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December 16, 2014 Edit

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2015 Artists-in-Residence Program

I-Park 2015 Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design Program

Application Deadline: January 19, 2015

I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), announces its 2015 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to landscape, garden and ecological designers looking to expand and enrich their creative practice in a retreat-like, collegial setting – in the company of visual artists, music composers, writers and architects. Self-directed residencies will be offered from May through November, 2015. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration, though split (2-week) sessions can occasionally be arranged to accommodate busy career schedules. International applicants are welcome.

I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in an 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio space and a food program. In addition to attentive staff support, shared workshop space and an array of tools, equipment and site materials are available on request.

While the typical residency revolves around studio work, those wishing to undertake aesthetic interventions and conceptual investigations in nature will have broad access to I-Park’s expansive landscape.

Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panel. Accepted designers are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invitees.

There will also be a special Environmental Art Program in September, 2015 (residency and exhibition) for which landscape/garden/ecological design proposals will be solicited – details to be announced in mid- to late-December.

Program details, application form and comprehensive FAQ are available online at For more information, contact Leslie Wolf, Residency Program Manager at or 860-873-2468.

October 14, 2014 Edit

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ASLA Launches the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland

ASLA Launches the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland
New Website Highlights Portland’s Leadership as an Urban Innovator

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2014— Portland, Oregon, is more than a trendy place to visit—it has long been ahead of the curve on urban design and sustainability, thanks to smart leadership and a willingness to experiment and innovate.. The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland, launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), explains Portland’s cutting-edge approach to sustainable urban design. It is located at

The guide provides both Portlanders and the millions of tourists who visit Portland annually a deeper understanding of why Portland is one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the world. The guide is also meant to educate city leaders, urban planners, and designers across the U.S. and around the globe.

According to Mark A. Focht, FASLA, president of ASLA and first deputy commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Portland’s landscape architects have played a crucial role in making the city a better place to live. Their contributions trace back to the early 20th century, when the Olmsted Brothers laid out many of the critical urban plans and park system, and continue with today's generation of landscape architects, who are creating waterfront parks, beloved urban plazas, and cutting-edge bicycle infrastructure.

“Portland’s designed landscapes are integral to its urban fabric,” says Focht. “Landscape architects have long played a major role in designing the city’s public realm, and the key spaces between buildings that serve as the connective tissue for communities. These spaces include parks, plazas, streets, and transportation infrastructure.”

Topical tours offer both printable bike maps and Google maps. The guide also includes tours by district. People will be able to view the guide on their smartphones, tablets or desktop computers.

The website was created by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in partnership with the ASLA Oregon Chapter and 11 local landscape architects, who are designers of our public realm and leaders in sustainable design.

The guides are:
Brian Bainnson, ASLA, Quatrefoil Inc.
Bennett Burns, ASLA, independent landscape architect
Mike Faha, ASLA, GreenWorks, PC
Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, University of Oregon
Rachel Hill, ASLA, AECOM
Lloyd Lindley, FASLA, independent landscape architect
Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, Mayer/Reed Inc.
Jeff Schnabel, ASLA, Portland State University
Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Rebecca Wahlstrom, ASLA, Olson Engineering Inc.
Robin Wilcox, ASLA, Alta Planning + Design

The guide is organized by the facets of the sustainable city, with sections on:
The Built Environment – how building and landscape work together to enhance sustainability.
Food – how the city’s local food system works, from urban farms to “food cart pods.”
Energy – how Portland has among the highest renewable energy use in the U.S.
“Grand Parks” – how the original Olmstedian park system is still key to livability.
Health – how parks are designed for users with all kinds of disabilities, even Alzheimer’s.
“People Spaces” – how the city creates a sense of civic pride through its plazas.
Social Equity – how the city helps the homeless and addresses the impacts of gentrification.
Transportation – how Portland created one of the best-integrated, most people-friendly transportation systems.
Waste – how the city achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the country.
Water – how it led the country on green infrastructure.
Wildlife – how its park system also serves other species.

This is the third in a series of guides focused on sustainable American cities. The first, The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C., was launched in 2012, and The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Boston, was launched in 2013. They received significant national press attention and have been viewed more than 150,000 times to date.

Media wishing to interview the guides or learn more about the website should contact Karen Grajales, public relations manager, at or (202) 216-2371. Images are available here. Please refer to the image titles for credit information.

About the American Society of Landscape Architects
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments; the Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

June 9, 2014 Edit

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ASLA Online Learning Series

Please join us next week for the next presentation in the ASLA Online Learning series:

Designing Intergenerational Landscapes
Presented by Robin Moore, Hon. ASLA and Nilda Cosco
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
3-4:00 p.m. (eastern)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for non-members

Register Now!

