Awards Soiree Celebrates the Spirit of Landscape Architecture

Oregon ASLA presented its 2016 Honor Awards at the chapter’s Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4 at Union/Pine, an event venue in Southeast Portland. Over 130 attendees came out for an evening of socializing and celebration.

The Awards Committee would like to extend a gracious thank-you to our General Event Sponsor TimberForm/Columbia Cascade. Their continued financial support over the years has allowed Oregon ASLA to provide members opportunities for networking, learning and annual social occasions that would simply not be possible otherwise. Thank you so much, Steve Kirn and David Gaston, for working with Oregon ASLA and making the night a success!

Logo for_web-large

Here’s Our Recap With All the Honorees

soiree-2016-people

Outgoing chapter president Laurie Matthews kicked off the evening with an overview of this year’s new awards program to recognize people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, community leadership and careful stewardship. She explained that Oregon ASLA will issue a member survey this winter to get feedback on our design awards program so that the chapter can have a more robust design awards program in 2017.

Matthews went on to recognize outgoing Oregon ASLA Executive Committee members and thank them for their service, as well as introduce the incoming Executive Committee. And the crowd let out a cheer when Matthews announced the names of Oregon’s newest landscape architects who became registered since last year’s Design Awards Soirée. Congratulations to Kathryn Forester, Michael Moyers, Alexandra Perove, Westley Shoger, Shannon Simms and Courtney Skybak.

Honoring Oregon Students

Oregon ASLA Student Liaison Paula Barreto, who serves as the chapter’s liaison to the University of Oregon Student Chapter, and University of Oregon Associate Professor Roxi Thoren, announced the winners of the Student Honor and Student Merit Awards. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in landscape architecture at the UO. Kelly Stoecklein, MLA, received the Graduate Honor Award and Casey Howard, BLA, received the Undergraduate Honor Award. Elizabeth Stapleton, MLA, received the Graduate Merit Award and Jane Jewett, BLA, received the Undergraduate Merit Award.

soiree-2016-kelly-stoecklein

Graduate Honor Award winner Kelly Stoecklein (center) with Roxi Thoren (left) and Paula Barreto (right)

soiree-2016-casey-howard

Undergraduate Honor Award winner Casey Howard with Paula Barreto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

soiree-2016-ellee-stapleton

Graduate Merit Award winner Elizabeth Stapleton with Paula Barreto

soiree-2016-jane-jewett

Undergraduate Merit Award winner Jane Jewett with Paula Barreto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barreto and Thoren then recognized the 2016-2017 recipients of the Oregon ASLA Student Scholarship, Margo Barajas, MLA Candidate and Hanna Belleli, BLA Candidate. Oregon ASLA established its namesake scholarship in 1997 in the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Initially seeded with a generous gift of $10,000 from Oregon ASLA members, this fund subsequently grew by yet another gift from the membership of $15,000 in December 2005. The scholarship is an endowed fund at the UO, meaning it will provide support to landscape architecture students permanently.

Citing rising tuition costs and the ability for scholarship funds to attract the best and brightest to attend UO, Thoren took a moment to ask all the attendees to contribute the Oregon ASLA Scholarship endowment so that it can continue to provide a meaningful impact to students. She encouraged everyone to make a tax-deductible donation to help grow the fund.

soiree-2016-scholarship-winners

Oregon ASLA Scholarship recipients Margo Barajas, MLA Candidate, and Hanna Belleli, BLA Candidate, with UO Associate Professor Roxi Thoren and Oregon ASLA Student Liaison Paula Barreto

Honoring Our Profession and Our Allies

Laurie Matthews presented the first of the professional honor awards to Liska Chan, Roxi Thoren and Anne Godfrey from the University of Oregon’s Department of Landscape Architecture, who received the Lord & Schryver Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Matthews noted that together these three women faculty members have provided a high level of leadership and mentorship to students and alumni. In her remarks, Thoren delivered a strong message about supporting women in their careers to thunderous applause.

soiree-2016-lord-and-schryver-2

UO Department of Landscape Architecture faculty Roxi Thoren, Liska Chan and Anne Godfrey with Oregon ASLA Past President Laurie Matthews

