2018 ASLA Student Honor & Merit Awards

The ASLA student Honor and Merit award program, administered through the ASLA chapters, is a collaborative effort between chapters and landscape architecture programs. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills, and are distributed to outstanding students in programs across the country.

The number of awards are based on the size of the academic program. At the University of Oregon, the faculty nominate two BLA students and two MLA students each year. Our nominees were recognized by the University of Oregon faculty as truly outstanding students for their scholarship, excellence in design, and service to the department. This recognition is worthy of honor and congratulations.

This year, for the first time, the Oregon Chapter of ASLA and the Department of Landscape Architecture convened a jury of ASLA members to hear 20-minute presentations from student nominees. After hearing the presentations, the jury deliberated their decision based on the following criteria:

  • Department citizenship
  • Design rigor
  • Scholarship
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Potential professional impact

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards. UO LA and ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person later this year at ASLA Oregon’s Annual Awards Soiree in Portland on Friday, November 2nd.

Flora Chen, Graduate Honor Award
Lin (Flora) Chen is an MLA Candidate at the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in Taiwan where she pursued an undergraduate degree in horticulture and cultivated a passion towards art, cultural exchange, and landscape architecture. The collaborative integration of ideas, appropriate response to natural and cultural processes, and an active engagement of the gradient between opposites are what she values. She encourages herself to become a humble practitioner, researcher, and teacher, who leads creative practices to elevate the field of landscape architecture in Taiwan and eventually, serve as a bridge between the United States and Asia.

Alexis Griffin, Undergraduate Honor award
Alexis is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a minor in Geography. During Alexis’ tenure at the University of Oregon, she pursued an education that emphasized the systems, forces, and networks at play in our landscapes and around our built environments by seeking a better understanding of what plants composed the surrounding vernacular and what sociocultural systems were at play.

Alexis has experience with the residential scale design and maintenance and spent two years as a gardener for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History honing her understanding of native plants through various seasons and climatic conditions. As a student, Alexis wanted to be involved both with leadership and hands-on opportunities. As the UO ASLA BLA Outreach Coordinator, she facilitated many peer-to-peer skill-shares to better acquaint younger students with more seasoned students to allow the opportunity for interdependence among cohorts. As a Co-Director for CASL (Community for the Advancement of Sustainable Living) Alexis acted as the Landscape facilitator and the big picture coordinator, making sure that the year plan was unfolded, and the landscape maintenance was kept up to par with University standards. Alexis also acted as Treasurer to manage the organization’s finances over the year.

Alexis wants to pursue a master’s degree in Geography –  of the fluvial variety – with a major focus in GIS. She is also inspired to become the head landscape architect of a large campus, or system of vegetation, helping to steward its growth and evolution through climate change under my purview.  

Alexis is passionate, nerdy about very specific things, and driven, by nature. Watercolors, charcoals, and pens can always be found nearby. She reads too much, hikes often, and dreams of building a tiny home surrounded by an edible landscape and miniature animals.

Megan Little, Undergraduate Merit award
Megan just completed her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, while concluding her service as the University of Oregon ASLA Chapter President. During her studies, Megan explored the importance of interdisciplinary design collaboration in an academic setting to further the field of landscape architecture. She firmly believes fostering communication skills and learning to work with different minds is integral to the success of large scale, climate adapted designs. As a student, she served as a HOPES Conference coordinator, which invites professionals and visiting scholars to discuss how the connection between ecology and design disciplines can produce sustainable solutions. Her current interests revolve around propelling operational landscapes beyond their industrial past. Specifically looking at river systems and gravel mining, Megan hopes to find new forms of productivity in post industrial mines, driving the sites narrative past its industrial history. After graduation, Megan will be continue to explore her interests in landscape architecture and large-scale urban river projects as a Designer at MVVA in Cambridge, MA.


Executive Committee – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our Members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2018 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 27th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 27th. The results will be officially announced in August.

New Executive Committee members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office at the end of October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting.

Please take a moment to vote in the upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input on the future of our chapter and to help select the next group of ASLA Oregon leaders.


