Shadow Mentor Day 2019 Inspires and Informs

Above: In Portland, staff from Mayer/Reed took students to the Oregon Convention Center to see construction of the new plaza.

On Friday, February 1st, ASLA Oregon and the University of Oregon saw the greatest number of students and mentors take part in Shadow Mentor Day. 77 students visited 33 firms in Eugene, Portland and Seattle. Professionals volunteered to have one or more UO landscape architecture students visit their office and observe the daily workings of a career in landscape architecture.

Shadow Mentor Day is an event led by the UO ASLA Student Chapter for UO students in their final years of the BLA or MLA program at UO to preview the work environment and career opportunities they will navigate as emerging professionals after graduation. This year, mentors listened to students about their career interests, reviewed portfolios, and welcomed them into project meetings. Some mentors provided tours of their projects whether it be construction observation in a nearby community, built work in the heart of an urban environment, or vast landscapes in the Pacific Northwest designed for exploration and recreation.

Mentors and students rounded out the day mingling at happy hours in downtown Portland and Eugene. Special thanks to Victor Stanley for their generous sponsorship of the Eugene happy hour at the Oregon Electric Station.

Thank you to all our 2019 mentors!

If you are interested in participating in Shadow Mentor Day in the future or would like to share feedback on your Shadow Mentor Day experience this year, please contact Liz Auvil at

ASLA Oregon will be following up with a survey to those who participated this year.

In Eugene, students and professionals wrapped up the day with a happy hour at the Oregon Electric Station, with both students and professionals sharing highlights of their experience.

Students Aaron Woolverton and Sophia Lui discuss an ecodistrict project in Japan with Ah Ram Yang of ZGF Architects.