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International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture

The Portland Japanese Garden’s new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture is a new educational initiative at the garden, launching in 2017.

The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance.

The Institute provides instruction to help meet design, construction and maintenance needs of Japanese gardens serving communities across North America, with a low student-teacher ratio that allows for individual consultation. The three-tier Waza to Kokoro training program is the Institute’s main program, but the Institute also hosts short master-level workshops, public lectures by prominent writers and lecturers, and other programs that integrate gardening skills with cultural knowledge. Our goal is to provide a place in North America to learn the skills and techniques (waza)  for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens while acquainting students with the cultural heart and soul (kokoro) of Japanese garden arts.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Institute is currently accepting applications for “Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden,” August 25 – September 5, 2017, the first official seminar to be hosted in the new Kengo Kuma-designed Cultural Village at the PJG.  The focus will be on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea—an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.

The 2017 seminar will be offered to 16 experienced students led by Portland Japanese Garden staff and visiting garden artisans from Japan. Early bird registration is available to help keep costs to a minimum.

Click here for more information.


Bird-Safe Building and Lighting Design – 1 PDH

Mary Coolidge is Audubon Society of Portland’s BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator, a program that raises awareness about hazards for birds in the built environment and advocates for incorporating solutions that synergistically meet sustainability and design objectives. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College and is dedicated to improving efforts to make urban environments safer and more hospitable to wildlife as well as helping connect people to nature and place. She splits her time between her work with Audubon Society of Portland and with the Oregon Zoo’s California Condor breeding program.

Portland is situated along the Pacific Flyway, a broad migration front that brings more than 220 species of birds into our airspace. Birds face a ubiquitous and deceptive hazard in the built environment: window glass. Each year, up to 1 billion birds die as a result of window strikes in the U.S. alone. Coupled with light pollution, which confuses birds’ navigation and disrupts circadian rhythms, the built environment poses many risks. In 2012, Audubon and partners collaborated with local architects to produce Portland’s Resource Guide to Bird Friendly Building Design http://audubonportland.org/files/hazards/bfbdd.

This presentation will address ways that Landscape Architects can help design exterior spaces to minimize impacts to birds in the built landscape.

 

WHEN: Monday, December 5th 5:30-7:00pm (with light reception)

WHERE: City of Portland, Parks and Recreation, Springwater Trail conference room (13th floor of the Portland Building)

COST: Free – Members; $20 – Non-Members

CONTACT: Mt Hood Section Chairs mthood@aslaoregon.org 503/227.6156

Register Here

Presentation learning objectives:

Recognize hazards for birds in build environment
Identify best practices in preventing collisions
Integrate and synergize bird-safe approaches with other design objectives
Find and utilize resources on bird-safe construction


Awards Soiree Celebrates the Spirit of Landscape Architecture

Oregon ASLA presented its 2016 Honor Awards at the chapter’s Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4 at Union/Pine, an event venue in Southeast Portland. Over 130 attendees came out for an evening of socializing and celebration.

The Awards Committee would like to extend a gracious thank-you to our General Event Sponsor 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, for working with Oregon ASLA and making the night a success!

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Here’s Our Recap With All the Honorees

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Outgoing chapter president Laurie Matthews kicked off the evening with an overview of this year’s new awards program to recognize people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, community leadership and careful stewardship. She explained that Oregon ASLA will issue a member survey this winter to get feedback on our design awards program so that the chapter can have a more robust design awards program in 2017.

Matthews went on to recognize outgoing Oregon ASLA Executive Committee members and thank them for their service, as well as introduce the incoming Executive Committee. And the crowd let out a cheer when Matthews announced the names of Oregon’s newest landscape architects who became registered since last year’s Design Awards Soirée. Congratulations to Kathryn Forester, Michael Moyers, Alexandra Perove, Westley Shoger, Shannon Simms and Courtney Skybak.

Honoring Oregon Students

Oregon ASLA Student Liaison Paula Barreto, who serves as the chapter’s liaison to the University of Oregon Student Chapter, and University of Oregon Associate Professor Roxi Thoren, announced the winners of the Student Honor and Student Merit Awards. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in landscape architecture at the UO. Kelly Stoecklein, MLA, received the Graduate Honor Award and Casey Howard, BLA, received the Undergraduate Honor Award. Elizabeth Stapleton, MLA, received the Graduate Merit Award and Jane Jewett, BLA, received the Undergraduate Merit Award.

