LeBleu Becomes CELA President
After serving as First Vice-President and President-Elect for the past year, Charlene LeBleu, FASLA and associate professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA), assumed the presidency of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) at the Annual Conference at Virginia Tech in March 2018. She is the first Auburn faculty member to serve in this CELA leadership role. Comprised of 120 institutions from around the world, CELA encourages, supports and furthers education in the field of landscape architecture, specifically related to teaching, research, scholarship, and public service.
LeBleu plans to continue CELA’s important work in education, saying: “I am honored to serve as President and to continue working with and for the CELA membership. My service to CELA as First Vice President Elect Track and Vice President of Research & Creative Scholarship has given me a strong understanding of the organization and the duties of the Executive Committee. As President, I welcome the opportunity and challenge to contribute to CELA’s mission and to offer my leadership to existing projects and new initiatives.”
LeBleu has held several leadership positions in CELA over the last few years. She is the past Editor-in-Chief of Landscape Research Record, the official conference proceedings of the annual CELA conference, and the Vice-President of Research and Creative Scholarship from 2014 – 2016. This appointment was also an Auburn faculty member first. In addition, LeBleu received CELA’s Excellence in Service Learning Award—Senior Level in 2017 for her contributions to design and planning in the state of Alabama.
A faculty member in APLA since 2005, LeBleu’s primary areas of interest and research have been focused on coastal planning and design as well as water quality issues, especially those related to low impact development design. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA). LeBleu was among the first group of Auburn faculty to receive an inaugural Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Award for her applied scholarship in sustainability, using real-world projects to teach students and communities how to work with natural systems rather than trying to control them. She served as Interim Head of the APLA from January until August 2017, applying her leadership skills at Auburn University. Assuming the role of CELA President, LeBleu will further apply those skills as an international leader in landscape architecture.