It’s Election Season! Nominations for Executive Committee to open soon.

Oregon ASLA is led by the officers of our Executive Committee – members elected by the chapter membership. Executive Committee members volunteer their time to deliver the programs and projects that Oregon ASLA offers throughout the year.

Interested in being part of our team? Have ideas about ways you might advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship? Looking for an opportunity to broaden your leadership skills? Want to network outside of your office? Know someone who is passionate about the profession? We have a number of positions up for election this summer.

2016 Open Positions

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Vice President – Chapter Services
  • Education Chair
  • Mt Hood Section Chair
  • High Desert Section Chair

Nomination forms will be emailed to Oregon Chapter members on June 1, 2016 and will remain open for 30 days. Look for the announcement in your inbox. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know.

Voting will occur in July and August. Elected officers assume their roles at the end of October.

If you have questions or want to learn more about any of the open positions, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

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RFP – City of Eugene Placemaking Consultant

CITY OF EUGENE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

RFP #2016200081

Notice to Proposers

Pursuant to ORS 279B.060 and City of Eugene Administrative Order 44-14-08F, Public Contracting Rule (City Rule) 137-047-0260, sealed proposals for a Placemaking Consultant for the City of Eugene will be accepted by the Purchasing Office, 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 until 2:30pm PDT, May 20, 2016.  Proposals will be opened immediately thereafter and a record of proposals received will be made.  Proposals will not be accepted after the Request for Proposals (RFP) closing time and date.  Proposals shall be valid for 120 days after opening unless otherwise specified in the specifications.  This Request for Proposals does not commit the City to pay any costs incurred by any proposer in the submission of a proposal.

 

Project Description

In general, the City of Eugene (City) is requesting proposals from Placemaking Consultants to engage the community and prepare a Placemaking Plan for the City’s downtown public spaces. In order to facilitate a consistent execution of the vision and concept completed in this scope of work, it is preferred that the consultant continue to be available for additional coordination and review of future phases of work.

 

Solicitation Documents

Solicitation documents may be examined at the City of Eugene Purchasing Office, 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 or electronically by logging in to the City’s eBid system at www.eugene-or.gov/purchasing.

A paper copy of the Solicitation may be obtained at the City’s Purchasing Office at 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401.

Submittal

Proposers must submit an original proposal directly to the City’s Purchasing Office at 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 before the due date and time specified in the RFP. Proposers shall make the proposal available to the City for download via email, FTP site, or other means. Proposers shall provide electronic copy or link via email to Becky Wheeler at the address indicated below.

Please contact me with questions about this opportunity.

Becky L. Wheeler, CPPB
Purchasing Analyst
City of Eugene|Finance
541-682-5056

 


World Landscape Architecture Month 2016

World Landscape Architecture Month is going on now. 

Every year during the month of April, countries across the globe focus on ways to highlight and promote our profession.  Sometimes this promotion takes the place as community events or lectures, but those events take a great deal of time to plan (something that is lacking in many lives).  For the second year, ASLA has harnessed the power of social media by setting up the hashtag #WLAM2016 and providing cards that read, “This is Landscape Architecture”.  People can take a picture that portrays landscape architecture (integrating the card somewhere in the image) then post the photo to social media avenues using #WLAM2016.

For inspiration, take a moment to look on the WLAM 2016 tagboard; see posts from Scotland, the Netherlands, Seattle, Chicago and more.  All these images express what people have found important in their profession.  This social media campaign gives people a chance to change how people view landscape architecture, showing a breadth of projects,  all designed by a landscape architect.

If you were wondering if it is worth the effort, consider this.  As of April 12, ASLA has counted 2,150 posts with #WLAM2016, all images of landscape architecture that reached 1,319,385 people.  Hard numbers that show this campaign is not only a powerful way to promote landscape architecture, it can be a powerful way to promote your business as well.  I would venture that most firms marketing programs don’t reach over a million people.

It’s April – get out there and celebrate.


One-day Fee Proposal Workshop for Design Professionals

On the 19th February, two internationally renowned fee proposal experts will be delivering the One-day Fee Proposal Workshop in Oregon.

Attendees will learn how to write proposals that; increase fee levels, raise conversion rates and avoid scope creep.

