The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) named Eric Gilbey, PLA Qualified Professional Member of APLD, as its president, succeeding Danilo Maffei, FAPLD, PCH. The association serves to advance the promotion of landscape design and promote its members as qualified and dedicated professionals. Gilbey takes on this role with the primary responsibility of building brand awareness of APLD and its mission, while professionally developing and growing the association’s membership.

“I am eager to engage with our APLD members and community, and I look forward to helping advance public awareness of the landscape design practice, including sustainable site design and better landscape performance,” said Gilbey. “In the last decade, there has been a shrinkage of professionals in not only landscape design, but also landscape architects and contractors. My hope is to increase outreach to the next generation of designers to encourage them to pursue a landscape career and find ways to improve landscapes through design and performance. This brings us to see APLD as a community of mentorship and outreach.”

As the product marketing manager for the landscape industries at Vectorworks, Inc. — a global design and BIM software provider — Gilbey was elected after serving as president-elect for the past two years. He received an associate of applied science degree in landscape contracting and construction and a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the Ohio State University. In 1999 and 2013, Gilbey became licensed as a landscape architect in Ohio and Maryland, respectively. After joining APLD in 2008, he served on the DC-MD-VA APLD Chapter board and was later elected to serve on the APLD Board of Directors.