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 or advanced, appropriate for an experienced, professional audience. The ASLA Fund supports ASLA research, library, archives, awards, and professional education programs..

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Friday 10:30–12:00

Landscape Architecture Leadership for Challenges of the 21st Century

As current and projected forces shape a future ample with opportunity, the landscape architects who will in turn shape the future of this profession are already mastering new approaches to practice. Gain valuable insight into the perspective of these colleagues broadening the practice and design worldview for all of us—small to global; private, public, and academic—and learn the value of embracing change. Where will we be working? How? And who will be involved? Understand the flow of forces and influence and decide for yourself. Lead your profession to a brighter future.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain critical insight into how practice diversification ignites growth
  • Think and act differently about marketing, design, and community connection
  • Gain insights from noted professionals gladly confronting a rapidly changing world

Featured Speakers: Robin Gyorgyfalvy, ASLA, Deschutes National Forest; Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop Inc; Edward Blake Jr., ASLA, The Landscape Studio, Landscape Architecture LLC; Kofi Boone, North Carolina State University; Kelleann Foster, ASLA, Penn State University

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/ non-HSW, FL

Organic Practices for Healthy Soils, Vigorous Plants, and Happy Owners

A sustainable cultivated landscape is one that thrives as a dynamic natural system post-construction. Achieving this seemingly simple metric depends on critical thinking about the end of a project before it begins, which requires holistic forethought encompassing design, implementation, and operations. This session will offer practitioners, owners, facility managers, and contractors an empirical framework for making sound decisions throughout all phases of design, documentation, and construction that will result in a realistic and successful organic maintenance program.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand steps from the outset for establishing organic landscape management
  • Gain insight on specifying and guiding an effective, proactive landscape plan
  • Understand how appropriate management programs support sustainable goals

Featured Speakers: Laura Solano, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Assoicates, Inc.; Eric Fleisher, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy; James Sotillio, Ecological Landscape Management

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/-HSW, GBCI, NY/HSW, FL

Edible Landscapes: Growing Roots in the Urban Realm

Edible landscapes are sprouting up in response to slow food movement and a greener lifestyle, fast becoming communal spaces and eco-destinations. These organic demonstration models also provide educational opportunities, such as to combat child obesity. This session will present case studies of the edible landscape movement, providing specific tools on planning, designing, funding, and constructing traditional and nontraditional approaches, including victory gardens, green roofs, and vertical farming.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand specific tools for informed edible-landscape decisions
  • Integrate health and well being with urban ecological stewardship
  • Leverage government planning and funding policy

Featured Speakers: April Philips, ASLA, April Philips Design Works, Inc.; Jacob Voit, Cagwin & Dorward; Robert Shrosbree, ASLA, Site Workshop

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

LAND Nobody Is Making Any More: Green Roofs and Public Policy

Municipalities globally are recognizing the environmental, economic, and political returns from green roofs, although few cities have instituted incentives for owners and developers. Drawing on examples, from tax credits to government mandates, this session will highlight the policy approach to making landscapes over structures a common North American building practice. Even minor regulatory changes can lead to cost-effective solutions and long-term savings for the benefit of municipalities, developers, owners, and communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how government-supported green roof programs benefit the community
  • Know the policies, incentives, and mandates shown to bring green roofs into cities
  • Examine successful municipal policies in Europe and North America

Featured Speakers: Susan Weiler, FASLA, OLIN; Howard Neukrug, City of Philadelphia Water Department; Tom Liptan, FASLA, City of Portland

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

Floating Dutchmen: Water Management Lessons from the Netherlands

The high standards of the Dutch culture are globally recognized due to their exemplary pragmatism. Their bold attitude toward difficult issues and multiple threats have long been the mark of the depth and breadth of Dutch creativity. The Netherlands is a man-made country that has a history of multiple cultural boosts. In this session, Dutch landscape architect Jerry Van Eyck presents examples of his work against the backdrop of a critical overview of his country’s cultural milestones.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate how a cultural history of manipulating nature shapes contemporary design
  • Comprehend how deep contextual research enriches project character and identity
  • Discover how a methodical approach informs intuition

