Big Ideas Shared at Annual Symposium

The ASLA Oregon Chapter hosted its annual educational symposium on Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Oregon Zoo. Over 120 participants listened and participated in presentations and discussions about big ideas – where they come from, how they grow and evolve, and how they take shape and are built.

Jelly Helm of Studio Helm kicked off the symposium with a deep dive into the creative process of developing ideas that connect with not only the intended audience but represent the heart and soul of client. Patricia Algara followed with a presentation about the importance of pollinators that created a real buzz of excitement and shared concern among listeners about the risks to our ecosystem caused by the worldwide decline of pollinating insects, especially bees.

Keynote speaker Claude Cormier shared his love of creativity and imagination that takes shape with his firm’s projects in Canada and the US. Claude shared some of his secrets to successful implementation of big ideas – and that was to listen first, and then build agreement with clients that the reward of a successful project is gained by agreeing to take risks together, working out the details as the project progresses. Anne Godfrey’s was the last featured presentation. Sharing her research and application of photography, symposium participants learned that pictures can be much more than a selfie from your phone – pictures can be a powerful tool in the revelation of a big idea, a key part of the analytical process in developing the framework that support big ideas for landscape architecture.

A panel discussion moderated by Landscape Architecture Magazine Editor Brad McKee capped the day, bringing Jelly, Patricia, Claude and Anne back to the stage to discuss and share their thoughts on the themes of the day. Symposium participants were encouraged to participate in the discussion, and asked the panelists about how to recognize a big idea from a long list of initial ideas, how big ideas are most effectively messaged and communicated, and how big ideas can survive the complications of controversial approval processes.

Meeting attendees earned 6 Professional Development Hours for attending the full day conference. Feedback from comment forms was overwhelmingly positive, and ALSA Oregon looks forward to another successful Symposium in 2020!


Shadow Mentor Day 2019 Inspires and Informs

Above: In Portland, staff from Mayer/Reed took students to the Oregon Convention Center to see construction of the new plaza.

On Friday, February 1st, ASLA Oregon and the University of Oregon saw the greatest number of students and mentors take part in Shadow Mentor Day. 77 students visited 33 firms in Eugene, Portland and Seattle. Professionals volunteered to have one or more UO landscape architecture students visit their office and observe the daily workings of a career in landscape architecture.

Shadow Mentor Day is an event led by the UO ASLA Student Chapter for UO students in their final years of the BLA or MLA program at UO to preview the work environment and career opportunities they will navigate as emerging professionals after graduation. This year, mentors listened to students about their career interests, reviewed portfolios, and welcomed them into project meetings. Some mentors provided tours of their projects whether it be construction observation in a nearby community, built work in the heart of an urban environment, or vast landscapes in the Pacific Northwest designed for exploration and recreation.

Mentors and students rounded out the day mingling at happy hours in downtown Portland and Eugene. Special thanks to Victor Stanley for their generous sponsorship of the Eugene happy hour at the Oregon Electric Station.

Thank you to all our 2019 mentors!

If you are interested in participating in Shadow Mentor Day in the future or would like to share feedback on your Shadow Mentor Day experience this year, please contact Liz Auvil at studentliaison@aslaoregon.org.

ASLA Oregon will be following up with a survey to those who participated this year.

In Eugene, students and professionals wrapped up the day with a happy hour at the Oregon Electric Station, with both students and professionals sharing highlights of their experience.

Students Aaron Woolverton and Sophia Lui discuss an ecodistrict project in Japan with Ah Ram Yang of ZGF Architects.


2018 Design Awards: Oregon Landscape Architects Celebrate Design Excellence

 

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects held their 2018 Annual Soiree on Friday, November 2, in downtown Portland to celebrate professional and academic achievements among the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon and beyond. Close to 175 members of Oregon’s landscape architecture community attended this year’s event. This year’s awards included Recognition Awards, which honored outstanding individuals, and Design Awards, which honored exceptional project work.

The Recognition Awards winners were nominated by members of the chapter and selected by the Executive Committee. This year the committee selected honorees Brian Bainnson, Casey Howard, and Willie Levenson to receive awards. Read more about the Recognition Awards winners here.

In addition, Rebecca Shepard, Associate ASLA, of Eugene firm Dougherty Landscape Architects, received the President’s Service Award, given to a member of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA to recognize outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the chapter and the profession.

