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!
Here’s Our Recap With All the Honorees
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Beginning in 2005 by a design studio in San Francisco, PARK(ing) Day now is a world-wide event, held always the third Friday in September. That means that this year, PARK(ing) Day is September 16. While your local chapter of the ASLA is not officially sponsoring an installation this year, firms are encouraged to have some fun in the street and tell people about Landscape Architecture.
Sound interesting? Some tips you might consider;
-you will need to get permits from the municipality where you live
-make sure that you connect with the neighboring people and businesses well before the event to make sure they are aware and help allay fears of losing parking spots.
-alert the local ASLA chapter members of your installation so people can visit
-post lots of photos and tag them #ASLAPD16. ASLA will then have a nation-wide contest to crown the favorite professional and student installation.
For more details on putting a PARK(ing) Day together, download the PARK(ing) Day manual http://parkingday.org/resources/
Members of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA were recently invited by Victor Stanley, the site furnishings manufacturer, to visit Maryland and Washington D.C. for a long weekend of sightseeing, making new connections, and touring their two factories. Five Oregon Chapter members were joined by practitioners from Alaska and Seattle for this members only opportunity. Victor Stanley (as well as other companies) occasionally offer such trips where expenses are paid giving practitioners the opportunity to better know the company and the product. Sound boring? Not in the least. Smart, interesting people who view their surroundings through lenses both artful and technically astute surrounded and inspired us.
Accompanied by one of the founders of Victor Stanley (with an acute interest in history), most of our time was spent touring Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. We visited Ford’s Theater, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Naval Academy. While seeing these beautiful, but somber reminders of tremendous loss in our nation’s history, tour members admired the remarkable designers who imagined these spaces where people could gather with others and contemplate our past.
ASLA tour members enjoyed getting to visit (or revisit) a part of the country so rich in historical events and most of all, an opportunity to connect to other people in a new way. Well done, Victor Stanley. Thanks for bringing the Oregon Chapter of the ASLA along on the adventure.
The 2016 OLCA/ASLA golf tournament was held on June 3 at the Langdon Farms Golf Club. The revamped tournament was well attended this year and took advantage of an early-morning tee time and fantastic summer weather. Over 120 contractors, architects and vendors donned their golf gear and participated in an 18-hole best ball scramble. A unique phone based scoring application provided real time scores for the tournament helping to heighten the competition.
The tournament was followed by an awards ceremony and incredible lunch consisting of fried chicken and barbecue pork. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishing teams as well as closest to the pin and long drive participants. Awards were made to both men and women in each group. Winners walked away with gift certificates for both meals and gear from Langdon Farms as well as bottles of wine and clothing from several generous sponsors.
Hole in One prizes (although none were given) included trips to resort destinations across the country and a new 2017 GMC truck.
The ASLA highlight of the tournament was the lunch time raffle that produced the lone winning landscape architect. Tommy Solomon from 2 Ink Studio walked away with a brand new set of Nike irons. When asked if he was a golfer Solomon replied “I am now”!
Oregon ASLA recognizes that emerging professionals are the future of the profession and future leaders within ASLA. Our Emerging Professionals Committee leads our efforts to bring programming to attract and involve our newest members and engage the interest of long-time professionals.
Frequent, engaging events encourage participants to foster relationships within the community of design-related fields, and the ASLA organization as a whole. These positive experiences will help increase involvement in other aspects of ASLA, where emerging professionals can volunteer their time and energy, and remain engaged in ASLA throughout their careers. Get involved!
Events of this type could have educational value, provide networking/social opportunities, and/or provide community service. Kinds of events might include a design charrette for a local non-profit, coordination with the John Yeon Center for a visit to The Shire, tours of current projects of note, or sketching the historic Halprin Sequence.
Networking + Social Events + Educational Opportunities:
Emerging professionals builds new friendships and makes professional contacts by engaging in a collaborative activity such as our interdisciplinary Trivia Group Event in partnership with emerging professionals groups from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and (WTS Portland, a professional organization focused on advancing women in transportation.
The new urban sketching groups, SketchPDX, is a monthly meeting of Emerging Professionals and drawing enthusiasts created to have fun and learn from each other in a collaborative environment.
SketchPDX: Eugene Road trip, our most recent event, attracted a mix of emerging professionals, landscape architects, students (both landscape architecture and architecture), and one (fine) Fellow (ASLA). Together we enjoyed an inspiring afternoon of sketching, watercoloring and learning new drawing techniques. Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, showed us a new way of interpreting place by applying a concept based on the definition of autochthonous – look it up, you’ll get it.
Here’s how you can participate:
You don’t have to be an emerging professional of participate in any of our EP events. They are open to all our members and to those thinking about joining ASLA. Special guests with special skills will be invited to join us off and on throughout the year to share, teach and pass on new ways of drawing. Watch for future sketchPDX events on the Oregon ASLA website, Newswire and your email.
Have an idea for an event or a skill to share? Contact EP Chair Patty Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual ASLA Oregon Symposium was once again a huge success!
The Symposium kicked off bright and early Saturday morning. Landscape architects, designers and allied professionals filed into University of Oregon’s White Stag Block abuzz with discussion about the day ahead.
Each speaker presented a wonderfully different perspective on the topic of fostering equity and diversity in design, our communities, our profession. How do we bridge practice to help create equitable and resilient communities? Attendees explored sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy, intercultural modes for inclusive urban spaces, cultural changes and rapid urban growth occurring in cities of Mexico. We learned more about how diversity and environmental justice in design can be achieved with strong community collaboration.
Our gracious sponsors had tables set up in the middle of our gathering space, making it easy for attendees to get the latest product news and information, as well as food and drink. We hear year after year from our members how much they enjoy reconnecting with their local plant nurseries, site furnishing manufacturers, and more!
An engaging keynote address was given by Diane Jones Allen, Design Jones LLC, that explored bridging community practice and academy to create equitable and resilient environments. The sessions to follow were lively, educational and cross disciplinary in nature – exactly the balance the Symposium planning committee strives for every year. We wrapped up the day with a compelling panel moderated by Randy Gragg, Executive Director John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape, University of Oregon.
Thank you attendees, sponsors and volunteers for your participation again this year! A special thanks to the John Yeon Center and Randy Gragg for hosting the event. Everyone’s energy and enthusiasm helped make this annual event a success yet again. See you next year!