November 29, 2010 Edit

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Newswire - December 2010



Upcoming Chapter Events:


Event Calendar

Check out the online Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date listing of opportunities!

Additional Opportunities

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12.02 | design|spring construction professionals gathering (EUGENE)

It’s time for (beer):30!

Design|Spring is starting a new tradition: a semi-annual gather of emerging design, engineering and construction professionals from Design|Spring, CSI, ASLA and more! Our hope is to open up lines of communication and allow all of us to get to know each other better. Even if you don’t care for beer, we still hope to see you!

Date/Time: Thursday, December 2 at 5:30
Location: The Bridge – 444 E. 3rd Street – Eugene, OR – right next to the Ferry Street Bridge (the former Peabody’s)

Contact Mariko Blessing with any questions.

12.07 | MT HOOD SECTION: Crystal springs stream restoration

Crystal Springs Stream Restoration
Dennis O'Connor with Habitat Concepts and Zachariah Perry, Crystal Springs Canyon Manager at Reed College will discuss the restoration of a degraded urban creek into a canyon habitat.

Date: December 7, 2010
Time: 5:30
Location: 1204 SE Water Avenue. (New location)

Dennis O’Connor has over 30 years of experience as a landscape designer and restoration ecologist, specializing in stream and wetland enhancement and upland erosion control projects. He has participated in the construction supervision and/or installation of a majority of his projects, whether working with a contractor or a youth crew. He is the author of several publications on drought resistant plants and their use, soil bioengineering, and stream enhancement. Dennis approaches landscape design with an understanding of ecological functions and aesthetic values of natural systems, and the desire to create self-sustaining systems that benefit both the public and natural environment.

NEW LOCATION for Mt. Hood Section Events!
1204 SE Water Avenue, Portland. (This is a new location and is 5 five blocks north of Group Mackenzie's offices. The building is on the Southeast corner of Water Avenue and Salmon Street.)


January 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm Permeable Paving
Gale Schroeder with Willamette Graystone will explain the design and installation requirements for permeable paving.

February 1, 2011 at 5:30 Urban Greenspaces
Mike Houck, Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute will discuss his work.


Our goal as the new Mt. Hood section co-chairs is to provide opportunities for members to obtain Professional Development Hours at the section meetings. Please contact Steve Shapiro ( or Joyce Jackson ( if you care to suggest a topic.

12.09 | Emerging Professionals Fall 101 Series Workshop + Happy Hour

Join the ASLA Oregon Emerging Professionals Committee for this educational event in Portland on December 9th featuring a lighting workshop, tour, and ending with a happy hour.

We are pleased to welcome parties of all disciplines to our Fall EP 101 Series Event!

Join us for an informative workshop session, specialty lighting tour and happy hour!

$3 at the door / free to ASLA Members
1.5 PDH credit hours available

Rendezvous and Basics of Lighting Demo
GreenWorks PC, 24 NW 2nd, PDX

Pearl District Specialty Lighting Tour
Led by HL Stearns Lighting Rep Kandy Welch

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
BridgePort BrewPub, 1313 NW Marshall, PDX

More Information:
Contact Christopher Olin via email or by phone at 503.286.7175.
Download a PDF of the flier to share with others.

Join the Emerging Professionals Facebook Group for more info

l a n d s c a p e  f u s i o n  | April 15-16, 2011.

Please save the date to join us for the next ASLA Oregon Annual Symposium entitled “Landscape Fusion”. This will be the premiere landscape architecture event of the year, held April 15 & 16, 2011 in Portland State University’s Shattuck Hall.

Highlights include:

• Keynote Speaker Walter Hood, FASLA
• Friday Tour and Charrette Events
• Opportunity to acquire at least six Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
• State of the Practice CEO Forum
• Technical Break-out Learning Sessions
• Socializing with your fellow landscape architecture professionals!

