Oregon ASLA 2016 Honor Award Winners Announced

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce the winners of their 2016 Honor Awards. 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, community leadership and careful stewardship. The recipients will receive their awards at Oregon ASLA’s Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4, 2016.

“Oregon ASLA is excited to present our inaugural Honor Awards,” said Laurie Matthews, President of Oregon ASLA. “After a long tradition of an annual Design Awards program, we decided to shift our focus this year to recognizing the best in our profession and our community.”

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Mayer/Reed, Inc. will receive the Outstanding Firm Award in recognition of major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. The 25-person, interdisciplinary design studio was established in Portland in 1986 and offers landscape architecture, urban design, wayfinding and interpretive design for projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Known for their achievements in design excellence, Mayer/Reed’s commitment to sustainability, conservation, and protection of natural, historic and cultural landscapes has evolved with a high degree of creativity, service and quality of design. The firm’s values extend beyond the built environment to include community service and service to the profession, with employees generously donating their professional and personal expertise to a broad range of needs and activities, and a deep belief from principals and senior staff that supporting emerging professionals is a way to grow the future of the design professions.

Paul Agrimis, ASLA, will receive the Distinguished Practitioner Award in recognition of a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Agrimis is Vice President and Landscape Architecture Program Leader at ESA in Portland, where he directs a team of 10 landscape architects and designers working on projects along the West Coast from Alaska to California. Drawing on his versatile background as a landscape architect, civil engineer and professional wetland scientist, Agrimis takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the planning and design of resilient natural systems and in creating enduring landscape solutions that engage both the heart and mind. His work has been recognized for planning and design excellence, including Cooper Mountain Nature Park and Minto-Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration, and he has been active in community service throughout his 27-year career.

Deven Young, 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. Young is a senior designer at Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in Portland, where he is leading design on one of their largest trail projects. Young is known for his ability to build relationships with partners and clients. He is an outstanding and committed volunteer and recently served as the Vice President of Chapter Services for Oregon ASLA.

Elisabeth ‘Liksa’ Chan, Roxi Thoren, and Anne Godfrey, representing the faculty of Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon will receive the Lord & Schryver Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Chan served as department head for two terms, and during that time, secured a gift to create the Overlook Field School. Thoren led the Overlook Field School during its initial years and created an innovative program combining research, mentoring and artistic expression with a historic and living landscape. Godfrey revamped the media curriculum and wove its methods and teachings into design studios. Together, these three women faculty members have provided the highest level of leadership and mentoring to new generations of landscape architects and designers through their innovative teaching and research.

Friends of Trees will receive the Tom McCall Award to honor the Portland-based nonprofit’s outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Founded in 1989 by Richard Seidman, Friends of Trees has since expanded their reach throughout the Metro region, down the Willamette Valley to Salem, Eugene and Springfield, and across the Columbia River to Vancouver, Washington. Through their Neighborhood Trees Program, their Green Space Program and their Gift Trees Program, they have supported the planting of over 600,000 trees and native plants in 2 states, 6 counties and 19 cities, including Beaverton, Damascus, Durham, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, King City, Oregon City, Portland, Salem, Sherwood, Springfield, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, Vancouver, and Wilsonville. Through over 25 years of leadership and community partnerships, Friends of Trees has made significant contributions to Oregon’s landscape.

In addition to the professional honor awards, Oregon ASLA will award Student Honor and Student Merit awards to four students majoring in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students. Kelly Stoecklein, MLA, will receive the Graduate Honor Award and Elizabeth Stapleton, MLA, will receive the Graduate Merit Award. Casey Howard, BLA, will receive the Undergraduate Honor Award and Jane Jewett, BLA, will receive the Undergraduate Merit Award.

Oregon ASLA has also established the Olmsted Brothers Award to honor outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time. The Oregon ASLA Executive Committee nominated five sites for this award and the winning site will be determined by a vote of the attendees at Oregon ASLA’s Annual Soiree. The five nominated sites are: the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway; the Halprin Open Space Sequence, Portland; Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland; Portland Japanese Garden; and Salishan Lodge, Gleneden Beach.

Oregon ASLA will present the awards and celebrate the landscape architecture profession at their Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Union/Pine at 525 SE Pine, Portland. Tickets may be purchased online at aslaoregon.org/events/design-awards/2016/

 


Welcome new Executive Committee!

President Elect – Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
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Vice President of Chapter Services- Jamie Hendrickson
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Secretary – Brian Stuhr, ASLA
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Education Chair – Laura Turnbull, PLA, ASLA
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Section Chair: Mount Hood – Marianna Zarkin / Andrea Kuns

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IN TRIBUTE: David P. Olsen, Landscape Architect

The Cascade Business News published a tribute to Dave, highlighting his career and reflections from colleagues who knew him well. We’d like to share the article with our Landscape Architecture community..
http://cascadebusnews.com/in-tribute/

Last month Bend lost its native-born landscape architect. David P. Olsen ASLA RLA passed unexpectedly leaving family, colleagues, clients and friends with great loss. His personality was bigger than life offering an ever present smile and notable sense of humor.

