One-day Fee Proposal Workshop for Design Professionals

On the 19th February, two internationally renowned fee proposal experts will be delivering the One-day Fee Proposal Workshop in Oregon.

Attendees will learn how to write proposals that; increase fee levels, raise conversion rates and avoid scope creep.

  • 85% of attendees say it’s the most useful ConEd course they’ve attended
  • 99% of attendees say they would recommend the Workshop to other design professionals
  • Maximum of 16 attendees per venue

ASLA members our eligible for a 10% discount. Please use promotional code: ASLA

F8 AIA Learning Units, 0.8 IDCEC ConEd Units

Learn more: http://blueturtlemc.com/USA-workshops

Please contact Emily with any questions you may have: Emily@blueturtlemc.com or 855-661-4270

 


LOOP PDX: A Juried Competition

Make an impact on the future of the city by bringing to life Portland’s proposed Green Loop, a six-mile pedestrian/bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides.
Finalists will present during Design Week Portland in April and the winning proposal will receive up to $20,000 for further development.
Proposals are due February 29, but you must register by January 22.

Shifting Sands: Sedimentary Cycles for Jamaica Bay

01.11.16 @5:30pm | Fuller Lecture: Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA

Shifting Sands is a framework for enhancing coastal resiliency at Jamaica Bay, New York, a location highly impacted by the 2012 landfall of Hurricane Sandy. The proposal includes novel design strategies for marsh island restoration and enhanced sediment delivery, merging ecosystem restoration with coastal storm risk management strategies for the Rockaway Peninsula and the back-bay communities. Assessing social, environmental, and infrastructural vulnerabilities, the plan embraces the vast scale and fetch dimension of Jamaica Bay and explores the role of natural and nature-based features within the urban context of this estuarine embayment. 

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA     

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Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor at the City College of New York and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio. Her research focuses on design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments and explores novel landscape restoration practices given the dynamics of climate change. Seavitt co-authored the book On the Water: Palisade Bay, a climate adaptation proposal for New York’s Upper Harbor; this study was the foundation of the 2010 exhibition “Rising Currents” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Seavitt is currently leading research at Jamaica Bay as part of Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR), a project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Lecture has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare PDH for Oregon Registered Landscape Architects.

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Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City

01.20.16  |  21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture: Sonja Dümpelmann, Dr.-Ing (1.0 PDH)

University of Oregon, Lawrence Hall
Room 177 @6:00pm

While trees may appear to many as quaint living objects in the urban streetscape, some of the biggest urban conflicts have revolved around them. They have stood at the very core of events that have shaped and characterized the evolution of the modern city. Focusing on New York City, the lecture will reveal street trees’ literal and figurative entanglement not only in the built urban structure, but also in urban social, cultural, and political life as a whole.

Sonja Dümpelmann is a landscape historian and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her publications includeFlights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design (University of Virginia Press, 2014), A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013), Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century (with Dorothee Brantz; University of Virginia Press, 2011), and a book on the Italian landscape architect Maria Teresa Parpagliolo and landscape architecture in twentieth-century Italy (VDG Weimar, 2004). She is currently writing a book on the history of street tree planting and urban forestry.

Lecture has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare PDH for Oregon Registered Landscape Architects.


December Newswire

Membership Matters!

Author: Rachel Edmonds, Vice President of Member Services

New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues. Given that memberships tend to not be utilized to their fullest extent, it is imperative to annually reacquaint prospective and renewing members of Oregon ASLA about some of the benefits of membership and the opportunities that await them:

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

For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit: https://www.asla.org/Membership.aspx

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 2015, 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 2016:

Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include 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.

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 2016, visit: http://aslaoregon.org/events

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: info@aslaoregon.org

See you around in 2016!

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RECENT CHAPTER EVENTS
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UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS
1.11|ASLA | AIA Fuller | Lecture: Catherine Seavitt Nordensonv (1.0 PDH)
1.16 | Sketchpdx: Drink + Draw kick-off event
1.20 | 21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture: Sonja Dümpelmann, Dr.-Ing (1.0 PDH)
1.29 | UO Shadow Mentor Day


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COMMUNITY EVENTS
2.11-13 | New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
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JOB POSTINGS

 

Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect/Planner – Cameron McCarthy

Landscape Designer – ESA VA

LANDBYTES

LANDbytes is a quarterly article showcasing stories, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more relevant to our design community. Check out our latest story:

Advocacy 101 – by Rebecca Wahlstrom

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES & UPDATES
Meet the New Executive Committee
KEEPING YOURSELF CURRENT

Please help us keep our mailing list current. Send updates or corrections of your contact information to info@aslaoregon.org.

CONTACT US
Executive Committee and other contact information on our About page. For mailing and other administrative inquiries about the chapter, contact:
ASLA Oregon Chapter
147 SE 102nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97216
phone: 503.227.6156
fax: 503.253.9172
info@aslaoregon.org
 
EVENT CALENDAR
Check out our online Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date listing of opportunities!

