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November 24, 2010 Edit

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Lighting Workshop + Happy Hour

Join the ASLA Oregon Emerging Professionals Committee for this educational event in Portland on December 9th featuring a lighting workshop, tour, and ending with a happy hour.


We pleased to welcome parties of all disciplines to our Fall EP 101 Series Event!

Join us for an informative workshop session, specialty lighting tour and happy hour!

$3 at the door / free to ASLA Members
1.5 PDH credit hours available

rendezvous and basics of lighting demo
greenworks pc, 24 nw 2nd

pearl district specialty lighting tour
led by hl stearns lighting rep kandy welch

emerging professionals happy hour
bridgeport brewpub, 1313 nw marshall


Contact Christopher Olin and by phone at 503.286.7175.

Download a PDF of the flier to share with others here.

November 12, 2010 Edit

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Read the Latest Urban Design PPN Newsletter

A benefit of membership in ASLA is one free membership to a Professional Practice Networks, in "17 specialized areas of landscape architecture... Membership in these groups is available exclusively to ASLA members, who may join one PPN for free, and each additional PPN for only $15 per year. Topics include a variety of specializations, including: from Campus Planning and Design, Healthcare and Therapeutic Design, Historic Preservation, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Sustainable Design and Development and Women in Landscape Architecture, to name a few.

Our current Oregon Chapter President Jim Hencke is the national chair of the Urban Design PPN, which periodically releases newsletters of items of interest for members related to urban issue from around the globe.  From the latest: "Welcome to our Fall 2010 ASLA Urban Design Professional Practice Network Newsletter! This issue contains articles on art intervention in participatory planning, an analysis of the KÅ™emežsky Brook watershed, A “Kit of Parks” for vacant lots and other unused spaces, and the urban streetscapes of Taipei."

Images from 'Urban Transformations' by Sarah Kathleen Peck


Read the entire selection of Urban Design PPN  articles

November 6, 2010 Edit

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Japanese Garden Curator to Review Garden’s Past and Future

From the East County Gazette:  The Master Gardener program will be held on November 8, at Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., presenting Sada Uchiyama’s review of Portland’s Japanese Garden. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Sadafumi (Sada) Uchiyama, the Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, is a third-generation Japanese gardener. Sada received Bachelor and Master in landscape architecture from University of Illinois and he is a registered landscape architect in Oregon and California. Two of his representative projects include the renovation of Osaka Garden (the Japanese Government exhibition site at the 1893 Columbia Exposition) at Jackson Park in Chicago and the renovation of Shofu-en Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens. Prior to becoming the Garden’s Curator, Sada taught landscape design courses at Clackamas Community College.

:: image by Michel Hersen

Presentation Synopsis

Portland Japanese Garden has offered a personal encounter with Japanese culture and a tranquil experience that celebrates the natural beauty of Oregon for more than 45 years. The stewards of this cultural treasure continue today to strive for the same standard of perfection sought by garden designers in Japan for more than 1500 years. Nobuo Matsunaga, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, proclaimed the Portland Japanese Garden to be “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside Japan.” Through the eye of the Garden Curator, Sada’s presentation will review the past and current and look into the future of the Portland Japanese Garden.

For more information, call (503) 653-8100.

November 5, 2010 Edit

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National CLARB Survey Is Underway

Please help defend and define the licensed practice of landscape architecture by participating in the task analysis validation survey.  Every five to seven years the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) conducts a Task Analysis of the practice of landscape architecture to ensure that the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.) accurately reflects the knowledge and skills required to practice as a licensed professional. Task Analysis results are also used at the state level to help define, support and defend critical aspects of the licensed profession of landscape architecture.  This year's revision expands the core competencies to include concepts of sustainability, health and public well-being. The survey asks you to identify and rank tasks, knowledge and skills affecting public health, safety and welfare and critical to professional performance.

Your input is vital to this process, so please watch your mailboxes for the Task Analysis survey invitation. To capture the diversity of the profession, CLARB is sending the survey to a representative sample of landscape architects and those pursuing licensure across the U.S. and Canada.

Why should I participate?

Another important aspect of the Task Analysis is to ensure that respondents embody a wide representation of the profession. This ensures that all aspects of practice are considered and incorporated into the analysis. Just a small investment of your time to complete the Task Analysis survey will help strengthen the profession and its ability to serve and protect the public through validation of the current scope of practice.

