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Job Opportunity: Senior Designer (Portland, OR)

Alta Planning + Design is seeking a design professional in the field of landscape architecture for our Portland office. This is a unique opportunity for a design professional to take a key role working on high-profile active transportation projects regionally, as well as globally.

You’ll develop cost estimates and design details for construction documents. You’ll participate in and facilitate Alta’s public outreach efforts and lead development of project deliverables. You’ll mentor staff in the growth of their technical proficiencies, contributing in research and enhancing professional staff knowledge. You’ll contribute to Alta’s reputation as a trusted advisor and expert, and be an integral part of the growth of Alta’s Portland design team.

We’re seeking a professional who has knowledge of, and interest in, the field of active transportation, has a solid understanding of the design process, in particular as it relates to street and trail design, and is looking for the next challenge in their career.  As a Senior Designer at Alta, you have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or related field. You’ve worked for a minimum of three to five (3-5) years in a consulting environment or public entity, have working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Civil 3D, ARCGIS or similar, and have the ability to create photo renderings, and concept sketches, develop construction documents or other similar materials. You have experience managing smaller projects or being the design lead on significant tasks that were part of much larger projects.

Alta Planning + Design offers competitive salaries, great benefits including wellness and bike benefits, ten paid holidays per year, a generous starting Paid Time Off package, a five-year travel award, flexible work schedules, work-life balance, advancement opportunities and welcoming – and fun – work environments for our employees. Alta employees “walk the talk” and are passionate about creating livable and healthy communities.

To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

For additional information about Alta Planning + Design, visit: www.altaplanning.com; twitter.com/altaplanning; facebook.com/altaplanning or Instagram.com/altaplanningdesign.

 


Job Opportunity: Landscape Architect Posting – City of Vancouver, WA

Definition

The purpose of this position is to perform professional level landscape architecture and park planning work relating to parks, open space and related facilities.  Provide project design and planning, manage consultants, perform design review, prepare permitting documents and perform construction inspection on park and recreation capital and improvement projects.  Provide information and assistance to the public on park and recreation related matters.

Position Status:  This is a full-time, regular, exempt position. This position is also 3-year limited term from date of hire.

Salary Range: $62,316-$81,000

Functions

  • Develop conceptual and comprehensive site and master plans. Create technical drawings, plans, and specifications. Prepare detailed graphics and written documents for grants and other funding sources.  Deliver presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders, including the City Council, management, neighborhoods, and community groups. Inspect construction to ensure compliance to plans, specifications, and applicable guidelines and standards. Approve payment for services.
  • Coordinate and oversee multiple projects being designed by consultants. Develop contract specifications and participate in the bid selection process. Prioritize projects and maintain accurate progress records as appropriate.
  • Confer with and advise State and local agencies and organization as well as the general public regarding City park and recreation matters
  • Develop cost estimates and prepare and monitor project budgets. Identify departmental budget needs and make recommendations for budget requests.
  • Prepare reports and graphics and acquire permits for projects which require local, state, and federal agency review.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience

  • Three (3) years of related experience relating to planning, design and development of park, trails and/or open spaces.

Education

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in landscape architecture from an accredited college or university with major course work in landscape architecture, planning or a related field.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Computer Skills

  • Basic skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
  • Intermediate skills in AutoCADD required.
  • Proficiency using GIS and/or Adobe Suite experience is highly desirable.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications 
Possession of:

  • Washington State Landscape Architects License is highly desired.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Must apply on-line at this link or the City of Vancouver’s website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/vancouver/jobs/1797989/landscape-architect?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


Job Opportunities: Landscape Design Professional(s)

PLACE is seeking talented Landscape Design professional(s) to lead and support the creative process for a wide variety of projects.

