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 3:30–5:00

Daylighting Streams
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

One of the newest trends in landscape architecture and planning is daylighting streams. This innovative approach to water management redirects a stream that has been diverted to a culvert or pipe back to an aboveground channel, to return the water to its natural state. The daylighting of streams addresses stormwater issues, creates new amenities for communities, and improves environmental quality, and this interdisciplinary session will center on cutting-edge techniques and tools. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how and where daylighting projects can be part of an overall strategy to restore environmental health 
  • Learn about the community benefits of daylighting streams projects 
  • Explore the policy challenges around daylighting streams projects

Featured speakers: Keith Bowers, ASLA, Biohabitats, Inc.; Miles Mayhew, City of Seattle; Joseph A. MacDonald, AICP, American Planning Association 


Integrating a Biological Management Program into
Planting Design

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Healthy soils are the foundation of landscape vigor and sustainable maintenance. In this session, an expert panel of soils scientists and designers discuss the importance of and methods for establishing a protocol for a biological management program in design, from pre-installation through post-installation of plant material. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the living system
  • Learn how to incorporate a Biological Management Program into the design and specifications process
  • Gain insight into construction observation/management and post-installation maintenance practices and techniques.

Featured speakers: Eric T. Fleisher, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy; Stephen Thomas Noone, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.; James G. Sotillo, Treewise Organic Tree Experts       

Interweaving Ecosystem Restoration and Ecological Design
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Lessons gleaned from integrated ecological restoration projects can teach landscape architects how to become more proficient at ecosystem restoration and ecological design. This session will present the work of professionals who have tested principles and guidelines for healing damaged landscapes and who seek to create sustainable urban systems through ecological design. Learn ways to weave ecosystem restoration and ecological design into more regenerative urban landscapes. 

Learning objectives:

  • Appreciate the complexity of restoring ecosystems in urban settings and learn how to develop meaningful ecological restoration goals, objectives, and performance criteria
  • Learn how to work with local stakeholders on urban ecological restoration and design projects
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of designs that effectively integrate economic, aesthetic, socio-cultural, and ecological perspectives into local and regional systems

Featured speakers: Allegra Bukojemsky, ASLA, LEED AP, Biohabitats, Inc.; Andrea Bullock Cooper, ASLA, Conservation Design Forum; Lee R. Skabelund, ASLA, Kansas State University 


Seattle's Community Gardens: Greening the City,
Growing Community

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

Landscape Architects are reconceptualizing community gardens as hybrid spaces supporting sustainability at multiple levels. This session will use Seattle case studies to illustrate varied design expressions, programming, and community involvement to convey community gardens as desirable and permanent spaces. Supported by Landscape Architecture Foundation’s "Land and Community Design Case Study Series," this research will be published later this year.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn alternative models of urban community gardens as expressed through design, program, and participation, as well as issues relating to land ownership and design and management approaches 
  • Understand how community gardens serve to build urban sustainability, particularly in light of environmental, social, cultural, educational, and health benefits to individuals and communities 
  • Gain understanding of challenges and strategies for creating and sustaining urban community gardens, including the roles of designers and other stakeholders.

Featured speakers: Jeffrey Hou and Julie M. Johnson, ASLA, AICP, University of Washington; Laura J. Lawson, Associate ASLA, University of Illinois       

Post-Disaster Cedar Rapids: Rebuilding Society, Economy, and Environment
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Cedar Rapids crowned 2008 as the "Year of the River" to reinforce the connection between the city and the river. This name became more significant following an extreme flood in June 2008 that inundated river-edge neighborhoods and a large part of downtown with a record-breaking 31.5 feet of water. This session will give an overview of the city's use of sustainability—social, economic, and environmental—to drive its recovery and long-term planning efforts. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the 2008 flood event and its impact on Cedar Rapids and the city’s post-disaster planning efforts to date.
  • Understand the social aspects of a recent change in government in Cedar Rapids and how it has allowed extensive community engagement and improved delivery of service to the community
  • Learn how sustainability was integrated into all aspects of decision-making of Cedar Rapids’ redevelopment and reinvestment plan. 

Featured speakers: Christine Butterfield, City of Cedar Rapids; Jason S. Hellendrung, ASLA, Sasaki Associates; Cameron Thompson, LEED AP, ARUP; Gina Ford, ASLA, Sasaki Associates 


Introduction to the New ASLA Standard Contract
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

In 2008, ASLA made available two standard form agreements tailored specifically for landscape architects and their clients, providing a basic contract addressing fundamental issues critical to successful projects. Panelists—including a member of the ASLA Professional Practice Committee that developed the forms, a risk management attorney with a professional liability insurer, and a project administrator who has used the contract forms—will discuss the risks and issues that good contracts address.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the purpose and general use of each document, the reason the ASLA created these contracts, and generally how to use them
  • Study the importance of the liability clauses in the contract, how to work with the client to agree on an insurable contract, and liability and insurance issues in design and construction phase
  • Understand the importance of a detailed description of the scope of work, how to create a clear mutual understanding between the designer and the client, and potential issues with an unclear contract.

Featured speakers: Vaughn B. Rinner, ASLA, Land Mark Design Group; Frank D. Musica, Victor O. Schinnerer and Company, Inc., Suzanne Coleman, ASLA, Vince Zucchino Associates

Sustainable Design Materials: Green Walls
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to review examples of established green-wall technologies and the development of new systems and hybrids in the context of issues affecting long-term sustainability of installations. Case-study examples will focus on both green facades and living walls. Participants will learn how to evaluate design intent, site conditions, and system selection, to produce a “checklist” of issues for initiating a successful green-wall design.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand new systems and technologies for designing green walls for the long term
  • Study green-wall installations that use the latest techniques and technologies
  • Learn how to create your own checklist for green-wall design.

Featured speakers: James Sable, greenscreen®; Randall F. Sharp, ASLA, Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture, Inc.

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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