Candidate for President-Elect
Allison K. Rouse

Allison K. Rouse is a Capital Project Manager at Portland Parks & Recreation, where she has managed the design and construction of two of Portland’s signature outdoor spaces: Director Park and the South Waterfront Greenway Central District. She also managed a number of other strategic interventions within the City: a network of soft surface trails in the Marquam Nature Park, the North Gateway Marker on historic Terwilliger Parkway, and a new entry for Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Previously, she practiced solo as Allison K. Rouse, Landscape Architect, and while her focus was on graceful and responsive residential gardens, she contributed on a variety of commercial, industrial and pro-bono projects. In partnership with BOORA Architects, Allison created an award-winning and widely published temporary installation in support of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, “The Works at TBA:05.” Allison is grateful for the training, perspective, and mentoring she received from her previous employers, Walker Macy and Stangeland Associates. She earned her Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Certified Construction Specifier.

Allison is motivated by elegant, equitable and durable design solutions and excellence in project management. She works collaboratively with her stakeholders, clients and project teams, resulting in comprehensive understanding and validation of each design decision. In addition to the TBA Festival space, she has participated in a variety of public service projects, such as participating on Portland AIA’s Urban Design Committee, advising on design of a new vegetable garden for Laurelhurst Elementary School, and serving on the 2010 ASLA Oregon Design Awards Jury. She has hosted Shadow Mentor students, served on the original committee to organize and roll out the PDH requirement for maintaining licensure, and completed an oral history of senior landscape architects in the Portland area for the 2006 ASLA Oregon Design Symposium on Pacific Northwest Style.

“As the second of five daughters of an artist and an engineer, I am at once curious and efficient, idealistic and practical, unafraid to lead but also a team player. I am deeply rooted in both my original landscape, the coastal plains of eastern Virginia, and the vigorously evergreen, volcanic landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s versatile community of Landscape Architects, with its spectrum of designers, planners, researchers, writers, illustrators and project managers – all dedicated to stewardship and improvement of the landscape – is ideally suited to lead on intersectional issues such as adapting to climate change amid the social equity disparities of our age. As your President-Elect, I will support and promote our landscape architecture community; listen to learn what it most needs from ASLA Oregon; and then bring all of my powers and experience to bear in facilitating elegant, equitable and durable solutions for you.”


Candidate for Secretary
Patrick Sweeney

Patrick is a Senior Planner at Toole Design Group (TDG) and has worked at the intersection of multimodal transportation, land use planning, and urban design since 1992, in both the private and public sectors. Having worked in major cities across the United States, he has extensive experience with integrating transportation facilities within their varied land use contexts. Patrick is an OR licensed Landscape Architect, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council. Patrick specializes in leading and working with diverse project team members on complex urban transportation projects in addition to being able to effectively communicate and facilitate the minutia of project specifics to building consensus on larger project strategies.

Patrick enjoys collaboration, is a team-player, and feels strongly about the leading role Landscape Architects can/should have in connecting and creating great places. His communication skills are a great fit for the role of Secretary of Oregon ASLA, and his experience in working with others will make him an asset to the Oregon ASLA executive committee board.


Candidate for Secretary
Jennifer D’Avanzo

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience as a biologist and landscape designer. She studied environmental and forest biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse New York and later went on to receive a masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver. Drawing upon her experience from these two disciplines, Jennifer is a senior project manager at GreenWorks on a variety of planning and design projects consisting of stormwater management, green infrastructure, natural resource planning, recreation and interpretive design, and environmental restoration and enhancement.  After nine years of working in environmental consulting as a biologist and project manager, she transitioned back to landscape architecture.  GreenWorks is the ideal firm for her skill set because many projects focus on the enhancement and restoration of natural systems while embracing community concerns.  During her time as an environmental consultant, Jennifer became certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist. Jennifer’s experience includes landscape design, wetland delineation and permitting, habitat assessment, biological surveys, visual analysis, regulatory compliance, construction management and monitoring. In her free time, Jennifer can be found in her garden, on a hike or a backpack, practicing yoga, frequenting one of Portland’s amazing restaurants and as of lately taking improv lessons.

“I believe my commitment and organization will be a perfect combination to be the next  secretary of the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee Board. This opportunity would enhance my involvement with the discipline of landscape architecture as well as connecting and collaborating with the Oregon landscape architecture community.”


