2018 Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People @ The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
Apr 7 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, April 7 in downtown Portland to hear individuals from philanthropy, academia, non-profit, and the private sector speak about current efforts and accomplishments at the intersection of place and health through the lens of their political, economic, and social expertise.

Those who attend the full day symposium will be eligible for up to 6 professional development hours.


More information available on the ASLA Oregon website:



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.

Conserving Oak and Prairie Habitats in the Willamette Valley @ Oregon Electric Station
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Please email Rebecca Shepard and Kate Tromp van Holst at for more information. RSVP required.


Presentation Description:

Oak and prairie habitats in the Willamette Valley Ecoregion are among the most imperiled in the Pacific Northwest. Heavily impacted by urban and agricultural development, conifer encroachment, and invasive species, and facing climate change and further population growth, numerous conservation planning efforts have identified a pressing need for their protection and restoration. Eugene’s 2,000-acre Ridgeline Park System offers the opportunity to contribute to this effort, and the City has been hard at work restoring oak and prairie habitats using a variety of techniques since 2007. This presentation will outline the City’s ecological goals and planning process, and draw on several recent projects to highlight considerations, complexities, and benefits of this work.

Presentation Learning Objectives:
  1. Ecological importance of and goals for oak and prairie restoration projects;
  2. Practical aspects of planning and implementing small to large-scale restoration projects, from scoping to implementation to project closure and long-term stewardship.
  3. Benefits and challenges of restoring and managing habitats in urban areas
About the Speaker:

Emily Steel is an Ecologist for the City’s Parks and Open Space Ecological Services Team. Emily has over 20 years of experience in ecological restoration, natural resources management, plant community monitoring, and avian use of restoration areas. Over the past decade, her work has focused on restoring oak savanna, oak woodland, and upland prairie habitats in the southern Willamette Valley. As a restoration ecologist, Emily develops science-based restoration plans for the City and partner organizations including The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and coordinates and implements oak and prairie restoration projects on natural areas in the City of Eugene’s 2000-acre Ridgeline Park System.

Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
Emerging Professionals Happy Hour
Join us at the White Owl Social Club for free food and drinks, generously sponsored by Maglin. This is a free networking event open to all emerging professionals and ASLA members.

When: June 5th, 5-7PM
Where: White Owl Social Club: 1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Please let us know you are coming!  Send an email to:
sketchPDX Urban Sketch Crawl
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Understanding and Preparing ODOT Construction Documents
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In 2018, the Oregon legislature passed the $5.3 billion transportation bill. In anticipation of the new work generated by this funding, ODOT providing instruction in their standards for landscape drawings and specifications. This presentation builds on a session given by Bob last year, and will provide more details on how provide contract documents that will obtain ODOT approval. In addition, the presentation will provide ODOTs requirements for roadside design wherein the Designer’s aesthetics, the taxpayer’s money and the traveling public’s safety are blended into a cohesive design.

Please Register Here!
Date: Wednesday June 27
Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
Speaker: Robert Marshall, PLA, CSPEC
PDH Credits: 1 HSW
Cost: Free for ASLA members, $20 non-members
Location: ODOT Region 1 Offices, Conference RM. A, 123 NW Flanders Street, Portland OR 97209

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.

Martha Schwartz: My Existential Crisis and Other Random Acts
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Martha Schwartz: My Existential Crisis and Other Random Acts

September 13, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm | $5 – $15 | Ziba Auditorium, Portland OR

“This will be a two-part presentation: The first part will be about the work of Martha Schwartz Partners that spans from the very early installation works to the most recent work being done by the practice. The work will show an evolution of scale and approach to design.

“The second part of the presentation will be sharing my own concerns about climate change, the conflicts this knowledge has brought which has resulted in the re-evaluation of my own priorities as a professional. I am in a transition now as I am beginning to learn more about climate change and how we, as a practice, might fundamentally change our approach to design. As a teacher, my goals have shifted to teaching students how we, as landscape architects, can respond meaningfully to climate change.”

5:30-6:30pm Social Hour – Food and drinks provided
6:30-6:45pm Opening Lecture by Andreas Stavropoulos (BASE Landscape Architecture)
6:45-7:45pm Main Lecture by Martha Schwartz
7:45-8:00pm Questions/Answers


ASLA has a number of free tickets reserved for emerging professionals. Contact to get yours.

For tickets, and for more information about this event, visit Portland Design Events.

Portland “End of Summer” Happy Hour @ Rogue Eastside Pub. (formerly the Green Dragon Pub)
Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Portland "End of Summer" Happy Hour @ Rogue Eastside Pub. (formerly the Green Dragon Pub) | Portland | Oregon | United States

Join ASLA for a celebration of the end of summer, with a happy hour at the Rogue Eastside pub generously sponsored by NW Recreation. Details below. For more information, contact

Date: September 25th

Time: 5:30-7:00

Location: Rogue Eastside Pub (formerly the Green Dragon Pub): 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, Ore. 97214

Sponsor: NW Recreation

Beer and snacks provided!

Design Events Portland: License to Party
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Design Events Portland: License to Party

This event is presented by Portland Design Events. For more information, visit their event page.

September 29, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Free | Peninsula Park, Portland OR

“The first annual Licensed to Party will recognize and celebrate everyone (and their families) who recently got licensed in ArchitectureLandscape Architecture, or certified in Interior Design. We’ve rented out Peninsula Park for the day, all are welcome to attend!”