June 20, 2014 Sam Rogers Named Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Sam Rogers, a recently retired faculty member of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Landscape Architecture Program, has been elevated as one of thirty-two members named to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows for 2014.

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members. The designation is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. It recognizes the contributions of those who have elevated the profession and society at large.

Rogers was instrumental in founding and accrediting the UT Landscape Architecture Program, and has been a long-time faculty member of landscape design. He received his nomination under the category of “Service” from with the Tennessee Chapter. His nomination was co-authored by fellow faculty member Brad Collett. In the letter of recommendation, it noted:

Both the landscape design and landscape architecture programs owe their vitality to Sam’s servant leadership, have derived a significant part of their identity through Sam’s expertise, and have been enriched by his emphasis on service-based learning in the classroom. Generations of alumni who studied under Sam carry with them an understanding of social responsibility through environmental stewardship, recognition of the value of service to the community, and have witnessed first-hand the impact that we as professionals can have through servant leadership.

Rogers has served the profession through education, advocacy, and practice over four decades. Throughout his career, he has been a practitioner and educator who has merged academia, practice, and pro bono service.  As his nomination notes, he has “elevated the visibility, capacity, and stature of landscape architecture to the benefit of the profession at large and the various constituencies his service has touched.”

Rogers earned is Bachelors of Science in Agronomy and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee, and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, Athens.

He will be inducted into the new fellowship class at the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 21-24 in Denver.