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2005 Review & ASLA Chapters Look Ahead

The 24 chapters listed in this section supplied information to LASN in time to be included in the December issue. (All 48 were contacted and asked for a short update.) LASN welcomes chapter news updates throughout the year. Send news to

Arkansas Chapter

Melissa M. Evans serves as chapter trustee for Arkansas' ASLA chapter.

Greetings from the Ozarks! Our chapter has had a busy 2005 year.

Last April we celebrated National Landscape Architecture Month and were able to visit various elementary schools in the state.

We met with our senate representatives and our congressman and discussed some important topics and bills for landscape architecture. In the Fall we had our annual awards event, where we gave two merit awards and honored one project with an award. These are just a few events we were able to participate in this year.

We hope to have even more fun and involvement in 2006. We are planning to have a springtime LARE review session for anyone interested in taking the Arkansas LARE test this year. We will also be celebrating NLAM in April with some exciting events. We are planning to visit the elementary schools again to hand out coloring books as well as visiting some local high schools to explain landscape architecture as a viable career option. We will also be looking forward to joining the University of Arkansas student chapter for a fundraising event during the month of April.

Our trustee, chapter president, and president-elect will go to Washington, D.C. for the mid-year meetings and participate in Lobby Day on the Hill.

We will also be looking forward to a July landscape architecture barbeque, where we will get all of the Landscape Architects in the area together for a summer celebration. In the Fall we will travel to Minneapolis for the annual ASLA Convention.

Our executive committee gets together in the winter every year and has a retreat to plan the events of the coming year.

The Arkansas Chapter puts out 3-4 newsletters a year with all of our chapter events and news. Look for the next newsletter on our chapter website in December.

California, Northern Chapter

Jeff George is president of the northern California Chapter of the ASLA for 2006.

Here we go... Although it's just November as I write this, the new executive committee for the Northern California Chapter is in place and has already begun to plan for an exciting and busy 2006.

Looking to 2006 we welcome new executive committee members Ive Haugland, Director, and Rick LeBrasseur, Director in joining continuing members Jeff George, President, Todd Bronk, President Elect, Kristine Gillespie, Vice President, Kirsten Johnson, Treasurer, and Mike Scheele, Trustee. We also welcome Melissa Erikson as the new editor of the chapter newsletter, 'UPDATE'.

In 2006 the chapter will continue to provide exciting and informative programs and events, and to represent our members on important state and national legislative issues. A brief look at continuing and developing events include:

Continuing Events: Professional Lecture Series - Consisting of three lecture or panel discussion style presentations throughout the year (location, schedule and themes to be announced); Annual Chapter Meeting and Awards Presentation - Scheduled for April, 2006; Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE) Review Course - A weekend preparatory session for the licensing exam (schedule to be announced).

Developing Events: Educational Outreach Program - Activities may include school 'Career Day' presentations, a mentorship program, and development of a scholarship fund.; Holiday Mixer - A social gathering for members and friends highlighted by an informal, entertaining presentation; Public Relations Campaign - past president Sarah Sutton will be the acting Public Relations Chairperson for the chapter and will steer our efforts to establish a more visible public presence of chapter news and activities.

California, San Diego Chapter

Congratulations go out to Pat Caughey, FASLA, President of Wimmer Yamada and Caughey, on his election as the 2007 ASLA national president. Caughey has been a driving force in our local landscape community, having served on the ASLA San Diego Chapter Board and as president. He will officially become the national president at the ASLA annual meeting in October. This is the second time our San Diego chapter has had one of our members become national president. The first time was with Dennis Otsuji, FASLA, in 1997.

How did Caughey become a national industry leader? He took that initial step and became involved in our industry through the ASLA San Diego Chapter. A number of firm principals pay for their associates' ASLA dues and have encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities offered through ASLA. But, many members never take advantage of the great networking and professional benefits ASLA has to offer. Where else can you meet and see the work of world-renowned landscape icons? (hint: the SD/ASLA lecture series). If you haven't taken that step to become fully licensed in the profession, where can you meet with others to study for the LARE exam? (hint: the SD/ASLA- sponsored LARE study sessions).

Your San Diego ASLA Chapter encourages you to step up and become a member of the SD/ASLA Chapter Executive Committee. We are accepting nominations (yes, you can nominate yourself!) for the following offices: President Elect, Treasurer, Membership, Social, Secretary and the California Council of ASLA representative.

