MEMBERS ONLY SPECIAL EVENT: Barnes Butte Recreation Area Design Charrette

Join our design team! ASLA Oregon and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program (NPS RTCA) are partnering to create a conceptual plan for the Barnes Butte Recreation Area, a 460 acre park and open-space project in Prineville, Oregon.

ASLA Oregon invites members to participate in a two-day charrette September 27-28, 2019 in Prineville. We are assembling a team of up to 12 professionals. Our work will include a site visit to Barnes Butte open-space and a day-long charrette with key stakeholders and community members to develop conceptual designs for the park. The charrette will conclude with a public presentation and community open house on Saturday night. 

The charrette provides a rare opportunity for Oregon’s landscape architecture community to gather, learn from each other, and lend our expertise and abilities to the beginnings of this regionally significant recreation and conservation area in Crook County.

Are you an experienced park planner or trail designer? An expert meeting facilitator? Great with graphics? We are seeking participants with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Participation in the charrette will be based on a competitive selection process. Students, emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be ASLA Oregon members in good standing. Meals for both days and overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights, September 27th and 28th will be provided through the generosity of the City of Prineville and the Prineville community.

To apply, complete our application form and attach a cover letter and a current resume. CLICK HERE to download an application form. Professional Member Applications Due: August 16th.

Questions? Interested in applying? Please contact Chelsea Schneider, High Desert Section Co-Chair at

Executive Committee 2019 – Meet the Candidates!

Oregon ASLA is pleased to announce and extend to our members this year’s official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee 2019 ballot. Ballots will be emailed to current Fellows, Full Members and Associate Members on Monday, July 2nd and will close at midnight on Thursday, August 1st. The results will be officially announced in late August.  

New Executive Committee members transition into their new roles after the elections and officially begin their term of office in the middle of November, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in San Diego.

Please take a moment to vote! This is your opportunity to provide input on the future of our chapter and select our next group of leaders to inspire our members and bring our group of professionals together. 


Write in your recommendation for President-Elect, someone you think would excel in a leadership position, bringing Oregon ASLA into 2021.  (It could be you! It’s fine to write in your own name.) We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.

Vice President, Member Services

Write in your recommendation for VP-Member Services, yourself or someone else you think would enjoy and excel at acting as the liaison between members and the Executive Committee, and who would spearhead significant chapter events.  We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.

Candidate for Treasurer
Brian Martin

Brian Martin is a landscape architect at Lango Hansen Landscape Architects. He is a Portland native and earned a BSLA from the University of Idaho. With over 12 years of experience in the field, Brian has worked on a wide array of projects including multi-family housing, parks, education, and commercial office developments. He has volunteered with various organizations, including GRiT (Greenroof info Thinktank) and as a crew leader with Friends of Trees for the last 8 years.

“During my time as a landscape architect, I have been enriched by many ASLA sponsored events. The design symposium, the awards soiree and many other gatherings as well as continuing education opportunities and professional networking events have all contributed to my professional development. As treasurer, I look forward to serving the landscape architecture community across the state of Oregon and creating opportunities for others similar to those that I have benefited from. I believe that my attention to detail and dependability are essential qualifications for the role of treasurer. I bring many established, valuable relationships with other landscape architects and product representatives and look forward to facilitating connections among professionals in our field while serving on the Executive Committee.”

Member-At-Large/Communications Chair

Write in your recommendation for Member-at-Large, Communications, yourself or someone else you think would enjoy and excel at creating and managing Chapter communications, including the NewsWire, our social media program, the email list, and event registration software.  We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.

Candidate for Member-At-Large/Emerging Professionals Chair
Anna Chen

Anna graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Minor in Urban Planning. She was an active ASLA member during college and served as the Vice President of the ASU ASLA Student chapter. ASLA contributed to her growth as a young professional during college and continues to do so after graduation. In 2016, she moved to San Diego, California to start her career and ASLA San Diego welcomed her with local networks and educational events. 

