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 10:30–12:00

Gutters to Green: Innovative Water Harvesting

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW

This session will present water as a precious resource and highlight the need to reduce potable water demands by using alternative water sources as a means to reinvigorate urban areas with greener and more sustainable design strategies. Innovation is the key, as alternative water sources abound and are there for the taking. This session will present case studies to identify various alternative water sources, capture and storage strategies, and applications.

Learning objectives:

  • Comprehend the importance and preciousness of water within all ecosystems
  • Learn the why's and how's of innovative water-harvesting techniques
  • Review innovative case studies to identify the various water sources available for harvesting and how these sources can be applied in site and landscape design.

Featured speakers: Todd M. Briggs, ASLA, Roger Socha, ASLA, and Judeen Terrey, ASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects


Promoting Gardens: Remarkable Stories of
Ornamental Plants
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

In this session, a critically acclaimed and popular garden writer/photographer will explore the role of the garden as a place of refuge, inspiration, and sustenance. Ripe with facts, punctured myths, serious investigation, practical wisdom, and lush photography, this presentation will explore the geometry of plant structures, inspiration in art; the use of fragrance, color and form as design elements, and the symbiotic relationship between animals and plants. 

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss how to help to elevate the status of gardens in the U.S.
  • Discover how to create a "need" for gardens and built landscapes among the general public
  • Learn how to fight “plant blindness” and promote acknowledgement and respect for living things to potential clients. 

Featured speakers: Ken Druse, Ken Druse Studio                 


Dark Sky Ordinance Compliance: Eco-Friendly
Lighting Solutions

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP

Dark Sky Ordinances do not aim to eliminate outdoor lighting altogether; they strive to eliminate poor outdoor lighting. This session will offer an overview of Dark Sky Ordinances and why they become law. Participants will explore how to enhance the beauty and safety of an area through effective lighting design. A show-and-tell of night sky-compliant fixtures will illustrate clearly what constitutes appropriate outdoor lighting. 

Learning objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of Dark Sky Ordinances and the reasons behind them 
  • Learn what constitutes good outdoor lighting design and how it can be most effective without contributing to light pollution
  • Understand the correct lighting fixtures to use to control the direction, intensity, and spread of light to comply with Dark Sky Ordinances. 

Featured speakers: Winston D. Edwards, B&B Manufacturing; Jim Hilliard, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Southern Ohio            


Stimulus for Rust Belt Cities: Reinvigorating Ecology
and Culture

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

How can cities simultaneously address keeping public space vibrant and connective, while restoring ecological and social functions of historic landscapes in the face of depopulation, economic restructuring, aging infrastructure and deteriorating water quality? A diverse team addresses finding culturally appropriate means to improve the health of an urban waterway in the cultural heart of Cleveland, and forging connections to a forgotten urban swamp, the historic fishing, crabbing and trapping grounds adjacent to New Orleans'' Lower Ninth Ward.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to implement workable strategies that build upon the critical connections between cultural and ecological health in declining American cities.
  • Learn about the complex layering of ecological and cultural systems with large project teams and diverse stakeholders to yield practicable solutions.
  • Understand how to keep cultural programmatic elements and people in spaces where ecological restoration is a priority.

Featured speakers: Austin Allen, ASLA, University of Colorado; James McKnight, ASLA, James McKnight and Associates; Peter O'Shea, ASLA, Siteworks


Effects of the Economic Crisis on University Landscape Architecture Programs
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

The current economic crisis has proven particularly difficult for public universities, which traditionally produce few research dollars and are struggling at a time when state support is dwindling and the cost-per-student credit-hour program production is among the highest in the academy. Find out from seasoned academic deans how the crisis has affected their programs and what they are doing to ensure landscape architecture programs continue in their valuable role to the profession. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how the nation’s economic crisis is affecting our public universities as well as those in major countries abroad 
  • Discover how budget cuts may lead to the elimination of programs and why studio-based instruction is at particular risk 
  • Learn why diminished academic budgets may be an ultimate threat to the profession and how landscape architecture programs are coping with this crisis.

Featured speakers: Mark Hoversten, FASLA, University of Idaho; Dennis L. Law, FASLA, Kansas State University; Frederick R. Steiner, FASLA, University of Texas at Austin; Janice A. Cervelli, FASLA, University of Arizona 


Outdoor Kitchen Design
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Homeowners frequently call on landscape architects to design beautiful outdoor kitchens. But what does it take to design an outdoor kitchen that really works? This course will teach participants the key functional design principles for kitchen layout, including prep areas, storage, and equipment placement. The speakers will share specific and actionable guidelines that have been developed through years of experience with outdoor kitchens and are founded in some of the best practices for indoor kitchen design.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn to apply proven indoor kitchen design principals that have been translated to the specific needs of the outdoors. Also, identify and avoid the most common outdoor kitchen design mistakes
  • Evaluate client cooking and entertaining needs and translate them into successful designs.
  • Discover specific and actionable recommendations for kitchen layout, including work space, storage space, equipment placement, seating and more.

Featured speaker: Russ Faulk, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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