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.

Saturday 11:00–12:30

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, Andres Arcila, and Justine Kwiatkowski, Raymond Jungles Inc.


Sustainable Solutions for Water Resources
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

A healthy environment depends on an uninterrupted hydrologic cycle. Decisions about development, growth, agricultural uses, recreation, and human survival all are tied to dwindling water resources, and how we make such decisions is being questioned. We need to take a more holistic, integrated approach to planning for sustainable water resources, and this means understanding the problem, potential solutions, and the implications of our actions. This session will focus on sustainable practices for protecting water resources. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the critical issues related to water resources and the implications on landscape architecture 
  • Discuss policies and procedures for protecting and managing water resources
  • Explore sustainable solutions for both planning- and site-scale projects

Featured speakers: Jo Ann J. Macrina, DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management; Mickey O'Brien, EDAW AECOM; James L. Sipes, ASLA, Sand County Studios; Jack Moody, Mississippi Development Authority 

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

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


Green Streets: A Synergistic Approach
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Many North American cities are grappling with the need to retrofit automobile-oriented streets to accommodate alternative transportation and green infrastructure initiatives. This session will cover best practices in retrofitting urban streets at low cost to incorporate sustainable walking and biking needs, as well as accommodating other street-greening projects. Hear about how the City of Vancouver is tackling this policy issue and learn about this city's strategies for engaging communities in street regeneration projects. 

Learning objectives:

  • Discover techniques, strategies, and ecological best practices for creating walkable and bike-able streets through retrofitting of auto-oriented streets
  • Find out how to incorporate green infrastructure with transportation objectives when retrofitting existing urban streets
  • Learn how to engage your community in regenerating local streets and public spaces and promoting ongoing stewardship of these spaces. 

Featured speakers:
Sandra A. James, International ASLA, City of Vancouver; Chani Joseph, University of British Columbia; Nancy S. MacLean, ASLA, Corporation of Delta

Client Roundtable: Colleges and Universities
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Colleges and universities represent one of the most consistent client bases for many landscape architects, hiring firms for a gamut of planning and design projects. In this session, university professionals who engage landscape architects will explain the criteria and process they use for selecting consultants. They will present their current projects, as well as the trends and opportunities they see for campus planning and design in today's economy and into the future. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about ongoing campus design projects and planning initiatives at various top universities
  • Discover the process and criteria that educational institutions use to select and hire landscape architects
  • Learn about current trends in campus planning and design and discover the related opportunities for landscape architects. 

Featured speakers: Gary A. Brown, FASLA, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Mark H. Hough, ASLA, Duke University; Steven M. Wiesenthal, FAIA, University of Chicago; Betsy Boykin, ASLA, LEED AP, Core Studio Design; Dennis Swinford, ASLA, Harvard University Allston Development Group 


The Sustainable Sites Initiative: An Overview
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is based on the principle that true sustainability not only minimizes environmental harm but also restores and enhances the health of the world around us. Opportunities exist to improve practices so that ecosystem functions in built environments are maintained or regenerated. This session will present an overview of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, including a preview of the next report and prerequisite benchmarks, ratings system process, and integration with LEED.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the Sustainable Sites Initiative as the standard for achieving sustainable landscapes through the development and implementation of clear and rigorous design, construction, and operations and maintenance criteria 
  • Understand the ratings system process and relationship of Sustainable Sites benchmarks with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED metrics 
  • Learn the prerequisites for achieving site sustainability, including site selection, planning, and maintenance 

Featured speakers: Deon Glaser, ASLA, US Green Building Council; Debra Guenther, ASLA, LEED AP, Mithun; Jose Almiñana, ASLA, Andropogon Associates, Ltd; Steve Windhager, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Nancy Somerville, American Society of Landscape Architects     

Urbs in Horto: Public Horticulture in the City
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

Public horticulture presents exciting opportunities as well as significant challenges for transforming public space. This session will discuss the many facets of creating a ''city in a garden''—from methodology and public-private partnerships to the nitty-gritty of working within challenging site conditions—by looking at successful projects in Chicago, one of America’s greenest cities.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss issues and opportunities associated with designing and implementing public horticulture projects 
  • Understand the vital role that landscape architects can play in the development of a strong public horticulture program in urban areas 
  • Learn about the process of designing projects with a strong public horticulture component from concept through design, client review, and construction

Featured speakers: Douglas E. Hoerr, FASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects; Scott Mehaffey, ASLA, City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor            


Photography and the Built Landscape: Two Points of View
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

More works of landscape architecture are known through publication of photographs than are actually experienced. Through repeated publication, certain works reach iconic status as they become engraved in our consciousness. In this session, two photographers will explore how landscapes are interpreted photographically from two points of view: eye level and from the air. The session also will cover how the abstracting tendencies of photography are used to edit and amplify the distinctive characteristics of these landscapes.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how built landscapes at varying scales suggest different photographic approaches and how photography can interpret the relationship between natural and constructed environments
  • Understand how the distinctive experience of space, light, and time in the landscape are interpreted through photography
  • Develop a critical eye when viewing landscape photographs 

Featured speakers: Alex MacLean, Landslides Aerial Photography; Alan L. Ward, FASLA, Sasaki Associates


Returning to Olmsted and Vaux after Moses: New Design in Prospect Park
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

New York City’s Lakeside Center in Prospect Park, in final design, entails restoration of the most formal area of Olmsted and Vaux's 1860s design, removal of a Robert Moses-era skating rink, and the design of a modern building. The design approach integrates the new facility in to this historic site and meets the recreational demands of 21st-century park users. Participants will learn how the Prospect Park Alliance is acting as both client and landscape architect.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to manage the design tension created when building a modern recreational facility within a historic site
  • Examine spatial approaches to site design when balancing a wide range of recreational activities within a highly constrained site
  • Discuss the issues and solutions involved with designing a LEED® Silver building in a historic public park

Featured speakers: Crystal A. Gaudio and Christian Zimmerman, ASLA, Prospect Park Alliance      

Economic Stimulus: Opportunities for Landscape Architects in a New Economy
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

It took 30 days to pass one of this country’s most sweeping economic reforms—the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (HR 1), better known as the “economic stimulus plan. What does it really mean as far as business opportunities for the landscape architecture industry? This session will cover the major provisions of the economic stimulus plan and forecast what the business opportunity life cycle will look like after economic stimulus.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the major provisions of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
  • Learn how to create new business opportunities by leveraging energy legislation
  • Apply concepts/information in the development of an action-oriented plan

Featured speaker: Karen L. Compton, CPSM, A3K Consulting


Building Design Research Connections: The Role of Research in Professional Practice
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

Challenges faced by the profession in the 21st century will require a collaborative approach between practitioners and academics to develop new theories and applications. However, little research activity is currently shared between these two groups. This presentation will examine the role and methodologies of research in professional practice, review ongoing research trends in landscape architecture, and suggest strategies for furthering the collaboration that is essential to the vitality of the profession. 

Learning objectives:

  • Discover which research trends and topics in landscape architecture currently are being pursued by academics and practitioners 
  • Learn to formalize and document research that is part of every design process using methods and resources applicable by landscape architects and other allied professionals 
  • Explore options for capturing and disseminating research data within an office using a Wikipedia, knowledge-base software, library software, and other resources

Featured speakers: Earl H. Graffam, Jr., ASLA, OLIN; Baldev Lamba, ASLA, Temple University; Thomas L. Woltz, ASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects; Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia     

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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