2018 Urbanism Next Conference

ASLA Oregon is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the University of Oregon to hold the Urbanism Next Conference on March 5-7 of 2018. The Conference focuses on how we integrate emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the sharing economy into the built environment. Together with architects, planners, developers, academics and ethicists, we will come together for presentations, sessions, and interactive workshops and charrettes.

ASLA Oregon wants to ensure that landscape architects have a prominent seat at the table for the dialogue, debate, and work shaping our future cityscapes.

Urbanism Next will offer continuing education opportunities for our members and allow interdisciplinary networking with local and national professionals.

Interested in participating?

  • Review the attached Conference overview PDF
  • Review the attached Call for Proposals and consider if you or someone that you know is interested in speaking or hosting a design charrette (if you’d like to be paired with another speaker but don’t know who, that’s OK – indicate that). Proposals are due on Nov. 7th
  • Review the Urbanism Next website for additional information
  • Know anyone who is interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Click here for our Sponsorship flyer!

Special Opportunity – Join the Program Committee – Help Select Conference Speakers!

We are looking for some interested members who will be a Program Committee for Urbanism Next. As part of the Program Committee, you will get the opportunity to meet folks from ASLA, APA, ULI, AIA, and the University of Oregon and help shape the Conference by reviewing session and workshop/charrette proposals. About half of the Program Committee will be asked to be coordinators for a workshop/charrette during the conference.

We ask that each committee member can commit to reviewing and rating session or workshop proposals at some point during the November 7 – November 15 window. Committee members are then invited to participate in a session and workshop proposal meeting on Friday, November 17 from 9 am to 11 am (in person or via Zoom).

If you volunteer to help with the workshop/charrette sessions, we will ask you to be the coordinator to one workshop/charrette and attend that workshop/charrette during the conference. These volunteers will need to participate in two meetings – one in early December to go over their duties and responsibilities and the second meeting in early February to discuss the requirements for your workshop and what to expect the day of the workshop.

Volunteers who are workshop or charrette coordinators will qualify for a reduced rate of $125 for the entire conference.

 

Don’t hesitate to reach to presidentelect@aslaoregon.org with any questions. Hope to see you there!


Annual Awards Soiree to Recognize Design Excellence

Join ASLA Oregon on Friday, November 3rd in downtown Portland for our Annual Awards Soiree and a festive evening celebrating our design community.
Our 2017 Design Awards recognize professional and student excellence by honoring the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond. Winners will be announced at the Soiree.
“We retooled our Design Award program this year in response to feedback from our members,” said Jean Senechal Biggs, President of ASLA Oregon. “In addition to establishing a new category to recognize community service, we created two categories for both residential design and general design to allow smaller projects a better opportunity to compete for awards.”
The evening’s event program also includes voting for the People’s Choice Award and recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of ASLA student award winners from the University of Oregon. We’ll also honor our chapter’s newest ASLA Fellow, Teresa Chenney, and acknowledge the state’s newest registered landscape architects. There’s lots to celebrate this year!
Thanks to our fabulous jury!
In early October, ASLA Oregon convened a jury with diverse landscape architecture, academic, and development expertise to review the submissions and deliberate the winners.
  • Mark Garff, ASLA, PLA, Principal, SCJ Studio, Seattle, WA
  • Anyeley Hallová, project^, Portland, OR
  • Mark Johnson, FASLA, Founder, Civitas, Denver, CO
This year, we received 9 student entries and 29 professional entries. It was an impressive showing of work in nearly all our categories that include general design, residential design, analysis and planning, transportation, communications, research, student projects, and community service. Jurors were impressed with the breadth of work, and praised the chapter for running an effective – and fun – deliberation process.
Special thanks goes to this year’s Jury Sponsor, Anova Furnishings, and to the Portland office of MIG for hosting the jury in their offices.
Soiree tickets on sale through October 27
Ready for fun? Bring your clients, colleagues, subconsultants, and contractors to join in our celebration. Everyone is welcome!
Click HERE to purchase your 2017 Design Awards Soirée Tickets and for event details. Individual tickets and table reservations are available.
Don’t wait until the last minute – purchase your tickets today!
Tickets will not be available after October 27.
 
