2017 Membership Survey: What we heard—and how we’re responding

The results are in! A few months ago, we conducted a membership survey to understand what you appreciate most about ASLA Oregon and what you’d like to see improved. With a strong response rate of more than 20% of our members, we are pleased to report some of the key findings and share our ideas for advancing the organization.

What we heard:

  • You see us as strong advocates for the profession. When asked what you see as the primary function of ASLA Oregon, more than half of respondents mentioned advocacy for landscape architects and landscape architecture.
  • Continuing education matters—and you want more of it. You ranked “access to professional development hours opportunities” as the most important member benefit, and you get your credits in a variety of places. However, nearly half of you said ASLA Oregon is not currently meeting your continuing education needs.
  • You want us to better reach members outside of Portland, and to use technology to expand the reach of events. We heard from many of you that members outside of Portland feel they don’t have enough opportunities to engage with the organization. Also, many people mentioned that they’d appreciate more integration of technology to make events more accessible for people who can’t attend in person.
  • The Design Awards could honor a wider range of projects. More than 60% of respondents indicated that they submit projects under the General Design category, but there is a desire for greater recognition of residential, pro bono, and transportation projects. We also heard that you’d like the Honor Awards that recognize individuals and organizations combined with the Design Awards at our Annual Soiree.

How we’re responding:

  • Stronger advocacy: In addition to our annual trip to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, this year we polled our members to decide how to respond to a recent threat to landscape contractor licensure in Oregon House Bill 3337. We took a position against the bill and sent letters to legislators in Salem, supporting efforts by our allies at the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association to successfully defeat the bill. Later this year, we’re sending a delegate to serve on a committee organized by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board to examine potential rulemaking for providing guidance on the overlap between landscape architecture practice and landscape design work. 
  • Support for section leaders: To provide more continuing education opportunities for members outside of Portland, we are supporting our section chairs in the Eugene-Springfield region and in the Bend area in hosting events that offer PDH hours.
  • Advancing technology: In response to your recommendations, we are looking into technologies such as Facebook Live and video conferencing to allow remote participation in events and meetings.
  • Understanding continuing education needs: We want to make sure that our PDH offerings are meeting your needs and keeping you informed and engaged. We’re committed to learning more about how we can serve you better and will work with you and within the Executive Committee to deliver meaningful and relevant continuing education events.  . We have partnered with allied organizations, like Design Week, in the past, and are currently working with allied professional groups to expand offerings for our members.
  • New Design Award categories: In 2017, we modified the submission categories for the Design Awards. Now the General Design category has two construction budget tiers, and we added a second residential category and a new community service category. In 2018, we plan to combine the Design Awards and Honor Awards into one event.

The Executive Committee will continue to review the full results of the survey as we plan future events and develop new policies and programs. As always, we welcome additional feedback and participation, so please reach out to me with ideas or to get involved.

Sincerely,

Andreas Stavropoulos
President-Elect, ASLA Oregon
presidentelect@aslaoregon.org


2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

ASLA National has officially added a webpage to ASLA.org dedicated to highlighting the work produced in the past five years by emerging professionals of color in the landscape architecture profession.The page includes links to resources, news and articles, and Summit reports published since the first ASLA Diversity Summit convened in 2013.
 
If you missed the June Newswire, here is a recap of the mission for these yearly summits and their importance to our discipline maintaining relevance in a society facing a dramatic demographic shift. 
“Landscape architecture is currently facing a crisis of diversity. African Americans and LatinX together account for less than 10 percent of graduating landscape architecture students. These demographics fail to reflect those of the wider U.S. population. Census data project that minorities, now 37 percent of the population, will constitute 57 percent by 2060. To remain relevant and useful to the country’s increasingly diverse communities, landscape architecture must become a more ethnically and culturally diverse profession.”
 
This year marked the 5th ASLA Diversity Summit held at the newly renovated ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington D.C. All participants in years past were invited to attend with an additional six new emerging professional members. 
The discussions held during the June 8th -11th summit touched on where we started, what has been done, and where we will be in the next five years. Four main topics covered included K-12 Toolkits, After School Alliance and Summer Camp Curriculums, an ASLA Diversity Webpage, and University Recruitment + Curriculum Development. Small groups were formed to cover these topics in depth and action items were developed as a response to the larger group discussion.
Another big venture over the next 6-8 months includes revising the existing Career Discovery webpage. The plan is to create a variety of new materials for kids, youth, adults, parents, teachers and schools, and even professionals. It will act as a “one stop” shop for materials that will address what landscape architecture is and what it means to become a landscape architect.
Link to Land Updates from ASLA article:
For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org

Continuing Education

ASLA OREGON – YOUR SOURCE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

Learning new skills and expanding knowledge of new technologies, trends and products are all part of the landscape architects continuing education and professional development.  Classes, workshops, webinars, lectures, tours, fieldwork, teaching, mentoring, volunteering, and networking are many of the ways that professional development occurs.  These activities support career advancement and meet licensure requirements. 