Principles and methods of outdoor design supporting health promotion, play, recreation, learning, and environmental education, emphasizing design across generations applied to the human lifespan from birth to adulthood consistent with current regulations. Contexts include child development centers, schools, parks, playgrounds, greenways, trails, botanic gardens, zoos, nature centers, museums, streets, transit nodes, apartment complexes, residential neighborhoods, commercial areas, and mixed-use urban districts.

Learning Objectives:

Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to the intergenerational design and management of spaces used by children and families in varied contexts.

Understand design approaches based on principles of affordance, behavior setting, and range development.

Become conversant with community engagement and design programming approaches to intergenerational design.

Become aware of aligned national initiatives related to intergenerational design.

Be introduced to concepts of risk management in relation to intergenerational landscapes.

Visit the ASLA Online Learning page for more information about the series and a link to other upcoming presentations:

Supplementing Your Parks Department: How About Friends of Parks?
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
3-4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for nonmembers
For more information and to register

Community Health Needs for Planning and Design
Thursday, July 31, 2014
1-2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for nonmembers
For more information and to register

Environmental Planning in Coastal Louisiana: From Idea to Implementation
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
3:30-5:00 p.m. (Eastern)
$50 for ASLA members, $185 for nonmembers
For more information and to register

1315 Peachtree: Creative Stormwater Solutions in a Dense Urban Context
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
2-3:00pm (eastern)
$40 for ASLA members, $165 for nonmembers
For more information and to register

January 24, 2014 Edit

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ASLA Support Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

via National ASLA News

"The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) applauds the California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, created to encourage California's children to participate in outdoor activities and discover their environmental heritage."

Another great way that ASLA is promoting healthy lifestyles by connecting people to the world around them. Find out more about this positive step for a healthier future in the link below.

Read Full Article Here

December 20, 2013 Edit

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Design a Model Green Street

Design a Model Green Street in Washington, D.C.
12/04/2013 by The Dirt Contributor

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a landscape architecture firm to serve as lead consultant for the design and implementation of an inter-connected series of vegetated systems and proven technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way in Chinatown, Washington, DC. ASLA intends this project to be a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public. Submission is open to international and national firms.

Project parameters:

  • The selected firm will be the lead consultant and oversee the project through all phases from design and installation to long-term maintenance planning and educational outreach.
  • The selected firm will collaborate with the ASLA Site Sustainability Advisory Committee throughout all phases of the project.
  • The selected firm will coordinate with ASLA staff to identify ways to document the design process, construction, monitoring results, and maintenance
  • It is anticipated that both the design and installation will occur in phases. The selected firm will help determine the appropriate phasing for the entire project.
  • The initial phase of the project is to produce a comprehensive master plan. It is anticipated that the master plan will be used to acquire additional funding for design development and installation of subsequent phases of the project.
  • The design is to have a strong identity unique to the cultural heritage and urban context of the Chinatown neighborhood. It should be a refuge amid the neighborhood’s busy vehicular traffic, placing priority on the needs of pedestrians, transit users, and cyclists.
  • The project is not only to exceed performance standards, but become a tangible expression of the power of marrying strong design with solid scientific principles. This should be accomplished in a beautiful and dynamic way that creates a public amenity.
  • The LID strategies proposed for the demonstration project must take an innovative yet implementable approach. This approach is to be applied to site selection, identification and resolution of challenges, design and construction, monitoring and evaluation, and finally to maintenance guidelines.

Submissions must be received by January 15, 2014. Read more about this project from the original article at The Dirt and learn more about submission requirements.

December 18, 2013 Edit

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2014 ASLA Call for Presentations

Landscape Architects Announce Call for Presentations for 2014 Annual Meeting

ASLA has announced the call for presentations for the 2014 Annual Meeting and EXPO, to be held in Denver, November 21-24 2014, at the Denver Convention Center. The deadline for education session proposals is January 30, 2014, and detailed information is available online. More than 6,000 attendees are expected.

The meeting will feature industry experts speaking on a wide range of subjects, from sustainable design to active living to best practices and new technologies. More than 130 education sessions and field sessions will be presented during the meeting, providing attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 21 professional development hours under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™).

Many of the sessions will also qualify for continuing education credit with the Green Building Certification Institute (toward LEED AP credential maintenance), the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and other allied professional organizations and state registration boards.

In need of inspiration? See an overview of this past year's sessions.

Submit your proposal by January 30, 2014. For more information, visit the ASLA national website.

November 24, 2013 Edit

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ASLA Fellow: Michael Abbaté

Congratulations are in order for Michael Abbaté, the most recent ASLA Oregon Fellow. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. 

Michael Abbaté currently serves as Director of Portland (OR) Parks and Recreation. His 27-year professional career has been distinguished by exceptional design skills, leadership and management, in both the public and private sectors. Mike is a registered landscape architect in Oregon, and was formerly registered in Alaska, Montana, and Washington.

