Profile: Shawn Kelly
ASLA Chapter: Wisconsin
Category: Service to the Profession
Company/academic title: Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Education: Bachelor of science in agriculture in 1978 and his master of landscape architecture in 1987, both from the University of Arizona–Tucson.
Shawn Kelly was nominated by the Wisconsin Chapter for his service-oriented efforts for landscape architecture. For three decades he has served ASLA at the national and state level, advanced the visibility of the profession within the regional Midwest, served outside of his official job duties at the university and contributed to the advancement of municipal stormwater management strategies and smart growth planning in his hometown. He also has worked closely with the Ojibwa community in Wisconsin to break down cultural barriers through community design and planning.
Thoughts from a Peer: “Without Shawn’s perseverance, the licensure effort in Wisconsin would likely have come to an end two legislative sessions ago. But thanks to his tenacious advocacy and leadership, the movement toward fully licensed landscape architects in Wisconsin continues to move ahead.”—Michael Blumenfeld of Blumenfeld & Associates