Frank Brower, Burton and Associates and Glen Schmidt, Schmidt Design Group have been given the honorary ASLA Fellows designation by ASLA National. Fellows are Landscape Architects with at least ten years of full membership in ASLA, elected to Fellowship in honor of their outstanding contributions to the profession. Categories for nomination and election are: Works of Landscape Architecture; Administrative Work; Knowledge; and Service to the Profession. There have been a total of 896 Fellows elected since 1899. Out of five nominations presented by the SD/ASLA executive board, only two received the honor. This designation is presented annually.

Colorado Chapter

Jane Kulik is the Colorado chapter's president-elect.

In his recent letter to the Colorado ASLA chapter members, John Birkey, the chapter president and principal with Norris Dullea, gave special thanks to Jane Kulik, the chapter's president-elect and acknowledged the efforts of Donna Ralston (manager), Ron Bevans (trustee), Matt Spidell (past president), and members Janet Meisel Burns, Troy Sibelius and Brian Braa, among others.

Birkey reports the chapter expanded the membership, continued to increase resources towards the licensure effort, instituted several new programs and collaborated with the academic community, AIA, Urban Land Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Denver was the host city for the National Licensure Summit in early June. During National Landscape Architecture Month, the members contributed time and gave tours of landscape architecture works in the widely-attended "Doors Open Denver" program. The chapter expects next year to have additional landscapes on the tour to help build awareness of our profession and the contributions LAs make to communities.

The chapter received two grants from the ASLA National as part of the Chapter Initiative Program. The first was for the Bronze Medallion, a form of recognition that will be available to the chapter's President's Award of Excellence and Honor Award recipients. Medallions will be placed at winning project sites to heighten public awareness of the role Landscape Architects play in shaping the environment and public spaces.

Connecticut Chapter

The CTASLA presented the 2005 Connecticut Olmsted award to state Senator Bill Finch (22nd Dist.) during an "Olmsted Celebration" at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The award is given annually by CTASLA for outstanding commitment to stewardship of the land.

On Oct. 18 the CTASLA held a public "Olmsted Celebration" at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Conn. that included presenting the 2005 Connecticut Olmsted award to State Senator Bill Finch, and included an illustrated presentation on Olmsted sites in Connecticut and an update on the recently formed Connecticut Olmsted Heritage Alliance.

"We're very pleased to be able to present our Connecticut Olmsted Award to Bill Finch," said CTASLA president Rod Cameron. "His actions as a citizen, and as a member of our legislature, have been very much in sync with Olmsted's philosophies about preservation of our natural resources and landscape heritage."

Recently named co-chairman of the legislature's Environment Committee, Senator Finch, of Bridgeport, has championed efforts in the state to reduce air pollution by encouraging the use of biodiesel fuels and is a chief proponent of a stronger "bottle bill" in Connecticut.

Senator Finch is also the architect of Public Act 05-179, which recognizes April 26th each year as "Frederick Law Olmsted Day." The new law is the result of a four-year effort by Finch to raise awareness of the vast influences of Olmsted's legacy on the way we think about public lands and open space. Turning the spotlight on Olmsted each year will encourage land use decision-makers and members of the public to take renewed interest in preserving Connecticut's landscape heritage.

The "Olmsted Celebration" was co-sponsored by the Rockfall Foundation, the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the Long Hill Estate Authority, the Connecticut Olmsted Heritage Alliance and the CTASLA.

Florida Chapter

Florida's ASLA chapter played host to the association's 2005 Meeting and Expo in Ft. Lauderdale (seen here). The chapter's Kevin R. Boyett of WilsonMiller and Paul Kissinger of EDSA chaired the host committee.

Hurricane Wilma disrupted the south of the state in October but did nowhere near the amount of damage hurricanes Katrina and Rita wreaked on the Gulf states this year.

Chapter president Kevin Boyett's workplace--at WilsonMiller in Naples--was closed for four days following Wilma. But the closure was due to a power outage, not structural damage.

The fact that damage was kept to a minimum is due in large part to hard lessons learned by the state's design community. This year's relatively low storm toll "does increase awareness of what design professionals can accomplish in the way of safety and disaster planning," Boyett said in November.

In more routine matters, Florida's ASLA chapter continues to grow, expanding from close to 800 members last year to near 900 this December. Boyett, whose term began at the Oct. ASLA show, said he wants to expand the chapter's administrative staff to better serve its members. That will mean hiring an executive director and accounting staff.

