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Comment Period Open for Proposed Dues Increase for Oregon ASLA

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ASLA’s Board of Trustees recently approved increasing membership dues for Full and Affiliate members by 5%. The dues increase will take effect in January 2017.

To follow suit, the Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee has proposed increasing chapter dues for Full and Affiliate members by 5% from our current dues of $80/year to $85/year beginning in January 2017.

ASLA’s Board of Trustees also approved a new membership fee structure for Associate members, which will include a more graduated rate structure and will reduce membership fees overall for the first five years of membership.

To encourage emerging professionals to remain involved with ASLA, the Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee is proposing that associate member chapter dues remain at their current rate of $45/year and not be increased.

The Oregon Chapter’s Executive Committee has also proposed that they will revisit chapter dues again in two years in June 2018, but not before.

Your comments on the proposed dues changes are welcomed and encouraged. The comment period will remain open for 45 days and the Executive Committee will vote on the proposed dues changes at their August 8, 2016 meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Matthews at president@aslaoregon.org.


Victor Stanley Site Visit

Members of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA were recently invited by Victor Stanley, the site furnishings manufacturer, to visit Maryland and Washington D.C. for a long weekend of sightseeing, making new connections, and touring their two factories. Five Oregon Chapter members were joined by practitioners from Alaska and Seattle for this members only opportunity. Victor Stanley (as well as other companies) occasionally offer such trips where expenses are paid giving practitioners the opportunity to better know the company and the product. Sound boring? Not in the least. Smart, interesting people who view their surroundings through lenses both artful and technically astute surrounded and inspired us.

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Accompanied by one of the founders of Victor Stanley (with an acute interest in history), most of our time was spent touring Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland. We visited Ford’s Theater, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Naval Academy. While seeing these beautiful, but somber reminders of tremendous loss in our nation’s history, tour members admired the remarkable designers who imagined these spaces where people could gather with others and contemplate our past.

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ASLA tour members enjoyed getting to visit (or revisit) a part of the country so rich in historical events and most of all, an opportunity to connect to other people in a new way. Well done, Victor Stanley. Thanks for bringing the Oregon Chapter of the ASLA along on the adventure.

 


2016 OLCA/ASLA Golf Tournament

The 2016 OLCA/ASLA golf tournament was held on June 3 at the Langdon Farms Golf Club. The revamped tournament was well attended this year and took advantage of an early-morning tee time and fantastic summer weather. Over 120 contractors, architects and vendors donned their golf gear and participated in an 18-hole best ball scramble. A unique phone based scoring application provided real time scores for the tournament helping to heighten the competition.

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The tournament was followed by an awards ceremony and incredible lunch consisting of fried chicken and barbecue pork. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishing teams as well as closest to the pin and long drive participants. Awards were made to both men and women in each group.  Winners walked away with gift certificates for both meals and gear from Langdon Farms as well as bottles of wine and clothing from several generous sponsors.

Hole in One prizes (although none were given) included trips to resort destinations across the country and a new 2017 GMC truck.

IMG_5866The ASLA highlight of the tournament was the lunch time raffle that produced the lone winning landscape architect.  Tommy Solomon from 2 Ink Studio walked away with a brand new set of Nike irons. When asked if he was a golfer Solomon replied “I am now”!

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Emerging Professionals

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!

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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: Eugene Road trip, our most recent event, attracted a mix of emerging professionals, landscape architects, students (both landscape architecture and architecture), and one (fine) Fellow (ASLA).  Together we enjoyed an inspiring afternoon of sketching, watercoloring and learning new drawing techniques.  Kenneth Helphand, FASLA, showed us a new way of interpreting place by applying a concept based on the definition of autochthonous – look it up, you’ll get it.

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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.

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Call for Nominations: Join our Executive Committee

It’s that time of year again! Oregon ASLA is seeking nominees to serve on our Executive Committee. Elections will occur in July and August and the results will be announced in mid-September. 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 New Orleans. Click here to nominate!

It’s time to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate, a mentoranyone you think would be an excellent advocate for landscape architecture and would push Oregon ASLA to the next level. We’re looking for individuals to lead and inspire our members and help bring our community of professionals together.

ASLA Full 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.
  • Vice President of Chapter Services: Two-year term. The primary purpose of this office is to lead chapter events, including the annual design symposium and design awards. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Secretary: Two-year term. The secretary has the primary duty of recording minutes of business meetings of the chapter, administering election results, and maintaining the chapter constitution and bylaws. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Member-At-Large/Education Chair: Two-year term. The Education Chair is responsible for managing the Chapter-sponsored continuing education program through LA CES, organizing LARE preparation seminars, and preparing other professional development activities. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.
  • Mt. Hood Section Chair: Two-year term. The Mt. Hood Section Chair represents our membership in the Portland region and northwest Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.
  • High Desert Section Chair: Two-year term. The High Desert Section Chair represents our membership in central and northeast Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.

Click here to nominate someone you believe in! We also encourage multiple nominations for any category..

Interested in running for office but want to learn more about the job? Please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

Full and Associate Members will receive electronic nomination forms via email.

Don’t delay! Nominations close at 5pm on Monday, July 11, 2016.


It’s Election Season! Nominations for Executive Committee to open soon.

Oregon ASLA is led by the officers of our Executive Committee – members elected by the chapter membership. Executive Committee members volunteer their time to deliver the programs and projects that Oregon ASLA offers throughout the year.