  • Support the defense of your scope of practice.
  • Make your voice heard in the new standards for core competency as a licensed landscape architect.
  • Ensure that all critical aspects of licensed practice are recognized (scope has increased to include concepts of sustainability, health and public well-being).

This is your opportunity to give back to the profession.

The deadline for completing the survey is November 19.

If you have questions regarding the Task Analysis, please contact CLARB at 

November 3, 2010 Edit

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Newswire - November 2010



Upcoming Chapter Events:


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11.01 ASLA Oregon Launches New Website

The Oregon Chapter is proud to announce the launch of the new ASLA Oregon website, with a new look and streamlined content based on feedback from the members and others statewide.   Please visit the site to see all of the new opportunities for information about landscape architecture in the state.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or information you'd like added, or an upcoming event or news story, don't hesitate to drop a line.  Remember the site is the tool for landscape architects to get the word out in the state about what we do and how we can contribute to livability and sustainability of the region.  

We are also looking for volunteers to help keep the information flowing and up-to-date, so please contact Jason King if you are interested in helping.

11.09 | Landscape Architects still needed for the Architects in Schools Program!

The Architects in Schools Program is still in need of volunteer landscape architects for the 2010-2011 school year! Architects in Schools matches professional landscape architects with 3rd through 5th grade teachers for a 6 week classroom residency at no cost to the schools. The program is based on a curriculum guide that teachers and their partner landscape architect can use to complement existing curriculum. The curriculum uses architectural concepts to teach math, science, social studies, language arts and other disciplines and includes 'green' designing concepts. Landscape architects who've participated report the experience of sharing their passion with young people to be very rewarding. For applications, questions and more information, please contact Kim Ruthardt Knowles as soon as possible at 503.317.7537 or For more information about the Architecture Foundation of Oregon, go to the website.

For those already signed up for AFO’s Architects in Schools Program there is a committee meeting scheduled in early November:

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Time: 5:00pm
Location: KPFF Consulting Engineers | 111 SW 5th Avenue #2500 | Portland, OR 97204

11.12  | Oregon state landscape architects board meeting

The next meeting of the OSLAB Board will take place on November 12th at 9am.  The meeting location is Conference Room A, 2nd Floor at The Association Center, 707 13th Street SE, Oregon 97301.

Meetings are open to the public.  Parties interested in the regulation of Landscape Architects or the practice of landscape architecture are invited to attend.

Link to the Public Meeting Announcement

Link to the Meeting Agenda

11.17 | willamette valley section event:   The Mirror and the Frame: John Yeon and the Landscape Art of China and Japan

When: Wednesday November 17th, 2010 12pm – 1:30pm
Where: Davis’ Restaurant (Olive & Broadway – Downtown Eugene)

Note: The date was changed from our usual 3rd Thursday of the month due to Kevin’s teaching schedule.

The buildings of the self-trained Portland architect and landscape conservationist John Yeon (1910-1994) are known for their close affinity with their natural surroundings. (See poster attached) To mark the centenary of his birth, this lecture examines parallels between techniques used to integrate buildings and landscapes in Yeon’s work and the traditional Chinese and Japanese art he collected throughout his career. The research being presented by University of Oregon professor Kevin Nute, was founded by the John Yeon Center of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Kevin Nute is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan and Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture.

More info, contact the WV Section Chairs.

12.07 | upcoming Mount Hood Section events

Crystal Springs Stream Restoration
Dennis O'Connor with Habitat Concepts and Zachariah Perry, Canyon Manager at Reed College will discuss the restoration of a degraded urban creek into a canyon habitat.

Date: December 7, 2010
Time: 5:30
Location: 1204 SE Water Avenue.

Permeable Paving
Gale Schroeder with Willamette Graystone will explain the design and installation requirements for permeable paving.

Date: January 11, 2011
Time: 5:30
Location: 1204 SE Water Avenue.

Urban Greenspaces
Mike Houck, Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute will discuss his work.

Date: February 1, 2011
Time: 5:30
Location: 1204 SE Water Avenue.

Note the new location of Mt. Hood Section events at 1204 SE Water Avenue, in Portland. This is a new location and is 5 five blocks north of Group Mackenzie's offices. The building is on the Southeast corner of Water Avenue and Salmon Street.

Our goal as the new Mt. Hood section co-chairs is to provide opportunities for members to obtain Professional Development Hours at the section meetings. Please contact Steve Shapiro ( or Joyce Jackson ( if you care to suggest a topic.

12.09 | Emerging Professionals Fall 101 Series Workshop + Happy Hour

Join your fellow ASLA Emerging Professionals for a 101 Series Workshop followed by an informal happy hour event!  Mix, mingle, network… and learn!

