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Membership Matters in 2017

New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues.

Free with membership:

ASLA membership designation on business cards, resume, work profile, etc.

Landscape Architecture Magazine subscription (digital or print)

Professional Practice Networks (a choice of 1 from 18 networks)

Firm Finder listing for your firm

LAND, the biweekly national ASLA e-newsletter

Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)

JobLink résumé posting

Access to ExCom monthly meetings held in downtown Portland

Discounts on the following with membership:

National ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO registration fees

National ASLA Professional Awards entry fee

Oregon ASLA Design Symposium registration fees

Oregon ASLA Design Awards registration fees

JobLink job postings

LARE preparation courses

Online learning continuing education

Beginning in 2017 ASLA is changing the structure of membership dues for emerging professionals, and Oregon ASLA is raising chapter dues for full and affiliate members by $5 from $80 to $85 per year. Associate member dues will not change and will remain at $45 per year. Click here for details

For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit:
https://www.asla.org/Membership.aspx

Awareness and Advocacy

Two notable (and likely unknown) benefits of membership are Oregon ASLA’s efforts to raise awareness of the profession and legislative advocacy on issues that matter most to the profession. In March 2016, Oregon ASLA’s President Laurie Matthews and other Oregon LA’s met with staff members from the offices of Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to discuss key issues and federal funding bills on the horizon. The group also apprised the lawmakers of design and planning projects of importance to the State and region, such as the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

Substantial and Diverse Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

Oregon ASLA strives to provide a wide range of opportunities for networking , professional development and continuing education. Oregon ASLA members should consider participating with the following committees, groups, and events in 2017:

Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include free sketching meet-up groups, plant nursery tours, design charrettes for local non-profits, and interdisciplinary trivia nights.

Education Committee: This committee exists to determine criteria and review professional development activities for licensed professionals in Oregon, as well as help connect members interested in creating LARE study groups as well as events with PDH credits.

Design Symposium + Design Awards Planning Committee: The two biggest events each year require the helping hands of our dedicated members to carry it off! Members who volunteer often can receive discounted event rates. Attendance at the Design Symposium can count towards Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Fellows + Honors Nomination Committee: The Committee is always looking for current Fellows interested in helping to identify, evaluate and nominate exceptional landscape architects from our community to the national circle of ASLA Fellows.

Executive Committee: There are 16 voting positions and two non-voting positions on the ASLA Executive Committee with appointments ranging from 2 to 3 years. The sitting Executive Committee puts out a call for nominations in the summer. Those interested in serving should contact the Executive Committee for consideration.

Shadow Mentor Day: Each year, students enrolled in University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture programs take advantage of an opportunity to visit landscape architecture offices across the region. The event is coordinated with the student chapter of ASLA and can include a social hour event.

Urban Design Panel: Portland’s Oregon ASLA members are invited to be part of a team of local professionals to assist the City in maintaining high standards of urban design, and to review projects and policies related to our built environment. The Urban Design Panel is open to members of three professional organizations (AIA, ASLA and APA) and provides a combined, focused voice for the goals and needs that are relevant to our community and our members. 

For more information and a calendar of opportunities for 2017, visit: http://aslaoregon.org/events

Lastly, all new and renewing Oregon ASLA members are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive chapter communication. Send your updated information to: info@aslaoregon.org 

See you around in 2017!


Shadow Mentor Day!

The University of Oregon ASLA Student Chapter is pleased to host the twenty-fourth annual Shadow Mentor Day on Friday, February 3, 2017.
 For one day, students experience the working world of landscape architecture by spending a day  at a firm with landscape architecture professionals. Students tend to take part in reviewing projects, design charrettes, career mentoring, site visits, sitting in on meetings, and getting feedback on design portfolios and resumes. This fun, learning experience for students and practicing landscape architects alike is an event is made possible every year by the incredible support of Oregon ASLA, The UO Department of Landscape Architecture and the professionals who are very generous with their time and energy.
This looks to be another record-breaking year for participation, with 33 firms offering to host approximately 75 students!
We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Seattle!

2017-2018 Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship Opportunity

The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.

This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the history of pedagogic innovation at the GSD as well as the century of leadership in landscape education within the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 10, 2017

For details and more information, please visit Kiley Teaching Fellowship or send an email to: kileyfellowship@gsd.harvard.edu.


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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