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The LAF New Landscape Declaration and Our Profession’s Imperative on Climate Change

by Ashley Cruz

As a kickoff to World Landscape Architecture Month I attended a lecture that helps define my beliefs in what our profession of landscape architecture stands for: the New Landscape Declaration.  This is a new-age declaration, since updated from the 1966 Declaration of Concern, addresses the basic “ideals of equity, sustainability, resiliency, and democracy”, and to me, are the foundations of today’s public landscape architecture projects.

Our four guest lecturers shared their inspirations and brought their own insight to the new declaration:

Jacinta McCann recommended to read the declaration often, and each time you will find a new “phrase” to appreciate and take into practice.

Adam Greenspan encouraged finding the synergy between function of design and keeping aesthetics.

Amir Gohar, PhD offered the […]

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ASLA Public Awareness Summit Summary

by Katrina Majewski
Public Relations Committee
On the weekend of January 5th 2018, I attended The American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)’s Public Awareness Summit (the Summit) in Austin, Texas. This is the third time that I have been sent to this annual national event, representing the Northern California Chapter, and this one has been the most productive.

Allow me to share my experience here:
Public Connection | In order to encourage growth in the field of landscape architecture, we (landscape architects) and ASLA need to connect more solidly to the public through outreach. The Summit attendees discussed the need to cast the net wide, and recognized that advocacy and education about the field would be most effective at a young age. The platform […]

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ASLA-NCC 2017 Fellows

ASLA Elevates 23 Members to the Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 23 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2017, 3 of them of the Northern California Chapter. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service.

The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be members of ASLA in good standing for at least 10 years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their […]

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Giants Night a Victory Once Again

Although the team finished the season with a miserable record, their bats were hot on July 25th for ASLA-NCC’s Annual SF Giants night! Our members convened on Anchor Plaza for a pre-game BBQ social and then headed to our seats to witness an impressive 11-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The peanuts and Crackerjack were as plentiful as the laughs and camaraderie. We sincerely thank our sponsors who stepped up to the plate to help us put on another great event.

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ASLA-NCC Welcomes New Leadership

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the chapter’s 2017-2018 Executive Committee! Four new directors join President Carolyne Orazi, Past President Elizabeth Boults, and Trustee April Philips on the board, while existing committee members assume new leadership roles. The Northern California Chapter relies on the volunteer efforts of their Executive Committee to keep the landscape architectural community strong, vibrant, and successful. We ask you, as a member, to support chapter initiatives and participate in chapter activities to keep our organization vital and relevant, and representative of our members’ interests. Please consider joining a subcommittee, and feel free to contact us to let us know how we can best serve you.

CLICK HERE for the list of 2017-18 Executive Committee Members.

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Volunteers Needed: Landscape Architect/Designer for 23rd St Alley/Square Block

We are a group of concerned citizens leading a 23rd Street commercial corridor revitalization and we’d like to transform a block as a model for the rest of the district! If you’ve got just a little or a lotta time and the skill, would you be able to work with us to create a concept/design plan to help us utilize and get additional resources please!

Please see the attached article





Thanks in advance! Darlene and other awesome volunteers

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Park(ing) Day 2017

ASLA-NCC participated in the annual international PARK(ing) Day event, which was on Friday, September 15, 2017. With much support and encouragement from the ASLA-National PARK(ing) Day campaign, the Northern-California chapter successfully included many different PARK(ing) spaces.

AIA San Francisco (Park)ing Day Space


For the first time ever, our chapter collaborated with the local AIA-San Francisco Chapter, sharing information on PARK(ing) happening throughout Northern CA. These were added to the ASLA-NCC interactive map.




The map provided users information on the PARK(ing) space like the firm/company name, and description or theme, as well as navigation. In San Francisco, there were ten (PARK)ing Day spaces located a close distance to each other, allowing an easy walk to explore and interact.

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Landscape Architects March For The Climate

by April Philips

During this year’s ASLA Mid-Year meeting, on Saturday April 29, The Peoples Climate March occurred in Washington DC. Members from the Board of Trustees and The Chapter Presidents Council took part during their busy 3 day schedule to attend the march. April Philips, Carolyn Orazi and Elizabeth Boults were excited to represent our chapter and the ASLA in taking a stand for the environment and our planet we call home. Thousands attended and marched down Pennsylvannia Avenue and our group even made it in a front page photo in USA Today! April headed up the poster creation team and others marched with an ASLA banner. It was a breathtaking event to participate […]

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Stanford University Landscape Inspiration Tour

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by Andy Nowak

Frederick Law Olmstead gained much of his design influence from personal adventures, and for those who spent a sunny Saturday afternoon touring various projects at Stanford University, many of us walked away, feeling like Olmstead, with a light bulb over our heads. Thanks to Stanford University’s Cathy Blake and Krista Grote, and the generous sponsors: TekWay, BrightView, Gardenside Ltd., Landscape Forms, and Victor Stanley, this ASLA-NCC event inspired us all through this cherished experience.

As you approach Stanford University driving down the iconic palm drive with oak woodlands on either side of the road you […]

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