His legacy will live on through the family he so loved and his projects. “You would be hard pressed to stand anywhere in Bend or Redmond and not be within sight of a project Dave hadn’t designed and had a hand in,” said Mel Stout, a long-time friend and colleague.

Dave was a University of Oregon graduate and registered landscape architect. He served on many local boards and felt it was his duty as a citizen to participate in the community and give back to his profession. Along with local positions he served eight years on the Oregon State Landscape Architects Board and was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

“He was one of the most talented and driven landscape architects I have ever worked with,” said Katrina Langenderfer, another long-time friend and colleague.

Over the course of his career Dave worked on hundreds of projects that have benefitted communities throughout the United States and especially Central Oregon. Most recently he and Langenderfer finished work on Hope Playground in Sam Johnson Park in Redmond, where his exceptional design talent and skills shined. It includes one of the largest all-inclusive playgrounds in the Pacific Northwest and has already become an icon in the region. He was especially proud of the custom climbing wall, an artistic and functional center piece of the park which he designed to be reflective of the geology in nearby Smith Rock State Park.

“Dave was one of the best all-around landscape architects I have been associated with. He could master plan, site plan, design, prepare construction documents, sketch, write, present and more,” said Stout.

He had a long history of exceptional work at Fred Glick Associates, Portland, Oregon 1982-84, Michell-Nelson Group, Portland, Oregon 1984-85, Urban and Associates, Annapolis, Maryland 1985-88, OTAK, Inc., Kirkland, Washington 1988-92, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Bend, Oregon 1992-2008, Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc., (HHPR) Bend, Oregon 2008-16.

As a professional, Dave served on the Oregon State Board of Landscape Architecture, as he felt it was important to give back to his profession and the community. He served on several other local committees.

HHPR specializes in master/site planning, park/trail planning and design, streetscape and green street design, landscape and irrigation design, sustainable design applications, native plant restoration and enhancement and land development services.

His clients included Oregon Department of Transportation, Central Oregon Community College, the Cities of Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville as well as Bend Park and Recreation District, Knott Landfill, Bend-LaPine School District and the Redmond School District.

A few of his projects include Jefferson County Courthouse, Minnesota Avenue Renovation, Bend Parkway Landscape, U.S. Highway 97 Beautification, Hope Playground in Sam Johnson Park, American Legion Park, City of Redmond Trails Amenities Plan, Prineville Downtown Enhancement, Madras Downtown Enhancement, Pine Nursery Regional Park, Juniper Swim and Aquatic Center Remodel, Riverbend Park Master Plan, Black Butte Ranch Entry Remodel and Stone Creek Park, currently in construction with completion scheduled for spring 2017.

Central Oregon will continue to share his passion as Central Oregon lives, learns, works and plays in the communities, developments, streetscapes, campuses, school grounds, sports fields, parks, trails and memorials Dave Olsen planned and designed.

Dave was a firm believer in organ donation and his life has provided life to others and will provide over 50 people renewed opportunities to live though him.

Dave shared 35 years of marriage with his beautiful wife Ilene, who is a kindergarten teacher at Miller Elementary in Bend. He was the proud father of three wonderful daughters, Jenny Olsen, Beth and Kyle (son in-law) Lewis and Maddie Olsen. Additionally, Dave is survived by his four siblings, three brothers and a sister, as well as several nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.


Ex Comm Election 2016 Results

A big thank you to all who participated in this years election! We had a well qualified line up of candidates for 2016-2018 open positions.

President Elect: Andreas Stavropoulos
Vice President of Chapter Services: Jamie Hendrickson
Secretary: Brian Stuhr
Education Chair: Laura Turnbull
Section Chair, Mt Hood: Marianne Zarkin+Andrea Kuns

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is the state organization for landscape architecture professionals in our region.  With over 300 members statewide, we provide events, training, and advocacy for a range of topics that affect our profession throughout the state. Thank you for your continued support and participation!

 

 


Gatherings to remember and celebrate David Olsen, ASLA

David Olsen, a longtime member of ASLA, died unexpectedly on August 22. A Bend native and University of Oregon graduate, Dave led the landscape architecture group at HHPR and he recently served as chair of the Oregon Chapter’s High Desert Section. Many in our landscape architecture community knew Dave and worked with him. He will be missed.

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Details about gatherings that will celebrate his life are below. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.


