Dear members, friends, and colleagues:
I am honored to have this special opportunity to express my gratitude for the continued privilege of serving as Trustee of the Maryland Chapter of ASLA and representing our chapter at the National ASLA level. My second term has been an exhilarating journey, collaborating with the current leadership and witnessing the emergence of new leaders within our chapter. It fills me with joy to observe the enthusiasm of numerous members eager to contribute to our profession and give back to the chapter. I foresee a future that shines brightly for us all!
The recent developments at ASLA have been particularly thrilling, especially the momentous news earlier this year that Landscape Architecture has earned the STEM designation. This milestone holds immense significance for us as Landscape Architects. Cheers and thanks to the entire government affairs team at ASLA National for tirelessly advocating our cause and making this achievement possible. The national conference this year was a great success, marking one of the largest gatherings of Landscape Architects. The sessions were exceptional, providing ample opportunities for learning and networking. If you missed it this year, I strongly encourage you to attend next year. It's always a pleasure to see Maryland ASLA Members actively participating in the conference.
As you are well aware, EMBARK IV is now available. Showcasing the works of Landscape Architects in Maryland is possible due to the generous contributions from our dedicated sponsors and our supportive membership. I am delighted to witness this publication evolving and becoming a premier showcase of the outstanding, award-winning work of our members. My heartfelt wishes to the EMBARK team for their continued efforts in putting this together.
It is crucial for aspiring members to recognize that this organization is open and welcoming to new members and volunteers, offering significant opportunities to contribute to the profession in various capacities. Everyone is invited, and every contribution makes a difference. In conclusion, I urge each of you to consider serving or contributing to our chapter and ASLA. For those already involved, we extend our gratitude for your service. We warmly welcome new members and volunteers, recognizing that our strength lies in the size of our team, ensuring that our work has a meaningful impact on the world.
Om Khurjekar, ASLA