"Since we are such a large chapter it's becoming hard to provide service for so many with an all-volunteer staff," he said.

Another highlight from 2005 was National Landscape Architecture Month in April, when Gov. Jeb Bush signed a proclamation recognizing the work of the state's Landscape Architects. The chapter also garnered recognition for its walkability survey in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, which published a long piece on the survey, that mentioned FLASLA several times. This was followed by a Tribune editorial praising FLASLA's efforts, stressing the need for more walkable communities, and encouraging readers to participate in the survey.

Looking ahead to 2006, the Florida chapter plans to help its neighbors in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi by hosting a group meeting in Destin, Fla. this summer. The gesture will help the smaller and storm-ravaged chapters as they continue recovery efforts.

"These are much smaller chapters so it's harder for them to hold an event every year," Boyett said. "We're going to make it a community deep-south event."

Georgia Chapter

From left: Dale Jaeger, president of the Georgia chapter, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood and Ron Sawhill, immediate past president.

Dale Jaeger, the new president of the Georgia chapter, reports the state will receive $7.55 billion over the next six years from the SAFETEA-LU Act recently passed by Congress, valued at $286 billion. Georgia. This legislation is built on the foundation of the successful ISTEA and TEA-21 highway programs. Chapter reps. Jaeger and Ron Sawhill, then the chapter president, had the opportunity to met with U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood during Lobby Day 2005. Norwood, along with other members of Georgia's delegation, was instrumental in the passage of the bill.

The program includes transportation enhancement, congestion mitigation, air quality improvement, plus $370 million to develop and maintain trails and $175 million for the scenic byways program. The program will also provide funds for various feasibility studies for major highways and many other projects.

One of the elements of the program of particular interest to Landscape Architects includes environmental stewardship. This program retains and increases funding for environmental programs of TEA-21 and adds new programs focused on the environment, including a pilot program for nonmotorized transportation and safe routes to school. The funding seeks to demonstrate that walking and bicycling can play a major role in transportation solutions for some. The act includes significant new environmental requirements for statewide and metropolitan planning. Jaeger said Georgia's Washington delegation was instrumental in this legislation and the funding it includes for projects within the state.

Iowa Chapter

Robert France, adjunct associate professor of landscape ecology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, was among the speakers at the chapter's annual meeting. France specializes in dealing with rainwater in more efficient ways through building and landscape design. He spoke on environmental restoration and how it can be a foundation for a new communion with nature. He also examined our relationship with water and an overview of today's watershed problems.

The chapter 's annual convention was Oct. 20-21 at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines. The theme was elevating the concept of "green infrastructure" (the air, land and water) to the same level as the built infrastructure, including roads, electric power lines and water treatment facilities. The meeting included a tour of some site specific projects that highlight conservation design best management practices, including permeable paving, rain gardens and bioswales, conservation community planning and permeable asphalt. A good example of this type of planning was the feature of Jay Womack's work in the Midwest in our Nov. issue, "Rainwater Recycling and Ecology--A Basis for Planning and Design."

The conference sessions included information on how to cross political jurisdictions to strategically plan and manage networks of protected green space that can serve multiple purposes. Sessions included "Strategies for Watershed Planning and Open Space Green Infrastructure" (Grant Jones); "Nature Friendly Ordinances" (James McElfish); "Deep Immersion: Water Schizophrenia and Watershed Restoration" (Robert France); Landscapes as a Framework for Planning" (Grant Jones); and a panel discussion on "Watershed Planning in Iowa." It is fair to say the attendees left with a better understanding of green infrastructure and watershed planning and how each could benefit the Midwest.

Illinois Chapter

A sledding hill was built as part of the new parkland landscaping plan, to the southeast of Soldier Field. The 33-foot tall hill with a slope of 220 feet also provides views of the city and lakefront. In the warmer months, it will be carpeted with wildflowers.

"This year, we are lucky to have an especially dedicated individual in Ann Viger," notes Jay Womack, ASLA, a past president of the Illinois chapter in the Oct. ILASLA newsletter. "I say this because Ann had served previously as ILASLA president and has agreed to serve again, during a time when our chapter will need an experienced person at the helm as we charter new waters for licensure. I have not spent a lot of time with Ann but from everything I hear, she will be a great leader and asset to the chapter."