ASLA Oregon also recognized outstanding academic achievements by students enrolled in the University of Oregon Department of Landscape Architecture and honored the Oregon Chapter’s newest ASLA Fellow, Mary Anne Cassin, who was nominated for her leadership and accomplishments at Portland Parks & Recreation.

The Design Awards were decided by a jury with a diverse range of practice and geography. The five jurors had expertise in academia, design, development and art to review the submissions and deliberate the winners. Eight projects received Honor Awards and three projects received the Award of Excellence, the highest recognition bestowed upon a project. In addition, two student projects received Awards of Excellence and one received an Honor Award. Read more about the winning projects and jury here.

ASLA Oregon 2018 Recognition Award Winners Announced

ASLA Oregon will present its 2018 Recognition Awards at the Awards Soiree on Friday, November 2, 2018. The awards celebrate the spirit of the landscape architecture profession in Oregon by recognizing people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, sustained community leadership and careful stewardship.

From ASLA Oregon President Andreas Stavropoulos: “ASLA Oregon is fortunate to have an active and talented membership! The committee had tough decisions to make this year with numerous outstanding nominees. We are grateful to all nominees for their work and contributions to the field and also to their colleagues who took time to recognize them.”


Brian Bainnson, ASLA, PLA, will receive the Distinguished Practitioner Award in recognition of a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Bainnson has built an exceptional career by helping others heal. He is one of a handful of national experts in the planning, design and construction of therapeutic gardens. Works include the Portland Memory Garden, the Therapeutic Gardens at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, and the Oregon Burn Center Garden at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. Bainnson’s work has been featured in books, he has authored many articles in magazines and journals, and he is a sought-after speaker. Bainnson has also served the profession of landscape architecture over a sustained period, volunteering on the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee for twelve years, including roles as President and Trustee. Bainnson is Principal at Portland-based landscape architecture firm Quatrefoil, Inc.


Casey Howard, Associate ASLA, will receive the Outstanding Emerging Professional Award. This award is given to an emerging professional in their first five years of practice that exceeds expectations and shows promise in making contributions to landscape architecture. Howard is a passionate and principled designer, whose curiosity, interests and efforts add value and strategic direction to multi-disciplinary projects. She is a critical thinker and is valued by all her colleagues for her problem-solving and innovative thinking. For example, Howard helped innovate the methodology for repeat photography that is used heavily within the field of historic landscape preservation planning to compare historic and current conditions. Howard has proven herself a leader within the landscape architecture community by her participation with the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee as the Emerging Professionals Chair, and as a 2016 Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar. Howard is a Project Associate at MIG, Inc in Portland.


Willie Levenson will receive the Tom McCall Award to honor his outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Levenson has reshaped and redefined Portland’s relationship with the Willamette River. He started with a simple idea: If he could get Portlanders in the river, they would become aware of it in new and profound ways, reawakening to its potential as a living system. In 2010, Levenson created the Human Access Project (HAP). Willie established HAP as a non-profit and recruited a board of directors whose members also deeply cared about the river. With his leadership, HAP set out a vision to raise awareness of the river and ultimately inspire “a City in love with its river,” leading to widespread stewardship of our largest natural resource. Levenson created ‘The Big Float’, growing this event into a signature Portland summer activity on the Willamette River with attendance at more than 2,500 floaters in 2018. It is through Levenson’s creative energy, clear vision, and tireless efforts that HAP has connected so many Portlanders to the river over the 8 years since he began his river journey.


ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person at their Annual Soiree on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Elysian Ballroom, 918 SW Yamhill Street, Portland. Tickets may be purchased online at the ASLA Oregon website.


Executive Committee Election 2018 Results

A big thank you to all who participated in the election this year! We had a well-qualified line up of candidates for 2018-2020 open positions. The Annual Meeting in October will mark the point in the year where newly elected candidates begin their term on the Executive Committee (ExCom). ASLA Oregon is exceptionally lucky this year to be welcoming the following folks into their new positions on the ExCom.

President Elect: Allison Rouse

Vice President of Chapter Services: Patrick Sweeney

Secretary: Jennifer D’avanzo

Education Chair: Laura Zanetto

Section Chair, Mt Hood: Tenille Thompson

Section Co-Chair, High Desert: Perry Brooks

Please join us in welcoming them in their new positions this year!