Landscape Architect/3D Rendering Artist (7+ yrs. experience): Position(s) require a degree in landscape architecture, compelling 3D graphic skills, CAD proficiency, and effective project management experience. Strong working experience with 3DS Max, VRay, Photoshop, Revit, and Rhino. An excellent eye for composition, lighting, photography, and photorealism with a strong understanding of 3D modeling, scene assembly, video editing and animation. The ideal candidate will possess 7+ years of relevant experience, strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills with outstanding dedication to client service. Ability to speak Mandarin or Japanese and interest in traveling and living abroad part time is desirable. Equivalent combinations of credentials and experience will be considered.

Project/Landscape Designer (0 – 2 yrs. & 4 – 7 yrs. experience): Position(s) require a degree in landscape architecture, active design participation, and compelling graphic skills. Experience with Sketch-UP, Rhino, 3DS Max, Revit, Auto CAD, and the Adobe Suite are preferred. The ideal candidate is motivated, with strong communication skills and excels working within a team format. Ability to speak Mandarin or Japanese and interest in traveling and living abroad part time is desirable. Equivalent combinations of credentials and experience will be considered.

International Exchange (2 – 7 yrs. experience): Position(s) for a 3 month to a yearlong sabbatical to contribute and support the creative process at PLACE. Candidates will participate in a wide variety of projects, assisting with design charrettes, model making, graphic rendering, public engagement, and site tours. Positions(s) require collaborative ingenuity and compelling graphic skills. Experience with programs such as AutoCAD, 3DS Max, VRay, Photoshop, Revit, Adobe Suite and Rhino is preferred. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and possess strong communication and critical thinking skills over multiple scales.

PLACE is a design studio committed to creative landscape architecture, planning, art and urban design in a collaborative atmosphere– the foundation of our practice. We embrace stewardship of the natural world, advance bold ideas, champion vanguard concepts, and create memorable experiences of a timeless craft. Reflected in our partnerships worldwide is our dedication to design excellence and innovative ecological practices, from intimate landscapes to large scale urban development and master planning efforts. PLACE unequivocally represents a creative culture where a desire for fulfilling our distinctive lifestyles honors lasting relationships.

If interested in applying, please send resume, letter of interest, references, a representative sampling of your design portfolio, location preference, and compensation requirements to:

PLACE
careers@place.la
Subject: PLACE – Careers
735 NW 18th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

PLACE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 


2018 Urbanism Next Conference

ASLA Oregon is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the University of Oregon to hold the Urbanism Next Conference on March 5-7 of 2018. The Conference focuses on how we integrate emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the sharing economy into the built environment. Together with architects, planners, developers, academics and ethicists, we will come together for presentations, sessions, and interactive workshops and charrettes.

ASLA Oregon wants to ensure that landscape architects have a prominent seat at the table for the dialogue, debate, and work shaping our future cityscapes.

Urbanism Next will offer continuing education opportunities for our members and allow interdisciplinary networking with local and national professionals.

Interested in participating?

  • Review the attached Conference overview PDF
  • Review the attached Call for Proposals and consider if you or someone that you know is interested in speaking or hosting a design charrette (if you’d like to be paired with another speaker but don’t know who, that’s OK – indicate that). Proposals are due on Nov. 7th
  • Review the Urbanism Next website for additional information
  • Know anyone who is interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Click here for our Sponsorship flyer!

Special Opportunity – Join the Program Committee – Help Select Conference Speakers!

We are looking for some interested members who will be a Program Committee for Urbanism Next. As part of the Program Committee, you will get the opportunity to meet folks from ASLA, APA, ULI, AIA, and the University of Oregon and help shape the Conference by reviewing session and workshop/charrette proposals. About half of the Program Committee will be asked to be coordinators for a workshop/charrette during the conference.

We ask that each committee member can commit to reviewing and rating session or workshop proposals at some point during the November 7 – November 15 window. Committee members are then invited to participate in a session and workshop proposal meeting on Friday, November 17 from 9 am to 11 am (in person or via Zoom).