More specifics will be announced in coming weeks.  For more information, or to volunteer for the event planning, contact Marianne Zarkin ASLA Oregon Vice-President for Chapter Services at 503.758.3131 / or Dana Baisden 503.227.6156 /

in memoriam: Brian mccarthy

The Oregon Chapter was saddened by the news of the passing of Brian McCarthy, Managing Principal of Eugene-based Cameron McCarthy.

A memorial service was held on November 14, 2010 at The Shedd Institute in Eugene for Brian David McCarthy of Eugene, who died Nov. 3 from an aortic aneurysm. He was 60.
He was born on Oct. 24, 1950, in Pasadena, Calif., to Walter and Betty Blackwell McCarthy. He married Caroline Moore on Aug. 30, 1975, in Portland.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. He worked for the Portland planning department for one year and then for Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture in Eugene.
Survivors include his wife; his mother, Joan McCarthy, of Newport Beach, Calif.; two sons, Cogan of Oakland, Calif., and Colin of Eugene; and a brother, Robert, of Mission Viejo, Calif.
Remembrances to the Pacific Rivers Council.

recent updates to the blog

A selection of links to the Oregon ASLA blog, which has featured a number of recent posts with information related to landscape architecture, at home and abroad.  Subscribe to the blog feed to make sure you don't miss any of the great content.

As always, we're on the lookout for news of interest to members, so please links or suggestions to Jason King at 


The Architects in Schools Program is still in need of volunteer landscape architects for the 2010-2011 school year! Architects in Schools matches professional landscape architects with 3rd through 5th grade teachers for a 6 week classroom residency at no cost to the schools. The program is based on a curriculum guide that teachers and their partner landscape architect can use to complement existing curriculum. The curriculum uses architectural concepts to teach math, science, social studies, language arts and other disciplines and includes 'green' designing concepts. Landscape architects who've participated report the experience of sharing their passion with young people to be very rewarding.

For applications, questions and more information, please contact Kim Ruthardt Knowles as soon as possible at 503.317.7537. Go to the website for more information about the Architecture Foundation of Oregon

WV Section Call for Volunteers for Golf Tournament

ASLA Members, Associates & Colleagues:  
A lot of us in the Eugene area play golf. ASLA Oregon-WVS would like to set up a golf tournament in September 2011 for landscape architects and other design and construction professionals. Marina Wrensch, co-chair for our Willamette Valley Section of ASLA, is requesting volunteers for a committee that could help with organizing the event. Tasks may include: finding a location for the tournament, fund raising, sponsors, catering, etc. She would like to have the committee set up by mid-November and hopes to have the first meeting around that time. This event is a fundraiser for the Willamette Valley Section and will directly benefit us as ASLA members. It is also a great way to socialize and make connections. So, please help out and volunteer. Your help is always greatly appreciated!

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about the event, please contact Marina via email at or phone at 541.485.7385.

trustee's report: what's up at national?

November 2010 Trustee’s Report from Dave Walters.  Some of the highlights from our National Office the past month are as follows:

Governance and Administration

  • EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, attended the Greenbuild conference in Chicago along with several other staff members last week. In addition to a presentation on SITESâ„¢ given by Dave Yocca, FASLA, on behalf of ASLA, ASLA members incorporated aspects of SITES into several sessions focused on site and stormwater. The Sustainable Sites Initiativeâ„¢ was credited as “an incredible resource” in a USGBC-led session focused on site-related revisions in the 2012 LEED update.

  • While in Chicago, Somerville met with American Planning Association Executive Director Paul Farmer, Hon. ASLA, to discuss international membership, the economy, and 2011 priorities.

Government Affairs

  • On November 9, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Hon. ASLA, and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Hon. ASLA, signed off on a plan for a major overhaul of the National Mall. During the official ceremony, Director Jarvis thanked the American Society of Landscape Architects, along with a host of other organizations for their efforts and contributions to the final plan

  • Federal Government Affairs Manager Roxanne Blackwell continues to participate in the Complete Streets Federal Policy and Steering Committee meetings, where the coalition discusses moving a Complete Streets bill through Congress next year.

