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.

BEEP Lightening Talks: How Do You Build Diversity? @ Lucky Lab Beer Hall
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the second BEEP (Built Environment Emerging Professionals) Lightning Talks! Reserve your spot in the audience NOW… last year’s event sold out!

Lightning Talks are engaging, fast-paced presentations in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The concise format is popular for dynamic multi-speaker events worldwide.

This year’s theme is “How do you BUILD diversity?” Diversity can apply to people, culture, species, neighborhood, housing type, mode of transportation, anything! And our speakers this year reflect that marvelously—check out the poster below for a list of presentations and scroll to the end of this page for speaker bios.

This is a chance to network with individuals from across disciplines, enjoy an evening full of engaging presentations on topics related to the build environment, and have a drink or two among good company.

Special shout out to our Premium Sponsor: PSU Master of Real Estate Development!beeplt2016postertabloid042116-1

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


Safe, Secure, Invisible: Site Design Considerations @ Center for Architecture
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Safe, Secure, Invisible: Site Design Considerations
Charles Brucker, ASLA
Landscape Architect, Principal, PLACE

May 10
Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

FREE  Click here to register!

The presentation will introduce and explore the design considerations for developing sites that are safe, secure, and deter crime and other unlawful behavior. Through the use of developed projects and their related security standards, we will delineate ways to approach the planning, design, and documentation of safe, secure, sites. The conversation will utilize a broad spectrum of standards and design considerations to demonstrate thoughtful design solutions to common safety issues. Additionally, we will delve into more secure site design issues for federal and civic institutions.

Natural Surface Trail Design and Construction @ Alta Planning + Design, Inc
Aug 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ASLA Members – Free
Non-Members – $20

Presenter: Christopher Bernhardt, Principal, C2 Recreation Consulting LLC

Natural surface trails, also known as soft surface trails, are in high demand, fitting into locations as diverse as urban parks to federally designated Wilderness. Designing and constructing natural surface trails requires expertise to ensure that the resulting work doesn’t negatively impact the surrounding environment, can be maintained by the land management agency, and is beneficial to the user, whether the trails are intended for hikers, runners, mountain bikers, or equestrians.

ASLA December Happy Hour
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
ASLA December Happy Hour

ASLA December Happy Hour
Thursday December 13th 5:30-8:00
Teote House Cafe
1615 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR

Sponsored by Victor Stanley.
Email to RSVP.