The LAF New Landscape Declaration and Our Profession’s Imperative on Climate Change Lecture Thursday, April 5th AIA San Francisco

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Landscape Architecture Foundation Board members Jim Stickley, ASLA (Principal, WRT) and Brian Jencek, ASLA (Senior VP, HOK) will present the LAF’s New Landscape Declaration and conduct a discussion with leading thinkers in the academic and practice  fields of landscape architecture.  Join our panelists in examining issues of social equity and resiliency in the face of global climate change and how landscape architects can lead the way in addressing these crucial issues.
Panelists include Jacinta McCann ASLA, Executive VP, AECOM, LAF Board Member Emeritus; Amir Gohar, PhD, Instructor & Lecturer, UC Berkeley; Adam Greenspan, ASLA, Principal, PWP, LAF President.  CLICK HERE for the lecture recording.

Urban Renewal Lecture Thursday, November 9th AIA in San Francisco

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

ASLA-NCC is pleased to present a lecture and panel discussion on the role of urban revitalization and its impact on surrounding communities. Join us on November 9th, 2017 to hear about projects from Anna Brand, professor at UC Berkeley, Chris Kent at PGA, Kieron Slaughter from National Parks Service and Matt Gaber at MIG as we learn about urban renewal projects and lessons learned.

Climate Change One-on-One Lecture Thursday, November 13th AIA in San Francisco

Climate Lecture 1Landscape architects work at a variety of scales to combat and mitigate climate change. Yet too often people frame the issue as one of concern to only scientists and politicians, and not individuals and localities. This presentation aims to refocus the conversation from the global and catastrophic, to the personal and proactive. Our panelists will discuss the small-scale dynamics of climate change in the everyday built landscape and present current initiatives which seek to ensure a vibrant, robust environment for all.

Amy Leedham, an Environmental Designer with Atelier Ten in San Francisco, has particular expertise in building physics and architecture. She is a member of the working group for the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment – an initiative from the Committee on the Environment which helps firms assess the impact of design decisions on a project’s energy performance. Drawing from her diverse experiences as sustainability consultant, educator, and national advisory group member, Amy will present examples that illustrate the power of engagement from the level of the individual to the institutional, recognizing that climate change is real, it impacts people in a very personal way, and most people want to help but don’t know how.

Claire Napawan is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at UC Davis who has designed and studied urban environments throughout the world for over a decade. She believes urban resilience requires community participation, and draws on her background in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design to explore new models of engagement. Claire will present her work with #OurChangingClimate, a digital humanities and environmental design project that encourages diverse communities to observe and critique their everyday environment through the lens of climate change, and to share those experiences through social media.

Landscape architect Heath Massey, along with Robin Cooper and Evan Kenward, represents the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Their mission builds upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowers citizens to work with their local communities toward the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. They will speak about CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal. REGISTER


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Social Media Lecture Thursday, October 13th AIA in San Francisco

Join ASLA-NCC for a lecture on social media and how best to use it to make your business grow, boost your career opportunities or educate your community. We invited tech experts Dave Marutiak and Angelica Thumm to explain the basics of social media.  They will introduce you to a wide variety of social media, show examples of how landscape architects use these platforms, and answer any questions you may have.    REGISTER



MixerBusiness Development Panel Discussion Thursday, September 15th AIA in San Francisco

Thrive, don’t just Survive

Thinking about ways to make your business grow? Wondering how to thrive in a crowded field? Ever wonder how to stay viable in a changing environment? ASLA-NCC presents a panel discussion on business development. Local ASLA members James Lord, Surfacedesign; Jeanette Hill, DES Architects & Hill/Stephens Design; René Bihan, SWA and Sara Peschel, Groundworks will share industry trends and their techniques for maintaining and increasing their company’s business.



