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Bob Perry on Plants & Water: Sustainability and Landscape Design

Bob Perry on Plants & Water: Sustainability and Landscape Design

The ASLA-NCC South Bay Lecture series continued in full swing with a presentation by Bob Perry, FASLA on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Attendees came from around the Bay Area to hear Perry’s presentation on plants, water, and how to use them sustainably in landscape design. Perry also spent time before and after the presentation speaking with guests of the lecture and signing copies of his comprehensive plant reference book, Landscape Plants for California Gardens.

The series continues to produce a strong turnout as word spreads about the lecture opportunities closer to residents of the South Bay area. The main audience for the events draws from the coastal areas and residents of the East Bay. Many attendees noted they […]

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ASLA Public Awareness Conference

ASLA Public Awareness Conference

- by Carolyne Orazi

Tampa, FL
9-11 January 2015
Hosted by Terry, Karen and J.R.

ASLA has loads of collateral material to help us. (click here to download the Chapter PR Handbook 2015)

In the past year, there were 14,539 mentions/references to Landscape Architecture in the top media outlets

13% increase at National in 2014 on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Pinterest.

Ideas for World Landscape Architecture Month. These were ideas from suggested by the group and selected by the conference holders:

Work with schools (k-8), high schools, farms, habitats etc.
Future cities competition
Bike/walk to landmarks in city.
Sketch walk of cities and towns.
Exchange award judging with chosen international city/country
Resilient communities
Job shadowing: Skype with schools, bring children into offices
Commonalities internationally related to Landscape Architecture
Working with countries without IFLA
Working with non-profits.

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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.
Almost […]

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ASLA Leaders E-Express #353

February 18, 2015

 

Governance and Administration

 

Information and links for the 2015 ASLA Midyear Meeting and Advocacy Day were sent to the BOT and CPC today. The annual strategic priorities survey will be distributed to the BOT and the CPC The results of the survey will be reviewed and discussed at the midyear BOT meeting in Washington. The deadline for responses is March 13. BOT questions may be directed to Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA; CPC questions to Susanna Butler, Membership; and Advocacy Day questions to Mark Cason, Government Affairs.

 

On February 9-10, President Richard Zweifel, FASLA, visited with students and faculty at Cal Poly Pomona (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona). During the two-day visit, President Zweifel met with student […]

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ASLA Leaders E-Express #352

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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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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