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Peter Briggs, Alaska ASLA Chapter President
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Alaska Chapter

Report from Peter Briggs, Chapter President

The Minneapolis ASLA meeting saw an attendance from Alaska in excess of 30 percent of our membership. (While as a small chapter we have to work around small things like our budget, we can also use statistics to show the larger things we do... like member participation).

This year was a milestone in our fundraising efforts to establish a scholarship for Alaskan students seeking to study landscape architecture. We launched this academic scholarship by advertising a minimum award goal of $1,000. Fundraising efforts will continue toward an endowment to support a larger award. We were also recognized by ASLA this year for our contribution to Landscape Architecture Month--a garden design workshop for the Anchorage community. This is a regular annual event to raise our profile and contribute funds to our scholarship endowment. Chapter members have also been active with landscape ordinance development and rewrites in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

For the upcoming year, we will continue these activities and increase our visibility in the community. We plan to draw on member expertise and generate a series of newspaper articles for local Alaskan media and be a part of the upcoming International Polar Year 2007-2008. This event goal is encouraging research of the arctic regions and increasing the focus on northern peoples and their environment.

A long-term goal is the potential for a landscape architecture degree program in Alaska. While our population is small we feel an Alaskan program could attract students from other states. Beyond typical degree elements, a program in Alaska would have an incredible amount to offer those interested in natural resources, parks, tourism, planning and northern design. We are just beginning to investigate this.

All is well in Alaska and we're looking forward to another interesting year.

Arkansas Chapter

Report from Melissa Evans, Trustee:

We kicked off National Landscape Architecture Month with a 30th Anniversary Celebration for our chapter and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The celebration, held at La Maison des Tartes, was in conjunction with the UA School of Architecture's 60th Anniversary. We also participated in the opening of the Fayetteville Farmer's Market and Fayetteville's Annual Celebration of Trees giveaway.

Frances Beatty, 2007 president, Arkansas ASLA Chapter

The end of April brought the Garvan Woodland Gardens Symposium in Hot Springs with "The Nature of Golf" theme. This is a program created by the UA Landscape Architecture Department and sponsored by Arkansas ASLA.

Arkansas ASLA Executive Committee members attended ASLA's Lobby Day in May in Washington, D.C., and the ASLA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Other 2006 events included school visits in the late spring to bring awareness of the profession to elementary-age children and a new monthly professional socializing even called "Last Fridays," a "Happy Hour" on the last Friday of each month. In the summer, the executive committee held their annual retreat.

Melissa Evans, Trustee

2007 promises to be busy. The Last Fridays tradition will continue, as will our National Landscape Architecture Month celebrations. An Awards Program is planned for the fall and the executive committee will have a retreat. The newsletter was revamped in 2006 and will be published a couple of times in 2007. There are also plans to upgrade the chapter's website. Though the Arkansas Chapter of ASLA is a small chapter, we are able to be active in our communities and promote the stewardship values of landscape architecture.

Northern Calif. Chapter

Executive director: Joe Owen
President: Jeff George

ASLA Expo San Francisco Bound

The big news for the chapter is hosting next year's ASLA Expo in San Francisco. The first meeting of the Host Chapter Planning Committee was July 26 at the offices of Golden Associates. The meetings will continue every other month, but become monthly as the event draws nearer. The "pub crawl" was dropped from the event agenda to give more focus to tours, field sessions, etc. Firms are being sought to showcase their work for the tours, as are two subcommittee chairs to handle meeting planning tasks.

Business Seminar

The chapter again partnering with Bill Truby, speaker, author and co-founder of the Truby Achievement Center, to offer a seminar Sept. 19 at the U.C. Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. The seminar offered strategies on increasing a design practice and operating smoother.

Nature has its own design plans in Fort Bragg, but volunteers from the Northern Calif. ASLA Chapter are helping to design three miles of coastline here.

Planning the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail

ASLA and the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is a six-year partnership that is collaborating to help communities plan, design and manage their "natural, cultural and recreation resources." The chapter is using this program as an opportunity to help the city of Fort Bragg plan for 430 acres of land along three miles of coastline.

Fort Bragg is on the Mendocino coast, about half way between San Francisco and Eureka. Its scenic wonders are redwood forests and the Pacific.

Volunteers from the chapter attended a workshop Sept. 28-30 to create a "conceptual design plan and illustrations that define a coastal trail alignment, character and amenities." The design volunteers also provided conceptual design for key parcels. The chapter feels this is a unique opportunity to connect the city and Pacific, improve a state park and increase public access to the coast.

Southern California Chapter

Report by Vicki Phillipy, chapter executive director

Many thanks to John Tikotsky for a great year as chapter president and for helping to make a smooth transition for president elect, Angela Woodward, from RBF Consulting. Past president, John Tikotsky, will take long-time ASLA and chapter board member Steve Lang's place as liaison to students. Steve Lang of MIG, Inc., has been appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Landscape Architect Technical Committee.

Andy Bowden, Southern California ASLA Chapter President.