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Graduate Honor Award winner Kelly Stoecklein (center) with Roxi Thoren (left) and Paula Barreto (right)

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Undergraduate Honor Award winner Casey Howard with Paula Barreto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Graduate Merit Award winner Elizabeth Stapleton with Paula Barreto

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Undergraduate Merit Award winner Jane Jewett with Paula Barreto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barreto and Thoren then recognized the 2016-2017 recipients of the Oregon ASLA Student Scholarship, Margo Barajas, MLA Candidate and Hanna Belleli, BLA Candidate. Oregon ASLA established its namesake scholarship in 1997 in the UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. Initially seeded with a generous gift of $10,000 from Oregon ASLA members, this fund subsequently grew by yet another gift from the membership of $15,000 in December 2005. The scholarship is an endowed fund at the UO, meaning it will provide support to landscape architecture students permanently.

Citing rising tuition costs and the ability for scholarship funds to attract the best and brightest to attend UO, Thoren took a moment to ask all the attendees to contribute the Oregon ASLA Scholarship endowment so that it can continue to provide a meaningful impact to students. She encouraged everyone to make a tax-deductible donation to help grow the fund.

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Oregon ASLA Scholarship recipients Margo Barajas, MLA Candidate, and Hanna Belleli, BLA Candidate, with UO Associate Professor Roxi Thoren and Oregon ASLA Student Liaison Paula Barreto

Honoring Our Profession and Our Allies

Laurie Matthews presented the first of the professional honor awards to Liska Chan, Roxi Thoren and Anne Godfrey from the University of Oregon’s Department of Landscape Architecture, who received the Lord & Schryver Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Matthews noted that together these three women faculty members have provided a high level of leadership and mentorship to students and alumni. In her remarks, Thoren delivered a strong message about supporting women in their careers to thunderous applause.

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UO Department of Landscape Architecture faculty Roxi Thoren, Liska Chan and Anne Godfrey with Oregon ASLA Past President Laurie Matthews

Next came the Tom McCall Award, which was given to Portland-based nonprofit Friends of Trees for their outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Incoming chapter president Jean Senechal Biggs gave an overview of their 25+ years of accomplishments and shared her own personal experience as a volunteer with the organization, before presenting the award to Executive Director Scott Fogarty.

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Oregon ASLA President Jean Senechal Biggs with Friends of Trees Executive Director Scott Fogarty and Friends of Trees Board Member, Nancy Buley, Hon. ASLA

Oregon ASLA Communications Chair Laurie Mooney presented the Outstanding Emerging Professional Award to Deven Young, ASLA, a senior designer at Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in Portland. Mooney shared an excerpt from his nomination that described his skill in managing clients with “a delicate balance of grace, confidence and modesty.” In his remarks, Young reached back to his coworkers and colleagues and thanked them for their support of his career and accomplishments.

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2016 Outstanding Emerging Professional Deven Young with Oregon ASLA Past President Laurie Matthews and Communications Chair Laurie Mooney

Jean Senechal Biggs then presented the Distinguished Practitioner Award to Paul Agrimis, ASLA, Vice President and Landscape Architecture Program Leader at ESA in Portland, sharing that his work creates “enduring landscape solutions that engage both the heart and mind.” When Agrimis took the stage, he shared the story of his career path, starting from childhood explorations of a nearby creek to opening his first office with Ken Vigil to leading a team of 10 landscape architects and designers at ESA. His story was both personal and professional, and made everyone appreciate landscape architecture as a career choice.

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2016 Distinguished Practitioner Paul Agrimis with Oregon Chapter President Jean Senechal Biggs

Oregon ASLA Vice President of Member Services Rachel Edmonds presented the Outstanding Firm Award to Mayer/Reed, Inc. in recognition of major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. The 25-person, interdisciplinary design studio was established in Portland in 1986 and offers landscape architecture, urban design, wayfinding and interpretive design for projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Founding Principal Carol Mayer-Reed accepted the award on behalf of the firm, with her staff proudly standing alongside her. In her remarks, Mayer-Reed reflected on the history of the firm, staff contributions, and even called out the names of “alumni” of the firm who were in the audience.

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Oregon ASLA VP of Member Services Rachel Edmonds (left) with Carol Mayer-Reed (center in blue) with the team from Mayer/Reed, Inc.

