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Finding Aid for the American Institute of Landscape Architects Records, ca. 1954-1977
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Description
The American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) began as the Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) in 1954 after the appointment of the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board by California Governor Goodwin Knight. The institute was renamed the California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA) then incorporated as the AILA in 1957. AILA became a national and international group before merging with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1982. The collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, business records, and membership lists assembled from various sources related to the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Background
The American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) began as the Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA) in 1954 after the appointment of the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board by California Governor Goodwin Knight; renamed the California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA); incorporated as the AILA in 1957; AILA became a national and international group before merging with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1982.According to American Institute of Landscape Architect histories, the organization was conceived in 1952. The real beginning was in 1954, after the State Registration of California Landscape Architects Board was appointed by Governor Goodwin Knight. The group termed itself Southern California Landscape Architects (SCLA), then California Institute of Landscape Architects (CILA), before incorporating in 1957 as the American Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). The organization's objectives were to provide the `middle ground' where the designer, practitioner, landscape contractor, and landscape nurseryman as well as those with more formal training, could meet and discuss common problems and experiences leading to the enrichment of professional work done. AILA became a national and international group. Two other groups already existed: California Council of Landscape Architects (CCLA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). AILA was given representation to CCLA, but withdrew after feeling rules were not being strictly adhered to. For many years there seems to have been a rivalry with ASLA, though with suggestions at various times for merging with ASLA. In 1982 a merger was accomplished, so that AILA no longer exists.
Extent
105 boxes (52.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
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