MEMBERS ONLY SPECIAL EVENT: Barnes Butte Recreation Area Design Charrette

Join our design team! ASLA Oregon and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS RTCA) are partnering to create a conceptual plan for the Barnes Butte Recreation Area, a 460 acre park and open-space project in Prineville, Oregon.

ASLA Oregon invites members to participate in a two-day charrette September 27-28, 2019 in Prineville. We are assembling a team of up to 12 professionals. Our work will include a site visit to Barnes Butte open-space and a day-long charrette with key stakeholders and community members to develop conceptual designs for the park. The charrette will conclude with a public presentation and community open house on Saturday night. 

The charrette provides a rare opportunity for Oregon’s landscape architecture community to gather, learn from each other, and lend our expertise and abilities to the beginnings of this regionally significant recreation and conservation area in Crook County.

Are you an experienced park planner or trail designer? An expert meeting facilitator? Great with graphics? We are seeking participants with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Participation in the charrette will be based on a competitive selection process. Students, emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be ASLA Oregon members in good standing. Meals for both days and overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights, September 27th and 28th will be provided through the generosity of the City of Prineville and the Prineville community.


To apply, complete our application form and attach a cover letter and a current resume. CLICK HERE to download an application form. Professional Member Applications Due: August 16th.

Questions? Interested in applying? Please contact Chelsea Schneider, High Desert Section Co-Chair at highdesert@aslaoregon.org.


Executive Committee 2019 – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2019 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Monday, July 2nd and will close at midnight on Thursday, August 1st. The results will be officially announced in late August.  

New Executive Committee members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office in the middle of November, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in San Diego.

Please take a moment to vote! This is your opportunity to provide input on the future of our chapter and select our next group of leaders to inspire our members and bring our group of professionals together. 


President-Elect

Write in your recommendation for President-Elect, someone you think would excel in a leadership position, bringing Oregon ASLA into 2021.  (It could be you! It’s fine to write in your own name.) We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.


Vice President, Member Services

Write in your recommendation for VP-Member Services, yourself or someone else you think would enjoy and excel at acting as the liaison between members and the Executive Committee, and who would spearhead significant chapter events.  We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.


Candidate for Treasurer
Brian Martin

Brian Martin is a landscape architect at Lango Hansen Landscape Architects. He is a Portland native and earned a BSLA from the University of Idaho. With over 12 years of experience in the field, Brian has worked on a wide array of projects including multi-family housing, parks, education, and commercial office developments. He has volunteered with various organizations, including GRiT (Greenroof info Thinktank) and as a crew leader with Friends of Trees for the last 8 years.

“During my time as a landscape architect, I have been enriched by many ASLA sponsored events. The design symposium, the awards soiree and many other gatherings as well as continuing education opportunities and professional networking events have all contributed to my professional development. As treasurer, I look forward to serving the landscape architecture community across the state of Oregon and creating opportunities for others similar to those that I have benefited from. I believe that my attention to detail and dependability are essential qualifications for the role of treasurer. I bring many established, valuable relationships with other landscape architects and product representatives and look forward to facilitating connections among professionals in our field while serving on the Executive Committee.”


Member-At-Large/Communications Chair

Write in your recommendation for Member-at-Large, Communications, yourself or someone else you think would enjoy and excel at creating and managing Chapter communications, including the NewsWire, our social media program, the email list, and event registration software.  We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.


Candidate for Member-At-Large/Emerging Professionals Chair
Anna Chen

Anna graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Minor in Urban Planning. She was an active ASLA member during college and served as the Vice President of the ASU ASLA Student chapter. ASLA contributed to her growth as a young professional during college and continues to do so after graduation. In 2016, she moved to San Diego, California to start her career and ASLA San Diego welcomed her with local networks and educational events. 

As the Emerging Professionals Chair, she plans to continue Sketch PDX to encourage professionals to put pens to papers and practice their hand sketching skills. She’ll like to plan educational tours and workshops that would enrich young professionals and social events to grow their network. She looks forward to helping young professionals find the resources and support they need to succeed in the field. 


Member-At-Large/Student Liaison

Write in your recommendation for Member-at-Large, Student Liaison, yourself or someone else you think would enjoy and excel at maintaining a robust relationship with the community of landscape architecture educators and students in Oregon.  We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.


Candidates for Willamette Valley Section Co-Chair(s)

Alexis Griffin

Alexis is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a minor in Geography. During her tenure at the University of Oregon, Alexis pursued an education that emphasized the systems, forces, and networks in our landscapes and built environments by seeking a better understanding of the surrounding plant species vernacular and the sociocultural systems.

Alexis has experience with residential design and maintenance, and she spent two years as a gardener for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, honing her understanding of native plants through various seasons and climatic conditions. She currently works at Cameron McCarthy aiding the design of spaces for people of all ages and organisms of all sizes. 

Alexis is passionate, nerdy about very specific things, and driven by nature. Watercolors, charcoals, and pens can always be found nearby. She reads too much, hikes often, and dreams of building a tiny home surrounded by an edible landscape and miniature animals. 

As Willamette Valley Co-Chair, Alexis is excited to engage and connect with the breadth of the landscape architecture community in the Willamette Valley, from students to long-time professionals.

