Education Sessions

90-minute education sessions will be offered from Friday through Monday. Each session is 1.5 professional development hours (PDH). Unless otherwise noted, the instruction level of the education sessions will be Intermediate to Advanced, appropriate for an experienced, professional audience. All sessions take place at Lakeside Center at McCormick Place.  Programs and speakers are subject to change.

Friday 8:30–10:00

Inside the LA Studio with Raymond Jungles Inc.
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Landscape architect Raymond Jungles uses nature as a means of self-expression. From a private rooftop oasis 34 stories in the air to the water gardens of Lincoln Road, his inherent compassion for the natural landscape—both its aesthetic context and horticultural integrity—brings comfort and beauty into built settings. ”Hear how mentor Roberto Burle Marx imparted a lifetime of inspiration and how Jungles’ designs move “beyond sustainability.”

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to use native species to create dramatic visual impact and habitat
  • Explore how to harness existing resources and responsibly incorporate specimens and exotics to create spectacular gardens
  • Learn how to create a garden that fuses interior and exterior spaces and refreshes the human spirit.

Featured speakers: Raymond Jungles, FASLA, and Andres Arcila, Raymond Jungles Inc.

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL


Designing Green Roofs on Steep Roof Systems
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

This session will discuss the most important factors affecting the performance of green roof systems on steep slopes (greater than 20 degrees). Of particular interest is direct versus indirect solar incidence and its effect on the ability of green roofs to maintain vegetative cover, perform stormwater retention functions, and serve as significant habitat for wildlife (primarily birds) in urban environments. The session will also present 10 years of data from studies of flat green roof systems.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the dynamics of green roof systems 
  • Discuss how the dynamics of green roof systems change under steep roof conditions 
  • Learn how green roof systems (when integrated with solar control and stormwater retention) can improve sustainability, reduce energy consumption, and enhance human health.

Featured speakers: Erik Cronk, Jeremiah Johnson, Student ASLA and Joanne M. Westphal, FASLA, Michigan State University


Traditional Drawing—Digitally Remastered
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

Landscape architects traditionally have been recognized for having exceptional hand-drawing skills for plans and perspectives. However, the computer and its effectiveness in producing crisp plans and stunning perspectives as both realistic and non-photorealistic representation have made it very convenient to allow traditional sketch drawings to fade from our submittals. This session will explore various software and hardware solutions and proven workflows to simulate and facilitate hand drawing in the digital age.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to effectively produce traditional, freehand-style drawings with today’s computer technology
  • Discover new methods that combine tools and plug-ins to enhance digital renderings
  • Become familiar with new hardware interface devices that interact with the digital medium in conventional ways.

Featured speakers: David E. Goldberg, ASLA, Chatham University; Timothy P. Johnson, Penn State University


Sustainable City Planning: Which Way to Success?
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Increasingly, both politicians and citizens are asking their communities to create sustainable citywide plans to guide the reduction of their municipal footprints. The presenters of this session have conducted research with more than 50 municipalities to discover their best practices of citywide sustainability planning. This session will explore two such communities, Chicago and Madison, WI, as in-depth case studies of success with different approaches to achieving sustainability planning.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how more than 50 cities are approaching climate protection and/or sustainability planning 
  • Understand the "how" and "who" in cities that are advancing sustainability planning and learn if they are guided by master plans or more ad hoc initiatives.
  • Learn how Chicago and Madison are approaching sustainability planning through different processes.

Featured speakers: Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer of the City of Chicago; Debra Mitchell, FASLA, JJR; Andrew Statz, Mayor's Office, City of Madison

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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