If you volunteer to help with the workshop/charrette sessions, we will ask you to be the coordinator to one workshop/charrette and attend that workshop/charrette during the conference. These volunteers will need to participate in two meetings – one in early December to go over their duties and responsibilities and the second meeting in early February to discuss the requirements for your workshop and what to expect the day of the workshop.

Volunteers who are workshop or charrette coordinators will qualify for a reduced rate of $125 for the entire conference.

 

Don’t hesitate to reach to presidentelect@aslaoregon.org with any questions. Hope to see you there!


Job Opportunity: Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect

Position: Full Time
Experience: 2-5 years min.

Mayer/Reed is a Portland, Oregon-based design studio providing landscape architecture, urban design, visual communications, and product design services for sustainable environments in which people live, work and play. The firm’s work in creating places for human activity explores the social, cultural, ecological and historic contexts that shape these environments.

Mayer/Reed is seeking a landscape designer or recently registered landscape architect to join our Landscape Architecture and Urban Design group. We are looking for a well-rounded individual who has excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to make positive contributions in a fast-paced collaborative team environment.

Experience and interest in graphics, sustainable design and technology are needed. The position requires design and production capabilities for a variety of public and private development projects. Tasks may include creating illustrative graphics, programming, site analysis, design, product specifications and production of detailed construction drawings.

Candidates must have a bachelor or masters degree in an accredited landscape architecture program and be proficient in AutoCad, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite software. Revit and Rhino experience is strongly encouraged.

Salary is commensurate with the level of experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered. Our studio is in downtown Portland with access to bike and transit routes. Staff enjoys on-site workout, bike and shower facilities, and education and social events. Visit www.mayerreed.com to learn more about our work and office culture.

Submit cover letter, resume, references and portfolio by November 16, 2017 to Mayer/Reed, attn: Jeramie Shane, Principal at employment-la@mayerreed.com.


Job Opportunity: Landscape Designer / Landscape Architect

Cameron McCarthy is a thriving 20-member Landscape Architecture and Planning firm with offices located in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. The firm invites entry-level to mid-level landscape designer and landscape architect candidates to apply for positions available in Eugene and Portland.

Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership, communication and graphic skills and appreciate working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with similarly driven colleagues. Applicants should be committed to design excellence and possess a professional Landscape Architecture degree. Proficiency with AutoCAD, the Adobe Suite, and 3D applications is desired for Landscape Architecture candidates. The firm is an equal opportunity employer.  www.cameronmccarthy.com

Submit PDF letter of interest, resume and portfolio to:  matt@cameronmccarthy.com


Annual Awards Soiree to Recognize Design Excellence

Join ASLA Oregon on Friday, November 3rd in downtown Portland for our Annual Awards Soiree and a festive evening celebrating our design community.
Our 2017 Design Awards recognize professional and student excellence by honoring the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond. Winners will be announced at the Soiree.
“We retooled our Design Award program this year in response to feedback from our members,” said Jean Senechal Biggs, President of ASLA Oregon. “In addition to establishing a new category to recognize community service, we created two categories for both residential design and general design to allow smaller projects a better opportunity to compete for awards.”
The evening’s event program also includes voting for the People’s Choice Award and recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of ASLA student award winners from the University of Oregon. We’ll also honor our chapter’s newest ASLA Fellow, Teresa Chenney, and acknowledge the state’s newest registered landscape architects. There’s lots to celebrate this year!
Thanks to our fabulous jury!
In early October, ASLA Oregon convened a jury with diverse landscape architecture, academic, and development expertise to review the submissions and deliberate the winners.
  • Mark Garff, ASLA, PLA, Principal, SCJ Studio, Seattle, WA
  • Anyeley Hallová, project^, Portland, OR
  • Mark Johnson, FASLA, Founder, Civitas, Denver, CO
This year, we received 9 student entries and 29 professional entries. It was an impressive showing of work in nearly all our categories that include general design, residential design, analysis and planning, transportation, communications, research, student projects, and community service. Jurors were impressed with the breadth of work, and praised the chapter for running an effective – and fun – deliberation process.
Special thanks goes to this year’s Jury Sponsor, Anova Furnishings, and to the Portland office of MIG for hosting the jury in their offices.
Soiree tickets on sale through October 27
Ready for fun? Bring your clients, colleagues, subconsultants, and contractors to join in our celebration. Everyone is welcome!
Click HERE to purchase your 2017 Design Awards Soirée Tickets and for event details. Individual tickets and table reservations are available.
Don’t wait until the last minute – purchase your tickets today!
Tickets will not be available after October 27.
 
