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 1:30–3:00

U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Design for Maintenance: National Mall Lessons for Public
Space Design

Life lessons from the front lines of park management provide valuable practical guidance to designers of public spaces. This session provides just such a reality check: that design intent cannot be fulfilled unless the space can be maintained and used. It focuses on the practical aspects of operating and maintaining a great public space by introducing a myriad of factors affecting the ability of the National Park Service to care for the National Mall and providing specific examples of how design affects park maintenance, operations, and public use.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a fresh perspective on how design affects park operations and use
  • Consider the good, bad, and ugly lessons from the Presidential Inaugural
  • Learn about practical starting points, such as the National Mall Plan

Featured Speakers: Susan Spain, ASLA, Sean Kennealy, and Lance Hatten, National Park Service

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

Funding Green Solutions: The Investor’s Viewpoint on Sustainability

The profession is facing a barrage of new public policy and legislation to address climate change, along with a steady current of economic constraints. To cut through the resulting increase in project financing complexity, the industry is in need of financing structure innovation that includes private and institutional investors. Carbon credits, cap and trade provisions, and environmental review requirements will muddy the waters further still. This broad-based discussion will delve into how landscape architects can be involved in new investment approaches at the earliest stages.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand private and institutional investor priorities with sustainable design
  • Learn to connect sustainable outcomes with policy, permitting, and financing
  • Position your services as adding value at the outset to project finance teams

Featured Speakers: Laurene Mahon, Laurene B. Mahon Associates; Jennifer Harris, North Carolina Department of Transportation; Thomas Doolittle ASLA, LEED AP, Gilbane Building Company; Nancy Stack, Consultant Resources

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

Regenerative Landscapes in China: Ecological Stewardship in an Urbanizing Society

If the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was China's coming out party, what will China's post-Olympic legacy be? Will it become a leader in landscape sustainability, advancing stronger environmental policies and technologies? How will those adapt to dramatic changes in human habitation, lifestyle, and culture? This presentation will explore three projects at vastly different scale—from regional planning to built work—representative of China's increasingly progressive attitude to ecological restoration, cultural expression, and contemporary place-making.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how China is protecting some of its most sensitive landscapes
  • Understand the challenges of balancing development and conservation in China
  • Discover landscapes blending mega-scale conservation, restoration, and interaction

Featured Speakers: Michael Grove, ASLA, and Mark Reaves, Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Xiaowei Ma, ASLA, Ager Environmental Design

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

City Leaders Roundtable: Laying the Groundwork for Green Infrastructure Investment

Building a green infrastructure investment plan for your city can be intimidating and mind-numbing. Given the imperative facing every city and the plethora of possibilities, how does one develop a comprehensive, manageable, and financially viable long-term plan that is just right for your city? In this session, city leaders will offer insights and tangible methodologies for highly successful sustainable development. Core to the discussion will be how to navigate regulators, funding, maintenance, and management for green infrastructure investment.

Learning Objectives

  • Absorb perspectives and experiences of leaders influencing investment decisions
  • Learn how a major city plans, how that differs from other cities, and critical caveats
  • See what kinds of landscape projects Philadelphia will be undertaking

Featured Speakers: Mami Hara, ASLA, AICP, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC; Howard Neukrug, City of Philadelphia, Water Department; Katherine Gajewski, City of Philadelphia, Mayor's Office of Sustainability; Michael DiBerardinis, City of Philadelphia, Department of Parks and Recreation

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

Start-Up Firms: New Principals From Troubled Times

The current recession is a game changer locally and globally that is forcing the evolution of business. Many landscape architects with few options available have opened new firms. In this session, a panel of new small-firm owners and a seasoned professional will discuss how their firms came into existence, the challenges they have faced, and the lessons learned as they transitioned from startups to successful businesses. The panel will discuss where they see the industry environment in 2011 and how they will position their firms accordingly.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the factors of opening a new firm, including hidden challenges
  • Learn recession survival strategies for sourcing work and winning projects
  • Understand success strategies for a startup business in a downturn market

Featured Speakers: David Verespy ASLA, LEED AP, Rock Spring Design Group, LLC; Chris Gustard, ASLA, Chris Gustard Design Collaborative; Matt Langston, ASLA, LEED AP, Landworks Design Group; Pam Blough, ASLA, P.M. Blough Inc.; Dean Hill, ASLA, greenscreen

