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2017 HALS Challenge: Documenting City or Town Park(s)

Deadline: July 31, 2017


For the 2017 HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with the Find Your Park movement to spread the word about the amazing national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s also about local parks and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming more important than ever.

Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31.

The HALS Short Format History Guidelines, brochure, and digital template may be downloaded from the HALS website.


For information about the 2016 HALS Challenge winners, visit The Field.

For more information about the Challenge or for questions or comments about HALS, please contact Chris Stevens at

ASLA Diversity Summit

This year, ASLA hosted the Diversity SuperSummit at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. All past summit participants were invited back along with six new emerging professionals. The Texas Chapter was represented by Luis Hildago of Benkendorfer + Associates, Texas A&M BLA graduate and Melissa Henao-Robledo with Landscape Forms.   Read More



The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 23 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2017. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. 

Robert “Bob” Richardson, of RVi Planning and Landscape Architecture, of Austin, TX received his nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the Texas Chapter. Throughout his career, Richardson has advocated that the landscape architect is the prime planning and design consultant and the professional best suited to advance environmental values through community involvement. In 34 years he has grown his firm into five offices across three states. His leadership skills and business acumen are evident in his ability to match developers with investors, stay ahead of demographic and economic trends and manage multi-disciplinary teams. His commitment to environmental sensitivity and abundant open space has earned him many awards as well as high praise from the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. His impact on our communities and his profession stems from his passionate belief that the mission of landscape architecture is to protect the environment and enhance people’s lives. 


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