LANDbytes: Letter from the President

By Mauricio J. Villarreal, PLA, ASLA – OR Chapter President

Accolades for OR ASLA! We ended 2014 with a smashing success holding one of the largest Design Awards Soiree in our chapter’s history and benefiting from ASLA’s selection as the third in a series of guides focused on sustainable American cities. “The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland” illustrates why our community is viewed as a model of sustainability and consistently ranks high on the livability charts. An amazing labor of love from the ASLA and local landscape architects, the guide illustrates our passion for environment and innovation. Explore it yourself at http://www.asla.org/portland/.

2015 promises to be just as memorable with an enthusiastic Executive Committee and a talented group of volunteers dedicated to raising awareness of our profession. We are committed to the Chapter’s legacy of sharing our collective knowledge, serving as stewards of our environment, and promoting the collaborative spirit of the Oregon’s design community.

This year, we should be mindful in reaching to fellow colleagues in related professions to join us for an exchange of ideas at the annual meeting. Developments are underway for the Livable Cities-themed Design Symposium. With global perspective, we should remain focused on Oregon, exploring conditions and opportunities for sustainable development and mobility, robust and diverse communities and civic engagement, resilient economy, and protecting natural areas while crafting vibrant and viable public open space.

With you in mind, the emerging professionals + Student Liaison committee, education + professional development committee, symposium + awards planning committee, and the fellows + honors nomination committee are also diligently crafting the social and educational calendar for 2015.

On behalf of the Oregon ASLA, thank you for your enthusiasm and support and looking forward to seeing you soon.

Mauricio Villarreal
ASLA OR – President