As the Emerging Professionals Chair, she plans to continue Sketch PDX to encourage professionals to put pens to papers and practice their hand sketching skills. She’ll like to plan educational tours and workshops that would enrich young professionals and social events to grow their network. She looks forward to helping young professionals find the resources and support they need to succeed in the field. 

Member-At-Large/Student Liaison

Write in your recommendation for Member-at-Large, Student Liaison, yourself or someone else you think would enjoy and excel at maintaining a robust relationship with the community of landscape architecture educators and students in Oregon.  We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.

Candidates for Willamette Valley Section Co-Chair(s)

Alexis Griffin

Alexis is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a minor in Geography. During her tenure at the University of Oregon, Alexis pursued an education that emphasized the systems, forces, and networks in our landscapes and built environments by seeking a better understanding of the surrounding plant species vernacular and the sociocultural systems.

Alexis has experience with residential design and maintenance, and she spent two years as a gardener for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, honing her understanding of native plants through various seasons and climatic conditions. She currently works at Cameron McCarthy aiding the design of spaces for people of all ages and organisms of all sizes. 

Alexis is passionate, nerdy about very specific things, and driven by nature. Watercolors, charcoals, and pens can always be found nearby. She reads too much, hikes often, and dreams of building a tiny home surrounded by an edible landscape and miniature animals. 

As Willamette Valley Co-Chair, Alexis is excited to engage and connect with the breadth of the landscape architecture community in the Willamette Valley, from students to long-time professionals.

Laurie Mooney

Laurie has been on the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee for four years, serving first as Communications Chair and recently as Treasurer.

Crater Lake Section Chair

Write in your recommendation for Crater Lake Section Chair, someone you think would enjoy and excel at planning professional development and social events for members of the Crater Lake Section, and representing their interests on the Executive Committee.  (It could be you! It’s fine to write in your own name.) We will contact the person with the most write-in votes to invite them to participate.

Big Ideas Shared at Annual Symposium

The ASLA Oregon Chapter hosted its annual educational symposium on Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Oregon Zoo. Over 120 participants listened and participated in presentations and discussions about big ideas – where they come from, how they grow and evolve, and how they take shape and are built.

Jelly Helm of Studio Helm kicked off the symposium with a deep dive into the creative process of developing ideas that connect with not only the intended audience but represent the heart and soul of client. Patricia Algara followed with a presentation about the importance of pollinators that created a real buzz of excitement and shared concern among listeners about the risks to our ecosystem caused by the worldwide decline of pollinating insects, especially bees.

Keynote speaker Claude Cormier shared his love of creativity and imagination that takes shape with his firm’s projects in Canada and the US. Claude shared some of his secrets to successful implementation of big ideas – and that was to listen first, and then build agreement with clients that the reward of a successful project is gained by agreeing to take risks together, working out the details as the project progresses. Anne Godfrey’s was the last featured presentation. Sharing her research and application of photography, symposium participants learned that pictures can be much more than a selfie from your phone – pictures can be a powerful tool in the revelation of a big idea, a key part of the analytical process in developing the framework that support big ideas for landscape architecture.

A panel discussion moderated by Landscape Architecture Magazine Editor Brad McKee capped the day, bringing Jelly, Patricia, Claude and Anne back to the stage to discuss and share their thoughts on the themes of the day. Symposium participants were encouraged to participate in the discussion, and asked the panelists about how to recognize a big idea from a long list of initial ideas, how big ideas are most effectively messaged and communicated, and how big ideas can survive the complications of controversial approval processes.

Meeting attendees earned 6 Professional Development Hours for attending the full day conference. Feedback from comment forms was overwhelmingly positive, and ALSA Oregon looks forward to another successful Symposium in 2020!

Basic and Advanced Irrigation Courses offered by Oregon ASLA and Toro

Leading up to the ASLA Oregon 2019 Design Symposium, ASLA Oregon is pleased to present two Irrigation Design courses; Basic Irrigation Design, and Beyond Basic: Irrigation Design for Water Conservation. In an industry leading the charge for sustainable design through rating systems such as LEED, and SITES, this course will give you the knowledge needed to achieve water-conserving credits. Attendees may attend one or both events. The courses are LACES approved to earn professional development credits!

