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


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.



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

HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Awards

The 2nd Annual HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Awards is now accepting submissions! This year, the awards are open to all design professionals and design duos. We’ve also added new categories including Organically Inspired, Great First Impressions and Outdoor Living, Elevated.

CLICK HERE to view the submission details.

June 1-July 15: Call for Entries
August: Category Nominees selected
September 25: Voting beings on HGTV.com
November 3: Category Winners and Overall Winner announced

Swim Party with a Purpose

The following is an excerpt from the Interwine Alliance’s article Swim Party with a Purpose, by Willie Levenson.

To engage individuals and extend our reach in the community, last summer the Human Access Project launched the River Hugger Swim Team. The goal is to embrace the river as we swim across it, east side to west side, and back. It’s about a 20-minute, ¼-mile swim across each way – a piece of cake for intermediate and better swimmers. We’re an advocacy swim group that meets three days a week, all summer long, during morning rush hour (at 7 a.m.) to demonstrate that the Willamette River is safe and fun to swim in, at least for we humans.

Please consider joining us this summer! Our first swim is next Monday, June 15. We say, why not make a statement and get some exercise before work? What’s not to like about that? Plus, no flip turns!


River Hugger Swim Team
Runs: 6/15 to 9/15, every Mon, Wed, Fri, from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Cost: $3 per swim, or $50 for the season. Fees pay for the safety boats.
Location: Meet at Fire Station 21, at 05 SE Madison, Portland.
What: Fun, advocacy swim

First Annual Portland Beach Bash and Clean Up
Date: Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Meet at Tom McCall Bowl, on the west bank just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
What: Beach clean-up, music, food, drink, swag. Presented by Human Access Project and SOLVE.
Register here: http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/portland-beach-bash-and-cleanup

The Big Float V
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Cost: Adults $5 until 7/19, $8 after, $10 day of. Children $3 until 7/19, $4 after, $5 day of.
What: Group innertube float on the Willamette River

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Call for Session Proposals Now Open!

New Partners for Smart Growth
February 11 – 16, 2016
Portland, Oregon

The New Partners for Smart Growth conference is headed to Portland. The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for New Partners 2016 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring this year’s stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities NOW.

The 15th annual national conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Portland region and the rest of the nation. New Partners 2016 is an ideal gathering place for leaders from across the country to share and learn about successes for implementing smart-growth principles and techniques in tackling many of the most crucial social, health, economic and development priorities in our communities.

The 2016 conference program will feature more than 300 speakers on multidisciplinary, diverse panels that actively engage participants, and cover 14 thematic categories – with particular emphasis on sessions that feature leading-edge, innovative implementation tools and strategies.

The Call for Session Proposals is now OPEN! Visit the online form to get started. Proposals are due by June 30th!