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time: 6:00-7:30pm EP 101 Series Workshop / 8:00pm EP Happy Hour

Topic and location to be announced.

Would you be willing to share your experience and expertise at future EP 101 Series Workshops?

If so, please contact EP Co-Chairs Christopher Olin or Claire Maulhardt:

Christopher Olin | 503.286.7175 |
Claire Maulhardt | 503.222.5612 |

Join the Emerging Professionals Facebook Group for more info

Walter Hood to Keynote 2011 Symposium

The Oregon Chapter is pleased to announce that renowned landscape architect Walter Hood has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker for the 2011 Symposium.  Some information from his bio:

Walter Hood is Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. Hood has worked in a variety of settings including architecture, urban design, community planning, environmental art, and research. He was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture in1997, and has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. Hood’s work was recently featured in the exhibition and publication, “Open: New Designs For Public Spaces” at the Van Alen Institute, NY; Metropolis Magazine; the New York Times; and Dwell Magazine. His firm designed the gardens and landscape for the new De Young Museum, San Francisco with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron.

Walter Hood’s published monographs Urban Diaries and Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations illuminate his unique approach to the design of urban landscapes. These works won an ASLA Research award in 1996. His essay “Macon Memories” is featured in Sites of Memory, Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. Hood participated in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Revelatory Landscapes” Exhibition 2000-2001. He is currently researching and writing a book entitled Urban Landscapes; American Landscape Typologies. His area of teaching, the American Urban Landscape, is intertwined with his design work creating a didactic approach to the design of urban landscapes. .

Please save the date, April 16th, 2011 for what shapes up to be an informative and thought-provoking event.  Details are on-going, so look forward to more information updates and information in coming months.  Check on the 2010 Symposium information here.

News: Oregon's Enchanted Forest Places 2nd in HALS Theme Park Challenge 2010

For the tenth anniversary of the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS), Chris Pattillo, one of three founders of the Northern California Chapter of HALS and founder of PGAdesign, issued a national Theme Park Challenge – a HALS initiative to document the landscapes of childhood. Landscape architecture preservation enthusiasts from every state were encouraged to complete at least one HALS short format history for a historic theme park landscape.

The submission of the Enchanted Forest, in Turner, OR by Cathleen Corlett and Jean Senechal Biggs was awarded 2nd Place.  For more information on the award, download the announcement here, and to find out about the 2011 HALS Challenge, click here.

WV Section Call for Volunteers for Golf Tournament

ASLA Members, Associates & Colleagues:  
A lot of us in the Eugene area play golf. ASLA Oregon-WVS would like to set up a golf tournament in September 2011 for landscape architects and other design and construction professionals. Marina Wrensch, co-chair for our Willamette Valley Section of ASLA, is requesting volunteers for a committee that could help with organizing the event. Tasks may include: finding a location for the tournament, fund raising, sponsors, catering, etc. She would like to have the committee set up by mid-November and hopes to have the first meeting around that time. This event is a fundraiser for the Willamette Valley Section and will directly benefit us as ASLA members. It is also a great way to socialize and make connections. So, please help out and volunteer. Your help is always greatly appreciated!

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about the event, please contact Marina via email at or phone at 541.485.7385.

WV Section LARE Reference Library

The Willamette Valley Section is now offering an LARE Reference Library with study materials available for check-out. If you wish to see a list of available materials, check-out items or donate to the library, please contact Marina Wrensch at

Current Job Listings (October/November)

Landscape architecture firms can reach landscape architects across Oregon with an advertisement in NewsWire or on our web site.

Business Development Manager at Walker Macy

Landscape Designer/Architect at Berger/ABAM

trustee's report: what's up at national?

October 2010 Trustee’s Report from Dave Walters.  Some of the highlights from our National Office the past month are as follows:

Governance and Administration

  • ASLA hosted a group from the DC Department of the Environment for a green roof presentation. While the group stopped at several locations, the ASLA green roof was the only green roof on the list and the highlight of the group’s tour.