  • 85% of attendees say it’s the most useful ConEd course they’ve attended
  • 99% of attendees say they would recommend the Workshop to other design professionals
  • Maximum of 16 attendees per venue

ASLA members our eligible for a 10% discount. Please use promotional code: ASLA

F8 AIA Learning Units, 0.8 IDCEC ConEd Units

Learn more: http://blueturtlemc.com/USA-workshops

Please contact Emily with any questions you may have: Emily@blueturtlemc.com or 855-661-4270

 


LOOP PDX: A Juried Competition

Make an impact on the future of the city by bringing to life Portland’s proposed Green Loop, a six-mile pedestrian/bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides.
Finalists will present during Design Week Portland in April and the winning proposal will receive up to $20,000 for further development.
Proposals are due February 29, but you must register by January 22.

Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City

01.20.16  |  21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture: Sonja Dümpelmann, Dr.-Ing (1.0 PDH)

University of Oregon, Lawrence Hall
Room 177 @6:00pm

While trees may appear to many as quaint living objects in the urban streetscape, some of the biggest urban conflicts have revolved around them. They have stood at the very core of events that have shaped and characterized the evolution of the modern city. Focusing on New York City, the lecture will reveal street trees’ literal and figurative entanglement not only in the built urban structure, but also in urban social, cultural, and political life as a whole.

Sonja Dümpelmann is a landscape historian and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her publications includeFlights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design (University of Virginia Press, 2014), A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013), Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century (with Dorothee Brantz; University of Virginia Press, 2011), and a book on the Italian landscape architect Maria Teresa Parpagliolo and landscape architecture in twentieth-century Italy (VDG Weimar, 2004). She is currently writing a book on the history of street tree planting and urban forestry.

Lecture has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare PDH for Oregon Registered Landscape Architects.


ASLA Oregon Website Launch

Welcome to the new ASLA Oregon website! After many months of behind-the-scenes work, we are pleased to launch our upgraded site to help strengthen our design community. Our web developer at LucentPDX did an outstanding job and we are so excited to share some key features with you.

Events

Our new Events page is full of options to help you stay connected to the landscape architecture community. View all events, peruse the Design Awards Archive or see who spoke at previous Symposium events. We will work on adding to these archives as volunteer time allows.

Select a specific category to see events that meet that criteria – such as events offering PDH credits, events by region and more. Then use the bottom right drop down menu to subscribe to that event category. Future events in that category will now appear on your personal calendar.

News

At our News page you will find a collection of stories our members may be interested in, recaps from recent ASLA events, job postings and opportunities for community involvement. We hope this area of our site evolves over time to provide design inspiration and community news of interest to our members.

Resources

Studying for the LARE? Have Continuing Education questions? Or just wondering what is Landscape Architecture? Find what you need in the Resources section.

About

And finally, meet the Excom members, find out more ways to get involved with your local chapter and discover the benefits of membership.

Feedback

Do you have feedback to share or want to let us know about a bug that needs fixing? Please send those comments to Communications@AslaOregon.org. We will be doing small fixes over the next month. Larger site modifications will likely get incorporated over the next year or two.

We hope you enjoy our new look!

Sincerely,
Renee Wilkinson
Departing Communications Chair + Website Project Lead


Welcome New Excom Members

Thank you ASLA members for your participation in the annual Executive Committee Election! We are pleased to announce the following members have been elected into open positions:

President Elect: Jean Senechal Biggs

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Jean Senechal Biggs is a Project Manager with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and for 19 years she has proudly served the city through planning, designing and building innovative transportation projects. She is passionate about creating engaging public spaces and livable neighborhoods that encourage walking, cycling and transit. Jean wrote the transportation section of the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland and that effort influenced her decision to become more active in ASLA. Jean joined the Oregon chapter’s Executive Committee last year, serving as the Member-At-Large/Education Chair with a commitment to connect the landscape architecture community with educational and professional development opportunities that further knowledge and skills. Her contributions have included identifying and promoting PDH opportunities for landscape architects and communicating with OSLAB about continuing education requirements, as well as organizing the Members-Only MAX Orange Line Preview Ride in July and the upcoming Yamhelas Westsider Trail design charrette in November. Jean is also involved with ASLA at the national level, serving as a Transportation PPN Officer and Communications Coordinator. Jean studied at the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. She maintains her connection to the Department of Landscape Architecture as a long-time participant in Shadow Mentor Day.

