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 1:30–3:00

Inside the LA Studio with Atelier Dreiseitl
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Combining contemporary art and ecological engineering with a social sensitivity, Atelier Dreiseitl Waterscapes has been pioneering innovative waterscapes and landscapes all over the world for more than 30 years. Many of their award-winning projects—which include works for the Chicago City Hall green rooftop garden, Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz; and the Beijing Airport—have been commended for design excellence for their successful integration of art, urban hydrology, sustainability, and landscape architecture within an urban context.

Learning objectives:

  • Study one award-winning firm’s longstanding approach to landscape architecture
  • Examine how waterscapes and art can be integrated into landscape design
  • Review case studies of several highly acclaimed projects by Atelier Dreiseitl.

Featured speakers: Herbert Dreiseitl, International ASLA, Stefan Brueckmann, and Melissa Yip, Atelier Dreiseitl; Moderator: Gary R. Hilderbrand, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand Associates 


Stormwater Management: Getting Green Streets to
Take Root

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

The Green Streets initiative integrates green infrastructure into the retooling of street design to meet the sustainability goals of ecology, movement, and community. Notable examples of Green Streets initiatives now exist nationwide, and federal agencies such as the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency fully support the practice. Key to the initiative is landscape architects' ongoing design research in planting and maintenance practices, which ensures that the street's living systems not only survive, but also thrive. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the latest practices, research, and case studies in Green Street design that meet a community’s transportation, placemaking, and environmental goals
  • Explore Green Street design that supports functional and sustainable green infrastructure 
  • Understand the challenges, opportunities, and state-of-the-art technical practices associated with greening streets

Featured speakers: Andrew Lavallee, ASLA, EDAW AECOM; Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, Nevue Ngan Associates; Clark H. Wilson, US Environmental Protection Agency


Native Plant Connection: A New Look at How Landscapes Can Support Biodiversity
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Because our gardens are part of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, we must keep them in working order. Gardening in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can ignore no longer. This session will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the benefits of designing gardens with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so.

Learning objectives:

  • Grasp the need for sustainable landscaping 
  • Understand how designs can increase a site's carrying capacity 
  • Learn about the importance of native plants in sustainable landscapes

Featured speakers: Douglas W. Tallamy, University of Delaware


London 2012, the Olympic Catalyst: A Legacy Ambition
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP, FL

This session will examine the role of landscape in Olympic and legacy development from the perspective of an overarching idea: using the Games as a catalyst to spark urban regeneration. How can legacy landscapes realize long-term physical, social, and economic benefits and contribute to a city’s competitive advantage? This session will highlight how landscape can underpin, define, and lead physical, social, and economic regeneration at the local and global scales.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how major events can become catalysts for regeneration
  • Understand how the legacy landscape can promote and secure environmental, social and economic benefits for cities and surrounding communities 
  • Examine the legacies of other Olympic Games, lessons learned, and opportunities for future development

Featured speakers: Sarah Haga and Jason Prior, EDAW AECOM; Tom Russell, London Development Agency


Media Roundtable: Journals for Professional Research
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

The former editor of Landscape Journal will moderate this discussion with editors and board members of several leading research journals in landscape architecture. The panelists will review the role played by research journals in building knowledge that is relevant to current, competitive practices. Attendees will learn how practitioners publish research, how the peer review process works and why, what criteria are applied to submissions by various journals, and how to measure the value of disciplined research.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the latest trends and practices from the leading landscape architecture journals
  • Find out how projects can earn coverage in professional journals
  • Discover the best way to submit projects to journals.

