Alumnus Glenn LaRue Smith Honored for Outstanding Service to ASLA
Master of Landscape Architecture alumnus Glenn LaRue Smith (MLA ’83), a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), has been awarded an ASLA Outstanding Service Award for exemplary service on ASLA’s behalf. He is one of four ASLA members chosen by jury to receive the award, which is given annually to recognize volunteers who make notable contributions to or on behalf of the Society at the national level.
Smith, a member of ASLA’s Potomac Chapter, was nominated for his tireless efforts to create the Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN), a member community and organization dedicated solely to the service, advancement, and elevation of Black landscape architects and those of African heritage. As an advocate for all landscape architects, Smith has been an active leader in community building among Black landscape architects, while remaining a committed member of the profession and to ASLA. Smith has challenged the design community and ASLA on its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and, in the process, built a bridge to rectify the impacts of minimal engagement and service to Black student and professional members.