December 11, 2009
in Announcements, Education, PDH
Architects in Schools is seeking volunteers for the upcoming 09-10 school year program. Consider sharing your passion and professional skills and building ties with your community.
Portland schools are still in need of at least two landscape architects, especially within Washington and/or Clackamas counties.
The Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) coordinates partnerships between landscape architects and area schools. The program is open to grades 3 through 5 and offered to the schools at no charge.
Landscape architect commitment to the program usually totals approximately 20 hours between January and April as follows:
â€¢ 12 hours in the classroom (approximately two hours per week over a six-week period that works with the architectâ€™s schedule)
â€¢ 8 hours of orientation, including pre-planning time with teachers, and
â€¢ Up to 2 additional hours of â€œfloating timeâ€
Program orientation for volunteers will be held around the state:
Portland - Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Bend - Saturday, February 6th, 2010
Salem/Eugene - TBA
The program culminates with exhibits of student work during the month of May. The Portland exhibit opens on First Thursday (May 6, 2010) at the Center for Architecture, Albina Community Bank Gallery and the US Bank Tower lobby with receptions at all locations.
If you are interested in participating in training and volunteer work with area grade schools, contact ASLA Education Chair Bethany Rydmark
Â for details. Responses needed ASAP.
*Possible PDH Opportunity
**Participation open to Emerging Professionals
December 11, 2009
in Announcements, Meetings, OSLAB
A special telephone meeting of the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board
(OSLAB) will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, December 17th.
For more info,Â click on the attached Public Notice
December 10, 2009
in Announcements, News, UofOregon
Landscape architect and educator Stan Jones says farewell to Oregon
Nine projects of design and construction in Eugene and Springfield are evidence of his unique teaching style
EUGENE, Ore. -- (Dec. 10, 2009) -- His imprint is seen across the University of Oregon campus and in the community. Stanton Jones, associate professor of landscape architecture and department head, used the UO campus as a hands-on site for his students. After sixteen years of teaching, building and designing landscapes, restoring habitats, designing natural storm water filtration systems, and mentoring students, Stan Jones is leaving Oregon. Jones has been department head since March 2004.
Jones expressed his respect for the department in a recent interview. â€œAs head, Iâ€™ve been able to work with an outstanding faculty cohort who work together to strengthen the program.â€ Citing achievements like the successful accreditation visits, the initiation of the doctoral program, expanding research programs, a robust international program to Japan, a healthy and secure urban farm program, and strong relations with the professional community, Jones says the department is in a strong position. â€œI hope the program continues to grow, mature and evolve as it responds to the strengths and interests of the faculty and demands of the profession.â€
Jones arrived in 1993 and began to teach Landscape Technology and Site Analysis courses, along with design studios. Eventually, he added design-build studio and construction projects into the curriculum with the first one initiated in 1994 to create the Springfieldâ€™s Millrace Park. Design-build is a set of classes that combines landscape technologies, professional practice, and design studios to â€œshow students the connection between lines drawn on a page and how it gets built in the field,â€ explains Jones. The Millrace Park project was a historic dump, overgrown with blackberries and adjacent to the historic Springfield Depot. Then U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt praised the project as an excellent example of a cooperative venture that addressed environmental quality, ecological health, and urban quality of life.
Jones continued to offer numerous design-build projects throughout the area with his students. Other projects include the UO pedestrian footbridge over the Millrace and Millrace Park (1995), the outdoor classroom for Charlemagne at Fox Hollow French School (1996), Eugene Millrace north bank restoration and stormwater management project (1999), the stormwater bioswale sculpture on the south bank of the Eugene Millrace (2003), the UOâ€™s â€œheart of campusâ€ courtyard paving, garden and shelter design at E. 13th and University Streets (2004). His last design build-project was the renovation of Lawrence Hallâ€™s central courtyard in 2006. Further off campus, the design-build projects include the playground at Spencer View Co-Op family center (2001) and the west meadow bank stabilization project on the Columbia River at The Shire property (1997).
As he leaves the Pacific Northwest, Jones encourages his students to remember to â€œsee the value in their own environmentâ€”be responsible for it, take care and stay positive, and the work will make a difference.â€
Frances Bronet, dean of the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, says, â€œStan has been an incredible partner for all of us here. His sheer energy, willingness to work across all boundaries is demonstrated by a commitment to hands-on work with students, cross-unit partnerships, and great advocacy for the role of an evolving, resilient, and beautiful physical context. He has led the Department of Landscape Architecture with passion, conviction and a vision for a responsible and richly connected environment.â€
Jones feels strongly that teaching care and respect of the environment and of each other is critical. He has continued on this mission outside the classroom. As his family grew, Jones coached every sport his three sons signed up to tryâ€”football, baseball, hockey, and soccer.
Jones leaves the UO for a tenured position at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in the Landscape Architecture Program. His wife, Laura Blake Jones, accepted a post as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor earlier this year. In February 2010, Professor Jones will continue his teaching of landscape technologies and working on ways to increase the connection between the architecture and landscape architecture programs. He will look for ways to create design-build opportunities that can be modeled after the successful programs at the University of Oregon and will also be developing a research program centered around the issues of inclusivity and sustainability in the design of urban environments. â€œThe University of Michigan, like the University of Oregon, is a world-class teaching and research institution, and Iâ€™m excited by the many wonderful opportunities that lay ahead,â€ says Jones.
Leaving Oregon is not easy for the Jones family as their involvement in so many activities both on and off campus has made them many good friends. However, one thing about the move to Michigan that has Stan Jones and his three hockey-playing sons excited is the prospect for outdoor ice rinks and the feeling of â€œskating on open ice.â€ Jones adds, â€œthe cold and snow will be fine so long as we can all get out for a little pond hockey to burn off some energy every now and then.â€
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon's flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.
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December 10, 2009
in General, News
Dear Santa, The Oregon ASLA Chapter has been very good this year. We would like to let you know what weâ€™ve been up to so that you will pass on a good word for us as you spread holiday cheer across Oregon.
- We are preparing to hire a chapter administrator to assist the executive committee and membership with communications, fundraising, outreach, advocacy and general administration.
- We are in the midst of carrying out changes to our Chapter communications that will improve the quality of content and appearance while utilizing new media options to increase visibility and relevancy.
- We are preparing for the 2010 Symposium + Design Awards and have just approved a new Sponsorship Package giving opportunity for friends and vendors to contribute financially to the OR ASLA Chapter.
- We are planning for the addition of an advisory committee to offer an opportunity for long-standing practitioners and friends of the profession to be involved in a limited, yet significant capacity.
- We will be organizing an advocacy committee to ensure that the Chapter is aware of and represented in all issues relevant to the profession.
I am asking for only 1 present this year. Well, maybe more than oneâ€¦ but 1 type of gift: Oregon ASLA Chapter members and friends to offer support so that our goals will be realized. As always, I hope to be contacted with questions and advice: firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 224.9560. Thank you to everyone who helped with such a successful 2009. Hope to see you all at the Chapter Annual Meeting on January 29th!