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 3:30–5:00

CEO Roundtable: Maneuvering Through a Changing Economy

Firms continue to adapt to a hard market influenced by world events, a wavering economy, client reorganizations, new funding programs, and technology advances. Flexibility, adaptability, and efficiency are critical characteristics and many firms face dramatically refocused business plans. This session will provide the annual update on current business trends and major issues facing the profession globally, providing industry leaders an opportunity to share thoughts on the state of the profession, current market drivers, and what each is doing to manage near- and long-term goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how large and small firms are adapting to a new economic landscape
  • Learn where market opportunities are developing in the public and private sectors
  • Hear how industry leaders are reorganizing and refocusing for the future

Featured Speakers: Charles Crawford, FASLA, HOK, Inc.; Martha Schwartz Inc; Kathryn Gustafson, ASLA; Joe Brown, FASLA; James Sable, greenscreen

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

The Making of Citygarden in St. Louis

Citygarden, a three-acre urban sculpture garden in St. Louis, opened in July 2009 and has been enthusiastically embraced by citizens and critics. This session presents the full evolution of the project from design inception to its current popularity. Included in the presentation will be an inside look at particular successes and struggles of completing a challenging urban project on a compressed schedule, how the project interweaves history with sustainable site strategies, and how the design incorporates prominent outdoor sculpture without overwhelming the site.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how an accessible urban park becomes a catalyst for revitalizing a city
  • Explore the process of analysis and design that led to this hybrid urban landscape
  • Discover the various sustainable strategies woven in as place-specific design

Featured Speaker: Presenter Warren Byrd Jr., FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

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

The Trinity River Corridor: Recasting Dallas as a Green City

Cities are reinventing themselves through the agency of landscape that leverages public dollars in the interest of growth and prosperity. The Dallas Trinity River Corridor Project is among the largest such initiative in the U.S, encompassing more than seven miles of a central floodway bounded by 30-foot levees—2,300 acres altogether. Envisioned primarily as a park, the project also addresses strict flood conveyance, transportation, environmental restoration, and economic development objectives by means of a comprehensive sustainable agenda.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how a comprehensive park agenda can be integrated synergistically
  • See water management that drives the design of a centerpiece park
  • Discover how innovative connectivity can overcome significant park access barriers

Featured Speakers: Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, ASLA, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC; Gail Thomas, Trinity Trust Foundation; Willis Winters, FAIA, City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department; James Parrish, CH2M Hill

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Opportunities for Landscape Architects

Landscape architects’ history of environmental stewardship has positioned the profession to play a leading role in transitioning the U.S. to a more sustainable society. Recognizing the benefits of EPA–landscape-architect collaboration, EPA invites you to learn about programs that provide new stewardship opportunities for the profession. Topics will include EPA’s green infrastructure and community design activities, potential new regulatory approaches for decreasing stormwater runoff, and ways to achieve LEED and Sustainable Sites credits by using foundry sand.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about new stewardship opportunities for the landscape architecture profession
  • Discover the potential of a new regulatory approach for decreasing runoff rates
  • Find out the practical details and benefits of incorporating foundry sand into projects

Featured Speakers: Clark Wilson, U.S. EPA, Smart Growth Division; Susan Gitlin, U.S. EPA—Green Building Workgroup; Robert Goo, U.S. EPA, Office of Water; Susan Mooney, U.S. EPA-Region 5

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

Best Practices for Post-Planting Tree Care
Landscape architects expend extraordinary effort detailing and specifying trees to grow in tough urban conditions. So why do we often assume our work is done at substantial completion? After the guarantee period closes and the glossies are in the portfolio, do we just walk away? We all know the process of establishment can take years, and success is not guaranteed, but we lack reliable best practices for post-planting care. This session engages three arborists in a discussion about what to do for the maximum chance of success after the tree goes into the ground.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of proactive treatment to encourage tree establishment
  • Consider three options to assess what is best for the specific situation
  • Develop the language to advocate with owners for longer-term involvement

Featured Speakers: Eric Kramer, ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; James Sottilo, Ecological Landscape Management; Kelby Fite, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories; Rex Bastian, The Care of Trees

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Smart Growth Approaches for Pre-Disaster Planning and Post-Disaster Recovery

This session will focus on the practical application of smart growth principles for pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery. Speakers will discuss on-the-ground design and policy assistance EPA and FEMA provided to four communities in Iowa that flooded in 2008. Community design strategies such as creating compact neighborhoods, increasing transportation choices and affordable housing, and adding green infrastructure can help ensure that future growth will benefit environmental, economic, and public health outcomes and create more resilient communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about EPA and FEMA programs for sustainable, disaster-resilient communities
  • Know the policies and design strategies for improving pre- and post-disaster settings
  • Understand the importance of smart-growth design to mitigation and recovery planning

Featured Speakers: Matthew Dalbey, U.S. EPA, Smart Growth Program; Benjamin Alexander and Kathy Smith, FEMA; Aaron Todd, Rebuild Iowa Office

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

Cultivating Urban Spaces: A New Crop of Community Agriculturalists

Food scarcity and food security have become urgent national issues now being discussed frequently and widely, including inside the White House. This concern is generating many innovative approaches among Americans, and this session will present and analyze successful urban agriculture programs currently in operation. Expert presenters have hands-on experience in creating lush garden oases in urban settings that were previously food deserts, with examples taken from Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how to create and sustain productive urban gardens
  • Understand “food deserts,” their social detriments, and solutions
  • Explore the benefits of getting children involved

Featured Speakers: Marjorie Hess, Gary Comer Youth Center; Annie Novak, Growing Chefs;  Glen Dake, ASLA, Glen Dake Landscape Architect; Mud Baron, Los Angeles Unified School District

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

Early Deadline

July 1, 2010

Advance Deadline

August 6, 2010


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