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:

Design Professional Application:

School Application:

For more information visit our website:


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:
Please let us know if you have any questions! We hope you can participate in the Architects in Schools program!”

2016 Honor Awards Program Seeks Nominations

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.

Fellowship for Innovation + Leadership

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its new LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This $25,000 year-long fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test the next big ideas and initiatives that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.

The fellowship was created to foster transformational leadership capacity and innovation in the field of landscape architecture. Each year, 3-5 fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process based on a proposed project. Projects may be grounded in theoretical or historical investigations, product development, new practice or service models, built work or any activity that creates knowledge and empowers landscape architecture.

Over the course of the fellowship year, selected Fellows dedicate approximately 3-months’ time to project work and participate in 3 three-day residencies in Washington, D.C., as well as monthly conference calls. The fellowship allows for the realization of each candidate’s project and builds leadership capacity by bringing together a cohort of Fellows who provide guidance and support, while offering mentorship for emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program.

The inaugural cohort of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will run April 2017 – May 2018. Eligible applicants must have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience in landscape architecture and be able to dedicate the equivalent of 12 weeks’ time to their proposed project.

Application materials are due December 1, 2016.

website graphics_530For more information on the fellowship program, structure, eligibility, and application materials, visit:

Changes ahead for ASLA Membership Dues

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. This is the first chapter dues increase in more than two years, and the chapter will not revisit a chapter dues increase again until 2018.

In May, the ASLA Board of Trustees approved a new Graduated Dues Program for emerging professionals. The program will extend for the first five years following graduation, when an individual is eligible for Associate membership, then the first two years of full membership.  There will no longer be a free associate year for members transitioning from student membership; however, the total savings for those that would have taken advantage of the free year is $269.  For those who join in year one, the savings is $481. Individuals that are currently within the first five years following graduation will be transitioned to the new rates upon renewal in 2017.

  Membership Category 2017-2018 Dues Notes
Year 0 Student 55
Year 1 Associate 65 Eliminated free year for those transitioning from student membership (student special); 62 percent discount for those joining as associates in the first year
Year 2 Associate 99 54 percent discount over current Year 2 associate; 18 percent discount over student special associates
Year 3 Associate 175 35 percent discount over current Year 3 associates
Year 4 Full Member – Special Rate 225 39 percent discount over full membership
Year 5 Full Member – Special Rate 299 19 percent discount over full membership
Year 6 Full Member 370

PARK(ing) Day 2016

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

2016 Elections: 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 2016 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, July 20th and will close at midnight on Friday, August 19th. The results will be officially announced in mid-September.

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 New Orleans.

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

Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
BASE Landscape Architecture 

Andreas Stavropoulos

Andreas is the co-founder and principal at BASE Landscape Architecture, a small firm with offices in Portland and San Francisco. Since starting BASE at the age of 30, Andreas has applied his playful approach and love of craft to create unexpected and enduring places for clients such as the National Park Service, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and Ecotrust. He conceived of, designed and built the National Park Service’s “roving rangers,” a troupe of mobile park ranger stations made from retired bread trucks, to connect with new communities and increase the diversity of park visitors. His non-roving projects at schools, museums and local businesses emphasize play-based learning for kids and adults alike.

BASE projects have won regional ASLA awards, the SXSW Eco Award in Resilience, and the Association for Learning Environments’ Design Concept Award. Andreas has taught professional practice and plant identification at the University of California, Berkeley, and small structure design at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. He holds a BS in earth sciences from Dartmouth College and an MLA from UC Berkeley.

“I am interested in becoming your president-elect so I can help strengthen the statewide landscape architecture community and advocate for our profession in Oregon and nationwide. I believe I could be a strong voice in cultivating a greater understanding for our work at a time when its relevance is increasing. I look forward to getting to know lots of people in our community, building relationships with other ASLA chapters across the country, and having fun along the way.”

