Upcoming Chapter Events
Public Awareness summit 2011
National and the State Chapters are partnering to accomplish some specific goals related to public awareness. Recent survey results indicate that the biggest general public misconception about the landscape architecture profession is that landscape architects are landscapers who deal mostly with designing planting plans and installing plant materials. As stated by one survey participant, "People donâ€™t understand the breadth, complexity and technical rigor that goes into our work."
Each State Chapter has appointed a Public Relations Advocate, who will work directly with National to develop this program. The Public Relations Advocates will meet at the Summit in July to fill in the initial framework for the program and flush out additional ideas and actions. There will be two separate messages - an internal one for ASLA members and an external one for the public (such as "Saving the Earth: Site by Site" type of ideas).
The main goal of the Public Awareness Summit 2011 is to engage the public through coordinated public outreach between National and all State Chapters - this is the first time ever. A "Launch Event" is scheduled for August 17 at lunch time. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
ASLA Oregon Chapter 2011 Design Awards
APRIL 15-16, 2011 Landscape Fusion Symposium Sponsors & Exhibitors
By sponsoring you provided high quality opportunities and products to the Oregon Landscape Architectural community. You also allowed companies to become involved with landscape architects and related professionals through quality, high profile programs and services. Networking with ASLA Oregon chapter members and their affiliates provides an opportunity for your company to share industry changes, product and service upgrades as well as other information that affects the current and future design and installation of significant projects.
We hope to continue our partnerships with you in providing high quality opportunities and products to the Oregon Landscape Architectural community.
Thank you to our ASLA Oregon 2011 Symposium Sponsors!
Portland State University
The Western Group
AM Break Sponsor
The Daily Journal of Commerce
General Program Sponsor
PM Break Sponsor
Additional sponsorship opportunities...
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, sponsoring and event, or advertising on the website or other materials, we have a range of potential opportunities that will fit your needs:
View Available Sponsorship Opportunities for 2011
Thank you to our ASLA Oregon 2011 Symposium Exhibitors!
Cascade Recreation, Inc.
Cold Spring Granite Company
Columbia Cascade/Timber Form
Harry L. Stearns, Inc.
JP Stone Contractors, Inc.
Northwest Playground Equipment
NWR & Associates
Oregon Association of Nurseries
Regional Water Providers Consortium
SiteLines Park & Playground Products
The Western Group
GI Case Studies
Thank you to those who submitted projects and case studies for review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in preparation for its upcoming national proposed rulemaking to strengthen the stormwater management program. Thanks to your hard work, ASLA far exceeded its goal of 300 cases, and submitted 459 projects.
ASLA appreciates the membershipâ€™s continued efforts in promoting green infrastructure practices in communities across the country and for demonstrating that landscape architects have been, and will continue to be, national leaders on green infrastructure and stormwater management.
Roxanne Blackwell, Esq.
Federal Government Affairs Manager
American Society of Landscape Architects
636 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
April 2011 Trustees Report
Some of the highlights from our National Office the past month are as follows:
Governance and Administration
- ASLA is the recipient of the District of Columbia Department of the Environment Partner of the Year! This award is given to an organization that promotes environmental practices on behalf of the District of Columbia and its residents. The award will be conferred by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on April 20.
- ASLA participated in todayâ€™s Architect of the Capitol-U.S. Senateâ€™s Spring Environmental and Energy Showcase. This event, held annually in a Capitol Hill Senate office building, focuses on environmental and energy conservation awareness. Special Assistant Swann and Professional Practice Networks Coordinator Kasha Helget provided handouts on the green roof and the Sustainable Sites Initiativeâ„¢ (SITESâ„¢), presented a PowerPoint to promote the green roof, and showed off the website animations that demonstrate the benefits of landscape architecture.
- We Did It! Thanks to your efforts, ASLA collected 470 green infrastructure projects to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ASLA has posted a preliminary analysis of the projects and, in the coming months, ASLA will share these individual projects with our members and the public on the ASLA website. EPAâ€™s Office of Water has already begun to review the projects and analyze the associated data. Upon reviewing ASLAâ€™s submitted projects, along with data and information from other stakeholders, EPA will issue a proposed rule in September 2011 and is expected to issue a final rule in December 2011. For more information, ASLA has created an issue brief on the proposed rulemaking.
