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Job Opportunities: Landscape Architect/Designer

About the Company:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is seeking a Landscape Designer or recently licensed Landscape Architect with four to eight years of professional experience. Our Landscape Architecture practice encompasses a wide range of park- and trail-related services. The position is located in our Portland office and presents opportunities to work on projects in Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska.

Our park and trail projects include system plans, master plans, public involvement, design and detailing, construction documents, and construction administration. In addition, we collaborate with ESA biologists, civil and water resources engineers, and permitting specialists to develop mitigation and stormwater management solutions as well as wetland, stream, and tidal restoration projects.

ESA is known for thoughtfully balancing public access and natural resource protection.  Our Landscape Architects routinely manage interdisciplinary teams that expand our in-house expertise with survey, engineering (geotechnical, structural, electrical, traffic) to resolve complex and often conflicting objectives. This position provides an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge base and skills.

We are looking for a well-rounded and self-directed person who is articulate, organized and comfortable leading a number of tasks and less complex projects concurrently. A desire to work in multi-disciplinary teams is essential. Our projects are often sited in environmentally sensitive settings so an interest in and familiarity with native ecosystems, plants, and environmental regulations is beneficial.

At this level you will be responsible for maintaining marketing contacts and assisting with task orders and proposals by contributing to the development of scopes, fee estimates, and other narrative components. You will also review project accounting and prepare invoices. Experience with construction phase services is desired.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited university;
  • At least four years work experience designing parks, trails, and other types of public infrastructure, preferably in the environmental consulting field;
  • A working knowledge of civil engineering, environmental science, and permitting principles, practices, and procedures as they relate to development, improvement, and maintenance of park, trail, and other landscape architecture projects;
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks on multiple projects in a fast paced collaborative environment;
  • Ability to develop and track project scopes, schedules and budgets;
  • Production of bid-ready construction packages (plans, specifications, estimates);
  • Ability to lead grading, layout, and detailing tasks with minimal oversite;
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and Windows-based programs;
  • Ability to generate graphics by hand and sketch;
  • Strong graphics, communication and presentation skills;
  • Competence in using northwest native and adapted plant materials and low maintenance methods;
  • Basic familiarity with federal, state, and local environmental regulations and permit requirements;
  • Ability to conduct field inspections in a variety of settings, situations, and locations;
  • Knowledge of planting and irrigation design; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Additional beneficial qualifications:

  • A current license to practice landscape architecture in the State of Oregon; registrations in Washington, Alaska, and California are welcomed;
  • Strong capabilities in integrating ecosystem processes into site design to achieve aesthetic, land use, recreation, and habitat function goals;
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and Civil 3D
  • Knowledge of Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper and 3D Studio Max;
  • Experience working with disadvantaged communities; and
  • Experience using Deltek Vision.

Benefits:

ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying to become an employee-owner at ESA, please visit the ESA Careers page at www.esassoc.com or follow the link below:

http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ESA&cws=1&rid=365

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)

 


Job Opportunities: Landscape Architect-Anchorage, AK

The Landscape Architect provides leadership, high quality, imaginative and practical landscape and urban designs, and project management for projects such as master plans, park plans, recreational facilities, roadways, parkways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites by performing the following duties. This position is held out of our Anchorage, AK office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Design and review of preliminary and final landscape plans, details, specifications and support graphics.
  2. Design and review of preliminary site plans and concept level development packages to include utility requirements, drainage and site grading.
  3. Preparation of photographic overlays, presentation graphics and mounting prepared materials for presentations to community councils, various boards and commissions and the Anchorage Municipal Assembly.
  4. Reviews and presents proposed planning and construction plans at community councils, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Urban Design Commission.
  5. Resolution of conditions of approval with Municipal agencies and local utility companies.
  6. Preparation, review, and approval of the final landscape architecture plans, coordinate with design team members and resolve community concerns.
  7. Serve as task manager or project manager on planning or construction projects. Monitor completion of work against schedule and budget constraints.
  8. Acting as a mentor to Landscape Architects I and II as well as Landscape Planners.
  9. Preparation of proposals for planning and construction projects; from scope and scheduling of proposed work to the preparation of the budget to complete the work.
  10. Distributes work to staff members and manages them related to completing work of a high quality, on time and on budget.
  11. Reviews invoicing prior to going out to the client, and actively reviews job-to-date costs as the project progresses.
  12. Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

Qualifications. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

A Baccalaureate degree in landscape architecture and five years related work experience are required. A Masters degree in landscape architecture is desirable.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Licensure as a Professional Landscape Architect.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, Project, and Adobe Suite. Knowledge of AutoCAD, SketchIp and GIS is helpful
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

DOWL is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Minority, female, veteran, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply.

