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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 contracting profession while maintaining key licensure standards for public health, safety and welfare.

What’s next? With four weeks remaining in the 2017 session, ASLA Oregon is monitoring the bill and is prepared to deliver our letter of testimony if a hearing is scheduled. If you’re interested in testifying at a hearing or submitting a letter of testimony, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at president@aslaoregon.org. Please join us in advocacy efforts to protect licensure!


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.


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.

 


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.


Building Bend’s First Nature Reserve: Process, Policies and Design

March 10th was a beautiful day in Bend and the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve event was well attended.

Attendees enjoyed a slide show presentation and were encouraged to ask questions throughout. The group discussed the master plan process, site management decisions, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the permitting process, and designing for safety and accessibility. Following lunch, the group toured the site and discussed the trail system, vegetation management, wildlife uses of the site, and the overlook design process.
For more information about the project, contact Jim Figurski or Steve Roelof