The chapter celebrated an increase in membership to over 730 professional and affiliated members, in addition to over 200 student members from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO and the UCLA Extension. We are the largest of four chapters in the state and the second largest chapter in the U.S.

In December 2005, the chapter held their bi-annual "Quality of Life Design Awards" in the Chandelier Room at the historic Turf Club at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. While much of the art-deco park has had a facelift, the Chandelier Room has been left virtually untouched. Over 200 members attended the awards gala. Gilded with gold palm trees and twin spiral staircases, the Chandelier Room was home for many performers like Frank Sinatra and Billy Holiday. The chapter members had the sense that if the walls could talk there would be many interesting stories to tell.

Chapter president, John Tikotsky and other members of the board were pleased to participate with the city of Beverly Hills for an Earth Day celebration, as well as a Career Day with one of Santa Ana's middle schools, for which the chapter received a national award from ASLA. We also participated for the third year in UCLA's "Arts Day LA" held in May. Still a work in progress is a program with various schools in the Los Angeles area. Chapter trustee, Stephanie Landregan, and Kiku Kurahashi from Calvin Abe's firm, are working with the mayor's office and the L.A. Unified School District to develop this outreach program.

To conclude National Landscape Architecture Month the chapter held a member retreat at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead with the theme "Governing the Profession--from the Walls Out." Attendees enjoyed a balance of educational sessions, fellowship, fun and spectacular food. The retreat will be a bi-annual event and will be held again in April of 2008.

Our vp of programs, Elizabeth Jordan, and I collaborated on other chapter events, which included a dinner meeting and tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring the library's executive director as keynote speaker; a tour and luncheon at Monrovia Nursery, and a tour of the waterfront development at the Port of Los Angeles. On the political front, the chapter's California Council delegates, Andy Bowden of Land Concern and Anna Mendiola from Long Beach have been busy this year coordinating statewide issues with the other three California chapters.

Events in the coming months include "Landscape of the Getty Villa" with Matt Randolph; a tour of the Getty Villa; "An Evening with the Fellows"; the 2007 Quality of Life Design Awards; an ASLA membership dinner and featured presentation by the Orange County Great Park design team.

Colorado Chapter

The Veto Governor

The biggest news for the chapter this year, and certainly the most disappointing news of the year regarding any of the ASLA chapters, was the May 26 veto of the Colorado Landscape Architects Professional Licensing Act (HB06-1331) by Colo. Gov. William Owens (Rep.).

Mark Tabor, Colorado ASLA Chapter president, 2007.

The legislation called for the creation of a Colorado State Board of Landscape Architects with the authority to establish the education and experience criteria to obtain a license to practice as a landscape architect in Colorado, and would have established the use of the landscape architecture stamp.

The governor's veto was not a surprise, considering his penchant for vetoes and his political stance on state regulation. The governor's most curious comment justifying the veto was this: "While the industry itself desires to be regulated-perhaps lessening competition from additional landscape architects-there is little evidence consumers desire such regulation."

Jane Kulik, president, CCASLA, 2005-2006, 2006.

Craig Coronata of the Colorado Chapter wrote us this comment:

"It is great to hear such strong opinions (on about this inexcusable action by our governor. The best thing that landscape architects can do right now to correct this ignorant action is to support candidates for office in the upcoming election that understand what landscape architects do and will support regulatory issues such as this. Colorado has established a Political Action Committee for this purpose. Since its inception two years ago it has been underfunded-with contributions from just a few of the many firms and practitioners in this state. This is my pitch for contributions (which might be tax deductible). We hope to attend fundraisers this summer for the gubernatorial and other candidates where we can get some face time with them."

A New Bill, a New Governor

Two facts were clear for landscape architecture in Colorado: there would be a new governor and the landscape architecture licensure bill would need to be reintroduced in the 2007 legislative session. Polls showed Democrat Bill Ritter favored for governor over Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez. True to form, on Nov. 7, Ritter won an overwhelming approval from the voters.

Coronata believes there is a "very good" chance of passing the licensure law in 2007. The chapter PAC helped co-host fundraisers for both gubernatorial candidates. Neither Ritter nor Beauprez indicated support for licensure for LAs. Still, chapter representatives were on hand at the fundraisers to assure the candidates knew the importance of licensure in Colorado for the landscape architecture profession.

Prior to the elections, the political action committee for the Colorado ASLA Chapter helped host two fundraisers--one for Democrat Bill Ritter (left) and one for his opponent, Rep. Bob Beauprez. The message of "licensure for landscape architects in Colorado" was delivered to both candidates.

Civic Center Park

On September 28, 2006, Mark Tabor, the Colorado Chapter president, addressed a letter to Kim Bailey, manager of Denver Parks and Rec., and Elaine Asarch, president of the Civic Center Conservancy. He expressed his and the chapter's concern of the "noncompetitive selection ... used to contract an architect, with limited parks and recreation experience, to design and plan Denver's most prominent park." Architect Daniel Libeskind recently unveiled his "Vision Plan" for the park.