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/ non-HSW

Less Is More: New Esthetics and Engineering of Water Features

As cultural values shift from flamboyance to the rediscovered sensibilities of conservation and stewardship, water feature designs must adapt to justify such features (which do have an undeniable esthetic appeal). Through engaging case studies and theoretical discussions, and from an engineering as well as esthetic perspective, this session will compare water effects in terms of energy and water consumption, light pollution, chemical use and discharge, SITES credits, and construction budgets.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history of water feature design, from ostentation to conservation
  • Learn how water effects score in shepherding resources, SITE credits, and costs
  • Gain the basic technical insight to evaluate water feature design strategies

Featured Speakers: Nadine Nemec, ASLA, CMS Collaborative, Inc.; April Philips, ASLA, April Philips Design Works, Inc.; Rodrigo Abela, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, NYHSW, FL

From Blight to Bright: Solutions for Adaptive Use of
Post-Industrial Sites

The discipline of landscape architecture can be a leading force in successfully re-integrating brownfields into the urban pattern, both functionally and esthetically. Remediation and redevelopment of these sites is a critical first step toward regaining the cultural and ecological importance of these landscapes. This session will demonstrate best practice examples with a focus on the collaboration between academic research, education, and professional practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn new approaches in remediation and adaptive re-use of post-industrial landscapes
  • Examine project management best practices for capping and remediation
  • Discuss remediation in the context of cultural and ecological restoration

Featured Speakers: Wolfram Hoefer, ASLA,  Rutgers The State University of New Jersey; Frank Gallagher, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry;  Brian Clemson, ASLA, Hatch Mott MacDonald

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

Creating a Great Street: The Regeneration of West Main Street

As cities seek to revitalize their downtowns, Louisville, Kentucky, leveraged the distinct qualities of its cast iron architecture into a narrative streetscape that has generated more than $150 million in private investment in a three—block area. The transformation of a vacant commercial zone into a vibrant mixed-use corridor has earned an ASLA award, a Top Ten Main Streets in America rating from the American Planning Association, and an Outstanding Street designation from EPA in its Smart Growth program. Speakers will describe what worked and what did not over time.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how historic research leads to an authentic landscape solution
  • Understand how public planners leveraged a streetscape into private investment
  • Learn how public-sector landscape architects manage operations and maintenance

Featured Speakers: Dennis Carmichael FASLA, LEED AP, AECOM; Barry Alberts, AICP, Cityvisions Associates;  Kristin Booker, ASLA, Carman & Associates

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

National Capital Planning Commission, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
Future of L’Enfant's City: Building Upon a Legacy in Washington

How are we going to protect the National Mall from overuse; attract a bright, young workforce to federal employment; and contribute to the health and vitality of the city? This session will focus on how the Monumental Core Framework Plan: Connecting New Destinations with the National Mall addresses these issues. The plan identifies a range of specific proposals that balance the symbolic urban form of the nation’s capital with the needs of the modern city to ensure that Washington endures as a 21st-century model for urban design, livability, and sustainability.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how urban designers and landscape architects advance livable sustainability
  • Learn how the city’s history and national role influence the new core framework
  • Understand the lessons learned in implementing a city-building vision

Featured Speakers: Elizabeth Miller ASLA, AICP, National Capital Planning Commission; Thomas Luebke, AIA, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts;  Alan Harwood, AECOM

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

U.S. Department of Defense
Inside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

In addition to a robust civil works program focused on water resources, the USACE provides engineering, design, and construction services to the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies.  The Corps operates globally, providing support of emerging foreign policy and national security initiatives – and nearly everything it plans, designs, and constructs involves site.  At present there are only about 85 landscape architects in the Corps.  Learn what landscape architects do in the Corps and how the landscape architect’s skill set fits the needs of the Corps, beyond site planning and design. Hear why you may want to get involved and how best to do so.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of landscape architects within the Corps
  • Explore how the Corps supports AEC efforts for Federal agencies
  • Learn about opportunities for working with the Corps and how to get involved

Featured Speakers: Kevin Holden, ASLA, Richard “Gus” Drum, ASLA, Kurt von Sternberg, ASLA, Lindy Wolner, ASLA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW

Early Deadline

July 1, 2010

Advance Deadline

August 6, 2010


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