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Oregon’s new College of Design will boost innovation

The University of Oregon School of Architecture and AlliedArts will soon have a new name and a new organization designed to “enhance programs, bring increased value to degrees earned, and position students, faculty and staff for greater success.”

 

In a message to the campus community, Scott Coltrane, UO provost and senior vice president, announced his approval, which will transform the school into the College of Design.

 

“The quality of these programs is a pillar of the university’s strong reputation around the world,” Coltrane wrote. “These changes will build upon the university’s strengths, foster collaboration and innovation, and continue to create student experiences that are second to none.”

 

The name will officially change July 1, with the new organization on track for implementation with the start of fall term.

 

“The new model will give greater identity, flexibility, funding and philanthropy opportunities to each of the schools and components within the college while preserving the historic cross-disciplinary enrichment,” said architect Larry Bruton, a 1967 UO graduate, honorary member of the dean’s advisory council and former partner at ZGF Architects in Portland.

Read more in Around the O.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Brooke Freed, A&AA Direction of Operations, 541.346.3703, bfreed@uoregon.edu.


Seattle Parks & Recreation Planning and Development Intern

The Seattle Parks & Recreation Department is seeking a college student to gather research and inventory desired by the department, to work on standardization updates, to invigorate and enliven staff, to foster relationships between students and mentors.

This intern will focus on a renovation study of the historic Queen Anne Boulevard, an Olmsted designed Landmarked Street.  The focus of the intership will be to provide recommendations to the capital projects planning and development team as they plan future capital projects for this work.  Tasks will include an inventory of the current SPR owned streetscape, a condition assessment, research to inform historically appropriate design, and recommendations on how to sequence the renovation.  Work will also include cost estimating utilizing parks current estimating tools.  Deliverables include a proposal of renovation recommendations to be presented to members of Seattle Landmarks and to the Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks.

 

The Seattle Parks & Recreation Department is seeking a college student to gather research and inventory desired by the department, to work on standardization updates, to invigorate and enliven staff, to foster relationships between students and mentors.

This intern will focus on a renovation study of the historic Queen Anne Boulevard, an Olmsted designed Landmarked Street.  The focus of the intership will be to provide recommendations to the capital projects planning and development team as they plan future capital projects for this work.  Tasks will include an inventory of the current SPR owned streetscape, a condition assessment, research to inform historically appropriate design, and recommendations on how to sequence the renovation.  Work will also include cost estimating utilizing parks current estimating tools.  Deliverables include a proposal of renovation recommendations to be presented to members of Seattle Landmarks and to the Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks.

Educational Benefit to Student:

Inventory and analysis, research, simple design, cost estimating, presentation, creating a summary report.
Job Responsibilities

  • Data collection/inventory.
  • Simple design and compilation of a report of recommendations.
  • Research.
  • Presentation of findings and recommendations.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:

Must be enrolled in an accredited educational program, preferably studying:  landscape architecture, Architecture, Planning, Environmental Science, Historic Preservation or a related field.

Undergraduate interns must maintain a satisfactory GPA of 2.0 or higher for the duration of the internship.

Experience:

  • Ability to effectively communicate via phone and email.
  • Ability to present in meetings, log information, listen and ask questions.
  • Is proactive and a leader.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with landmarks or historic projects.

Additional Information

Start/End Dates:  Intern will start as soon as possible and end in September.

Schedule:  Intern will work 20 hours/week and can schedule work hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Salary:  Undergraduates will be paid $16.12/hour.

How to Apply:  complete an online application and include the following:

  • Unofficial transcript including current classes and GPA
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Two References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Educational Benefit to Student:

Inventory and analysis, research, simple design, cost estimating, presentation, creating a summary report.
Job Responsibilities

  • Data collection/inventory.
  • Simple design and compilation of a report of recommendations.
  • Research.
  • Presentation of findings and recommendations.

 

The Seattle Parks & Recreation Department is seeking a college student to gather research and inventory desired by the department, to work on standardization updates, to invigorate and enliven staff, to foster relationships between students and mentors.

