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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Monday 8:00–9:30

In Praise of Noble Trees

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Sumptuous Sustainability: How to Implement Sustainable Strategies in Estate Design

Traditional estate gardens are large, lush, and full of lawn. As we enter the next decade, more emphasis will be placed on creating environmentally friendly spaces—in the public sector and private realm. People across the spectrum are making deliberate choices to reduce their ecological impact. This session will discuss how landscape architects can educate and guide their high-end clients who are creating or renovating estate gardens to make sustainable choices in water use, hardscape permeability, native plantings, and solar energy.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn influence client to choose materials and methods that reduce their carbon footprint
  • Study how estate projects can be a testing ground for sustainable design
  • Examine elegant use of hardscapes, solar, geothermal, cisterns, and vegetable gardens

Featured Speakers: Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Faith Kazue Okuma ASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Surroundings Landscape Architecture Urbanism; Paul Fields Jr., ASLA, Lambert Landscape Company; Thomas Woltz, ASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz

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

Cultural Landscape Heritage in the Era of Green Design

This session will address the issues, opinions, and sometime controversies surrounding the relative sanctity of cultural and historical landscapes in this era so influenced by green design. The panel—a landscape architect, institutional client, and sustainability consultant—will present their views on how decisions are and should be made balancing forward-thinking environmental stewardship and historical/cultural preservation. Examples of public gardens, parks, arboretums, campuses, and cultural institutions will support the discussions.

Learning Objectives

  • Hear the issues around contemporary technologies in historic cultural landscapes
  • Learn the varied roles landscape architects are playing in preservation and transformation
  • See how institutions balance environmental stewardship with landscape preservation

Featured Speakers: Douglas Reed, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; Mark Hough, ASLA, Duke University; Keith Bowers, ASLA, Biohabitats, Inc.

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

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: Evolution of an Experience

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only U.S. National Presidential Memorial designed by a landscape architect. At 800 feet in length, this memorial tells a complex story of more than a man, but also a nation of people whom he led out of a period of the most intense social and economic distress of the 20th century. The thorough integration of stone, art, quotations, and water features makes this a sensual, educational, and indelible experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the design selection history and the 23 years between commission and completion
  • Appreciate the enduring strength of Lawrence Halprin’s design concept
  • See how Halprin choreographed stone and water into a deeply moving experience

Featured Speakers: Steven Koch, ASLA, Koch Landscape Architecture; Paul Scardina, FASLA, The PresidioTrust

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

Planning Successful Ownership and Leadership Transitions

When planning an exit strategy and ensuring the continuity of their firms, many owners wait too long to implement an effective succession plan. This workshop will show you how to develop a timely ownership and leadership transition plan that supports your personal and strategic business goals. The session will describe how to develop criteria for and identify future owners, package the firm for either an internal or external sale, approach prospective buyers, develop a preliminary valuation, create greater value for future owners, and craft a flexible ownership transfer plan.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an effective transition plan that supports your strategic goals
  • Understand criteria for identifying and evaluating prospective future leaders
  • Make an informed decision about whether to sell internally or externally

Featured Speakers: Michael Strogoff, AIA, Strogoff Consulting, Inc.; Lucinda Sanders, ASLA, OLIN; Joe Healy, AIA, LEED AP, Wallace Roberts & Todd

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/ non-HSW

Sustainability and the Modern Residential Garden

Sustainability has a place in modern and restored residential gardens, and it is not always demonstrated visibly with compost piles, rain barrels, and green roofs. Mary Ellen Cowan, MESA Residential Studio leader, will moderate a panel discussion featuring case studies highlighting the design, costs, codes, and methods of various sustainable practices in today’s residential garden market. The session will present urban sites, ranch land, and historic garden projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the residential-client take on sustainability education, cost, and social pressures
  • Examine residential building codes in various cities that support green practices
  • See the broad range of styles possible in formal, contemporary, and free-form solutions

Featured Speakers: Mary Ellen Cowan, ASLA, MESA; Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects; Tiffany Evans, ASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

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

Integrating Digital Alphabet Soup

It is difficult for landscape architects to keep up with all of the digital technology available for the profession. We talk about CAD, GIS, BIM, VIS, 3D, and other types of digital tools and dozens of file-format acronyms. But at the end of the day, we simply want to know what all this means and how it impacts the way we design, plan, communicate, and coordinate in our day-to-day activities. This session provides a roadmap for sifting through this alphabet soup of digital data, providing an overview of key tools and formats and laying out processes for integrating different types of data.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the keys to integrating data from CAD, GIS, BIM, VIS, 3D, and other applications
  • Understand how to design, plan, communicate, and coordinate day-to-day digital activities
  • Have an overview of key digital tools and data formats and outline an integration process

Featured Speakers: James Sipes, ASLA, AECOM; Eric Gilbey, ASLA, Nemetschek North America; Thomas Jones, AECOM; Chris Overdorf, ASLA, Jones & Jones

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

Synthetic Turf Debate: How Green Is Your Grass?

Synthetic turf has once again gained popularity as a premier athletic surface as new technologies mimic the performance of natural grass surfaces. The synthetic turf manufacturers promote these new technologies as superior to natural grass in terms of maintenance, surface performance, quality, and environmental impact. Although these technologies are promising, debate continues as to environmental impact. A panel of sports surface experts and industry representatives will take an insider’s look into the environmental impacts of the artificial turf market.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the impact of synthetic turf installation, maintenance, and disposal
  • Understand how to design synthetic turf to mitigate environmental impacts
  • Explore the future of synthetic turf technologies as they address public concerns

Featured Speakers: Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, LEED AP, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company; Darren Gill, FieldTurf, Inc.; Erik Sweet, SLA Landscape Architecture; Dan Sawyer, Brock International

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

U.S. General Services Administration
Inside the Public Buildings Service

As just one part of its overall mission, the U.S. General Services Administration oversees $5.55 billion in stimulus funds to bring high-performance sustainability to all new and existing federal facilities. Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert A. Peck oversees this GSA program and is the founder of the GSA Design Excellence Program. He will detail his vision for this federal plan and the opportunities it creates for landscape architects to design secure, fulfilling accommodations for federal facilities nationwide.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the scope of the GSA high-performance federal facilities program
  • Develop an appreciation of the mission of the GSA Design Excellence Program
  • Enumerate the opportunities for landscape architects in greening federal facilities

Featured Speaker: Robert Peck, Hon. AIA, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service

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

Early Deadline

July 1, 2010

Advance Deadline

August 6, 2010


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