Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

CELA Annual Conference March 15-18, 2023

San Antonio, Texas

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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We look forward to welcoming you to the CELA 2023 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX at the Hilton Palacio del Rio.

Registration Pricing 

Early Bird Rates (until Jan 31, 2023):

  • CELA Member: $625
  • Non-Member: $795
  • Student*: $250

*Students must register using a school-issued email address (.edu) to receive the student rate and be currently enrolled as a student with a valid transcript at the time of the conference. A copy of the Student Transcript will be requested prior to the start of the meeting. Faculty who are also enrolled in classes would still need to register as a member unless they’re registered for at least 12 degree-applicable credit hours.

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 which positively impact global conditions and align with The CELA organization’s vision and mission.

Refund Schedule

Until January 31, 2023:     Full refund, minus $75 administrative fee

February 1 – 28, 2023:       50% refund

After March 1, 2023:         Substitutions only

Cancellations and Substitutions

Conference registrations can only be cancelled by submitting a request via Email. Please send your request to: 

Substitutions are encouraged and must be submitted in writing to No refunds or credits will be given to “no shows.”

Additional Events Schedule

Wednesday, March 15th:

Pre-Conference Workshops:

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

Choose from 3 workshop options on Wednesday afternoon:

LAF Workshop: (1:30 – 4:30, approx., $60) 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 new LAF Ignite scholarship-internship-mentorship program for BIPOC students, the $25,000 Deb Mitchell Research Grant, the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership, 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, collection of recorded webinars, Green New Deal Superstudio resources, and a wealth of tools and materials for evaluating and teaching landscape performance.

LAAB Accreditation 3-Hour Workshop: (1:30 – 4:30, approx., $60) 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: (1:30 – 4:30, approx., $80) Editor-in-Chief, James LaGro Jr., will share insights and advice on how to get your scholarship published. This interactive workshop addresses: 1) cover letters, manuscript formatting, and online submission, 2) peer review and manuscript revision, and 3) writing pitfalls and strategies for shortening the time from submission to publication. Best practices – how to write an effective article title and abstract, for example – are interspersed with writing exercises and group discussions.

Wednesday, March 15th:

Opening Night River Boat Tour (7:30pm-8:30, approx., $10) After the CELA Welcome Reception, join us for a guided riverboat tourThis one-hour private cruise will be an enchanting journey through San Antonio’s rich history. You’ll learn also learn about the city’s architecture and points of interest. You do not want to miss this great opportunity to help us kick off CELA 2023 Conference!

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 sights of San Antonio in the company of colleagues and visit unique locations that will inspire you.

** Note that the times are approximate and are subject to change. Check back later for transportation details**

Friday, March 17th:

On Friday, choose from 4 field trip options:

Drone Workshop: (1pm – 5pm, approx., $60) This comprehensive workshop will have three sections: Drones 101: Introductions to UAVs. It will cover a brief history of UAVs in the AEC industry, overall capabilities, safety procedures, and flight basics. 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. 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.

Historic Downtown Tour and Sketch Walk : (2:30-4:30, approx., $50) Get an insider view of historic downtown San Antonio. In many ways, San Antonio’s history parallels the classic underdog story of determination and perseverance. This tour looks at how, even before the Alamo and ever since, the city has been overcoming challenges and beating the odds. The tour includes: the San Fernando Cathedral & Main Plaza: A race between two kings, and the birth of San Antonio Human Floodgate & The River Walk: The tumultuous relationship of the city with its river, and a 28-year-old with an idea of how to fix it; The Alamo: How the Texas Revolution fits into the greater context of world history, and the surprising legacy of the Irish in San Antonio; the Menger Hotel: San Antonio’s classiest historical hotel and the legacy of the Germans in San Antonio; and O’Gorman Mosaic at The Lila Cockrell Theater: A giant game of “I Spy” that reveals some truths about San Antonio. Time will be given for sketching. Tour will leave directly from the conference hotel.

Missions Tour: (12:30pm – 4:30 pm, approx., $75) This is the Tour de Force of the Missions. Enjoy exploring Missions San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada, all will be visited and their unique differences compared to the others.  Also, all 3 parts of the ancient water system will be seen – Dam, Ditch (Acequia), Aqueduct. Bus will leave directly from the conference hotel.

Park and Gardens Tour: (12:30pm-4:30pm approx., $85) Learn all about the plant, animal life of the region and design of these of impressively manicured green spaces. The tour will include stops at the Botanical garden, Japanese Tea Garden and Hardberger Park. Bus will leave directly from conference hotel.

Saturday, March 18th:

On Saturday, choose from 2 field trip options:

King William District Tour: (12:30pm to 4:30 pm, approx., $75) This tour includes Victorian Architecture, influential German family’s history & stories, plus unique River Walk views. In the mid-1800s, enterprising German immigrants began buying land and building homes in this part of the city.. In July of 2011, King William was designated a Cultural Arts District by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Step back in time on this fully guided tour. Bus will leave directly from conference hotel. 

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

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