Next came the Tom McCall Award, which was given to Portland-based nonprofit Friends of Trees for their outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Incoming chapter president Jean Senechal Biggs gave an overview of their 25+ years of accomplishments and shared her own personal experience as a volunteer with the organization, before presenting the award to Executive Director Scott Fogarty.

soiree-2016-friends-of-trees

Oregon ASLA President Jean Senechal Biggs with Friends of Trees Executive Director Scott Fogarty and Friends of Trees Board Member, Nancy Buley, Hon. ASLA

Oregon ASLA Communications Chair Laurie Mooney presented the Outstanding Emerging Professional Award to Deven Young, ASLA, a senior designer at Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in Portland. Mooney shared an excerpt from his nomination that described his skill in managing clients with “a delicate balance of grace, confidence and modesty.” In his remarks, Young reached back to his coworkers and colleagues and thanked them for their support of his career and accomplishments.

soiree-2016-deven-young-ep

2016 Outstanding Emerging Professional Deven Young with Oregon ASLA Past President Laurie Matthews and Communications Chair Laurie Mooney

Jean Senechal Biggs then presented the Distinguished Practitioner Award to Paul Agrimis, ASLA, Vice President and Landscape Architecture Program Leader at ESA in Portland, sharing that his work creates “enduring landscape solutions that engage both the heart and mind.” When Agrimis took the stage, he shared the story of his career path, starting from childhood explorations of a nearby creek to opening his first office with Ken Vigil to leading a team of 10 landscape architects and designers at ESA. His story was both personal and professional, and made everyone appreciate landscape architecture as a career choice.

soiree-2016-paul-agrimis

2016 Distinguished Practitioner Paul Agrimis with Oregon Chapter President Jean Senechal Biggs

Oregon ASLA Vice President of Member Services Rachel Edmonds presented the Outstanding Firm Award to Mayer/Reed, Inc. in recognition of major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. The 25-person, interdisciplinary design studio was established in Portland in 1986 and offers landscape architecture, urban design, wayfinding and interpretive design for projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Founding Principal Carol Mayer-Reed accepted the award on behalf of the firm, with her staff proudly standing alongside her. In her remarks, Mayer-Reed reflected on the history of the firm, staff contributions, and even called out the names of “alumni” of the firm who were in the audience.

soiree-2016-mayer-reed

Oregon ASLA VP of Member Services Rachel Edmonds (left) with Carol Mayer-Reed (center in blue) with the team from Mayer/Reed, Inc.

Laurie Matthews returned to the stage to present the President’s Chapter Service Award, which is given annually to a member of the Executive Committee in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the organization and its members, and is kept secret until announced at the Annual Soiree. Deven Young, ASLA, the chapter’s outgoing Vice President of Chapter Services, received this year’s surprise honor. Young was the lead organizer of the 2015 Design Symposium, the 2016 Design Symposium and the 2015 Design Awards. Matthews commented that Young gave himself and his time graciously to ensure that the events were of the highest quality. Young was humble in receiving the award and thanked his employer, Alta Planning + Design, for supporting his volunteer activities.

soiree-2016-deven-young-service

Surprise! Oregon ASLA Past President Laurie Matthews with Deven Young, winner of the President’s Chapter Service Award

The final award of the evening was determined by a vote of the attendees at the Soiree, giving everyone a chance to participate. The Olmsted Brothers Award honors outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time. The Oregon ASLA Executive Committee nominated five sites for this award this year: the Historic Columbia River Highway; the Halprin Open Space Sequence, Portland; Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland; Portland Japanese Garden; and Salishan Lodge, Gleneden Beach.

Jean Senechal Biggs returned to the stage to announce the winner, the Halprin Open Space Sequence, the series of interactive fountains, plazas, and connecting pathways in downtown Portland designed by the renowned Lawrence Halprin and Associates between 1963 and 1970. Receiving the award were Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, FASLA, Halprin Landscape Conservancy Board President Randy Gragg, and Portland Parks & Recreation Project Manager Sandra Burtzos, ASLA. All three shared news of the efforts to restore the sequence, which has suffered from under-funded maintenance, through a ground-breaking public/private partnership. They expressed heartfelt thanks to Steve Koch, FASLA, for his many hours of service given to the project and encouraged attendees to get involved and follow the restoration.

soiree-2016-olmsted-halprin-sequence

Halprin Landscape Conservancy President Randy Gragg, Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, and project manager Sandra Burtzos

Looking Ahead

Senechal Biggs closed out the evening with announcements about Oregon ASLA’s upcoming events and shared her excitement to lead the chapter in the year ahead with the support of the outstanding members of the Executive Committee.