ILASLA's 2005 year-end Celebration banquet and awards ceremony will take place December 9 at the Westin River North in Chicago. Invitations and ticket information will be issued as the event nears. The date was changed to Friday to encourage larger attendance. The chapter is exploring opportunities.

The Illinois chapter is scheduled to honor the Soldier Field project in December with the 2005 Illinois Chapter ASLA Honor Award for public design.

"This is a particularly special honor because this is the first major design award for this project that we've won for our particular profession," said Peter Lindsay Schaudt of Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture, Inc., the Landscape Architect. "We will be resubmitting this project for consideration of a national ASLA award next year."

The new Soldier Field has won 16 awards since reopening to the public in September 2003. Praise for the stadium, which was one of the city's largest public works project in recent history, includes honors from construction associations and publications, civic organizations and environmental groups.

Indiana Chapter, ASLA

INASLA President Scott Siefker presented an Award of Excellence to (from left) Jessi Foerster, and Clinton Winkler of HNTB; and to Mike Hollowaty of INDOT and Ron Taylor of HNTB.

The Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects celebrated the end of another successful year with their annual meeting and awards program on Oct. 21. The event was held at the Indianapolis Art Center and was centered around the theme of "Community Connections." Part of the day's program included education sessions, a tour of the recently opened outdoor sculpture park: ARTSPARK, luncheon, keynote address by Astrid Haryati, ASLA, director of landscape initiatives for the Office of the Mayor for the City of Chicago. ASLA Vice President Gary Kesler also attended the annual meeting and provided an update of ASLA national activities to attendees. The student design and professional design awards were also presented during the event.

The chapter celebrated National Landscape Architecture Month in April in grand style, hosting several events including a student office-hop and INASLA Past-President's roundtable discussion, trail dedication in Columbus, Ind., sponsored a booth at the Indiana Earth Day Festival and held the 2nd Annual 5K Family Fun-Run/Walk at Ft. Harrison State Park.

Kansas, Prairie Gateway Chapter

Keith Billick is president-elect of the Prairie Gateway chapter.

The Prairie Gateway chapter of ASLA is the local chapter for Landscape Architects and associate members in the state of Kansas and the western third of Missouri. The most significant highlight in 2005 is the establishment of the Mark D. Moore Memorial Scholarship for a student in the landscape architectural program at Kansas State University. The scholarship is funded mostly from the chapter's annual golf tournament with other contributions stemming from individual donations. This scholarship honors a former graduate of the K-State program and a respected practitioner in the Kansas City area. PGASLA also is proud to announce the induction of Stephanie Rolley, a professor of landscape architecture at Kansas State, into the 2005 Class of Fellows.

In 2006, PGASLA will join the Iowa, St. Louis, Oklahoma, and Great Plains chapters to create a Central States Conference and Awards Program. The first event will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 18 and 19.

Mississippi Chapter

Hurricane Katrina moved this massive casino barge across Hwy. 90 (the coast is to the left of the photo) near Biloxi, Miss. Photo: Jack Swayze, Davey Tree

The Mississippi Chapter of ASLA (MSASLA) enjoyed a good year in 2005--at least until Hurricane Katrina hit in August. Our membership increased, our constituency involvement improved, our state legislature approved HB 311, which eliminated the sunset legislation, making the licensure law permanent, and our public relations efforts were well received.

Our chapter faces an exciting and daunting task in 2006. As everyone is aware the Miss., La., Texas and Ala. Gulf Coast were devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The outpouring of support from ASLA and the landscape architecture profession has been very strong. While hurricane related efforts will primarily define the upcoming years in our state and our chapter, we look forward to continuing and building upon the chapter's previous successes.

Of particular importance to our chapter this year is to add value to our membership through continuing education offerings, honor outstanding examples of landscape architecture through an awards program, honor a deserving leader for outstanding leadership, and promote Landscape Architecture Month with a host of events that educate and enlighten Mississippians on the value of landscape architecture.

Mississippi State's undergraduate program in landscape architecture is listed among the top 15 programs in the country by DesignIntelligence, a national publication published by Greenway Communications for the Design Futures Council. DesignIntelligence released the rankings in its sixth edition of "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools." MSU was 15th out of 66 programs the publication ranked, with Ohio State University topping the list.

ASLA Mississippi Chapter is also proud to announce that Pete Melby, ASLA, MS chapter member and MSU LA faculty member, has been recognized for his efforts to promote sustainable design and "green" building technologies in Land Development Today ( article, "Mississippi State: Practicing What They Preach , examines the collaborative efforts of Melby and Tom Cathcart, an MSU biological engineer, and their commitment to embody the LA department's mission statement, "sustainable design through applied technology" - in the new Department of Landscape Architecture facility.

