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SILA Q1 Newsletter: President's Message

Dear Member,


Thank you, members, for the overwhelming support and participation at the SILA AGM held last month. We had one of the highest AGM attendances recorded this year in voting and electing the new council members.

As we move into new leadership, on behalf of the newly elected SILA Council, I would like to extend our deep appreciation for the efforts put in by the outgoing President Mr. Ronnie Tan and his team and setting the pace for the new Council to follow. I would also like to humbly accept the responsibility and thank everyone for your continued support and encouragement. We look forward to keeping the momentum going and pushing forward with renewed effort and enthusiasm, our continuous pursuit of inspiring and leading the transformative journey of creating resilient, sustainable, ecological, and responsible urban landscapes for the future.

I am encouraged to have an exciting blend of experience and youth in the current team. Many senior council members continue to carry on with their persistent efforts on various projects while mentoring the younger members on taking on new responsibilities. The enthusiastic and motivated young members are willing to learn and contribute to the institute and its larger goals. They bring in fresh ideas, abundant energy and most importantly, the pulse and connection to LA Future.

As shared during the AGM, the Landscape Architecture profession gathers newfound momentum with the Climate Change Declaration and the need to balance urban development with ecological sustainability and environmental resilience. As the profession and business practices gradually but steadily tread towards new normalcy, we need to learn and unlearn some of our current approaches, embrace the advancement in the science of landscape architecture and empower the professional practice to better prepare for the new leap in design leadership. Bridging the gap between research and practice is imperative. Accessibility to digital tools and resources is essential. Building up a rich repository of information is necessary. Continued dialogue between our fellow members, practitioners, and industry stakeholders for sharing the future goals, visions and aspirations of the profession is critical. As we lay out our tasks ahead towards these goals, let us engage more and inspire each other in our professional endeavours.

Please join me in welcoming the SILA Council 2021/2023 as we embark on this journey of strengthening our profession of Landscape Architecture through these unprecedented and testing times.

Srilalitha Gopalakrishnan

President

Singapore Institute of Landscape Architecture (SILA)

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