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: www.lafoundation.org/laf-fellowship

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 http://parkingday.org/resources/

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 president@aslaoregon.org.

Victor Stanley Site Visit

Members of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA were recently invited by Victor Stanley, the site furnishings manufacturer, to visit Maryland and Washington D.C. for a long weekend of sightseeing, making new connections, and touring their two factories. Five Oregon Chapter members were joined by practitioners from Alaska and Seattle for this members only opportunity. Victor Stanley (as well as other companies) occasionally offer such trips where expenses are paid giving practitioners the opportunity to better know the company and the product. Sound boring? Not in the least. Smart, interesting people who view their surroundings through lenses both artful and technically astute surrounded and inspired us.


Accompanied by one of the founders of Victor Stanley (with an acute interest in history), most of our time was spent touring Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. We visited Ford’s Theater, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Naval Academy. While seeing these beautiful, but somber reminders of tremendous loss in our nation’s history, tour members admired the remarkable designers who imagined these spaces where people could gather with others and contemplate our past.


ASLA tour members enjoyed getting to visit (or revisit) a part of the country so rich in historical events and most of all, an opportunity to connect to other people in a new way. Well done, Victor Stanley. Thanks for bringing the Oregon Chapter of the ASLA along on the adventure.


Emerging Professionals

Oregon ASLA recognizes that emerging professionals are the future of the profession and future leaders within ASLA.  Our Emerging Professionals Committee leads our efforts to bring programming to attract and involve our newest members and engage the interest of long-time professionals.

Frequent, engaging events encourage participants to foster relationships within the community of design-related fields, and the ASLA organization as a whole.  These positive experiences will help increase involvement in other aspects of ASLA, where emerging professionals can volunteer their time and energy, and remain engaged in ASLA throughout their careers. Get involved!


Pop-up Events:

Events of this type could have educational value, provide networking/social opportunities, and/or provide community service.  Kinds of events might include a design charrette for a local non-profit, coordination with the John Yeon Center for a visit to The Shire, tours of current projects of note, or sketching the historic Halprin Sequence.

Networking + Social Events + Educational Opportunities:

Emerging professionals builds new friendships and makes professional contacts by engaging in a collaborative activity such as our interdisciplinary Trivia Group Event in partnership with emerging professionals groups from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and (WTS Portland, a professional organization focused on advancing women in transportation.

The new urban sketching groups,  SketchPDX, is a monthly meeting of Emerging Professionals and drawing enthusiasts created to have fun and learn from each other in a collaborative environment. 

SketchPDX: Eugene Road trip, our most recent event, attracted a mix of emerging professionals, landscape architects, students (both landscape architecture and architecture), and one (fine) Fellow (ASLA).  Together we enjoyed an inspiring afternoon of sketching, watercoloring and learning new drawing techniques.  Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, showed us a new way of interpreting place by applying a concept based on the definition of autochthonous – look it up, you’ll get it.


Here’s how you can participate:

You don’t have to be an emerging professional of participate in any of our EP events.  They are open to all our members and to those thinking about joining ASLA.  Special guests with special skills will be invited to join us off and on throughout the year to share, teach and pass on new ways of drawing.  Watch for future sketchPDX events on the Oregon ASLA website, Newswire and your email. 

Have an idea for an event or a skill to share?  Contact EP Chair Patty Hines at ep@aslaoregon.org.


Call for Nominations: Join our Executive Committee

It’s that time of year again! Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and August and the results will be announced in mid-September. 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 New Orleans. Click here to nominate!

It’s time to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate, a mentoranyone you think would be an excellent advocate for landscape architecture and would push Oregon ASLA to the next level. We’re looking for individuals to lead and inspire our members and help bring our community of professionals together.

ASLA Full 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.
  • Vice President of Chapter Services: Two-year term. The primary purpose of this office is to lead chapter events, including the annual design symposium and design awards. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Secretary: Two-year term. The secretary has the primary duty of recording minutes of business meetings of the chapter, administering election results, and maintaining the chapter constitution and bylaws. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Member-At-Large/Education Chair: Two-year term. The Education Chair is responsible for managing the Chapter-sponsored continuing education program through LA CES, organizing LARE preparation seminars, and preparing other professional development activities. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Mt. Hood Section Chair: Two-year term. The Mt. Hood Section Chair represents our membership in the Portland region and northwest Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • High Desert Section Chair: Two-year term. The High Desert Section Chair represents our membership in central and northeast Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

Click here to nominate someone you believe in! We also encourage multiple nominations for any category..

Interested in running for office but want to learn more about the job? Please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

Full and Associate Members will receive electronic nomination forms via email.

Don’t delay! Nominations close at 5pm on Monday, July 11, 2016.

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.