Nevada Chapter

The Nevada ASLA adorned the streets of North Las Vegas with 50 banners celebrating National Landscape Architecture Month in April.

NASLA will continue our membership drive to push the state tally from 88 to over 100 before the end of the year. Plans are in the works to institute a collaborative effort between the students and professionals in the membership towards a mentorship program. Our goal is to further educate the community in the principles of landscape architecture design, and offer an understanding of the service we provide.

In 2005, the Nevada Chapter ASLA was involved in several events at the local, state, and national level.

For 2006, the executive committee brainstormed ideas for increasing membership. The winner was to award a member for outstanding efforts in the local chapter. A point system was created to encourage active member participation and an outstanding prize was to be awarded at the Pink Flamingo Banquet in December. The prize included a weekend stay at the Four Seasons Aviara in San Diego County complete with airfare.

As a part of the National Chapter Initiative Program, the Nevada Chapter had 50 banners made to promote landscape architecture. The banners were hung on light poles along a major thoroughfare in the City of North Las Vegas. NASLA held a design charrette and several landscape students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas participated in the competition. Student Representative Sandy Low won for best design.

The Northern Section in Reno coordinated a tree planting ceremony at the University of Nevada, Reno to honor Frankie Sue Del Papa who has been a champion for landscape architecture for many years.

The Nevada Chapter was a co-sponsor of the publication/debut of the Centennial Edition of Trees for Tomorrow: A Southern Nevada Guide to Tree Selection and Care. The booklet was dedicated to the memory of Nanyu 'Tomi' Tomiyasu (1912-2002) who was a long time resident of Las Vegas and a horticulturalist. This re-publication was due largely to the editorial efforts of Dr. Teri Knight who later received the NASLA Annual Award of Appreciation for her outstanding contribution to the green industry.

New Mexico Chapter

Ken Romig is the New Mexico chapter's president-elect.

Robert Oberdorfer, the New Mexico ASLA chapter's past president, had some interesting commentary in the chapter's summer newsletter. He spoke about a catch word that we have talked about around here--sustainable. Oberforfer points out that planners, designers and politicians "throw the term around liberally, applying it to everything from agriculture to zero-waste/emissions programs."

The chapter had the opportunity to hear Kim Sorvig, research professor of landscape architecture at UNM, speak on the aesthetics of sustainability at the 2005 NMASLA Golf Outing luncheon. According to a report on Sorvig's talk by Judy Kowalski, chapter secretary, Sorvig suggested abandoning the concept that sustainability and beauty are mutually exclusive and calls those who hold onto that outdated image "designasaurs." Sorvig notes that much of the large-scale development employs large, simple shapes based on two-dimensional Euclidean or plane geometry. The result, he says, is ecological and functional inefficiency, such as "big box stores use excessive amounts of energy for heating, cooling, and lighting, for example, compared with smaller, more complex structures (fractal forms) can take advantage of solar energy and microclimate effects of vegetation.

He also points to engineered slopes typically seen along freeways that are more difficult to vegetate and more prone to erosion than "landform grading" pioneered by Horst Schor in Anaheim, Calif. Landform grading produces slopes based on natural patterns of soils.

North Carolina Chapter

Susan M. Hatchell, FASLA, is the North Carolina chapter's ASLA trustee.

Uptown, Downtown & All Around was the theme for the 2005 NCASLA Fall Conference held in Greensboro this September.

Tim Knowles of Borum, Wade and Associates, P.A. located in Greensboro planned the conference theme and presentations to address the national trend of businesses and residences to return to the downtown central business districts. This "New Urbanism" was the focus of this year's fall conference in downtown Greensboro ... (where infill and renovation projects are popping up everywhere!).

Greensboro has recently constructed a new baseball stadium downtown, has a multi-million dollar park (design by Halvorson Design Partnership) under construction and an award-winning mixed-use development (design by DPZ). A variety of speakers will cover topics including some case studies of the projects under way in Greensboro. This year there will also be speakers on residential landscape architecture including James Hiss (co-author of "Residential Landscape Architecture") and Chip Calloway. Breakfast Table Topics allowed attendees to choose from several table discussions during a relaxed Saturday breakfast.

