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ASLA 2007: Warming to a Change

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Phillips Farevaag Smallenbergi? 1/2 s roof garden for Washington Mutual Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, took an ASLA Professional Award in April. "The balance of textures is really remarkablei? 1/2 you lose sight of the fact that it's on a roof,i? 1/2 the contest jury wrote.

A look at news from the American Society of Landscape Architectsi? 1/2 past year.

August 7: Small Town Improvement Act Unveiled

The Society announced the introduction of the Small Community Visioning Improvement Act (H.R. 3374) by Ohio Congressman Zack Space. By encouraging smart planning, the bill will help small communities address economic hardship, declining population, eroding tax bases, and environmental pressures that jeopardize their long-term viability.

In conjunction with Rep. Space, ASLA worked with non-profit community organizations, visioning process leaders, colleges and universities, as well as private sector professionals across the country to develop this legislation. Specifically, the bill will provide a maximum of $25,000 to communities with fewer than 25,000 people, Native American tribes, Alaskan native villages, land grant colleges and other universities to support long-term planning projects. It would also require grant recipients to make local contributions that cover a portion of the costs.

July 16:San Francisco Tops All in ASLA Awards

Seven San Francisco area projects and designers will receive top honors from the society in October, more than any other city this year.

The ASLA Annual Meeting will be held October 6-9 at the cityi? 1/2 s Moscone Center.

Veteran award-winning firm Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture will receive two national honor awards in design this year. The Curran House incorporates soothing green spaces, garden spots, and private balconies into the design of an affordable housing project in the Tenderloin neighborhood. The firm will also receive an award for a private residential project in San Francisco.

Surfacedesign will receive an honor award in residential design for the Erman Residence, showcasing innovation within a small space. The firm designed a low maintenance garden that leads to a deck and hot tub for winding down after a long day.

Hargreaves Associates will receive the national award of excellence in analysis and planning for Hunters Point Waterfront Project. The firmi? 1/2 s plan for the decommissioned military base in San Francisco resulted in a document that makes a case for a large park as an economic generator, a catalyst for clean-up, and a critical step in achieving environmental justice for the community.

In addition, three San Francisco landscape architects will be inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows, among the highest honors the Society confers upon its members each year. Andrea Cochran, ASLA, Bonnie Fisher, ASLA, and Owen Lang, ASLA, will be recognized for their extraordinary work, leadership, knowledge, and service to the profession throughout their careers.

June 24: Landscape Architects Meet in Michigan

In June, the society hosted the sixth-annual ASLA Licensure Summit at Grand Rapids, Mich. More than 50 licensure advocates from 40 states and the District of Columbia attended the meeting. Each year, society brings together members from across the nation to discuss advocacy and share their licensure campaign experiences.

This yeari? 1/2 s program featured Glenn Oder, ASLA, who is a state legislator in Virginia. He urged his fellow landscape architects to get involved and to advocate at every level of government. According to Oder, landscape architects have a unique perspective on numerous issues, based upon their professional expertise. Landscape architects should not hesitate to express that opinion to public policy makers.

Much of the focus of this yeari? 1/2 s summit was on local restraints to practice, which continue to hamper the ability of landscape architects to work to the full extent of their skills and training. It is clear that many states are looking for tools to help do battle when challenged on areas such as stormwater management.

The primary goal of each Licensure Summit is to give ample opportunity for the state delegates to share the lessons learned from past, present, and pending advocacy campaigns. The experiences include proactive legislation to establish licensure or improve the licensing laws, as well as campaigns that defended the profession from attacks in sunset review or opposing interests.

For information about next yeari? 1/2 s summit, contact Julia Lent at

Phoenix, Ariz.-based Angela D. Dye is the ASLAi? 1/2 s president elect. She will take the Societyi? 1/2 s reins next October in Philadelphia.

June 19: Angela D. Dye is ASLA President-Elect

Angela Dye, ASLA, of Phoenix, Ariz., was selected president-elect of the society.

Dye is the founder of her 10-person firm, A Dye Design, which specializes in urban design and planning, context-sensitive design of transportation and transit, recreation and site design, higher education, and public art-oriented projects. Dye earned her masteri? 1/2 s degree in landscape architecture and community development and planning from the University of Colorado, Denver. She has a long history of service with ASLA as the immediate past Arizona Chapter ASLA trustee, and is currently the vice president of the Government Affairs Advisory Committee.

