Meet the 2018 Executive Committee

As many of you know, the Annual Meeting marks the point in the year where elected candidates begin their term on the Executive Committee (ExCom). I think that ASLA Oregon is exceptionally lucky this year to be welcoming the following folks into their new positions on the ExCom.

Please join me in welcoming people in their new positions this year and learning a little bit more about the Chapter work that they are doing.

Thanks,

Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
President

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Andreas Stavropoulos (President) – Andreas led the membership survey effort last year and with your feedback, he will be working to integrate as many ideas as possible into the Design Symposium (April 7th, mark your calendars!) and Design Awards. He’s expecting a first child late February, who may or may not make an appearance at the Design Symposium in a bid to be the youngest-ever attendee.

Mary Stewart (President-elect) – Mary brings her enthusiasm, experience, and Amsterdam bicycle to the ExCom. Mary attended the Chapter Presidents Council in LA and learned from other chapter leaders how they approach common problems. Mary will lead an effort to build our volunteer database to help with programs and member opportunities and will help to recruit candidates for next year’s election. Interested in joining the ExCom? Get in touch with her!

Jean Senechal Biggs (Trustee) – Jean continues to grace us with her calm presence, powerful sense of organization and deep knowledge of local and national issues. In her now role as Trustee, Jean will step up state advocacy efforts in 2018 and will represent Oregon ASLA at the bi-annual Board of Trustees meeting.

Laurie Mooney (Treasurer) – Laurie crafted this year’s budget with aplomb and a sense of tempered optimism. Oregon ASLA is projected to remain in the black thanks to her budget, the board’s hard work, support from our sponsors, and your participation!

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan (Communications Chair) – Newswires like this one are a result of Andrew’s ongoing efforts to keep our members informed. Andrew is helping to implement internal standards that will help the ExCom communicate internally with greater efficiency. Look out for a refresh/update of the Newswire in 2018.

Shannon Simms (VP Member Services) – Without missing a beat, Shannon has led the Fellows Committee which considers and nominates a candidate from Oregon ASLA for elevation as a Fellow. You’ll may be hearing from Shannon to assist you renewing your membership sometime in the coming year.

Elizabeth (Liz) Auvil (Student Liason) – Liz wasted no time in diving into organizing this years Shadow Mentor Day, which will happen in Portland, Seattle, and Bend. (Friday, Feb 2nd). Thanks Liz!

Casey Howard (Emerging Professionals Chair) – Casey is excited to keep building on the success of project like Sketch PDX that engage younger Oregon ASLA members. And, did you notice the beautiful Design Awards program? Thank Casey!

Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard (Willamette Valley Co-Chairs) – Kate and Rebecca have done a great job of planning events and increasing CEU opportunities for Oregon ASLA members in the Willamette Valley. They already planned out a robust calendar for 2018! Keep your eye out on the Newswire for information about Section events.

Stephanie Kennedy (Newly Hired Association Manager) – Stephanie has proven in short order streamline operations, save money, and spend more time working on Chapter events.

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Of course, we are incredibly grateful for the work of ExCom members who are continuing their terms from last year: Jaime Hendrickson (VP of Chapter Services), Marianne Zarkin & Andrea Kuns (Mt. Hood Section Co-Chairs), Brian Stuhr (Secretary), Laura Turnbull (Education Chair), Kat Langenderfer & Chelsea Schneider (High Desert Co-chairs).

BIG THANKS to outgoing ExCom: Patty Hines, Gill Williams, Brian Bainnson. We miss you and are so grateful for the energy and experience you shared with us. Come back and visit soon!

As a reminder, all ASLA members are always welcome to attend monthly ExCom meetings in person (2nd Monday each Month, DKS Associates, Portland) or online. Your input and attendance is always welcome!


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.