ASLA Oregon Website Launch

Welcome to the new ASLA Oregon website! After many months of behind-the-scenes work, we are pleased to launch our upgraded site to help strengthen our design community. Our web developer at LucentPDX did an outstanding job and we are so excited to share some key features with you.

Events

Our new Events page is full of options to help you stay connected to the landscape architecture community. View all events, peruse the Design Awards Archive or see who spoke at previous Symposium events. We will work on adding to these archives as volunteer time allows.

Select a specific category to see events that meet that criteria – such as events offering PDH credits, events by region and more. Then use the bottom right drop down menu to subscribe to that event category. Future events in that category will now appear on your personal calendar.

News

At our News page you will find a collection of stories our members may be interested in, recaps from recent ASLA events, job postings and opportunities for community involvement. We hope this area of our site evolves over time to provide design inspiration and community news of interest to our members.

Resources

Studying for the LARE? Have Continuing Education questions? Or just wondering what is Landscape Architecture? Find what you need in the Resources section.

About

And finally, meet the Excom members, find out more ways to get involved with your local chapter and discover the benefits of membership.

Feedback

Do you have feedback to share or want to let us know about a bug that needs fixing? Please send those comments to Communications@AslaOregon.org. We will be doing small fixes over the next month. Larger site modifications will likely get incorporated over the next year or two.

We hope you enjoy our new look!

Sincerely,
Renee Wilkinson
Departing Communications Chair + Website Project Lead


2015 Soiree Recap

The 2015 ASLA Oregon Design Awards Soiree brought design community members together from all over the state on Friday, October 23rd, 2015, at the beautiful Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) in downtown Portland, Oregon. Columbia Cascade/Timberform was the General Event Sponsor this year once again and we were so pleased to have them with us for another festive evening. We had record attendance this year!

The MAC did an exceptional job hosting the event with their hearty appetizers, delicious drinks, and superior service. Attendees spent the first hour reconnecting with design peers and viewing the project design boards. Although the food this year was a big hit, we couldn’t help but notice our members turn their noses up at the platter of gourmet hot dogs. Point taken, designers!

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Outgoing President Mauricio Villarreal kicked off the evening by welcoming everyone to the event and recapping the work of ASLA Oregon over the past year. He then turned the MC duties over to our incoming President Laurie Matthews. She introduced the distinguished jury members and began the evening program.

VP of Member Services Robin Wilcox introduced our two newest ASLA Fellows: Mike Faha of Greenworks, PC, and Dr. Rob Ribe of the University of Oregon. The applause practically shook the ballroom as members showed their appreciation for the important work these two ASLA members have done over the course of their impressive careers.

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Dr. Robert Melnick introduced this year’s Honorary ASLA Member Lorraine David from the University of Oregon. Melnick noted the many projects Davis has participated in to further the field of landscape architecture. Click here to read more about this year’s honors.

Communications Chair Renee Wilkinson was then invited on stage to introduce a very big project for ASLA Oregon: a new website. She reviewed key site features that will help our design community stay connected with relevant events, news, and members resources. Renee has dedicated uncountable hours on this project, for which the ASLA community is extremely thankful.

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The main event then took state: the announcement of Design Awards. The jury went through each award by category and discussed their interpretations of each project winner. Firm representatives took to the podium to extend their thanks and discuss the project in more detail.

Only a handful of awards were recognized this year by the jury and the projects were truly exceptional. You can view all submissions and which projects were awarded at the 2015 Design Awards page. In addition to these project awards, Renee Wilkinson was recognized with the Community Service Award for her dedication to her role on ASLA Oregon’s Executive Board.

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Be sure to check out more pictures from this event on the ASLA Oregon Facebook page! Do you want to be more involved in this event next year? We are always looking for volunteers to help make this important event a success. Email the VP of Chapter Services for more details on how to get involved.


Welcome New Excom Members

Thank you ASLA members for your participation in the annual Executive Committee Election! We are pleased to announce the following members have been elected into open positions:

President Elect: Jean Senechal Biggs

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Jean Senechal Biggs is a Project Manager with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and for 19 years she has proudly served the city through planning, designing and building innovative transportation projects. She is passionate about creating engaging public spaces and livable neighborhoods that encourage walking, cycling and transit. Jean wrote the transportation section of the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland and that effort influenced her decision to become more active in ASLA. Jean joined the Oregon chapter’s Executive Committee last year, serving as the Member-At-Large/Education Chair with a commitment to connect the landscape architecture community with educational and professional development opportunities that further knowledge and skills. Her contributions have included identifying and promoting PDH opportunities for landscape architects and communicating with OSLAB about continuing education requirements, as well as organizing the Members-Only MAX Orange Line Preview Ride in July and the upcoming Yamhelas Westsider Trail design charrette in November. Jean is also involved with ASLA at the national level, serving as a Transportation PPN Officer and Communications Coordinator. Jean studied at the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. She maintains her connection to the Department of Landscape Architecture as a long-time participant in Shadow Mentor Day.

