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.


2015 ExCom Election

ASLA Oregon is pleased to announce and extend to our Members this year’s official Slate of Candidates and 2015-2017 Ballot! Please take a moment and vote for your preferred candidates in this year’s election.

BALLOT LINK – VOTE TODAY!

2014-2016 Election Schedule, Details and Slate of Candidates
Current Executive Committee Officers
Executive Committee Officer Descriptions
Chapter Bylaws

The deadline for voting is at midnight on September 30th, so be sure to participate. This is your chance to provide input into the future of your state chapter.

Note: Only current ASLA Members are eligible to vote and/or hold positions as officers on the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee


Celebrate PARK(ing) Day

On September 18, ASLA will participate in PARK(ing) Day, an annual event in which local community members, students, and designers transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets.

We want you to join PARK(ing) Day too! This is a great event not only for the chance to design in a unique setting, but to connect directly with the public and have conversations about just what landscape architecture is.

If your firm is participating in Park(ing) Day on September 18, please let Rebecca Wahlstrom know by September 4 so she can promote your event and make sure your photos and site locations get added to the national map. Post a picture of your PARK(ing) Day parklet on social media with #ASLAPD and it could appear in Landscape Architecture Magazine!

For more information about the event, please check out the National ASLA event page.


AHTA Annual Conference Registration

Registration for the 2015 AHTA Annual Conference is Now Open!

The hotel room block and registration are now open for the 2015 AHTA Annual Conference to be held October 9-10 in Portland, Oregon. Our theme this year of “Research: Shaping the Horticultural Therapy Landscape” will educate and inspire you with practical knowledge to take back home. We are proud to feature Roger Ulrich, PhD as our Keynote Speaker and Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA as our Plenary Speaker.

The Conference Pre-tour be on Thursday, October 8 and will visit 5 locations in the Portland area all featuring HTR’s running programs at their facilities.

Click here for the AHTA Conference Homepage which will allow you to access conference agendas, session abstracts, hotel information, pre-tour information and registration options.


APLD Town Hall Meeting

Recently, a local Landscape Designer was cited with violations by OSLAB. The case recently worked it’s way to a resolution. A Town Hall Meeting has been called to discuss/educate and mull over the implications of what happened. We’ve inviting all interested parties, including ASLA.

WHEN: Wednesday 8/12, 7-9p
WHERE: Tigard Friends Community Church, 15800 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard OR

This is an opportunity to forge a new relationship with increased dialogue between the Landscape Design community and the Landscape Architect community. Please join us!

 

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Yamhelas Westsider Trail Design Charrette

Yamhelas Westsider Trail Design Charrette – MEMBERS ONLY SPECIAL EVENT

Join our design team! Oregon ASLA and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS RTCA) are partnering to create a conceptual plan for the Yamhelas Westsider Trail, a 17-mile rails-to-trails project in Oregon’s wine country.

Oregon ASLA invites members to participate in a two-day charrette November 13-14, 2015 in Carlton. We are assembling a team of up to 16 professionals and 8 students. Our work will include site visits along the trail alignment and a day-long charrette with key stakeholders and elected officials to develop conceptual designs for the future trail. The charrette will end with a community open house.

The charrette provides a rare opportunity for Oregon’s landscape architecture community to gather, learn from each other, and lend our expertise and abilities to the beginnings of this regionally significant trail in Yamhill County.

 

Are you an experienced trail designer? An expert meeting facilitator? Great with graphics?

We are seeking participants with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Participation in the charrette will be based on a competitive selection process. Students, emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Oregon ASLA members in good standing.

Meals for both days and overnight accommodations on Friday night, November 13th will be provided through the generosity of the Friends of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail and our host, Ken Wright Cellars.

To learn more about the trail, visit the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail’s website: http://yamhelaswestsidertrail.com/

 

Application Process
To apply, complete our application form and attach a cover letter and current resume. CLICK HERE to download an application form.

Professional Member Applications Due: Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Student Member Applications Due: Monday, October 5 at 5:00 pm
Applicants Notified: Week of October 12th

Questions? Interested in applying?
Please contact Robin Wilcox, Vice President for Member Services at VPmembers@aslaoregon.org

 


OSLAB Public Comments Request

via OSLAB

To Registrants of the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board and Other Interested Parties:

OSLAB voted at its May 14, 2015 meeting to initiate the rulemaking notice process for amendments to four administrative rules and one new rule. The Board requests public comments on the proposed rulemaking actions.

Hearing/Comment Deadline: A hearing on the proposed rule actions is set for Friday July 24, 2015, 9:00 AM, at the Association Center, 707 13th St. SE, Salem, OR 97301. Contact the Board office for more information. Written comments may also be provided through the close of business (i.e., 5 PM) that day. Comments can be sent in hard copy, by e-mail, or by fax.

Additional details (e.g., hearing notice, statement of need and fiscal impact, and draft rule language) are available at the Board’s website, http://www.oregon.gov/LANDARCH/Pages/index.aspx
or by contacting the Board office.

VIEW PROPOSED ADOPTION OF PERMANENT RULE AMENDMENTS PDF

Sincerely,

Christine Valentine, Administrator
Oregon State Board of Geologist Examiners (OSBGE)
Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB)
707 13th St. SE, Suite 114, Salem, OR 97301
Phone OSBGE: 503-566-2837
Phone OSLAB: 503-589-0093
Email: christine.valentine@state.or.us


DePave Seeking Board Applicants

Depave is Soliciting Applications for Board Positions!

Depave is a unique nonprofit organization based in Portland. Our mission is to help communities and the environment by removing unnecessary pavement from urban areas. We transform asphalt lots into gardens, green spaces, bioswales, and playgrounds. We plan and lead hands-on community depaving projects with/for willing landowners (often schools and faith communities) and we work on education and policy projects related to reducing pavement in other ways. Depave was has done over 40 sites freeing over 120,000 square feet of soil since 2008, and currently has a staff of 1.5 FTE.

Now is an exciting time in Depave’s development, and we are looking for new board members to help with the organization’s next steps. Board members get to develop and/or exercise their leadership skills, think strategically and long-term, and work with others to make this region – and the world – a better place. Our work is inspiring and a lot of fun.

Get more info and the full application: ​www.depave.org/board-application