Building Bend’s First Nature Reserve: Process, Policies and Design

March 10th was a beautiful day in Bend and the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve event was well attended.

Attendees enjoyed a slide show presentation and were encouraged to ask questions throughout. The group discussed the master plan process, site management decisions, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the permitting process, and designing for safety and accessibility. Following lunch, the group toured the site and discussed the trail system, vegetation management, wildlife uses of the site, and the overlook design process.
For more information about the project, contact Jim Figurski or Steve Roelof

Downtown Eugene – Request for Proposals

The City of Eugene is offering a new opportunity for those interested in joining the redevelopment momentum that continues in downtown Eugene and expands to the riverfront area. The City has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of two city-owned properties, located at 8th & Mill and Broadway & Hilyard. Copies of both RFPs are attached to this e-mail, and can be found here:

8th & Mill (440 E. 8th Ave.)
The 8th & Mill Site is a 0.26-acre property that is currently a parking lot is located across from the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse to the north and Whole Foods to the west. The site is zoned C-2 (Community Commercial) and is in the Nodal Development Overlay Zone, which calls for higher density, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development.

Broadway & Mill (703 E. Broadway)
The Broadway & Hilyard Site is made up of two parcels totaling 0.27 acres, immediately adjacent to the 66 Motel to the north and east on Broadway and across from Café Yumm to the south. The site is zoned C-2 (Community Commercial) is currently vacant and undeveloped.

Proposals must be submitted by 5pm Monday, May 1, 2017.
For more information, please contact Amanda D’Souza at 541-682-5540 or

2017 Design Symposium – Resilient Landscapes

By Jean Senechal Biggs

With increasing frequency and urgency, communities both small and large are being called upon to adapt to a changing world. 2017 brings new environmental challenges, economic uncertainty, a changing political landscape, and fast-evolving technology. The extent to which we can employ our skills to design, implement, and monitor resilient landscapes will have long-term consequences for humanity and the planet.

ASLA Oregon’s 2017 Design Symposium, Strength & Beauty: Resilient Landscapes, will explore how landscape architecture can address the impacts of a changing environment. Designers and academic researchers will gather for a day of learning and collaboration in an event that brings together over 125 landscape architecture professionals. VICTOR STANLEY is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Gina Ford, ASLA, with Sasaki Associates will present this year’s Keynote Address, The 21st Century River City: Case Studies in Designing for Resilience. Her talk will explore case studies of how river cities across the United States are integrating ideas of environmental, cultural and economic resiliency through design.

Our Exhibitor’s Showcase will feature the latest in products and services from Victor Stanley, Maglin, Kompan, Rainbird, Ironsmith, Northwest Playground, Mutual Materials, Northwest Recreation, Cascadian Nurseries, Columbia Cascade, Forms + Surfaces, and Landscape Forms.

We’ll wrap up the day with ASLA Oregon After Hours, our happy hour in the Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room. See old friends and make new ones as we continue to conversation. Maglin is this year’s Happy Hour Sponsor.

Join us – Register today, click here!
April 15, 2017
The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland
$175 members | $225 non-members | $30 students
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 level start as low as $175. Contact Jamie Hendrickson at to learn more.

Professional Development in 2017

Professional development is a process of lifelong learning to gain new skills, expand knowledge, and support career advancement. Classes and workshops, webinars and lectures, tours and field work, teaching and mentoring, volunteering and networking are many of the ways members can engage in professional development.

Continuing education, measured as Professional Development Hours (PDH), are required to maintain licensure.  Meeting these requirements is often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities.  Staying current on new technologies, trends, and products is critical to the practice of landscape architecture.

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education available to our members and, as of February 2016, is a certified provider through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).   LACES was developed collaboratively by ASLA, Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB), Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), and Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).   The purpose of LACES is to insure the quality and relevance of content in continuing education events.  LACES Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits are transferable and recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.   In addition, ASLA member attendance of LACES events is recorded by the LACES PDH provider and ASLA.  Attendance can be incorporated into CLARB records, if the CLARB number is included on the Certificate of Attendance.