Laurie Matthews returned to the stage to present the President’s Chapter Service Award, which is given annually to a member of the Executive Committee in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the organization and its members, and is kept secret until announced at the Annual Soiree. Deven Young, ASLA, the chapter’s outgoing Vice President of Chapter Services, received this year’s surprise honor. Young was the lead organizer of the 2015 Design Symposium, the 2016 Design Symposium and the 2015 Design Awards. Matthews commented that Young gave himself and his time graciously to ensure that the events were of the highest quality. Young was humble in receiving the award and thanked his employer, Alta Planning + Design, for supporting his volunteer activities.

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Surprise! Oregon ASLA Past President Laurie Matthews with Deven Young, winner of the President’s Chapter Service Award

The final award of the evening was determined by a vote of the attendees at the Soiree, giving everyone a chance to participate. The Olmsted Brothers Award honors outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time. The Oregon ASLA Executive Committee nominated five sites for this award this year: the Historic Columbia River Highway; the Halprin Open Space Sequence, Portland; Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland; Portland Japanese Garden; and Salishan Lodge, Gleneden Beach.

Jean Senechal Biggs returned to the stage to announce the winner, the Halprin Open Space Sequence, the series of interactive fountains, plazas, and connecting pathways in downtown Portland designed by the renowned Lawrence Halprin and Associates between 1963 and 1970. Receiving the award were Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, FASLA, Halprin Landscape Conservancy Board President Randy Gragg, and Portland Parks & Recreation Project Manager Sandra Burtzos, ASLA. All three shared news of the efforts to restore the sequence, which has suffered from under-funded maintenance, through a ground-breaking public/private partnership. They expressed heartfelt thanks to Steve Koch, FASLA, for his many hours of service given to the project and encouraged attendees to get involved and follow the restoration.

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Halprin Landscape Conservancy President Randy Gragg, Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, and project manager Sandra Burtzos

Looking Ahead

Senechal Biggs closed out the evening with announcements about Oregon ASLA’s upcoming events and shared her excitement to lead the chapter in the year ahead with the support of the outstanding members of the Executive Committee.

Thanks to all who attended! Be sure to check out more pictures from this event on the ASLA Oregon Facebook page.

The Awards Committee also wishes to extend applause to our supporting event sponsors, who provided complimentary cocktails (Northwest Playground Equipment), dessert (Northwest Recreation), table decor (Mutual Materials), and a raffle item (Landscape Forms) at the event. Cheers!

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Oregon ASLA 2016 Honor Award Winners Announced

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce the winners of their 2016 Honor Awards. The awards celebrate the spirit of the landscape architecture profession in Oregon by recognizing people and organizations for their outstanding service to the profession, design excellence, community leadership and careful stewardship. The recipients will receive their awards at Oregon ASLA’s Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4, 2016.

“Oregon ASLA is excited to present our inaugural Honor Awards,” said Laurie Matthews, President of Oregon ASLA. “After a long tradition of an annual Design Awards program, we decided to shift our focus this year to recognizing the best in our profession and our community.”

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Mayer/Reed, Inc. will receive the Outstanding Firm Award in recognition of major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. The 25-person, interdisciplinary design studio was established in Portland in 1986 and offers landscape architecture, urban design, wayfinding and interpretive design for projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Known for their achievements in design excellence, Mayer/Reed’s commitment to sustainability, conservation, and protection of natural, historic and cultural landscapes has evolved with a high degree of creativity, service and quality of design. The firm’s values extend beyond the built environment to include community service and service to the profession, with employees generously donating their professional and personal expertise to a broad range of needs and activities, and a deep belief from principals and senior staff that supporting emerging professionals is a way to grow the future of the design professions.

Paul Agrimis, ASLA, will receive the Distinguished Practitioner Award in recognition of a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Agrimis is Vice President and Landscape Architecture Program Leader at ESA in Portland, where he directs a team of 10 landscape architects and designers working on projects along the West Coast from Alaska to California. Drawing on his versatile background as a landscape architect, civil engineer and professional wetland scientist, Agrimis takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the planning and design of resilient natural systems and in creating enduring landscape solutions that engage both the heart and mind. His work has been recognized for planning and design excellence, including Cooper Mountain Nature Park and Minto-Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration, and he has been active in community service throughout his 27-year career.