His design efforts have broadly ranged from urban plazas to National Parks; and his leadership accomplishments include establishing an entirely new Design Commission in a local jurisdiction to becoming Director of Portland Parks & Recreation, an agency that has recently won the National Gold Medal from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) as the best managed park system in the United States.

He co-founded Greenworks, PC, an award-winning landscape architecture design firm with specialized expertise in green and sustainable development strategies. He is also a published and public speaker. As the Director of Portland Parks & Recreation, he continues to apply his leadership philosophies and the principles of sustainability at a region-wide scale.

In the very best spirit of our field, Mike Abbaté has truly distinguished himself as a professional dedicated to his community and the quality of the urban and natural environments, always drawing on his training, skills and expertise as a landscape architect. He has provided the leadership in both public and private practice that marks the very best of landscape architecture as we seek to address the pressing environmental and urban issues of the 21st century. We are very pleased to see his work recognized by ASLA.

October 10, 2013 Edit

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ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO

(via Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA)

As a member of the ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee, I’m very proud of the program we’ve put together for the 2013 Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 15-18, in Boston and I want to encourage you to plan now to attend the meeting. Many of our nearly 300 speakers are leading the most challenging design commissions in the world today. Here are just a few of the design programs and speakers I’m excited about:

We’ll go Inside the L.A. Studio with Mikyoung Kim, Peter Walker, Claude Cormier, and Patrick Blanc

Bring your sketchpad because we’re getting back to the basics of hand drawing with Laurie Olin, Michael Vergason, and Warren Byrd (Sun-A06) . Jim Richards, Richard Alomar, Chip Sullivan, and Robert Chipman will lead formal sessions and (FS017, Sat-B04) and the Sketch Boston program

Explore planting design with W. Gary Smith, Sandy Clinton, Patrick Cullina, Ed Hollander, Bruce John Riddell, and Michael Van Valkenburgh (Sat-B02, Sun-A04, Mon-A01)

Peter Schaudt, Richard Shaw, and Eric Kramer will present Adapting and Interpreting Modernist Era Landscapes (Fri-A01)

Mia Lehrer and Ignacio Bunster-Ossa will talk about a landscape approach to green infrastructure (Sun-B09)

Discuss urban parks with Tom Balsley and Matthew Urbanski (Fri-D09 and Sat-B08)

Eric Groft and British landscape designer Tom Hoblyn will talk about designing native landscapes (Sat-A07) and Tom will present a Learning Lab about winning the Chelsea Garden Show (EXPO, Sun., 11:00 am-12 Noon)

We’ll hear about the GSA’s Design Excellence program (Fri-B07) and LA’s cool new Grand Park (Fri-D07) from Mark Rios

Shavaun Towers, Warren Byrd, and I will discuss transformative campus design (Sat-A09)

We’ll learn about urban agriculture in the public realm from David Rubin (Sat-A02)

Mikyoung, Thomas Woltz, Sarah Goldhagen, and I will explore beauty—now there’s an underutilized word--and performance (Sat-B09)

Hallie Boyce, Faye Harwell, and Alain deVergie will take us on a tour of the State Department’s EPIC Design Excellence program (Mon-D03)

And there are over a hundred more programs that are just as amazing. Register by October 18 to save.

Please join us in Boston to celebrate Design with a capital D!


Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

October 2, 2013 Edit

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ASLA Announces 2013 Awards


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional Awards and Student Awards this week. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world. High-resolution images and full project information can be viewed here.

The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. October's LAM will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14. The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Boston on Monday, November 18. ASLA will present 33 awards selected from more than 534 entries.

Find out more details about the award-winners at ASLA's News Page.

September 17, 2013 Edit

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2013 Design Awards Call for Entries


Download Call for Entries PDF

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June 18, 2013 Edit

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ASLA Announces 2013 Medal Winners

via ASLA National website

"The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) today announced the 2013 Honors recipients. Selected by ASLA's Board of Trustees, the Honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year."

Full Listing of Medal Award Winners Here

May 31, 2013 Edit

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May 2013 Newswire

MAY 2013




David Alumbaugh

The nature of space is fundamental to how we design, interpret and plan our living environments. This symposium seeks to address current trends, issues and research on transformative spaces, adaptive reuse, spatial planning in landscape ecology, urban interventions and evolving issues related to how we perceive and interact with the environment.

$25 ASLA Member
$45 Non-ASLA Member

No Registration Required
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
6/15/13 SYMPOSIUM (BEFORE 5/1/13)
$145 ASLA Member
$100 Associate ASLA Member
$170 Non-ASLA Member
$60 Student
6/15/13 SYMPOSIUM (AFTER 5/1/13)
$170 ASLA Member
$125 Associate ASLA Member
$195 Non-ASLA Member
$65 Student

2013 The Nature of Space Symposium Homepage

Download Promotional Mailer PDF

Register Today!