Thursday April 4th, 9:00am- 4:00pm (Basic Irrigation Design)
Friday April 5th, 9:00am- 4:00pm (Beyond Basic: Irrigation Design for Water Conservation)

Where: McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Click here for more information on Day 1: Basic Irrigation Design
Click here for more information on Day 2: Beyond Basic: Irrigation Design for Water Conservation

Click here to register for either class (or both!)

Shadow Mentor Day 2019 Inspires and Informs

Above: In Portland, staff from Mayer/Reed took students to the Oregon Convention Center to see construction of the new plaza.

On Friday, February 1st, ASLA Oregon and the University of Oregon saw the greatest number of students and mentors take part in Shadow Mentor Day. 77 students visited 33 firms in Eugene, Portland and Seattle. Professionals volunteered to have one or more UO landscape architecture students visit their office and observe the daily workings of a career in landscape architecture.

Shadow Mentor Day is an event led by the UO ASLA Student Chapter for UO students in their final years of the BLA or MLA program at UO to preview the work environment and career opportunities they will navigate as emerging professionals after graduation. This year, mentors listened to students about their career interests, reviewed portfolios, and welcomed them into project meetings. Some mentors provided tours of their projects whether it be construction observation in a nearby community, built work in the heart of an urban environment, or vast landscapes in the Pacific Northwest designed for exploration and recreation.

Mentors and students rounded out the day mingling at happy hours in downtown Portland and Eugene. Special thanks to Victor Stanley for their generous sponsorship of the Eugene happy hour at the Oregon Electric Station.

Thank you to all our 2019 mentors!

If you are interested in participating in Shadow Mentor Day in the future or would like to share feedback on your Shadow Mentor Day experience this year, please contact Liz Auvil at

ASLA Oregon will be following up with a survey to those who participated this year.

In Eugene, students and professionals wrapped up the day with a happy hour at the Oregon Electric Station, with both students and professionals sharing highlights of their experience.

Students Aaron Woolverton and Sophia Lui discuss an ecodistrict project in Japan with Ah Ram Yang of ZGF Architects.

2018 Design Awards: Oregon Landscape Architects Celebrate Design Excellence


The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects held their 2018 Annual Soiree on Friday, November 2, in downtown Portland to celebrate professional and academic achievements among the firms, individuals, and agencies responsible for outstanding works of landscape architecture in Oregon and beyond. Close to 175 members of Oregon’s landscape architecture community attended this year’s event. This year’s awards included Recognition Awards, which honored outstanding individuals, and Design Awards, which honored exceptional project work.

The Recognition Awards winners were nominated by members of the chapter and selected by the Executive Committee. This year the committee selected honorees Brian Bainnson, Casey Howard, and Willie Levenson to receive awards. Read more about the Recognition Awards winners here.

In addition, Rebecca Shepard, Associate ASLA, of Eugene firm Dougherty Landscape Architects, received the President’s Service Award, given to a member of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA to recognize outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the chapter and the profession.

ASLA Oregon also recognized outstanding academic achievements by students enrolled in the University of Oregon Department of Landscape Architecture and honored the Oregon Chapter’s newest ASLA Fellow, Mary Anne Cassin, who was nominated for her leadership and accomplishments at Portland Parks & Recreation.

The Design Awards were decided by a jury with a diverse range of practice and geography. The five jurors had expertise in academia, design, development and art to review the submissions and deliberate the winners. Eight projects received Honor Awards and three projects received the Award of Excellence, the highest recognition bestowed upon a project. In addition, two student projects received Awards of Excellence and one received an Honor Award. Read more about the winning projects and jury here.

ASLA Oregon 2018 Recognition Award Winners Announced

ASLA Oregon will present its 2018 Recognition Awards at the Awards Soiree on Friday, November 2, 2018. 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, sustained community leadership and careful stewardship.

From ASLA Oregon President Andreas Stavropoulos: “ASLA Oregon is fortunate to have an active and talented membership! The committee had tough decisions to make this year with numerous outstanding nominees. We are grateful to all nominees for their work and contributions to the field and also to their colleagues who took time to recognize them.”