Walking tours were integrated this year, including "Southside", an American Planning Association award winner and a downtown art walking tour led by Erik Beerbower, sculptor and owner of Lyndon Street Artworks.

The conference ended with a choice of attending a studio tour of sculptor James Gallucci's. He is working on a memorial for 9-11 and hosted a barbecue lunch during the tour, which was followed by a design charette for those interested in participating.

As an alternative some attendees chose to attend a Special Graphics Workshop by James Hiss, FASLA of The EDGE Group. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn graphic techniques pertinent to landscape architecture design.

Ohio Chapter

On Feb. 15, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft signed a new law requiring the state's landscape architects to complete additional education units every two years.

The Ohio chapter has its roots in a historic three-state chapter that included Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. As the ranks of Landscape Architects grew, this tri-state chapter split into three single-state chapters that are still in existence today. In Jan. 2005, the Ohio chapter hired an association manager, Beth Adamson. Beth's experience with volunteer-based professional organizations provides a new resource for our members and volunteers. A new website was launched mid-year. Email bulletins and updates are provided in conjunction with the website.

Ohio's governor signed a continuing education requirement into law in February, bolstering Ohio's existing Practice Act for Landscape Architects. The Ohio Chapter was pleased with the success of our lobbying effort. Education sessions in 2005 included seminars on stormwater design, green roofs, and site lighting, as well as an LARE review session.

The annual meeting and awards took place April 1, ushering in Landscape Architecture Month with 125 members in attendance to enjoy a speech from Patrick Miller, ASLA national president. The full-day meeting was held in conjunction with LABASH at Ohio State University, with over 300 students and national caliber speakers providing tremendous energy to the proceedings.

A service project by the Buckeye Section provided design assistance for a community garden in an under-served neighborhood near downtown Columbus. Members held a design charette and worked with community volunteers to develop a concept plan for Hope Park, and will continue to participate in the grassroots effort for this neighborhood improvement project.

Oregon Chapter

2005 Festival of Flowers at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square was designed by University of Oregon landscape architecture students.

The Oregon Chapter is in the midst of a yearlong project called, "The Pacific Northwest Design--a Retrospective." Within this project, which aims to look at the uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest and highlight important contributions of people and place to the region, a variety of events unfold. Namely, a lecture series, a student design competition for the Festival of Flowers, a scholarship endowment auction, a symposium, tours and our biennial design awards ceremony. Visit for more information.

On June 17th, Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square will officially open the Annual Festival of Flowers Celebration. This year's design titled, "Reframing Northwest Style," was designed by a team of University of Oregon students from the School of Landscape Architecture.

This year's design was unique because it was chosen as a result of a design competition held at the University of Oregon School of Landscape Architecture. The design competition was conducted by the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as part of their 15-month outreach and education project which aims to evoke, reveal, explore and acknowledge "Pacific Northwest Design".

The Oregon Chapter has approximately 220 members and is based in Portland, along with Chapter Sections which meet in the Willamette Valley and the Crater Lake areas of the state. With Portland continuously ranked as one of the best places to live, the city is experiencing a major growth period. Likewise, our industry is benefiting from this economic surge, as we help preserve and contribute to the quality of life in the region.

Tennessee Chapter

Michael F. Fowler, ASLA, is chapter trustee for Tennessee's ASLA chapter.

This year's Capital Hill Day was built on the success of the previous years. We had an opportunity to meet with our legislators and talk about the importance of landscape architecture in the state as well as having the opportunity to meet with Gov. Bredesen and have April proclaimed as "Landscape Architecture Month in Tennessee."

In support of National Landscape Architecture Month, we requested Gov. Bredesen to proclaim Landscape Architecture Month in Tennessee in April. During Capitol Hill Day, Gov. Bredesen proclaimed Landscape Architecture Month and presented our membership with a proclamation. In many of our communities, we were recognized by local officials in proclaiming Landscape Architecture Day or Month. Throughout the state, articles were written proclaiming the benefits of "Active Living By Design", our theme for Landscape Architecture Month. This provided the public with the awareness of our profession and contributions we make towards our livable communities and the role Landscape Architects play in active living for healthier life styles in Tennessee. Our membership had opportunities to make presentations to local schools, civic clubs and other organizations.

