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.
A big thank you to all who participated in this years election! We had a well qualified line up of candidates for 2016-2018 open positions.
President Elect: Andreas Stavropoulos
Vice President of Chapter Services: Jamie Hendrickson
Secretary: Brian Stuhr
Education Chair: Laura Turnbull
Section Chair, Mt Hood: Marianne Zarkin+Andrea Kuns
The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is the state organization for landscape architecture professionals in our region. With over 300 members statewide, we provide events, training, and advocacy for a range of topics that affect our profession throughout the state. Thank you for your continued support and participation!
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its new LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This $25,000 year-long fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test the next big ideas and initiatives that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.
The fellowship was created to foster transformational leadership capacity and innovation in the field of landscape architecture. Each year, 3-5 fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process based on a proposed project. Projects may be grounded in theoretical or historical investigations, product development, new practice or service models, built work or any activity that creates knowledge and empowers landscape architecture.
Over the course of the fellowship year, selected Fellows dedicate approximately 3-months’ time to project work and participate in 3 three-day residencies in Washington, D.C., as well as monthly conference calls. The fellowship allows for the realization of each candidate’s project and builds leadership capacity by bringing together a cohort of Fellows who provide guidance and support, while offering mentorship for emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program.
The inaugural cohort of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will run April 2017 – May 2018. Eligible applicants must have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience in landscape architecture and be able to dedicate the equivalent of 12 weeks’ time to their proposed project.
Application materials are due December 1, 2016.
For more information on the fellowship program, structure, eligibility, and application materials, visit: www.lafoundation.org/laf-fellowship
David Olsen, a longtime member of ASLA, died unexpectedly on August 22. A Bend native and University of Oregon graduate, Dave led the landscape architecture group at HHPR and he recently served as chair of the Oregon Chapter’s High Desert Section. Many in our landscape architecture community knew Dave and worked with him. He will be missed.
Details about gatherings that will celebrate his life are below. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Celebration of Life
From David’s family: “We will be having a celebration of life for our wonderful Dad on Saturday, September 3rd at the Olsen home, at 4pm. We will be toasting to good memories while watching the Oregon football game. Just what dad would have wanted. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful, wonderful man. All are invited, please spread the word to those who loved and adored our papa.”
Saturday, September 3 at 4:00 pm
2832 NW Polarstar Ave, Bend, OR
High Desert Section Gathering
Let’s get together at Crow’s Feet Commons, overlooking a Dave Olsen designed plaza, and raise a pint.
Tuesday, September 13th at 5:50pm
875 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR
ASLA: Advocating for Landscape Architecture
by Jean Senechal Biggs, President-Elect
As the professional organization for landscape architects, ASLA is focused on providing chapters with resources for advocating on important issues at the national, state and local level. ASLA’s Government Affairs team leads this effort with a focus on two key events: the annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and the annual Advocacy Summit. The Oregon Chapter participated in both of these events this year, building our connections with our elected officials in Washington D.C., as well as with our colleagues from ASLA chapters across the country.
Indiana Chapter Trustee David Gorden begins a tour of downtown Indianapolis on the steps of the Indiana State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.
Landscape architects from chapters around the country convened in Washington D.C. on Thursday, May 19 for ASLA’s annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Over 180 ASLA members participated in 214 legislative meetings, including 67 with elected officials, to urge Congress to pass the Centennial Challenge to fund projects in our National Parks and to support federal transportation funding for green infrastructure and resilient streets. Our role as advocates was to educate policymakers and share our own stories on the impact of landscape architecture on these issues. We tweeted from Capitol Hill using the hashtag #iAdvocate to demonstrate our collective voice.
Representing the Oregon Chapter, President Laurie Matthews, President-Elect Jean Senechal Biggs, and Trustee Brian Bainnson met with Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, as well as staff from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Senator Ron Wyden. ASLA Vice President for Government Affairs and Oregon Chapter member, Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, joined us on our visits and also met with Congressman Greg Walden.