06.07 | ASLA / OLCA Golf Tournament
06.14 | Street Seats Design Charrette and EP Happy Hour
06.15 | The Nature of Space Symposium


Urban Green PDH Series: Green Roofs 2.0
ASLA Emerging Professionals: THICKET Kickoff Design Charrette


06.01 | Garden Dialogues Portland 
06.05 | Portland Lights Trade Show
06.06 | Urban Forestry Conference
06.22 | 9th Annual Designers Garden Tour


Launched in July of 2011, LANDbytes is ASLA Oregon Chapter's premier e-publication showcasing articles, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more! New this month:

Code Red
By Rebecca Wahlstrom

Story Telling
By Rebecca Wahlstrom


Landscape Architect

HBB Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architect/Landscape Designer

HBB Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architect / Landscape Designer
Koch Landscape Architecture


April 2013 Newswire - In case you missed it!
OSLAB Spring 2013 Newsletter
Obama Releases 2014 Budget Request
Excom Meeting Minutes - April 2013
ASLA National Elections Open
Make a Connection with ASLA
APAEA Heritage Month and Winning Poster


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Phone: 503.410.4489

May 19, 2013 Edit

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ASLA Nationals Election Period Open

via ASLA Nationals

Take a moment to exercise your rights as an ASLA member and cast your vote for the 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects president-elect.  The election period is open until Wednesday, May 29.

Link to Voting Site

Election Details

April 25, 2013 Edit

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Make a Connection with ASLA

 via ASLA Nationals

By joining the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), you will benefit from a wide range of educational opportunities and countless resources and tools to heighten your success and connect you with your peers.

As Your Career Connection, ASLA unites you with more than 15,000 members nationwide; membership provides local and national networking and professional development opportunities. The connections you make can help your career move forward. You also gain access to the latest news and trends in the industry—including the award-winning Landscape Architecture Magazine each month and access to affordable continuing education.

Watch the video below, to see why joining ASLA is the most important career investment you can make!

ASLA: Your Career Connection (Vimeo Link)

April 20, 2013 Edit

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Obama Releases 2014 Budget Request

 via the ASLA LAND e-publication

President Obama recently released the 2014 budget request that contains several items that could affect landscape architects in a real way.  Check out the link below for more details.

Complete LAND Article

March 17, 2013 Edit

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NLAM Nationals Website is Up!

via Phil Stamper
Public Relations & Communications Coordinator
American Society of Landscape Architects

We just updated the National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) homepage. When you have time, you can submit your event through the survey on the left side at

I would like to get a nice graphic representation of our events up (like this) mid-April, so please submit all the info for your event as soon as you can.

Click Here for More Information about NLAM

March 17, 2013 Edit

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ASLA Year of Public Service

via Phil Stamper
Public Relations & Communications Coordinator
American Society of Landscape Architects

It’s time to bring all your good work to light. As you may know, the ASLA public awareness campaign has made 2013 the Year of Public Service. The goal is to highlight the wide-reaching public service activities performed by landscape architects and landscape architecture students in an attempt to advocate for a deeper commitment by all to community service. Learn more about the initiative on the YPS2013 web site.

ASLA invites all current members to submit 2013 projects. Selected projects will be highlighted in the campaign’s website and outreach materials. Descriptions, quotes, and multimedia content may be used – with proper credit – on the YPS2013 website, blog and The Understory Facebook page.

You can start your own project or reach out to your local ASLA Chapter and join an existing project. For a project you’ve already started or participated in, simply go to the YPS2013 web site and click “Submit Project.” A pre-populated email will pop up, requesting information. Projects initiated in previous years are fine to submit, as long as some major aspect of the project occurs in 2013.

Your ASLA Chapter may be able to provide access to other projects, too. ASLA and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program have boosted their ongoing collaborative partnership to celebrate the Year of Public Service. Under this partnership, ASLA’s local chapters can volunteer in their communities to help NPS RTCA, providing technical assistance for such outdoor resources as trails, bike paths, and other recreational facilities. Review those identified for 2013 here.

We hope to have a wealth of projects led by students, members and our chapters on the blog and website by the end of YPS2013. Spread the word to anyone else who may be interested.

Contact Phil Stamper at with any questions related to the Year of Public Service. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #YPS2013.

Download PDF Flyer for More Information

March 16, 2013 Edit

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April is National LA Month

via National ASLA

Landscape architects will join across the country during the month of April to educate the public as to how their profession promotes Healthy Living Through Design. They’ll hold public events showcasing just what can be done through hands-on work with the public, speaking engagements, and design charrettes. Check out the 2012 Activities page for inspiration.

With the theme of Healthy Living Through Design, National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) 2013 will spur a country-wide discussion about the profession’s role in the most important issues facing our country, such as reducing childhood obesity, cleaning the air, greening the streets, and urging people to get out and take advantage of the great parks and landscapes available to them. Many of the projects taken on by landscape architects, including those featured on the ASLA Year of Public Service blog, address one of these four issues.

