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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Saturday 1:30–3:00

The Great Soil Debate: Structural Soils Under Pavement

Today, landscape architects are using highly specified soils for plantings that need to perform in intensive urban environments. Yet there is no settled science in this field. This is especially true with competing approaches to soils design for planting in pavements. Three leaders in the field who presented differing approaches at last year’s conference will debate this year in a moderated discussion. Each will advocate a competing design approach for planting soils under pavement, giving landscape architects the information they need to make educated, sustainable choices.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain the tools to select between alternative approaches to planting soils under pavement
  • Recognize the pros and cons of different technologies, especially in urban environments
  • Assess the science and evidence of short- and long-term sustainability for each approach

Featured Speakers: Nina Bassuk, Cornell University; Robert Pine, ASLA, Pine & Swallow Environmental; James R. Urban, FASLA, Urban Tree Associates; Chris Moyles, ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand

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

National Capital Planning Commission
CapitalSpace: Achieving the Potential of Washington’s Parks and Open Space

The complex process of planning for parks and recreation in the nation’s capital required a fresh approach outside traditional comprehensive planning. The CapitalSpace initiative is a comprehensive analysis of park resources and cooperative opportunities that align the goals and priorities of multiple agencies for six types of open space. The multi-agency partnership team will share their experiences working across jurisdictions, balancing local and national interests, and learning lessons that have universal applicability to park planning and management.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to forge partnerships in a dynamic environment to leverage existing resources
  • Discover ways to identify park needs when level-of-service data are not available
  • Review D.C. parks and open-space case studies that explore multiple objectives

Featured Speakers: Julia Koster, AICP, and Sarah Moulton, National Capital Planning Commission; Andrea Sweigart, ASLA, AECOM; Christopher Shaheen, ASLA, District of Columbia Office of Planning

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

The Promise of Water?

Join Herbert Dreiseitl in his examination of strategies for balancing human needs and natural systems to avoid regional conflict and sustain life on Earth. Beyond the basic needs of adequate water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture, and biodiversity is a need to integrate nature, culture, art, and economics through innovation and discovery. It is the privilege and social responsibility of landscape architects and regional/urban planners to protect our planet for future generations through water-sensitive design.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how water informs, influences, and transforms our lives.
  • Explore how water capital shapes global water use policy.
  • Examine how designing with water in urban space evokes intense emotion.

Featured Speaker: Herbert Dreiseitl, Int’l. ASLA, Atelier Dreiseitl

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

Inside the LA Studio With Mario Nievera Design, Inc.

The landscape architecture of Mario Nievera Design Incorporated emphasizes beauty as an important element of environmental design. Mario Nievera's firm has built a reputation designing landscapes for residential and commercial clients that are sensitive to the site and complementary to the architecture and interior design of all of their projects. Their portfolio of completed work is notably rich in detail, scaled appropriately, and steeped in classic garden design, yet always feels modern and livable.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn design principles for environments specific to client goals and site context
  • Explore how Mario Nievera brings the beauty of nature to their clients’ private spaces
  • Discover hardscape and planting details that co-generate beautiful landscapes

Featured Speaker: Mario Nievera, ASLA, and Keith Williams, Affiliate ASLA, Mario Nievera Design Inc.

Moderator: Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Sustainable Landscape Urbanism: Planning for NW Beijing

This presentation details the process and outcomes of a planning/design studio at Harvard GSD studying urban expansion pressures in the suburbs of Beijing, China, with a case in the northwest region of Sujiatuo township. Issues of sustainable urbanism and landscape infrastructure dominate the design/planning responses.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about urban expansion pressures and sensitive landscapes around Beijing
  • Study sustainable landscape/urbanism responses to urban expansion pressures
  • Experience the planning/design studio pedagogy at Harvard GSD

Featured Speakers: Stephen Ervin, FASLA, Jane Hutton, Kongjian Yu, Int’l. ASLA, Harvard GSD