Tabor pointed out that park design practiced by LAs is a specialty quite distinct from building architecture. "We strongly recommend that any planning and design efforts for the park be developed under a competitive, qualifications-based process that is inclusive of landscape architecture firms," he wrote. CCASLA is concerned about the historic character of the park and has requested formal representation for the chapter in an advisory capacity to the Conservancy and planning teams. "We believe ... the participation of CCASLA can enhance the professional stature ... and lead to wider support for the final design proposal."

Florida Chapter

Report from Mary Bates, Chapter President

As a testament to the chapter's great programs, we have grown to almost 1,000 members, which makes us by far the largest chapter in the country!

The annual conference was held in Destin in July with terrific attendance, including 50 members from our neighboring chapters in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Twenty-four design awards were presented to firms and four student design awards for excellent projects. David W. Johnston Associates, Inc. received the Environmental Sustainability Honor Award for Joan M. Durante Community Park in Longboat Key, Fla. The top honor, the Frederic B. Stresau Award, went to David Conner & Associates, Inc., for the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla.

Mary Bates, Chapter President.

We made a new commitment to increase support of the local landscape architecture programs at the University of Florida, Florida A&M University and Florida International University. In addition to our scholarships to each program and the funding provided to help students attend the annual conference, we began funding an endowed scholarship for each program that will endure and grow in perpetuity.

We're looking forward to many exciting events in 2007. A Sustainability Forum is planned for April. Our 2007 annual meeting will be held in Miami the last weekend in July. We're expecting record attendance numbers as it will be a renewal year for CEC requirements for all Florida licensed landscape architects.

A group from the chapter is preparing to lead a seven-county charrette to develop a strategic plan for future development in central Florida. With sessions planned in February and April, this unique opportunity will allow landscape architects an instrumental hand in influencing smart growth for the future.

Georgia Chapter

Report by Steve Milano, Executive Director

President Jay Scott recently invited a number of GAASLA members to a meeting to discuss the future of the organization. Only two young LAs attended the meeting: Maria and Rodney Reese of Atlanta. Their enthusiasm was so great that the meeting minutes were more than four pages long, including ideas the board had not previously considered. Based on their input the association is looking to develop ways to help LAs prepare for the LARE exam.

Steve Milano Georgia ASLA Chapter Executive Director

Dale Jaeger has spearheaded efforts to address the Model Ordinance for Post-Development Stormwater Management or New Development and Redevelopment passed by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District in 2002. This ordinance and the revisions, now under consideration, prevents landscape architects from stamping stormwater plans. Without her efforts at fundraising ($10,000 plus raised so far!), education and mobilization of GAASLA members statewide, it's a safe bet to say the revised ordinance would be sailing through to adoption this fall, making landscape architects subservient to engineers in this important area of environmental design.

There has never been a better time to be a "squeaky wheel" in this organization than in the next 90 days, when plans and projects will be finalized for the coming year. Here are some great things we have already begun (but we still need help): LARE exam preparation; annual meeting (full conference with expanded awards program); website site enhancements; media campaign; schools programs; new Lunch and Learns; section socials in other cities than Atlanta; expanded awards; book legislature/policy; and education relations.

Jeffrey Scott, Chapter President, 2007

There's progress on the March 2007 Conference and Awards program. More than 10 people have come forward to help plan the expansion of our annual banquet and to expand the annual awards program and make it more visible. We will have presentations, continuing education sessions, product display expo, awards banquet, party and tours. We will also produce a full-color book of award winning projects.

Great Plains Chapter

Report by Jay Gordon, Great Plains Chapter President 2007

Five Great Plains chapter members participated in the 5th Annual "Designing My World" Bright Lights summer enrichment and career exploration camp in Lincoln, Neb. in July. Twenty-four middle school-aged designers explored designs for creating a shelter at the Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln. Each day the week-long program focused on a different design profession and its interaction to produce conceptual site models. Past projects have included bike shelters and observation points around Lincoln.

Steven Rodie, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha, Great Plains Chapter Trustee. The chapter Includes North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Each student group of four spent an intensive Tuesday selecting and analyzing a site for the shelter. They could select from a prairie, restored savanna or wetland edge. The young designers learned about the these three ecosystems, the microclimate, soils and slope, and had the views and access to Dr. Richard Sutton, ASLA, and Art Thompson, Jr., ASLA. Sutton and Thompson organized Tuesday's Landscape Architecture Day during the week-long session. Lynn Johnson, ASLA, who directs the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, presented local examples of park work by landscape architects. Eric Casper, ASLA, from the Clark/Enersen Partners and John Williams, ASLA, from Olsson Consulting, fielded career questions and offered advice on the design team's proposed solutions at the Friday charrette.

As the Great Plains Chapter ASLA 2006 President Elect and Chair of the Tellers Committee, I am pleased to announce the results of the election of new officers for 2007. Joining me on the Tellers Committee are Troy Henningson and Dan Rhodes. Here is our 2007 Executive Committee.