Candidate for Secretary
April Maly

April Maly is a landscape architect with Walker Macy where she focuses on the design of academic, institutional and corporate landscapes.  A northeast native, she moved to Oregon in 2016 in search of professional and personal growth and adventure.  She is passionate about connecting people to place by featuring ecological processes and the vernacular of site.  April earned her degree in Environmental Planning and Design at Rutgers University in 2011 where she was involved in a number of outreach and extension projects on campus and across New Jersey. Before moving to Oregon, she led diverse project teams in the design and construction of coastal New England landscapes.  She spends her free time volunteering with Friends of Trees, serving on the Rutgers University Landscape Architecture Alumni Committee and curiously exploring the Northwest with her sketchbook.

“I love meeting new people, generating excitement and momentum behind shared goals and excel at cultivating positive team environments. If elected secretary, I will bring to the board communication skills that will support future  ASLA Oregon efforts.”​


Candidate for Secretary
Jake Marshall

Jake is a landscape designer who put roots down in Portland almost two years ago. He is originally from Maryland but has also lived in Philadelphia and Fort Collins, Colorado, where he received his B.L.A. Jake currently works for the Portland Bureau of Transportation as the sole L.A. where he advances the mission of the bureau in creating equitable projects that enhance the safety and quality of life for the city of Portland. He is an avid outdoorsman who normally spends his weekends in the mountains backpacking, skiing or mountain biking.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as your secretary. The ASLA has given me an outlet to develop as an emerging professional while advancing my career. I am a strong advocate for the profession of landscape architecture and believe we need to continue to spread our reach by educating the public on the importance of our work while asserting ourselves in the field. “


Candidate for Education Chair
Laura Zanetto

Laura Zanetto is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture program, working as a restoration designer in ICF’s Portland office. Laura began her career at Hoyt Arboretum, in environmental programming supporting the Arboretum’s mission, then moved back into the field of landscape design at a small design-build firm in Denver, Colorado. In Denver, Laura designed and managed residential and commercial landscape projects, while overseeing construction and implementation. Eventually, Laura’s love of the outdoors drew her into restoration work, where she now primarily works on fish passage, floodplain reconnection, and aquatic and riparian habitat restoration.

Laura is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee, especially in education. Since her role as Program Director at the Arboretum, Laura has loved engaging with the public and has especially enjoyed organizing educational events for all ages. Utilizing these experiences, Laura hopes she will bring valuable perspective to the role of Education Chair. Laura believes that both licensure and continuing education are important cornerstones of our profession, deserving of community attention to keep them attainable and meaningful.


Candidate for Mt. Hood Section Chair
Tenille Thompson

Tenille Thompson is a landscape architect at Koch Landscape Architecture, a design studio founded by Steven Koch, FASLA in 2000 in Portland, Oregon. Tenille moved to the Pacific NW a year ago from Edmonton, Canada to pursue her long-time desire to live, work and play in Portland- a city amid the trees.

She studied landscape architecture at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Guelph where she graduated in 2007. Tenille began practicing landscape architecture in Vancouver, Canada with DMG Landscape Architects (now evolved to PMG Landscape Architects and M2 Landscape Architecture) for several projects ranging from urban design, large-scale commercial and mixed-use projects, parks and open space planning. She also worked with Catherine Berris Associates and participated in the Sea to Sky highway corridor development for the Winter Olympics. Tenille also worked with Stantec in  southern Alberta where she participated in a number of project improvements for the City of Medicine Hat parks and recreation department. She then moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she worked for WSP as a project manager, participating in parks, cemetery design, trails, and urban design.

Tenille’s professional practice integrates well with her commitment to sustainable community orientated work. Through volunteer and internship experiences she has designed, facilitated, and project managed a number of grass roots efforts including a pop-up park, community gardens, school gardens, and affordable/crisis housing initiatives.

“I am interested in becoming the Mount Hood Section Chair to provide opportunities for the community to learn, share ideas, and play together. I’d like to get to know the community, have some fun and work to provide meaningful opportunities to expand our skills.”


