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!

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.


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.

UO Shadow Mentor Day Recap

Thank you so much for your support of this year’s Shadow Mentor Day! It was a huge success. We had a total of 62 student participants placed between 33 offices in Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle. Thanks to the groundwork laid by Roni and last year’s student ASLA team, this year’s SMD is the largest that any involved can recall!



Landscape Architects Connect with Professional Development

Professional development is a process of lifelong learning to gather new skills, to expand knowledge, and to support career advancement. Classes and workshops, webinars and lectures, tours and field work, teaching and mentoring, volunteering and networking are many of the ways that professional development occurs.

Continuing education requirements to maintain licensure are often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities. Keeping current on new technologies, trends and products are critical to the practice of landscape architecture.

Oregon ASLA is committed to making continuing education available to our members and connecting landscape architects with opportunities locally and nationally, online and in person. Last year we reviewed and approved 31 workshops, lectures and events for PDH credits and promoted them in our monthly Newswire and on our website. And this spring, Oregon ASLA hopes to become the next ASLA chapter to become a Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) certified provider. This will allow us to offer Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits at our chapter events that are recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.

Looking for ways to expand your professional development and continuing education activities? Read more in our listings 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).

Check the OR ASLA Events listings for opportunities throughout the state offering a range of continuing education activities. Programs and events offered by other organizations may qualify for PDH credits.

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. And 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 always welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs. And every summer, our annual Call for Nominations seeks out members who are interested serving on the chapter’s Executive Committee. Contact us to learn more and sign up.

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s will be held in New Orleans from October 21-24. The conference theme and education sessions will be announced later this year.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects. Programs offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits. Look for Oregon ASLA to be added to this list of certified providers later this spring.

ASLA Online Learning

ASLA also offers Online Learning programs and the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) which qualify for PDH credit. Either by participating in a live webinar, watching a recorded online presentation, or reading one of 11 peer-reviewed papers, you can earn up to 5.0 PDHs. Looking for a more affordable option for getting PDH credits? ASLA members can participate in these programs at a reduced rate.

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Oregon ASLA Brings Focus, Inspiration to Trail Design Workshop

A team of sixteen members of Oregon ASLA, joined by nine members of the Student Chapter of ASLA at the University of Oregon, gathered in Carlton, Oregon on November 13th and 14th for a design workshop for the Yamhelas Westsider Trail, a proposed multimodal transportation corridor in Yamhill County.

Over 50 local residents, business owners, elected officials and agency staff worked directly with the Oregon/UO ASLA team to develop conceptual plans that will guide the future development of the trail. The team solicited input to develop design ideas for elements of the trail including trailheads, wayfinding signage, property access, and connections to key destinations. The workshop concluded with an public open house for the landscape architects to present their design proposals and solicit feedback from the larger community.

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Yamhill County and the non-profit organization, Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail, are leading efforts to develop the trail. The design workshop was part of a collaborative planning process funded through a technical assistance grant from the National Parks Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (NPS RTCA). Carlton-based winery Ken Wright Cellars hosted the workshop and their barrel room provided an inspiring backdrop for our work.

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About the Yamhelas Westsider Trail

The 17-mile long railroad corridor is located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country and provides a link between four cities, two counties and several regionally significant recreation sites, including Henry Hagg Lake and Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Yamhill County has been actively working with the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail, citizens, local businesses and partner agencies including the Cities of Carlton, Yamhill, McMinnville, and Gaston, Washington County, and Oregon Parks and Recreation on the proposed acquisition of the abandoned Union Pacific Railroad right of way from Hagg Lake to OR 99W, near McMinnville.

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“The trail will provide a safe, off-street facility for people walking and biking to work, students attending Yamhill-Carlton High School, recreational cyclists and for other local trips in Carlton and Yamhill,” said Yamhill County Commissioner Stan Primozich. “This is a needed investment that has the ability to transform our community.”

The first phase of the project will acquire up to 9 miles of the railroad right-of-way using $1.7 million of Federal Transportation Enhancement funds through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The acquisition would preserve the rail corridor in one single public ownership. Yamhill County and the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail are actively pursuing additional grant funds to develop the alignment, creating the first regional alternative transportation corridor in the Yamhill Valley.