Our company THRIVES ON DIFFERENCES! All we ask is that our employees and applicants continue to learn how to work better together. We believe in adjustment first, accommodation always. We believe that people come to work every day with positive intent.

Applications accepted online only at company careers webpage – https://careers.dowl.com


Job Opportunities: Design Associate – Group Leader, Design Associate (optional locations), Senior Designer, and Designer – Level 2 (Portland, OR)

Alta Planning + Design is looking to grow our design team in the Portland office. This is a unique opportunity for a design professional to take a key role working on high-profile active transportation projects regionally, as well as globally. We have some very exciting projects coming up and will have a few rare senior positions (Design Associate (Group Leader), Design Associate, and Senior Designer) and one entry level position (Designer 2).

We’re seeking professionals who have knowledge of, and interest in, the field of active transportation, have a solid understanding of the design process, in particular as it relates to street and trail design, and are looking for the next challenge in their career.

Alta Planning + Design offers competitive salaries, great benefits including wellness and bike benefits, ten paid holidays per year, a generous starting Paid Time Off package, a five-year travel award, flexible work schedules, work-life balance, advancement opportunities and welcoming – and fun – work environments for our employees. Alta employees “walk the talk” and are passionate about creating livable and healthy communities.

To learn more about each position, click the links below:

 Design Associate – Group Leader (Portland, OR)

Design Associate (optional locations)

Senior Designer (Portland, OR)

Designer – Level 2 (Portland, OR)

For additional information about Alta Planning + Design, visit: www.altaplanning.com; twitter.com/altaplanning; facebook.com/altaplanning or Instagram.com/altaplanningdesign.

 


Call for Nominations!

It’s that time of year again! 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 in late October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philadelphia.

It’s time to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate, a mentor – anyone 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Crater Lake Section Chair: Two-year term. The Crater Lake Section Chair represents our membership in southern Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. 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 Mary Stewart at presidentelect@aslaoregon.org.

Don’t delay! Nominations open on May 01, 2018 and close at midnight on May 31, 2018. Click here to nominate!

 


2018 Oregon ASLA Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People

 

Landscape architects work at the nexus of health and the built environment. We have the power to design spaces that promote health and well-being. With a growing body of research underscoring the link between place and health, we’re excited to announce the theme of the 2018 Design Symposium: Healthy Places, Healthy People.

Please join us on Saturday, April 7 in downtown Portland to hear individuals from academia, non-profit, philanthropy, and the private sector speak about current efforts and accomplishments at the intersection of place and health through the lens of their political, economic, and social expertise. We will gather for a day of learning and collaboration in an event that brings together over 125 landscape architecture professionals. ANOVA is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Lynn M. Ross, AICP, founder and principal of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC, will present this year’s Keynote AddressReimagining the Civic Commons. Her talk will explore power of public places in advancing the goals of socioeconomic mixing, civic engagement, environmental sustainability and value creation. Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative funded by the Knight Foundation that seeks to counter economic and social fragmentation in our cities by revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries to bring together people from different backgrounds. Our Keynote Sponsor is Northwest Recreation.

Our education sessions will conclude when all our speakers are invited back to the stage for a panel discussion moderated by Ed Jahn, OPB’s Executive Editor for Science and Environment and Executive Producer of Oregon Field Guide. Our speakers will discuss how the notion of landscape health influences practice today and how it may alter the way future landscape architects practice. The discussion will cover social angles, identify successful design applications, and inspire a call to action.

And not to be missed… our Exhibitor’s Showcase will feature the latest in products and services from ANOVA, Northwest Receation, Forms + Surfaces, RMC/Gametime, Victor Stanley, Northwest Playground, Cascade Recreation, Ironsmith, All Play, JP Stone, Landscape Forms, Columbia Cascade, Mutual Materials, and more!

We’ll wrap up the day with ASLA Oregon After Hours, our happy hour in the Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room. This year we will be joined by special guest, Vaughn Rinner, FASLA, Immediate Past President of ASLANW Playground is this year’s Happy Hour Sponsor.