Working with landscape architects, communities can promote health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices through "Live, Work, Play" developments; incorporating physical activity into components of daily life; preserving and enhancing valuable natural resources; providing access to affordable, nutritious, and locally produced foods distributed for less cost; and creating a unique sense of community and place.

Find out More Here

February 4, 2013 Edit

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Summary of ASLA National News

What's up at ASLA? Check it out!

ASLA National News

February 4, 2013 Edit

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2013 Year of Public Service

Organizations love acronyms, and the ASLA is no different. The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced that 2013 is the Year of Public Service (otherwise known as YPS2013). As the national website states, this dedication is "to highlight the wide-reaching public service activities readily performed by landscape architects and to advocate for a higher commitment by all to community service projects".  

The ASLA is inviting people to submit their service projects for review and possible inclusion in the YPS2013 campaign outreach. If you don't have a project to submit, you can volunteer through your local chapter. The ASLA and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program have created ways that landscape architects can volunteer their technical expertise to help build trails, bike paths, and other community amenities. 

If you have a project you would like to submit for review or would like to learn more, check out the following links;

Submit your project for review

YPS2013 Details

January 19, 2013 Edit

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ASLA 2013 Awards: Winning Strategies

via Tom Oslund, FASLA, 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury Chair

I hope you are considering entering the 2013 ASLA Professional Awards Program. In 2012, the Professional Awards drew more than 600 submissions from across the U.S. and around the world. The jury met for three days of intense discussion and deliberation before selecting award recipients. I’m often asked, what makes a submission a winner? Here are some tips my jury colleagues and I can share for improving submissions to awards programs:

Keep it simple and follow the directions.
While it's tempting to customize a submission in hopes it will stand out from all the others, the best way to draw the jury's attention is through clear narrative description combined with high-quality photos and graphics. Printing out the narrative description in landscape style instead of portrait, using colored ink, or submitting a collage in order to include more images can actually detract from your presentation or even get the submission disqualified. Keep the focus on communicating the project's value to the jury.

Focus on the narrative description.
Provide the information requested in a direct, simple style. Highlight what makes the project unique, its environmental components, its long-term value, and how it raises the bar for the profession. Resist the temptation to overwrite. Use an easily readable font—Arial, Garamond, and Times Roman are good—in at least 10 point size. Increasing line spacing from single to 1.2 and double-spacing between paragraphs makes the narrative more readable as well.

Remember—images are key.
Let's face it; the best narrative in the world can't make up for poor photography. For design competitions, hire a professional photographer to shoot your project. Lighting is particularly important and professional photographers can show your project to its best advantage. Be creative: Shoot the project in different seasons, during the day and at night, and with people, if appropriate. Have the photos shot or scanned in a high-resolution (dimensions should be 3,000 pixels x 2,400 pixels, at a minimum of 300 ppi, pixels per inch) electronic format (jpeg is fairly universal). Do not submit color copies of photos; submit professionally processed photos no smaller than 8 x 10 inches.

Don't wait until the last minute to prepare your awards submission. Maintain an awards file. Most entry requirements for awards programs are set from year to year, and changes in procedure are minimal. Gather materials early and allow plenty of time for review. Two-person proof the narrative and captions for misspellings and typos. Neatness and good grammar count.

Let plantings mature.
Where site plantings are a key design component of a project, wait for the plantings to mature before photographing it for your portfolio or for awards submissions. Some firms wait up to three years before photographing projects.

Consider submitting projects in less-traditional categories.
Most competitions have several categories for submission. For example, the ASLA Professional Awards Program features six: General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, Research, and the Landmark Award. The design categories are far and away the most competitive, with twice as many submissions as the next largest category, Analysis and Planning. Consider all the work your firm has done for the past several years. There may be projects to submit in alternative categories.

Resubmit projects you believe in.
If your submission isn't successful the first year, don't give up—resubmit it the following year. Over the past five years, a large percentage of ASLA’s winning projects have been submitted previously. Juries change each year, and what appeals to a jury one year may completely differ the next. Keep a copy of your submission so that you don't have to re-create work you have already produced. Simple changes, such as better photography or allowing plantings to mature, can turn your project into a winner.

Be prepared to win.
Find out when the results will be announced and get ready. If you don't have a regular public relations staff person in place, designate someone to field media calls and to coordinate your firm's promotion of the award. This is a big deal—celebrate your success!

Submit on time.
The most important piece of advice for a successful entry is to submit it on time. The 2013 entry deadlines are:

Entry forms and payment must be received by:

Friday, February 8, 2013, for Professional Awards
Friday, April 26, 2013, for Student Awards
Submission binders must be received by:

Friday, February 22, 2013, for Professional Awards
Friday, May 17, 2013, for Student Awards

In need of inspiration?
View the ASLA 2012 Professional and Student award-winning projects.