Our sponsors make these events happen 
This year’s General Event Sponsor is 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, and the entire Columbia Cascade/Timberform team!
Interested in becoming a sponsor? There’s still time. Please contact Jamie Hendrickson at VPChapterServices@aslaoregon.org for details.

Lewis & Clark Greenway Design Charrette

    MEMBERS-ONLY SPECIAL EVENT – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

Join our design team!

Oregon ASLA and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS RTCA) are partnering to create a conceptual plan for the Lewis & Clark Greenway Trail, a 46-mile regional trail that is envisioned to connect Ridgefield to Washougal along the northern bank of the Columbia River.

Oregon ASLA invites members to participate in a full-day charrette November 18, 2017 in Vancouver. We are assembling a team of up to 16 professionals and 8 students. Our work will include working with key stakeholders and elected officials to develop conceptual designs and alignment alternatives for the future trail.

The charrette provides a rare opportunity for the landscape architecture communities from Oregon and Washington to gather, learn from each other, and lend our expertise and abilities to the beginnings of this regionally significant trail in Clark County.

Are you an experienced trail designer? An expert meeting facilitator? Great with graphics?

We are seeking participants with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Participation in the charrette will be based on a competitive selection process. Students, emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Oregon or Washington ASLA members in good standing.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.

To learn more about the trail, view this presentation from Clark County about their vision for the Lewis and Clark Trail: Click here

Application Process

To apply, complete our application form and attach a cover letter and current resume.

Click here to download an application form.

Professional Member Applications Due: Friday, September 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Student Member Applications Due: Monday, October 9 at 5:00 pm
Applicants Notified: Week of October 16th

Questions? Interested in Applying?

Please contact Robin Wilcox, Robin.Wilcox@place.la


Call for Entries for the 2017 Design Awards Opens August 28!

The Oregon Chapter of ASLA Oregon Design Awards program celebrates professional and student excellence by recognizing the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond. The Executive Committee is excited to announce the opening for the Call for Entries period, which runs between August 28 – September 25, 2017.
Please check back on the website on August 28 for the downloadable .PDF with complete directions and full descriptions of submission categories. A submission payment page and Dropbox link will also be available at that time.
Jury Deliberation
In early October, a jury with diverse landscape architecture and related expertise will convene in Portland to evaluate submissions. The 2017 jury features the following individuals:
Thank you to Anova Furnishings for providing sponsorship assistance for the jury.
Design Awards Soirée
 
The Design Awards Soirée’s Event Sponsor is Columbia Cascade/Timberforma leading local designer and manufacturer of playground equipment, site furnishings, bicycle parking solutions, and fitness equipment. The Event Sponsorship is critical to making the annual celebration and social event possible for our members.
Award winners selected by the jury will be announced at the Design Awards Soirée event on Friday, November 3. The evening’s event program also includes the People’s Choice Award, recognition of our Chapter’s newly admitted Fellow of ASLA, recognition of newly registered landscape architects approved by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board, and recognition of the outstanding academic achievements of student award winners from the University of Oregon. There’s lots to celebrate this year. Tickets will be available for online purchase soon after the Call for Entries period closes. Please save the date!

Lewis & Clark Greenway Charrette

Clark County, The Intertwine Alliance, and the Cities of Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, and Washougal have partnered together to develop a 46 mile regional trail that is envisioned to connect Ridgefield to Washougal along the northern bank of the Columbia River.  Clark County was awarded a National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation technical assistance grant to help convene and coordinate partners and collectively plan the proposed trail.  Through a national cooperative agreement with NPS, ORASLA is helping to host a design charrette on Saturday November 18th.  The design workshop will be an intensive all-day event that will pair landscape architects with stakeholders and community members to collaboratively plan the trail’s proposed location and provide guidance for sites best suited for trailheads, connections to other trails, and pocket parks along the greenway.

 

The charrette will take place in Vancouver, WA on Saturday November 18th.  A call for interested ASLA landscape architects from both the Oregon and Washington chapters will be coming in the August newsletter.

 

For more information contact Robin Wilcox robin.wilcox@place.la


Executive Committee – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2017 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 28th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 28th. The results will be officially announced in August.

New Executive Committee 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 Los Angeles.

Please take a moment to vote in our upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input of the future of our chapter and select our next group of leaders to inspire our members and bring our group of professionals together.

Candidate for President Elect
Mary Stewart

Mary is a landscape architect and urban designer who focuses her placemaking skills within the right-of-way. She has fifteen years experience creating equitable and gracious connections that enhance livability for people of all ages and abilities. Mary designs active transportation projects that combine design creativity and deep knowledge of sustainable practices to achieve holistic solutions. She is an experienced project manager, skilled at managing interdisciplinary teams to produce innovative work.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as president-elect. I think there is a need to strengthen the field of Landscape Architecture in Oregon and Nationally and I want to learn more about how I can best support all of you.”

Candidate for Trustee
Jean Senechal Biggs

Landscape architecture is a dynamic field that benefits from engaged, informed and connected professionals. ASLA is the organization that brings us all together and I am honored to be a candidate for Trustee of the Oregon Chapter. The ASLA Board of Trustees, with representatives from each of the 49 professional chapters, establishes policies, strategic objectives and priorities for the Society. Through our Trustee, ASLA Oregon builds upon the national network of ASLA to advocate for and advance the profession.

Threats to licensure, the looming crisis of climate change, disruptive changes to cities from autonomous vehicles, and the need to diversify the profession are challenges that call for attention. As Trustee, I will participate in conversations at a national level about these challenges, while supporting efforts at a chapter level to engage our members to address them. I will continue to reflect on how we can increase the visibility of landscape architecture in the community, how we can grow as an organization, and how we can bring our members together. I look forward to exchanging ideas, taking action, and making everyone’s experience with ASLA meaningful.

About Jean
Jean is a Senior Project Manager at DKS Associates, a transportation planning and engineering firm in Portland. She has made transportation the focus of her career and frequently finds herself bridging the gap between planning and engineering. Before joining DKS in 2017, Jean spent 20 years at the Portland Bureau of Transportation planning, designing and building innovative transit and transportation projects. She is passionate about building livable communities and the transformative power of walking, biking and transit. A Boston native, Jean earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and is a huge fan of Shadow Mentor Day.

Candidate for VP of Member Services
Shannon Simms

Shannon Simms is a landscape architect at Mayer/Reed, where she focuses on park and transportation projects. Shannon’s work is inspired by travels in both wilderness and urban areas. As an avid cyclist and hiker, she tends to think about landscape architecture in terms of movement. Shannon completed a master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2010. She has been living and adventuring in Portland since 2013.

“I look forward to this opportunity to support our ASLA chapter as VP of Member Services and collaborate with my peers on the Executive Committee.”

Candidate for Communications Chair
Andrew Jepson-Sullivan

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan is a landscape designer who has lived in Oregon for most of his life. He currently works in Portland at Mackenzie where his projects range from industrial and campus design, to parks and multi-use projects. Andrew has particular interests in landscape representation and digital graphics.

In 2016, Andrew received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. During graduate school, he found a passion for design competitions and was the recipient of several awards including a Merit Award from the Oregon ASLA Chapter and an Honorable Mention in the ULI Hines Urban Design Competition, among others. He also holds Bachelors degrees in urban planning and anthropology.

Andrew is looking forward to the opportunity to become more involved with Oregon ASLA as the Communications Chair. He hopes to be an asset to the Executive Board and members through his past experience both building and managing websites.

Candidate for Emerging Professionals Chair
Patty Hines

Patty earned her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. She has worked professionally for a multi-disciplinary design firm in Seattle as a landscape designer, and for a city in long-range master planning. She owns Outside Design and focuses on residential landscape design projects in the Portland area. Nominated to the ASLA Executive Committee in November of 2015, she serves as the Emerging Professionals Chair where she started sketchPDX as a way to foster the practice of hand drawing as a critical skill in the ability to design, communicate and investigate ideas.

A self-described ‘design junkie’, Patty keeps up to date with the latest design trends in architecture, product design, graphics, interior design and landscape architecture. “As new landscape architects begin their careers, meeting people, making connections and getting involved with landscape architecture and related communities is vital. As the Emerging Professionals Chair, I will continue to focus on fostering a sense of community so that we can connect socially and professionally as we learn from each other and keep current with the latest ideas in this dynamic field. Together we can help each other build strong and lasting connections an have a little fun in the process.”

Candidate for Student Liason
Elizabeth Auvil

Elizabeth is a landscape designer at Alta Planning + Design, a Portland-based firm with expertise in active transportation planning, design, and implementation. A native of East Portland, Elizabeth developed a passion for understanding the urban fabric and landscape of her hometown. She went to study architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. While in Eugene, she spent time volunteering at community gardens and became invested in understanding and resolving the issue of access to healthful food. Elizabeth has volunteered at Zenger Farms in outer Southeast Portland and her hope to eliminate food deserts in East Portland continues today.

Elizabeth gained experience working for the state of Oregon with the Parks & Recreation Department developing a master plan for the state parks in the Columbia Gorge.  In this role, Elizabeth’s belief that all human beings deserve access to thriving public spaces solidified. This belief also led her to her current role at Alta Planning + Design. She is a designer and project manager on projects that enhance the public realm. Her design experience includes wayfinding signage systems, trails, complete streets, parks and open spaces, and bike share systems. 

Elizabeth is a proponent for projects actively addressing equity and is the co-founder of the Public Engagement service area at Alta. Elizabeth believes good design should be accessible to all human beings regardless of age, cultural heritage or income level. 

Elizabeth’s intention in running for Student Liason is to improve the connections between professionals and current students of landscape architecture, and to develop new connections in the form of mentorship between professionals and youth in Oregon. If elected as Student Liason, Elizabeth will develop a youth outreach program that will foster awareness of landscape architecture for the future.

Candidates for Section Chairs:
Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard

Before pursuing her graduate education, Kate Tromp van Holst lived at the base of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon, where she was raised. Though her undergraduate studies focused on Art, Sociology, and English, all of her projects and interests came back around to the landscape, from painting and poetry to innovative agricultural practices. Kate recently discovered her professional calling, Landscape Architecture, and earned her Master’s of Landscape Architecture from The University of Oregon in 2016.She is also fairly new to Eugene, and the ASLA, but she’s jumped headfirst into all three, and is ready to serve the community as co-chair of the Willamette Valley Section. Kate is currently working at Schirmer Satre Group as a landscape designer while pursuing her Landscape Architecture license. 

Rebecca Shepard grew up in beautiful British Columbia in a house nestled between the mountains and the ocean.  She and her husband moved to Eugene so she could return to school and be close to family while they raised their daughter. Rebecca attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in landscape architecture. Many of Rebecca’s projects focused on the health of urban watersheds. Rebecca is a landscape designer at Dougherty Landscape Architects (DLA). Previously she worked for the City of Eugene on their Stormwater Green Infrastructure Management (SWiM) Team.

Rebecca is the current chair for the Willamette Valley Section. Since the summer of 2016, she has successfully organized events for PDH credits for landscape architects and created networking opportunities between professionals and students. She is running together with Kate Tromp Van Holst. The two have practice working well together, both from being in the same graduate cohort at the University of Oregon and from studying together for the L.A.R.E. examinations.