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

Applying the SITES Rating System: Lessons From First Pilot Projects

Be among the first to hear on-the-ground lessons from the latest rating tool for site sustainability. This session brings together four leading design practitioners who are creating the first nationally certified sustainable landscapes as part of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Pilot Program. They will discuss how their projects achieve significant economic, social, and environmental benefits using the SITES rating system: sequestering carbon, cleaning air and water, increasing energy efficiency, and restoring habitats. Panelists will also address challenges and strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand measurable green strategies with vegetation, soils, hydrology, and materials
  • Learn sustainable methods for all development and management phases
  • Examine on-the-ground lessons from the first applications of the SITES rating system

Featured Speakers: David Yocca ASLA, AICP, LEED AP, Conservation Design Forum; Deb Guenther, ASLA, LEED AP, Mithun; José Almiñana, ASLA, LEED AP, Andropogon Associates; Jacob Blue, ASLA, Applied Ecological Associates, Inc. Moderator: Steve Windhayer, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Creating Meadows and Grass Ecologies

The response to last year’s Meadows by Design lecture was overwhelmingly positive, and many people wrote asking for more information on the nuts and bolts of planting and maintaining meadows and grass ecologies. This session will provide just that by presenting case studies of projects large and small and showing a variety of grass gardens from start to finish, including site preparation, plant selection, installation, and maintenance.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn step by step how to design and create meadows and grass ecologies
  • Review how climate, soil, and site considerations impact design
  • Learn recommended practices and understand special problems and unique situations

Featured Speakers: John Greenlee, Greenlee Nursery

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

Sustainable Design Products: Lighting

Join internationally celebrated lighting designer Leni Schwendinger in a lively panel discussion with lighting manufacturers about the issues of making fixture selections. Discussions will focus on sustainable design practice. This participatory session will include energy-saving calculations, maintenance considerations in relation to capital cost, and pointers to determine the level of product quality. And, finally, Leni will review future developments, including debunking myths—and reinforcing facts—about light-emitting diodes.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the sustainability of lighting equipment selection
  • Take home a checklist on evaluating LED qualities
  • Learn about the latest trends in lighting

Featured Speakers: Bert Oberhansley, LSI Industries, Inc.; Robert Murphy, Philips LUMEC, Inc.; Michael Manicone, Selux Corporation; Tom Frank, Sternberg Lighting Moderator: Leni Schwendinger, Light Projects, Ltd.; Vendors TBD

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI

Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Irrigation

Many projects today are exploring rainwater harvesting to irrigate landscapes. Designers are eager to integrate these systems into projects, and clients are becoming increasingly aware of the sustainable and economic benefits of conserving potable water. This session will explore potential benefits and risks of using stormwater runoff for spray irrigation and describe the variety of treatment measures available to address and manage operational, health, and environmental risks. The session will explore emerging guidelines from across the country and international models.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn rainwater harvesting approaches for spray irrigation despite few clear standards
  • See how to work with local regulators to develop beneficial project-specific parameters
  • Explore potential risks and measures available to manage those risks

Featured Speakers: Nicole Holmes, LEED AP, Nitsch Engineering, Inc.; Skip Graffam, ASLA, LEED AP, OLIN; Heather Kinkade, ASLA, Forgotten Rain, LLC

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

ASLA Standard Contract—In Practice

ASLA has developed two standard form agreements tailored specifically for landscape architects and their clients that address fundamental issues critical to project success. Panelists—including a member of the ASLA committee that developed the forms, a risk management attorney with a professional liability insurer, and a contract manager who has used the contract forms—will discuss risks,  issues, and updates to address them. The session will cover practical insights and tips based on the experience of using the ASLA Standard Contract with clients.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the purpose and practical use of the short form and standard form
  • Know the importance of the liability clauses and how to negotiate an insurable contract
  • Understand the importance of the client’s understanding of a detailed scope of work

Featured Speakers:  Vaughn Rinner, ASLA, Land Mark Design Group; Frank Musica, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc.; Suzanne Coleman, Vince Zucchino Associates

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

Early Deadline

July 1, 2010

Advance Deadline

August 6, 2010


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