Best of luck,

Tom Oslund, FASLA
2013 ASLA Professional Awards Jury Chair

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Public Awareness Campaign

The Public Awareness Campaign is an ongoing effort of the ASLA to get landscape architecture into the public eye.  Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, FASLA is the Oregon Chapter Public Awareness Advocate.  To find out more, explore the links below. 

ASLA Public Awareness Campaign

Jan 2013 Public Awareness Report

December 18, 2012 Edit

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2013 Symposium Call for Sessions

via Kurt Lango, Oregon ASLA Chapter President

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is seeking presenters for its annual
symposium on June 15th, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

The theme of the 2013 symposium is “The Nature of Space”. The nature of space is fundamental to how we
design, interpret and plan living environments. This symposium seeks to address current trends, issues and
research on transformative spaces, adaptive reuse, spatial planning in landscape ecology, urban interventions
and evolving issues related to how we perceive and interact with the environment.

The symposium includes three session timeslots, with two concurrent sessions during each timeslot for a total
of six potential sessions. ASLA Oregon is seeking 90‐ minute sessions that explore this theme using a variety of
formats: panel discussions, presentations, interactive dialogues. Multi‐disciplinary sessions are encouraged,
but not required.

Continuing education credits will be pursued. Session rooms will be equipped with projection equipment, and
are set up lecture‐style. Presenters are provided complementary symposium registration.
For questions, contact the Sessions Organizer, Melinda Graham, President‐Elect, Oregon ASLA at

Please use the following fillable session proposal form. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!

Session proposals are DUE 5:00 p.m. January 21, 2013 to

2013 Session Proposal Form

December 18, 2012 Edit

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National ASLA Call for Entries

The National ASLA Design Awards are coming up soon!  There are professional and student categories, so check out the website and see if this opportunity is right for you.

Good Luck!

October 22, 2012 Edit

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ASLA-High Desert Section Action Plan

ASLA Oregon Chapter – High Desert Section
2013 Action Plan Concepts

by Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, 2013 Chair

As Chair of the ASLA Oregon Chapter – High Desert Section, I would like to encourage increased engagement and connection between the local, state, and national levels of our organization in order to create more public awareness for landscape architects designing the environment. There are several opportunities already in place that I propose we work through in order to increase our visibility and clearly demonstrate how we can best serve our communities.

With the National ASLA Public Awareness Campaign launching of 2013 as “The Year of Public Service,” we are poised at the state and national levels to bring attention to the benefits of hiring and working with landscape architects. Public service is an excellent way to showcase bold ideas with exceptional results while meeting demands of the changing world that surround and infiltrate our communities. Media attention orchestrated at a larger scale often creates better understanding of how landscape architects resolve ecological and social issues through design. An upcoming webinar (to be announced) is being planned by ASLA Public Relations and Communications to develop themes, events, and additional public awareness toolkits.

Here on the High Desert, we are involved as Lead Partners with the Bend 2030 Community Vision. The current phase is called Accelerate Bend which features selected projects proposed as Vision Accelerators, action items that can be achieved in the near future. Of specific interest are a couple of Vision Accelerator projects called “Sustainable Local Food Production” which includes gardens on vacant city-owned land, a Bend food co-operative, and community gardens and “Community ‘Third Places’ which refers to purposeful community spaces where people can gather and connect such as improved pedestrian amenities downtown, pop-up community gardens, and community piazzas or squares.

I would like our High Desert landscape architects and allied design professionals to collaborate and work together on these two Vision Accelerator projects during 2013 “The Year of Public Service.” We had previously orchestrated two design charrettes for community gardens on 08.07.11 (The Understory) and 04.26.12 (Olmsted’s Birthday) as part of the National ASLA Public Awareness Campaign. Both created quite a buzz locally and collectively on the national scale for landscape architects designing your environment as well as created new alliances throughout the community that had not previously existed. We have a plan and are poised for action this coming 2013. What will your section be doing?

October 21, 2012 Edit

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Your Environment. Designed.

Do you ever wonder how to respond when people ask, "Just what do landscape architects do anyway"? 

The national ASLA Public Practice Advisory Committee (which our very own Robin Gyorgyfalvy chaired) has provided some resources for you to tackle some of these inquiries.  The five links below will direct you to beautifully crafted flyers that explore how landscape architects function in the public practice arenas of Transportation, Historic Preservation, Green Infrastructure, Healthy Communities, and Open Space Conservation. The flyers can be used in many ways; students who are deciding what area to focus on, landscape architects and allied design professionals who want to explore the idea of working in the public realm, and for increasing general public awareness.  Print some out and leave them around your studio or multi-disciplinary work environment; maybe people will start to start to say "I didn't know landscape architects could do that"!