Thanks to all who attended! Be sure to check out more pictures from this event on the ASLA Oregon Facebook page.

The Awards Committee also wishes to extend applause to our supporting event sponsors, who provided complimentary cocktails (Northwest Playground Equipment), dessert (Northwest Recreation), table decor (Mutual Materials), and a raffle item (Landscape Forms) at the event. Cheers!

NPEI Logo W_info block

Northwest-Recreation

Landscape Forms_new_logo_colormutual-materials

 

 

 


Oregon ASLA 2016 Honor Award Winners Announced

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce the winners of their 2016 Honor Awards. The awards celebrate the spirit of the landscape architecture profession in Oregon by recognizing people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, community leadership and careful stewardship. The recipients will receive their awards at Oregon ASLA’s Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4, 2016.

“Oregon ASLA is excited to present our inaugural Honor Awards,” said Laurie Matthews, President of Oregon ASLA. “After a long tradition of an annual Design Awards program, we decided to shift our focus this year to recognizing the best in our profession and our community.”

stock-Trillium

Mayer/Reed, Inc. will receive the Outstanding Firm Award in recognition of major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. The 25-person, interdisciplinary design studio was established in Portland in 1986 and offers landscape architecture, urban design, wayfinding and interpretive design for projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Known for their achievements in design excellence, Mayer/Reed’s commitment to sustainability, conservation, and protection of natural, historic and cultural landscapes has evolved with a high degree of creativity, service and quality of design. The firm’s values extend beyond the built environment to include community service and service to the profession, with employees generously donating their professional and personal expertise to a broad range of needs and activities, and a deep belief from principals and senior staff that supporting emerging professionals is a way to grow the future of the design professions.

Paul Agrimis, ASLA, will receive the Distinguished Practitioner Award in recognition of a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Agrimis is Vice President and Landscape Architecture Program Leader at ESA in Portland, where he directs a team of 10 landscape architects and designers working on projects along the West Coast from Alaska to California. Drawing on his versatile background as a landscape architect, civil engineer and professional wetland scientist, Agrimis takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the planning and design of resilient natural systems and in creating enduring landscape solutions that engage both the heart and mind. His work has been recognized for planning and design excellence, including Cooper Mountain Nature Park and Minto-Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration, and he has been active in community service throughout his 27-year career.

Deven Young, ASLA, will receive the Outstanding Emerging Professional Award. This award is given to an emerging professional in their first five years of practice that exceeds expectations and shows promise in making contributions to landscape architecture. Young is a senior designer at Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in Portland, where he is leading design on one of their largest trail projects. Young is known for his ability to build relationships with partners and clients. He is an outstanding and committed volunteer and recently served as the Vice President of Chapter Services for Oregon ASLA.

Elisabeth ‘Liksa’ Chan, Roxi Thoren, and Anne Godfrey, representing the faculty of Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon will receive the Lord & Schryver Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Chan served as department head for two terms, and during that time, secured a gift to create the Overlook Field School. Thoren led the Overlook Field School during its initial years and created an innovative program combining research, mentoring and artistic expression with a historic and living landscape. Godfrey revamped the media curriculum and wove its methods and teachings into design studios. Together, these three women faculty members have provided the highest level of leadership and mentoring to new generations of landscape architects and designers through their innovative teaching and research.

Friends of Trees will receive the Tom McCall Award to honor the Portland-based nonprofit’s outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Founded in 1989 by Richard Seidman, Friends of Trees has since expanded their reach throughout the Metro region, down the Willamette Valley to Salem, Eugene and Springfield, and across the Columbia River to Vancouver, Washington. Through their Neighborhood Trees Program, their Green Space Program and their Gift Trees Program, they have supported the planting of over 600,000 trees and native plants in 2 states, 6 counties and 19 cities, including Beaverton, Damascus, Durham, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, King City, Oregon City, Portland, Salem, Sherwood, Springfield, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, Vancouver, and Wilsonville. Through over 25 years of leadership and community partnerships, Friends of Trees has made significant contributions to Oregon’s landscape.