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education and professional development opportunities available to our members by providing local Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) certified opportunities.  These opportunities offer Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits at our chapter events, which are recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.  Since receiving LA CES certification in the spring of 2016, the chapter has planned, reviewed, received LA CES approval for, and provided 20 hours of continuing education/PDH credit events.  These events were promoted in the monthly Newswire and on the chapter website – watch for more to come!

We hope you’ll join us at our local events and take advantage of the other opportunities listed below:

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

OR ASLA Events listings are continually updated with information about Chapter sponsored LACES certified continuing education opportunities throughout the state.  Additional programs and events, offered by other organizations, may qualify for PDH credits but are considered “self reporting” events.  Verification of attendance and documentation for “self-reporting” events is the responsibility of the landscape architect. 

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit.  Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

Oregon ASLA welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs.  In addition, we annually seek members interested in serving on the chapter Executive Committee.  Watch for our Call for Nominations in late May or early June.  Contact us to learn more and sign up.

OTHER ASLA OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL LINKS:

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO provides the opportunity for attendees to earn up to 21 PDH credits. This year’s event, themed ‘Common Ground’, will be held in Los Angeles, October 20 – 23. Discussions will revolve around the creation of common spaces, designing to protect nature and natural systems – our common currency, and the meeting of different ideas in the quest for common ground and positive change.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects. Programs offered by more than 130 LACES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.

ASLA Online Learning

ASLA offers Online Learning programs and the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) that qualify for PDH credit.  Earn up to 5.0 PDH credits by participating in a live webinar, watching a recorded online presentation, or reading one of 11 peer-reviewed papers. Plus, ASLA members can participate in these programs at a reduced rate.

OSLAB Links:


Legislative Update

ASLA Oregon has taken an official position against House Bill 3337-A, which establishes a limited landscape construction professional license to any person who pays application and license fees. The bill passed the Oregon House and is currently in the Senate Rules Committee, awaiting a hearing.

Why weigh in? Landscape contractors and landscape architects have some overlapping scopes of services. Both licenses allow planning of irrigation systems and drainage as part of a licensee’s practice. ASLA policies recognize licensure as the only effective regulatory measure to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to maximize practitioners’ ability to compete within regulated markets of the design professions.

So why this bill? Latinos are highly represented in the community as low-paid workers but not as business owners. This bill seeks to build wealth and capacity in the landscape construction community.

What did our members tell us? In May, we reached out to Oregon Chapter members to ask for feedback on an opinion to present to lawmakers. We received 30 responses, and all but two endorsed our position against the bill. Several members also endorsed our statements in support of efforts to make entry to the trade more equitable.

What is our official position? After reviewing our members’ feedback, the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee unanimously voted to provide testimony against HB 3337-A and to engage our members and the landscape architecture community in advocacy efforts to defeat this bill. The Executive Committee also decided that our testimony against HB 3337-A will include statements in support of policy that would allow more equitable access to the landscape contracting profession while maintaining key licensure standards for public health, safety and welfare.

What’s next? With four weeks remaining in the 2017 session, ASLA Oregon is monitoring the bill and is prepared to deliver our letter of testimony if a hearing is scheduled. If you’re interested in testifying at a hearing or submitting a letter of testimony, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at president@aslaoregon.org. Please join us in advocacy efforts to protect licensure!


2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

Written by Paula Baretto, Student Liason, ASLA
“Landscape architecture is currently facing a crisis of diversity. African Americans and Latinx together account for less than 10 percent of graduating landscape architecture students. These demographics fail to reflect those of the wider U.S. population. Census data project that minorities, now 37 percent of the population, will constitute 57 percent by 2060. To remain relevant and useful to the country’s increasingly diverse communities, landscape architecture must become a more ethnically and culturally diverse profession.”
 
