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MiASLA Emerging Professionals

Emerging Professional Group

Mission: To serve as the entry point for emerging professionals into Landscape Architecture and to help develop resources and networks to foster growth in the profession.


  • Achieve integration of newly Emerged Professionals into the Chapter
  • Foster a relationship of collaboration between the chapter professionals and emerging professionals
  • Provide a mechanism for an easy transition from Students Groups into Michigan ASLA
  • Create simple and effective events that bring people together to network with peers and professionals
  • Prepare candidates for the licensing exam.
  • Offer opportunities for portfolio and resume review
  • Connect students with mentors, industry contacts and potential employers

The emerging professional group is open to those who are new to the landscape architecture profession.  Emphasis will be placed on recruiting students in their last year of a landscape architecture program and graduates with less than five years of experience.


Emerging Professionals Events

LARE Study Groups

MiASLA would like to assist in organizing informal study groups for the L.A.R.E. sessions in April 2016 and August 2016.  MiASLA will gather contact information for individuals studying for the L.A.R.E. in different regions of the state and help coordinate the formation of study groups.  We are also anticipating hosting a L.A.R.E. review session in …

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    Join ASLA!


    a. Associate Member: First Year National Dues $168

    b. Join ASLA as a student for $50 and your first year Associate membership is free.

    Student Online Sign Up: http://asla.org/ISGWeb.aspx?loadURL=memberapp


    Becoming Licensed in Michigan

    The practice of landscape architecture directly impacts public health, safety, and welfare. A license is the strongest form of regulation to ensure that the public is adequately protected. Licensing is the model best suited to integrate design and construction regulations. Licensure allows landscape architects to lead development projects that require a licensed design professional and it also allows landscape architects to become partners in multi-disciplinary firms.

    5 steps to become licensed in Michigan:

    1. Graduate from an LAAB accredited school such as Michigan State University or the University of Michigan.

    2. Pass all sections of the LARE exam.

    3. Complete two years(with a Master’s Degree) or three years (with a Bachelor’s Degree) of work experience.

    Michigan Licensure Requirements: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35414_60647_35463-114428–,00.html

    4. Apply for licensure at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA): http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35414-280695–,00.html

    LARE Prep Info

    The Council of Landscape Architects Registration Board (CLARB) establishes the standards for professional competency and conduct through examination and certifies competency to licensing organizations.  Register with CLARB to take the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE)

    Prep Class Info:  http://www.asla.org/LAREPrep.aspx

    Link to CLARB:https://www.clarb.org/Pages/default.aspx