Deven Young, ASLA, will receive the Outstanding Emerging Professional Award. This award is given to an emerging professional in their first five years of practice that exceeds expectations and shows promise in making contributions to landscape architecture. Young is a senior designer at Alta Planning + Design, Inc. in Portland, where he is leading design on one of their largest trail projects. Young is known for his ability to build relationships with partners and clients. He is an outstanding and committed volunteer and recently served as the Vice President of Chapter Services for Oregon ASLA.

Elisabeth ‘Liksa’ Chan, Roxi Thoren, and Anne Godfrey, representing the faculty of Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon will receive the Lord & Schryver Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Chan served as department head for two terms, and during that time, secured a gift to create the Overlook Field School. Thoren led the Overlook Field School during its initial years and created an innovative program combining research, mentoring and artistic expression with a historic and living landscape. Godfrey revamped the media curriculum and wove its methods and teachings into design studios. Together, these three women faculty members have provided the highest level of leadership and mentoring to new generations of landscape architects and designers through their innovative teaching and research.

Friends of Trees will receive the Tom McCall Award to honor the Portland-based nonprofit’s outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Founded in 1989 by Richard Seidman, Friends of Trees has since expanded their reach throughout the Metro region, down the Willamette Valley to Salem, Eugene and Springfield, and across the Columbia River to Vancouver, Washington. Through their Neighborhood Trees Program, their Green Space Program and their Gift Trees Program, they have supported the planting of over 600,000 trees and native plants in 2 states, 6 counties and 19 cities, including Beaverton, Damascus, Durham, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, King City, Oregon City, Portland, Salem, Sherwood, Springfield, Tigard, Troutdale, Tualatin, Vancouver, and Wilsonville. Through over 25 years of leadership and community partnerships, Friends of Trees has made significant contributions to Oregon’s landscape.

In addition to the professional honor awards, Oregon ASLA will award Student Honor and Student Merit awards to four students majoring in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students. Kelly Stoecklein, MLA, will receive the Graduate Honor Award and Elizabeth Stapleton, MLA, will receive the Graduate Merit Award. Casey Howard, BLA, will receive the Undergraduate Honor Award and Jane Jewett, BLA, will receive the Undergraduate Merit Award.

Oregon ASLA has also established the Olmsted Brothers Award to honor outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time. The Oregon ASLA Executive Committee nominated five sites for this award and the winning site will be determined by a vote of the attendees at Oregon ASLA’s Annual Soiree. The five nominated sites are: the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway; the Halprin Open Space Sequence, Portland; Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland; Portland Japanese Garden; and Salishan Lodge, Gleneden Beach.

Oregon ASLA will present the awards and celebrate the landscape architecture profession at their Annual Soiree on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Union/Pine at 525 SE Pine, Portland. Tickets may be purchased online at aslaoregon.org/events/design-awards/2016/

 


Architects in Schools

“The 2016-2017 school year is upon us! We would love to have you participate in the Architects in Schools program!

Architects in Schools is administered by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and matches professional landscape architects and other design professionals with primarily 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers for a 6-week free classroom residency (approximately 1-2 hours a week per class – the schedule is decided by the design professional and teacher). Students participating in architects in schools learn important skills through lessons that include cooperation and planning and help them gain a better sense of how school relates to the ‘real world.’ Design professionals share their passion and professional knowledge with students eager to learn about design and their world. Design professionals volunteer their time because sharing their passion for architecture with students energizes them.

 

Links to information and the application are listed below.

Application Information: http://bit.ly/ais16-17info

Design Professional Application: http://bit.ly/ais16-17designprofapp

School Application: http://bit.ly/ais16-17schoolapp

For more information visit our website: https://af-oregon.org/programs/architects-in-schools

 

The deadline for 2016-2017 design professional applications is Friday, September 23, 2016 and for school applications is Friday, October 7, 2016. Orientations will be in late October for Southern and Central Oregon and in November for Portland and Eugene. The Salem orientation will be in January. Exact dates and times are listed here on page 4:http://bit.ly/ais16-17info.
Please let us know if you have any questions! We hope you can participate in the Architects in Schools program!”


Welcome new Executive Committee!

President Elect – Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
BASE Landscape Architecture 

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Vice President of Chapter Services- Jamie Hendrickson
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Secretary – Brian Stuhr, ASLA
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Education Chair – Laura Turnbull, PLA, ASLA
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Section Chair: Mount Hood – Marianna Zarkin / Andrea Kuns

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Andrea Kuns
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