Laurie Mooney

Laurie has been on the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee for four years, serving first as Communications Chair and recently as Treasurer.


Crater Lake Section Chair

Write in your recommendation for Crater Lake Section Chair, someone you think would enjoy and excel at planning professional development and social events for members of the Crater Lake Section, and representing their interests on the Executive Committee.  (It could be you! It’s fine to write in your own name.) We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.


Basic and Advanced Irrigation Courses offered by Oregon ASLA and Toro

 
Leading up to the ASLA Oregon 2019 Design Symposium, ASLA Oregon is pleased to present two Irrigation Design courses; Basic Irrigation Design, and Beyond Basic: Irrigation Design for Water Conservation. In an industry leading the charge for sustainable design through rating systems such as LEED, and SITES, this course will give you the knowledge needed to achieve water-conserving credits. Attendees may attend one or both events. The courses are LACES approved to earn professional development credits!

When:
Thursday April 4th, 9:00am- 4:00pm (Basic Irrigation Design)
Friday April 5th, 9:00am- 4:00pm (Beyond Basic: Irrigation Design for Water Conservation)

Where: McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Click here for more information on Day 1: Basic Irrigation Design
Click here for more information on Day 2: Beyond Basic: Irrigation Design for Water Conservation

Click here to register for either class (or both!)


2018 ASLA Student Honor & Merit Awards

The ASLA student Honor and Merit award program, administered through the ASLA chapters, is a collaborative effort between chapters and landscape architecture programs. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills, and are distributed to outstanding students in programs across the country.

The number of awards are based on the size of the academic program. At the University of Oregon, the faculty nominate two BLA students and two MLA students each year. Our nominees were recognized by the University of Oregon faculty as truly outstanding students for their scholarship, excellence in design, and service to the department. This recognition is worthy of honor and congratulations.

This year, for the first time, the Oregon Chapter of ASLA and the Department of Landscape Architecture convened a jury of ASLA members to hear 20-minute presentations from student nominees. After hearing the presentations, the jury deliberated their decision based on the following criteria:

  • Department citizenship
  • Design rigor
  • Scholarship
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Potential professional impact

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards. UO LA and ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person later this year at ASLA Oregon’s Annual Awards Soiree in Portland on Friday, November 2nd.

Flora Chen, Graduate Honor Award
Lin (Flora) Chen is an MLA Candidate at the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in Taiwan where she pursued an undergraduate degree in horticulture and cultivated a passion towards art, cultural exchange, and landscape architecture. The collaborative integration of ideas, appropriate response to natural and cultural processes, and an active engagement of the gradient between opposites are what she values. She encourages herself to become a humble practitioner, researcher, and teacher, who leads creative practices to elevate the field of landscape architecture in Taiwan and eventually, serve as a bridge between the United States and Asia.

Alexis Griffin, Undergraduate Honor award
Alexis is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a minor in Geography. During Alexis’ tenure at the University of Oregon, she pursued an education that emphasized the systems, forces, and networks at play in our landscapes and around our built environments by seeking a better understanding of what plants composed the surrounding vernacular and what sociocultural systems were at play.

Alexis has experience with the residential scale design and maintenance and spent two years as a gardener for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History honing her understanding of native plants through various seasons and climatic conditions. As a student, Alexis wanted to be involved both with leadership and hands-on opportunities. As the UO ASLA BLA Outreach Coordinator, she facilitated many peer-to-peer skill-shares to better acquaint younger students with more seasoned students to allow the opportunity for interdependence among cohorts. As a Co-Director for CASL (Community for the Advancement of Sustainable Living) Alexis acted as the Landscape facilitator and the big picture coordinator, making sure that the year plan was unfolded, and the landscape maintenance was kept up to par with University standards. Alexis also acted as Treasurer to manage the organization’s finances over the year.

Alexis wants to pursue a master’s degree in Geography –  of the fluvial variety – with a major focus in GIS. She is also inspired to become the head landscape architect of a large campus, or system of vegetation, helping to steward its growth and evolution through climate change under my purview.  

Alexis is passionate, nerdy about very specific things, and driven, by nature. Watercolors, charcoals, and pens can always be found nearby. She reads too much, hikes often, and dreams of building a tiny home surrounded by an edible landscape and miniature animals.

Megan Little, Undergraduate Merit award
Megan just completed her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, while concluding her service as the University of Oregon ASLA Chapter President. During her studies, Megan explored the importance of interdisciplinary design collaboration in an academic setting to further the field of landscape architecture. She firmly believes fostering communication skills and learning to work with different minds is integral to the success of large scale, climate adapted designs. As a student, she served as a HOPES Conference coordinator, which invites professionals and visiting scholars to discuss how the connection between ecology and design disciplines can produce sustainable solutions. Her current interests revolve around propelling operational landscapes beyond their industrial past. Specifically looking at river systems and gravel mining, Megan hopes to find new forms of productivity in post industrial mines, driving the sites narrative past its industrial history. After graduation, Megan will be continue to explore her interests in landscape architecture and large-scale urban river projects as a Designer at MVVA in Cambridge, MA.


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.