American Society of Landscape Architects
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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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What is CCASLA, and how can I become Involved in Local Community Service?

CCASLA is the acronym for the California Council of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Its membership is comprised of two elected members from each of the four California Chapters of ASLA (San Diego, Southern California, Sierra and Northern California).  Collectively, the members of CCASLA work together with the Executive Director, Tracy Morgan Hollingworth, and its Legislative Advocate, Terri Thomas of Thomas Advocacy, Inc. in Sacramento, to monitor bills proposed by the State Legislature, review regulatory changes at the State level, and advise on any proposed citizen initiatives that could impact the profession or licensure of landscape architects in California.  The CCASLA’s efforts to monitor all of these activities and advocate on behalf of the entire profession at the State […]

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Climate Change: One-on-One

Climate Change: One-on-One


ASLA-NCC was pleased to host a panel of environmental designers and design activists who engaged our members in a conversation about climate change in a way that recognized the issue is not just a global one, but a human one. Sponsored by, the well-attended event took place on Thursday, November 10, just two days after our national presidential election. Emotions were running high, but despite the atmosphere of uncertainty and fear of regressive environmental policies, panelists stressed that each and every one of us has the power, and the responsibility, to affect positive change.

Amy Leedham, from Atelier Ten, discussed climate change in the context of Education, Mitigation and Prevention. She spoke of the Architecture […]

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Susan M. Goltsman, FASLA 1949-2016

As a founding principal of MIG, Inc., Susan Goltsman, FASLA, was an internationally recognized expert in designing and programing inclusive environments for children, youth and families. She created and tirelessly advocated for environments that promote social and economic equity and contribute to our physical, creative, emotional, social and intellectual development. Susan’s original research and her design approach established new relationships between healthy human development and the environment in a range of settings including parks, community facilities, schools, museums, zoos, and natural environments. Through her efforts, what were once aspirations are now foundational elements in park and urban planning and design.

Susan wrote many acclaimed books; taught at UC Berkeley, Stanford and San Francisco State; and received numerous prestigious […]

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ASLA-NCC Chapter Firms Selected as Finalists in Local Competition

Three out of the four teams selected to compete in a San Jose based design competition are members of our local chapter.   Congratulations to CMG, Meyer Silberberg and WRT.  The competition is to redesign St. James Park, a 7.4-acre downtown park and was sponsored by the City of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department.  The jury meets this Saturday, October 15th to hear each of the four teams present their designs in person in San Jose.  The event is open to the public.  The jury will make a final decision on the top ranked firm after the event.  The top ranked firm will be invited to enter into contract negotiations with the City of San Jose to […]

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2016-17 Executive Committee Election Results

We would like to congratulate the members elected to the ASLA NCC Executive Committee for the 2016-17 term! They join President Elizabeth Boults and Past President Marybeth Harasz and CCASLA Representative Cathy Blake on the 2016-2017 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.


Carolyne Orazi, ASLA
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