Sites image2Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) Lecture Wednesday, May 25th AIA in San Francisco

Learn about the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®), the most comprehensive rating system for developing sustainable landscapes. The SITES Rating System is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premiere organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. The material on which the SITES Rating System is based was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects Fund, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. CLICK HERE to learn more about the SITES rating system.
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North Beach Sketch Crawl Saturday, May 7th San FranciscoWashington-Sq_0213

On an unusual rainy Saturday in May a group of intrepid urban sketchers met in Washington Square, umbrellas and sketchbooks in hand, to participate in an afternoon of on location sketching and café hopping. Led by drawing champions CHIP SULLIVAN and JAMES RICHARDS with a little assist from myself, APRIL PHILIPS, the group explored the treasures and iconic places of this charming San Francisco neighborhood. READ MORE and check out the North Beach Sketch Crawl VIDEO.

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Live, Work, Play May 4th at Stanford University

The featured landscape lecture will be Kevin Conger with  CMG Landscape Architects.  The lecture is free to all and will include a reception immediately following. As a part of Stanford University’s Spring Lecture Series, it will be held at Stanford’s new McMurtry Building for the Arts by Diller Skofidio Renfro with landscape by the Office of Cheryl Barton.

The University Architect / Campus Planning and Design Office sponsors a spring lecture series in architecture and landscape architecture. The purpose of the series is to bring together community enthusiasts, students and staff from across different disciplines to hear the latest innovations in building and design. The lectures provide the Bay Area architectural and design communities an opportunity to hear nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s series is “LIVE, WORK, PLAY”. A cultural shift is clearly well underway, where the boundaries between these 3 phases of a conventional working day have been eroded. Some would argue that there is no such thing as a work-life balance, because a growing portion of the modern workforce does not distinguish between work and life. We have asked our esteemed lecturers to discuss how their work addresses this evolution.


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Landscape Matters: Ideas & Partnerships March 17th at AIA in San Francsico

ASLA-NCC proudly presents Alma du Solier of POPULOUS who will be our guest speaker on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Alma will be discussing how the different models/combinations of owner+designer+audience on each project influence how urban landscapes are ultimately created, and more importantly how our role and approach as designers changes in response to this. She will be using examples from her work.

Alma Du Solier has extensive experience in the practice of landscape design. She has worked as lead designer for a wide range of efforts, from urban parks and streetscape projects to large development communities, covering the entire spectrum of tasks, from concept and masterplanning to detailed construction documentation and implementation. Alma employs a unique multidisciplinary design approach due to her strong background in both landscape design and architecture, and her interest in collaboration and on the meaningful integration of design with site and culture.

creativeplayCreative Approaches to Playground Design Thursday, October 22nd at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, San Jose

Come and join us for a discussion with three experienced professionals in the field of landscape architecture and playground design.
Jon McConkey is Director of Market Insights at Landscape Structures. He has presented extensively on playground accessibility and universal access. Using built projects as examples, John will present on how universal design in play environments can be used to achieve broader goals such as creative place making, presenting a community story, and other themes.
Brian Fletcher is the President of Callander Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc. with offices in San Mateo, Sacramento, and San Jose. Mike Bellinger is principal at BFS Landscape Architects, with offices in Monterey, Mountain View, and Santa Cruz. Using examples of custom play elements, art sculpture pieces, and nature play elements from Stojanovich Park in Campbell designed by Callander Associates, and Martial Cottle Park in San Jose designed by BFS Landscape Architects, Brian and Mike will discuss how designers interpret play under regulatory guidelines addressing play structure safety, and the challenges of bringing art and “nature” play experiences into mainstream playgrounds.

                                                                  Jim Urban The Six Things You Must Get Right To Grow A Tree Lecture Thursday, October 15th, AIA, San Francisco

Lincoln CenterMany design issues impact the long term health of urban trees.  Join us to  hear Jim Urban, FASLA, talk about his 30 years of experience with urban trees and soils and present on the six essential elements to successfully grow an urban tree.
Jim will discuss the design and planning decision, and the biological and arboricultural basis for understanding these tree requirements and examine them in the context of typical design decisions. How do our design choices affect trees and long-term project performance? He  will also share examples of critical lessons as well as ways of achieving solutions that meet the needs of both the design team and the trees.
James Urban, FASLA is well known for his skills in the areas of urban arboriculture and soils, including the preservation and installation of trees in the urban environment and the specification and installation of specialized planting soils for roof gardens, urban landscape plantings, rain water management and where changes in design approaches are needed to create truly sustainable landscapes. In 1997, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded him a National Merit Award for his work on urban trees and the following year he was made a Fellow in the ASLA in recognition of this contribution to the profession. In 2007 he was awarded the ASLA Medal of Excellence for his “significant and sustained contributions to Landscape Architecture.” He is the author of Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment.

