SketchPDX drink + draw. Final meet up of 2016. Scribble drawing, napkin drawing plus value composition. Hair of the Dog was a perfect backdrop for sketching on a rainy Portland day. Thanks to Zac, Hannah, Miles, Casey, Jennifer for coming out!
If you missed it, we’ll be back with more in January. Cheers!#portlanddesignevents #drawingaday #scribbles
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!
Here’s Our Recap With All the Honorees
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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/
“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/ais16-17designpr
School Application: http://bit.ly/ais16-17schoolap
For more information visit our website: https://af-oregon.org/programs
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!”
President Elect – Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
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Vice President of Chapter Services- Jamie Hendrickson
Secretary – Brian Stuhr, ASLA
Education Chair – Laura Turnbull, PLA, ASLA
Section Chair: Mount Hood – Marianna Zarkin / Andrea Kuns
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Oregon ASLA seeks nominations for our 2016 Honor Awards. These 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. We’ll be honoring the recipients at this year’s Annual Soirée on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Portland.
Please consider submitting a nomination for our awards!
Online nominations can be submitted by any member of Oregon ASLA. The honorees will be selected by the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee and announced in mid-October.
Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016 to be considered.
Outstanding Firm Award :: Accepting Nominations
This award shall be given to an outstanding landscape architecture firm in Oregon for major contributions to the profession for a sustained period. Contributions that may be recognized include: design excellence, protection of our natural, historic or cultural landscapes, community service, supporting emerging professionals, diversity leadership and service to the profession.
Distinguished Practitioner Award :: Accepting Nominations
This award shall be given to an outstanding landscape architecture professional to recognize a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Contributions that may be recognized include: design excellence, protection of our natural, historic or cultural landscapes, community service, supporting emerging professionals, diversity leadership and service to the profession.
Outstanding Emerging Professional Award :: Accepting Nominations
This award shall be given to an emerging professional in their first five years of practice that exceeds expectations and shows promise in making contributions to landscape architecture. Qualities that may be recognized include demonstrated leadership, design excellence, fluency with clients, and service to the profession.
Lord and Schryver Award :: Accepting Nominations
In 1929, Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver made history when they founded the first woman-owned landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest. During their 40 years of professional practice, they designed over 250 residential, civic and institutional sites from their home office, Gaiety Hollow, in Salem, Oregon. In addition, they were instrumental in encouraging local nurseries to grow East Coast plant varieties, influencing plant palettes for decades to follow.
In recognition of Lord and Schryver’s legacy as women pioneers in the emerging field of landscape architecture, Oregon ASLA has established this award to honor a woman, a firm or an organization that had made significant contributions to the achievement and recognition of women in landscape architecture. Contributions that may be recognized include: professional excellence, mentoring women, recruiting, retaining and advancing women, and service to the profession.
Tom McCall Award :: Accepting Nominations
Oregon Governor Tom McCall left an indelible imprint on Oregon’s landscape during his tenure in office from 1967 to 1975. McCall provided political leadership that resulted in the Oregon’s innovative land use planning laws, protection of Oregon’s coastline with the Beach Bill and dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities with the Bicycle Bill. With these laws, and others passed during his tenure, Governor McCall set the stage for Oregon to become a leader in the environmental movement that continues to guide us today.
In recognition of the legacy created by Governor McCall’s vision and values, Oregon ASLA has established this award to honor the significant contributions of an individual, group, or organization, other than landscape architects, that has provided community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural or built environment.
Olmsted Brothers Award :: Nominated by the Executive Committee
In 1903, John Charles Olmsted of the Olmsted Brothers firm based in Brookline, Massachusetts visited Portland and prepared his Report of the Park Board, a master plan for the development of Portland’s park system. He continued to return to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for nearly a decade, designing both public and private projects, including the Lewis & Clark Exposition, the Oregon State University Campus, and the Kerr Estate along the Willamette River. The Olmsted firm was the largest landscape architecture practice in the early 20th century with a significant influence on landscape architectural design that can be seen in many of the parks, campuses, state capitols, estates, and roadways we cherish today.
In recognition of the lasting impact of the Olmsted Brothers firm in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Oregon ASLA has established this award to honor outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon that are 25 years or older and have withstood the test of time.
