Water and Green Infrastructure: Artful and Ecological Treatment of Stormwater @ Leach Botanical Garden
Sep 24 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

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

Description: Artful rainwater design is an innovative approach to sustainable stormwater management through green infrastructure that celebrates rain. By celebrating the infrastructure as a design element, we achieve landscapes that perform at multiple levels through improved water quality, wildlife habitat, and human habitat. Often modest in design, the impact of artful rainwater design is found in its simplicity and harmonious integration with the natural and built environment.

Mike and his GreenWorks team are helping create Leach Garden’s new master plan, which calls for green infrastructure throughout, from green roofs and naturalistic stormwater gardens to dynamic built features.

Speaker Bio: Mike is a founding principal of GreenWorks. His primary professional interest is in creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological, and social needs. Mike leads planning and design project teams which integrate urban ecology, green infrastructure, and urban design on a variety of project types. Mike is adept at working with clients, regulators, and stakeholders in creating projects with broad support. His prior employment with engineering, ecological and landscape architectural firms helped propel him into a leadership role that integrates various professional disciplines, helping them in meeting broad-based community design objectives. Since establishing the firm in 1987, Mike’s responsibilities have grown to include all aspects of a private practice.


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AHTA 2015 Annual Conference @ Red Lion Hotel
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – Oct 11 @ 11:00 am

Join us in Portland, Oregon October 9-10, 2015 for “Research: Shaping the Horticultural Therapy Landscape.”  Choose from over 30 educational sessions over 2 days, presented by an international array of professionals encompassing horticultural therapists and our allied professions.  We are honored to have as our Keynote Speaker Roger Ulrich, PhD who is recognized as the founder of evidence-based healthcare design and has become its most cited researcher internationally.  Pre-conference tours will visit 5 sites on Thursday, October 8 in the Portland area, all featuring HTR’s running programs at the facilities.  Also on Thursday, we will again offer an Internship Supervisor Workshop, facilitated by Leigh Anne Starling, MS, CRC, HTR.  This workshop is for HTR’s who are first time supervisors or for those who wish to enhance their role as an internship supervisor.

The conference will be hosted at the Red Lion Hotel Jantzen Beach where we have secured a special rate of $149 per night single/double (plus taxes).  This rate is available until September 15, or until the room block is sold out.  The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the Portland International Airport.

Early Bird registration (through September 5) for Members is $285 and $270 for AHTA Student Members.  Non-members receive a 1 year AHTA membership with their registration of $385 (available to new members only).

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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference @ Hilton Portland Hotel
Feb 11 – Feb 13 all-day
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference @ Hilton Portland Hotel | Portland | Oregon | United States

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2016 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! The program will span three full days with optional pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, and post-conference events scheduled for Sunday, February 14. The main program will kick off on Thursday morning, February 11, with a plenary starting at 10:00 am, and continue through Saturday afternoon, closing at 4:00 pm. The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, focused training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in and around the greater Portland region.

There will be something for everybody, from veteran experts to smart-growth novices, with over 75 sessions and workshops to choose from. Learn from hundreds of speakers who cross disciplines to share insights, valuable tools and strategies for making smart growth a success in your community. The program will be infused with sessions and case studies focusing on important social equity and environmental justice issues.

ASLA Oregon Symposium @ University of Oregon/White Stag Building
Apr 9 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
ASLA Oregon Symposium @ University of Oregon/White Stag Building | Portland | Oregon | United States


The annual ASLA Oregon Symposium will celebrate the following theme: Diversity and Equity in Our Communities and Profession.

Stay tuned for details about speakers, session titles and more as the event gets finalized. You can check the Symposium page to see details about this event as they emerge.

Flora of Oregon @ Lawrence Hall, Room 166
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dennis Albert is a Research Professor in the Horticulture Department of Oregon State University, where his research has focused on wetland restoration and native plant marketing. He has current research projects focused on Great-Lakes-wide coastal wetlands inventories and harvest of invasive wetland plants for biogas production and phosphorus capture and reuse. He and his graduate students conduct research on Oregon’s estuaries, and in May he will begin an inventory of the vegetation of the playas of Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in southeastern Oregon and Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada.

Dr. Albert teaches summer field courses in Forest Ecology and Great Lakes coastal wetlands at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station in northern Michigan.  Dr. Albert wrote the Ecological Overview of the Flora of Oregon, as well as books on Michigan’s original vegetation, plant communities, coastal wetlands, sand dunes, and ecoregions.

Portland Hosts Public Forums on Proposal for Retrofitting Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Vulnerable During an Earthquake @ Portland Development Commission
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

News Release from Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Downloadable file: 2016-09-06_Media_Advisory.doc

On Thursday (9/22), Portland is hosting the second of two public forums to discuss a draft proposal to require the seismic retrofit of the city’s 1,700 public and privately-owned unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. The forum is being held at the Portland Development Commission (222 NW 5th Ave) from 6 to 8 p.m. URM buildings are typically structures built before the 1960s using brick with little to no steel reinforcement in the walls that are highly vulnerable to collapse even during a moderate earthquake.

The draft proposal was developed by the Portland URM Seismic Retrofit Project, a group sponsored by Commissioner Steve Novick that includes the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Development Commission (PDC), and community members. Since December 2014, the group has been meeting to find ways to reduce Portland’s risk from URM buildings.

Information about the proposal, along with a searchable URM map and way to provide feedback, is available at

Bright Lights – An Evening with Douglas Macy @ Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


No landscape architect has touched more of Portland’s downtown park system than Douglas Macy. A key member of the legendary team that shaped the city’s “living room,” Pioneer Courthouse Square, Macy and his firm Walker Macy went on to design many of the central city’s most dynamic and cherished places, from the cherry-tree postcard shot of Waterfront Park to the busy Portland State University Urban Center.

For decades, Macy has inspired other cities with his history of how Portland’s network of urban parks came to be. Now for the first time, he will offer his historic view to Portland. And, in conversation with journalist and John Yeon Center director Randy Gragg, Macy will reflect on 40 years of practice and offer a candid view of where our downtown parks might go next.

Reception with food and drink to follow at Oregon Historical Society. RSVP here.

Process is Golden – A Design Conference on the Process of Making @ The Armory
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 9:00 pm


WeMake Celebrates design-in-action with our second annual design conference on the process of making. Two days of creative dialogue with inspiring design thinkers known locally, nationally, and internationally. This curated group of diverse speakers have been chosen from the design and maker communities because they are forging their own creative paths and making a mark in their respective industries.


Creative Dialogue on the Process of Making
6 Keynote Speakers, Panels, Demos, and more!

Gather at THE ARMORY for a full day of creative dialogue with a diverse panel of makers, designers, and illustrators. WeMake Celebrates sets the stage with local, national, and international design thinkers to talk about process and what inspires creativity.

* We’ll celebrate into the night with an after party too!



Hands-on Experiences and Fun had by all!
Day two will host creative workshops and hands-on making.

WORKSHOP 1/ KATE BINGAMAN BURT & ZACH SCHOMBURG Objects / Belongings: Writing and Drawing About Our STUFF

From Hand to Digital /Storytelling & Book Making sponsored by Adobe

WordPlay / Lettering, Logos and Ambigrams