Our sponsors make these events happen 
This year’s General Event Sponsor is TimberForm/Columbia Cascade. Their continued financial support over the years has allowed Oregon ASLA to provide members opportunities for networking, learning and annual social occasions that would simply not be possible otherwise.
Thank you so much, Steve Kirn and David Gaston, and the entire Columbia Cascade/Timberform team!
Interested in becoming a sponsor? There’s still time. Please contact Jamie Hendrickson at VPChapterServices@aslaoregon.org for details.

2017 Membership Survey: What we heard—and how we’re responding

The results are in! A few months ago, we conducted a membership survey to understand what you appreciate most about ASLA Oregon and what you’d like to see improved. With a strong response rate of more than 20% of our members, we are pleased to report some of the key findings and share our ideas for advancing the organization.

What we heard:

  • You see us as strong advocates for the profession. When asked what you see as the primary function of ASLA Oregon, more than half of respondents mentioned advocacy for landscape architects and landscape architecture.
  • Continuing education matters—and you want more of it. You ranked “access to professional development hours opportunities” as the most important member benefit, and you get your credits in a variety of places. However, nearly half of you said ASLA Oregon is not currently meeting your continuing education needs.
  • You want us to better reach members outside of Portland, and to use technology to expand the reach of events. We heard from many of you that members outside of Portland feel they don’t have enough opportunities to engage with the organization. Also, many people mentioned that they’d appreciate more integration of technology to make events more accessible for people who can’t attend in person.
  • The Design Awards could honor a wider range of projects. More than 60% of respondents indicated that they submit projects under the General Design category, but there is a desire for greater recognition of residential, pro bono, and transportation projects. We also heard that you’d like the Honor Awards that recognize individuals and organizations combined with the Design Awards at our Annual Soiree.

How we’re responding:

  • Stronger advocacy: In addition to our annual trip to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, this year we polled our members to decide how to respond to a recent threat to landscape contractor licensure in Oregon House Bill 3337. We took a position against the bill and sent letters to legislators in Salem, supporting efforts by our allies at the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association to successfully defeat the bill. Later this year, we’re sending a delegate to serve on a committee organized by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board to examine potential rulemaking for providing guidance on the overlap between landscape architecture practice and landscape design work. 
  • Support for section leaders: To provide more continuing education opportunities for members outside of Portland, we are supporting our section chairs in the Eugene-Springfield region and in the Bend area in hosting events that offer PDH hours.
  • Advancing technology: In response to your recommendations, we are looking into technologies such as Facebook Live and video conferencing to allow remote participation in events and meetings.
  • Understanding continuing education needs: We want to make sure that our PDH offerings are meeting your needs and keeping you informed and engaged. We’re committed to learning more about how we can serve you better and will work with you and within the Executive Committee to deliver meaningful and relevant continuing education events.  . We have partnered with allied organizations, like Design Week, in the past, and are currently working with allied professional groups to expand offerings for our members.
  • New Design Award categories: In 2017, we modified the submission categories for the Design Awards. Now the General Design category has two construction budget tiers, and we added a second residential category and a new community service category. In 2018, we plan to combine the Design Awards and Honor Awards into one event.

The Executive Committee will continue to review the full results of the survey as we plan future events and develop new policies and programs. As always, we welcome additional feedback and participation, so please reach out to me with ideas or to get involved.