Due to LACES approval and record-keeping requirements, the Chapter no longer certifies events planned by others.  Many such events contain relevant educational information and are considered ‘self-reporting’.   ‘Self-reporting’ simply means record keeping of event information and educational content, for reporting to OSLAB, is the responsibility of the practitioner.   We continue to promote these events on our website and through the monthly Newswire.

Looking for ways to expand your professional development and continuing education activities? Read more in our listings below.

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

Check the OR ASLA Events listings for opportunities throughout the state offering a range of continuing education activities. Programs and events offered by other organizations may qualify for PDH credits.

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit. Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

ASLA Oregon always welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs. And every summer, our annual Call for Nominations seeks out members who are interested serving on the chapter’s Executive Committee. Contact us to learn more and sign up.

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO typically offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles from October 20-23. The conference theme and education sessions will be announced later this year.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects.  For members who travel frequently, LACES programs are offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.

Call for Applications extended until Februrary 28th – Portland Japanese Gardens


The Portland Japanese Garden’s new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture is a new educational initiative at the garden, launching in 2017. The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance.

The three-tier Waza to Kokoro training program is the Institute’s main program, but the Institute also hosts short master-level workshops, public lectures by prominent writers and lecturers, and other programs that integrate gardening skills with cultural knowledge. Our goal is to provide a place in North America to learn the skills and techniques (waza)  for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens while acquainting students with the cultural heart and soul (kokoro) of Japanese garden arts.

The Institute is currently accepting applications for “Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden,” August 25 – September 5, 2017, the first official seminar to be hosted in the new Kengo Kuma-designed Cultural Village at the PJG.  The focus will be on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea—an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.

The 2017 seminar will be offered to 16 experienced students led by Portland Japanese Garden staff and visiting garden artisans from Japan. Marc P. Keane, renowned author and designer, will give the opening lecture, and three visiting Japanese garden artisans will lead the instruction along with Portland Japanese Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama. Early bird registration is available to help keep costs to a minimum. The course is open to professional gardeners from Japanese gardens, landscape design and construction professionals, and students of landscape-related disciplines. The event is 80 hours of instruction with PDH potential for ASLA members.

More information:

Or by contacting Institute director Kristin Faurest at


Children, Nature and Schools Symposium: Finding New Ways to Help our Students Thrive

When:  Monday, March 13, 9 am-6pm and Tuesday, March 14, Green School Tour, 9 am-1 pm

Where: Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Banquet Center (downstairs from the Cascade Grill inside the main entrance

Who should attend: School administrators and facilities staff, teachers, PTA members, community school advocates, environmental education professionals, nature play and recess advocates, landscape architects, child health care professionals and the general public

Cost:  $50 general attendees
$40 individuals who are staff of Intertwine Partners and school administrators and staff
$30 Green School tour on Tuesday (lunch included)

Join us for a full day of educational and strategic sessions where we will think more deeply about how to best leverage our school grounds to develop students who are physically active, achieve more academically and become more engaged future stewards of our environment.

Our keynote presenter will be Cam Collyer who is the Executive Director of Programs at Evergreen, a Canadian organization whose mission is “Inspiring action to green
cities”. He oversees Evergreen’s national suite of programs that focus on the design, stewardship and animation of public lands which includes the award winning national school ground greening program – Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds.
A full agenda will be available shortly. RSVP here to reserve a spot!

Symposium includes lunch and networking wine and beer reception. CEU’s are available for teachers in attendance.

For more details, click here

Membership Matters in 2017

New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues.

Free with membership:

ASLA membership designation on business cards, resume, work profile, etc.

