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: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you around in 2016!
UPCOMING CHAPTER EVENTS
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
Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect/Planner – Cameron McCarthy
Landscape Designer – ESA VA
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