Those who attend the full day symposium will be eligible for up to 6 professional development hours. Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and happy hour drink ticket provided. The cost is $200 for members, $250 for non-members and $30 for students.

 

Join us! Click here to register and learn more.

 

2018 Annual Design Symposium
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland
$200 members | $250 non-members | $30 students
Continental breakfast, lunch, light snacks, and happy hour drink ticket provided
6 HSW PDH credits available

Sponsorships still available!
Our Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please consider becoming one today! Sponsorship levels start as low as $500. Contact Jamie Hendrickson at vpchapterservices@aslaoregon.org to learn more.


Meet the 2018 Executive Committee

As many of you know, the Annual Meeting marks the point in the year where elected candidates begin their term on the Executive Committee (ExCom). I think that ASLA Oregon is exceptionally lucky this year to be welcoming the following folks into their new positions on the ExCom.

Please join me in welcoming people in their new positions this year and learning a little bit more about the Chapter work that they are doing.

Thanks,

Andreas Stavropoulos, ASLA
President

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Andreas Stavropoulos (President) – Andreas led the membership survey effort last year and with your feedback, he will be working to integrate as many ideas as possible into the Design Symposium (April 7th, mark your calendars!) and Design Awards. He’s expecting a first child late February, who may or may not make an appearance at the Design Symposium in a bid to be the youngest-ever attendee.

Mary Stewart (President-elect) – Mary brings her enthusiasm, experience, and Amsterdam bicycle to the ExCom. Mary attended the Chapter Presidents Council in LA and learned from other chapter leaders how they approach common problems. Mary will lead an effort to build our volunteer database to help with programs and member opportunities and will help to recruit candidates for next year’s election. Interested in joining the ExCom? Get in touch with her!

Jean Senechal Biggs (Trustee) – Jean continues to grace us with her calm presence, powerful sense of organization and deep knowledge of local and national issues. In her now role as Trustee, Jean will step up state advocacy efforts in 2018 and will represent Oregon ASLA at the bi-annual Board of Trustees meeting.

Laurie Mooney (Treasurer) – Laurie crafted this year’s budget with aplomb and a sense of tempered optimism. Oregon ASLA is projected to remain in the black thanks to her budget, the board’s hard work, support from our sponsors, and your participation!

Andrew Jepson-Sullivan (Communications Chair) – Newswires like this one are a result of Andrew’s ongoing efforts to keep our members informed. Andrew is helping to implement internal standards that will help the ExCom communicate internally with greater efficiency. Look out for a refresh/update of the Newswire in 2018.

Shannon Simms (VP Member Services) – Without missing a beat, Shannon has led the Fellows Committee which considers and nominates a candidate from Oregon ASLA for elevation as a Fellow. You’ll may be hearing from Shannon to assist you renewing your membership sometime in the coming year.

Elizabeth (Liz) Auvil (Student Liason) – Liz wasted no time in diving into organizing this years Shadow Mentor Day, which will happen in Portland, Seattle, and Bend. (Friday, Feb 2nd). Thanks Liz!

Casey Howard (Emerging Professionals Chair) – Casey is excited to keep building on the success of project like Sketch PDX that engage younger Oregon ASLA members. And, did you notice the beautiful Design Awards program? Thank Casey!

Kate Tromp van Holst and Rebecca Shepard (Willamette Valley Co-Chairs) – Kate and Rebecca have done a great job of planning events and increasing CEU opportunities for Oregon ASLA members in the Willamette Valley. They already planned out a robust calendar for 2018! Keep your eye out on the Newswire for information about Section events.

Stephanie Kennedy (Newly Hired Association Manager) – Stephanie has proven in short order streamline operations, save money, and spend more time working on Chapter events.

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Of course, we are incredibly grateful for the work of ExCom members who are continuing their terms from last year: Jaime Hendrickson (VP of Chapter Services), Marianne Zarkin & Andrea Kuns (Mt. Hood Section Co-Chairs), Brian Stuhr (Secretary), Laura Turnbull (Education Chair), Kat Langenderfer & Chelsea Schneider (High Desert Co-chairs).

BIG THANKS to outgoing ExCom: Patty Hines, Gill Williams, Brian Bainnson, Paula Baretto, and Laurie Matthews. We miss you and are so grateful for the energy and experience you shared with us. Come back and visit soon!