Candidates for High Desert Section Co-Chair
Perry Brooks and Chelsea Schneider

Perry Brooks

“Since completing graduate school at the University of Colorado, Denver in Landscape Architecture, I have worked in both the public and private sector for the last 18 years. First stop was with the City of Kent, WA were I was the Park & Open Space Planner for 11 years and worked on a number of active and passive recreation projects. Next stop was with the City of Boulder, CO for 4.5 years as the Park and Recreation Planning Manager where I worked on an array of sustainability projects for  variety of facility and other park assets as well as on active and passive recreation projects. Upon moving to Oregon, I worked for the City of Redmond, OR for 2 years where I developed their first long-range Program and Facility Plan and their Asset Management Plan. In a complete deviation from past work experience, I then worked for a small environmental engineering firm based in Seattle called Natural Systems Design (NSD) for 4 years. While at NSD I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of stream, river and wetland restoration projects while also doing business development in OR. Currently, I came back to the public sector and am currently working for Bend Park & Recreation District.”

Chelsea Schneider

Chelsea is a registered Landscape Architect in Oregon with 17 years’ professional experience in consulting and public practice. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oregon in Planning and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from University of Colorado at Denver. She has practiced landscape architecture in Central Oregon since 2002, and founded her own firm in 2018. She has been chair and co-chair of the High Desert section in the past. Chelsea prefers to spend as much time out of the office as possible, so most likely can be found traveling and photographing landscapes.


ASLA Elevates Mary Anne Cassin to Council of Fellows

The ASLA Council of Fellows has recognized Mary Anne Cassin for her exceptional accomplishments and leadership over a 35 year career. Fellowship is among the highest honor ASLA bestows on members.

Mary Anne was nominated by the Oregon Chapter’s Fellow Nomination Committee in the Leadership/Management category. During her tenure with Portland Parks & Recreation and Metro, Mary Anne frequently worked behind the scenes on projects that serve the greater public good. She helped secure the 2011 National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Metal for Portland. She played a pivotal role in passing multiple capital bond measures and the System Development Charge for the City of Portland, and a five-year serial levy for the Metro Regional Government. She organized conferences, forums and exchange programs to help parks planners from around the nation share knowledge. She was critical in the initiation, master planning, and implementation of the Springwater Corridor.

“Mary Anne Cassin carries on and elevates the tradition of John Olmsted and Emanuel Mische in Portland’s parks. Similarly, she has advanced the stewardship of natural resources throughout our region. Her leadership has been consistent, collaborative, and positive, completing hundreds of park expansion and improvement projects funded through three historic bond measures. The latest bond measure focused on restoration. At Council meetings, I introduced her as our ‘irreplaceable’ manager. That was no exaggeration.” – The Honorable Charlie Hales, Former Portland Mayor and City Commissioner
“Few individuals have had the impact on Portland’s system of public places as Mary Anne Cassin. From the creation of our System Development Charge structure, to leading public funding measures, to the stewardship of our most iconic parks, Mary Anne has exemplified the best in landscape architectural public service, and is seen as a role model for future professionals. Every great city has someone working behind the scenes to facilitate progress. Mary Anne is Portland’s.”– Mike Abbaté, FASLA, Former Director, Portland Parks & Recreation

Mary Anne will be among the 2018 class of 31 Fellows recognized at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, October 19 – 22, in Philadelphia.

Read about all of this year’s Fellows here.


Call for Nominations!

It’s that time of year again! Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and the results will be announced in mid-August. ExCom members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office in late October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philadelphia.

It’s time to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate, a mentor – anyone you think would be an excellent advocate for landscape architecture and would push Oregon ASLA to the next level. We’re looking for individuals to lead and inspire our members and help bring our community of professionals together.

ASLA Full and Associate members can nominate individuals for the following open positions on our Executive Committee:

  • President-Elect: First year of a three-year commitment on the Executive Committee. One of the primary purposes of the office of president-elect is to provide the opportunity to become familiar with current chapter programs, budget and operations. The term of the president-elect is also used for planning and transition. Becomes President in the second year and Immediate Past President in the third year. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Vice President of Chapter Services: Two-year term. The primary purpose of this office is to lead chapter events, including the annual design symposium. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Secretary: Two-year term. The secretary has the primary duty of recording minutes of business meetings of the chapter, administering election results, and maintaining the chapter constitution and bylaws. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Education Chair: Two-year term. The Education Chair is responsible for managing the Chapter-sponsored continuing education program through LA CES, organizing LARE preparation seminars, and preparing other professional development activities. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Mt. Hood Section Chair: Two-year term. The Mt. Hood Section Chair represents our membership in the Portland region and northwest Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • High Desert Section Chair: Two-year term. The High Desert Section Chair represents our membership in central and northeast Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Crater Lake Section Chair: Two-year term. The Crater Lake Section Chair represents our membership in southern Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

Interested in running for office but want to learn more about the job? Please contact Mary Stewart at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

Don’t delay! Nominations open on May 01, 2018 and close at midnight on May 31, 2018. Click here to nominate!

