American Society of Landscape Architects
Northern California Chapter



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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Tournesol Tour

Chris Lyon, Chris Kent and John Denman

Tournesol, a long time sponsor of ASLA-NCC, was asked by Director Gifford Bautista if they would host an ASLA-NCC Lecture and Facility Tour event, and without skipping a beat, agreed. With some coordination the event was scheduled June 9, 2017 at Tournesol’s Union City Facility, where Member’s and guests were treated to a presentation video, by Troy Nottingham, Tournesol representative, which qualified for 1 PDH credit.

After the presentation, which covered roof garden installation issues, custom Tournesol products which solve installation issues, and suggestions for the designer when working over difficult roof top situations, the group was given a very informative tour of the facility by Tournesol President, Chris Lyon. Chris […]

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ASLA_NCC Celebrates Student Achievement

On a gloriously sunny May afternoon at Blake Garden in Kensington, ASLA-NCC president Elizabeth Boults presented award certificates to outstanding students in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning program at UC Berkeley. Students are nominated by faculty and are required to present their work to a jury of chapter professionals. This year’s jury consisted of Ms. Boults and past president David W. Nelson. Award winners were:

Certificate of Honor
Danielle Chan (Undergraduate)
Myra Messner (Graduate)
Angela Mimica (Graduate)

Certificate of Merit
Lauren Bergenholtz (Graduate)
Natali Ovalles (Graduate)
Andrew Saephan (Undergraduate)

If you are interested in serving on next year’s jury, please contact


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Advocacy Day 2017

by Elizabeth Boults

ASLA-NCC president-elect Carolyne Orazi, national ASLA president Vaughn Rinner, and ASLA-NCC Trustee April Philips attend the Advocacy Awards reception

On April 27, representatives from the Northern California Chapter joined with colleagues from around the nation to participate in Advocacy Day 2017 in Washington DC. Each spring, a large contingent of landscape architects meet with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives to promote the profession of landscape architecture and ask Congress to support initiatives critical to our values and practice. This year we advocated for funding and support of TIGER grant programs, the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Our appointments […]

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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.

Interested in attending future ASLA-NCC EP events? […]

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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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