As a reminder, all ASLA members are always welcome to attend monthly ExCom meetings in person (2nd Monday each Month, DKS Associates, Portland) or online. Your input and attendance is always welcome!


2018 Urbanism Next Conference

ASLA Oregon is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the University of Oregon to hold the Urbanism Next Conference on March 5-7 of 2018. The Conference focuses on how we integrate emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the sharing economy into the built environment. Together with architects, planners, developers, academics and ethicists, we will come together for presentations, sessions, and interactive workshops and charrettes.

ASLA Oregon wants to ensure that landscape architects have a prominent seat at the table for the dialogue, debate, and work shaping our future cityscapes.

Urbanism Next will offer continuing education opportunities for our members and allow interdisciplinary networking with local and national professionals.

Interested in participating?

  • Review the attached Conference overview PDF
  • Review the attached Call for Proposals and consider if you or someone that you know is interested in speaking or hosting a design charrette (if you’d like to be paired with another speaker but don’t know who, that’s OK – indicate that). Proposals are due on Nov. 7th
  • Review the Urbanism Next website for additional information
  • Know anyone who is interested in a sponsorship opportunity? Click here for our Sponsorship flyer!

Special Opportunity – Join the Program Committee – Help Select Conference Speakers!

We are looking for some interested members who will be a Program Committee for Urbanism Next. As part of the Program Committee, you will get the opportunity to meet folks from ASLA, APA, ULI, AIA, and the University of Oregon and help shape the Conference by reviewing session and workshop/charrette proposals. About half of the Program Committee will be asked to be coordinators for a workshop/charrette during the conference.

We ask that each committee member can commit to reviewing and rating session or workshop proposals at some point during the November 7 – November 15 window. Committee members are then invited to participate in a session and workshop proposal meeting on Friday, November 17 from 9 am to 11 am (in person or via Zoom).

If you volunteer to help with the workshop/charrette sessions, we will ask you to be the coordinator to one workshop/charrette and attend that workshop/charrette during the conference. These volunteers will need to participate in two meetings – one in early December to go over their duties and responsibilities and the second meeting in early February to discuss the requirements for your workshop and what to expect the day of the workshop.

Volunteers who are workshop or charrette coordinators will qualify for a reduced rate of $125 for the entire conference.

 

Don’t hesitate to reach to presidentelect@aslaoregon.org with any questions. Hope to see you there!


Annual Awards Soiree to Recognize Design Excellence

Join ASLA Oregon on Friday, November 3rd in downtown Portland for our Annual Awards Soiree and a festive evening celebrating our design community.
Our 2017 Design Awards recognize professional and student excellence by honoring the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture and environmental planning that promote an enhanced quality of life in Oregon and beyond. Winners will be announced at the Soiree.
“We retooled our Design Award program this year in response to feedback from our members,” said Jean Senechal Biggs, President of ASLA Oregon. “In addition to establishing a new category to recognize community service, we created two categories for both residential design and general design to allow smaller projects a better opportunity to compete for awards.”
The evening’s event program also includes voting for the People’s Choice Award and recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of ASLA student award winners from the University of Oregon. We’ll also honor our chapter’s newest ASLA Fellow, Teresa Chenney, and acknowledge the state’s newest registered landscape architects. There’s lots to celebrate this year!
Thanks to our fabulous jury!
In early October, ASLA Oregon convened a jury with diverse landscape architecture, academic, and development expertise to review the submissions and deliberate the winners.
  • Mark Garff, ASLA, PLA, Principal, SCJ Studio, Seattle, WA
  • Anyeley Hallová, project^, Portland, OR
  • Mark Johnson, FASLA, Founder, Civitas, Denver, CO
This year, we received 9 student entries and 29 professional entries. It was an impressive showing of work in nearly all our categories that include general design, residential design, analysis and planning, transportation, communications, research, student projects, and community service. Jurors were impressed with the breadth of work, and praised the chapter for running an effective – and fun – deliberation process.
Special thanks goes to this year’s Jury Sponsor, Anova Furnishings, and to the Portland office of MIG for hosting the jury in their offices.
Soiree tickets on sale through October 27
Ready for fun? Bring your clients, colleagues, subconsultants, and contractors to join in our celebration. Everyone is welcome!
Click HERE to purchase your 2017 Design Awards Soirée Tickets and for event details. Individual tickets and table reservations are available.
Don’t wait until the last minute – purchase your tickets today!
Tickets will not be available after October 27.
 
