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 3:30–5:00

Inside the LA Studio with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) is renowned for working with a range of complicated sites. From cities and universities to corporations and private clients, a commonality among MVVA projects is integrating a site’s layered history and dynamic nature with aggressive ecological strategies and a love of plants. MVVA grapples with challenges from soil toxicity to coordination with old and new infrastructure and successful integration into urban fabric. This session will present case studies on turning such site limitations into creative opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine how program, site, and infrastructure constraints can be made into assets
  • Learn approaches to designing spaces that cater to a wide range of age groups
  • Learn how ecology and urban design create changing, growing parks

Moderator: Ethan Carr, FASLA, University of Virginia; Featured Speakers: Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, Laura Solano, ASLA, and Matthew Urbanski, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

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

Livability Through Transportation: Policy in Action

Landscape architects have long put into practice the principle that excellence in the planning and design of transportation corridors is absolutely essential to the comfort and amenity of the places where we live, work, and play. Early this year, the Obama Administration acknowledged the need to factor livability into its criteria for transportation projects. This session will explore the various ways that transportation factors into sustainability, economic development, the environment, and creation of great spaces for our communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how transportation policy translates into landscape architecture projects
  • Discover how sustainable design principles apply to federal transportation projects
  • Explore case studies of landscape architects shaping transportation policy

Featured Speakers: Roxanne Blackwell, Esq., American Society of Landscape Architects; Polly Trottenberg, U. S. DOT;  Angela Dye, FASLA, A. Dye Design Inc.; Jim Donovan, FASLA, Broadreach Planning & Design

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

Sustainable Design Products: Irrigation

How many times have you seen a site profile that ends up requiring 25 to 70 percent of a full-site water budget for your client? Did you seriously consider a self-sustainable project that includes an operationally efficient irrigation system? This session will address the challenge of identifying and implementing efficient irrigation systems involving emerging technologies and up-front, client-involved project planning and engineering.

Learning Objectives

  • Know when the water budget is over-extended on a project.
  • See the potential for efficient water irrigation.
  • Understand the client’s objectives and how to work within that water budget

Featured Speakers: Chris Wright, Ewing,Linda Maley, Atlantis Water Managment;Chris Dimmick, Rain Bird Corporation; Darin Brasch, EZ Flo; Moderator: Nate Hines, Hines Irrigation Consultants

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI

Complete Streets—Shaping Public Space

Landscape architects, architects, planners, and engineers have significant roles in planning, designing, and advocating for transportation corridors that meet the mobility needs of all users (Complete Streets). This session focuses on proven and conceptual Complete Streets design and planning in which systems occupy public spaces that also serve social, recreational, and ecological needs. The panel will explore planning and implementation examples that employ Complete Streets concepts for more sustainable, livable communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Complete Streets in urban contexts and others, such as national forests
  • Learn how national and state legislation is advocating Complete Streets at all levels
  • Integrate sustainable and other green concepts with Complete Streets principles

Featured Speakers: Keith Robinson, ASLA, Caltrans; Robin Gyorgyfalvy, ASLA, United States Forest Service; Tracy Newsome, City of Charlotte; Philip Erickson, AIA, Community Design + Architecture

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

National Capital Planning Commission, National Park Service
Collaboratively Shaping Central Washington and Mainstreaming Sustainable Practices

As America’s capital, the strength of Washington lies with its cultural venues: architecture and open spaces, vibrant walkable neighborhoods, and public transit infrastructure. Coordinated planning and investment and sustainable design are essential to ensure that central Washington serves as a model for the nation and maintains its rank as a top world-class capital. This panel of four professionals working to shape the city will discuss with attendees how the federal and district governments are working to improve the city’s natural and built environment at all scales.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how new federal and city initiatives are taking sustainability mainstream
  • Find out how three city and federal plans, on a range of scales, are shaping a great city
  • Understand how several jurisdictions can collaborate to lead change on the ground

Featured Speakers: Elizabeth Miller, ASLA, AICP, and Diane Sullivan, National Capital Planning Commission; Susan Spain, ASLA, National Park Service; Patricia Zingsheim, AIA, District of Columbia, Office of Planning