This intern will focus on a renovation study of the historic Queen Anne Boulevard, an Olmsted designed Landmarked Street.  The focus of the intership will be to provide recommendations to the capital projects planning and development team as they plan future capital projects for this work.  Tasks will include an inventory of the current SPR owned streetscape, a condition assessment, research to inform historically appropriate design, and recommendations on how to sequence the renovation.  Work will also include cost estimating utilizing parks current estimating tools.  Deliverables include a proposal of renovation recommendations to be presented to members of Seattle Landmarks and to the Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks.

Educational Benefit to Student:

Inventory and analysis, research, simple design, cost estimating, presentation, creating a summary report.
Job Responsibilities

  • Data collection/inventory.
  • Simple design and compilation of a report of recommendations.
  • Research.
  • Presentation of findings and recommendations.

Click here for more information.


2017 Design Symposium was a success!

A big thank you to Oregon ASLA and all of our awesome sponsors! Although it was a sunny Saturday to be outdoors, we brought the sunshine inside with thought provoking talks given by an impressive lineup of speakers, including Brian Jencek’s opening address on implementing The New Landscape Declaration to Rob Ribe’s talk on Climate Change and Wildfires, Gina Ford’s keynote on The 21st Century River City and Dean Apostol sharing his talk and new book on The Renewable Energy Landscape.

 


Call for Nominations

It’s that time of year again!

ASLA Design Symposium Sub-committee meeting

Amazingly, since this time last year, the Earth has revolved once more around the sun, and Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and the results will be announced in mid-August. ExCom members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office at the end of October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Los Angeles.

 

Feeling the call to service? Got some ideas about how ASLA Oregon can improve? Feel free to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate or mentor – anyone you think would be an advocate for landscape architecture on the state and national level. We’ve got a great team in place, and we’re excited about a great 2017-18. You may nominate folks (or yourself) for multiple positions.

 

ASLA Full, Fellow and Associate members can nominate individuals for the following open positions on our Executive Committee:

 

President-Elect: First year of a three-year commitment on the Executive Committee. One of the primary purposes of the office of president-elect is to provide the opportunity to become familiar with current chapter programs, budget and operations. The term of the president-elect is also used for planning and transition. Becomes President in the second year and Immediate Past President in the third year. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Trustee: Three-year term. The trustee represents Oregon ASLA at the national level by serving on the national Board of Trustees. The trustee may serve on a national task force, study group, or may be asked to represent the interests of national ASLA. The trustee shall attend the annual and mid-year meetings of the Board of Trustees. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Treasurer: Two-year term. The treasurer manages the inflow and outflow of money for the Chapter, maintains a record of accounts, and presents quarterly reports to the Executive Committee. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Vice President of Member Services: Two-year term. The VP of Member Services leads our efforts to recruit and retain members and leads the Fellows and Honors Committee. The VP of Member Services oversees our annual Awards program and leads the committee that organizes the Annual Soiree in the fall. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Communications Chair: Two-year term. This person assists with the Chapter newswire, maintains and updates the website, posts to social media, and helps to inform members of events. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Emerging Professionals Chair: Two-year term. The EP Chair works to provide activities, events, and learning opportunities that are particularly useful to landscape architects early in their career. Must be an Associate Member of ASLA.

 

Student Liaison: Two-year term. The student liaison helps maintain communication with the ASLA Student Chapter at the University of Oregon and helps to facilitate student centered events such as Shadow Mentor Day. Also helps lead outreach to build awareness of the landscape architecture profession to youth and students. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Willamette Valley Section Chair: Two-year term. This position represents our membership in the Willamette Valley region and plans educational and social events for members. Can be filled by one member as chair or two members as co-chairs. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Crater Lake Section Chair: Two-year term. The Crater Lake Chair represents our membership in southeast Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Can be filled by one member as chair or two members as co-chairs.
Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

 

Interested in running for office but want to learn more about the job? Please contact Andreas Stavropoulos at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

Don’t delay! Nominations open tomorrow, April 26, 2017 and close May, 26, 2017 at the stroke of midnight.


Job Opportunity: Landscape Architect – WHPacific

WHPacific is seeking a talented landscape architect to join our Landscape Studio.  The successful candidate would be located in Portland working in a multi-discipline environment serving local and regional clients through a network of offices.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

Successful candidate would design, draw, and produce graphics, reports and construction documents; and, depending on project assignments, serve as a Job Captain with project management responsibilities including coordination of work among team members, direct client interface and project fiscal accountability.  The position includes an expectation of building an external client based network leading to sales for the company.  