Our sponsors make these events happen 
This year’s General Event Sponsor is 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, and the entire Columbia Cascade/Timberform team!
Interested in becoming a sponsor? There’s still time. Please contact Jamie Hendrickson at VPChapterServices@aslaoregon.org for details.

2017 Membership Survey: What we heard—and how we’re responding

The results are in! A few months ago, we conducted a membership survey to understand what you appreciate most about ASLA Oregon and what you’d like to see improved. With a strong response rate of more than 20% of our members, we are pleased to report some of the key findings and share our ideas for advancing the organization.

What we heard:

  • You see us as strong advocates for the profession. When asked what you see as the primary function of ASLA Oregon, more than half of respondents mentioned advocacy for landscape architects and landscape architecture.
  • Continuing education matters—and you want more of it. You ranked “access to professional development hours opportunities” as the most important member benefit, and you get your credits in a variety of places. However, nearly half of you said ASLA Oregon is not currently meeting your continuing education needs.
  • You want us to better reach members outside of Portland, and to use technology to expand the reach of events. We heard from many of you that members outside of Portland feel they don’t have enough opportunities to engage with the organization. Also, many people mentioned that they’d appreciate more integration of technology to make events more accessible for people who can’t attend in person.
  • The Design Awards could honor a wider range of projects. More than 60% of respondents indicated that they submit projects under the General Design category, but there is a desire for greater recognition of residential, pro bono, and transportation projects. We also heard that you’d like the Honor Awards that recognize individuals and organizations combined with the Design Awards at our Annual Soiree.

How we’re responding:

  • Stronger advocacy: In addition to our annual trip to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation, this year we polled our members to decide how to respond to a recent threat to landscape contractor licensure in Oregon House Bill 3337. We took a position against the bill and sent letters to legislators in Salem, supporting efforts by our allies at the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association to successfully defeat the bill. Later this year, we’re sending a delegate to serve on a committee organized by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board to examine potential rulemaking for providing guidance on the overlap between landscape architecture practice and landscape design work. 
  • Support for section leaders: To provide more continuing education opportunities for members outside of Portland, we are supporting our section chairs in the Eugene-Springfield region and in the Bend area in hosting events that offer PDH hours.
  • Advancing technology: In response to your recommendations, we are looking into technologies such as Facebook Live and video conferencing to allow remote participation in events and meetings.
  • Understanding continuing education needs: We want to make sure that our PDH offerings are meeting your needs and keeping you informed and engaged. We’re committed to learning more about how we can serve you better and will work with you and within the Executive Committee to deliver meaningful and relevant continuing education events.  . We have partnered with allied organizations, like Design Week, in the past, and are currently working with allied professional groups to expand offerings for our members.
  • New Design Award categories: In 2017, we modified the submission categories for the Design Awards. Now the General Design category has two construction budget tiers, and we added a second residential category and a new community service category. In 2018, we plan to combine the Design Awards and Honor Awards into one event.

The Executive Committee will continue to review the full results of the survey as we plan future events and develop new policies and programs. As always, we welcome additional feedback and participation, so please reach out to me with ideas or to get involved.

Sincerely,

Andreas Stavropoulos
President-Elect, ASLA Oregon
presidentelect@aslaoregon.org


2017 ASLA Diversity SuperSummit

ASLA National has officially added a webpage to ASLA.org dedicated to highlighting the work produced in the past five years by emerging professionals of color in the landscape architecture profession.The page includes links to resources, news and articles, and Summit reports published since the first ASLA Diversity Summit convened in 2013.
 
If you missed the June Newswire, here is a recap of the mission for these yearly summits and their importance to our discipline maintaining relevance in a society facing a dramatic demographic shift. 
“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 years 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.
Another big venture over the next 6-8 months includes revising the existing Career Discovery webpage. The plan is to create a variety of new materials for kids, youth, adults, parents, teachers and schools, and even professionals. It will act as a “one stop” shop for materials that will address what landscape architecture is and what it means to become a landscape architect.
Link to Land Updates from ASLA article:
For more information please contact studentliaison@aslaoregon.org