Featured speakers: Jianguo Wu, Arizona State University, Landscape Ecology; Lance Neckar, ASLA, University of Minnesota, Landscape Journal; Mark Francis, FASLA, University of California at Davis, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research; Jack Nasar, The Ohio State University, Journal of Planning Literature; M. Elen Deming, ASLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Urban Agriculture: New Models for Productive
Urban Landscapes

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW

The increasing urbanization of the world's population and the search for solutions to urban blight are driving a renewed interest in of urban farming and community gardening. This session will discuss key issues in urban agriculture with reference to specific current projects, such as the Viet Village Urban Farm in New Orleans, as well as explore the possibilities for other models of productive urban landscapes

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about current issues for productive landscape in urban settings 
  • Explore a series of contemporary case studies for urban farms, community gardens, etc. 
  • Learn about the relationship between project funding sources and design outcomes for these types of projects

Featured speakers: David Fletcher, Fletcher Studio Landscape Architecture + Urban Design; Amy Gavaris, ASLA, New York Restoration Project; Elizabeth Mossop, ASLA, Louisiana State University     

Promoting Prosperity of Cities: Landscape Architecture as an Economic Driver
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

Federal, state, and local governments are investing extensive monetary resources in infrastructure projects, with the expectation that they will reap long-term dividends. However, good design is critical to the success of these projects. This session will demonstrate, through anecdotal observation and analytical data, how good landscape architecture increases a city’s economic prosperity, and how poor design can have the reverse effects.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how good landscape architecture improves the bottom line for cities 
  • Explore lessons learned from 32 years of built work at OLIN 
  • Study the role of public-private partnerships as financiers and guardians of the public realm

Featured speakers: Christopher VanArsdale, Canal Park Development Corporation, Inc.; Kirby Fowler, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.; Sophie Robitaille, ASLA, OLIN


Client Roundtable: Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW, FL

Public gardens make up an increasingly important project type for landscape architects. These capital projects offer opportunities for innovative master planning as well as fine garden design with a particular emphasis on plant/people relationships. In this roundtable, participants will learn from public garden clients to cultivate connections within the public garden community, talk about working through a capital project, and see what kinds of specific projects these clients expect for the future. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to establish and build on client connections in the public garden arena
  • Study the nuts and bolts of conceptualizing and scheduling capital projects
  • Explore what the future might hold for public gardens projects.

Featured speakers: Julia Rundberg, Idaho Botanical Garden; Gwen Stauffer, Ganna Walska Lotusland; James McDaniel, Airlee Garden; W. Gary Smith, ASLA, W. Gary Smith Design


Healing Garden Evaluation and its Value to
Professional Practice

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

To create outdoor environments that function beyond the level of aesthetically pleasing spaces, evaluation and research must be an integral part of the landscape architect's program. As the demand for evidence-based design (EBD) increases, we have the opportunity to use the momentum by applying quantifiable research and objective measurement to the work we perform. This practice can help with improving design skills, gaining legitimacy for expertise, promotion and outreach, and increasing market share. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about exemplary healing gardens and find out what makes them successful 
  • Discover how evidence-based design (EBD) and post-occupancy evaluation (POE) can improve design practice and create better places for users
  • Learn how one landscape architecture firm benefitted from the systematic evaluation of several of its built projects. 

Featured speakers: Marni Barnes, ASLA, Deva Designs; Clare Cooper Marcus, Healing Landscapes; Geoffrey B. Roehll, ASLA, Hitchcock Design Group; Naomi A. Sachs, ASLA, Therapeutic Landscapes Network

Historic Landscapes: Balancing the Past, Present,
and Future
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

This session focuses on three significant historic landscapes: the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville; Prospect Park in New York City; and Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.  Explore the challenges the stewards of these places face in honoring the integrity of celebrated original designs while ensuring they remain vibrant public spaces that encourage contemporary design expression and meet current and future needs. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the issues and challenges associated with managing and maintaining a historic landscape
  • Learn how contemporary design expression is being successfully incorporated into celebrated historic design
  • Explore the role that stewardship plays in the profession of landscape architecture and in the evolution and preservation of historic places. 
Featured speakers: David Barnett, Mount Auburn Cemetery; Mary V. Hughes, FASLA, University of Virginia; Christian Zimmerman, ASLA, Prospect Park Alliance; Douglas Reed, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Inc.

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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