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Call for Committee Service

ASLA’s national Call for Committee Service closes on June 30, 2017. To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees, please fill out the committee appointment form. Please contact Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, with any questions.
Student and Associate Advisory Committee nominations are also due June 30. The purpose of these committees is to increase the ability of ASLA to gain insight on the priorities of emerging professionals and learn how best to provide membership value to student and associate members. Committee selections are made from candidates who have been nominated by the chapter president of the professional chapter. If you’re interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at president@aslaoregon.org.

Legislative Update

ASLA Oregon has taken an official position against House Bill 3337-A, which establishes a limited landscape construction professional license to any person who pays application and license fees. The bill passed the Oregon House and is currently in the Senate Rules Committee, awaiting a hearing.

Why weigh in? Landscape contractors and landscape architects have some overlapping scopes of services. Both licenses allow planning of irrigation systems and drainage as part of a licensee’s practice. ASLA policies recognize licensure as the only effective regulatory measure to protect the public health, safety and welfare and to maximize practitioners’ ability to compete within regulated markets of the design professions.

So why this bill? Latinos are highly represented in the community as low-paid workers but not as business owners. This bill seeks to build wealth and capacity in the landscape construction community.

What did our members tell us? In May, we reached out to Oregon Chapter members to ask for feedback on an opinion to present to lawmakers. We received 30 responses, and all but two endorsed our position against the bill. Several members also endorsed our statements in support of efforts to make entry to the trade more equitable.

What is our official position? After reviewing our members’ feedback, the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee unanimously voted to provide testimony against HB 3337-A and to engage our members and the landscape architecture community in advocacy efforts to defeat this bill. The Executive Committee also decided that our testimony against HB 3337-A will include statements in support of policy that would allow more equitable access to the landscape. 


2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

Written by Paula Baretto, Student Liason, ASLA
“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 year’s 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.
A full account of the summit discussions will be sent to each state chapter in the coming weeks. For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org

Oregon ASLA brings focus to Emerging Professionals

Valuable social and professional network-building opportunities are critical to those new to the area and new to the field. Oregon ASLA recognizes that emerging professionals are the future of the profession and future leaders within ASLA. Our Emerging Professionals Committee leads our efforts to bring programming to attract and involve our newest members and engage the interest of long-time professionals. Frequent, engaging events encourage participants to foster relationships within the community of design-related fields, and the ASLA organization as a whole. These positive experiences will help increase involvement in other aspects of ASLA, where emerging professionals can volunteer their time and energy, and remain engaged in ASLA throughout their careers. Get involved!

Pop-up Events:

Events of this type could have educational value, provide networking/social opportunities, and/or provide community service. Kinds of events might include a design charrette for a local non-profit, coordination with the John Yeon Center for a visit to The Shire, tours of current projects of note, or sketching the historic Halprin Sequence.

Networking + Social Events + Educational Opportunities:

Emerging professionals builds new friendships and makes professional contacts by engaging in a collaborative activity such as our interdisciplinary Trivia Group Event in partnership with emerging professionals groups from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and (WTS) Portland, a professional organization focused on advancing women in transportation. The new urban sketching groups, SketchPDX, is a monthly meeting of Emerging Professionals and drawing enthusiasts created to have fun and learn from each other in a collaborative environment.

SketchPDX: Most recently we tackled napkin sketching, went on a Eugene road trip, and met with an award winning photographer to get expert tips on photo editing. We are happy to announce a very special guest, Jason Roberts, Architect from Akron Moisan. He is an absolute pro urban sketcher and will lead our group in August. In September, Anova Site Furnishings is sponsoring a drawing workshop led by a daft drawer and Landscape Architect from Colorado. Free sketch books and drinks will be included! Keep an eye out for times and dates.

Here’s how you can participate:

You don’t have to be an emerging professional of participate in any of our EP events. They are open to all our members and to those thinking about joining ASLA. Special guests with special skills will be invited to join us off and on throughout the year to share, teach and pass on new ways of drawing. Watch for future sketchPDX events on the Oregon ASLA website, Newswire and your email.

Have an idea for an event or a skill to share? Contact EP Chair Patty Hines at ep@aslaoregon.org.


Job Opportunity: Urban Designer(s) – Crandall Arambula PC

IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITY

Full Time/Part Time Employment

Experience: 0-10 years

Annual Salary:  Negotiable

Closing Date/Time: Open Until Filled

Crandall Arambula is an award-winning urban design, planning, and architecture firm located in Downtown Portland, Oregon. We are an experienced team of urban designers, architects, and planners dedicated to helping cities reestablish, or establish, vital and resilient economic and social centers. We are seeking applicants with professional experience/education in landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, urban planning, or transportation planning. Applicants must have a strong interest and capability to support firm Principals on multiple transit-oriented development, downtown plan, complete street, and pedestrian and bicycle planning projects throughout the United States and Canada.

Ideal applicants should possess some of the following technical skills:

  • SketchUp (highly desirable)
  • Adobe Suites (highly desirable)
  • GIS and/or AutoCAD (highly desirable)
  • Excellent writing skills (desirable)

Industry competitive compensation and benefits package will be negotiated based on professional experience level.  A degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Planning, or Engineering is desirable but not required. Please email a brief cover letter of interest, resume and an electronic copy of work samples to:

Don Arambula, ASLA Principal

Crandall Arambula PC

520 SW Yamhill Street, Roof Suite 4

darambula@ca-city.com


Job Opportunity: Landscape Designer – Schirmer Satre Group

Position: Landscape Designer, Eugene Oregon

Experience required: Entry Level to 3 Years Experience

Schirmer Satre Group is a landscape architecture and planning firm seeking a Landscape Designer to work on a variety of projects.

Candidates must be creative, enthusiastic and work effectively within a team. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized, be able to effectively manage time, be a self-starter and demonstrate advanced graphic skills. Effective knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchup, and Microsoft Office is desired. Completion of CAD test will be required as part of the review process.

Compensation is to commensurate with ability.

Email in pdf format maximum of 12 MG file size; resume with minimum of two references and examples of work to: john@schirmersatre.com. If additional work examples are available please include a Dropbox or similar link to pdf format material.

Schirmer Satre Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Education requirements: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program required.


Members-Only Opportunity! Victor Stanley Factory Tour

Members-Only Opportunity!
Victor Stanley Factory Tour

Victor Stanley invites ASLA members to be their guest for an informative tour of their Maryland factories, and a day of sightseeing in Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD from June 3rd – 6th, 2017.

On the factory tour, participants will learn about Victor Stanley’s production processes and innovative solutions for the manufacture of site amenities. While at the factory, participants will also tour our Engineering and Graphic Arts departments to meet firsthand the professionals behind the design and engineering of their custom tooling, fixtures, machinery, and products.

Victor Stanley takes care of airfare, rooms and meals. It’s a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. Space is limited! Contact Sarah Kwon, Corporate Business Developer, at sarahk@victorstanley.com for more details and to reserve your spot.


OLCA/ASLA Golf Tournament

Bring your co-workers, your colleagues, your clients – all are welcome. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, shared cart rental, lunch and prizes.
Early bird registration ends Sunday, May 29. Sign up today!
Click here to download registration form.

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.


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.