Oregon’s new College of Design will boost innovation

The University of Oregon School of Architecture and AlliedArts will soon have a new name and a new organization designed to “enhance programs, bring increased value to degrees earned, and position students, faculty and staff for greater success.”


In a message to the campus community, Scott Coltrane, UO provost and senior vice president, announced his approval, which will transform the school into the College of Design.


“The quality of these programs is a pillar of the university’s strong reputation around the world,” Coltrane wrote. “These changes will build upon the university’s strengths, foster collaboration and innovation, and continue to create student experiences that are second to none.”


The name will officially change July 1, with the new organization on track for implementation with the start of fall term.


“The new model will give greater identity, flexibility, funding and philanthropy opportunities to each of the schools and components within the college while preserving the historic cross-disciplinary enrichment,” said architect Larry Bruton, a 1967 UO graduate, honorary member of the dean’s advisory council and former partner at ZGF Architects in Portland.

Read more in Around the O.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Brooke Freed, A&AA Direction of Operations, 541.346.3703,

2017 Design Symposium was a success!

A big thank you to Oregon ASLA and all of our awesome sponsors! Although it was a sunny Saturday to be outdoors, we brought the sunshine inside with thought provoking talks given by an impressive lineup of speakers, including Brian Jencek’s opening address on implementing The New Landscape Declaration to Rob Ribe’s talk on Climate Change and Wildfires, Gina Ford’s keynote on The 21st Century River City and Dean Apostol sharing his talk and new book on The Renewable Energy Landscape.


Call for Nominations

It’s that time of year again!

ASLA Design Symposium Sub-committee meeting

Amazingly, since this time last year, the Earth has revolved once more around the sun, and 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 at the end of October, after the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Los Angeles.


Feeling the call to service? Got some ideas about how ASLA Oregon can improve? Feel free to nominate yourself, a colleague, an old classmate or mentor – anyone you think would be an advocate for landscape architecture on the state and national level. We’ve got a great team in place, and we’re excited about a great 2017-18. You may nominate folks (or yourself) for multiple positions.


ASLA Full, Fellow 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.


Trustee: Three-year term. The trustee represents Oregon ASLA at the national level by serving on the national Board of Trustees. The trustee may serve on a national task force, study group, or may be asked to represent the interests of national ASLA. The trustee shall attend the annual and mid-year meetings of the Board of Trustees. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.


Treasurer: Two-year term. The treasurer manages the inflow and outflow of money for the Chapter, maintains a record of accounts, and presents quarterly reports to the Executive Committee. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.


Vice President of Member Services: Two-year term. The VP of Member Services leads our efforts to recruit and retain members and leads the Fellows and Honors Committee. The VP of Member Services oversees our annual Awards program and leads the committee that organizes the Annual Soiree in the fall. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.


Communications Chair: Two-year term. This person assists with the Chapter newswire, maintains and updates the website, posts to social media, and helps to inform members of events. Must be a Full Member of ASLA.


Emerging Professionals Chair: Two-year term. The EP Chair works to provide activities, events, and learning opportunities that are particularly useful to landscape architects early in their career. Must be an Associate Member of ASLA.


Student Liaison: Two-year term. The student liaison helps maintain communication with the ASLA Student Chapter at the University of Oregon and helps to facilitate student centered events such as Shadow Mentor Day. Also helps lead outreach to build awareness of the landscape architecture profession to youth and students. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.


Willamette Valley Section Chair: Two-year term. This position represents our membership in the Willamette Valley region and plans educational and social events for members. Can be filled by one member as chair or two members as co-chairs. Must be an Associate or a Full Member of ASLA.


Crater Lake Section Chair: Two-year term. The Crater Lake Chair represents our membership in southeast Oregon and plans educational and social events for members. Can be filled by one member as chair or two members as co-chairs.
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 Andreas Stavropoulos at

Don’t delay! Nominations open tomorrow, April 26, 2017 and close May, 26, 2017 at the stroke of midnight.

Building Bend’s First Nature Reserve: Process, Policies and Design

March 10th was a beautiful day in Bend and the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve event was well attended.

Attendees enjoyed a slide show presentation and were encouraged to ask questions throughout. The group discussed the master plan process, site management decisions, the Citizen Advisory Committee, the permitting process, and designing for safety and accessibility. Following lunch, the group toured the site and discussed the trail system, vegetation management, wildlife uses of the site, and the overlook design process.
For more information about the project, contact Jim Figurski or Steve Roelof

Downtown Eugene – Request for Proposals

The City of Eugene is offering a new opportunity for those interested in joining the redevelopment momentum that continues in downtown Eugene and expands to the riverfront area. The City has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the sale of two city-owned properties, located at 8th & Mill and Broadway & Hilyard. Copies of both RFPs are attached to this e-mail, and can be found here:

8th & Mill (440 E. 8th Ave.)
The 8th & Mill Site is a 0.26-acre property that is currently a parking lot is located across from the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse to the north and Whole Foods to the west. The site is zoned C-2 (Community Commercial) and is in the Nodal Development Overlay Zone, which calls for higher density, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development.