Candidate for Vice President of Chapter Services

Jamie Hendrickson


Jamie graduated from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, earning her B.S. in Landscape Architecture, then moved to Colorado to begin her career. In 2003 she earned her LEED® Accreditation and had the opportunity to help design one of the first LEED® certified projects in Fort Collins. After working on many mixed-use developments which included park planning, Jamie made the jump into playgrounds in 2008. After nearly a decade as a sales consultant, collaborating in groundbreaking multigenerational and inclusive designs with landscape architects, 2016 presented a new, exciting role as a Play Advocate with Playworld. Jamie relishes this opportunity to focus on and share design trends that help create the most sustainable, inclusive and relevant play spaces possible…because design matters and the world needs play!

From college and through all her roles as a landscape architect, planner and vendor, local ASLA chapters have been an influential and pivotal part of networking and professional development. The opportunities ASLA provides are invaluable and Jamie is thrilled to be able to support and contribute to Oregon ASLA’s educational platform and spotlight great development happening throughout the state.

As Vice President, she looks forward to helping facilitate the meeting of minds, shaking of hands and sharing of ideas between landscape architects and design influencers.

Candidates for Secretary

Elizabeth Auvil

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Elizabeth Auvil is a landscape designer and Portland native. Studying at the University of Oregon, Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture in 2013. She currently works at Alta Planning + Design where her work ranges from trail design to bike share planning to wayfinding designs. Her latest project, Biketown, hits the streets of Portland in July.
The Oregon ASLA community is an amazing group of passionate and dedicated individuals and I deeply value the support we offer each other within our design community. ASLA contributed to my growth as an emerging professional and I want to enhance my involvement in ASLA as Secretary of the Executive Committee Board.


Brian Stuhr, ASLA

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Brian Stuhr, ASLA, is a landscape architect at Mayer/Reed, a multi-disciplinary design studio in Portland, Oregon. Brian grew up in the Pacific NW. He studied anthropology at Willamette University and then graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with master degrees in both landscape architecture and urban design. During his graduate studies, he volunteered with Americorps in post-Katrina New Orleans and as an ACE mentor in Denver. He was also associate editor and co-founder of ROOT, UC Denver’s student run design journal, which is now in its 7th year.

Brian began his design career in Hawai’i, where he worked at a medium sized landscape architecture firm. Believing that community service and teaching are important aspects of professional practice, Brian served for three years on the Hawai’i ASLA executive committee board as member-at-large and briefly as vice president. During his service with HASLA, Brian organized a lecture series and helped secure the keynote speaker for the 2013 annual meeting.

Brian loves observing people and the places they inhabit. Initially trained as a cultural anthropologist, he enjoys traveling and meeting new people. He also loves to draw. These traits, combined with a love of the outdoors and natural systems, led him to landscape architecture, “As designers, it is our job to dream; but it also our responsibility to apply our creativity to the big, system-wide challenges that our civilization will be required to solve moving forward.”

Brian hopes that his experience and passion, combined with his considerable note-taking ability, will make him a capable secretary and an asset to the Oregon ASLA executive committee board.


Jeb Doran, ASLA

Jeb Doran

In the last 10 years, Jeb has helped enhance regional mobility by delivering transit projects for TriMet’s Capital Project’s and Construction Division. In his role as Senior Project Manager, he engages an array of stakeholders to address station area design, parking facilities, streetscapes, storm water enhancement, pedestrian and bicycle trails and amenities, natural area restoration, and safety enhancements, and their interface with the region’s public transit system.

“I am interested in taking an active role with Oregon ASLA as the Secretary of the Executive Committee.  As a transit advocate, I work to improve the functionality of urban transportation, providing safe and equitable access for all members of the community. As a Landscape Architect, I also see transit projects as a unique opportunity to transform places within our region, to knit together varied land uses in a manner that invigorates communities, preserves and enhances the character of our neighborhoods, revitalizes our environmental resources, improves quality of life and individual health, and supports economic growth for future generations.  As a member of the Executive Committee, I look forward to collaborating with the ASLA community, and continuing to expand our profession's impact on urban places and how we move between them.”



