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!

 


2018 Oregon ASLA Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People

 

Landscape architects work at the nexus of health and the built environment. We have the power to design spaces that promote health and well-being. With a growing body of research underscoring the link between place and health, we’re excited to announce the theme of the 2018 Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People.

Please join us on Saturday, April 7 in downtown Portland to hear individuals from academia, non-profit, philanthropy, and the private sector speak about current efforts and accomplishments at the intersection of place and health through the lens of their political, economic, and social expertise. We will gather for a day of learning and collaboration in an event that brings together over 125 landscape architecture professionals. ANOVA is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Lynn M. Ross, AICP, founder and principal of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC, will present this year’s Keynote AddressReimagining the Civic Commons. Her talk will explore power of public places in advancing the goals of socioeconomic mixing, civic engagement, environmental sustainability and value creation. Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative funded by the Knight Foundation that seeks to counter economic and social fragmentation in our cities by revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries to bring together people from different backgrounds. Our Keynote Sponsor is Northwest Recreation.

Our education sessions will conclude when all our speakers are invited back to the stage for a panel discussion moderated by Ed Jahn, OPB’s Executive Editor for Science and Environment and Executive Producer of Oregon Field Guide. Our speakers will discuss how the notion of landscape health influences practice today and how it may alter the way future landscape architects practice. The discussion will cover social angles, identify successful design applications, and inspire a call to action.

And not to be missed… our Exhibitor’s Showcase will feature the latest in products and services from ANOVA, Northwest Receation, Forms + Surfaces, RMC/Gametime, Victor Stanley, Northwest Playground, Cascade Recreation, Ironsmith, All Play, JP Stone, Landscape Forms, Columbia Cascade, Mutual Materials, and more!

We’ll wrap up the day with ASLA Oregon After Hours, our happy hour in the Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room. This year we will be joined by special guest, Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, Immediate Past President of ASLANW Playground is this year’s Happy Hour Sponsor.

Those who attend the full day symposium will be eligible for up to 6 professional development hours. Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and happy hour drink ticket provided. The cost is $200 for members, $250 for non-members and $30 for students.

 

Join us! Click here to register and learn more.

 

2018 Annual Design Symposium
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland
$200 members | $250 non-members | $30 students
Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and happy hour drink ticket provided
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 levels start as low as $500. Contact Jamie Hendrickson at vpchapterservices@aslaoregon.org to learn more.


Meet the 2018 Executive Committee

As many of you know, the Annual Meeting marks the point in the year where elected candidates begin their term on the Executive Committee (ExCom). I think that ASLA Oregon is exceptionally lucky this year to be welcoming the following folks into their new positions on the ExCom.

Please join me in welcoming people in their new positions this year and learning a little bit more about the Chapter work that they are doing.

Thanks,

Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
President

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Andreas Stavropoulos (President) – Andreas led the membership survey effort last year and with your feedback, he will be working to integrate as many ideas as possible into the Design Symposium (April 7th, mark your calendars!) and Design Awards. He’s expecting a first child late February, who may or may not make an appearance at the Design Symposium in a bid to be the youngest-ever attendee.

Mary Stewart (President-elect) – Mary brings her enthusiasm, experience, and Amsterdam bicycle to the ExCom. Mary attended the Chapter Presidents Council in LA and learned from other chapter leaders how they approach common problems. Mary will lead an effort to build our volunteer database to help with programs and member opportunities and will help to recruit candidates for next year’s election. Interested in joining the ExCom? Get in touch with her!

Jean Senechal Biggs (Trustee) – Jean continues to grace us with her calm presence, powerful sense of organization and deep knowledge of local and national issues. In her now role as Trustee, Jean will step up state advocacy efforts in 2018 and will represent Oregon ASLA at the bi-annual Board of Trustees meeting.

Laurie Mooney (Treasurer) – Laurie crafted this year’s budget with aplomb and a sense of tempered optimism. Oregon ASLA is projected to remain in the black thanks to her budget, the board’s hard work, support from our sponsors, and your participation!

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan (Communications Chair) – Newswires like this one are a result of Andrew’s ongoing efforts to keep our members informed. Andrew is helping to implement internal standards that will help the ExCom communicate internally with greater efficiency. Look out for a refresh/update of the Newswire in 2018.

Shannon Simms (VP Member Services) – Without missing a beat, Shannon has led the Fellows Committee which considers and nominates a candidate from Oregon ASLA for elevation as a Fellow. You’ll may be hearing from Shannon to assist you renewing your membership sometime in the coming year.

Elizabeth (Liz) Auvil (Student Liason) – Liz wasted no time in diving into organizing this years Shadow Mentor Day, which will happen in Portland, Seattle, and Bend. (Friday, Feb 2nd). Thanks Liz!

Casey Howard (Emerging Professionals Chair) – Casey is excited to keep building on the success of project like Sketch PDX that engage younger Oregon ASLA members. And, did you notice the beautiful Design Awards program? Thank Casey!

Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard (Willamette Valley Co-Chairs) – Kate and Rebecca have done a great job of planning events and increasing CEU opportunities for Oregon ASLA members in the Willamette Valley. They already planned out a robust calendar for 2018! Keep your eye out on the Newswire for information about Section events.

Stephanie Kennedy (Newly Hired Association Manager) – Stephanie has proven in short order streamline operations, save money, and spend more time working on Chapter events.

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Of course, we are incredibly grateful for the work of ExCom members who are continuing their terms from last year: Jaime Hendrickson (VP of Chapter Services), Marianne Zarkin & Andrea Kuns (Mt. Hood Section Co-Chairs), Brian Stuhr (Secretary), Laura Turnbull (Education Chair), Kat Langenderfer & Chelsea Schneider (High Desert Co-chairs).

BIG THANKS to outgoing ExCom: Patty Hines, Gill Williams, Brian Bainnson, Paula Baretto, and Laurie Matthews. We miss you and are so grateful for the energy and experience you shared with us. Come back and visit soon!

As a reminder, all ASLA members are always welcome to attend monthly ExCom meetings in person (2nd Monday each Month, DKS Associates, Portland) or online. Your input and attendance is always welcome!


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.
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For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org