In addition to the professional honor awards, Oregon ASLA will award Student Honor and Student Merit awards to four students majoring in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students. Kelly Stoecklein, MLA, will receive the Graduate Honor Award and Elizabeth Stapleton, MLA, will receive the Graduate Merit Award. Casey Howard, BLA, will receive the Undergraduate Honor Award and Jane Jewett, BLA, will receive the Undergraduate Merit Award.

Oregon ASLA has also established the Olmsted Brothers Award to honor outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time. The Oregon ASLA Executive Committee nominated five sites for this award and the winning site will be determined by a vote of the attendees at Oregon ASLA’s Annual Soiree. The five nominated sites are: the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway; the Halprin Open Space Sequence, Portland; Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland; Portland Japanese Garden; and Salishan Lodge, Gleneden Beach.

Oregon ASLA will present the awards and celebrate the landscape architecture profession at their Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Union/Pine at 525 SE Pine, Portland. Tickets may be purchased online at aslaoregon.org/events/design-awards/2016/

 


2016 Honor Awards Program Seeks Nominations

Oregon ASLA seeks nominations for our 2016 Honor Awards. These awards celebrate the spirit of the landscape architecture profession in Oregon by recognizing people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, community leadership and careful stewardship. We’ll be honoring the recipients at this year’s Annual Soirée on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Portland.           

Please consider submitting a nomination for our awards!

Online nominations can be submitted by any member of Oregon ASLA. The honorees will be selected by the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee and announced in mid-October.

Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016 to be considered.


Outstanding Firm Award :: Accepting Nominations

This award shall be given to an outstanding landscape architecture firm in Oregon for major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. Contributions that may be recognized include: design excellence, protection of our natural, historic or cultural landscapes, community service, supporting emerging professionals, diversity leadership and service to the profession.

Distinguished Practitioner Award :: Accepting Nominations

This award shall be given to an outstanding landscape architecture professional to recognize a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Contributions that may be recognized include: design excellence, protection of our natural, historic or cultural landscapes, community service, supporting emerging professionals, diversity leadership and service to the profession.

Outstanding Emerging Professional Award :: Accepting Nominations

This award shall be given to an emerging professional in their first five years of practice that exceeds expectations and shows promise in making contributions to landscape architecture. Qualities that may be recognized include demonstrated leadership, design excellence, fluency with clients, and service to the profession.

Lord and Schryver Award :: Accepting Nominations

In 1929, Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver made history when they founded the first woman-owned landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. During their 40 years of professional practice, they designed over 250 residential, civic and institutional sites from their home office, Gaiety Hollow, in Salem, Oregon. In addition, they were instrumental in encouraging local nurseries to grow East Coast plant varieties, influencing plant palettes for decades to follow.

In recognition of Lord and Schryver’s legacy as women pioneers in the emerging field of landscape architecture, Oregon ASLA has established this award to honor a woman, a firm or an organization that had made significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Contributions that may be recognized include: professional excellence, mentoring women, recruiting, retaining and advancing women, and service to the profession.

Tom McCall Award :: Accepting Nominations

Oregon Governor Tom McCall left an indelible imprint on Oregon’s landscape during his tenure in office from 1967 to 1975. McCall provided political leadership that resulted in the Oregon’s innovative land use planning laws, protection of Oregon’s coastline with the Beach Bill and dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities with the Bicycle Bill. With these laws, and others passed during his tenure, Governor McCall set the stage for Oregon to become a leader in the environmental movement that continues to guide us today.

In recognition of the legacy created by Governor McCall’s vision and values, Oregon ASLA has established this award to honor the significant contributions of an individual, group, or organization, other than landscape architects, that has provided community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural or built environment.

Olmsted Brothers Award :: Nominated by the Executive Committee

In 1903, John Charles Olmsted of the Olmsted Brothers firm based in Brookline, Massachusetts visited Portland and prepared his Report of the Park Board, a master plan for the development of Portland’s park system. He continued to return to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for nearly a decade, designing both public and private projects, including the Lewis & Clark Exposition, the Oregon State University Campus, and the Kerr Estate along the Willamette River. The Olmsted firm was the largest landscape architecture practice in the early 20th century with a significant influence on landscape architectural design that can be seen in many of the parks, campuses, state capitols, estates, and roadways we cherish today.