Landscape Architecture Magazine

  • LAM Editor Brad McKee also attended Greenbuild and met with about 20 of the magazine's advertisers or prospective advertisers to promote the redesign of the magazine, set to launch in January, as well as the more prominent and attractive placement LAM's editorial coverage of products will have when it moves from the back section of the magazine to the front as part of the redesign.

Public Relations and Communications

Member and Chapter Services

  • A new online student chapter report module was released. Student chapter presidents can now access their rosters on the student Web page. The module also allows chapter leadership to pull the students within their chapter jurisdiction.

Publishing and Resource Development

  • Department staff organized and staffed ASLA’s booth display at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild last week in Chicago. The sales team walked the show to promote the ASLA EXPO and advertising in Landscape Architecture magazine (LAM). They reported heavy booth traffic and strong interest in landscape architecture and specifically SITES from attendees.
Want to Write for OregonLAND?  

As part of our expanded communication strategies, we are re-launching OregonLAND in 2011 as an online magazine, with original content, essays, project reviews, and other content relevant to landscape professionals in Oregon.  Our aim is to draw from around the region and beyond in developing content that reaches a range of practitioners, academics, and everyone in between in our broad professional sphere.

Monthly feature essays will be developed on a range of topics, along with coverage of local design and ASLA events drawing from a wide, interdisciplinary group of contributors.  The compilation of content will be curated once per year in a 'best of' edition that will be realized in a web and printed edition that will provide multiple platforms for disseminating information about landscape architecture to potential clients, collaborators, and related professionals.

We will kick of 2011 with regular meetings of the editorial group to get this ball rolling.  If you are interested in getting involved on editorial staff, to contribute articles, update web content, help with graphic design, track down sponsors, or anything else, please let Jason King know at and by phone at 503.481.7826.


The Portland Japanese Garden is hosting world renowned architect, Kengo Kuma, at a free lecture on December 9. I have included some details below and a link to our website for more information – but please share this information with anyone who may be interested and encourage them to make reservations to ensure everyone has a seat!

Kengo Kuma Lecture
December 9, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Reservations required, space is limited. or (503) 542-0280

Kengo Kuma Open House & Display of Design Concepts
December 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Included with Garden admission
Public comment welcome

Additional Information

12.11 | civic ecology workshop - damascus

The City of Damascus is hosting a Civic Ecology workshop Saturday December 11, 2010 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 

The workshop will be held at Damascus City Hall. Many of you may be familiar with Civic Ecology workshops held around the region. This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with Tim Smith and engage with the community. We hope to integrate this work into our Sustainability Plan and also be a catalyst for community led projects and programs.

Download a PDF of the flyer for the event.

Questions and/or RSVP to Erika Palmer at the City of Damascus

The Basics of Furniture and Fabrics for Outdoor Use | January 20, 2011

Join us for an afternoon at the delightful Leach Botanical Garden, Portland/ Explore the foundations of furniture and fabric selection:

  • How history & architecture influence furniture styles and why it matters
  • Fabric content and application “101”
  • Learn how to choose durable and sustainable materials;

Get the inside scoop about how the furniture and
fabric industry trade works.

First come, first serve registration begins
December 1, 2010
Maximum 40 people

Download a PDF with more information on how to register. 

Workshop presented by:
Vanessa Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ, ANLD
Bonnie Bruce, ANLD, FIIDA, LEED AP

Re:STREETS CONFERENCE | july 21-23, 2011

Streets Reconsidered: Inclusive Design for the Public Realm
Berkeley, California

In partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Complete Streets Coalition, America Walks, Smart Growth America and the urban planning and design fi rm of MIG, Inc., PLAE, Inc.
announces the Re:STREETS Conference.

More information, download a PDF here.


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