President: Jay Gordon
President Elect: Brad Young
Secretary/Treasurer: John Williams
Nebraska Section Chair: Mary McCawley
South Dakota Section Chair: Paul Clinton
Associate-at-Large: Lyle Pudwill
Member-at-Large: Richard Sutton

Hawaii Chapter

The Hawaii Chapter is compiling and looking forward to submitting an updated proposal for a landscape architecture program at the University of Hawaii. The last proposal was submitted in 1994 and many attempts have been made since the mid-1970s. We hope this attempt will be the spark leading to the long awaited and much needed program. Our goal is to have a program with support from tropical agriculture, architecture, planning, engineering and geography departments and focus on tropical plants, eco-tourism and culturally sensitive design.

Dawn Easterday, Hawaii ASLA Chapter President 2007

The chapter recently formed an Invasive Species Committee to analyze plant data with regard to economic, ecological, environmental, public health, medicinal, historic, community, cultural, tourism, and aesthetic value, which is sometimes missing from the investigation and tools of biologists and botanists. Many groups have formed their individual lists of invasive species, but we hope to bring a balanced approach and help narrow the gap between the scientists and the consumers.

Illinois Chapter

Report by Carrie Woleben Meade, past president

With the high profile successes of Millennium Park, the Museum Campus and the Morton Arboretum's Children Garden, LAs in Illinois are receiving lots of positive attention. These projects highlight successful collaborations with engineers, contractors and the nursery trades. The Garden in a City show organized by the city of Chicago exhibited how the work of LAs provide beauty and influences how people interact with and impact the environment. Showcase exhibits featured artwork made of found objects, streetscapes that feature bioswales, green roofs and gardens to encourage children's creative play.

Ann Viger, Illinois ASLA Chapter President, 2007

We announced our IL-ASLA 2006 award winners in December at our annual year-end celebration. These projects are some of the finest work produced anywhere in the country.

Our membership has reached an all-time high. We hope all of our membership participates to make the 2009 national convention in Chicago the most exciting convention. We will need help with tours and lectures. We have also begun upgrading our title act to a practice act. The motivation is to allow LAs to be included, not to exclude any professional from doing their job. We hope the green industry supports this important endeavor.

Trends we are seeing in our profession are aesthetic and functional integration of green technologies and green roofs, design for an aging population and security design, which is not intimidating to the visitor.

Iowa Chapter

Report by Matthew Carlile, Chapter President 2006

In 2006, the Iowa Chapter received two Chapter Initiative Project (CIP) grants from ASLA. The first was a combined application with the Prairie Gateway, St. Louis and Oklahoma chapters (later expanded to include Great Plains, as well).

Matthew Carlile, Chapter President

The grant went to host the First Annual Central States Conference and Awards Dinner in Des Moines in May. The two-day conference had excellent speakers and great continuing education for members of eight states. The Iowa Chapter replenished the grant money for the Prairie Gateway Chapter to host the event in 2007.

The second CIP grant was to increase our state public relations. We had our state awards published in Iowa Commerce and Iowa Gardening magazines, which have 30,000 subscribers combined. We also completed a banner design competition and installed banners near the Iowa State Capitol during May and June.

Our greatest accomplishment was the induction of Jon Crose, FASLA, into the Council of Fellows in Minneapolis. Govenor Tom Vilsack called him the "founder of landscape architecture in Iowa." This is a well-deserved honor for Jon and the chapter was happy to assist him with his submittal package.

We are working with the Prairie Gateway Chapter on the Central States Conference in 2007. We will host our own conference in late April or early May in Iowa to accommodate the continuing education needs of our members. Our new president, Emily Lawson, is planning a number of events in April for National Landscape Architecture Month, one being the ongoing banner installation and, budget willing, expanding the program to other cities around Iowa. We hope to submit at least one additional Fellows application in 2007.

The chapter will also be in good hands in 2008 as we elected Brett Douglass of Genus Landscape Architecture as our president-elect. Our new executive committee members are all willing to work and have some great ideas. I look for many great things out of the Iowa Chapter in 2007.

Kentucky Chapter

Report from Pamela Hays, RLA, ASLA, Chapter President

In keeping with our objective of growing and serving the membership and connecting with the community, we are establishing traditions from newly developed and longstanding events. Over the past several years the chapter has shown an increase in membership and member involvement and is proud to announce its growth from the small (less than 100 members) to the medium category.

Pamela Hays, RLA, ASLA, Chapter President.

Our bi-annual Design Awards, recently heralded by the release of our "Call for Entries," will be celebrated early in 2007 at our Awards Banquet.

The Kentucky Chapter works closely with the University of Kentucky to co-sponsor a spring lecture series at the university that is open to the public, practitioners and students. April will bring the annual Landscape Architecture Month activities, including a special lecture and reception hosted by the chapter.

2007 brings our fourth annual Three Day Conference, our largest and most successful event, typically attracting over half the membership and professionals from adjacent states. The 2007 conference will be in early June at the Gratz Park Inn, a historic hotel in downtown Lexington. The year's CEU events will be designed for both professional development and public education. We would like to invite everyone to join us at one of the many events hosted by the chapter.

