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Giants Night 2018

Once again the ASLA-NCC Giants Night was a big success. Members braved the biting wind and fog to meet up with fellow Landscape Architects, sponsors and vendors. The crowd celebrated the evening with great food and drink on the mezzanine. The Chapter gave out t-shirts commemorating the evening. The design was created by Will Green the winner of the napkin contest at an Emerging Professionals event. Thanks to Gifford Bautista the t-shirts were made in time for Giants night.

The Giants faced the Milwaukee Brewers who broke the Giants winning streak that night with a 7 to 5 final score. Still the ASLA-NCC crowd enjoyed the camaraderie and synergy of the evening whilst supporting their team.

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Nature Discovery Area at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge

by Loretta Drummond

Over the past 2 months, our Emerging Professionals Chair, Loretta Drummond, collaborated with Elisa Horta to help her earn her Girl Scout Gold Award and come up with a conceptual design for a “nature discovery area” at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in Fremont.  The original idea was conceived by Carmen Leong-Minch, a long-serving staff member for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, who wanted a space for children to interact with organic materials and learn about Cailifornia native plants. On July 14th, a group of ASLA Emerging Professionals joined Horta and other Girl Scouts to help implement the plan.  A grand opening celebration is expected to occur in October.

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ASLA-NCC 2018-19 Executive Committee Results

We would like to congratulate the members elected to the ASLA NCC Executive Committee for the 2018-19 term! They will join 2018-19 President Katrina Majewski and Past President Carolyne Orazi and CCASLA Representative Tala Fatolahzadeh on the Executive Committee. The committee is entirely dependent on the volunteer efforts of members who are willing to donate their time and energy to making our chapter strong, vibrant and successful. While the Executive Committee are the leaders of our Chapter, it is important that you, our members, attend our events and get involved in volunteering as well. The chapter is only as strong as the members that participate and help us to develop into the chapter that represents you.

Vice President
Blake […]

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Collaboration | Landscape Architecture and the Future of Disc Golf

by Katrina Majewski

In the office, landscape architects focus on collaboration whether we intend to or not: working with other teams, on projects, with peers, colleagues etc. Out of the office, ASLA-NCC is also focusing on collaboration: we are working to connect more with community partners and others in related fields, specifically AIA-SF. In an effort foster this partnership, AIA-SF invited  ASLA-NCC to participate in the lecture, ‘The Future of Landscape Architecture and Disc Golf’, on September 6th. This event was part of AIA-SF’s Architecture and the City Festival, going on the through the month of September.

If you missed it, you missed out! But no need to be discouraged; the whole point of this event was to get the ball rolling […]

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In Memoriam

ASLA-NCC is saddened to report that the bay area landscape architecture community lost two esteemed professionals in June.

 

Michael Painter, FASLA (1935-2018), earned his BSLA from UC Berkeley in 1956. Over the course of his four-decades-long career, he was recognized with numerous awards and honors, and was the key visionary behind the new Presidio Parkway project.

 

 

 

Image courtesy: Portland Japanese Garden

 

Ron Herman received a BLA from UC Berkeley 1964, and was a scholar of Japanese culture and an authority on Japanese gardens. The son of a SoCal nurseryman, Ron was known for his exquisite large-scale residential gardens and private estates. They will be missed by all.

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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
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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 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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