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:
https://www.asla.org/Membership.aspx

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: http://aslaoregon.org/events

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: info@aslaoregon.org 

See you around in 2017!


Shadow Mentor Day!

The University of Oregon ASLA Student Chapter is pleased to host the twenty-fourth annual Shadow Mentor Day on Friday, February 3, 2017.
 For one day, students experience the working world of landscape architecture by spending a day  at a firm with landscape architecture professionals. Students tend to take part in reviewing projects, design charrettes, career mentoring, site visits, sitting in on meetings, and getting feedback on design portfolios and resumes. This fun, learning experience for students and practicing landscape architects alike is an event is made possible every year by the incredible support of Oregon ASLA, The UO Department of Landscape Architecture and the professionals who are very generous with their time and energy.
This looks to be another record-breaking year for participation, with 33 firms offering to host approximately 75 students!
We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Seattle!

2017-2018 Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship Opportunity

The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.

This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the history of pedagogic innovation at the GSD as well as the century of leadership in landscape education within the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 10, 2017

For details and more information, please visit Kiley Teaching Fellowship or send an email to: kileyfellowship@gsd.harvard.edu.


International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture

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 Institute provides instruction to help meet design, construction and maintenance needs of Japanese gardens serving communities across North America, with a low student-teacher ratio that allows for individual consultation. 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.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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. Early bird registration is available to help keep costs to a minimum.

Click here for more information.


Bird-Safe Building and Lighting Design – 1 PDH

Mary Coolidge is Audubon Society of Portland’s BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator, a program that raises awareness about hazards for birds in the built environment and advocates for incorporating solutions that synergistically meet sustainability and design objectives. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College and is dedicated to improving efforts to make urban environments safer and more hospitable to wildlife as well as helping connect people to nature and place. She splits her time between her work with Audubon Society of Portland and with the Oregon Zoo’s California Condor breeding program.

Portland is situated along the Pacific Flyway, a broad migration front that brings more than 220 species of birds into our airspace. Birds face a ubiquitous and deceptive hazard in the built environment: window glass. Each year, up to 1 billion birds die as a result of window strikes in the U.S. alone. Coupled with light pollution, which confuses birds’ navigation and disrupts circadian rhythms, the built environment poses many risks. In 2012, Audubon and partners collaborated with local architects to produce Portland’s Resource Guide to Bird Friendly Building Design http://audubonportland.org/files/hazards/bfbdd.

This presentation will address ways that Landscape Architects can help design exterior spaces to minimize impacts to birds in the built landscape.

 

WHEN: Monday, December 5th 5:30-7:00pm (with light reception)

WHERE: City of Portland, Parks and Recreation, Springwater Trail conference room (13th floor of the Portland Building)

COST: Free – Members; $20 – Non-Members

CONTACT: Mt Hood Section Chairs mthood@aslaoregon.org 503/227.6156

Register Here

Presentation learning objectives:

Recognize hazards for birds in build environment
Identify best practices in preventing collisions
Integrate and synergize bird-safe approaches with other design objectives
Find and utilize resources on bird-safe construction


Architects in Schools

“The 2016-2017 school year is upon us! We would love to have you participate in the Architects in Schools program!

Architects in Schools is administered by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and matches professional landscape architects and other design professionals with primarily 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers for a 6-week free classroom residency (approximately 1-2 hours a week per class – the schedule is decided by the design professional and teacher). Students participating in architects in schools learn important skills through lessons that include cooperation and planning and help them gain a better sense of how school relates to the ‘real world.’ Design professionals share their passion and professional knowledge with students eager to learn about design and their world. Design professionals volunteer their time because sharing their passion for architecture with students energizes them.

 

Links to information and the application are listed below.

Application Information: http://bit.ly/ais16-17info

Design Professional Application: http://bit.ly/ais16-17designprofapp

School Application: http://bit.ly/ais16-17schoolapp

For more information visit our website: https://af-oregon.org/programs/architects-in-schools

 

The deadline for 2016-2017 design professional applications is Friday, September 23, 2016 and for school applications is Friday, October 7, 2016. Orientations will be in late October for Southern and Central Oregon and in November for Portland and Eugene. The Salem orientation will be in January. Exact dates and times are listed here on page 4:http://bit.ly/ais16-17info.
Please let us know if you have any questions! We hope you can participate in the Architects in Schools program!”