Five sites will be nominated for this award by the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee. The winning site will be selected by a vote of the attendees at the Oregon Chapter’s Annual Soiree.
President’s Chapter Service Award :: Nominated by the President
This award shall be given to a member of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA to recognize outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the chapter and the profession.
This award will be given at the discretion of the chapter president and the winner will remain secret until announced at the Oregon Chapter’s Annual Soiree.
Student Honor & Merit Awards :: Nominated by the University of Oregon
The Student Honor & Merit Awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills for both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. Nominations are forwarded by the Department of Landscape Architecture to the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee who will make the final determination.
The Cascade Business News published a tribute to Dave, highlighting his career and reflections from colleagues who knew him well. We’d like to share the article with our Landscape Architecture community..
Last month Bend lost its native-born landscape architect. David P. Olsen ASLA RLA passed unexpectedly leaving family, colleagues, clients and friends with great loss. His personality was bigger than life offering an ever present smile and notable sense of humor.
His legacy will live on through the family he so loved and his projects. “You would be hard pressed to stand anywhere in Bend or Redmond and not be within sight of a project Dave hadn’t designed and had a hand in,” said Mel Stout, a long-time friend and colleague.
Dave was a University of Oregon graduate and registered landscape architect. He served on many local boards and felt it was his duty as a citizen to participate in the community and give back to his profession. Along with local positions he served eight years on the Oregon State Landscape Architects Board and was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
“He was one of the most talented and driven landscape architects I have ever worked with,” said Katrina Langenderfer, another long-time friend and colleague.
Over the course of his career Dave worked on hundreds of projects that have benefitted communities throughout the United States and especially Central Oregon. Most recently he and Langenderfer finished work on Hope Playground in Sam Johnson Park in Redmond, where his exceptional design talent and skills shined. It includes one of the largest all-inclusive playgrounds in the Pacific Northwest and has already become an icon in the region. He was especially proud of the custom climbing wall, an artistic and functional center piece of the park which he designed to be reflective of the geology in nearby Smith Rock State Park.
“Dave was one of the best all-around landscape architects I have been associated with. He could master plan, site plan, design, prepare construction documents, sketch, write, present and more,” said Stout.
He had a long history of exceptional work at Fred Glick Associates, Portland, Oregon 1982-84, Michell-Nelson Group, Portland, Oregon 1984-85, Urban and Associates, Annapolis, Maryland 1985-88, OTAK, Inc., Kirkland, Washington 1988-92, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Bend, Oregon 1992-2008, Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc., (HHPR) Bend, Oregon 2008-16.
As a professional, Dave served on the Oregon State Board of Landscape Architecture, as he felt it was important to give back to his profession and the community. He served on several other local committees.
HHPR specializes in master/site planning, park/trail planning and design, streetscape and green street design, landscape and irrigation design, sustainable design applications, native plant restoration and enhancement and land development services.
His clients included Oregon Department of Transportation, Central Oregon Community College, the Cities of Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville as well as Bend Park and Recreation District, Knott Landfill, Bend-LaPine School District and the Redmond School District.
A few of his projects include Jefferson County Courthouse, Minnesota Avenue Renovation, Bend Parkway Landscape, U.S. Highway 97 Beautification, Hope Playground in Sam Johnson Park, American Legion Park, City of Redmond Trails Amenities Plan, Prineville Downtown Enhancement, Madras Downtown Enhancement, Pine Nursery Regional Park, Juniper Swim and Aquatic Center Remodel, Riverbend Park Master Plan, Black Butte Ranch Entry Remodel and Stone Creek Park, currently in construction with completion scheduled for spring 2017.
Central Oregon will continue to share his passion as Central Oregon lives, learns, works and plays in the communities, developments, streetscapes, campuses, school grounds, sports fields, parks, trails and memorials Dave Olsen planned and designed.
Dave was a firm believer in organ donation and his life has provided life to others and will provide over 50 people renewed opportunities to live though him.
Dave shared 35 years of marriage with his beautiful wife Ilene, who is a kindergarten teacher at Miller Elementary in Bend. He was the proud father of three wonderful daughters, Jenny Olsen, Beth and Kyle (son in-law) Lewis and Maddie Olsen. Additionally, Dave is survived by his four siblings, three brothers and a sister, as well as several nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.