Laurie Matthews, Robin Lee Gyorgyfalvy, Brian Bainnson and Jean Senechal Biggs gather outside Senator Merkley’s office in the Hart Senate Office Building on Advocacy Day.
The Indiana Chapter hosted this year’s Advocacy Summit, a two-day workshop focused on providing chapters with the tools and expertise to advocate at the state and local level. President-Elect Jean Senechal Biggs attended this year’s summit along with representatives from 30 other chapters in Indianapolis in mid-August.
Licensure advocacy has been a primary focus of ASLA’s State Government Affairs work. In 2015 and 2016, deregulation and sunset reviews became legislative threats to landscape architecture licensure in several states. In response, staff developed the new Licensure Advocacy Toolkit that includes landscape architecture fact sheets, FAQs, guidelines for using ASLA’s iAdvocate network to send messages to legislators, and tips for planning a state advocacy day. ASLA unveiled these new tools at the summit and all of these resources are now available on the ASLA website at www.asla.org under the “Advocate” tab.
Leaders from the Arizona, North Carolina, and Ohio chapters attended the summit and shared their stories “from the trenches” where they successfully worked through the legislative process to retain the practice acts in their states. ASLA chapters became the organizing agent for advocacy efforts in each state, activating and uniting the landscape architecture community and pulling in the expertise of ASLA to support their efforts.
The summit wrapped up with a tour of downtown Indianapolis led by local landscape architects and highlighting recent work. Despite the heavy rain, we experienced the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Georgia Street, and the Downtown Indy Canal Walk and learned about recent transformation of the downtown.
What’s Next for Advocacy in Oregon?
To follow up on our Advocacy Day meeting, we are currently working with staff from Rep. Bonamici’s office to schedule a tour later this fall to showcase landscape architecture projects in her district. A site visit is a great way to connect with elected officials while demonstrating the impact of landscape architecture in the community.
We’re interested in hearing from our members on projects to include on our tour. Please let us know if you have a project to highlight and are able to join us for a tour. Contact President-Elect Jean Senechal Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and interest.
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. This is the first chapter dues increase in more than two years, and the chapter will not revisit a chapter dues increase again until 2018.
In May, the ASLA Board of Trustees approved a new Graduated Dues Program for emerging professionals. The program will extend for the first five years following graduation, when an individual is eligible for Associate membership, then the first two years of full membership. There will no longer be a free associate year for members transitioning from student membership; however, the total savings for those that would have taken advantage of the free year is $269. For those who join in year one, the savings is $481. Individuals that are currently within the first five years following graduation will be transitioned to the new rates upon renewal in 2017.
|Membership Category||2017-2018 Dues||Notes|
|Year 1||Associate||65||Eliminated free year for those transitioning from student membership (student special); 62 percent discount for those joining as associates in the first year|
|Year 2||Associate||99||54 percent discount over current Year 2 associate; 18 percent discount over student special associates|
|Year 3||Associate||175||35 percent discount over current Year 3 associates|
|Year 4||Full Member – Special Rate||225||39 percent discount over full membership|
|Year 5||Full Member – Special Rate||299||19 percent discount over full membership|
|Year 6||Full Member||370|
Beginning in 2005 by a design studio in San Francisco, PARK(ing) Day now is a world-wide event, held always the third Friday in September. That means that this year, PARK(ing) Day is September 16. While your local chapter of the ASLA is not officially sponsoring an installation this year, firms are encouraged to have some fun in the street and tell people about Landscape Architecture.
Sound interesting? Some tips you might consider;
-you will need to get permits from the municipality where you live
-make sure that you connect with the neighboring people and businesses well before the event to make sure they are aware and help allay fears of losing parking spots.
-alert the local ASLA chapter members of your installation so people can visit
-post lots of photos and tag them #ASLAPD16. ASLA will then have a nation-wide contest to crown the favorite professional and student installation.
For more details on putting a PARK(ing) Day together, download the PARK(ing) Day manual http://parkingday.org/resources/