California Association of Landscape Architects

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California Association of Landscape Architects (1944-1960)

The California Association of Landscape Architects (CALA) consisted of professional landscape architects, students, and allied professionals living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of the organization was to bring landscape architects together as a group, working collaboratively with architects, city planners, engineers, and the building industry to promote a higher standard of professional practice and a greater uniformity in fees and services. In addition to their monthly meetings and programs, the CALA actively lobbied for the state registration of Landscape Architects, published a fee schedule for the profession, and annually participated in the San Francisco Garden Show.

The CALA records contain correspondence, reports, newsletters, drawings, and clippings. The collection chronicles the activities of some of the most active landscape architects in the San Francisco Bay Area at a time when they were struggling for professional recognition and standards. This collection offers insight into the process of defining the profession of landscape architecture in California.