ASLA Public Awareness Flyer - Transportation

ASLA Public Awareness Flyer - Historic Preservation

ASLA Public Awareness Flyer - Green Infrastructure

ASLA Public Awareness Flyer - Healthy Communities

ASLA Public Awareness Flyer - Open Space Conservation

August 19, 2012 Edit

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ASLA RTP Program

via Kevin O’Hara, Manager, Government Affairs
American Society of Landscape Architects

Dear Chapter Leaders,

Thanks to your leadership, 32 ASLA chapters answered the call and signed on to a letter to state governors in support of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). In total, about 800 local organizations signed onto this effort.

The ASLA chapters signing the letter: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, CCASLA, San Diego, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho/Montana, Indiana, Iowa, Prairie Gateway, Louisiana, Maryland, Boston, Michigan, St. Louis, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York Upstate, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The RTP sign-on letter is the first step in our continued chapter level advocacy surrounding the implementation of the new federal surface transportation law, MAP-21. We encourage you and your fellow chapter members to respond to an upcoming ASLA Advocacy alert that will allow individuals to echo the call of your chapter and ask governors to support the Recreational Trails Program. In the coming months, you can expect to see additional advocacy tools, including template letters to your state DOTs/governors, additional advocacy alerts, and webinars to help advocates learn about provisions in MAP-21 important to landscape architects and how to effectively advocate on their behalf.

Thank you for your rapid response to last week’s call for organizational support and thank you in advance for your continued advocacy efforts, as chapters and as individuals, in support of the active transportation programs that allow landscape architects to help communities become healthier, more economically vibrant places.

More about the letter, and the RTP program.


Kevin O’Hara
Manager, Government Affairs
American Society of Landscape Architects
636 Eye St NW
Washington, DC 20001

April 7, 2012 Edit

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Upcoming Events Poster

 via Christopher Olin, ASLA Oregon Chapter Communications Chair

April is Landscape Architecture Month!

ASLA Oregon is pleased to announce our Spring 2012 Chapter lineup of Portland Events!
Join fellow like-minded student and professional peers in networking, learning and fun!

To learn more, register for events, find resources and subscribe to our mailing list visit

Download Upcoming Events Flyer PDF - 11x17 Screen

Download Upcoming Events Flyer PDF - 11x17 Print

Visit ASLA Oregon's NLAM Page

Visit ASLA Oregon's Online Event Calendar

April 4, 2012 Edit

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ASLA Report to Our Members

via Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA
Executive Vice President and CEO
American Society of Landscape Architects

American Society of Landscape Architects
Annual 2011: A Report to Our Members

As we dive into what promises to be another very busy year for ASLA, I wanted to take a moment to review our accomplishments in 2011. Despite a very challenging economy that has affected us all, ASLA members and their Society made real progress in raising awareness of the profession and ensuring that the profession’s voice was heard.

On August 17, 1,000 volunteers hit the streets, the parks, and the sidewalks in their communities to share examples of landscape architecture projects and to explain the benefits your work brings to people’s lives. More than 250 events, half of which involved direct, one-on-one discussions, happened almost simultaneously. Collectively, these events generated more than 80 news stories in all media, reaching an estimated 15 million people.

So who says one person can’t make a difference? There are less than 30,000 people employed in the landscape architecture field in a nation of more than 312 million. Yet we were heard, big time. And we’ve only just begun.

Working hand-in-hand with our chapters and their dedicated public-awareness volunteers, we will continue that engagement with activities at the grassroots level supported by resources created by the national office. And this April chapters across the nation will once again celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month, introducing the profession to the public through a series of standalone events while also coordinating a common public outreach on April 26, Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday.

On the PR and communications side, much of our energy—and creativity—continues to be focused on web communications, because of the ability of the web to reach the largest audience. In 2011, the site attracted 644,000 unique visitors and more than 5 million pageviews, continuing healthy year-to-year growth.

To complement the public awareness materials, we have developed special areas on the site to serve as resources for policy makers, educators, students, and members of the other design and construction industries.

As part of the 08.17.11 events, we launched, a basic introduction to the profession as a destination for the curious public. So far, it has received more than 55,000 pageviews.

Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes features 30 case studies and eight animations that detail sustainable landscape design. These resources have attracted more than 370,000 pageviews thus far, and the animations have been viewed an additional 85,000 times.

To establish landscape architects in the forefront of discussions of key issues affecting the profession, we have developed detailed resource centers around topics such as transportation, green infrastructure, and livable communities, as well as corresponding resources for residential projects.

And we continue to leverage The Dirt blog to keep our voice in the mix. The blog is widely read and syndicated, consistently ranks among the top 10 on environmental subjects, and has received some 1.3 million pageviews since relaunch in 2009

These outreach efforts provide a solid foundation to support our equally significant progress on the advocacy front, in spite of the challenging political environment in Washington.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of a critical national rulemaking on stormwater. The process started with an EPA-commissioned National Research Council study on the effectiveness of the Agency’s current stormwater program. NRC’s conclusion: Big pipes and grey infrastructure are not going to solve the problem, but green infrastructure and low-impact development can.