NPS RTCA Partnership Brings Opportunities

Oregon ASLA participated in the workshop under ASLA’s partnership with NPS RTCA to help communities plan, design and manage their natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Since 2000, ASLA chapters across the country and NPS RTCA have worked together to support dozens of community-led natural resource conservation and recreation projects. This unique partnership, first tested in the Pacific Northwest, expanded opportunities for ASLA chapters and National Park Service staff across the county.

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What’s next?

NPS RTCA staff will work with Yamhill County and the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail to assemble the drawings and information into a concept plan document that will be published in 2016.

“Community leaders from Yamhill County have led the development of this project over several decades and provided the necessary support to secure the federal transportation funds to acquire the rail property,” said Wayne Wiebke with the Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail. “We are excited to be where we are today, developing ideas to guide the design of this future trail.”

Yamhelas Westsider Trail Design Workshop

November 13-14, 2015, Carlton, Oregon

Oregon ASLA: Elizabeth Auvil (Alta Planning + Design), Brian Bainnson (Quatrefoil), Tim Bono (Walker Macy), Arica Duhrkoop-Galas (The Office of Stangeland and Associates; University of Oregon), Gregg Everhart (Parametrix; Everhart LA, LLC), Kate Forester (Herrera Environmental Consultants), Tamra Lehuta (Meier Architecture + Engineering), Aaron Maples (Walker Macy), Arjen Meeuswen (PLACE), Maureen Raad (ESA Vigil Agrimis), Sterling Rung (PLACE), Jean Senechal Biggs (Portland Bureau of Transportation), Shannon Simms (Mayer Reed), Pam Symond (City of Eugene), Robin Wilcox (PLACE), and Alex Zatarain (Stemmler Design).

UO Student Chapter ASLA: Kayla Byrne, Casey Howard, Alison Lewis, John Maxson, Krisztian Megyeri, Peter Obermeyer, Keegan Oneal, Nancy Pierce, and Callan Roemer.

NPS RTCA: Dan Miller and Shawn James

Yamhill County: Jayne Mercer and Brett Henry

Friends of Yamhelas Westsider Trail

Special thanks to our hosts, Ken Wright Cellars.

Shifting Sands: Sedimentary Cycles for Jamaica Bay

01.11.16 @5:30pm | Fuller Lecture: Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA

Shifting Sands is a framework for enhancing coastal resiliency at Jamaica Bay, New York, a location highly impacted by the 2012 landfall of Hurricane Sandy. The proposal includes novel design strategies for marsh island restoration and enhanced sediment delivery, merging ecosystem restoration with coastal storm risk management strategies for the Rockaway Peninsula and the back-bay communities. Assessing social, environmental, and infrastructural vulnerabilities, the plan embraces the vast scale and fetch dimension of Jamaica Bay and explores the role of natural and nature-based features within the urban context of this estuarine embayment. 

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA     

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Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor at the City College of New York and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio. Her research focuses on design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments and explores novel landscape restoration practices given the dynamics of climate change. Seavitt co-authored the book On the Water: Palisade Bay, a climate adaptation proposal for New York’s Upper Harbor; this study was the foundation of the 2010 exhibition “Rising Currents” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Seavitt is currently leading research at Jamaica Bay as part of Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR), a project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Lecture has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare PDH for Oregon Registered Landscape Architects.


December Newswire

Membership Matters!

Author: Rachel Edmonds, Vice President of Member Services

New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues. Given that memberships tend to not be utilized to their fullest extent, it is imperative to annually reacquaint prospective and renewing members of Oregon ASLA about some of the benefits of membership and the opportunities that await them:

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

For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit: https://www.asla.org/Membership.aspx

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 2015, 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 2016:

Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include 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.

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 2016, 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: info@aslaoregon.org

See you around in 2016!

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2015 | Design Awards Soiree Recap
1.11|ASLA | AIA Fuller | Lecture: Catherine Seavitt Nordensonv (1.0 PDH)
1.16 | Sketchpdx: Drink + Draw kick-off event
1.20 | 21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture: Sonja Dümpelmann, Dr.-Ing (1.0 PDH)
1.29 | UO Shadow Mentor Day

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2.11-13 | New Partners for Smart Growth Conference


Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect/Planner – Cameron McCarthy

Landscape Designer – ESA VA


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Advocacy 101 – by Rebecca Wahlstrom

Meet the New Executive Committee

Please help us keep our mailing list current. Send updates or corrections of your contact information to info@aslaoregon.org.

