, a number of on-site events and off-site excursions, exhibitors, and three days of essential conversation and celebration of recent research in all aspects of landscape architecture. CELA’s annual conferences have always been a place of connection, reunion, and joy, and we are excited to see the landscape architecture community come together again in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico in 2022.

Evolving Norms Conference 2022
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
March 16–19, 2022

**You may choose between two registration options**

  1. In-Person: Includes the entire in-person presentation schedule and all virtual sessions.
  2. Virtual: Includes only virtual sessions.

Registration Pricing 

In-Person Early Bird Rates I

Included: All in-person and virtual programming

CELA Member $625 

Non Member $795 

Students (non-faculty, must be enrolled at time of conference) $295 

Virtual Early Bird Rates 

NOTE that the virtual option is NOT the full conference, this is a limited viewing option. Virtual Presenters and Participants can only access the virtual sessions.

CELA Member $625 

Non Member $795 

Students (non-faculty, must be enrolled at time of conference) $295 

Key Dates:

  • January 31: Early Bird Registration Ends 
  • January 31: Deadline for all presenters to register for the conference 
  • February 22: Hotel Room Block Ends
  • March 16–19, 2022: #CELA22 in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 

Pre-Conference Workshops: 

We encourage you to arrive early to the conference to attend one of our pre-conference workshops.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2022:

Choose from 3 workshop options on Wednesday afternoon: 

LAF Workshop: ($50, In-person only; 12:30pm – 4:30pm, approx.) Learn about the many resources and opportunities that LAF makes available to faculty and students, including how to access and apply for them. The foundation’s offerings have expanded in recent years to include the $25,000 Deb Mitchell Research Grant, the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, the Green New Deal Superstudio/Summit initiative, a collection of recorded webinars, and more. LAF staff will provide an overview of these, as well as the foundation’s scholarships, LAF Olmsted Scholars Program, Case Study Investigation program, and wealth of tools and materials for evaluating and teaching landscape performance.  

LAAB Accreditation 3-Hour Workshop: ($50, In-person only; 12:30pm – 4:30pm, approx.) This workshop covers a variety of topics to assist programs through the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) accreditation process. Current LAAB board members will provide a general sense of the accreditation process timeline and outcomes after a program review is complete. This workshop is for any academic programs preparing for an upcoming accreditation review or programs interested in LAAB accreditation.  

Landscape Journal Workshop: ($75, In-person or virtual; 12:30pm – 4:30pm, approx.) Learn how to write, submit, and get your journal articles accepted in this Journal Writing Workshop with Landscape Journal Editor-in-Chief, James LaGro, Jr. Dr. LaGro will share practical knowledge gained from years of successful submissions. His insider view will help give you the edge.  


Field Trips: 

On Day 3 and 4 of the conference, it’s time to take a break from the conference sessions and join us for field trips! No matter which ones you choose, you’ll enjoy the beautiful New Mexico scenery in the company of colleagues and visit unique locations that will inspire you.  

**Box lunches will be included in all trips. Note that the times are approximate and are subject to change. Check back later for transportation details.** 

Friday, March 18, 2022: 

On Friday, choose from 3 field trip options:  

Drone Workshop: ($60, 1pm – 5pm, approx.) This comprehensive workshop will have 3 sections:  

  1. Drones 101: Introduction to UAVs. It will cover a brief history of UAVs in the AEC industry, overall capabilities, safety procedures, and flight basics.  
  2. Field Session: In a live demonstration, the instructor will lead a UAV mapping and photography exercise to demonstrate the safe procedures, mapping basics, and data capture.  
  3. Working with UAV Data: Working with the data capture on site, we will create a UAV-generated photogrammetry dataset and demonstrate how to import into GIS, CAD, or background in a 3D model. 

Mesa del Sol: ($75, 12:30pm – 5pm, approx.) Get an insider view of this master-planned community with a focus on sustainability, safety, and smart technology. A local landscape architect who is a current consultant to the Mesa del Sol management will lead the tour. In the works since the 1980s, this 16,000-acre community, southeast of Albuquerque and next to Netflix Studios, has a unique approach to development. Among other initiatives, they plan energy generation from solar and wind power, shared garden space, and smart waste and water management, and they plan to set aside over 3,000 acres to parks and open spaces. Calthorpe Associates and EDAW/AECOM were among the many firms who contributed toward development of the community master plan. Learn more at 

J.B. Jackson Home: ($65, 12:30pm – 5pm, approx.) Get an exclusive peek into the home of the “father of cultural landscape studies.” Take a tour of this privately-owned house designed and built by J.B. Jackson. After years of travel, Jackson settled into this beautiful and historical locale. You’ll get a glimpse into Jackson’s life and work in the home he lived in for over 30 years.  

Saturday, March 19, 2022

On Saturday, choose from 2 field trip options:  

Santa Fe Tour: ($95, 12:30pm – 9pm, approx.) After the morning sessions are done, grab your lunch and prepare to be whisked off to Santa Fe. Sit back and take in the beautiful scenery as you hear a preview of your walking tour to come. This professionally guided tour will highlight the unique and history-soaked architecture and landscape architecture of Santa Fe. With so much to see and eat, we’ll give you time to browse Santa Fe’s art galleries and shops and sample the local fare. After enjoying a leisurely dinner at the restaurant of your choice, we’ll gather around 9pm to head back to the resort. 

University of New Mexico/Predock Center Tour: ($65/$20 for students, 12:30pm – 5:30pm, approx.) Join us for a short jaunt to Albuquerque to experience the Pueblo Revival-themed University of New Mexico tour showcasing student work. Echoing nearby Pueblo Native American villages, the campus is known for its nationally recognized campus arboretum as well as several internationally recognized architects, including Antoine Predock. You’ll explore the Predock Center for Design and Research, housed in his former residence and professional center, which includes a design studio, workshop, and gallery spaces. At the Center for Southwest Research, you’ll view his two-and three-dimensional archives. We’ll return to the resort around 5:30pm, or you can stay downtown to continue exploring and choose from a variety of eateries. (Note that you will need to arrange for your own transportation if you stay.)  


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