Brian Bainnson, ASLA, PLA, will receive the Distinguished Practitioner Award in recognition of a career that has made a profound impact on the profession. Bainnson has built an exceptional career by helping others heal. He is one of a handful of national experts in the planning, design and construction of therapeutic gardens. Works include the Portland Memory Garden, the Therapeutic Gardens at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, and the Oregon Burn Center Garden at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. Bainnson’s work has been featured in books, he has authored many articles in magazines and journals, and he is a sought-after speaker. Bainnson has also served the profession of landscape architecture over a sustained period, volunteering on the ASLA Oregon Executive Committee for twelve years, including roles as President and Trustee. Bainnson is Principal at Portland-based landscape architecture firm Quatrefoil, Inc.

Casey Howard, Associate 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. Howard is a passionate and principled designer, whose curiosity, interests and efforts add value and strategic direction to multi-disciplinary projects. She is a critical thinker and is valued by all her colleagues for her problem-solving and innovative thinking. For example, Howard helped innovate the methodology for repeat photography that is used heavily within the field of historic landscape preservation planning to compare historic and current conditions. Howard has proven herself a leader within the landscape architecture community by her participation with the Oregon ASLA Executive Committee as the Emerging Professionals Chair, and as a 2016 Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar. Howard is a Project Associate at MIG, Inc in Portland.

Willie Levenson will receive the Tom McCall Award to honor his outstanding community leadership and careful stewardship of Oregon’s natural environment. Levenson has reshaped and redefined Portland’s relationship with the Willamette River. He started with a simple idea: If he could get Portlanders in the river, they would become aware of it in new and profound ways, reawakening to its potential as a living system. In 2010, Levenson created the Human Access Project (HAP). Willie established HAP as a non-profit and recruited a board of directors whose members also deeply cared about the river. With his leadership, HAP set out a vision to raise awareness of the river and ultimately inspire “a City in love with its river,” leading to widespread stewardship of our largest natural resource. Levenson created ‘The Big Float’, growing this event into a signature Portland summer activity on the Willamette River with attendance at more than 2,500 floaters in 2018. It is through Levenson’s creative energy, clear vision, and tireless efforts that HAP has connected so many Portlanders to the river over the 8 years since he began his river journey.

ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person at their Annual Soiree on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Elysian Ballroom, 918 SW Yamhill Street, Portland. Tickets may be purchased online at the ASLA Oregon website.

Executive Committee Election 2018 Results

A big thank you to all who participated in the election this year! We had a well-qualified line up of candidates for 2018-2020 open positions. The Annual Meeting in October will mark the point in the year where newly elected candidates begin their term on the Executive Committee (ExCom). ASLA Oregon is exceptionally lucky this year to be welcoming the following folks into their new positions on the ExCom.

President Elect: Allison Rouse

Vice President of Chapter Services: Patrick Sweeney

Secretary: Jennifer D’avanzo

Education Chair: Laura Zanetto

Section Chair, Mt Hood: Tenille Thompson

Section Co-Chair, High Desert: Perry Brooks

Please join us in welcoming them in their new positions this year!

We are incredibly grateful for the work of ExCom members who are continuing their terms from last year: Jean Senechal Biggs (Trustee), Shannon Simms (VP of Member Services), Laurie Mooney (Treasurer), Andrew Jepson-Sullivan (Communications Chair), Casey Howard (Emerging Professionals Chair), Elizabeth Auvil (Student Liaison), and Rebecca Shepard (Willamette Valley Section Chair).

Last, but not least, a BIG THANKS to outgoing ExCom: Jaime Hendrickson (VP of Chapter Services), Marianne Zarkin & Andrea Kuns (Mt. Hood Section Co-Chairs), Brian Stuhr (Secretary), and Laura Turnbull (Education Chair).

University of Oregon Landscape Architecture Information Sessions

Thinking about getting an MLA or PhD in Landscape Architecture? Interested in learning more about the graduate programs at the University of Oregon Department of Landscape Architecture?