Executive Committee and other contact information on our About page. For mailing and other administrative inquiries about the chapter, contact:
ASLA Oregon Chapter
147 SE 102nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97216
phone: 503.227.6156
fax: 503.253.9172
Check out our online Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date listing of opportunities!

LANDbytes: Advocacy 101

By Rebecca Wahlstrom

Every year the ASLA holds an Advocacy Summit and invites all the chapter representatives to attend intensive workshops that show how to use ASLA in crisis response and promoting legislation.  In doing this, the goal is to build a nation-wide coordinated effort of advocacy on behalf of our profession.  Being on the left coast, it is not easy to see or take part in all the work that ASLA puts into landscape architecture advocacy on various political fronts, but here are some things that we can do here in Oregon.

Sign up for  iAdvocate on the ASLA Website

In about a minute, one can add their email to the iAdvocate system.  This allows ASLA to send you an email when they need action.  The action needed is usually a form letter that is sent to the appropriate political representative.  Form letters can be used as is, but people are encouraged to modify the letter to make it their own.  It rarely takes more than 5-10 minutes and makes a great deal of difference.  Check out the link at:  http://advocate.asla.org/app/register?2&m=15471

If Something Goes Wrong – Utilize the National ASLA Staff

Many are unaware of just how savvy the government affairs and advocacy staff are at ASLA.  These people have spent time learning how the political system works and are adept at explaining what strategy might work best. If it is an effort that takes money, ASLA offers opportunities for grants to help fund the work that needs to be done.  Whether it is a threat to licensure laws or a piece of legislature that would be harmful to our profession, the staff at ASLA can help.

Very few of us have extra moments in the day, but making the effort to keep strengthening our profession needs continued diligence.  Paying attention to matters like the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that Congress recently let expire, is important.  Why?  As the ASLA writes, the LWCF has been funded for 50 years “when we drill for offshore oil and gas that belongs to all Americans, we put a little of the proceeds aside as a conservation offset that gives back something lasting and meaningful – protecting parks and other public spaces we care about.” “Parks and public spaces”, is why the ASLA paid attention, and that is exactly the reason we should, too.  Transportation, parks, housing, small businesses, and water issues are not only important drivers of our profession, but important to our mission as landscape architects.   Using the iAdvocate system is an efficient tool for making it easier to track these issues  Take a moment and get involved.  Your profession depends on it.

Find out more about ways to advocate for the landscape architecture profession at: http://www.asla.org/governmentAffairs.aspx

Welcome New Excom Members

Thank you ASLA members for your participation in the annual Executive Committee Election! We are pleased to announce the following members have been elected into open positions:

President Elect: Jean Senechal Biggs

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Jean Senechal Biggs is a Project Manager with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and for 19 years she has proudly served the city through planning, designing and building innovative transportation projects. She is passionate about creating engaging public spaces and livable neighborhoods that encourage walking, cycling and transit. Jean wrote the transportation section of the Landscape Architect’s Guide to Portland and that effort influenced her decision to become more active in ASLA. Jean joined the Oregon chapter’s Executive Committee last year, serving as the Member-At-Large/Education Chair with a commitment to connect the landscape architecture community with educational and professional development opportunities that further knowledge and skills. Her contributions have included identifying and promoting PDH opportunities for landscape architects and communicating with OSLAB about continuing education requirements, as well as organizing the Members-Only MAX Orange Line Preview Ride in July and the upcoming Yamhelas Westsider Trail design charrette in November. Jean is also involved with ASLA at the national level, serving as a Transportation PPN Officer and Communications Coordinator. Jean studied at the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. She maintains her connection to the Department of Landscape Architecture as a long-time participant in Shadow Mentor Day.


Treasurer: Gill Williams


Gill has 24 years of professional landscape architecture experience focused on open space projects, natural areas as recreational facilities, and public parks. His work includes regional recreation facilities, natural area management plans, and feasibility studies. Gill joined GreenWorks in March of 2015 as a principal. Gill brings leadership with firm management, business development, design and construction to supplement GreenWorks’ team of landscape architects and planners.



