The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has named Eric Gilbey as its president. The APLD’s mission is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals.
Gilbey’s primary role will be to build brand awareness of APLD and its mission, grow the association’s membership and foster its professional development.
Gilbey is a PLA Qualified Professional Member of APLD. He will succeed Danilo Maffei, FAPLD, PCH, a principal at Maffei Landscape Design, who served as APLD president from 2018 to 2019.
“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,” says 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.”
Gilbey, a product marketing manager for the landscape industries at Vectorworks Inc., Columbia, Maryland, a global design and BIM software provider, 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 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.
“I’ve had the pleasure of serving as president for the past two years with Eric as the president-elect,” says Maffei. “From the moment I began my leadership journey on APLD's Executive Committee, I knew Eric was the obvious choice to succeed me. He’s very genuine in his relationships, generous with his time and steadfast in his commitment to service in the landscape industry. Those are qualities that any organization seeks in a member and leader, and we are fortunate to have him as our next president.”