We are incredibly grateful for the work of ExCom members who are continuing their terms from last year: Jean Senechal Biggs (Trustee), Shannon Simms (VP of Member Services), Laurie Mooney (Treasurer), Andrew Jepson-Sullivan (Communications Chair), Casey Howard (Emerging Professionals Chair), Elizabeth Auvil (Student Liaison), and Rebecca Shepard (Willamette Valley Section Chair).

Last, but not least, a BIG THANKS to outgoing ExCom: Jaime Hendrickson (VP of Chapter Services), Marianne Zarkin & Andrea Kuns (Mt. Hood Section Co-Chairs), Brian Stuhr (Secretary), and Laura Turnbull (Education Chair).


University of Oregon Landscape Architecture Information Sessions

Thinking about getting an MLA or PhD in Landscape Architecture? Interested in learning more about the graduate programs at the University of Oregon Department of Landscape Architecture?

The University of Oregon College of Design will be hosting both in-person and virtual information sessions monthly between September and December. Use this link to sign up and learn more: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2h31zyeZqxbeFsF

Applications open September 15, 2018. Start planning today!


2018 ASLA Student Honor & Merit Awards

The ASLA student Honor and Merit award program, administered through the ASLA chapters, is a collaborative effort between chapters and landscape architecture programs. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills, and are distributed to outstanding students in programs across the country.

The number of awards are based on the size of the academic program. At the University of Oregon, the faculty nominate two BLA students and two MLA students each year. Our nominees were recognized by the University of Oregon faculty as truly outstanding students for their scholarship, excellence in design, and service to the department. This recognition is worthy of honor and congratulations.

This year, for the first time, the Oregon Chapter of ASLA and the Department of Landscape Architecture convened a jury of ASLA members to hear 20-minute presentations from student nominees. After hearing the presentations, the jury deliberated their decision based on the following criteria:

  • Department citizenship
  • Design rigor
  • Scholarship
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Potential professional impact

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards. UO LA and ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person later this year at ASLA Oregon’s Annual Awards Soiree in Portland on Friday, November 2nd.

Flora Chen, Graduate Honor Award
Lin (Flora) Chen is an MLA Candidate at the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in Taiwan where she pursued an undergraduate degree in horticulture and cultivated a passion towards art, cultural exchange, and landscape architecture. The collaborative integration of ideas, appropriate response to natural and cultural processes, and an active engagement of the gradient between opposites are what she values. She encourages herself to become a humble practitioner, researcher, and teacher, who leads creative practices to elevate the field of landscape architecture in Taiwan and eventually, serve as a bridge between the United States and Asia.

Alexis Griffin, Undergraduate Honor award
Alexis is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a minor in Geography. During Alexis’ tenure at the University of Oregon, she pursued an education that emphasized the systems, forces, and networks at play in our landscapes and around our built environments by seeking a better understanding of what plants composed the surrounding vernacular and what sociocultural systems were at play.

Alexis has experience with the residential scale design and maintenance and spent two years as a gardener for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History honing her understanding of native plants through various seasons and climatic conditions. As a student, Alexis wanted to be involved both with leadership and hands-on opportunities. As the UO ASLA BLA Outreach Coordinator, she facilitated many peer-to-peer skill-shares to better acquaint younger students with more seasoned students to allow the opportunity for interdependence among cohorts. As a Co-Director for CASL (Community for the Advancement of Sustainable Living) Alexis acted as the Landscape facilitator and the big picture coordinator, making sure that the year plan was unfolded, and the landscape maintenance was kept up to par with University standards. Alexis also acted as Treasurer to manage the organization’s finances over the year.

Alexis wants to pursue a master’s degree in Geography –  of the fluvial variety – with a major focus in GIS. She is also inspired to become the head landscape architect of a large campus, or system of vegetation, helping to steward its growth and evolution through climate change under my purview.  

Alexis is passionate, nerdy about very specific things, and driven, by nature. Watercolors, charcoals, and pens can always be found nearby. She reads too much, hikes often, and dreams of building a tiny home surrounded by an edible landscape and miniature animals.