Sincerely,

Andreas Stavropoulos
President-Elect, ASLA Oregon
presidentelect@aslaoregon.org


2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

ASLA National has officially added a webpage to ASLA.org dedicated to highlighting the work produced in the past five years by emerging professionals of color in the landscape architecture profession.The page includes links to resources, news and articles, and Summit reports published since the first ASLA Diversity Summit convened in 2013.
 
If you missed the June Newswire, here is a recap of the mission for these yearly summits and their importance to our discipline maintaining relevance in a society facing a dramatic demographic shift. 
“Landscape architecture is currently facing a crisis of diversity. African Americans and LatinX together account for less than 10 percent of graduating landscape architecture students. These demographics fail to reflect those of the wider U.S. population. Census data project that minorities, now 37 percent of the population, will constitute 57 percent by 2060. To remain relevant and useful to the country’s increasingly diverse communities, landscape architecture must become a more ethnically and culturally diverse profession.”
 
This year marked the 5th ASLA Diversity Summit held at the newly renovated ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington D.C. All participants in years past were invited to attend with an additional six new emerging professional members. 
The discussions held during the June 8th -11th summit touched on where we started, what has been done, and where we will be in the next five years. Four main topics covered included K-12 Toolkits, After School Alliance and Summer Camp Curriculums, an ASLA Diversity Webpage, and University Recruitment + Curriculum Development. Small groups were formed to cover these topics in depth and action items were developed as a response to the larger group discussion.
Another big venture over the next 6-8 months includes revising the existing Career Discovery webpage. The plan is to create a variety of new materials for kids, youth, adults, parents, teachers and schools, and even professionals. It will act as a “one stop” shop for materials that will address what landscape architecture is and what it means to become a landscape architect.
Link to Land Updates from ASLA article:
For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org

Continuing Education

ASLA OREGON – YOUR SOURCE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

Learning new skills and expanding knowledge of new technologies, trends and products are all part of the landscape architects continuing education and professional development.  Classes, workshops, webinars, lectures, tours, fieldwork, teaching, mentoring, volunteering, and networking are many of the ways that professional development occurs.  These activities support career advancement and meet licensure requirements. 

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education and professional development opportunities available to our members by providing local Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) certified opportunities.  These opportunities offer Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits at our chapter events, which are recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.  Since receiving LA CES certification in the spring of 2016, the chapter has planned, reviewed, received LA CES approval for, and provided 20 hours of continuing education/PDH credit events.  These events were promoted in the monthly Newswire and on the chapter website – watch for more to come!

We hope you’ll join us at our local events and take advantage of the other opportunities listed below:

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

OR ASLA Events listings are continually updated with information about Chapter sponsored LACES certified continuing education opportunities throughout the state.  Additional programs and events, offered by other organizations, may qualify for PDH credits but are considered “self reporting” events.  Verification of attendance and documentation for “self-reporting” events is the responsibility of the landscape architect. 

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit.  Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

Oregon ASLA welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs.  In addition, we annually seek members interested in serving on the chapter Executive Committee.  Watch for our Call for Nominations in late May or early June.  Contact us to learn more and sign up.

OTHER ASLA OPPORTUNITIES AND HELPFUL LINKS:

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO provides the opportunity for attendees to earn up to 21 PDH credits. This year’s event, themed ‘Common Ground’, will be held in Los Angeles, October 20 – 23. Discussions will revolve around the creation of common spaces, designing to protect nature and natural systems – our common currency, and the meeting of different ideas in the quest for common ground and positive change.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects. Programs offered by more than 130 LACES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.

ASLA Online Learning

ASLA offers Online Learning programs and the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) that qualify for PDH credit.  Earn up to 5.0 PDH credits by participating in a live webinar, watching a recorded online presentation, or reading one of 11 peer-reviewed papers. Plus, ASLA members can participate in these programs at a reduced rate.

OSLAB Links: