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.


Downtown Eugene – Request for Proposals

The City of Eugene is offering a new opportunity for those interested in joining the redevelopment momentum that continues in downtown Eugene and expands to the riverfront area. The City has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of two city-owned properties, located at 8th & Mill and Broadway & Hilyard. Copies of both RFPs are attached to this e-mail, and can be found here:
https://www.eugene-or.gov/3498/41430/Requests-for-Proposals

8th & Mill (440 E. 8th Ave.)
The 8th & Mill Site is a 0.26-acre property that is currently a parking lot is located across from the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse to the north and Whole Foods to the west. The site is zoned C-2 (Community Commercial) and is in the Nodal Development Overlay Zone, which calls for higher density, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development.

Broadway & Mill (703 E. Broadway)
The Broadway & Hilyard Site is made up of two parcels totaling 0.27 acres, immediately adjacent to the 66 Motel to the north and east on Broadway and across from Café Yumm to the south. The site is zoned C-2 (Community Commercial) is currently vacant and undeveloped.

Proposals must be submitted by 5pm Monday, May 1, 2017.
For more information, please contact Amanda D’Souza at 541-682-5540 or Amanda.m.dsouza@ci.eugene.or.us

Professional Development in 2017

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

Continuing education, measured as Professional Development Hours (PDH), are required to maintain licensure.  Meeting these requirements is often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities.  Staying current on new technologies, trends, and products is critical to the practice of landscape architecture.

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education available to our members and, as of February 2016, is a certified provider through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).   LACES was developed collaboratively by ASLA, Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB), Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), and Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).   The purpose of LACES is to insure the quality and relevance of content in continuing education events.  LACES Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits are transferable and recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.   In addition, ASLA member attendance of LACES events is recorded by the LACES PDH provider and ASLA.  Attendance can be incorporated into CLARB records, if the CLARB number is included on the Certificate of Attendance.

Due to LACES approval and record-keeping requirements, the Chapter no longer certifies events planned by others.  Many such events contain relevant educational information and are considered ‘self-reporting’.   ‘Self-reporting’ simply means record keeping of event information and educational content, for reporting to OSLAB, is the responsibility of the practitioner.   We continue to promote these events on our website and through the monthly Newswire.

Looking for ways to expand your professional development and continuing education activities? Read more in our listings below.

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

Check the OR ASLA Events listings for opportunities throughout the state offering a range of continuing education activities. Programs and events offered by other organizations may qualify for PDH credits.

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit. Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

ASLA Oregon always welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs. And every summer, our annual Call for Nominations seeks out members who are interested serving on the chapter’s Executive Committee. Contact us to learn more and sign up.

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO typically offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles from October 20-23. The conference theme and education sessions will be announced later this year.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects.  For members who travel frequently, LACES programs are offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.


Call for Applications extended until Februrary 28th – Portland Japanese Gardens

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Portland Japanese Garden’s new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture is a new educational initiative at the garden, launching in 2017. The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance.

The three-tier Waza to Kokoro training program is the Institute’s main program, but the Institute also hosts short master-level workshops, public lectures by prominent writers and lecturers, and other programs that integrate gardening skills with cultural knowledge. Our goal is to provide a place in North America to learn the skills and techniques (waza)  for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens while acquainting students with the cultural heart and soul (kokoro) of Japanese garden arts.

The Institute is currently accepting applications for “Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden,” August 25 – September 5, 2017, the first official seminar to be hosted in the new Kengo Kuma-designed Cultural Village at the PJG.  The focus will be on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea—an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.

The 2017 seminar will be offered to 16 experienced students led by Portland Japanese Garden staff and visiting garden artisans from Japan. Marc P. Keane, renowned author and designer, will give the opening lecture, and three visiting Japanese garden artisans will lead the instruction along with Portland Japanese Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama. Early bird registration is available to help keep costs to a minimum. The course is open to professional gardeners from Japanese gardens, landscape design and construction professionals, and students of landscape-related disciplines. The event is 80 hours of instruction with PDH potential for ASLA members.

More information:

www.japanesegarden.com/institute

Or by contacting Institute director Kristin Faurest at kfaurest@japanesegarden.com