Megan Little, Undergraduate Merit award
Megan just completed her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, while concluding her service as the University of Oregon ASLA Chapter President. During her studies, Megan explored the importance of interdisciplinary design collaboration in an academic setting to further the field of landscape architecture. She firmly believes fostering communication skills and learning to work with different minds is integral to the success of large scale, climate adapted designs. As a student, she served as a HOPES Conference coordinator, which invites professionals and visiting scholars to discuss how the connection between ecology and design disciplines can produce sustainable solutions. Her current interests revolve around propelling operational landscapes beyond their industrial past. Specifically looking at river systems and gravel mining, Megan hopes to find new forms of productivity in post industrial mines, driving the sites narrative past its industrial history. After graduation, Megan will be continue to explore her interests in landscape architecture and large-scale urban river projects as a Designer at MVVA in Cambridge, MA.


Executive Committee – 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 2018 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Wednesday, June 27th and will close at midnight on Friday, July 27th. The results will be officially announced in August.

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.

Please take a moment to vote in the upcoming elections! This is your opportunity to provide input on the future of our chapter and to help select the next group of ASLA Oregon leaders.


Candidate for President-Elect
Allison K. Rouse

Allison K. Rouse is a Capital Project Manager at Portland Parks & Recreation, where she has managed the design and construction of two of Portland’s signature outdoor spaces: Director Park and the South Waterfront Greenway Central District. She also managed a number of other strategic interventions within the City: a network of soft surface trails in the Marquam Nature Park, the North Gateway Marker on historic Terwilliger Parkway, and a new entry for Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Previously, she practiced solo as Allison K. Rouse, Landscape Architect, and while her focus was on graceful and responsive residential gardens, she contributed on a variety of commercial, industrial and pro-bono projects. In partnership with BOORA Architects, Allison created an award-winning and widely published temporary installation in support of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, “The Works at TBA:05.” Allison is grateful for the training, perspective, and mentoring she received from her previous employers, Walker Macy and Stangeland Associates. She earned her Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Certified Construction Specifier.

Allison is motivated by elegant, equitable and durable design solutions and excellence in project management. She works collaboratively with her stakeholders, clients and project teams, resulting in comprehensive understanding and validation of each design decision. In addition to the TBA Festival space, she has participated in a variety of public service projects, such as participating on Portland AIA’s Urban Design Committee, advising on design of a new vegetable garden for Laurelhurst Elementary School, and serving on the 2010 ASLA Oregon Design Awards Jury. She has hosted Shadow Mentor students, served on the original committee to organize and roll out the PDH requirement for maintaining licensure, and completed an oral history of senior landscape architects in the Portland area for the 2006 ASLA Oregon Design Symposium on Pacific Northwest Style.

“As the second of five daughters of an artist and an engineer, I am at once curious and efficient, idealistic and practical, unafraid to lead but also a team player. I am deeply rooted in both my original landscape, the coastal plains of eastern Virginia, and the vigorously evergreen, volcanic landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s versatile community of Landscape Architects, with its spectrum of designers, planners, researchers, writers, illustrators and project managers – all dedicated to stewardship and improvement of the landscape – is ideally suited to lead on intersectional issues such as adapting to climate change amid the social equity disparities of our age. As your President-Elect, I will support and promote our landscape architecture community; listen to learn what it most needs from ASLA Oregon; and then bring all of my powers and experience to bear in facilitating elegant, equitable and durable solutions for you.”


Candidate for Secretary
Patrick Sweeney

Patrick is a Senior Planner at Toole Design Group (TDG) and has worked at the intersection of multimodal transportation, land use planning, and urban design since 1992, in both the private and public sectors. Having worked in major cities across the United States, he has extensive experience with integrating transportation facilities within their varied land use contexts. Patrick is an OR licensed Landscape Architect, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council. Patrick specializes in leading and working with diverse project team members on complex urban transportation projects in addition to being able to effectively communicate and facilitate the minutia of project specifics to building consensus on larger project strategies.

Patrick enjoys collaboration, is a team-player, and feels strongly about the leading role Landscape Architects can/should have in connecting and creating great places. His communication skills are a great fit for the role of Secretary of Oregon ASLA, and his experience in working with others will make him an asset to the Oregon ASLA executive committee board.


