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
prototype since spring 2015.

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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Emerging Professionals

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!

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Pop-up Events:

Events of this type could have educational value, provide networking/social opportunities, and/or provide community service.  Kinds of events might include a design charrette for a local non-profit, coordination with the John Yeon Center for a visit to The Shire, tours of current projects of note, or sketching the historic Halprin Sequence.

Networking + Social Events + Educational Opportunities:

Emerging professionals builds new friendships and makes professional contacts by engaging in a collaborative activity such as our interdisciplinary Trivia Group Event in partnership with emerging professionals groups from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and (WTS Portland, a professional organization focused on advancing women in transportation.

The new urban sketching groups,  SketchPDX, is a monthly meeting of Emerging Professionals and drawing enthusiasts created to have fun and learn from each other in a collaborative environment. 

SketchPDX: Eugene Road trip, our most recent event, attracted a mix of emerging professionals, landscape architects, students (both landscape architecture and architecture), and one (fine) Fellow (ASLA).  Together we enjoyed an inspiring afternoon of sketching, watercoloring and learning new drawing techniques.  Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, showed us a new way of interpreting place by applying a concept based on the definition of autochthonous – look it up, you’ll get it.

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Here’s how you can participate:

You don’t have to be an emerging professional of participate in any of our EP events.  They are open to all our members and to those thinking about joining ASLA.  Special guests with special skills will be invited to join us off and on throughout the year to share, teach and pass on new ways of drawing.  Watch for future sketchPDX events on the Oregon ASLA website, Newswire and your email. 

Have an idea for an event or a skill to share?  Contact EP Chair Patty Hines at ep@aslaoregon.org.

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2016 ASLA Design Symposium Recap

The annual ASLA Oregon Symposium was once again a huge success!

The Symposium kicked off bright and early Saturday morning. Landscape architects, designers and allied professionals filed into University of Oregon’s White Stag Block abuzz with discussion about the day ahead.

Each speaker presented a wonderfully different perspective on the topic of fostering equity and diversity in design, our communities, our profession. How do we bridge practice to help create equitable and resilient communities? Attendees explored sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy, intercultural modes for inclusive urban spaces, cultural changes and rapid urban growth occurring in cities of Mexico. We learned more about how diversity and environmental justice in design can be achieved with strong community collaboration.

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Our gracious sponsors had tables set up in the middle of our gathering space, making it easy for attendees to get the latest product news and information, as well as food and drink. We hear year after year from our members how much they enjoy reconnecting with their local plant nurseries, site furnishing manufacturers, and more!
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An engaging keynote address was given by Diane Jones Allen, Design Jones LLC,  that explored bridging community practice and academy to create equitable and resilient environments. The sessions to follow were lively, educational and cross disciplinary in nature – exactly the balance the Symposium planning committee strives for every year. We wrapped up the day with a compelling panel moderated by Randy Gragg, Executive Director John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape, University of Oregon.

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Thank you attendees, sponsors and volunteers for your participation again this year! A special thanks to the John Yeon Center and Randy Gragg for hosting the event. Everyone’s energy and enthusiasm helped make this annual event a success yet again. See you next year!

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World Landscape Architecture Month 2016

World Landscape Architecture Month is going on now. 

Every year during the month of April, countries across the globe focus on ways to highlight and promote our profession.  Sometimes this promotion takes the place as community events or lectures, but those events take a great deal of time to plan (something that is lacking in many lives).  For the second year, ASLA has harnessed the power of social media by setting up the hashtag #WLAM2016 and providing cards that read, “This is Landscape Architecture”.  People can take a picture that portrays landscape architecture (integrating the card somewhere in the image) then post the photo to social media avenues using #WLAM2016.

For inspiration, take a moment to look on the WLAM 2016 tagboard; see posts from Scotland, the Netherlands, Seattle, Chicago and more.  All these images express what people have found important in their profession.  This social media campaign gives people a chance to change how people view landscape architecture, showing a breadth of projects,  all designed by a landscape architect.

If you were wondering if it is worth the effort, consider this.  As of April 12, ASLA has counted 2,150 posts with #WLAM2016, all images of landscape architecture that reached 1,319,385 people.  Hard numbers that show this campaign is not only a powerful way to promote landscape architecture, it can be a powerful way to promote your business as well.  I would venture that most firms marketing programs don’t reach over a million people.

It’s April – get out there and celebrate.