 


2018 Oregon ASLA Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People

 

Landscape architects work at the nexus of health and the built environment. We have the power to design spaces that promote health and well-being. With a growing body of research underscoring the link between place and health, we’re excited to announce the theme of the 2018 Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People.

Please join us on Saturday, April 7 in downtown Portland to hear individuals from academia, non-profit, philanthropy, and the private sector speak about current efforts and accomplishments at the intersection of place and health through the lens of their political, economic, and social expertise. We will gather for a day of learning and collaboration in an event that brings together over 125 landscape architecture professionals. ANOVA is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Lynn M. Ross, AICP, founder and principal of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC, will present this year’s Keynote AddressReimagining the Civic Commons. Her talk will explore power of public places in advancing the goals of socioeconomic mixing, civic engagement, environmental sustainability and value creation. Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative funded by the Knight Foundation that seeks to counter economic and social fragmentation in our cities by revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries to bring together people from different backgrounds. Our Keynote Sponsor is Northwest Recreation.

Our education sessions will conclude when all our speakers are invited back to the stage for a panel discussion moderated by Ed Jahn, OPB’s Executive Editor for Science and Environment and Executive Producer of Oregon Field Guide. Our speakers will discuss how the notion of landscape health influences practice today and how it may alter the way future landscape architects practice. The discussion will cover social angles, identify successful design applications, and inspire a call to action.

And not to be missed… our Exhibitor’s Showcase will feature the latest in products and services from ANOVA, Northwest Receation, Forms + Surfaces, RMC/Gametime, Victor Stanley, Northwest Playground, Cascade Recreation, Ironsmith, All Play, JP Stone, Landscape Forms, Columbia Cascade, Mutual Materials, and more!

We’ll wrap up the day with ASLA Oregon After Hours, our happy hour in the Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room. This year we will be joined by special guest, Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, Immediate Past President of ASLANW Playground is this year’s Happy Hour Sponsor.

Those who attend the full day symposium will be eligible for up to 6 professional development hours. Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and happy hour drink ticket provided. The cost is $200 for members, $250 for non-members and $30 for students.

 

Join us! Click here to register and learn more.

 

2018 Annual Design Symposium
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland
$200 members | $250 non-members | $30 students
Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and happy hour drink ticket provided
6 HSW PDH credits available

Sponsorships still available!
Our Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please consider becoming one today! Sponsorship levels start as low as $500. Contact Jamie Hendrickson at vpchapterservices@aslaoregon.org to learn more.


Meet the 2018 Executive Committee

As many of you know, the Annual Meeting marks the point in the year where elected candidates begin their term on the Executive Committee (ExCom). I think that ASLA Oregon is exceptionally lucky this year to be welcoming the following folks into their new positions on the ExCom.

Please join me in welcoming people in their new positions this year and learning a little bit more about the Chapter work that they are doing.

Thanks,

Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
President

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Andreas Stavropoulos (President) – Andreas led the membership survey effort last year and with your feedback, he will be working to integrate as many ideas as possible into the Design Symposium (April 7th, mark your calendars!) and Design Awards. He’s expecting a first child late February, who may or may not make an appearance at the Design Symposium in a bid to be the youngest-ever attendee.

Mary Stewart (President-elect) – Mary brings her enthusiasm, experience, and Amsterdam bicycle to the ExCom. Mary attended the Chapter Presidents Council in LA and learned from other chapter leaders how they approach common problems. Mary will lead an effort to build our volunteer database to help with programs and member opportunities and will help to recruit candidates for next year’s election. Interested in joining the ExCom? Get in touch with her!

Jean Senechal Biggs (Trustee) – Jean continues to grace us with her calm presence, powerful sense of organization and deep knowledge of local and national issues. In her now role as Trustee, Jean will step up state advocacy efforts in 2018 and will represent Oregon ASLA at the bi-annual Board of Trustees meeting.