 

Treasurer: Gill Williams

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Gill has 24 years of professional landscape architecture experience focused on open space projects, natural areas as recreational facilities, and public parks. His work includes regional recreation facilities, natural area management plans, and feasibility studies. Gill joined GreenWorks in March of 2015 as a principal. Gill brings leadership with firm management, business development, design and construction to supplement GreenWorks’ team of landscape architects and planners.

 

 

VP Member Services: Rachel Edmonds

 

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Since 2010, I’ve been practicing as a landscape designer, urban designer and planner at MIG, Inc. I’m a native Portlander and am a homeowner in the Montavilla neighborhood. Previously, I’ve lived in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. For graduate school, I graduated from UC Berkeley’s landscape architecture and planning departments. I enjoy a great diversity in my work: park master planning, construction drawings, cultural landscape assessments, and downtown urban design projects (to name just a few). Outside of work, I enjoy wilderness backpacking trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with my husband and creating order in my small backyard.

 

Emerging Professionals: Patty Hines

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Patty graduated summa cum laude with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. She was the AAA class valedictorian and was the only student to speak at commencement. In addition, she and her studio won an Oregon ASLA Honor Award for their environmental art installations at the Overlook Field School in Pennsylvania. As an emerging professional, she is the owner of Outside Design and is currently working on residential landscape projects in the Portland area. When Patty is not designing gardens you can find her on modern house tours checking out current trends in architecture and interior design. Her interests include all things related to fashion, graphics, and design. On Saturdays, she searches the PSU Farmers Market for breakfast and seasonal eats.

 

UO/Student Liaison: Paula Baretto

 

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I am Latina, a veteran, and maker of social change. Born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in New York, I joined the Navy after completing high school with the long-term goal of going to college. I started at Portland Community College, where I engaged in two leadership roles, one as Student Body President representing a variety of student voices. The second as appointed District Student Council Chair – a liaison between the administration and the district student body. Both taught me the importance of service leadership, communication, and making connections between students and higher education professionals. Community college was a welcomed transition coming from a strict military environment, because it provided strong structure, yet the freedom to creatively work independently. I transferred my knowledge and experiences to the University of Oregon and focused on the major I was passionate about. During my time there, I dedicated my energy on environmental and social equity issues – matters that have always been in the forefront of my mind, but were now being expressed through a creative, yet impactful medium. Just over three years later, I earned my BLA from the U of O in March of 2015.

 

Willamette Valley: Veronica Malinay

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Veronica Malinay relocated from the Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area to the great Pacific NW to pursue her graduate research at the University of Oregon. She is currently a Research Assistant for the National Park Service and the University of Oregon. She is working on a joint research effort to analyze the effects of climate change on cultural landscapes and propose adaptation options generated by preliminary case studies in U.S. national parks. During her time at the University of Oregon her works included contributions to a place-based research method of design and inquiry at the Overlook Field School in Waverly, PA and a cultural landscape investigation, documentation, and design proposal at César Chávez National Monument in Keene, CA. Both works won awards from the 2014 ASLA Oregon Design Awards. She is a 2015 University Olmsted Scholar, and a recipient of the John Decherd Research Scholarship.

 

Communications Chair: Laurie Mooney

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Education Chair: Laura Turnbull

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Crater Lake Section Chair: 

If you are interested in getting more involved in your local chapter, please contact the current President@AslaOregon.org to find out more information about these Excom positions.

 

Departing ExCom Members

A special thank you is extended to our departing ExCom members. Your time, enthusiasm and hard work has served our members well during your tenure:

  • Arica Duhrkoop-Galas + Justin Lanphear – departing Willamette Valley section chairs
  • Brigtte Huneke – departing Student Liaison
  • Madeline Carroll – departing Emerging Professionals Chair
  • Renee Wilkinson – departing Communications Chair
  • Robin Wilcox – departing VP Member Services

2016 Rome Prize Application

 

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the 2016 Rome Prize. The online application is available on the American Academy in Rome website at www.aarome.org.

For over a century, the Academy has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative work in the arts and humanities. Through a national juried competition, Rome Prizes are awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following disciplines:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Architecture
  • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
  • Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • Musical Composition
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)

Ranging from six months to two years, the thirty fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and individual workspace at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome.

Submissions due: NOVEMBER 1, 2015

Visit aarome.org/apply for guidelines.