Michigan Chapter

Report by Scott Reinholt, Chapter President 2007

It has been a busy year for the Michigan Chapter with many successful events and a push to change our current title act to a practice act. With a fluctuating economy, Michigan landscape architects continue to produce award-winning projects and prove to be leaders in the field of design.

Scott Reinholt, Michigan ASLA Chapter President 2007

This summer, the MASLA Licensure Committee and our lobbyist debated the language of the proposed practice act with the architects and engineers to find compromise. I am thrilled to report that we have found agreeable language! Now we will try to finish our task at hand and pass our legislation. We will stress grassroots efforts to maintain political awareness of our effort and inform our legislators on the importance of our bill. We hope for success by early 2007.

We continue to have strong member participation at our annual golf outing and conference, and feel the chapter is as strong as ever.

The economy in Michigan continues to flucuate, making long-term projections difficult. While the profession continues to grow at a strong pace nationally, Michigan has felt more of a pinch but still shows a prosperous outlook for 2007.

We are proud to announce that Tom Haslett, FASLA, retired MSU professor, was named a fellow this year and becomes another distinguished recipient of this national honor.

Minnesota Chapter

Report by Chapter President Ellen Stewart

Minnesota hosted the 2006 Annual ASLA Meeting, the first joint meeting with the International Federation of Landscape Architects. People were curious about what Minnesota had to offer and unsure of the prospect of holding the meeting here after sunny Florida and prior to the 2007 meeting in San Francisco. Drawing record attendance and receiving incredibly positive feedback for our job in showcasing the region's amenities, helped to confirm what we Minnesotans knew already. We have the charge to use the meeting's momentum to promote our profession and get involved on various levels to help protect the incredible resources we were able to share with others.

Ellen Stewart, Minnesota ASLA Chapter President.

Building bridges is the goal for this year. We will do that within the chapter and profession, with allied professional associations and our communities to provide visibility to landscape architecture and to work together to educate and advocate.

Visibility plays a key role in communicating with our membership and helping to promote the chapter and our profession. We will continue to use to link members to educational opportunities and to those looking to learn more about landscape architecture.

Co-directors of the Awards and Banquet continue to improve the awards program and increase the benefit to entrants. This year we will be resurrecting the residential category, which will help to round out the categories an afford MASLA an opportunity for additional public outreach.

Through the development of a calendar for the year, which includes education and outreach opportunities, the director of public relations, director of communications, director of programs and director of academic affairs will work closely to coordinate efforts that benefit the membership and highlight our profession. We continue to foster the relationship with the University of Minnesota and the student chapter to coordinate our efforts to bridge the gap between academia and practice. The board will work together to build relationships and provide benefit to the membership and outreach to our communities through fellowship and advocacy.

Nevada Chapter

Report from Tammi Gaudet, Chapter President

Pursuing our goal to further educate the community in the principles of landscape architecture design and offer an understanding of the service we provide, NASLA was victorious this year on many local fronts. As promised, the NASLA membership drive this year helped our chapter for the first time see triple digits. We formed a political action committee that is concentrating on key legislative issues, such as the restructuring of the Title 30 Design Guidelines for Clark County, modernizing the Blue Book to exclude engineers and architects from stamping landscape architect drawings and establishing a CEU program for our state. We cemented a professional bond with the landscape architecture students attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas via our new Mentor Program under the collaborative efforts of our state trustee and the student chapter president. Our annual charity fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association of America raised nearly $5,800. NASLA received recognition for the most money raised by a team and by a single individual.

After over 40 years of service Charles "Chuck" Saladino, NV, RLA #001 retired from Stantec Consulting. Reno engineer Jim Souba and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman were inducted into our chapter as honorary members.

Ron Blakemore, Nevada ASLA Chapter Trustee.

Sadly, our chapter lost a beloved member and leader of our design community in July--Damon Ohlerking, landscape architect, urban designer and forester of Boulder City.

New Jersey Chapter: Annual Meeting Report

Edited from a report by Elaine Mills, ASLA, 2nd vp, and Jeffrey Tandul, CLA, ASLA, M.Arch., NJASLA pres. (2005-2006)

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA) held its 2006 Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlantic City, N.J., Jan. 29-31. The event drew a record attendance and marked the 42nd anniversary of the chapter. Jeffrey Tandul, CLA, ASLA, M.Arch, NJASLA president (2005-2006) presided over the meeting of more than 600 registrants. Exhibit Chair Joseph Perello reported 67 vendor booths sold, also a record number.

Scott Levy, new president of the New Jersey ASLA Chapter.

The Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 30 honored the design awards winners. Awards also went to chapter members for their volunteer efforts. Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, of EDAW, updated the chapter on ASLA's activities and spoke on "Narrative Strategies in Urban Place-Making."