In recognition of the lasting impact of the Olmsted Brothers firm in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Oregon ASLA has established this award to honor outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time.

Five sites will be nominated for this award by the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee. The winning site will be selected by a vote of the attendees at the Oregon Chapter’s Annual Soiree.

President’s Chapter Service Award :: Nominated by the President

This award shall be given to a member of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA to recognize outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the chapter and the profession.

This award will be given at the discretion of the chapter president and the winner will remain secret until announced at the Oregon Chapter’s Annual Soiree.

Student Honor & Merit Awards :: Nominated by the University of Oregon                                       

The Student Honor & Merit Awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. Nominations are forwarded by the Department of Landscape Architecture to the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee who will make the final determination.


Gatherings to remember and celebrate David Olsen, ASLA

David Olsen, a longtime member of ASLA, died unexpectedly on August 22. A Bend native and University of Oregon graduate, Dave led the landscape architecture group at HHPR and he recently served as chair of the Oregon Chapter’s High Desert Section. Many in our landscape architecture community knew Dave and worked with him. He will be missed.

DavidOlsen

Details about gatherings that will celebrate his life are below. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.


Celebration of Life

From David’s family: “We will be having a celebration of life for our wonderful Dad on Saturday, September 3rd at the Olsen home, at 4pm. We will be toasting to good memories while watching the Oregon football game. Just what dad would have wanted. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful, wonderful man. All are invited, please spread the word to those who loved and adored our papa.”

Saturday, September 3 at 4:00 pm

2832 NW Polarstar Ave, Bend, OR


High Desert Section Gathering

Let’s get together at Crow’s Feet Commons, overlooking a Dave Olsen designed plaza, and raise a pint. 

Tuesday, September 13th at 5:50pm

875 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR


 


Call for Nominations: Join our Executive Committee

It’s that time of year again! Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and August and the results will be announced in mid-September. ExCom 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 New Orleans. Click here to nominate!

It’s time to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate, a mentoranyone 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 and design awards. 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.
  • Member-At-Large/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.

Click here to nominate someone you believe in! We also encourage multiple nominations for any category..

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

Full and Associate Members will receive electronic nomination forms via email.

Don’t delay! Nominations close at 5pm on Monday, July 11, 2016.


It’s Election Season! Nominations for Executive Committee to open soon.

Oregon ASLA is led by the officers of our Executive Committee – members elected by the chapter membership. Executive Committee members volunteer their time to deliver the programs and projects that Oregon ASLA offers throughout the year.

Interested in being part of our team? Have ideas about ways you might advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship? Looking for an opportunity to broaden your leadership skills? Want to network outside of your office? Know someone who is passionate about the profession? We have a number of positions up for election this summer.

2016 Open Positions

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Vice President – Chapter Services
  • Education Chair
  • Mt Hood Section Chair
  • High Desert Section Chair

Nomination forms will be emailed to Oregon Chapter members on June 1, 2016 and will remain open for 30 days. Look for the announcement in your inbox. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know.

Voting will occur in July and August. Elected officers assume their roles at the end of October.

If you have questions or want to learn more about any of the open positions, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

asla-logo

 


Landscape Architects Connect with Professional Development

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

Continuing education requirements to maintain licensure are often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities. Keeping current on new technologies, trends and products are critical to the practice of landscape architecture.

Oregon ASLA is committed to making continuing education available to our members and connecting landscape architects with opportunities locally and nationally, online and in person. Last year we reviewed and approved 31 workshops, lectures and events for PDH credits and promoted them in our monthly Newswire and on our website. And this spring, Oregon ASLA hopes to become the next ASLA chapter to become a Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) certified provider. This will allow us to offer Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits at our chapter events that are recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.

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. And 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.

Oregon ASLA 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 offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s will be held in New Orleans from October 21-24. 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. Programs offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits. Look for Oregon ASLA to be added to this list of certified providers later this spring.

ASLA Online Learning

ASLA also offers Online Learning programs and the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) which qualify for PDH credit. Either by participating in a live webinar, watching a recorded online presentation, or reading one of 11 peer-reviewed papers, you can earn up to 5.0 PDHs. Looking for a more affordable option for getting PDH credits? ASLA members can participate in these programs at a reduced rate.