VP Member Services: Rachel Edmonds



Since 2010, I’ve been practicing as a landscape designer, urban designer and planner at MIG, Inc. I’m a native Portlander and am a homeowner in the Montavilla neighborhood. Previously, I’ve lived in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA. For graduate school, I graduated from UC Berkeley’s landscape architecture and planning departments. I enjoy a great diversity in my work: park master planning, construction drawings, cultural landscape assessments, and downtown urban design projects (to name just a few). Outside of work, I enjoy wilderness backpacking trips in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with my husband and creating order in my small backyard.


Emerging Professionals: Patty Hines


Patty graduated summa cum laude with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. She was the AAA class valedictorian and was the only student to speak at commencement. In addition, she and her studio won an Oregon ASLA Honor Award for their environmental art installations at the Overlook Field School in Pennsylvania. As an emerging professional, she is the owner of Outside Design and is currently working on residential landscape projects in the Portland area. When Patty is not designing gardens you can find her on modern house tours checking out current trends in architecture and interior design. Her interests include all things related to fashion, graphics, and design. On Saturdays, she searches the PSU Farmers Market for breakfast and seasonal eats.


UO/Student Liaison: Paula Baretto



I am Latina, a veteran, and maker of social change. Born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in New York, I joined the Navy after completing high school with the long-term goal of going to college. I started at Portland Community College, where I engaged in two leadership roles, one as Student Body President representing a variety of student voices. The second as appointed District Student Council Chair – a liaison between the administration and the district student body. Both taught me the importance of service leadership, communication, and making connections between students and higher education professionals. Community college was a welcomed transition coming from a strict military environment, because it provided strong structure, yet the freedom to creatively work independently. I transferred my knowledge and experiences to the University of Oregon and focused on the major I was passionate about. During my time there, I dedicated my energy on environmental and social equity issues – matters that have always been in the forefront of my mind, but were now being expressed through a creative, yet impactful medium. Just over three years later, I earned my BLA from the U of O in March of 2015.


Willamette Valley: Veronica Malinay


Veronica Malinay relocated from the Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area to the great Pacific NW to pursue her graduate research at the University of Oregon. She is currently a Research Assistant for the National Park Service and the University of Oregon. She is working on a joint research effort to analyze the effects of climate change on cultural landscapes and propose adaptation options generated by preliminary case studies in U.S. national parks. During her time at the University of Oregon her works included contributions to a place-based research method of design and inquiry at the Overlook Field School in Waverly, PA and a cultural landscape investigation, documentation, and design proposal at César Chávez National Monument in Keene, CA. Both works won awards from the 2014 ASLA Oregon Design Awards. She is a 2015 University Olmsted Scholar, and a recipient of the John Decherd Research Scholarship.


Communications Chair: Laurie Mooney


Education Chair: Laura Turnbull


Crater Lake Section Chair: 

If you are interested in getting more involved in your local chapter, please contact the current President@AslaOregon.org to find out more information about these Excom positions.


Departing ExCom Members

A special thank you is extended to our departing ExCom members. Your time, enthusiasm and hard work has served our members well during your tenure:

  • Arica Duhrkoop-Galas + Justin Lanphear – departing Willamette Valley section chairs
  • Brigtte Huneke – departing Student Liaison
  • Madeline Carroll – departing Emerging Professionals Chair
  • Renee Wilkinson – departing Communications Chair
  • Robin Wilcox – departing VP Member Services

UO Students Win Global Prize

via the University of Oregon

A University of Oregon landscape architecture student team defeated professional competitors to take first prize in a global innovation challenge to improve the food system, winning $10,000 and advancement to a prototype round. ASLA Oregon provided financial support to allow the students to attend the awards ceremony.

Winners in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge were announced by the Biomimicry Institute at an awards ceremony October 4 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The team now will be provided business incubation support and an opportunity to win $100,000 and move their design to production.

The UO team’s design, which would help farmers retain nutrients in soil while decreasing fertilizer use, was based in part on the earthworm’s digestive system and would improve soil health over time.

Team members Wade Hanson, Casey Howard, Matt Jorgensen, Alison Lewis, and Krisztian Megyeri were in a spring 2015 class taught by Department of Landscape Architecture Instructors Anne Godfrey and Emma Froh.