By Rebecca Wahlstrom
Your Oregon Chapter ASLA executive committee has been working hard since last fall to provide learning and networking opportunities for its members. The current committee’s year started soon after the election by quickly gearing up for the 2014 spring symposium. Anyone who has been a part of symposium organizing realizes just what a lot of work this entails and just how many people are needed to make the event a success. After the well-received symposium was over, the executive committee took a collective breath and took a short break from event planning. Read the event recap here;http://www.aslaoregon.org/events/articles/2014-event-recap
The executive committee was not destined to rest for long, the national ASLA office sent a message in early spring asking if the Oregon Chapter was willing to take on the latest online “Landscape Architects Guide” tour. After some discussion, the brave group said yes, making Portland the first west coast city to be explored through the eyes of the ASLA. The guide will be looking at the different design elements that have made Portland known across the nation for its sustainable choices (Water, Transportation, Food, etc). Be on the lookout in the fall for the final results! If you want to see the existing tour guides for Washington, D.C. and Boston, check it out here; D.C. http://www.asla.org/guide/ and Bostonhttp://www.asla.org/boston/
The executive committee is getting involved in the community in other ways; the EP group and Urban Green have both spearheaded numerous events and activities that get landscape architects and designers out into the public realm and talking to one another. The Urban Green series has an added bonus that licensed practitioners can earn PDH credits at many events. If you want to be aware of upcoming EP or Urban Green events, please check the website for updates and be sure to get on the email list. EP page: http://www.aslaoregon.org/events/articles/ep-101-series Urban Green events:http://www.aslaoregon.org/events/articles/urban-green-pdh-series
This past month, Melinda Graham, Mauricio Villarreal, Brian Bainnson, and Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy went to Washington D.C. to meet with other leaders in ASLA chapters across the nation. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the successes (and failures) seen in other chapters. It is also an opportunity to lobby policy makers and promote the landscape architecture on what is affectionately known as “Lobby Day” …if you ask nicely, they just might show you their picture with Jeff Merkley.
By May/June, the executive committee was already starting planning for the fall Design Awards Soiree. Again, many details and many people all exert a concerted effort to put on a great event which will celebrate the design achievements of Oregon landscape architects and designers. Get ready for another great party this fall!
Around this time, there are also elections to the vacant seats in the executive committee; the executive committee is interested in hearing nominations for the vacancies. Some readers might laugh or cringe at those words, but serving on the ASLA executive committee is a great way to give back to the Oregon design community and a chance to make a difference in our profession.
If you see any of your ASLA Oregon Chapter Executive Committee members, please give them a high five for all the work that they are doing on your behalf. The committee members are:
Melinda Graham, ASLA – President
Mauricio Villarreal, ASLA – Vice-President
Kurt Lango, ASLA – Immediate Past President
Claudia Sims, ASLA – Secretary
Gill Williams, ASLA – Treasurer
Amy Cooney, ASLA – Vice President Chapter Services
Robin Wilcox, ASLA – Vice President Member Services
Brian Bainnson, ASLA – Trustee
Brigitte Huneke, ASLA – Student Chapter Liaison
Renee Wilkinson, ASLA – Communications Chair/Member at Large
Arthur Graves – Education Chair/Member at Large
Jesse Stemmler, ASLA – Mt. Hood Section Co-Chair
Rachel Hill, ASLA – Mt. Hood Section Co-Chair
Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, FASLA – High Desert Section Chair
Justin Lanphear, ASLA – Willamette Valley Section Co-Chair
Arica Duhrkoop-Galas, ASLA – Willamette Valley Section Co-Chair
That is, give them a high-five if you can catch them as they prepare for the next ASLA adventure – the Oregon Chapter Executive committee are a busy bunch of professionals.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved and more about membership, please check out the following information:
Visit the ASLA Membership Page!