Call for Committee Service

ASLA’s national Call for Committee Service closes on June 30, 2017. To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees, please fill out the committee appointment form. Please contact Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, with any questions.
Student and Associate Advisory Committee nominations are also due June 30. The purpose of these committees is to increase the ability of ASLA to gain insight on the priorities of emerging professionals and learn how best to provide membership value to student and associate members. Committee selections are made from candidates who have been nominated by the chapter president of the professional chapter. If you’re interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at president@aslaoregon.org.

Members-Only Opportunity! Victor Stanley Factory Tour

Members-Only Opportunity!
Victor Stanley Factory Tour

Victor Stanley invites ASLA members to be their guest for an informative tour of their Maryland factories, and a day of sightseeing in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD from June 3rd – 6th, 2017.

On the factory tour, participants will learn about Victor Stanley’s production processes and innovative solutions for the manufacture of site amenities. While at the factory, participants will also tour our Engineering and Graphic Arts departments to meet firsthand the professionals behind the design and engineering of their custom tooling, fixtures, machinery, and products.

Victor Stanley takes care of airfare, rooms and meals. It’s a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. Space is limited! Contact Sarah Kwon, Corporate Business Developer, at sarahk@victorstanley.com for more details and to reserve your spot.


OLCA/ASLA Golf Tournament

Bring your co-workers, your colleagues, your clients – all are welcome. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, shared cart rental, lunch and prizes.
Early bird registration ends Sunday, May 29. Sign up today!
Click here to download registration form.

Call for Nominations

It’s that time of year again!

ASLA Design Symposium Sub-committee meeting

Amazingly, since this time last year, the Earth has revolved once more around the sun, and Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and the results will be announced in mid-August. 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 Los Angeles.

 

Feeling the call to service? Got some ideas about how ASLA Oregon can improve? Feel free to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate or mentor – anyone you think would be an advocate for landscape architecture on the state and national level. We’ve got a great team in place, and we’re excited about a great 2017-18. You may nominate folks (or yourself) for multiple positions.

 

ASLA Full, Fellow 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.

 

Trustee: Three-year term. The trustee represents Oregon ASLA at the national level by serving on the national Board of Trustees. The trustee may serve on a national task force, study group, or may be asked to represent the interests of national ASLA. The trustee shall attend the annual and mid-year meetings of the Board of Trustees. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Treasurer: Two-year term. The treasurer manages the inflow and outflow of money for the Chapter, maintains a record of accounts, and presents quarterly reports to the Executive Committee. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Vice President of Member Services: Two-year term. The VP of Member Services leads our efforts to recruit and retain members and leads the Fellows and Honors Committee. The VP of Member Services oversees our annual Awards program and leads the committee that organizes the Annual Soiree in the fall. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Communications Chair: Two-year term. This person assists with the Chapter newswire, maintains and updates the website, posts to social media, and helps to inform members of events. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Emerging Professionals Chair: Two-year term. The EP Chair works to provide activities, events, and learning opportunities that are particularly useful to landscape architects early in their career. Must be an Associate Member of ASLA.

 

Student Liaison: Two-year term. The student liaison helps maintain communication with the ASLA Student Chapter at the University of Oregon and helps to facilitate student centered events such as Shadow Mentor Day. Also helps lead outreach to build awareness of the landscape architecture profession to youth and students. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Willamette Valley Section Chair: Two-year term. This position represents our membership in the Willamette Valley region and plans educational and social events for members. Can be filled by one member as chair or two members as co-chairs. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Crater Lake Section Chair: Two-year term. The Crater Lake Chair represents our membership in southeast Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Can be filled by one member as chair or two members as co-chairs.
Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

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

Don’t delay! Nominations open tomorrow, April 26, 2017 and close May, 26, 2017 at the stroke of midnight.