The mission of the American Society of Landscape Architects is to lead, educate and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.  The Twin States Conference is a partnership of the Mississippi and Alabama Chapters of ASLA, established to promote these goals; to showcase the beauty, culture and history of each state; and is the Chapters’ primary fundraising activity each year.


2018 Twin States Conference
Alabama and Mississippi Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Theme - An Evolving and Emerging Profession
Location - Westin Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi

Thursday, March 8
11 a.m. -    Exhibitors begin move-in (Jackson Ballroom, Westin)
5:00 p.m. - Exhibit Hall opens (Jackson Ballroom, Westin) – extra drink ticket incentive
6 p.m.   –   Welcome Reception (Mississippi Museum of Art – Grounds & Inside)

Friday, March 9
7 a.m. – Breakfast (Jackson Ballroom, Westin)
8 a.m. – Speaker – Greg Miller-ASLA National President-"The Future of Landscape Architecture and the Value of Connections"
9 a.m. – Speaker – Lucy Lawliss - "Envisioning the South: The Landscape Legacy of the Olmsted Firm"

10:00 a.m. -  Break and Expo (Jackson Ballroom, Westin)

10:30 a.m. – Speaker – Haley Blakeman - "Implementing Complete Streets in Your Town""
11:30 a.m – Kona Gray-"Growing the Profession"
12:30 p.m. Lunch (Jackson Ballroom, Westin) 
1:30 p.m. – Speaker – Thomas Gregory-"Design From the Ground Up: The Art of Community Engagement and Public Interest Design"
2:30 p.m. – Speaker – Matthew Werle-"The What, Why and How of High-Performance Urban Trees"
3:30 p.m. – Break  - Expo - Door Prize Giveaways (Jackson Ballroom, Westin)
4 p.m. –  Speaker – David Mockbee-"Ethics in the Practice of Landscape Architecture"
6 p.m. – Catfish Dinner at Hal & Mal’s – live music (downtown Jackson)

Saturday, March 10
7 a.m. Breakfast (Grand Ballroom, Westin)
8 a.m. – Speaker – Margie Jenkins-"Underused Native Plants"
9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. – Speaker-Steven Hare-"The Evolution of Play and How Landscape Architects are Influencing Play in America"
9:50 – 10:10 a.m. – Break, immediately outside seminar room
10:10 a.m. – Speaker-Jack Carman-"Therapeutic Design in Landscapes"
11 a.m. –  Speakers –  Jordan Hillman and Matthew Hinton, City of Brandon-"The unexpected Argument for Smart Growth and Landscape Architects"
12 p.m. Dismiss Conference-Join us for lunch on your own at La Brioche Café in the Mississippi Museum of Art (offering sandwiches, salads, soups, many popular desserts, gourmet espresso and coffee beverages) ….. And spend your afternoon visiting Jackson’s newest museum experiences –   the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum at 222 North Street, downtown Jackson.