Celebration of Life

From David’s family: “We will be having a celebration of life for our wonderful Dad on Saturday, September 3rd at the Olsen home, at 4pm. We will be toasting to good memories while watching the Oregon football game. Just what dad would have wanted. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful, wonderful man. All are invited, please spread the word to those who loved and adored our papa.”

Saturday, September 3 at 4:00 pm

2832 NW Polarstar Ave, Bend, OR


High Desert Section Gathering

Let’s get together at Crow’s Feet Commons, overlooking a Dave Olsen designed plaza, and raise a pint. 

Tuesday, September 13th at 5:50pm

875 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR


 


ASLA: Advocating for Landscape Architecture

ASLA: Advocating for Landscape Architecture
by Jean Senechal Biggs, President-Elect

As the professional organization for landscape architects, ASLA is focused on providing chapters with resources for advocating on important issues at the national, state and local level. ASLA’s Government Affairs team leads this effort with a focus on two key events: the annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and the annual Advocacy Summit. The Oregon Chapter participated in both of these events this year, building our connections with our elected officials in Washington D.C., as well as with our colleagues from ASLA chapters across the country.

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Advocacy Day

Landscape architects from chapters around the country convened in Washington D.C. on Thursday, May 19 for ASLA’s annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Over 180 ASLA members participated in 214 legislative meetings, including 67 with elected officials, to urge Congress to pass the Centennial Challenge to fund projects in our National Parks and to support federal transportation funding for green infrastructure and resilient streets. Our role as advocates was to educate policymakers and share our own stories on the impact of landscape architecture on these issues. We tweeted from Capitol Hill using the hashtag #iAdvocate to demonstrate our collective voice.

Representing the Oregon Chapter, President Laurie Matthews, President-Elect Jean Senechal Biggs, and Trustee Brian Bainnson met with Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, as well as staff from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Senator Ron Wyden. ASLA Vice President for Government Affairs and Oregon Chapter member, Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, joined us on our visits and also met with Congressman Greg Walden.

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Advocacy Summit

The Indiana Chapter hosted this year’s Advocacy Summit, a two-day workshop focused on providing chapters with the tools and expertise to advocate at the state and local level. President-Elect Jean Senechal Biggs attended this year’s summit along with representatives from 30 other chapters in Indianapolis in mid-August.

Licensure advocacy has been a primary focus of ASLA’s State Government Affairs work. In 2015 and 2016, deregulation and sunset reviews became legislative threats to landscape architecture licensure in several states. In response, staff developed the new Licensure Advocacy Toolkit that includes landscape architecture fact sheets, FAQs, guidelines for using ASLA’s iAdvocate network to send messages to legislators, and tips for planning a state advocacy day. ASLA unveiled these new tools at the summit and all of these resources are now available on the ASLA website at www.asla.org under the “Advocate” tab.

Leaders from the Arizona, North Carolina, and Ohio chapters attended the summit and shared their stories “from the trenches” where they successfully worked through the legislative process to retain the practice acts in their states. ASLA chapters became the organizing agent for advocacy efforts in each state, activating and uniting the landscape architecture community and pulling in the expertise of ASLA to support their efforts.

The summit wrapped up with a tour of downtown Indianapolis led by local landscape architects and highlighting recent work. Despite the heavy rain, we experienced the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Georgia Street, and the Downtown Indy Canal Walk and learned about recent transformation of the downtown.

What’s Next for Advocacy in Oregon? 

To follow up on our Advocacy Day meeting, we are currently working with staff from Rep. Bonamici’s office to schedule a tour later this fall to showcase landscape architecture projects in her district. A site visit is a great way to connect with elected officials while demonstrating the impact of landscape architecture in the community.

We’re interested in hearing from our members on projects to include on our tour. Please let us know if you have a project to highlight and are able to join us for a tour. Contact President-Elect Jean Senechal Biggs at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org with your ideas and interest.


2016 Diversity Summit

The 2016 ALSA Diversity Summit recently took place in Washington, D.C. It was a two day event between July 9th-10th, featuring several brainstorming sessions covering ways to bring forth a more diverse landscape architecture profession. 

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While landscape architecture remains a small profession employing just 21,600, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the demographics within the profession do not match the racial and ethnic demographics of the country. This discrepancy will only become increasingly glaring as the minority population across the U.S. continues to grow.

In 2043, the U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time.  Minorities, now 73 percent of the U.S. population, are projected to make up to 57 percent of the population in 2060. The total minority population will more than double, from 116.2 million to 241.3 million over the period. To remain relevant and able to serve the country’s increasingly diverse communities, landscape architecture needs to become a more ethnically and culturally diverse profession.