 Career Successes Panel Discussion Thursday, September 24th at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, San Jose

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Join us for a panel discussion with three Bay Area professionals who have very different and successful careers. Jeffrey Miller, Katrina Majewski and Chip Sullivan will discuss what worked and what didn’t as they each pursued unconventional career paths and adapted to the vagaries of the economy. The discussions will end with a Q&A session where the audience can find out more about developing interesting and fulfilling careers.

Jeffrey Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects
Jeffrey will discuss how he started his design/build firm after his career development on the East Coast and in the Bay Area, including Garrett Eckbo Associates. He will share his unique insight into balancing entrepreneurship with a strong ethical foundation that draws from the very reasons why he became a landscape architect.

Katrina Majewski of Community Design Research
Katrina worked at an IT company for 5 years during the economic recession. She will discuss how she stayed relevant in the field of landscape architecture and now continues with her career at Community Design Research in Oakland.

Chip Sullivan of UC Berkeley
Chip is an award winning artist, landscape architect and professor at UC Berkeley. He has successfully navigated his academic career, teaching at University of Florida, Harvard, and Berkeley. Chip will discuss his career successes in the art world, landscape architecture and teaching.

 Historic Landscape Architecture Society (HALS) Lecture Thursday, September 17th AIA, San Francisco

On September 17th, Chris Pattillo, FASLA will talk about the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). In 2000, ASLA joined with the National Park Service and Library of Congress to create the HALS program which is modeled on HABS – the American Building Survey created in 1933. HALS is a documentation program that recognizes and records important historic landscapes, both designed and vernacular.

Since 2004 Chris has been involved with the Northern California Chapter of HALS and has served as our chapter’s liaison nationally. Chapter members prepared documentation for several California Missions as part of the 2012 HALS Challenge – a national program conceived by the California chapter. They have documented the Kaiser Roof Garden designed by Ted Osmundson, the Berkeley City Club, and just finished recording the gardens at Sunset Magazine’s Menlo Park headquarters designed by Thomas D. Church.

Chris will give a brief history of HALS and will describe two methodologies of documentation – the short form and standard format. A case study of Doyle Drive will be included to illustrate how that important historic site was documented.

This will be a visually stimulating program and very informative.

Artful Rainwater Design Lecture Thursday, May 14th AIA, San Francisco

PennypackerCovers-FinalFrontProfessors Eliza Pennypacker and Stuart Echols shared their recently published book, “Artful Rainwater Design.”

In the midst of a historic drought, many Californians seek to look past the everyday, utilitarian solutions to the groundwater crisis. With impeccable timing this lecture offers a creative alternative. Through years of research and collaboration, the authors have examined and collected many of the world’s most prized examples of design with rainwater as the principal element. The book presents the intriguing thesis: “Stormwater management…[can].. not only mitigate quality and quantity of runoff, but celebrates rainwater in a design that educates and entertains visitors.” ARD now provides a single source guide for professionals pursuing a better solution.

Both professors are current faculty at Pennsylvania State University, where they recently conducted one-day symposiums on this topic, available here.


 The Future of Creative Play March 19th AIA, San Francisco

Photo credit Base Landscape Architecture

Photo credit Base Landscape Architecture

Now more than ever clients are asking for innovative play environments but regulations and available equipment can be a challenge. Come see how landscape architects, non-profits, and cities are trying to create the future of creative play. Panelists includeAndreas Stavropoulos: BASE Landscape Architecture and Mathew Gaber: MIG.



Plants & Water: Sustainability and Landscape Design Lecture March 12th at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, San Jose

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Please join us for a lecture featuring the latest information about plants and how to utilize them to contribute to sound conservation practices while providing beauty in the landscape. Our speaker is Bob Perry, FASLA, Professor Emeritus from Cal Poly Pomona, and adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Southern California.  He is a recognized expert in areas of landscape plants and water conserving design throughout California. Bob has written three award-winning reference books, including Landscape Plants for California Gardens.  This 650-page volume is the most comprehensive color illustrated planting reference available for professionals in California.