Project types include master planning of parks and campuses, athletic facility design, urban design, nature parks, trails, environmental assessments, land use & permitting, transportation projects, green infrastructure, mixed-use land development, and tribal projects.

Working competency in the following area is required:

  • Project accounting and reporting
  • Find and develop new business in existing clients/project base
  • Familiar with scope and project objectives
  • Familiar with the role and function of each team member
  • Coordinating activities of the team
  • Develops and manages project schedule
  • Generate Design and Construction Documents

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD
  • Demonstrated talent in basic design skills including hand rendering and graphics with proficient use of additional design tools including SketchUp and Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Proficiency in 3ds Max, Revit, other modeling tools and ArcGIS would be a plus.
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel, Word, Outlook and Project.
  • Planting design, hardscape design, construction detailing, specification writing, cost estimating.
  • Irrigation design and water management
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently and prioritize workload
  • Technical writing and strong communication skills (both oral and written) desirable
  • Punctuality; the select candidate is expected to be at work at the office and on time every day
  • The ability to work with other employees, contractors and clients and provide outstanding client service.
  • Demonstrated passion for professional growth
  • Demonstrated ability to apply critical thinking to design work.

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors’ degree and/or Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited college/university.
  • Five (5) years’ of landscape architecture experience in design and project management working in a professional services company.
  • Oregon Landscape Architect registration or registration in another state with the ability to gain reciprocity in Oregon.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

PAY SECRECY

Executive Order 11246, as amended, protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on inquiring about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees. 

Link to apply: https://nana.taleo.net/careersection/whp/jobsearch.ftl


Job Opportunity: Landscape Designer/Architect – Huntington & Kiest Landscape Architects

Huntington & Kiest Landscape Architects is a small, primarily residential Landscape Architecture office seeking a full-time Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect. 

Primary job responsibly is supporting principal Landscape Architect with plan production and project management. Need to have a landscape architecture degree and experience in an architectural office. Ability to be flexible and work on a variety of tasks as needed is necessary. 

Skills required: drafting and design with AutoCAD 2017, Adobe programs, SketchUp and MacOS.

Location: SW Portland.

Salary based on experience.

Please send resume and any supplemental documents to:

Job Opportunity – Landscape Architect/Designer with Murase Associates

Murase Associates is an internationally recognized landscape architecture and environmental art studio in Seattle, WA.

We are currently working on urban plazas, campus landscapes, mixed-use developments, medical facilities and parks representing a multitude of scales. We are seeking a landscape architect/designer to assist our design team.

Requirements
• BLA or MLA from an accredited program.
• Minimum of 5-10 years professional experience.
• Proficiency in AutoCAD is required.

  • Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong graphic presentation skills.
  • Organized and good time management skills.
    • Applicants should have a strong, well-rounded background in all phases of the design process, including demonstrable experience in the development of schematic design, design development, construction documents, technical detailing, and construction phases of project work.
    • Applicants should be highly organized and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Motivation and desire to work collaboratively with others and to develop new skills with a strong desire to grow within the profession.
  • Appreciation for landscape art and design.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and work samples as one PDF package (8MB maximum), not a link to an external site, to jobs@murase.com.

www.murase.com


Job Opportunity: Park Planner II – Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

Definition:  Provides planning, design, project and construction management of public parks, recreational facilities, trails and other park and recreation projects. Performs professional and technical planning activities in assigned areas of responsibility and represents the park district at community meetings and other assigned projects.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Typical assignments include: park, recreation facility, and trail/pathway planning; project design coordination; preparation and coordination of land use and other jurisdictional permits and applications, project and construction  management; city/county development review; some involvement with land acquisition; utilization of GIS; AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop and other computer programs; annexation;  and implementation of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Update, district Functional Plans and System Development Capital Improvement Program.