The University of Oregon College of Design will be hosting both in-person and virtual information sessions monthly between September and December. Use this link to sign up and learn more:

Applications open September 15, 2018. Start planning today!

2018 ASLA Student Honor & Merit Awards

The ASLA student Honor and Merit award program, administered through the ASLA chapters, is a collaborative effort between chapters and landscape architecture programs. The awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills, and are distributed to outstanding students in programs across the country.

The number of awards are based on the size of the academic program. At the University of Oregon, the faculty nominate two BLA students and two MLA students each year. Our nominees were recognized by the University of Oregon faculty as truly outstanding students for their scholarship, excellence in design, and service to the department. This recognition is worthy of honor and congratulations.

This year, for the first time, the Oregon Chapter of ASLA and the Department of Landscape Architecture convened a jury of ASLA members to hear 20-minute presentations from student nominees. After hearing the presentations, the jury deliberated their decision based on the following criteria:

  • Department citizenship
  • Design rigor
  • Scholarship
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Potential professional impact

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards. UO LA and ASLA Oregon will present the awards in person later this year at ASLA Oregon’s Annual Awards Soiree in Portland on Friday, November 2nd.

Flora Chen, Graduate Honor Award
Lin (Flora) Chen is an MLA Candidate at the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in Taiwan where she pursued an undergraduate degree in horticulture and cultivated a passion towards art, cultural exchange, and landscape architecture. The collaborative integration of ideas, appropriate response to natural and cultural processes, and an active engagement of the gradient between opposites are what she values. She encourages herself to become a humble practitioner, researcher, and teacher, who leads creative practices to elevate the field of landscape architecture in Taiwan and eventually, serve as a bridge between the United States and Asia.

Alexis Griffin, Undergraduate Honor award
Alexis is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a minor in Geography. During Alexis’ tenure at the University of Oregon, she pursued an education that emphasized the systems, forces, and networks at play in our landscapes and around our built environments by seeking a better understanding of what plants composed the surrounding vernacular and what sociocultural systems were at play.

Alexis has experience with the residential scale design and maintenance and spent two years as a gardener for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History honing her understanding of native plants through various seasons and climatic conditions. As a student, Alexis wanted to be involved both with leadership and hands-on opportunities. As the UO ASLA BLA Outreach Coordinator, she facilitated many peer-to-peer skill-shares to better acquaint younger students with more seasoned students to allow the opportunity for interdependence among cohorts. As a Co-Director for CASL (Community for the Advancement of Sustainable Living) Alexis acted as the Landscape facilitator and the big picture coordinator, making sure that the year plan was unfolded, and the landscape maintenance was kept up to par with University standards. Alexis also acted as Treasurer to manage the organization’s finances over the year.

Alexis wants to pursue a master’s degree in Geography –  of the fluvial variety – with a major focus in GIS. She is also inspired to become the head landscape architect of a large campus, or system of vegetation, helping to steward its growth and evolution through climate change under my purview.  

Alexis is passionate, nerdy about very specific things, and driven, by nature. Watercolors, charcoals, and pens can always be found nearby. She reads too much, hikes often, and dreams of building a tiny home surrounded by an edible landscape and miniature animals.

Megan Little, Undergraduate Merit award
Megan just completed her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, while concluding her service as the University of Oregon ASLA Chapter President. During her studies, Megan explored the importance of interdisciplinary design collaboration in an academic setting to further the field of landscape architecture. She firmly believes fostering communication skills and learning to work with different minds is integral to the success of large scale, climate adapted designs. As a student, she served as a HOPES Conference coordinator, which invites professionals and visiting scholars to discuss how the connection between ecology and design disciplines can produce sustainable solutions. Her current interests revolve around propelling operational landscapes beyond their industrial past. Specifically looking at river systems and gravel mining, Megan hopes to find new forms of productivity in post industrial mines, driving the sites narrative past its industrial history. After graduation, Megan will be continue to explore her interests in landscape architecture and large-scale urban river projects as a Designer at MVVA in Cambridge, MA.