This year marked the 5th ASLA Diversity Summit held at the newly renovated ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington D.C.  All participants in year’s past were invited to attend with an additional six new emerging professional members. 
The discussions held during the June 8th -11th summit touched on where we started, what has been done and where we will be in the next five years. Four main topics covered included K-12 Toolkits, After School Alliance and Summer Camp Curriculums, an ASLA Diversity Webpage, and University Recruitment + Curriculum Development. Small groups were formed to cover these topics in depth and action items were developed as a response to the larger group discussion.
A full account of the summit discussions will be sent to each state chapter in the coming weeks. For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org

Oregon ASLA brings focus to Emerging Professionals

Valuable social and professional network-building opportunities are critical to those new to the area and new to the field. 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: Most recently we tackled napkin sketching, went on a Eugene road trip, and met with an award winning photographer to get expert tips on photo editing. We are happy to announce a very special guest, Jason Roberts, Architect from Akron Moisan. He is an absolute pro urban sketcher and will lead our group in August. In September, Anova Site Furnishings is sponsoring a drawing workshop led by a daft drawer and Landscape Architect from Colorado. Free sketch books and drinks will be included! Keep an eye out for times and dates.

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.


Oregon’s new College of Design will boost innovation

The University of Oregon School of Architecture and AlliedArts will soon have a new name and a new organization designed to “enhance programs, bring increased value to degrees earned, and position students, faculty and staff for greater success.”

 

In a message to the campus community, Scott Coltrane, UO provost and senior vice president, announced his approval, which will transform the school into the College of Design.

 

“The quality of these programs is a pillar of the university’s strong reputation around the world,” Coltrane wrote. “These changes will build upon the university’s strengths, foster collaboration and innovation, and continue to create student experiences that are second to none.”

 

The name will officially change July 1, with the new organization on track for implementation with the start of fall term.

 

“The new model will give greater identity, flexibility, funding and philanthropy opportunities to each of the schools and components within the college while preserving the historic cross-disciplinary enrichment,” said architect Larry Bruton, a 1967 UO graduate, honorary member of the dean’s advisory council and former partner at ZGF Architects in Portland.

Read more in Around the O.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Brooke Freed, A&AA Direction of Operations, 541.346.3703, bfreed@uoregon.edu.


2017 Design Symposium was a success!

A big thank you to Oregon ASLA and all of our awesome sponsors! Although it was a sunny Saturday to be outdoors, we brought the sunshine inside with thought provoking talks given by an impressive lineup of speakers, including Brian Jencek’s opening address on implementing The New Landscape Declaration to Rob Ribe’s talk on Climate Change and Wildfires, Gina Ford’s keynote on The 21st Century River City and Dean Apostol sharing his talk and new book on The Renewable Energy Landscape.

 


Building Bend’s First Nature Reserve: Process, Policies and Design

March 10th was a beautiful day in Bend and the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve event was well attended.

Attendees enjoyed a slide show presentation and were encouraged to ask questions throughout. The group discussed the master plan process, site management decisions, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the permitting process, and designing for safety and accessibility. Following lunch, the group toured the site and discussed the trail system, vegetation management, wildlife uses of the site, and the overlook design process.
For more information about the project, contact Jim Figurski or Steve Roelof


2017 Design Symposium – Resilient Landscapes

By Jean Senechal Biggs

With increasing frequency and urgency, communities both small and large are being called upon to adapt to a changing world. 2017 brings new environmental challenges, economic uncertainty, a changing political landscape, and fast-evolving technology. The extent to which we can employ our skills to design, implement, and monitor resilient landscapes will have long-term consequences for humanity and the planet.

ASLA Oregon’s 2017 Design Symposium, Strength & Beauty: Resilient Landscapes, will explore how landscape architecture can address the impacts of a changing environment. Designers and academic researchers will gather for a day of learning and collaboration in an event that brings together over 125 landscape architecture professionals. VICTOR STANLEY is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Gina Ford, ASLA, with Sasaki Associates will present this year’s Keynote Address, The 21st Century River City: Case Studies in Designing for Resilience. Her talk will explore case studies of how river cities across the United States are integrating ideas of environmental, cultural and economic resiliency through design.

Our Exhibitor’s Showcase will feature the latest in products and services from Victor Stanley, Maglin, Kompan, Rainbird, Ironsmith, Northwest Playground, Mutual Materials, Northwest Recreation, Cascadian Nurseries, Columbia Cascade, Forms + Surfaces, and Landscape Forms.

We’ll wrap up the day with ASLA Oregon After Hours, our happy hour in the Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room. See old friends and make new ones as we continue to conversation. Maglin is this year’s Happy Hour Sponsor.

Join us – Register today, click here!
April 15, 2017
The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland
$175 members | $225 non-members | $30 students
6 HSW PDH credits available

Sponsorships still available!
Our Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please consider becoming one today! Sponsorship level start as low as $175. Contact Jamie Hendrickson at vpchapterservices@aslaoregon.org to learn more.