 

Treasurer: Gill Williams

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Gill has 24 years of professional landscape architecture experience focused on open space projects, natural areas as recreational facilities, and public parks. His work includes regional recreation facilities, natural area management plans, and feasibility studies. Gill joined GreenWorks in March of 2015 as a principal. Gill brings leadership with firm management, business development, design and construction to supplement GreenWorks’ team of landscape architects and planners.

 

 

VP Member Services: Rachel Edmonds

 

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Since 2010, I’ve been practicing as a landscape designer, urban designer and planner at MIG, Inc. I’m a native Portlander and am a homeowner in the Montavilla neighborhood. Previously, I’ve lived in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. For graduate school, I graduated from UC Berkeley’s landscape architecture and planning departments. I enjoy a great diversity in my work: park master planning, construction drawings, cultural landscape assessments, and downtown urban design projects (to name just a few). Outside of work, I enjoy wilderness backpacking trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with my husband and creating order in my small backyard.

 

Emerging Professionals: Patty Hines

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Patty graduated summa cum laude with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. She was the AAA class valedictorian and was the only student to speak at commencement. In addition, she and her studio won an Oregon ASLA Honor Award for their environmental art installations at the Overlook Field School in Pennsylvania. As an emerging professional, she is the owner of Outside Design and is currently working on residential landscape projects in the Portland area. When Patty is not designing gardens you can find her on modern house tours checking out current trends in architecture and interior design. Her interests include all things related to fashion, graphics, and design. On Saturdays, she searches the PSU Farmers Market for breakfast and seasonal eats.

 

UO/Student Liaison: Paula Baretto

 

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I am Latina, a veteran, and maker of social change. Born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in New York, I joined the Navy after completing high school with the long-term goal of going to college. I started at Portland Community College, where I engaged in two leadership roles, one as Student Body President representing a variety of student voices. The second as appointed District Student Council Chair – a liaison between the administration and the district student body. Both taught me the importance of service leadership, communication, and making connections between students and higher education professionals. Community college was a welcomed transition coming from a strict military environment, because it provided strong structure, yet the freedom to creatively work independently. I transferred my knowledge and experiences to the University of Oregon and focused on the major I was passionate about. During my time there, I dedicated my energy on environmental and social equity issues – matters that have always been in the forefront of my mind, but were now being expressed through a creative, yet impactful medium. Just over three years later, I earned my BLA from the U of O in March of 2015.

 

Willamette Valley: Veronica Malinay

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Veronica Malinay relocated from the Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area to the great Pacific NW to pursue her graduate research at the University of Oregon. She is currently a Research Assistant for the National Park Service and the University of Oregon. She is working on a joint research effort to analyze the effects of climate change on cultural landscapes and propose adaptation options generated by preliminary case studies in U.S. national parks. During her time at the University of Oregon her works included contributions to a place-based research method of design and inquiry at the Overlook Field School in Waverly, PA and a cultural landscape investigation, documentation, and design proposal at César Chávez National Monument in Keene, CA. Both works won awards from the 2014 ASLA Oregon Design Awards. She is a 2015 University Olmsted Scholar, and a recipient of the John Decherd Research Scholarship.

 

Communications Chair: Laurie Mooney

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Education Chair: Laura Turnbull

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If you are interested in getting more involved in your local chapter, please contact the current President@AslaOregon.org to find out more information about these Excom positions.

 

Departing ExCom Members

A special thank you is extended to our departing ExCom members. Your time, enthusiasm and hard work has served our members well during your tenure:

  • Arica Duhrkoop-Galas + Justin Lanphear – departing Willamette Valley section chairs
  • Brigtte Huneke – departing Student Liaison
  • Madeline Carroll – departing Emerging Professionals Chair
  • Renee Wilkinson – departing Communications Chair
  • Robin Wilcox – departing VP Member Services

UO Students Win Global Prize

via the University of Oregon

A University of Oregon landscape architecture student team defeated professional competitors to take first prize in a global innovation challenge to improve the food system, winning $10,000 and advancement to a prototype round. ASLA Oregon provided financial support to allow the students to attend the awards ceremony.

Winners in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge were announced by the Biomimicry Institute at an awards ceremony October 4 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The team now will be provided business incubation support and an opportunity to win $100,000 and move their design to production.

The UO team’s design, which would help farmers retain nutrients in soil while decreasing fertilizer use, was based in part on the earthworm’s digestive system and would improve soil health over time.

Team members Wade Hanson, Casey Howard, Matt Jorgensen, Alison Lewis, and Krisztian Megyeri were in a spring 2015 class taught by Department of Landscape Architecture Instructors Anne Godfrey and Emma Froh.

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2016 Rome Prize Application

 

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the 2016 Rome Prize. The online application is available on the American Academy in Rome website at www.aarome.org.

For over a century, the Academy has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative work in the arts and humanities. Through a national juried competition, Rome Prizes are awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following disciplines:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Architecture
  • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
  • Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • Musical Composition
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)

Ranging from six months to two years, the thirty fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and individual workspace at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome.

Submissions due: NOVEMBER 1, 2015

Visit aarome.org/apply for guidelines.