Oregon ASLA recognizes that emerging professionals are the future of the profession and future leaders within ASLA. Our Emerging Professionals Committee leads our efforts to bring programming to attract and involve our newest members and engage the interest of long-time professionals.
Frequent, engaging events encourage participants to foster relationships within the community of design-related fields, and the ASLA organization as a whole. These positive experiences will help increase involvement in other aspects of ASLA, where emerging professionals can volunteer their time and energy, and remain engaged in ASLA throughout their careers. Get involved!
Events of this type could have educational value, provide networking/social opportunities, and/or provide community service. Kinds of events might include a design charrette for a local non-profit, coordination with the John Yeon Center for a visit to The Shire, tours of current projects of note, or sketching the historic Halprin Sequence.
Networking + Social Events + Educational Opportunities:
Emerging professionals builds new friendships and makes professional contacts by engaging in a collaborative activity such as our interdisciplinary Trivia Group Event in partnership with emerging professionals groups from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and (WTS Portland, a professional organization focused on advancing women in transportation.
The new urban sketching groups, SketchPDX, is a monthly meeting of Emerging Professionals and drawing enthusiasts created to have fun and learn from each other in a collaborative environment.
SketchPDX: Eugene Road trip, our most recent event, attracted a mix of emerging professionals, landscape architects, students (both landscape architecture and architecture), and one (fine) Fellow (ASLA). Together we enjoyed an inspiring afternoon of sketching, watercoloring and learning new drawing techniques. Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, showed us a new way of interpreting place by applying a concept based on the definition of autochthonous – look it up, you’ll get it.
Here’s how you can participate:
You don’t have to be an emerging professional of participate in any of our EP events. They are open to all our members and to those thinking about joining ASLA. Special guests with special skills will be invited to join us off and on throughout the year to share, teach and pass on new ways of drawing. Watch for future sketchPDX events on the Oregon ASLA website, Newswire and your email.
Have an idea for an event or a skill to share? Contact EP Chair Patty Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org.