Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

CELA Annual Conference March 16-18, 2023

San Antonio, Texas

Congratulations to Shayla Spalding, for submintting the winning graphic for the 2023 CELA Conference. Shayla is a Bachelor of Landscape Architect Student at the University of Guelph, Ontario Canada.

Align | Realign: Dialogues between Academic Pursuits and Professional Demand

Landscape architecture has long been broadly defined as the integration of art and science. Both the profession of landscape architecture and the education of the discipline have historically been dependent upon a constant dialogue between the arts and the sciences. Recently, the growing role of research within the profession of landscape architecture has created a shift in more scientific thinking to help reinforce evidence-based design decision making.

The degree to which scientific research is given emphasis in a design inevitably varies. This variance is generally dependent upon the values and findings within the given research and the specific goals and needs of a given design project. Educators and professionals can also fluctuate in their locations along the art/science continuum, sometimes creating misalignments within what the landscape architecture profession demands and what is being researched or taught in landscape architecture education.

Align | Realign, the theme of the 2023 Conference, explores these relationships, investigating the overlaps and misalignments between what is both taught and researched in academia compared to what the professional market demands. Submissions to the Align | Realign theme track include research or scholarly inquiries related to comparisons or synergies between design education and professional needs, collaborative research and/or design projects, design impact measurements and techniques, student placement or student skills vs. needs in the workplace, software taught vs. software used in practice, advisory board interactions and activities with programs, or other related phenomena. We highly encourage submissions from landscape architecture practitioners, research departments within firms, and other similar units.



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