A program has been initiated within TNASLA to recognize, document, and promote cultural, historic, and natural landscape landmarks within the state of Tennessee. Initial planning and program development has begun in 2005 with the objective for the coming year to start the program. It is the desire of TNASLA that the Tennessee Landscape Landmarks can be used to recognize and promote significant landscape landmarks within our schools, tourism and conservation areas. In addition, the program is intended to recognize public and private support for landscape architecture and the professional design profession of landscape architecture to the public.

Texas Chapter

Jean Kavanaugh is president-elect of Texas' ASLA chapter.

The economy in Texas is red hot. Every Landscape Architect I talk with in Texas is extremely busy. I think the only thing that might slow our business down is shortages in materials and high prices for materials due to high fuel prices and recent destruction from the 2005 hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast.

As I step into the ASLA Texas Chapter president role for 2005-2006, the chapter is stronger than it has ever been thanks to Brent Baker, immediate past president, and Ann McGinnis our Texas Chapter Trustee.

A lot of work, by many committee members and executive committee officers has gone on during this past year to get to this point. Moreover, I thank each one of them for their service to the membership; however, as the saying goes "the fun has just begun." To make this website an interactive, up-to-date benefit to our profession, much work is still ahead.

My goals for the coming year are to see the website fulfill its potential, expand the role Texas ASLA can play in continuing education for the profession, and grow our membership by finding new opportunities Texas ASLA can provide to its members.

Utah Chapter

Janet L. Striefel, FASLA, serves as chapter trustee for Utah's ASLA chapter.

A jury has selected a handful of projects from around the state to be honored with the 2005 Utah Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Award. The awards were presented on Sept, 30, at the Utah Chapter's annual meeting.

The chapter bi-annually gives awards in five categories: Design, Planning and Analysis, Communication, Paper Landscape Architecture, and Research.

In the Design category, the Award of Excellence was given to Rotary Play Park at Liberty Park designed by Landmark Design Inc. of Salt Lake City. The clients were the Salt Lake City Corporation Public Services Division and the Salt Lake City Rotary Foundation. According to Rick Graham, Salt Lake City Public Services Director, the park reflects the intense collaborative process that involved not only the designer and clients, but the community, as well. "The community provided creative input through public design forums and idea-sharing meetings. Without that input, the park would not be nearly as unique or enticing to children," Graham said.

There is good reason to celebrate at the start of 2006! Utah governor Huntsman has now signed H.B.13, the "Occupational and Professional Licensing Sunset Amendment". This amends the Legislative Oversight and Sunset Act and thereby eliminates repeal dates for the licensure of certain occupations and professions by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, including landscape architecture.

This means the Landscape Architects Licensing Act will not be subject to sunset review again (it was scheduled for 2008). This is a major victory for all Utah licensed landscape architects and especially for the ASLA Utah Chapter which spearheaded the drive to include our law in this legislation.

Vermont Chapter

Jim Donovan is chapter trustee for Vermont's ASLA chapter.

The Vermont Chapter of the ASLA seeks to augment the perception and practice of landscape architecture by embracing professional guidelines, encouraging dialogue among practitioners, collaborating with those in related fields, and benefitting the public good. The chapter hosts frequent educational lectures, and provides members and friends with bulletins highlighting relevant events. In addition, the VTASLA holds monthly meetings, organizes the annual awards banquet, arranges office visits, and plans regular social gatherings.

The Vermont Chapter of ASLA is proud that the honor of fellow has been bestowed on Jim Donovan for his devoted service to the profession and the Society. We are privileged to be the beneficiaries of his outstanding hard work. Donovan has been an active member of both the Connecticut and Vermont chapters since 1984. His involvement was critical to the formation of the Vermont Chapter in 1999, and his tireless efforts and endless enthusiasm are significant contributor's to the current success of our chapter.

Donovan was elected as the first VT Chapter Trustee and continues to mentor VTASLA leadership and members in National involvement. As chair of the VTASLA Professional Licensing Committee, he is taking the lead role in the diverse efforts required to introduce and pass legislation to license the practice of landscape architecture in Vermont by initiating and coordinating these efforts.

Virginia Chapter

Lynn Crump is the Virginia chapter's president-elect.

The Virginia Chapter of ASLA recognized Leon App, Don Lederer, Dick Gibbons, and Vaughn Rinner at the association's 2005 Annual Meeting on April 16 in Richmond.

Leon Eugene App was presented with the Stewardship Award for outstanding contributions to the protection and management of the Commonwealth's natural resources. Members nominate the candidates and the executive committee selects the winner.

