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BlackLAN Luncheon

Nashville, TN
2021
The Third Annual BlackLAN Luncheon was held at the ASLA National Conference site on November 20, 2021 with 37 attendees. An Open Session Panel Discussion was held after the luncheon with Kene Okigbo as moderator. Panelists included Elizabeth Kennedy (EKLA studio), Marc Miller (Asst. Professor, Penn State), Ayana Belk (MLA student, Kansas State), and Rikerrious Geter (Associate at GGN, Seattle, WA). ASLA generously provided space in the convention center for these events.

Black Landscape Symposium

2021
The Speaker Series is one of many efforts by the Black Landscape Architects Network to raise funds that support Black-identifying students pursuing landscape architecture as a profession, and to mentor emerging and mid-career professionals and faculty.

BlackLAN Luncheon

San Diego, CA
2019
The Second Annual BlackLAN Luncheon was held at the ASLA National Conference site in San Diego, CA with 50 attendees. An Open Session Panel Discussion was held after the luncheon with two panels: Emerging Professionals and Senior Professionals. The event was funded by the following Black landscape architecture firms: EKLA studio, Studio Zewede, Murray Site Design, PUSH studio, Design Jones, Perry Howard, FASLA, and Stephen Carter, FASLA. ASLA generously provided space in the convention center for these events.

BlackLAN / ASLA Regional Black Landscape Architects Mixers

Washington, DC
2019
Black landscape architects from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia met at a social networking gathering in August 2019. The event was co-sponsored by ASLA at the National Headquarters building in Washington, DC. Roxanne Blackwell, Acting CEO, and Lisa Jennings, Director of Diversity, represented ASLA in hosting the 30-plus attendees.

BlackLAN Luncheon

Philadelphia, PA
2018
The First Annual BlackLAN Luncheon was held at the ASLA National Conference at a local restaurant with 35 attendees. The event was funded by the following Black landscape architecture firms: EKLA studio, PUSH studio, Murray Site Design, and Design Jones. 

Inaugural Meeting of Black Landscape Architects

Washington, DC
2010
This meeting was organized to coincide with the ASLA National Conference that was held in Washington, DC. The event was held within the Architecture Building at Howard University. While the event was organized by Glenn LaRue Smith, other Black landscape architects helping to organize and fund the event included: Elizabeth Kennedy, FASLA; Diane Jones Allen FASLA; Kofi Boone, FASLA; Perry Howard, FASLA; Austin Allen, ASLA; and Ramon Murray, ASLA. The meeting of over 30 attendees was the catalyst for the Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN).

Thank you from BlackLAN!

March 8, 2021
Thank you everyone for joining the Black Landscape Architects Network for our first annual Black History Month Speaker Series, "Black Landscape Symposium". Your participation in this series highlighted just how important these conversations are in building stronger, more inclusive communities across the globe. Your support of BlackLAN's mission also elevates a collective commitment to actively pursue diversity, equity, and belonging in our profession. Your contribution to this Series will go to support Black-identifying students currently pursuing landscape architecture. We look forward to sharing with you the recipients as we roll the effort forward!

A special thank you to our sponsors, who gave generously to our 2021 Scholarship Campaign. These firms, organizations, and institutions have already demonstrated leadership in these conversations and their support lends yet another avenue in achieving these important goals. Please see our allies on our website.

As we set out to plan  future events, we ask that you take time to fill out our survey so that we can learn more on how to improve and engage more people moving forward. We also ask that you stay connected by following BlackLAN on Twitter and Instagram (@blacklanetwork).

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