To support its rulemaking, EPA asked ASLA to help document the use and effectiveness of green infrastructure approaches. We turned to you, and set an ambitious goal of 300 projects. You responded with 479 case studies, covering 43 states, D.C, and Canada. We provided all that data to EPA, and those case studies are now catalogued and available on the ASLA website. These projects are a compelling demonstration of the value of green infrastructure—and the critical role of landscape architects.

Another priority focus this year has been transportation. With the surface transportation bill coming up for renewal, we are advocating for inclusion of a federal Complete Streets policy in the legislation, along with supporting essential existing programs that support transportation alternatives, enhance community livability, and provide jobs for landscape architects.

Many of these programs came under a barrage of attacks in 2011, especially the transportation enhancements program. An example: On October 17, ASLA’s government affairs staff learned of a serious threat: Senator John McCain was preparing to offer an amendment to a fiscal year 2012 spending bill to gut the transportation enhancements program.

Since McCain did not include bicycle and trail projects on his hit list, many of our usual coalition partners opted not to challenge the proposal. So ASLA took the lead. We prepared a letter in opposition, got 12 other organizations to sign on, and put the letter into the hands of each senator’s chief of staff, legislative director, and transportation legislative assistant. And we sent out a red alert to all of you through our Advocacy Network. You responded. We had the best performance from the Advocacy Network to date, with 655 activists sending 1,338 messages to their senators over the two days preceding the vote.

It worked. The roll-call vote on October 19 was 59 to 39 to table the amendment, essentially killing it.

Your grassroots-level advocacy, combined with our D.C.-based outreach efforts, not only reversed the threat, but also raised ASLA’s profile on Capitol Hill. ASLA was cited by the influential Democratic Policy Committee as an opponent of the amendment, and multiple senate staffers cited ASLA’s opposition and outreach as a major contributing factor to votes against the amendment.

Threats are continuing, and vigilance and quick action are still required. I commend you all for your support of ASLA and your direct involvement in issues of importance to the profession and to the country. It would be easy in such very difficult and stubborn financial times to lose faith and withdraw. That’s not our style, and the relative health of ASLA and the profession is testimony to that, as are such success stories as I’ve just shared.

There’s a lot more I could tell you about, like the changes I hope you’ve been noticing in our fantastic Landscape Architecture Magazine, the second-largest Annual Meeting and largest Expo in ASLA history, and the progress of our Sustainable Sites Initiative partnership. I urge you to stay engaged and help us help you, as you all did so effectively in 2011. Thank you all.

Nancy C. Somerville

March 30, 2012 Edit

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March 2012 Newswire


MARCH 2012


04.20 | ASLA Oregon North Park Block Design Charrette
04.20 | ASLA Oregon Emerging Professionals Social
04.21 | ASLA Oregon Enlightened Landscape[s] Symposium
04.26 | UO A&AA Career Symposium 
04.26 | Pine Nursery Design Charrette
04.26 | FLO's Birthday!
06.14 | ASLA Oregon EP 101 Series: Greenroof Tour + Roundtable - PDH Opportunity!


03.31 | Community Horticultural Therapy Program
04.04 | Community Trees Field Class
04.13 | BCSLA Annual Conference
05.02 | Living Future unConference 
05.03 | UFIS Soils and Urban Tree Conference
05.17 | Landscape Field Day
06.02 | Portland Memory Garden PDH Seminar
06.03 | Portland Memory Garden Open House

06.07 | Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference
08.05 | Transportation Research Board Meeting


Elevate your understanding of landscape by taking it to a higher level. ASLA Oregon invites you to expand your thinking over two days of inspired guest speakers, discussions and a design charrette. Join us for learning and networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to earn valuable professional development hours (PDH’s).

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more information + registration - REGISTER BY 3/30 FOR EARLY BIRD RATES!

2012 sponsorship opportunities

become a 2012 supporting sponsor for just $100!

Your company name will be featured on the event program! 

ASLA Oregon Chapter is pleased to announce our
2012 Enlightened Landscape[s] Symposium Presenting Sponsor:

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Learn more about Buell Recreation

View 2012 ASLA Oregon Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

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Launched in July of 2011, LANDbytes is ASLA Oregon Chapter's premier e-publication showcasing articles, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more! New this month:

Get Ready! Landscape Architecture Month is Coming!
By Rebecca Wahlstrom

Happy Birthday, FLO!
By Rebecca Wahlstrom


April is Landscape Architecture Month!
NLAM, 04.26, and YOU
Executive Committee Call for Volunteers
Communications Committee Call for Volunteers
Summer Internships
New Landscape Architecture Flyers!
ASLA Notes and Numbers Facts and Figures PDF


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