Chapter president Luigi Mignardi presented Don Lederer and Dick Gibbons with the Distinguished Service award. This honor, presented by executive committee, recognizes members who have demonstrated sustained, outstanding service to the chapter.

Vaughan Rinner of LandMark Design Group in Virginia Beach was presented with the President's Award, which is given at the discretion of the current chapter president in recognition of the efforts on behalf of the chapter and its programs over the course of the previous year. "Vaughan has been a mentor for many of us on the executive committee. Her time, energy, and commitment have been invaluable to the organization," said Mignardi.

Washington Chapter

Frank R. Ide is chapter trustee for Washington state's ASLA chapter.

Accomplish-ments for the Washington chapter in 2005 were numerous. Membership grew 4.5 percent to 318 members, we sent two emails per week on average to members and we became, officially, WASLA, Inc.

The chapter also co-hosted the Wenatchee Trails Charrette with the National Parks Service as the fifth in a series of community assistance events. Other events included the WASLA Design Awards program that sold out a week ahead of the event with 47 entries for awards. The first ever WASLA Golf Tournament was held at Foster Golf Course redesigned by The Berger Partnership.One WASLA representative attended the 2005 licensure summit meeting in Colorado. Five WASLA representatives attended the ASLA meeting in Florida--traveling with 2005 revenue diversification funds.

In October through December, WASLA will contact the state offices about a draft practice act bill. WASLA will submit draft text for the House and Senate versions of the bill as well as develop a list of tentative bill sponsors. We will be developing talking points for meeting with legislators for a handout brochure. WASLA will be pre-filing the bill for the 2006 session and setting appointments with legislators on the referral committees for Legislative Weekend in early December.

The months of January through March, 2006 will be busy. The short legislative session will occupy the most time for Government Affairs committee tasks related to the practice act.

A WASLA leadership conference is planned for early 2006. A major open space charrette funded by ASLA, WASLA, ULI and planned by University of Washington staff working with local firms is planned for early February.

The Landscape Architecture Month in April will be celebrated with several events including visibility articles in the media and promotion of the Active Living theme to get folks out to actually enjoy and use great local landscape areas.

Wisconsin Chapter

Shawn T. Kelly is chapter trustee for Wisconsin's ASLA chapter.

This year's spring conference was an enjoyable and thought-provoking event. The venue was the award-winning Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. Robert L. Thayer provided the keynote to the event, and WASLA featured a workshop session with Randall Arendt, as well as presentations by Nancy Aten, Susan Thering and Sonya Newenhouse; all around the theme "Design for a Sustainable Future."

The 4th Annual WASLA Golf Outing was held on Friday, Oct. 8, at The Broadlands Golf Club in North Prairie, Wis.

Proceeds from this event were earmarked for WASLA sponsored scholarships for landscape architecture students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. WASLA received over $2,000 this year, thanks to participants in the event. A big thank you goes out to our hole sponsors: Cold Spring Granite - Todd Olson; County Materials Corporation - Dale Laurin; Holophane Lighting - Bob Beno; Landscapeforms - Mary Sallstro; Lee Recreation - Vern and Lana Lee; Spectrum Lighting, Valmont & Lumec - Tom Tews; Unilock - Bryan Schultz and Bob Klovas.

News and additional chapter information are available at the websites listed below. A complete list of links to the websites are available at Visitors can click on "About Us" and then "Chapters."





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See You Again in '06!

Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, is an iconic work located in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

ASLA chapters meet again at the association's 2006 Meeting and EXPO this Oct. 6 through 9 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minneapolis boasts a variety of outstanding examples of landscape architecture and urban planning, including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which features a garden designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA; Peavey Plaza, a visually complex space designed by M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA; Nicollet Mall, the first transit mall in the world to make a downtown street devoted to pedestrians with a transit bus to bring people into it, originally designed by Lawrence Halprin, FASLA; and many other intriguing urban spaces.

Known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis is scenically situated on the Mississippi River and embraces more than 22 lakes within the city limits. The city offers something for everyone, including world-class hotels, restaurants, museums, and theaters. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts features paintings and sculpture from Monet to modern, while the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum is a shimmering sculpture in itself. The area's largest modern art museum is the Walker Art Center. Next door, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden features the whimsical fountain, Spoonbridge and Cherry, which has become a signature symbol of the city.

To submit an education session proposal for consideration, visit and click on "Next year's meeting." The deadline for submission is Jan. 9.

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