Candidate for Member-At-Large/Education Chair

Laura G. Turnbull, PLA, ASLA


Prior to moving to Portland two years ago, I served the City of Lenexa, KS, for twelve years as Watershed Planner, which was preceded by three years in the Wyandotte/KCK Unified Government Planning Department. As a member of the Lenexa’s Watershed Division, I lead creation of initial education and outreach plans, development and application of regulations and ordinances, grant applications and administration, plans review for Watershed Division and private development projects, and CIP project management. As a 1996 MLA graduate of Kansas State University, I moved to the Kansas City metro area and became involved in the Prairie Gateway Chapter ASLA (PGASLA). I served on the PGASLA executive committee from 1997 – 2002, holding the positions of secretary, vice-president, and the chapter president sequence. Additional contributions include PGASLA Awards Banquet planning committee for three years, participation in Professional / Student events for KSU campus planning, service on several PGASLA Honor / Merit Award review committees, continuing education committee, and HALS representative. In addition, I participated on professional panels presenting water quality issues to students and as guest critic for student projects.

I currently serve on the ASLA OR Executive Committee as Interim Education Chair. If elected to the position of Education Chair, my top priority will be to complete the implementation of the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA/CES), for which I submitted the successful application in February of this year. LA/CES was initially implemented for the 2016 Symposium and we are now working to create a smooth approval and continuing education experience for all chapter sponsored educational events. Once implementation is complete, I intend to work with other interested members to create a program of education and outreach which will increase awareness and understanding of the profession to student populations. In addition, I believe licensure is vital to our profession and will be investigating LARE candidate needs and developing support systems.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve as Education Chair and ask for your support in the upcoming election. Thank you.


Candidates for Section Chairs: Mount Hood

Marianne Zarkin and Andrea Kuns

Marianne Zarkin-Andrea Kuns

Marianne Zarkin brings 25-years of landscape architecture experience to her role as Principal with Marianne Zarkin Landscape Architects. She founded the firm in 2006 to focus on the design of public spaces, and they have been involved in a rich diversity of projects including streetscapes, transit, schools, parks, and trails. Marianne earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s from North Carolina State University.

Andrea Kuns is an Associate at Walker Macy with eight years of professional experience.  Andrea’s background in ecology and landscape architecture has led her to a diverse range of project types, including park and open space master planning, park design, waterfront redevelopment, mixed-use development, and cemetery design.  A graduate of Louisiana State University, Andrea came to Portland in 2008 from Baton Rouge and still roots for the LSU Tigers and longs for genuine Louisiana crawfish.

We met when we were on the ExCom in 2010-2012, and enjoyed working together organizing symposia and design awards events. We’d like to bring our organizational talents to the role of Mt Hood Section co-chairs, as well as our enthusiasm to accomplish the following goals: invigorate the landscape architecture community in our region and increase opportunities for ASLA members to earn PDH credits.

Comment Period Open for Proposed Dues Increase for Oregon ASLA


ASLA’s Board of Trustees recently approved increasing membership dues for Full and Affiliate members by 5%. The dues increase will take effect in January 2017.

To follow suit, the Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee has proposed increasing chapter dues for Full and Affiliate members by 5% from our current dues of $80/year to $85/year beginning in January 2017.

ASLA’s Board of Trustees also approved a new membership fee structure for Associate members, which will include a more graduated rate structure and will reduce membership fees overall for the first five years of membership.

To encourage emerging professionals to remain involved with ASLA, the Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee is proposing that associate member chapter dues remain at their current rate of $45/year and not be increased.

The Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee has also proposed that they will revisit chapter dues again in two years in June 2018, but not before.

Your comments on the proposed dues changes are welcomed and encouraged. The comment period will remain open for 45 days and the Executive Committee will vote on the proposed dues changes at their August 8, 2016 meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Matthews at