Helpful Links


Oregon ASLA Brings Focus, Inspiration to Trail Design Workshop

A team of sixteen members of Oregon ASLA, joined by nine members of the Student Chapter of ASLA at the University of Oregon, gathered in Carlton, Oregon on November 13th and 14th for a design workshop for the Yamhelas Westsider Trail, a proposed multimodal transportation corridor in Yamhill County.

Over 50 local residents, business owners, elected officials and agency staff worked directly with the Oregon/UO ASLA team to develop conceptual plans that will guide the future development of the trail. The team solicited input to develop design ideas for elements of the trail including trailheads, wayfinding signage, property access, and connections to key destinations. The workshop concluded with an public open house for the landscape architects to present their design proposals and solicit feedback from the larger community.

YWT Workshop 02

Yamhill County and the non-profit organization, Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail, are leading efforts to develop the trail. The design workshop was part of a collaborative planning process funded through a technical assistance grant from the National Parks Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS RTCA). Carlton-based winery Ken Wright Cellars hosted the workshop and their barrel room provided an inspiring backdrop for our work.

YWT Workshop 01

About the Yamhelas Westsider Trail

The 17-mile long railroad corridor is located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country and provides a link between four cities, two counties and several regionally significant recreation sites, including Henry Hagg Lake and Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Yamhill County has been actively working with the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail, citizens, local businesses and partner agencies including the Cities of Carlton, Yamhill, McMinnville, and Gaston, Washington County, and Oregon Parks and Recreation on the proposed acquisition of the abandoned Union Pacific Railroad right of way from Hagg Lake to OR 99W, near McMinnville.

YWT Trail Segment 04

“The trail will provide a safe, off-street facility for people walking and biking to work, students attending Yamhill-Carlton High School, recreational cyclists and for other local trips in Carlton and Yamhill,” said Yamhill County Commissioner Stan Primozich. “This is a needed investment that has the ability to transform our community.”

The first phase of the project will acquire up to 9 miles of the railroad right-of-way using $1.7 million of Federal Transportation Enhancement funds through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The acquisition would preserve the rail corridor in one single public ownership. Yamhill County and the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail are actively pursuing additional grant funds to develop the alignment, creating the first regional alternative transportation corridor in the Yamhill Valley.

NPS RTCA Partnership Brings Opportunities

Oregon ASLA participated in the workshop under ASLA’s partnership with NPS RTCA to help communities plan, design and manage their natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Since 2000, ASLA chapters across the country and NPS RTCA have worked together to support dozens of community-led natural resource conservation and recreation projects. This unique partnership, first tested in the Pacific Northwest, expanded opportunities for ASLA chapters and National Park Service staff across the county.

YWT Open House

What’s next?

NPS RTCA staff will work with Yamhill County and the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail to assemble the drawings and information into a concept plan document that will be published in 2016.

“Community leaders from Yamhill County have led the development of this project over several decades and provided the necessary support to secure the federal transportation funds to acquire the rail property,” said Wayne Wiebke with the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail. “We are excited to be where we are today, developing ideas to guide the design of this future trail.”


Yamhelas Westsider Trail Design Workshop

November 13-14, 2015, Carlton, Oregon

Oregon ASLA: Elizabeth Auvil (Alta Planning + Design), Brian Bainnson (Quatrefoil), Tim Bono (Walker Macy), Arica Duhrkoop-Galas (The Office of Stangeland and Associates; University of Oregon), Gregg Everhart (Parametrix; Everhart LA, LLC), Kate Forester (Herrera Environmental Consultants), Tamra Lehuta (Meier Architecture + Engineering), Aaron Maples (Walker Macy), Arjen Meeuswen (PLACE), Maureen Raad (ESA Vigil Agrimis), Sterling Rung (PLACE), Jean Senechal Biggs (Portland Bureau of Transportation), Shannon Simms (Mayer Reed), Pam Symond (City of Eugene), Robin Wilcox (PLACE), and Alex Zatarain (Stemmler Design).

UO Student Chapter ASLA: Kayla Byrne, Casey Howard, Alison Lewis, John Maxson, Krisztian Megyeri, Peter Obermeyer, Keegan Oneal, Nancy Pierce, and Callan Roemer.

NPS RTCA: Dan Miller and Shawn James

Yamhill County: Jayne Mercer and Brett Henry

Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail

Special thanks to our hosts, Ken Wright Cellars.