Candidate for Secretary
Jennifer D’Avanzo

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience as a biologist and landscape designer. She studied environmental and forest biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse New York and later went on to receive a masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver. Drawing upon her experience from these two disciplines, Jennifer is a senior project manager at GreenWorks on a variety of planning and design projects consisting of stormwater management, green infrastructure, natural resource planning, recreation and interpretive design, and environmental restoration and enhancement.  After nine years of working in environmental consulting as a biologist and project manager, she transitioned back to landscape architecture.  GreenWorks is the ideal firm for her skill set because many projects focus on the enhancement and restoration of natural systems while embracing community concerns.  During her time as an environmental consultant, Jennifer became certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist. Jennifer’s experience includes landscape design, wetland delineation and permitting, habitat assessment, biological surveys, visual analysis, regulatory compliance, construction management and monitoring. In her free time, Jennifer can be found in her garden, on a hike or a backpack, practicing yoga, frequenting one of Portland’s amazing restaurants and as of lately taking improv lessons.

“I believe my commitment and organization will be a perfect combination to be the next  secretary of the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee Board. This opportunity would enhance my involvement with the discipline of landscape architecture as well as connecting and collaborating with the Oregon landscape architecture community.”


Candidate for Secretary
April Maly

April Maly is a landscape architect with Walker Macy where she focuses on the design of academic, institutional and corporate landscapes.  A northeast native, she moved to Oregon in 2016 in search of professional and personal growth and adventure.  She is passionate about connecting people to place by featuring ecological processes and the vernacular of site.  April earned her degree in Environmental Planning and Design at Rutgers University in 2011 where she was involved in a number of outreach and extension projects on campus and across New Jersey. Before moving to Oregon, she led diverse project teams in the design and construction of coastal New England landscapes.  She spends her free time volunteering with Friends of Trees, serving on the Rutgers University Landscape Architecture Alumni Committee and curiously exploring the Northwest with her sketchbook.

“I love meeting new people, generating excitement and momentum behind shared goals and excel at cultivating positive team environments. If elected secretary, I will bring to the board communication skills that will support future  ASLA Oregon efforts.”​


Candidate for Secretary
Jake Marshall

Jake is a landscape designer who put roots down in Portland almost two years ago. He is originally from Maryland but has also lived in Philadelphia and Fort Collins, Colorado, where he received his B.L.A. Jake currently works for the Portland Bureau of Transportation as the sole L.A. where he advances the mission of the bureau in creating equitable projects that enhance the safety and quality of life for the city of Portland. He is an avid outdoorsman who normally spends his weekends in the mountains backpacking, skiing or mountain biking.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve as your secretary. The ASLA has given me an outlet to develop as an emerging professional while advancing my career. I am a strong advocate for the profession of landscape architecture and believe we need to continue to spread our reach by educating the public on the importance of our work while asserting ourselves in the field. “


Candidate for Education Chair
Laura Zanetto

Laura Zanetto is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture program, working as a restoration designer in ICF’s Portland office. Laura began her career at Hoyt Arboretum, in environmental programming supporting the Arboretum’s mission, then moved back into the field of landscape design at a small design-build firm in Denver, Colorado. In Denver, Laura designed and managed residential and commercial landscape projects, while overseeing construction and implementation. Eventually, Laura’s love of the outdoors drew her into restoration work, where she now primarily works on fish passage, floodplain reconnection, and aquatic and riparian habitat restoration.

Laura is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee, especially in education. Since her role as Program Director at the Arboretum, Laura has loved engaging with the public and has especially enjoyed organizing educational events for all ages. Utilizing these experiences, Laura hopes she will bring valuable perspective to the role of Education Chair. Laura believes that both licensure and continuing education are important cornerstones of our profession, deserving of community attention to keep them attainable and meaningful.


Candidate for Mt. Hood Section Chair
Tenille Thompson

Tenille Thompson is a landscape architect at Koch Landscape Architecture, a design studio founded by Steven Koch, FASLA in 2000 in Portland, Oregon. Tenille moved to the Pacific NW a year ago from Edmonton, Canada to pursue her long-time desire to live, work and play in Portland- a city amid the trees.

She studied landscape architecture at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Guelph where she graduated in 2007. Tenille began practicing landscape architecture in Vancouver, Canada with DMG Landscape Architects (now evolved to PMG Landscape Architects and M2 Landscape Architecture) for several projects ranging from urban design, large-scale commercial and mixed-use projects, parks and open space planning. She also worked with Catherine Berris Associates and participated in the Sea to Sky highway corridor development for the Winter Olympics. Tenille also worked with Stantec in  southern Alberta where she participated in a number of project improvements for the City of Medicine Hat parks and recreation department. She then moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she worked for WSP as a project manager, participating in parks, cemetery design, trails, and urban design.

