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The Central States is comprised of SIX individual chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  These chapters come together once a year for camaraderie, learning, advancing the profession and to celebrate their good work.

The six ASLA Central States chapters are ArkansasGreat Plains, Iowa, Oklahoma, Prairie Gateway and St. Louis. These chapters encompass the eight US states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The Ninth Annual Central States Conference will be hosted by the ASLA Great Plains chapter April 9-11, 2014 at the stunning Durham Museum in downtown Omaha, NE and features up to 12 LACES Accredited Hours.

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Your 2014 Great Plains Hosts:  
  Chapter President Cary Thomsen, ASLA – RDG
  Chapter Past President Chad Kucker, ASLA – Confluence
  Conference Chair Ryan Bentley, ASLA – Big Muddy Workshop
  Awards David Locke, ASLA - Stockwell Engineers
  Budget Jessica White, ASLA - Confluence
  Communications Stacy Ernst - Landscape Forms
  Graphics Jen Cross - RDG
    Robin Fordyce - Vireo
  Program Richard Sutton, FASLA - University of Nebraska Lincoln
    Ron Poe, ASLA - Nebraska Department of Roads
    Mike Cooper, ASLA - City of Sioux Falls
  Registration Chad Kucker, ASLA - Confluence
    Regan Pence - Lamp Rynearson
   Sponsors Mike Bender, ASLA - KLJ
    Paul Clinton, ASLA – Clark Engineering
    Alex DeSmidt, ASLA – Rapid City Parks & Recreation
    Jon Jacobson, ASLA - Confluence
  Tours Brian Pecka, ASLA – Big Muddy Workshop
  Venue Cary Thomsen, ASLA - RDG
  Website Stacy Ernst - Landscape Forms

Learn more about ASLA at


2014 – Omaha, NEHealthy Communities:  Designing for Future Generations

2013 - St. Louis, MO - Transformations:  The New Landscape

2012 – Kansas City, MOShaping Community:  Celebrate Collaborate Create

2011 - Des Moines IA  - Landscape Urbanism:  Economics of Healthy Communities

2010 - Oklahoma City, OK - Sustainability:  Redefining Design, Reinforcing Nature

2009 - Omaha, NE  - Boundless Design:  Expanding the Creative Community

2008 - St. Louis, MO  - Moving Targets:  Understanding Our Changing Landscapes

2007 - Kansas City, MO  - Inside the Outside Environment:  Emerging Technologies in Landscape Architecture

  • Speakers Tours Schedule Awards Sponsors Brochure Photos

2006 - Des Moines, IA  - anybody have these archives?

  • Speakers Tours Schedule Awards Sponsors Brochure Photos