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ASLA Elevates Boland, Dake to the Council of Fellows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has elevated 22 members as ASLA Fellows for their contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Michael L. Boland, ASLA of Presidio Trust in San Francisco and Glen Dake, ASLA of DakeLuna Consultants in Los Angeles were two of the members elevated to the Council of Fellows.

Michael L. Boland, ASLA

Boland received his nomination in Leadership/Management from the Northern California Chapter. Applying his ideals at San Francisco’s Presidio, he has led and managed the transformation of the former army post into a beloved public space. For nearly three decades, he has inspired this transformation in collaboration with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy.

To establish the Presidio as a model of sustainable park design and management, he worked closely with an array of world-class professionals to create a wide range of facilities and cultural, recreational, educational and service experiences that connect diverse audiences to the Presidio’s history and ecology. Simultaneously, he played a critical role in the creation of the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park by establishing a collaborative design process that actively involved a community reeling from the impact of the AIDS crisis.

Glen Dake, ASLA

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Dake received his nomination in Service from the Southern California Chapter. Dake serves on the board of the nation’s largest water utility where he fights for projects and programs that respect natural systems and show demonstrable improvements to watershed health and wildlife diversity. A community volunteer, Dake joined with other activists in 1992 to found the nonprofit Los Angeles Community Garden Council, which uses community gardens to improve neighborhood social cohesion. This effort increased the number of gardens in Los Angeles County from 50 in 1993 to 125 in 2018, building resilience and improving the health of families living around the gardens.

In 2013, Dake joined the board of the California League of Conservation Voters. Elected President in 2018, he worked to evaluate and endorse candidates for the California legislature who advocate strong environmental agendas and support legislation that improves the state’s environmental performance. Recognized as an effective leader among landscape architects and allied professionals, Dake has provided new opportunities for landscape architects to share in public-policy decision-making.

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