Broadway & Mill (703 E. Broadway)
The Broadway & Hilyard Site is made up of two parcels totaling 0.27 acres, immediately adjacent to the 66 Motel to the north and east on Broadway and across from Café Yumm to the south. The site is zoned C-2 (Community Commercial) is currently vacant and undeveloped.

Proposals must be submitted by 5pm Monday, May 1, 2017.
For more information, please contact Amanda D’Souza at 541-682-5540 or

2017 Design Symposium – Resilient Landscapes

By Jean Senechal Biggs

With increasing frequency and urgency, communities both small and large are being called upon to adapt to a changing world. 2017 brings new environmental challenges, economic uncertainty, a changing political landscape, and fast-evolving technology. The extent to which we can employ our skills to design, implement, and monitor resilient landscapes will have long-term consequences for humanity and the planet.

ASLA Oregon’s 2017 Design Symposium, Strength & Beauty: Resilient Landscapes, will explore how landscape architecture can address the impacts of a changing environment. Designers and academic researchers will gather for a day of learning and collaboration in an event that brings together over 125 landscape architecture professionals. VICTOR STANLEY is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Gina Ford, ASLA, with Sasaki Associates will present this year’s Keynote Address, The 21st Century River City: Case Studies in Designing for Resilience. Her talk will explore case studies of how river cities across the United States are integrating ideas of environmental, cultural and economic resiliency through design.

Our Exhibitor’s Showcase will feature the latest in products and services from Victor Stanley, Maglin, Kompan, Rainbird, Ironsmith, Northwest Playground, Mutual Materials, Northwest Recreation, Cascadian Nurseries, Columbia Cascade, Forms + Surfaces, and Landscape Forms.

We’ll wrap up the day with ASLA Oregon After Hours, our happy hour in the Sentinel Hotel’s Renaissance Room. See old friends and make new ones as we continue to conversation. Maglin is this year’s Happy Hour Sponsor.

Join us – Register today, click here!
April 15, 2017
The Sentinel Hotel, Grand Ballroom
614 SW 11th Ave, Portland
$175 members | $225 non-members | $30 students
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 level start as low as $175. Contact Jamie Hendrickson at to learn more.

Professional Development in 2017

Professional development is a process of lifelong learning to gain new skills, expand knowledge, and support career advancement. Classes and workshops, webinars and lectures, tours and field work, teaching and mentoring, volunteering and networking are many of the ways members can engage in professional development.

Continuing education, measured as Professional Development Hours (PDH), are required to maintain licensure.  Meeting these requirements is often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities.  Staying current on new technologies, trends, and products is critical to the practice of landscape architecture.

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education available to our members and, as of February 2016, is a certified provider through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).   LACES was developed collaboratively by ASLA, Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB), Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), and Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).   The purpose of LACES is to insure the quality and relevance of content in continuing education events.  LACES Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits are transferable and recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.   In addition, ASLA member attendance of LACES events is recorded by the LACES PDH provider and ASLA.  Attendance can be incorporated into CLARB records, if the CLARB number is included on the Certificate of Attendance.

Due to LACES approval and record-keeping requirements, the Chapter no longer certifies events planned by others.  Many such events contain relevant educational information and are considered ‘self-reporting’.   ‘Self-reporting’ simply means record keeping of event information and educational content, for reporting to OSLAB, is the responsibility of the practitioner.   We continue to promote these events on our website and through the monthly Newswire.

Looking for ways to expand your professional development and continuing education activities? Read more in our listings below.

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

Check the OR ASLA Events listings for opportunities throughout the state offering a range of continuing education activities. Programs and events offered by other organizations may qualify for PDH credits.

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit. Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

ASLA Oregon always welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs. And every summer, our annual Call for Nominations seeks out members who are interested serving on the chapter’s Executive Committee. Contact us to learn more and sign up.

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO typically offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles from October 20-23. The conference theme and education sessions will be announced later this year.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects.  For members who travel frequently, LACES programs are offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.

Call for Applications extended until Februrary 28th – Portland Japanese Gardens


The Portland Japanese Garden’s new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture is a new educational initiative at the garden, launching in 2017. The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance.

The three-tier Waza to Kokoro training program is the Institute’s main program, but the Institute also hosts short master-level workshops, public lectures by prominent writers and lecturers, and other programs that integrate gardening skills with cultural knowledge. Our goal is to provide a place in North America to learn the skills and techniques (waza)  for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens while acquainting students with the cultural heart and soul (kokoro) of Japanese garden arts.

The Institute is currently accepting applications for “Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden,” August 25 – September 5, 2017, the first official seminar to be hosted in the new Kengo Kuma-designed Cultural Village at the PJG.  The focus will be on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea—an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.

The 2017 seminar will be offered to 16 experienced students led by Portland Japanese Garden staff and visiting garden artisans from Japan. Marc P. Keane, renowned author and designer, will give the opening lecture, and three visiting Japanese garden artisans will lead the instruction along with Portland Japanese Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama. Early bird registration is available to help keep costs to a minimum. The course is open to professional gardeners from Japanese gardens, landscape design and construction professionals, and students of landscape-related disciplines. The event is 80 hours of instruction with PDH potential for ASLA members.

More information:

Or by contacting Institute director Kristin Faurest at