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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us in advocacy efforts to protect licensure!
Written by Paula Baretto, Student Liason, ASLA
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues.
Free with membership:
ASLA membership designation on business cards, resume, work profile, etc.
Landscape Architecture Magazine subscription (digital or print)
Professional Practice Networks (a choice of 1 from 18 networks)
Firm Finder listing for your firm
LAND, the biweekly national ASLA e-newsletter
Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)
JobLink résumé posting
Access to ExCom monthly meetings held in downtown Portland
Discounts on the following with membership:
National ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO registration fees
National ASLA Professional Awards entry fee
Oregon ASLA Design Symposium registration fees
Oregon ASLA Design Awards registration fees
JobLink job postings
LARE preparation courses
Online learning continuing education
Beginning in 2017 ASLA is changing the structure of membership dues for emerging professionals, and Oregon ASLA is raising chapter dues for full and affiliate members by $5 from $80 to $85 per year. Associate member dues will not change and will remain at $45 per year. Click here for details
For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit:
Awareness and Advocacy
Two notable (and likely unknown) benefits of membership are Oregon ASLA’s efforts to raise awareness of the profession and legislative advocacy on issues that matter most to the profession. In March 2016, Oregon ASLA’s President Laurie Matthews and other Oregon LA’s met with staff members from the offices of Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to discuss key issues and federal funding bills on the horizon. The group also apprised the lawmakers of design and planning projects of importance to the State and region, such as the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.
Substantial and Diverse Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
Oregon ASLA strives to provide a wide range of opportunities for networking , professional development and continuing education. Oregon ASLA members should consider participating with the following committees, groups, and events in 2017:
Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include free sketching meet-up groups, plant nursery tours, design charrettes for local non-profits, and interdisciplinary trivia nights.
Education Committee: This committee exists to determine criteria and review professional development activities for licensed professionals in Oregon, as well as help connect members interested in creating LARE study groups as well as events with PDH credits.
Design Symposium + Design Awards Planning Committee: The two biggest events each year require the helping hands of our dedicated members to carry it off! Members who volunteer often can receive discounted event rates. Attendance at the Design Symposium can count towards Professional Development Hours (PDH).
Fellows + Honors Nomination Committee: The Committee is always looking for current Fellows interested in helping to identify, evaluate and nominate exceptional landscape architects from our community to the national circle of ASLA Fellows.
Executive Committee: There are 16 voting positions and two non-voting positions on the ASLA Executive Committee with appointments ranging from 2 to 3 years. The sitting Executive Committee puts out a call for nominations in the summer. Those interested in serving should contact the Executive Committee for consideration.
Shadow Mentor Day: Each year, students enrolled in University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture programs take advantage of an opportunity to visit landscape architecture offices across the region. The event is coordinated with the student chapter of ASLA and can include a social hour event.
Urban Design Panel: Portland’s Oregon ASLA members are invited to be part of a team of local professionals to assist the City in maintaining high standards of urban design, and to review projects and policies related to our built environment. The Urban Design Panel is open to members of three professional organizations (AIA, ASLA and APA) and provides a combined, focused voice for the goals and needs that are relevant to our community and our members.
For more information and a calendar of opportunities for 2017, visit: http://aslaoregon.org/events
Lastly, all new and renewing Oregon ASLA members are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive chapter communication. Send your updated information to: email@example.com
See you around in 2017!