Landscape Architecture Magazine subscription (digital or print)

Professional Practice Networks (a choice of 1 from 18 networks)

Firm Finder listing for your firm

LAND, the biweekly national ASLA e-newsletter

Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)

JobLink résumé posting

Access to ExCom monthly meetings held in downtown Portland

Discounts on the following with membership:

National ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO registration fees

National ASLA Professional Awards entry fee

Oregon ASLA Design Symposium registration fees

Oregon ASLA Design Awards registration fees

JobLink job postings

LARE preparation courses

Online learning continuing education

Beginning in 2017 ASLA is changing the structure of membership dues for emerging professionals, and Oregon ASLA is raising chapter dues for full and affiliate members by $5 from $80 to $85 per year. Associate member dues will not change and will remain at $45 per year. Click here for details

For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit:

Awareness and Advocacy

Two notable (and likely unknown) benefits of membership are Oregon ASLA’s efforts to raise awareness of the profession and legislative advocacy on issues that matter most to the profession. In March 2016, Oregon ASLA’s President Laurie Matthews and other Oregon LA’s met with staff members from the offices of Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to discuss key issues and federal funding bills on the horizon. The group also apprised the lawmakers of design and planning projects of importance to the State and region, such as the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

Substantial and Diverse Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

Oregon ASLA strives to provide a wide range of opportunities for networking , professional development and continuing education. Oregon ASLA members should consider participating with the following committees, groups, and events in 2017:

Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include free sketching meet-up groups, plant nursery tours, design charrettes for local non-profits, and interdisciplinary trivia nights.

Education Committee: This committee exists to determine criteria and review professional development activities for licensed professionals in Oregon, as well as help connect members interested in creating LARE study groups as well as events with PDH credits.

Design Symposium + Design Awards Planning Committee: The two biggest events each year require the helping hands of our dedicated members to carry it off! Members who volunteer often can receive discounted event rates. Attendance at the Design Symposium can count towards Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Fellows + Honors Nomination Committee: The Committee is always looking for current Fellows interested in helping to identify, evaluate and nominate exceptional landscape architects from our community to the national circle of ASLA Fellows.

Executive Committee: There are 16 voting positions and two non-voting positions on the ASLA Executive Committee with appointments ranging from 2 to 3 years. The sitting Executive Committee puts out a call for nominations in the summer. Those interested in serving should contact the Executive Committee for consideration.

Shadow Mentor Day: Each year, students enrolled in University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture programs take advantage of an opportunity to visit landscape architecture offices across the region. The event is coordinated with the student chapter of ASLA and can include a social hour event.

Urban Design Panel: Portland’s Oregon ASLA members are invited to be part of a team of local professionals to assist the City in maintaining high standards of urban design, and to review projects and policies related to our built environment. The Urban Design Panel is open to members of three professional organizations (AIA, ASLA and APA) and provides a combined, focused voice for the goals and needs that are relevant to our community and our members. 

For more information and a calendar of opportunities for 2017, visit:

Lastly, all new and renewing Oregon ASLA members are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive chapter communication. Send your updated information to: 

See you around in 2017!

Shadow Mentor Day!

The University of Oregon ASLA Student Chapter is pleased to host the twenty-fourth annual Shadow Mentor Day on Friday, February 3, 2017.
 For one day, students experience the working world of landscape architecture by spending a day  at a firm with landscape architecture professionals. Students tend to take part in reviewing projects, design charrettes, career mentoring, site visits, sitting in on meetings, and getting feedback on design portfolios and resumes. This fun, learning experience for students and practicing landscape architects alike is an event is made possible every year by the incredible support of Oregon ASLA, The UO Department of Landscape Architecture and the professionals who are very generous with their time and energy.
This looks to be another record-breaking year for participation, with 33 firms offering to host approximately 75 students!
We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Seattle!

2017-2018 Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship Opportunity

The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.

This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the history of pedagogic innovation at the GSD as well as the century of leadership in landscape education within the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 10, 2017

For details and more information, please visit Kiley Teaching Fellowship or send an email to: