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 1:30–3:00

Inside the LA Studio with the Office of James Burnett
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

The contemporary landscape architect endeavors to produce site-specific work that creates a meaningful sense of place through the thoughtful synthesis of site context, ecological performance, cultural mores, human need, and design sensibility. This session will review the history and portfolio of the Office of James Burnett, a design-oriented landscape architecture firm with a global practice and home bases in Houston and Solana Beach, CA. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how a design should stem from a deep understanding of the client’s goals and vision 
  • Explore how landscape and architecture influence and reinforce each other, creating a unified spatial composition 
  • Examine how gardens can transform perspectives, evoke emotional responses, and awaken the senses. 

Featured speakers: James D. Burnett, FASLA, Jereck Boss, ASLA, and Ronald Trageser, ASLA, The Office of James Burnett


NatureGrounds: Designing Nature into Play Environments
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

Research reveals a strong link between children’s experiences of nature and their psychological well being and overall development. This session will feature three experts speaking about the nation’s movement to reconnect children with nature, research-based benefits of combining playground equipment with the living landscape, best practice principles of design for new construction and retrofitting existing parks and playgrounds, and strategies for overcoming potential barriers. Explore how to put nature into play and add value to design.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore research-based benefits for designing nature into play, as well as current trends, resources, funding, and legislative measures that encourage children to get outdoors
  • Learn about best practices for designing or retrofitting play environments to incorporate manufactured play equipment and the living landscape
  • Plan ways to incorporate nature into existing and new playgrounds and identify strategies for engaging the community to naturalize play environments.

Featured speakers: Kenneth Hurst, ASLA, Southwest Parks and Playgrounds; Robin C. Moore, Affiliate ASLA, North Carolina State University; Tom Norquist, PlayCore/GameTime


Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA

Design and construction professionals increasingly see the benefits of green roofs as research continually provides evidence that greening buildings can mitigate some of the dysfunctions of the modern urban environment. But greenery should not stop with the roof: Walls can be covered with vegetation to beneficial effect, too. Participants in this session will examine some inspiring examples of both green roofs and green walls, with an emphasis on plant selection.

Learning objectives:

  • Distinguish between two very different technologies: living walls/vertical planting, where plants are grown vertically in a growing medium and vertical surfaces are literally clothed in plants and facade greening, where climbers, rooted at the base, are used to cover a wall
  • Appreciate the cost and various other advantages of facade greening, as well as the necessity of selecting appropriate support mechanisms for climbing plants
  • Understand the importance of plant selection for both living-wall and façade-greening technologies.

Featured speakers: Noel Kingsbury and Nigel Dunnet, Sheffield University


Sustainable Design Materials: Stormwater Management Products and Zero Discharge Solutions
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

Industry professionals from the design and construction community will discuss new technologies, installation techniques and critical design considerations used to minimize the impacts of stormwater. Using examples of built projects, presentors will demonstrate capabilites of new technologies that achieve zero discharge solutions, minimize erosion and incorporate graywater capture and use. Participants will be able to incorporate several techniques summarized in this breakout in upcoming projects to minimize the impacts of stormwater.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine design considerations that affect stormwater management systems
  • Study field examples to learn about effective stormwater management strategies
  • Learn which stormwater technologies are appropriate for specific applications.

Featured Speakers: Mark Apfelbacher, Associate ASLA, LEED AP, RESI; George Barnum, Affiliate ASLA, KBI Industries; Mark Munley, Affiliate ASLA, Firestone Specialty Products               


Creating Sustainable Golf Course Developments
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

Golf courses occupy three million acres of land in the U.S. alone, much of it near or on environmentally sensitive locations. A well-planned, designed, and implemented golf course development can not only protect sensitive environments but also enhance water quality and wildlife habitat, promote community values, and provide economic stimulus. This session will cover myths commonly associated with golf course development and, more importantly, the tools and knowledge necessary to create truly sustainable golf courses. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the elements essential to creating a sustainable golf course development
  • Discover how sustainable golf practices can be applied to the field of landscape architecture 
  • Understand how golf courses can protect, preserve, and enhance the native environment and local community. 

Featured speakers: Gregory Martin, ASLA, Martin Design Partnership; Nancy Richardson, Audubon International; Todd Schoeder, Design Workshop     


Re-Engineering the Streets of Los Angeles
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP

Unique within the U.S. for its vision, scale, and collaboration of city agencies and community stakeholders, “The Next Downtown: A Sustainable Vision for Downtown Los Angeles” project implements context-sensitive, sustainable street standards and urban design standards/guidelines for an 1,800-acre area of distinct neighborhoods. The project reverse- engineers antiquated, automobile-centric and street-drainage design and joins it to inventive urban design to maximize pedestrian-friendly form, support transit, promote social commerce, and create pleasing street environments. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to create "Complete Streets," which allow preservation of wider sidewalks, mid-block crossings, and provision for bike lanes in balance with vehicular traffic 
  • Learn how to set forth qualitative urban design standards and guidelines for new construction or major renovation 
  • Explore how to build a comprehensive team approach among public and private agencies, design consultants, and community stakeholders.

Featured speakers: Emily Gabel-Luddy, FASLA, Simon Pastucha, and Lillian Burkenheim, City of Los Angeles; Patricia L. Smith, ASLA, AICP, Patricia Smith Landscape Architect


Resilient Landscapes: Sustainability in a Changing
Urban World

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

Resilience theory stands at the frontier of progressive landscape planning and design, serving as a robust platform for shaping and articulating the regenerative work of landscape architects in volatile times. This session will address concepts in resilience theory and apply theory to practice, from the site scale to the city scale. Case studies from the U.S. and Europe will explain the importance of resilience thinking in design and discuss opportunities and challenges for landscape architects.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what resilience is and how it relates to the sustainability of landscapes and cities
  • Examine contemporary case studies that demonstrate resilience in the face of urban growth and change pressure, climate change, vegetation dynamics, and biodiversity loss 
  • Learn about opportunities for the practice of resilience in urban planning and design.

Featured speakers: Jack Ahern, FASLA, University of Massachusetts; Kristina Hill, Affiliate ASLA, University of Virginia; Joan Woodward, FASLA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Photography: The Key to Getting Your Project Published
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW

Magazine editors and book publishers are constantly bombarded with unsolicited project submissions. This session will cover how to increase your chances of getting your project published and how commissioning first-rate professional photography is an integral part of that strategy.

Learning objectives:

  • Discover how to best position your project to get attention of editors, publishers, and design awards jurors
  • Learn how to establish a realistic, affordable budget and discover creative ways to stretch the photography budget
  • Understand how exceptional photography enhances the value of your firm's image/ marketing and public relations campaigns.

Featured speakers: Chun Lai, Chun Y Lai Photography; Peter Mauss, Peter Mauss Photography; Dan Snow, Artist

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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