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2014 Occupational Analysis Survey: Demographic Summary

Excerpted from the 2014 Occupational Analysis Executive Summary included in the LATC Sunset Review Report

DEMOGRAPHIC SUMMARY
Of the respondents included in the analysis, 13 percent had been practicing as a Landscape Architect for five years or less, 43 percent had been practicing between six and 20 years, and 44 percent had been practicing for more than 20 years. When asked about the size of the firms they practice with, 25.7 percent of respondents reported practicing as sole practitioners, 34.3 percent of respondents reported practicing in firms with ten or fewer employees, and 32.8 percent of respondents reported practicing in firms of 20 or more employees. Approximately 38 percent of respondents reported that they are the sole Landscape Architect in their firms.
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ASLA Leaders E-Express #351

February 4, 2015

Governance and Administration

The Executive Committee met in Washington, DC, on January 23-24. Agenda items included review of the 4th Quarter Program and Operations (P&O) Report, financial review, public awareness and communications update, and discussion of challenges and opportunities for recruiting, engaging, and retaining emerging professionals. Student Representative Cameron Rodman, Student ASLA, joined the ExCom for the discussion, which began with a review of student and associate membership and engagement trends and ASLA programs and services targeted toward emerging professionals. The committee also discussed leadership development challenges and opportunities. In addition, the committee met with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to discuss the administration’s Climate Resilience Priority Agenda, which includes green infrastructure, climate change, and sustainable natural […]

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Perspectives: An Interview with Chris Pattillo, FASLA

Perspectives: An Interview with Chris Pattillo, FASLA

Chris Pattillo is a principal and landscape architect with PGAdesign in Oakland. Chris was made a Fellow in 2012 and was awarded a 2014 Outstanding Service Award by ASLA for her efforts related to historic landscapes. Chris Pattillo, along with Cathy Garrett and Betsy Flack, founded the Northern California Chapter of the Historic America Landscapes Survey in 2004 and Chris has completed or been involved in documenting 51 of California’s 110 HALS nominations. For more information on HALS see halsca.org.

–Interviewed by Melissa Erikson, ASLA

How did you first get involved in landscape architecture?

I stumbled upon it. As an undergrad at Berkeley I had finished all my required coursework but needed units to graduate. I could take anything for those units. […]

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ASLA Leaders E-Express #350

January 7, 2015

Governance and Administration

Work continues in earnest for a trio of meetings that will be taking place January 22-24. In addition to the Executive Committee’s Winter Meeting on January 23-24, the Presidents Council (ASLA, CLARB, CELA, CSLA, LAAB, and LAF) will meet at ASLA’s headquarters on January 22. In addition, LAAB will hold its meeting at a nearby hotel on January 23-24. The entire group will meet for a joint reception and dinner on January 21.

Headquarters staff held its annual retreat featuring teambuilding exercises and reviewed results of the “Are We Making Progress” and Gallup workforce engagement surveys on December 18. Work will continue on the comments and outcomes throughout 2015.

Draft minutes from the Denver Board meeting and the […]

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ASLA-NCC Presidents’ 2014 Holiday Gala

ASLA-NCC Presidents’ 2014 Holiday Gala

On December 9, 2014, President David Nelson and Past-President Amy Cupples hosted the Chapter’s year-end Holiday Gala at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley.  A convivial crowd of more than 80 members, guests and sponsor representatives gathered to catch up with familiar faces and make new acquaintances as the year drew to a close.

 The Chapter’s new President, David Nelson thanked the outgoing Executive Committee members from the 2013-14 year and introduced the members of the 2014-15 Executive Committee.  A number of representatives from the evening’s sponsors, listed below, were in attendance and were acknowledged for their continued support of chapter activities and the profession.

The Chapter honored its five new members elected to the Council of Fellows in 2014:  Jacinta McCann of AECOM […]

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ASLA Leaders E-Express #349

December 17, 2014

Governance and Administration

Due to the holidays, the next Leaders E-Express will be published on January 7, 2015. Here’s to a safe holiday season for everyone!

President K. Richard Zweifel, FASLA, and President-Elect Chad Danos, FASLA, participated in planning meetings with staff at Headquarters on December 11 and 12. Zweifel, Danos, EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, CFO Michael O’Brien, and  PR Director Terry Poltrack also attended the National Building Museum’s Holiday Gala Thursday evening.  Zweifel, Danos, and Somerville attended the AIA President’s Inaugural on the evening of the 12th. Zweifel and Danos also acted as judges for the annual office holiday decorating competition and had their picture taken with Santa on the green roof.

Staff finalized and sent ASLA’s 2014 application to the state-level Baldrige award […]

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Perspectives: An Interview with David Nelson, ASLA

Perspectives: An Interview with David Nelson, ASLA

- by Chiye Azuma

How did you first get involved in landscape architecture?
When I was five years old my family moved into a new house and I remember my dad would spend the weekends looking for new plants to landscape the yard. My brother and I spent a lot of time helping my dad and he put a lot of thought into whether a plant needed shade or what the drainage was like. I also had a great aunt, Christine Sundine, who we called Aunt Stine, and she was a big influence in our family. She was a  gardener and could point things out, so there was a family connection to gardening. But it was at a family reunion […]

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ASLA Leaders E-Express #348

December 3, 2014

Governance and Administration

Staff are continuing to receive great feedback on the Denver annual meeting from attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. Thanks to everyone who contributed to another successful meeting, and special thanks to the Colorado Chapter!

The annual installation of officers was held on November 24, the final day of the 2014 meeting. Newly installed were: President K. Richard “Dick” Zweifel, FASLA; President-Elect Chad D. Danos, FASLA; Finance VP Jeffrey A. Townsend, ASLA; Professional Practice VP Hunter L. Beckham, FASLA; and Membership VP Keith P. Wilson, ASLA (outgoing California Sierra Chapter trustee). Officers continuing their service are: Education VP Kay Williams, FASLA; Government Affairs VP Thomas R. Doolittle, ASLA; and Communications VP Pamela J. Linn, ASLA.  Mark A. Focht, FASLA, […]

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Portfolio Review 2014

The Mentorship Committee of the ASLA-Northern California Chapter held a Portfolio Review night on June 11, 2014.  Close to 20 participants signed up to have their work reviewed by a panel of five reviewers, consisting of three landscape architects and two architects.  In addition to the individual reviews and feedback from the panel, the participants received  invaluable advice on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing.  Carolyne Orazi, co-chair of the Mentorship Committee, reported that the participants were very happy with their reviews, noting that it seemed like 30 minutes was not enough time.

President-elect David Nelson, ASLA and Gerald Kawamoto, ASLA, both Principals of MPA Design generously gave their time and shared a list of helpful tips (click on link below) for candidates preparing to interview […]

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ASLA Leaders Express #347

November 12, 2014

Governance and Administration

Due to the annual meeting, the next ASLA Leaders E-Express will be on December 3, and will be the annual conference update issue.

Preparations for the Denver governance meetings are ongoing. The agenda for the Executive Committee meeting posts today.  The subcommittee on ExCom performance met by conference call last week to finalize recommendations for full committee discussion in Denver.

It’s live! The redesigned asla.org debuted Thursday with updated styles and footers throughout asla.org after a year-long planning and design process, which included input from staff from every department. The home page offers easy access to the latest happenings at ASLA while also allowing users to delve into all the latest news and educational opportunities for members. […]

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