Dye, who was vacationing at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon when she received the news, said i? 1/2 I cani? 1/2 t think of a better place to receive this news than at the Grand Canyon, in this spectacular landscape.i? 1/2

Dye will be installed as president-elect on Oct. 8 in San Francisco and as president during the 2008 event in Philadelphia.

In May, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter reversed former governor William Owensi? 1/2 veto of a landscape architecture practice act for the state.

June 12: Colorado Gets on Board Licensure

On May 30, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) signed the Landscape Architects Professional Licensing Act, requiring every practicing landscape architect in the state to pass an exam in addition to completing a combination of education and/or professional experience.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

The Landscape Architects Professional Licensing Act covers the profession within the state of Colorado, encompassing everything from stormwater management to site design, green roofs to urban planning. The new law will require those who practice landscape architecture within the state to be licensed by the new year, after which Vermont will be the only state to not regulate the industry.

Harvard Universityi? 1/2 s Leventritt Garden design by Reed Hilderbrand took a top spot in this yeari? 1/2 s ASLA design awards. Winners will be recognized at Octoberi? 1/2 s meeting in San Francisco.

April 9: ASLA Lists 2007 Awards

The society announced the groupi? 1/2 s 2007 Professional Awards winners. The jury considered over 500 entries and selected 37 projects to receive awards.

The awards will be presented Oct. 8 in San Francisco at a ceremony and champagne reception sponsored by Landscape Forms.

Former vice president Al Gore brings his Inconvenient Truth presentation to this yeari? 1/2 s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He speaks at the closing session on Oct. 8.

April 6: Society Announces Al Gore To Speak

The Society announced that former Vice President Al Gore will speak at the 2007 Annual Meeting on Oct. 8 in San Francisco. He will present An Inconvenient Truth, the multimedia presentation that helped bring climate change to the forefront of the public mind.

In 1992, ASLA presented then-Senator and soon-to-be Vice President Al Gore with its Olmsted Medal, the highest honor the Society may bestow upon an individual outside the profession of landscape architecture.

i? 1/2 It was only the third time the medal had ever been presented,i? 1/2 said Nancy Somerville.

January 16: ASLA Sets Public Policy Priorities

The Society announced a federal public policy agenda for the next two years. The agenda continues the Societyi? 1/2 s commitment to achieving long-standing goals and seeks to capitalize on new opportunities in Congress and with key federal agencies.

Focus on Long-term Goals

The Society pledged to pursue issues that have long been a part of the ASLA agenda, even as some of the strategies and approaches will change to maximize its effectiveness. Priorities in this area include:

  • Funding the Historic American Landscapes Survey
  • Advancing Effective Security Design
  • Small Community Visioning Projects
  • Sustainability

Active Living

Supporting policies that encourage active living is a long-standing ASLA goal. Much of the emphasis flows from the fact that landscape architects make active living possible through their work in residential and commercial development, transportation, and parks and recreation, to name a few.

November 14, 2006:Salaries Up by 20 Percent

ASLA released the preliminary results of its 2006 ASLA National Salary Survey and Business Indicators Survey.

According to the survey, average total compensation for landscape architectsi? 1/2 which includes base salary, bonuses, but not benefitsi? 1/2 is $89,700. This is an increase of 20.2 percent over the reported $74,600 in the 2004 survey.

Total compensation rose steadily by years of experience in the 2006 survey. It peaked for those with 36 to 40 years of experience and an average total compensation of $167,000 that was far above any other group. The Pacific region was again the top-earning region by total compensation, with an average total compensation of $99,700 in 2006. The Pacific region was also the top-earning region in both 2004 and in 1998.

The percentage of female respondents took a big jump in the 2006 survey. In the 1998 survey their share was 25 percent. There was a very slight increase, to 26 percent, in 2004, and a larger jump up to 30 percent in the 2006 survey. Further demographics of the survey include: 91 percent white; 3 percent African-American; 3 percent Asian-American; 1.4 percent Hispanic; and 1.9 percent i? 1/2 other.i? 1/2

Students check out a runoff channel at Mount Tabor Middle Schooli? 1/2 s Rain Garden at Portland, Ore. The design by landscape architect Kevin Robert Perry captured a 2007 ASLA design award.

October 16, 2006:ASLA Officers Sworn In

The Society inducted officers for the 2007 calendar year, including: Patrick W. Caughey, FASLA, president; Perry Howard, FASLA, president-elect; Todd Wichman, ASLA, vice president of information and practice; Gary Scott, ASLA, vice president of finance;Terry Clements, vice president of education; and Susan Hatchell, FASLA, continuing vice president of membership.

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