Tenille’s professional practice integrates well with her commitment to sustainable community orientated work. Through volunteer and internship experiences she has designed, facilitated, and project managed a number of grass roots efforts including a pop-up park, community gardens, school gardens, and affordable/crisis housing initiatives.

“I am interested in becoming the Mount Hood Section Chair to provide opportunities for the community to learn, share ideas, and play together. I’d like to get to know the community, have some fun and work to provide meaningful opportunities to expand our skills.”


Candidates for High Desert Section Co-Chair
Perry Brooks and Chelsea Schneider

Perry Brooks

“Since completing graduate school at the University of Colorado, Denver in Landscape Architecture, I have worked in both the public and private sector for the last 18 years. First stop was with the City of Kent, WA were I was the Park & Open Space Planner for 11 years and worked on a number of active and passive recreation projects. Next stop was with the City of Boulder, CO for 4.5 years as the Park and Recreation Planning Manager where I worked on an array of sustainability projects for  variety of facility and other park assets as well as on active and passive recreation projects. Upon moving to Oregon, I worked for the City of Redmond, OR for 2 years where I developed their first long-range Program and Facility Plan and their Asset Management Plan. In a complete deviation from past work experience, I then worked for a small environmental engineering firm based in Seattle called Natural Systems Design (NSD) for 4 years. While at NSD I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of stream, river and wetland restoration projects while also doing business development in OR. Currently, I came back to the public sector and am currently working for Bend Park & Recreation District.”

Chelsea Schneider

Chelsea is a registered Landscape Architect in Oregon with 17 years’ professional experience in consulting and public practice. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oregon in Planning and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from University of Colorado at Denver. She has practiced landscape architecture in Central Oregon since 2002, and founded her own firm in 2018. She has been chair and co-chair of the High Desert section in the past. Chelsea prefers to spend as much time out of the office as possible, so most likely can be found traveling and photographing landscapes.


ASLA Elevates Mary Anne Cassin to Council of Fellows

The ASLA Council of Fellows has recognized Mary Anne Cassin for her exceptional accomplishments and leadership over a 35 year career. Fellowship is among the highest honor ASLA bestows on members.

Mary Anne was nominated by the Oregon Chapter’s Fellow Nomination Committee in the Leadership/Management category. During her tenure with Portland Parks & Recreation and Metro, Mary Anne frequently worked behind the scenes on projects that serve the greater public good. She helped secure the 2011 National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Metal for Portland. She played a pivotal role in passing multiple capital bond measures and the System Development Charge for the City of Portland, and a five-year serial levy for the Metro Regional Government. She organized conferences, forums and exchange programs to help parks planners from around the nation share knowledge. She was critical in the initiation, master planning, and implementation of the Springwater Corridor.

“Mary Anne Cassin carries on and elevates the tradition of John Olmsted and Emanuel Mische in Portland’s parks. Similarly, she has advanced the stewardship of natural resources throughout our region. Her leadership has been consistent, collaborative, and positive, completing hundreds of park expansion and improvement projects funded through three historic bond measures. The latest bond measure focused on restoration. At Council meetings, I introduced her as our ‘irreplaceable’ manager. That was no exaggeration.” – The Honorable Charlie Hales, Former Portland Mayor and City Commissioner
“Few individuals have had the impact on Portland’s system of public places as Mary Anne Cassin. From the creation of our System Development Charge structure, to leading public funding measures, to the stewardship of our most iconic parks, Mary Anne has exemplified the best in landscape architectural public service, and is seen as a role model for future professionals. Every great city has someone working behind the scenes to facilitate progress. Mary Anne is Portland’s.”– Mike Abbaté, FASLA, Former Director, Portland Parks & Recreation

Mary Anne will be among the 2018 class of 31 Fellows recognized at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, October 19 – 22, in Philadelphia.

Read about all of this year’s Fellows here.


Call for Nominations!

It’s that time of year again! Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and the results will be announced in mid-August. ExCom members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office in late October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philadelphia.

It’s time to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate, a mentor – anyone 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Crater Lake Section Chair: Two-year term. The Crater Lake Section Chair represents our membership in southern Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

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

Don’t delay! Nominations open on May 01, 2018 and close at midnight on May 31, 2018. Click here to nominate!