Laurie Mooney (Treasurer) – Laurie crafted this year’s budget with aplomb and a sense of tempered optimism. Oregon ASLA is projected to remain in the black thanks to her budget, the board’s hard work, support from our sponsors, and your participation!

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan (Communications Chair) – Newswires like this one are a result of Andrew’s ongoing efforts to keep our members informed. Andrew is helping to implement internal standards that will help the ExCom communicate internally with greater efficiency. Look out for a refresh/update of the Newswire in 2018.

Shannon Simms (VP Member Services) – Without missing a beat, Shannon has led the Fellows Committee which considers and nominates a candidate from Oregon ASLA for elevation as a Fellow. You’ll may be hearing from Shannon to assist you renewing your membership sometime in the coming year.

Elizabeth (Liz) Auvil (Student Liason) – Liz wasted no time in diving into organizing this years Shadow Mentor Day, which will happen in Portland, Seattle, and Bend. (Friday, Feb 2nd). Thanks Liz!

Casey Howard (Emerging Professionals Chair) – Casey is excited to keep building on the success of project like Sketch PDX that engage younger Oregon ASLA members. And, did you notice the beautiful Design Awards program? Thank Casey!

Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard (Willamette Valley Co-Chairs) – Kate and Rebecca have done a great job of planning events and increasing CEU opportunities for Oregon ASLA members in the Willamette Valley. They already planned out a robust calendar for 2018! Keep your eye out on the Newswire for information about Section events.

Stephanie Kennedy (Newly Hired Association Manager) – Stephanie has proven in short order streamline operations, save money, and spend more time working on Chapter events.

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Of course, we are incredibly grateful for the work of ExCom members who are continuing their terms from last year: Jaime Hendrickson (VP of Chapter Services), Marianne Zarkin & Andrea Kuns (Mt. Hood Section Co-Chairs), Brian Stuhr (Secretary), Laura Turnbull (Education Chair), Kat Langenderfer & Chelsea Schneider (High Desert Co-chairs).

BIG THANKS to outgoing ExCom: Patty Hines, Gill Williams, Brian Bainnson, Paula Baretto, and Laurie Matthews. We miss you and are so grateful for the energy and experience you shared with us. Come back and visit soon!

As a reminder, all ASLA members are always welcome to attend monthly ExCom meetings in person (2nd Monday each Month, DKS Associates, Portland) or online. Your input and attendance is always welcome!


Lewis & Clark Greenway Design Charrette

    MEMBERS-ONLY SPECIAL EVENT – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

Join our design team!

Oregon ASLA and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS RTCA) are partnering to create a conceptual plan for the Lewis & Clark Greenway Trail, a 46-mile regional trail that is envisioned to connect Ridgefield to Washougal along the northern bank of the Columbia River.

Oregon ASLA invites members to participate in a full-day charrette November 18, 2017 in Vancouver. We are assembling a team of up to 16 professionals and 8 students. Our work will include working with key stakeholders and elected officials to develop conceptual designs and alignment alternatives for the future trail.

The charrette provides a rare opportunity for the landscape architecture communities from Oregon and Washington to gather, learn from each other, and lend our expertise and abilities to the beginnings of this regionally significant trail in Clark County.

Are you an experienced trail designer? An expert meeting facilitator? Great with graphics?

We are seeking participants with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Participation in the charrette will be based on a competitive selection process. Students, emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Oregon or Washington ASLA members in good standing.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.

To learn more about the trail, view this presentation from Clark County about their vision for the Lewis and Clark Trail: Click here

Application Process

To apply, complete our application form and attach a cover letter and current resume.

Click here to download an application form.

Professional Member Applications Due: Friday, September 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Student Member Applications Due: Monday, October 9 at 5:00 pm
Applicants Notified: Week of October 16th

Questions? Interested in Applying?

Please contact Robin Wilcox, Robin.Wilcox@place.la


2017 Design Awards

The Executive Committee is working on the 2017 Call for Entries materials at this time. Please check back on this web page on August 28 for updated information. The following timeline reflects the most up-to-date information we can share at this time:
 
August 28: Call for Entries period opens. Information about awards categories, criteria, submittal requirements, eligibility, payment, etc. will be available on this webpage. 
 
Sept. 25: Call for Entries period closes at 4:00 PM.
 