While practitioners attend the Annual Meeting from as far away as Massachusetts, Vermont and Canada, this year's meeting had Dr. Jae-Keun Lee, PhD, a visiting scholar at the Cook College, Rutgers University LA program. Dr. Lee directs the Council for Industry Academic Cooperation and is associate professor in the Department of Environmental Landscape Architecture at Sangmyung University in Korea. With Dr. Lee's encouragement, 20 landscape architecture practitioners and students from Korea attended the meeting. The Koreans' attendance was partially sponsored by NJASLA and Rutgers University, however, most of the group's expenses were covered by the Koreans.

The meeting's keynote speaker, Wolfgang Oehme, FASLA (van Sweden & Associates, Washington, D.C.) presented "Sustainable Landscape Design." Oehme and the firm have a record of sustainable low-maintenance perennial and grass landscapes in parks, public spaces, for institutions and private residences throughout Europe and the U.S.

Jose Alminana, principal at Andropogon Associates in Philadelphia, spoke on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and Howard Abel, FASLA (Abel, Bainnson, Butz, LLP) discussed his work on the Hudson River Park, NYC, and how "green" affects the lives of those in the city.

Larry Powers, who serves as the NJASLA attorney pro bono, presented "Applicable Standards of Care" as they apply to LAs. There were two presentations on stormwater management practices: one on regulations from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; the other discussed Philadelphia's stormwater management and its relationship to urban development.

Internationally renowned Urban Forestry guru, writer and researcher, Dr. Edward Gilman, PhD (University of Florida) addressed "Designing Sites to Fit Desirable Trees" and a session on lessons learned from hurricanes.

Jason Grabosky, PhD (Rutgers) offered resources for tree selection and trees in or near pavement. Bruce Fraedrich, PhD (Bartlett Tree Experts Research Lab) explained how to create shade gardens without damaging roots and presented a tool called an "air spade" that cultivates and adds organic amendments under mature trees. Fraedrich also spoke on tree diseases and pests.

New Mexico Chapter

Report by Ken Romig, ASLA, Chapter President

The executive committee has worked towards a more "balanced" organization, improving our agenda and propagating new programs to give value to membership. Some of the year's major items were continuing the landscape tour, living up to the success of the chapter's landscape architecture month, shoring up the budget to attend to new budgetary priorities and initiating the chapter awards program.

Ken Romig, New Mexico ASLA Chapter President

We anticipate changes in the Practice Act. Some of the chapter's organizational challenges are to become an official 501c6 organization and to support the UNM MLA student body, which has taken a leadership role in editing out quarterly newsletter and initiating community design opportunities. The chapter has met these challenges by building stronger relationships with our sponsors, making our program goals more feasible and formally organizing our members into committees and welcoming the UNM student initiatives.

I have been pleased to be a part in the chapter's direction over the past year. NMASLA has great potential to influence the quality of life throughout the state. During the past year, we have developed a foundation of strength from which we can tackle new challenges. The biggest challenge is sustainability as a trademark of design excellence-- landscape architecture's legacy and our collective obligation. Sustainability requires us to become savvy in new techniques and technologies and offers us the opportunity to turn our monthly meetings into educational opportunities.sed the nearly lost Olmsted drawings and documents from the Union County, N.J. park system. Ryan and Gallop are archiving and documenting the history of the Union County parks, originally designed by the Olmsted Bros. in the early 1920s. They are looking at National Historic Register status for those parks. The park links are still intact, unlike the neighboring Essex County parks, also designed by the Olmsted Bros.

The 2007 event (Jan. 28-30) will again be at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

North Carolina Chapter

Report by Luther E. Smith, Chapter President 2007

Congratulations go out to Randal Romie, ASLA, 2006 recipient of the ASLA Community Service Award, Perry Howard, FASLA, 2007 ASLA president-elect, Susan Hatchell. FASLA, 2007 ASLA vice-president membership, and Rodney Swink, FASLA, ASLA past-president and recipient of the 2006 President's Medal. North Carolina is proud to have these professionals as chapter members.

Luther E. Smith, North Carolina Chapter President 2007

Walkable communities at the beach and new computer technologies in the mountains brought NCASLA members in record numbers to the spring and fall chapter conferences. 2007 will see a return to a single chapter conference and, as a separate event, the first annual NCASLA awards banquet and gala to showcase the growth and involvement of landscape architecture in North Carolina.

During Landscape Architecture month, sections hosted a variety of activities including an "ask the professional" workshop at the NC Arboretum in Asheville. Goals for 2007 include building a stronger relationship between the professional community and the LAR departments at N.C. State University and N.C. A&T University, increasing the awareness of landscape architecture through exhibits at the General Assembly and the League of Municipalities, and increasing chapter membership.

As we begin the new year, we welcome Brian Starkey, ASLA, Jeff Young, ASLA, Carol Durham Assoc. ASLA, and Tim Jennings, ASLA as new members to the Chapter Executive Committee, and look forward to an exciting and challenging year.

