ASLA Mission Statement

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is a national professional society that represents the landscape architecture profession in the United States.

Landscape architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management,

preservation and rehabilitation of the land. The scope of the profession includes site planning, garden design, environmental restoration, town or urban planning, park and recreation planning, regional planning, and historic preservation. Practitioners share a commitment of achieving a balance between preservation, use and management of the country's resources.

Activities of a landscape architect can range from the creation of public parks and parkways to the site planning for corporate office buildings, from the design of residential gardens to the management of large wilderness areas or reclamation of degraded landscapes such as mines or landfills. Entrance into the profession requires advanced education, training, licensure in all but eight states and specialized skills.

OSU ASLA Student Chapter was founded in 1985, the mission of the Society is to advance landscape architecture by informing the students and leading the student in achieving quality academic work and interfacing with their future profession.

Biography of ASLA Advisor

Paul Hsu, ASLA

A Hard-Headed Professor Sometimes

Paul Hsu was born in Taiwan, ROC and was naturalized as an United State Citizen in 1985. He received Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from National Taiwan University, Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from Cornell University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Spatial Science and Engineering at University of Maine.

Paul is currently an Associate Professor teaching in the program of Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. He is the PI of a National Science Foundation $50,000 grant project entitled, "The Use of Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Real-Time Site Inventory, Analysis and Design. He is the recipient of three Oklahoma State Regents Quality Initiative Grants which allows him to attend Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute. His favor subjects include Global Positioning System, Geographic Information System, Computer Aided Design, site planning, and graphics techniques. Paul also taught computer aided design and construction courses at University of Idaho and Washington State University respectively. He also has extensive background in landscape design and installation.

Paul also has extensive involvement in many professional activities. Those projects include Wiggin's Rolling Green Golf Course, Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum Master Plan, Hartshorne Limestone Quarry Reclamation, Wilson's Creek National Battle Field Library Siting, Vici Community Beautification, Teako Community Park Plan, Riyadh Campus Landscape Design, and so on.

To know about what he teaches or what is his research interests, please click here.

For more information contact the American Society of Landscape Architects, OSU Chapter at 405-744-5421

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