Oct. 2 and 3: Jury deliberates
 
Oct. 5: Ticket sales open for the 2017 Design Awards Soiree. Oregon ASLA’s 2017 Event Sponsor is Columbia Cascade/Timberform. 
 
Nov. 3: Design Award Event at the Elysian Ballroom in Downtown Portland, 5:30 – 9:30 PM. Please save the date.

Lewis & Clark Greenway Charrette

Clark County, The Intertwine Alliance, and the Cities of Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, and Washougal have partnered together to develop a 46 mile regional trail that is envisioned to connect Ridgefield to Washougal along the northern bank of the Columbia River.  Clark County was awarded a National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation technical assistance grant to help convene and coordinate partners and collectively plan the proposed trail.  Through a national cooperative agreement with NPS, ORASLA is helping to host a design charrette on Saturday November 18th.  The design workshop will be an intensive all-day event that will pair landscape architects with stakeholders and community members to collaboratively plan the trail’s proposed location and provide guidance for sites best suited for trailheads, connections to other trails, and pocket parks along the greenway.

 

The charrette will take place in Vancouver, WA on Saturday November 18th.  A call for interested ASLA landscape architects from both the Oregon and Washington chapters will be coming in the August newsletter.

 

For more information contact Robin Wilcox robin.wilcox@place.la


Executive Committee – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2017 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 28th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 28th. The results will be officially announced in August.

New Executive Committee members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office at the end of October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Los Angeles.

Please take a moment to vote in our upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input of the future of our chapter and select our next group of leaders to inspire our members and bring our group of professionals together.

Candidate for President Elect
Mary Stewart

Mary is a landscape architect and urban designer who focuses her placemaking skills within the right-of-way. She has fifteen years experience creating equitable and gracious connections that enhance livability for people of all ages and abilities. Mary designs active transportation projects that combine design creativity and deep knowledge of sustainable practices to achieve holistic solutions. She is an experienced project manager, skilled at managing interdisciplinary teams to produce innovative work.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as president-elect. I think there is a need to strengthen the field of Landscape Architecture in Oregon and Nationally and I want to learn more about how I can best support all of you.”

Candidate for Trustee
Jean Senechal Biggs

Landscape architecture is a dynamic field that benefits from engaged, informed and connected professionals. ASLA is the organization that brings us all together and I am honored to be a candidate for Trustee of the Oregon Chapter. The ASLA Board of Trustees, with representatives from each of the 49 professional chapters, establishes policies, strategic objectives and priorities for the Society. Through our Trustee, ASLA Oregon builds upon the national network of ASLA to advocate for and advance the profession.

Threats to licensure, the looming crisis of climate change, disruptive changes to cities from autonomous vehicles, and the need to diversify the profession are challenges that call for attention. As Trustee, I will participate in conversations at a national level about these challenges, while supporting efforts at a chapter level to engage our members to address them. I will continue to reflect on how we can increase the visibility of landscape architecture in the community, how we can grow as an organization, and how we can bring our members together. I look forward to exchanging ideas, taking action, and making everyone’s experience with ASLA meaningful.

About Jean
Jean is a Senior Project Manager at DKS Associates, a transportation planning and engineering firm in Portland. She has made transportation the focus of her career and frequently finds herself bridging the gap between planning and engineering. Before joining DKS in 2017, Jean spent 20 years at the Portland Bureau of Transportation planning, designing and building innovative transit and transportation projects. She is passionate about building livable communities and the transformative power of walking, biking and transit. A Boston native, Jean earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and is a huge fan of Shadow Mentor Day.

Candidate for VP of Member Services
Shannon Simms

Shannon Simms is a landscape architect at Mayer/Reed, where she focuses on park and transportation projects. Shannon’s work is inspired by travels in both wilderness and urban areas. As an avid cyclist and hiker, she tends to think about landscape architecture in terms of movement. Shannon completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010. She has been living and adventuring in Portland since 2013.

“I look forward to this opportunity to support our ASLA chapter as VP of Member Services and collaborate with my peers on the Executive Committee.”

Candidate for Communications Chair
Andrew Jepson-Sullivan

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan is a landscape designer who has lived in Oregon for most of his life. He currently works in Portland at Mackenzie where his projects range from industrial and campus design, to parks and multi-use projects. Andrew has particular interests in landscape representation and digital graphics.

