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:

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.














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

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 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:

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.