Oklahoma Chapter

Report from Barbara Tartar, president elect

The Oklahoma Chapter remained strong this year, with small growth in our membership from members that moved here from Texas, Kansas and Ohio. Our greatest success was the ASLA Golf Tournament in April to raise money for our scholarship fund. The chapter invested existing scholarship funds, money raised from the golf tournament and generous contributions from our members--a total of $12,000 into a grant offered through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to qualify for $8,000 in matching funds. This scholarship fund will help students for years to come. We plan to continue our annual golf tournament to increase the endowment.

Brian Dougherty, chapter trustee (pictured), Barbara Tartar, president-elect and Bryan Dillingham, president, traveled to Washington, D.C. for Lobby Day in early May.

In June, a few of our members attended the First Central States Conference held by the Iowa Chapter in Des Moines. There were two full-days of interesting speakers from the U.S. and Canada.

This summer Angie Holmberg, treasurer and Michael Holmes got our website ( formatted and ready. It will be up and running to list chapter events, meeting dates and scholarship information soon.

Our annual meeting was late September in Tulsa and had excellent attendance. We offered four walking tours during the day to new projects in town, including Centennial Park, Linnaeus Garden, Vintage Garden and Riverwalk Crossing. Our speaker, Gaylon Pinc, PE, presented plans for the Arkansas River Project through downtown Tulsa. Student and professional design awards were also presented.

Tennessee Chapter

David Craig ASLA, CLARB, was president of the chapter from Oct. 2005 to Oct. 2006. The new president is Randy Caldwell, who works for RaganSmith in Nashville. The president-elect is Andy Reynolds.

David Craig ASLA, CLARB, president, TNASLA, 2005-2006.

We spoke with David Craig and Katie Guenther, the chapter's executive director. David reports the landscape architecture business in Tennessee is good and the members are busy with projects. The chapter will be undergoing some pivotal changes. Katie is leaving to do the accounting for her husband's landscape architecture firm.

John Stevens Reed, the lobbyist for the TNASLA for nearly two decades, passed away Oct. 11, 2006. Reed served as an assistant to Nashville Mayors Beverly Briley and Richard Fulton. He was honored in June with an award from the Tennessee Press Association for his work in defense of the First Amendment and open government.

Guenther says Reed was influential in helping the chapter establish and get political support for a proposed landscape architecture program at the University of Tennessee. Guenther says the master's program is close to a reality and will likely begin in the fall of 2007. The university confirmed it is planning a master's program, but it is not a done deal.

The focus for the chapter is filling the executive director position and retaining a new lobbyist. Every April the chapter raises the visibility of the profession during Capitol Hill Day and Landscape Architecture Month with a visit to the legislative state house in Nashville.

The major event this year was the annual conference (Sept. 6-8) in Nashville. The "We're All Connected Conference" was hosted jointly by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA), the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (TNASLA) and the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC). Guenther reports 375 attended. There were 28 accredited sessions/workshops and 42 speakers.

David Craig reports the chapter's executive committee Nov. 3-4 meeting worked on next year's conference, again a joint effort with the TAPA and the TUFC. Craig notes the chapter is committed to working with affiliated professions. In Feb. 2007, the chapter will meet with architects, interior designers, engineers and other design professionals.

TNASLA has maintained an active design awards program for many years. Craig says the chapter will expand the program to include a Young Landscape Architect and a Leadership award.

Texas Chapter

Report by current chapter president, Jean Kavanagh, FASLA, with thanks to trustee Ann McGinnes and past-presidents Brent Baker and Randy Phillips.

The Texas Chapter initiated a number of new programs in 2005 that continued in 2006, thanks to the work of several executive committees and officers. The most significant programs were: development of a chapter logo for brand marketing; establishing two archives--one for annual award winning projects, the second for administrative and organizational papers and artifacts; and establishing three $25,000 student scholarship endowments at the three accredited landscape architecture programs in Texas. We also launched our official website When online registration for the chapter's annual conference was introduced, 250 attendees registered online in the first six weeks! Our 2006 annual meeting at South Padre, Texas on the Gulf Coast was well attended by professional members and students. One of the highlights of the conference was the joint member-student sand castle competition. It's going to be tough to top that one at the 2007 annual meeting in Houston.

Jean Kavanagh, FASLA, Texas Chapter President.

The chapter website continues to expand its services to members, offering a calendar of events at the national, chapter and section levels, posting of resumes and employment opportunities, a bookstore teamed with, announcement of CEPH (CEU) offerings, current events of importance to Texas LAs and other useful information and reminders. We plan to introduce product advertising to help offset the costs of maintaining the site and additional professional information and links.

In 2007 the chapter expects to establish a fourth student scholarship endowment planned for a fourth Texas program that is expected to earn accreditation. We will continue to collect and organize material for the two archives, to sustain and improve relations between our members and the hundreds of Texas landscape architecture students with shared activities and chapter and professional involvement in the academic programs--and, of course, have our biggest and best annual conference ever. We have plans for growth and for expanded member services and plenty of enthusiastic members to help bring them to fruition!