- ASLA sent a letter to Senators John Kerry (MA), Tom Udall (NM), and Bill Nelson (FL) thanking them for introducing S. Res. 126, a resolution recognizing UNESCOâ€™s World Heritage Convention and celebrating the 2011 International Day for Monuments and Sites. This celebration recognizes the important natural and cultural contributions of sites.
Publishing and Resource Development
- The link to the April free digital issue was sent to more than 40,000 contacts, posted on ASLAâ€™s social networking sites, and â€œtweetedâ€ on the Twitter accounts. Visits to the online edition are approaching 20,000. Page views total 213,939 and the average time spent viewing each page is three minutes.
- The Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition is holding its annual meeting April 12 â€“ 13 in Washington, DC. Federal government affairs and professional practice staff are participating and representing ASLA.
Public Relations and Communications
- ASLAâ€™s Green Roof Experience subsite on asla.org is a finalist for the Webby Awards, the most prestigious award in the world for all things Internet. While just being a finalist is a huge accomplishment, voting is underway for the Peopleâ€™s Choice Webby Award. Sign up and vote for ASLA in the Associations category, using either Facebook, Twitter, or email.
- ASLAâ€™s YouTube Channel has surpassed 100,000 total views, making it one of the most popular within the entire design and construction industry. View and share the videos at www.youtube.com/landscapearchitects.
Architects in Schools: Eugene Exhibits
Wednesday, May 25 4:30-6:30pm
Eugene Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 West 22nd in Gym 3
Landscape Legacies Lecture - Don't Miss Out! Only One Lecture Left in Series.
Architects in Schools: Salem Exhibits
First Wednesday, June 1 5:00-7:30pm
Where the Sidewalk Begins, 233 Commercial St. NE
Landscape architecture firms can reach landscape architects across Oregon with an advertisement in NewsWire or on our website. Details click here.
BergerABAM is seeking an experienced professional to support ongoing design and production within our landscape architecture and urban design team. This person will be located in the BergerABAM office in Vancouver, Washington and support existing Pacific Northwest projects.
The ideal candidate will have 5 to 8 years of professional experience with strong design, production, and communication skills. This candidate will have excellent design and CAD production abilities, including construction drawings, details, and graphics. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of urban design, Northwest landscape plants, low impact development (LID), and LEED.
The duties of this position include:
â€¢ Working under the direction of senior staff to assist in the master planning, design, and development of open space, streetscape, and public facility projects.
â€¢ Providing AutoCAD design and production support during concept and schematic design, design development, and construction document phases.
â€¢ Providing drafting and graphic support for the BergerABAM engineering, public involvement, natural resource, and planning teams as required.
â€¢ Other duties as required.
â€¢ Bachelorâ€™s or masterâ€™s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited program
â€¢ Minimum 5 to 8 years of professional experience
â€¢ Proficiency in AutoCAD and ability to work in fast-paced, deadline-driven work environment
â€¢ Technical knowledge and experience preparing landscape construction documents for planting, irrigation, and hardscape using the principles of sustainable stormwater solutions/LID
â€¢ ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp knowledge a plus
â€¢ Strong written, graphic, and verbal communication skills
â€¢ Highly organized, detail-oriented, self-directed, and capable of working collaboratively with multi-discipline teams
â€¢ State registration as a landscape architect and/or LEED accreditation preferred
â€¢ Digital portfolio in .pdf format to accompany cover letter and resume
Position location: Vancouver, Washington
Position closes: 13 May 2011
Newswire Submittal Requirements
NewsWire is a publication of the Oregon Chapter ASLA.
NewsWire is published at the beginning of each month for annoucing information for the following month. All ads and information must be received by noon of the previous Friday for inclusion
Please send all submissions questions and comments to Dana Baisden.
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