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.

Monday 12:00–1:30

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


Using Stormwater to Make Great Places and Spaces
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Sustainable urban infrastructure must create great places and spaces while simultaneously benefiting the urban ecosystem and helping to reduce our carbon footprint. This session will use Chicago’s comprehensive sustainable streetscape as a case study to engender a discussion about the techniques and challenges of integrating stormwater best management practices into urban streetscapes.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of streetscape beautification projects in creating great urban spaces and supporting a sustainable urban form
  • Learn how to create a modeling and monitoring plan to evaluate the performance of pilot stormwater BMP applications
  • Understand the unique constraints for landscaped stormwater BMPs in urban areas, including constrained spaces and water quality issues from roadway runoff.

Featured speakers: Janet L. Attarian, AIA, Chicago Department of Transportation; Joseph A. Kozak, Metropolitan Water Reclamation, District of Greater Chicago; Jay Womack, ASLA, LEED AP, Wight & Company       


ASLA's New Landscape Soil Specification System
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

This workshop will explain how to implement the new ASLA Landscape Soil Specification System, whether or not you use MasterSpec®. Many landscape architects are now using multiple soil specifications on a given site, and this session will demonstrate how the new system allows customized soil specifications for various portions of a project. Ten basic example specifications for projects will be discussed. Learn how to create customized specifications. 

Learning objectives:

  • Increase design and specification skills through introduction to ASLA's new Landscape Soil Specification System
  • Learn the basic soil specification modules of the new system
  • Learn the optional soil testing and soil specification requirements.

Featured speakers: Barrett L. Kays, FASLA, Landis, Inc.    


Beyond PowerPoint®: Delivering Killer Presentations
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

There is more to pitches and design presentations than the images that accompany them—or at least there can be. This fun, fast-paced workshop, led by a public speaking and acting coach, will help you maximize your impact in all communications with clients, design teams, and community stakeholders. Volunteer presenters (chosen in advance) will receive coaching on what they are doing well and what they could do better, so that everyone can benefit from their example. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the method-acting techniques of “Objectives, Actions, and Adaptation” to identify and achieve important goals with each presentation 
  • Identify and correct common physical and vocal habits that get in the way of powerful communication
  • Develop a reliable rehearsal process to make speaking engagements more fun, professional, and effective. 

Featured speaker: Buzz Mauro, Center Stage Communications                 


Creating New York's High Performance
Landscape Guidelines

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

The New York City Parks Department is undertaking its largest improvement initiative since the 1930s, which creates an opportunity to rethink traditional park design approaches. In anticipation of this work, the department collaborated with a non-profit organization and a team of private-sector designers to create the High Performance Landscape Guidelines for sustainable park construction. This session will describe how a public agency used a collaborative process to reshape a sustainability agenda for building 21st-century parks. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about an innovative approach to the promotion of Best Management Practices (BMPs) within municipal agencies 
  • Learn about the unique opportunities for improving social, environmental, and economic sustainability on a large scale through institutional mandates for change 
  • Understand how the implementation of sustainability practices on an agency-wide level differs from the practice of sustainability on a project-by-project basis.

Featured speakers: Jeanette Compton, Associate ASLA, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; Andrew R. Lavallee, ASLA, EDAW AECOM; Deborah Marton, Design Trust; Tavis Dockwiller, ASLA, Viridian Landscape Studio 


Sustainable Design Materials: Permeable Pavement
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW

In this session, participants will explore some of the largest and most influential permeable paving projects in North America. Each site will be presented by the designer or regulatory agent who developed the design strategy and projected outcomes. This cross-disciplinary approach will shed light on the considerations and implementation of using permeable pavement as a paving strategy. 

Learning objectives:

  • Study some of the largest permeable paving jobs in the country and interact with the project design teams 
  • Examine a case study that shows three different permeable systems: permeable pavers, pervious concrete, and porous asphalt, all in a controlled, comparative setting 
  • Understand the proper applications and design benefits of a variety of different sized projects. 

Featured speakers: Ernest C. Wong, ASLA, Site Design Group, Ltd.; Michael Fus, Chicago Park District; Dan Schaffer, ESSROC Italcementi Group; Jay L. Rients, Unilock Chicago, Inc.


Rolling with the Punches: Surviving Tough Economic Times
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

The current economic turmoil has generated increasing levels of concern for practitioners in all sectors and markets of the landscape architecture profession. This session will focus on addressing those concerns. Professionals will share their real-life success stories of finding opportunities in the current downturn. Participants will learn diverse marketing and management strategies that may help their firms mitigate potential project losses.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn alternative work types and models that may create cash flow to subsidize traditional project types
  • Learn office management strategies that create higher efficiency and productivity
  • Explore how to potentially diversify the range of typical services offered, by marketing supplemental services for projects already in hand.

Featured speakers: Edward Flaherty, International ASLA; Christopher Gustard, ASLA, CG Design Consulting; Nancy Hannick, ASLA, NLH Landscape Architects; L. Wesley Stout, ASLA, AICP, Wesley Stout Associates LLC; Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA, Tavella Design Group; Moderator: Jeffrey K. Carbo, FASLA, Jeffrey K. Carbo, Landscape Architects


Collaboration and the Creation of a Green Community
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Creation, design, and execution of plans and projects that define a sustainable community and its quality of life do not happen in isolation. Professionals from across the spectrum of planning and design must work together to achieve the best possible short- and long-term outcomes. In this session, leaders of ASLA, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Planning Association will discuss collaborative working models and projects that became much more than the sum of their parts. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the 2030 Coalition and the Green Mission, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and the Green Communities program through the perspectives of the three strategic partners
  • Learn about the benefits of the process of collaboration, as well as cross-disciplinary planning and project development
  • Gain insight from project case histories in which teams of professionals identified and overcame obstacles and chose paths for success through Integrated Project Delivery.

Featured speakers: Angela D. Dye, FASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects; Bruce Knight, FAICP, American Planning Association; Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, American Institute of Architects


Riverside: A Master Planning Community
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Much of today’s community development is based on many of Olmsted’s principles for Riverside, IL. This session will review how Olmsted developed his principles and what steps the Village of Riverside took to preserve his vision. In an open-group forum, participants will discuss the economic factors, functionality, environmental conditions, etc., that shape today’s development, and will explore how landscape architects can play a role in reinforcing quality design in new communities. 

Learning objectives:

  • Explore the history of Riverside, Olmsted’s principles and design vision, and how the community took shape over time
  • Understand the challenges Riverside faced with contemporary influences on both the redevelopment and vision of Riverside
  • Learn how the Village of Riverside was able to build upon historic precedent to determine modern standards for new development

Featured speakers: Nikolas Davis, ASLA, and Arista Strungys, Camiros, Ltd.

The Vertical Farm Project—Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, FL

How are we going to feed the additional 3 billion people who will inhabit the earth by 2050? The Vertical Farm Project, developed by Columbia University parasitologist Dickson Despommier and his medical ecology students, centers on a possible prototype solution: A 30-story building that would cover a city block and could theoretically feed 50,000 Manhattanites by growing food hydroponically inside. Added benefits would include lowered carbon emissions as well as a chance for ravished agricultural land to recover.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how vertical farms work and the concepts behind their design
  • Learn how vertical farms may provide an answer to feeding the world’s increasing population while cutting down traditional agricultural energy use
  • Examine the vertical farm model developed by Columbia University.

Featured speaker: Dickson Despommier, Environmental Health Science of Columbia University

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


Get the latest news feed and press releases on the 2009 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO... More


Dig The Dirt: ASLA’s blog about Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, and Environmental News... More


Bookmark and Share

Follow us on Twitter!