American Society of Landscape Architects
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LATC Public Forum on Educational Requirements for Licensure

by Elizabeth Boults

The Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) is reviewing existing education and training requirements for licensure “to ensure that there are no barriers to the landscape architect profession for qualified individuals.” ASLA California Council has drafted a response opposing any broadening of the existing requirements, with suggestions for an appeals process for individual cases and adoption of a future ‘best practices’ model for licensure reciprocity. If you would like to voice an opinion on this issue, feedback will be accepted by LATC until April 17. Letters can be mailed to: LATC, 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105, Sacramento, CA 95834; or sent to

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Emerging Professionals Group Heads to the South Bay

by Gifford Bautista

Every third Tuesday, of every month, the ASLA-NCC Emerging Professionals group has a happy hour event where young professionals can network with other emerging or established professionals in the Bay Area. On Friday, March 17th, the ASLA-NCC Emerging Professionals group got together on St. Patricks Day at Tied House Brewery & Cafe, in Mountain View, for some tasty food and green beer. Daniel Fonda, from Peninsula Building Materials Co. (PBM), was on site showcasing a variety of materials that the company offers such as natural stone and brick. As emerging professionals, meeting with industry vendors provide an insight of numerous materials that will aid them in their own design.

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Northern CA Chapter Instagram Takeover Day

by Katrina Majewski
Social media:
Is A) an easy way to check out funny cat gifs and brownie recipes?
or B) a tool for connecting and communicating?

The correct answer is both! The ASLA Northern California Chapter (#ASLANCC) has been continuing to focus on the latter, especially in April, which is World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2017).

ASLA national invited all chapters in the nation to participate in WLAM in a special way in 2017. All chapters are having a separate day to takeover ASLA National’s Instagram account, in which we could post whatever our heart’s desire.

The ASLANCC put out a call for participants, and received some excellent, high quality submissions, and flooded the ASLA National Instagram account.

One of our submissions […]

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Landscape Architect Peter Walker, Known Worldwide, Wins Inaugural Brettell Award in the Arts

Special congratulations to Peter Walker. Landscape architect Peter Walker is the first recipient of the $150,000 Richard Brettell Award in the Arts. The award honors an artist whose body of work demonstrates a lifetime of achievement in his or her field.

“I can say without fear of contradiction that Peter Walker is the dean of American landscape architects. Still vital in his early 80s, he and his firm work actively in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. A simple list of their landscape designs at all scales would fill pages.” Rick Brettell, Art critic, Dallas News. >MORE


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Red Carpet Evening at the Port Workspaces 2017: Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

by Elizabeth Boults




On a stormy night in Oakland, overlooking the iconic Kaiser rooftop garden, ASLA-NCC members gathered to network and acknowledge each other’s distinguished work. Eighteen projects were recognized this year from a record number of entries to our chapter awards program. The jury, composed of landscape architects and allied professionals from the Arizona Chapter, commented on the high quality work being done in the bay area. Congratulations to all!

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ASLA-NCC President, Elizabeth Boults

Carmen Erasmus (Awards Chairperson), Gifford Bautista (E.P. Chairperson), Katrina Majewski (P.R. Chairperson)

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Sharks Night Review

by Andy Nowak

If the ASLA-NCC Sharks Game was a success last season, then you could call this year’s Sharks Night a slap shot, 5-hole, sellout! The game was indeed a sell-out for ASLA-NCC which included members from the event’s generous sponsors: Belgard, Coldspring, Landscape Forms, Miracle Playsystems, Park West Landscape Construction, and Delta Bluegrass??

Everyone who went to last year’s Sharks Night had high expectations for this year, and we were able to not only meet these expectations but continue the tradition of memory making. This year we had the privilege of watching Sharks players warm up before the game and skate through the shark head during the opening ceremony, all from our views inside the Penthouse Plaza. Our seats were […]

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Compost for Use in Landscaping, Green Infrastructure and Land Management

Not just for Plant Establishment anymore, but also for Erosion Control, Storm Water Management and Green Infrastructure
by Ron Alexander

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of societies vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) ‘wastes’, got its rebirth in the late 1970’s and has grown from coast to coast; with over 4,500 larger-scale facilities in operation and over 100 licensed facilities in California. These facilities manufacture a unique soil amending product – ‘compost’ – which can be used in a multitude of applications (figure 1), which provide many benefits (figure 2). Over the past 35 years +, compost has become […]

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ASLA Elevates 28 to Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement

The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 28 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2016 with 4 of them being from 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 as demonstrated by their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, October 21-24 in New Orleans.

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 […]

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An Elegant Evening of Art, Music and Fellowship

On Tuesday night, December 6, ASLA-NCC held its annual Presidents’ Reception at the new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. We celebrated the investiture of our 2016 Fellows-Cathy Blake, Tom Leader, David Meyer, and Gary L. Strang-and honored our Jot D. Carpenter Medal recipient, Chip Sullivan. A jazz quartet comprised of students from the renowned Berkeley High School music program kept the vibe cool while members strolled through the galleries. Past President Marybeth Harasz reviewed the year’s activities, and Trustee April Philips commented on national initiatives for 2017. The generosity of our sponsors- Park West, Delta Bluegrass, Landscape Forms, Quick Crete, Rainbird and Posted in ASLA-NCC, Events. .

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Past President Year End Summary 2015-16

This past year was an eventful, highly productive and distinguished one for the Northern California Chapter.  We made progress on all fronts with a very dedicated Executive Committee team.  We focused on our goals of advocacy, leadership, education and communication.


Chiye Azuma from ASLA-NCC served as President of the California Council of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA).  She and Cathy Blake, FASLA represented our Chapter to review legislative actions that matter to landscape architects in California and at the national level along with members from the Sierra, San Diego and Southern California chapters.  Our Executive Committee members participated the the ASLA’s Advocacy Day in Washington, DC and walked the halls of congress and the senate to […]

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