Interested in being part of our team? Have ideas about ways you might advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship? Looking for an opportunity to broaden your leadership skills? Want to network outside of your office? Know someone who is passionate about the profession? We have a number of positions up for election this summer.

2016 Open Positions

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Vice President – Chapter Services
  • Education Chair
  • Mt Hood Section Chair
  • High Desert Section Chair

Nomination forms will be emailed to Oregon Chapter members on June 1, 2016 and will remain open for 30 days. Look for the announcement in your inbox. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know.

Voting will occur in July and August. Elected officers assume their roles at the end of October.

If you have questions or want to learn more about any of the open positions, please contact Jean Senechal Biggs at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

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2016 ASLA Design Symposium Recap

The annual ASLA Oregon Symposium was once again a huge success!

The Symposium kicked off bright and early Saturday morning. Landscape architects, designers and allied professionals filed into University of Oregon’s White Stag Block abuzz with discussion about the day ahead.

Each speaker presented a wonderfully different perspective on the topic of fostering equity and diversity in design, our communities, our profession. How do we bridge practice to help create equitable and resilient communities? Attendees explored sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy, intercultural modes for inclusive urban spaces, cultural changes and rapid urban growth occurring in cities of Mexico. We learned more about how diversity and environmental justice in design can be achieved with strong community collaboration.

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Our gracious sponsors had tables set up in the middle of our gathering space, making it easy for attendees to get the latest product news and information, as well as food and drink. We hear year after year from our members how much they enjoy reconnecting with their local plant nurseries, site furnishing manufacturers, and more!
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An engaging keynote address was given by Diane Jones Allen, Design Jones LLC,  that explored bridging community practice and academy to create equitable and resilient environments. The sessions to follow were lively, educational and cross disciplinary in nature – exactly the balance the Symposium planning committee strives for every year. We wrapped up the day with a compelling panel moderated by Randy Gragg, Executive Director John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape, University of Oregon.

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Thank you attendees, sponsors and volunteers for your participation again this year! A special thanks to the John Yeon Center and Randy Gragg for hosting the event. Everyone’s energy and enthusiasm helped make this annual event a success yet again. See you next year!

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RFP – City of Eugene Placemaking Consultant

CITY OF EUGENE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

RFP #2016200081

Notice to Proposers

Pursuant to ORS 279B.060 and City of Eugene Administrative Order 44-14-08F, Public Contracting Rule (City Rule) 137-047-0260, sealed proposals for a Placemaking Consultant for the City of Eugene will be accepted by the Purchasing Office, 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 until 2:30pm PDT, May 20, 2016.  Proposals will be opened immediately thereafter and a record of proposals received will be made.  Proposals will not be accepted after the Request for Proposals (RFP) closing time and date.  Proposals shall be valid for 120 days after opening unless otherwise specified in the specifications.  This Request for Proposals does not commit the City to pay any costs incurred by any proposer in the submission of a proposal.

 

Project Description

In general, the City of Eugene (City) is requesting proposals from Placemaking Consultants to engage the community and prepare a Placemaking Plan for the City’s downtown public spaces. In order to facilitate a consistent execution of the vision and concept completed in this scope of work, it is preferred that the consultant continue to be available for additional coordination and review of future phases of work.

 

Solicitation Documents

Solicitation documents may be examined at the City of Eugene Purchasing Office, 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 or electronically by logging in to the City’s eBid system at www.eugene-or.gov/purchasing.

A paper copy of the Solicitation may be obtained at the City’s Purchasing Office at 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401.

Submittal

Proposers must submit an original proposal directly to the City’s Purchasing Office at 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 before the due date and time specified in the RFP. Proposers shall make the proposal available to the City for download via email, FTP site, or other means. Proposers shall provide electronic copy or link via email to Becky Wheeler at the address indicated below.

Please contact me with questions about this opportunity.

Becky L. Wheeler, CPPB
Purchasing Analyst
City of Eugene|Finance
541-682-5056

 


World Landscape Architecture Month 2016

World Landscape Architecture Month is going on now. 

Every year during the month of April, countries across the globe focus on ways to highlight and promote our profession.  Sometimes this promotion takes the place as community events or lectures, but those events take a great deal of time to plan (something that is lacking in many lives).  For the second year, ASLA has harnessed the power of social media by setting up the hashtag #WLAM2016 and providing cards that read, “This is Landscape Architecture”.  People can take a picture that portrays landscape architecture (integrating the card somewhere in the image) then post the photo to social media avenues using #WLAM2016.

For inspiration, take a moment to look on the WLAM 2016 tagboard; see posts from Scotland, the Netherlands, Seattle, Chicago and more.  All these images express what people have found important in their profession.  This social media campaign gives people a chance to change how people view landscape architecture, showing a breadth of projects,  all designed by a landscape architect.

If you were wondering if it is worth the effort, consider this.  As of April 12, ASLA has counted 2,150 posts with #WLAM2016, all images of landscape architecture that reached 1,319,385 people.  Hard numbers that show this campaign is not only a powerful way to promote landscape architecture, it can be a powerful way to promote your business as well.  I would venture that most firms marketing programs don’t reach over a million people.

It’s April – get out there and celebrate.


UO Shadow Mentor Day Recap

Thank you so much for your support of this year’s Shadow Mentor Day! It was a huge success. We had a total of 62 student participants placed between 33 offices in Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle. Thanks to the groundwork laid by Roni and last year’s student ASLA team, this year’s SMD is the largest that any involved can recall!

 

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