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

Partners in Health: USGBC, GGHC, SITES, and Healing Hospital Settings

Hospital expansion often comes at the expense of green space, and there is a need to maximize the respite provided by the remaining outdoor areas. Currently, LEED accommodates density through green roofs and other strategies that may not improve outdoor respite. USGBC, the Green Guide for health care, and SITES are working to assure areas of respite are incorporated into healthcare facility design. Case studies for two LEED hospital projects will relate the effectiveness of existing respite functions to the proposed criteria, potential branding, and revenue benefits.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn GGHC and Sustainable Sites Initiative criteria for therapeutic environments
  • Understand the impact of GGHC and SITES criteria on healing environments
  • Understand the branding and revenue benefits of providing quality respite space

Featured Speakers: Trish Beckjord, ASLA, Clare Cooper Marcus, University of California, Berkeley; Charles Stevenson, Northwest Community Hospital

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

Starting From Scratch: Lessons From The Fork and Red Mountain Park

The formation of two new major urban parks in Kentucky and Alabama are recent additions to a collection of parks of more than 1,000 acres. Collectively, these parks are defining a new class of public open space in the U.S. Not since the turn of the 20th century have so many large parks been created. This session focuses on the challenges and advantages of creating major parks from the owners’ and consultants’ points of view. Park planning themes include the client’s role in reshaping park design, macro sustainability, and "parks without borders."Become familiar with two new major urban parks and their master plans

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with two new major urban parks and their master plans
  • Hear the regulatory, funding, programming, and startup challenges and opportunities
  • Learn about "parks without borders" and strategies used to fit these parks into context

Featured Speakers: Eric Tamulonis ASLA, LEED AP, Wallace Roberts & Todd; Dan Jones, 21st Century Parks, Inc.; David Dionne, Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission

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

Wild Urban Plants: The Future Is Now

Introducing a new book, this session presenter will open your eyes to the invisible world of spontaneous urban vegetation and its ecological significance and its esthetic potential. Especially in economically stressed urban areas, novel, cosmopolitan ecosystems are becoming increasingly significant. The presenter’s ultimate aim is to change people’s attitudes about this increasingly abundant and important group of plants, which perform important ecological functions with minimal input of resources not already available on-site.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the cultural and natural history of spontaneously growing urban plants
  • Understand urbanization as a major trend leading to increasingly significant ecosystems
  • Appreciate that this vegetation can be considered sustainable

Featured Speaker: Peter Del Tredici, Arnold Arboretum and Harvard GSD

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

Institutional Knowledge Management: Leveraging Your Firm's Most Valuable Asset

Losing staff is difficult. Losing knowledge is untenable. And yet this critical asset is one of the most overlooked. Failure to protect strategic assets is a competitive disadvantage and creates intolerable inefficiencies in finding corporate/project information and organizing knowledge. Never face re-inventing a design solution again. This program will focus on how any firm can strengthen the way it acquires, captures, stores/retrieves, shares, and leverages knowledge to enhance creativity, effectiveness, staff and client satisfaction, and competitive advantage.

Learning Objectives

  • Know the measurable benefits of knowledge management
  • Learn specific, immediately applicable techniques and tools to leverage knowledge
  • Learn how other firms have been successful in managing knowledge

Featured Speakers: Pamela Britton, The Knowledge Environment; Greg Ochis, Affiliate ASLA, James Hyatt Studio, Valley Crest Design; John Soter, Zweig White; Peter Adams, Community Engagement Associates

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

Connecting Children With Nature

Children’s contact with nature is critical for their healthy development. Research shows that green environments support attentive functions, cooperative behavior, and physical health. But the lack of quality outdoor environments prevents children and families from receiving those health benefits. This session will discuss the latest research on the effects of contact with nature and the critical role landscape architects play in counteracting ADD and sedentary habits. Participants will understand how to create natural environments as a daily experience for children and families.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concern with children’s lack of engagement with and family fear of nature
  • Discover a new niche market for landscape architects to apply their creative talents
  • Review design guidelines for green environments for all children and families

Featured Speakers: Nilda Cosco, ASLA, and Robin Moore, Affiliate ASLA, North Carolina State University; Lolly Tai, FASLA, Temple University

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

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July 1, 2010

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August 6, 2010


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