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 10:00–11:30

Inside the LA Studio With Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architects

Repeat, see Sun-B2 for description. 

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

Learning From the Land

We have shown in our history that in troubled times we are the most willing to take stock of ourselves and of what we have in common. The parks are among our most precious shared assets, both for their own sake and because they instruct us about what such a nation should strive to be. A former director of the National Park Service considers how North American peoples have used the land to affirm their relations to the cosmos and each other over the millennia and up to the present day.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how humans have used this land to express relationships for 5,000 years
  • Learn how U.S. presidents have preserved our parks over the last 200 years
  • Understand how landscape architects must now deal with equally enormous issues

Featured Speaker: Roger Kennedy, National Park Service (retired), and Director Emeritus, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

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

The Dell: Integrated Design for Daylighting a Stream at UVA

How do you turn a neglected but beloved open space into an inviting park celebrating social, cultural, and ecological significance? By blurring the boundaries that segregate landscape architecture, ecological sciences, engineering, and hydrology. The UVA. award-winning “the Dell” daylighted 1,200 linear feet of piped stream, restoring its ecological function, biodiversity, stormwater management, recreational amenities, and educational opportunities. The client and design team will present the project process and successes of this 11-acre valley redesign.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concept of applied ecology in urban and suburban conditions
  • Become familiar with the integrated design process involving multiple disciplines
  • See the multiple objectives in integrated design

Featured Speakers: Keith Bowers, ASLA, Biohabitats, Inc.; Mary Hughes FASLA, LEED AP, University of Virginia; Kennon Williams, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects; John Reno, Patton Harris Rust & Associates

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

Horticulture on the High Line

The High Line has been one of the most talked about landscapes in 2009--2010. This session will explore this exuberant garden in the sky. Perched 30 feet above pavement and rooftops, the High Line rests on a once long-abandoned freight railroad viaduct on the west side of Manhattan. What are the environmental factors? What is sustainable? What are the right plants, and where? What is this alchemy of soil, air, water, and plants? How does it work? What is the technology? What does the High Line have to teach us about sustainable management and maintenance practices?

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the history of the High Line and development of its exuberant planting palette
  • Learn about the technology of the soils and water that sustain it
  • Understand the practice of sustainable landscape design in a fully artificial setting

Featured Speakers: Harriet Grimm, ASLA, LEED AP, Saratoga Associates; Patrick Collina and Melissa Fisher, Friends of the High Line

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

CEO Roundtable: Adjusting to New Realities for Small Firms

The world is changing around us, and most of it is beyond our control. Actions taken by the government and clients are forcing landscape architecture firms to make decisions in a manner not seen in a generation. Investments in employees, marketing, hiring, business development, and operations are evolving at a pace beyond our imagination and creating tremendous strains on small firms in particular. Find out how several prominent CEOs face the unique challenges of managing a small firm in today’s crazy economy and what they see as the outlook for the future.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how small firms are managing and adapting to a new economic landscape
  • Learn how leaders are looking at new markets and clients to stay competitive
  • Hear how firm owners are controlling their operations to sustain themselves for the future

Featured Speakers: Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Cheryl Barton, FASLA, Office of Cheryl Barton; Ken Smith, ASLA, Ken Smith Landscape Architect

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

Creating the Contemporary Campus

With enrollments booming and endowments expanding, and with a renewed commitment to comprehensive master planning, colleges and universities over the past two decades have experienced a period of sometimes record growth in campus improvements, with landscape architects increasingly taking the lead. The focus of this session will be the dramatic transformations of the University of Cincinnati, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins University and the oversight process for implementing such an extensive amount of work.

Learning Objectives

  •  Learn the holistic process of implementing and realizing a campus master plan
  • Hear about the many roles landscape architects play in campus expansion oversight
  • See how campus projects get designed within an overall framework of goals

Featured Speakers: Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA, Hargreaves Associates; Michael Vergason, FASLA, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects; Mark Hough, ASLA, Duke University

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

U.S. Department of Transportation
Transportation's Role in Creating Sustainable Communities and Sense of Place

Our transportation network is a fundamental element of the built environment that has yielded influence on the way we develop our communities and conduct our lives. Design excellence is an essential ingredient for creating sustainable highways, complete streets, and public transportation systems that are safe, comfortable, and enhance public space. This session will explore case studies of USDOT efforts to direct transportation investments toward increasing choices while reinforcing the unique character of U.S. communities and encouraging environmental sustainability.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the DOT is advancing a multi-modal approach to incentivize improved planning
  • Understand how landscape architects are critical for creating successful projects
  • Hear how urban, suburban, and rural communities incorporate livability into their lives

Featured Speakers: David Carlson and Gabe Rousseau, U.S. DOT-Federal Highway Administration; Faith Cole, Federal Transit Adminstration

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


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