In 2016, Andrew received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. During graduate school, he found a passion for design competitions and was the recipient of several awards including a Merit Award from the Oregon ASLA Chapter and an Honorable Mention in the ULI Hines Urban Design Competition, among others. He also holds Bachelors degrees in urban planning and anthropology.

Andrew is looking forward to the opportunity to become more involved with Oregon ASLA as the Communications Chair. He hopes to be an asset to the Executive Board and members through his past experience both building and managing websites.

Candidate for Emerging Professionals Chair
Patty Hines

Patty earned her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has worked professionally for a multi-disciplinary design firm in Seattle as a landscape designer, and for a city in long-range master planning. She owns Outside Design and focuses on residential landscape design projects in the Portland area. Nominated to the ASLA Executive Committee in November of 2015, she serves as the Emerging Professionals Chair where she started sketchPDX as a way to foster the practice of hand drawing as a critical skill in the ability to design, communicate and investigate ideas.

A self-described ‘design junkie’, Patty keeps up to date with the latest design trends in architecture, product design, graphics, interior design and landscape architecture. “As new landscape architects begin their careers, meeting people, making connections and getting involved with landscape architecture and related communities is vital. As the Emerging Professionals Chair, I will continue to focus on fostering a sense of community so that we can connect socially and professionally as we learn from each other and keep current with the latest ideas in this dynamic field. Together we can help each other build strong and lasting connections an have a little fun in the process.”

Candidate for Student Liason
Elizabeth Auvil

Elizabeth is a landscape designer at Alta Planning + Design, a Portland-based firm with expertise in active transportation planning, design, and implementation. A native of East Portland, Elizabeth developed a passion for understanding the urban fabric and landscape of her hometown. She went to study architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. While in Eugene, she spent time volunteering at community gardens and became invested in understanding and resolving the issue of access to healthful food. Elizabeth has volunteered at Zenger Farms in outer Southeast Portland and her hope to eliminate food deserts in East Portland continues today.

Elizabeth gained experience working for the state of Oregon with the Parks & Recreation Department developing a master plan for the state parks in the Columbia Gorge.  In this role, Elizabeth’s belief that all human beings deserve access to thriving public spaces solidified. This belief also led her to her current role at Alta Planning + Design. She is a designer and project manager on projects that enhance the public realm. Her design experience includes wayfinding signage systems, trails, complete streets, parks and open spaces, and bike share systems. 

Elizabeth is a proponent for projects actively addressing equity and is the co-founder of the Public Engagement service area at Alta. Elizabeth believes good design should be accessible to all human beings regardless of age, cultural heritage or income level. 

Elizabeth’s intention in running for Student Liason is to improve the connections between professionals and current students of landscape architecture, and to develop new connections in the form of mentorship between professionals and youth in Oregon. If elected as Student Liason, Elizabeth will develop a youth outreach program that will foster awareness of landscape architecture for the future.

Candidates for Section Chairs:
Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard

Before pursuing her graduate education, Kate Tromp van Holst lived at the base of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon, where she was raised. Though her undergraduate studies focused on Art, Sociology, and English, all of her projects and interests came back around to the landscape, from painting and poetry to innovative agricultural practices. Kate recently discovered her professional calling, Landscape Architecture, and earned her Master’s of Landscape Architecture from The University of Oregon in 2016.She is also fairly new to Eugene, and the ASLA, but she’s jumped headfirst into all three, and is ready to serve the community as co-chair of the Willamette Valley Section. Kate is currently working at Schirmer Satre Group as a landscape designer while pursuing her Landscape Architecture license. 

Rebecca Shepard grew up in beautiful British Columbia in a house nestled between the mountains and the ocean.  She and her husband moved to Eugene so she could return to school and be close to family while they raised their daughter. Rebecca attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in landscape architecture. Many of Rebecca’s projects focused on the health of urban watersheds. Rebecca is a landscape designer at Dougherty Landscape Architects (DLA). Previously she worked for the City of Eugene on their Stormwater Green Infrastructure Management (SWiM) Team.

Rebecca is the current chair for the Willamette Valley Section. Since the summer of 2016, she has successfully organized events for PDH credits for landscape architects and created networking opportunities between professionals and students. She is running together with Kate Tromp Van Holst. The two have practice working well together, both from being in the same graduate cohort at the University of Oregon and from studying together for the L.A.R.E. examinations.