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 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

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:

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

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


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:

Or by contacting Institute director Kristin Faurest at


Children, Nature and Schools Symposium: Finding New Ways to Help our Students Thrive

When:  Monday, March 13, 9 am-6pm and Tuesday, March 14, Green School Tour, 9 am-1 pm

Where: Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Banquet Center (downstairs from the Cascade Grill inside the main entrance

Who should attend: School administrators and facilities staff, teachers, PTA members, community school advocates, environmental education professionals, nature play and recess advocates, landscape architects, child health care professionals and the general public

Cost:  $50 general attendees
$40 individuals who are staff of Intertwine Partners and school administrators and staff
$30 Green School tour on Tuesday (lunch included)

Join us for a full day of educational and strategic sessions where we will think more deeply about how to best leverage our school grounds to develop students who are physically active, achieve more academically and become more engaged future stewards of our environment.

Our keynote presenter will be Cam Collyer who is the Executive Director of Programs at Evergreen, a Canadian organization whose mission is “Inspiring action to green
cities”. He oversees Evergreen’s national suite of programs that focus on the design, stewardship and animation of public lands which includes the award winning national school ground greening program – Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds.
A full agenda will be available shortly. RSVP here to reserve a spot!

Symposium includes lunch and networking wine and beer reception. CEU’s are available for teachers in attendance.

For more details, click here

Membership Matters in 2017

New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues.

Free with membership:

ASLA membership designation on business cards, resume, work profile, etc.

Landscape Architecture Magazine subscription (digital or print)

Professional Practice Networks (a choice of 1 from 18 networks)

Firm Finder listing for your firm

LAND, the biweekly national ASLA e-newsletter

Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)

JobLink résumé posting

Access to ExCom monthly meetings held in downtown Portland

Discounts on the following with membership:

National ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO registration fees

National ASLA Professional Awards entry fee

Oregon ASLA Design Symposium registration fees

Oregon ASLA Design Awards registration fees

JobLink job postings

LARE preparation courses

Online learning continuing education

Beginning in 2017 ASLA is changing the structure of membership dues for emerging professionals, and Oregon ASLA is raising chapter dues for full and affiliate members by $5 from $80 to $85 per year. Associate member dues will not change and will remain at $45 per year. Click here for details

For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit:

Awareness and Advocacy

Two notable (and likely unknown) benefits of membership are Oregon ASLA’s efforts to raise awareness of the profession and legislative advocacy on issues that matter most to the profession. In March 2016, Oregon ASLA’s President Laurie Matthews and other Oregon LA’s met with staff members from the offices of Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to discuss key issues and federal funding bills on the horizon. The group also apprised the lawmakers of design and planning projects of importance to the State and region, such as the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

Substantial and Diverse Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

Oregon ASLA strives to provide a wide range of opportunities for networking , professional development and continuing education. Oregon ASLA members should consider participating with the following committees, groups, and events in 2017:

Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include free sketching meet-up groups, plant nursery tours, design charrettes for local non-profits, and interdisciplinary trivia nights.

Education Committee: This committee exists to determine criteria and review professional development activities for licensed professionals in Oregon, as well as help connect members interested in creating LARE study groups as well as events with PDH credits.

Design Symposium + Design Awards Planning Committee: The two biggest events each year require the helping hands of our dedicated members to carry it off! Members who volunteer often can receive discounted event rates. Attendance at the Design Symposium can count towards Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Fellows + Honors Nomination Committee: The Committee is always looking for current Fellows interested in helping to identify, evaluate and nominate exceptional landscape architects from our community to the national circle of ASLA Fellows.

Executive Committee: There are 16 voting positions and two non-voting positions on the ASLA Executive Committee with appointments ranging from 2 to 3 years. The sitting Executive Committee puts out a call for nominations in the summer. Those interested in serving should contact the Executive Committee for consideration.

Shadow Mentor Day: Each year, students enrolled in University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture programs take advantage of an opportunity to visit landscape architecture offices across the region. The event is coordinated with the student chapter of ASLA and can include a social hour event.

Urban Design Panel: Portland’s Oregon ASLA members are invited to be part of a team of local professionals to assist the City in maintaining high standards of urban design, and to review projects and policies related to our built environment. The Urban Design Panel is open to members of three professional organizations (AIA, ASLA and APA) and provides a combined, focused voice for the goals and needs that are relevant to our community and our members. 

For more information and a calendar of opportunities for 2017, visit:

Lastly, all new and renewing Oregon ASLA members are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive chapter communication. Send your updated information to: 

See you around in 2017!