Bob participated in the California Landscape Taskforce that introduced water budget based guidelines in the State Model Water Efficiency Ordinance, and was an original member of the Water Use Classification Of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) team that developed the estimated water use of landscape species.  He was elected as a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1998.

Storm Water Design Creativity Lecture, February 19th at AIA San Francisco

Ribbon Park Tanguu, Tianjin, China Courtesy of Hargreaves Associates

Ribbon Park Tanguu, Tianjin, China Courtesy of Hargreaves Associates

Alan Lewis, Associate Director of SOM San Francisco is currently the firm-wide Open Space Practice Leader and an Associate Director for Skidmore Owings & Merrill in San Francisco. He has over 30 years of experience in the design and construction of large scale projects and has lectured extensively on the interdisciplinary issues fusing architecture and sustainability with urban and landscape design in both professional and academic venues.

Wright Yang, Senior Associate at Hargreaves Associates has nearly ten years of professional experience. At Hargreaves Associates he has been a key player on several major master planning and urban waterfront projects in the United States and China including the San Diego Downtown Waterfront Park, the St. Louis Arch Riverfront Park Competition, the Presidio Parkway in San Francisco as well as the Haihe Riverfront. CLICK HERE to view the video.

Career Challenges Panel Discussion, January 29th

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A panel discussion by architects and landscape architects on building and guiding your careeer. Discover new ways to make your career happen for you as our panelist share how they reshaped their careers. The American Society of Landscape Architects in conjunction with the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals will be hosted the event at the San Francisco AIA at 130 Sutter St between 6:30-8:30.

Panelists were: Cameron White, Architect with Kaiser Permanente, Jeff Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects, Patricia Algara of BASE Landscape Architects, Tim Deacon of Tim Deacon Landscape Architects and Katrina Majewski

The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan, November 13th at The San Jose Quilt & Textile Museum

Calero LakeThe South Bay Committee of the ASLA-NCC  is pleased to announce its Inaugural Lecture sponsored by Landscape Forms. The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan is a 50-year regional plan which fundamentally changes how environmental mitigation is implemented by shifting from smaller, site based mitigation projects to a regional approach intended to result in the establishment and protection of significant habitat.  The result will be to protect endangered species and natural resources while allowing for future development in Santa Clara County. The presentation will provide an overview and background of Plan development, address how endangered species permitting occurs under the Plan, and illustrate conservation strategy implementation, focusing on restoration site selection.

Tom Leader Lecture

1_RR parkASLA-NCC is pleased to conclude our 2014 Lecture Series on Thursday, October 30, with a presentation by landscape architect Tom Leader, who will speak about his recent work. For nearly 30 years, Tom has grounded his practice in an authentic understanding and appreciation of culture, ecology, craftsmanship and design. Sincere in his exploration of the creative process, Tom has remained on the cutting edge of design innovation, his work widely recognized for excellence. Since founding Tom Leader Studio in 2001, Tom has sought to create “original, tangible experiences” of place in such award-winning projects as Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama, and RIVERFIRST in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and through his provocative site works and art installations. A former partner at Peter Walker + Partners, Tom received a BA in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley and MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Check back for a video recording of the lecture.

Legacy Lecture Monday, March 31, 6:30 at Wurster Hall

peter walker legacy lectureLandscape architect Peter Walker’s decades-long career includes enough professional highlights to fill several careers, among them the 9/11 Memorial in New York. How Walker translates a patron’s vision, whether a garden for a great art collector’s sculpture or a hallowed place for remembrance and reflection, will be covered in a West Coast Legacy Lecture/interview by Charles A. Birnbaum, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Walker and Birnbaum are knowledgeable, opinionated and bring great perspective, which should make for a very lively evening. This event, made possible by the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, will be held at UCB’s Wurster Hall. The interview will also be filmed as part of the Foundation’s oral history series.