Featured Speaker: Jerry Van Eyck, ASLA, !melk

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

Golf as Place: Multi-Use Golf Course Design

The role of the golf course is evolving: still in demand as an amenity, yet not the driver of real estate sales it once was. Without some rethinking, courses may no longer serve as a feasible community development amenity. With owners facing mounting costs and some seeing them as a depletion of valuable resources, the real estate industry is shying away, to the extent of eliminating existing courses. One innovative alternative is the multi-use golf course design, recasting courses as places for golf and non-golf activities and, in passive service, as wildlife habitats.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the scope of non-golf course use, including safe separation distances
  • Comprehend operating cost considerations and responsibilities
  • See the sustainable role for golf course land use, e.g., as habitat and aquifer

Featured Speakers: Todd Hill ASLA, LEED AP, AECOM; Nick Cassala, The St. Joe Company; Jody Leidolf, Newland Communities, Eastern Region

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

Managing Incremental Change Toward Visionary Outcomes

Landscape architects are constantly challenged to manage incremental change toward visionary outcomes. Nowhere is this task more evident than on an academic campus, where vision must constantly adjust to changing needs. Prioritizing campus improvements requires a holistic approach to incremental projects that effect sweeping, coherent change over many years. This panel brings together clients and landscape architects to compare approaches to this challenge at Brandeis University and Bennington College.

Learning Objectives

  • Redefine your approach to maximize impact within tight budgets and shifting priorities
  • Demonstrate the economy of planning discrete, coherent projects over many years
  • Illustrate the landscape architect’s role in advocating for campus character

Featured Speakers: John Kett, ASLA, and Adrian Nial, Affiliate ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; Joan Goodrich, Bennington College; Daniel Feldman, Brandeis University

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

If You (Re)Build It They Will Come

This session is an exploration of two iconic Baltimore civic spaces that speak to the history of Baltimore—what has changed over the years, and how recent renovations have given new life to surrounding neighborhoods. A visual presentation will precede a panel discussion of design team representatives and Baltimore City officials. They will look at some key components of public open spaces, touching on essential urban design principles that meet the needs of today’s urban populations yet remain true to their original vision.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history of Baltimore development alongside public open spaces
  • Discover the ways landscape architects breathe new life into urban areas
  • Recognize that design for the future is understanding the past

Featured Speakers: Scott Rykiel, FASLA, and Joseph Burkhardt, LEED AP, Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc.; Gennady Schwartz, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks; Robert Dengler, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.

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

A Higher Level of Inclusive Play: Trends in Playground Design

This session will provide resources for designing parks and playgrounds that facilitate a higher level of inclusive play for physical accessibility, developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating activity. The benefits of a variety of sensory activities for all children will be presented along with examples, including tips and strategies on how small to major changes make playgrounds welcoming, engaging, challenging, and therapeutic.  The session will include ideas on how to plan inclusive playgrounds that communities embrace with pride. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the broad range of disabilities of people frequenting playgrounds
  • Identify the types of play that provide developmental sensory benefits
  • Articulate the design characteristics of an inclusive, sensory playground experience

Featured Speakers: Steven King, FASLA, Landscape Structures Inc.; Ingrid Kanics, OTR/L

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

Retrofitting Suburban Strip Corridors

Learn from this discussion of barriers to strip-corridor revitalization and explore design and regulatory solutions to overcome these parries. See examples of specific corridor planning projects and gain insight into how corridor overlays and form-based codes can be used to promote transit- and pedestrian-friendly nodes of development along aging strips.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the barriers to strip-corridor revitalization
  • Explore design and regulatory solutions
  • Understand how form-based codes can drive redevelopment

Featured Speakers: Matthew D’Amico, Design Collective, Inc.; Arnold F. Keller III, AICP, Baltimore County Office of Planning; Marsha McLaughlin, Howard County Office of Planning and Zoning

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP

Early Deadline

July 1, 2010

Advance Deadline

August 6, 2010


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