Supervision Received and Exercised
This position receives direct supervision from the Superintendent of Design & Development and exercises no supervision over other employees.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist in the development, administration and evaluation of district policies, procedures and programs.
  • Act as a liaison to other public agencies, friends and neighborhood groups/public engagement.
  • Gather and prepare data and background material on assigned projects.
  • Preparation of exhibits / maps using a Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Preparation of design plans using AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop.
  • Prepare PowerPoint slideshows for management and public presentations.
  • Prepare/coordinate land use and other jurisdictional permits and applications.
  • Plan, organize and prepare reports.
  • Provide information reports on various aspects of district functions.
  • Perform site assessments and analysis.
  • Act as a liaison between assigned departments and the superintendent.
  • Prepare project RFPs, manage consultants and contractors.
  • Manage capital improvement / SDC projects from conceptual planning through construction implementation.
  • Maintain accurate, up to date files, records and maps of multiple projects.
  • Coordinate and assist with the development review process with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Represent the district at public meetings, committees and events
  • Provide excellent internal and external customer service.  Create a positive experience for customers through professional and courteous behavior and creative problem resolution.
  • Practice safe work habits and contribute to the safety of self, co-workers and the general public.
  • Support and respect diversity in the workplace.

Other Job Functions

  • Support department staff with a variety of tasks.
  • Represent Design & Development on a variety of committees, task forces or groups as necessary.
  • Attend staff meetings as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Basic modern principles and practices of project management, construction documentation, construction administration, planning / design, park and recreation management, park and recreational facility development and urban planning.
  • Basic principles and practices of fiscal, statistical and administrative research and report preparation.
  • Office management principles and the ability to apply this knowledge to work problems.
  • Successful leadership techniques, including planning, organizing, managing, scheduling and evaluation of projects and services.
  • Recent product development trends, current literature and sources of information related to the field of park and recreation.
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, equipment, computers and software including: GIS, AutoCAD, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.

Ability to:

  • Understand the organization and operation of the district and outside agencies as related to assigned responsibilities.
  • Correctly interpret and apply the policies and procedures of the function to which assigned.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Perform responsible and complex work involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, committees, contractors and the general public.
  • Prepare, review and evaluate technical planning reports and plans.
  • Make oral presentations of technical information.
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records.

Licenses, Certificates, and other Requirements

  • Park Planner II – Must maintain a valid Oregon Driver License and good driving record.

Experience and Training Guidelines

  • Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is considered qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be as follows:

Experience

  • A minimum of one (1) years of park and recreation planning, project management, development experience or construction management.

AND

Training

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in landscape architecture, engineering, construction management, project management, planning, park and recreation management, urban planning or a related field.

Link to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/thprd/jobs/1702944/park-planner-ii?keywords=planning&page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


Job Opportunity – GreenWorks: Senior Landscape Architect & Project Manager

About GreenWorks

GreenWorks, PC is a Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design firm committed to integrating people and nature through creative and sustainable design. GreenWorks has a strong background in natural resource planning, green infrastructure, and urban design projects that allows us to develop innovative, sustainable, and comprehensive design solutions. Our diverse portfolio of design projects is centered in the Pacific Northwest. We strive for design excellence in all aspects of our business.

Senior Landscape Architect & Project Manager

A Senior Landscape Architect & Project Manager will collaborate in a team environment to market, manage business development efforts, design, coordinate and present ideas relating to a variety of challenging planning and design projects.  This individual demonstrates creativity, foresight, and maturity in design judgment when anticipating and solving design problems. It is essential to pass on your knowledge to others and support a continuous learning environment. Team building and motivation are also key responsibilities.

Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Landscape Architecture
  • Passionate about sustainable development and urban design
  • 8+ years of experience in the profession of Landscape Architecture
  • Business Development/Marketing experience
  • Proficiency in all typical software applications for landscape architecture
  • Strong hand graphics skills

Core Responsibilities:

  • Project management
  • Work closely with the Principal and senior staff of the firm
  • Mentor and supervise junior staff
  • Present at conferences and open houses
  • Develop materials for community outreach and public consultation
  • Regularly communicate with clients and key stakeholders for various projects

An ideal candidate has:

  • Landscape Architect License preferred
  • Large and small scale master planning experience
  • Self-motivated and works independently
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills
  • Public speaking ability

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and digital portfolio (10 MB or less) to the Office Coordinator, Veronica Ullauri, at veronicau@greenworkspc.com. GreenWorks is an equal opportunity employer.