Vermont Chapter

During the ASLA Fellows dinners in Minneapolis, LASN spoke with Jim Donovan, FASLA, ACIP, of Wilbur Smith Associates. He is a trustee of the Vermont ASLA Chapter and is the licensure contact for his chapter. Only Vermont and Colorado lack landscape architecture regulation. Forty states have practice acts that regulate the profession and restrict the title "landscape architect" to licensees only. Eight states have "title acts" that allow anyone to practice landscape architecture as long as they do not call themselves landscape architects. Those eight states are: Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, Mass. and Maine.

Jim Donovan, FASLA, ACIP, of Wilbur Smith Associates, is a trustee of the Vermont ASLA Chapter. He says the chapter will push this coming year to get licensure, but notes a general political climate in the state of resistance to regulation, landscape architecture or otherwise.

Jim Palmer, chapter president, told LASN the chapter was due for a legislative sunrise hearing to meet with the Vermont Office of Professional Registrations Oct. 26, 2006. We asked him to report on the outcome:

"We provided testimony before the Vermont Office of Professional Registrations (OPR) all morning today. In our proposed licensure law we have focused on four areas of practice: site design, park design, roadway design, and grading, drainage and stormwater management. Jim Donovan opened the morning by presenting the case that these activities directly affect public health, safety or welfare. Then I described how accredited landscape architecture education programs are different but equally rigorous to accredited civil engineering education. Jim Penrod and Dickson De Marche described the licensure exam by reviewing graded examples from CLARB's LARE.

"Finally, three Vermont landscape architects reviewed specific projects and how they addressed specific health safety or welfare issues. Keith Wagner presented two campus site designs. Terry Boyle presented a park design and a stormwater management design. Jim Donovan used a bike path to illustrate the issues associated with safe roadway design. The presentations were all well done and we are hopeful that OPR will give us a positive recommendation. The next steps will involve taking our bill to the legislature for hearings there."

The chapter is selling this original print by renowned Vermont artist Sabra Field to raise funds for its licensure initiative and environmental programs. Visit to order.

Jim told LASN licensure is the big issue for the chapter and it is raising funds to that end and for environmental projects in Vermont. The chapter is selling an original print by renowned Vermont artist Sabra Field. Field has created this original print to support VTASLA's efforts towards obtaining licensure in Vermont and to raise the importance of the profession in sustaining Vermont's landscapes. A limited signed edition (300) of the print, designed specifically for VTASLA with the theme of "celebrating the Vermont landscape," is available for $300. The printed area is 7.5-inch. x 30 inch. A portion of the proceeds will to the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Forum on Sprawl to support smart growth and land preservation. An order form for the print can be viewed at, as can Sabra Field's other work.

Washington Chapter: Supporting the Effort-Dues Increase

On September 22, 2006, after reviewing member input, the WASLA Executive Committee voted to increase chapter dues for up to a three-year period. The additional funding will help pay for legislative efforts to upgrade RCW 18.96 from a title act to a practice act. The largest expense is hiring a legislative consultant, about $10,000 per year, which would translate into roughly $30 per year dues increase per member.

The Chapter leadership is planning four other major fundraising efforts, including an annual golf scramble and soliciting firm donations. Washington licenses who are not chapter members will be asked to contribute $100 this fall to match the three year dues increase that full members will pay.

WASLA Position on Alaskan Way Viaduct & I-933

The WASLA, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other allied professionals, are concerned about the unsound condition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and seawall. WASLA commends Seattle Mayor Greg Nickles and others who are strong advocates for this critical issue.
WASLA supports AIA's design objectives to create a vital place along Seattle's waterfront. Those objectives are:

Curtis LaPierre, WASLA Chapter President, 2006-2007.

  1. Connect the city with the waterfront with a public space.
  2. Create a sustainable solution for Seattle's future, including help reduce greenhouse gases and protect the marine environment.
  3. Anticipate changing technology and patterns of mobility to incorporate multiple modes of transportation.
  4. Support a mix of vibrant uses along the waterfront, including 24-hour publicly accessible urban services that accommodate all Seattle citizens.

WASLA supports removing the viaduct and not rebuilding it. In it place, build a cut-and-cover tunnel if complete financing is guaranteed, the above objectives are met and the state's expert review panel determines it is viable. If a tunnel cannot meet these criteria WASLA supports replacing the viaduct with an integrated system of surface streets and transit modes, assuming further study demonstrates no detrimental effect to Seattle's surface streets. The chapter also supports better distribution of traffic from Highway 99 into the city's street grid.

2006-2007 WASLA Officers

President: Curtis LaPierre
President-elect: Chris Overdorf
Past president: Maureen Colaizzi
Trustee: Don Benson
Treasurer: Jasmine Aryana
Secretary: Kellye Hilde

LASN thanks the ASLA Chapters for participating in these year-end reports. We follow and report chapter news in the magazine and online all year long, so do not hesitate to send your latest chapter news, whether it is an event, a legal or legislative issue, people news or anything of concern for landscape architects in your state. Please send you news via email to, or mail to Landscape Communications, 14771 Plaza Dr., Suite M, Tustin, CA 92780. You can also speak with an editor at 714 979-5276

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