Participants from the 2015 summit merged with 2016 participants to discuss and continue the work of years past. Major topics covered included K-12 outreach, short and long-term goals focused on program branding and recruitment, and lastly, ways to navigate university and firm cultures as a minority.

On the final day, areas of consensus were distilled into action items, where three strategies were determined and specific ways to implement them were discussed. The end result will be a compiled handbook offered to all ASLA state chapters to use in the effort of diversifying the profession.

Next year will mark the fifth year of the ASLA Diversity Summit, where all participants have been invited to return to Washington D.C. We will be discussing what we have done, what has worked and what has not, and most importantly, where we will be going as we continue in this effort.

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University of Oregon student team wins Cleantech Award

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Students’ prototype wins additional startup funding 
A team of UO landscape architecture students has been working on an agricultural water filtration
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A team of UO landscape architecture students has won additional startup funding for a water filtration prototype, this time $2,500 in the statewide Portland State University Cleantech Challenge and a chance at winning another $10,000 in September.

Earlier, the team won $10,000 in a global competition and the chance to compete for a $100,000 prize to be awarded in October. In a further show of team unity and largesse, one team member plans to use a separate, individual $15,000 scholarship stipend to further her team’s research.

Their project, “Penthouse Protozoa: The Living Filtration System,” is designed to trap excess fertilizer in agricultural fields where it’s gradually absorbed by plants rather than leaving fields as polluted runoff.  The team includes Wade Hanson, Casey Howard, Matt Jorgensen, Alison Lewis, and Krisztian Megyeri.

The students began their project in a spring 2015 class taught by UO Instructors Anne Godfrey and Emma Froh.

The PSU Cleantech Challenge, hosted by Portland State University, selected ten student teams from universities around Oregon to each receive $2,500 to develop prototypes of environmentally friendly inventions and compete for a grand prize of $10,000 to help bring their innovations to market.

Each finalist team in the Cleantech Challenge has also been matched with a business development mentor and provided workspace to refine their ideas and product for the final competition, at Oregon BEST FEST 2016  at Portland’s World Trade Center in September.
This is the first year the PSU Cleantech Challenge opened to schools statewide.

Howard, the sole undergraduate on the team, was awarded the 2016 National Olmsted Scholar Award and is using its $15,000 stipend to further her team’s research.

Last fall, the UO team won the $10,000 first-place prize and advancement to the final round of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, which asked participants to tackle any aspect of the food system that could be improved by looking to nature for design guidance. The final competition takes place in October in San Rafael, California, where teams will compete for the $100,000 Ray of Hope prize.

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Victor Stanley Site Visit

Members of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA were recently invited by Victor Stanley, the site furnishings manufacturer, to visit Maryland and Washington D.C. for a long weekend of sightseeing, making new connections, and touring their two factories. Five Oregon Chapter members were joined by practitioners from Alaska and Seattle for this members only opportunity. Victor Stanley (as well as other companies) occasionally offer such trips where expenses are paid giving practitioners the opportunity to better know the company and the product. Sound boring? Not in the least. Smart, interesting people who view their surroundings through lenses both artful and technically astute surrounded and inspired us.

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Accompanied by one of the founders of Victor Stanley (with an acute interest in history), most of our time was spent touring Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. We visited Ford’s Theater, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Naval Academy. While seeing these beautiful, but somber reminders of tremendous loss in our nation’s history, tour members admired the remarkable designers who imagined these spaces where people could gather with others and contemplate our past.

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ASLA tour members enjoyed getting to visit (or revisit) a part of the country so rich in historical events and most of all, an opportunity to connect to other people in a new way. Well done, Victor Stanley. Thanks for bringing the Oregon Chapter of the ASLA along on the adventure.

 


2016 OLCA/ASLA Golf Tournament

The 2016 OLCA/ASLA golf tournament was held on June 3 at the Langdon Farms Golf Club. The revamped tournament was well attended this year and took advantage of an early-morning tee time and fantastic summer weather. Over 120 contractors, architects and vendors donned their golf gear and participated in an 18-hole best ball scramble. A unique phone based scoring application provided real time scores for the tournament helping to heighten the competition.

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The tournament was followed by an awards ceremony and incredible lunch consisting of fried chicken and barbecue pork. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishing teams as well as closest to the pin and long drive participants. Awards were made to both men and women in each group.  Winners walked away with gift certificates for both meals and gear from Langdon Farms as well as bottles of wine and clothing from several generous sponsors.

Hole in One prizes (although none were given) included trips to resort destinations across the country and a new 2017 GMC truck.

IMG_5866The ASLA highlight of the tournament was the lunch time raffle that produced the lone winning landscape architect.  Tommy Solomon from 2 Ink Studio walked away with a brand new set of Nike irons. When asked if he was a golfer Solomon replied “I am now”!

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