  • The Executive Committee monthly conference call was held. Agenda items included: selection of a vice president to serve on the EVP review committee; timeline and process for consideration and discussion of membership qualifications issues; debriefing on the 2010 Annual Meeting and EXPO; proposed $10 increase in the Council of Fellows scholarship program assessment; and scheduling of committee chair orientation conference calls and the confirmation of the slate of candidates for election in 2011, which are as follows: 

    • President-Elect: Richard S. Hawks, FASLA & Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA
    • VP Communications: Mark H. Hough, ASLA & Karen A. Phillips, FASLA
    • VP Education: Sara Katherine (Kay) Williams, FASLA & K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA
    • VP Government Affairs: Chad D. Danos, ASLA and Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA

Government Affairs

  • David Yocca, FASLA, represented ASLA in testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water and the Environment Subcommittee for a hearing entitled “Impact of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development on the Nation’s Water Quality, Economy, and Communities.” ASLA Government Affairs staff prepared Mr. Yocca for his testimony , which focused on his landscape architecture projects and the multiple benefits that communities reap from utilizing green infrastructure approaches. Another witness included: Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Hon. ASLA.

  • ASLA staff and Urban Park Coalition members met with senior Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs staff to discuss and promote the Livable Communities Act (LCA). ASLA is actively supporting Sen. Dodd’s and Rep. Pearlmutter’s efforts in the House and Senate to pass LCA before the end of this Congress. The LCA was recently passed favorably out of the Senate Banking Committee and was heard before the House Financial Services Committee.

  • ASLA has signed onto a letter thanking President Obama for his “commitment to the development of a conservation and outdoor recreation agenda for the 21st Century through the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative.” ASLA joined the Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Conservation Lands Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Environment America, National Parks Conservation Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Wilderness Society, and others. Previously, ASLA submitted comments to the AGO website and encourages members to vote to promote ASLA’s comments as well as to submit comments of their own. A final report based on field hearings and comments submitted online will be released on November 15. 

  • Complete Streets legislation has bipartisan support! Rep. Steven LaTourette (OH) provided bipartisan backing for this important legislation, and became the 62nd cosponsor of HR 1443.

Public Relations and Communications

Publishing and Resource Development

  • Joblink postings are up to 38 as of last week—the highest number in over a year. Coordinator Carolyn Mitchell reports a significant increase in phone calls and emails regarding posting positions, as well as increased postings on other industry job boards, boding well for the economic recovery.

ACE Mentor Kick-Off

ACE board of directors, mentors and new mentor candidates please come join us for the kick-off celebration of the new ACE mentoring year. "The Irish Writers Room" upstairs of Kell's downtown has been reserved for the event. There will be snacks and a hosted beer and wine bar. There will be a brief talk about the ACE program. This will serve as a great opportunity to meet each other and discuss some of the exciting plans for this next year's mentoring sessions. It will also be fun to catch up with everyone and maybe share a few more stories from past years. Please RSVP in advance and feel free to bring any colleagues that would be interested in joining ACE. See you then!

Date: Thursday, November 11
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Kell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub | 112 SW Second Avenue | Portland, OR 97204
Host: Brooke Coleman
Phone: 503.274.1843

ACE "You're Invited" and RSVP Link

Cities Alive - Green Roof & Wall Conference

November 30 – December 3, 2010

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) are co-hosting CitiesAlive: 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference and Trade Show from Nov. 30 to Dec 3, 2010 at the Pan Pacific Hotel and Vancouver Convention Center. More than 50 expert speakers will share the latest design integration, economic, social and environmental research - including acoustical benefits, green wall thermal benefits, life cycle cost/benefit studies, and solar PV/green roof integration. CitiesAlive will recognize outstanding green roof and wall projects at the Awards Luncheon, as well as local design gurus Cornelia Oberlander and Theodore Osmundson with Lifetime Achievement awards. The tradeshow will feature the latest technologies and services, local and regional firms, and there are multiple tour opportunities. Check out new, leading edge courses on urban rooftop food production, integrative/holistic design, and integrative building and site water management.

See for agenda and registration information.

IFLA World Congress 2011 - Call for Abstracts

The global gathering of professionals from the fields of landscape architecture and horticulture, landscape development, spatial planning, urban planning, construction, forestry and agricultural engineering will take place in Zurich in 2011.

“Scales of Nature – From Urban Landscapes to Alpine Gardens”
The 48th IFLA World Congress will be devoted to the fluctuating issues between artificial and grown nature and the sustainable development of the landscape for improved quality of life.

The IFLA World Congress is an international professional congress to be held in Zurich that is expected to be attended by more than 700 professionals and students from throughout the world to discuss current topics, exchange experiences and establish contacts. During the three days of the Congress, keynote lectures will take place in the morning and in depth sessions in the afternoon.

More info on the IFLA World Congress 2011 Zurich, Switzerland:

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