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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Sunday 10:30–12:00

9-11 Memorials: People, Process and Politics

This session will focus on two of the highest profile memorial designs in recent memory: the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania. The designers of these extremely public and sometimes controversial projects will provide insight, advice, and lessons learned from their long processes.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about being involved in highly political, public, and sometimes controversial projects
  • Hear firsthand experiences from these two high-profile landscape architecture projects
  • Learn about the collaborative process among all stakeholders over the years

Featured Speakers: Peter Walker, FASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture; Warren Byrd Jr., FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects; Mark Hough, ASLA, Duke University

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

Provocations on America's Front Yard: Sustaining/Transforming the National Mall

ASLA's 2009 Blue Ribbon Panel sounded a call to arms on the critical state of the National Mall: our nation's most heavily visited national park cannot be sustained in its present condition. This session brings together the National Park Service project executive with two noted scholar/practitioners to debate current conditions and speculate on the future of the Nation’s Front Yard. Innovative design proposals for the Mall area, from recent graduate design studios at Harvard and UV, will be discussed. The session is timely: NPS is moving ahead with big plans.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current crisis conditions and likely trajectory of the National Mall
  • Explore research and design studio proposals developed at Harvard and University of Virginia
  • Define the parameters that will drive the next generation of Mall improvements

Featured Speakers: Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, Reed Hilderbrand; Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia; Susan Spain, ASLA, National Park Service

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

In Praise of Noble Trees

This arboricultural journey through the world of tree breeding and selection will emphasize esthetic, environmental, social, and functional attributes of tree selection, planting, and maintenance. The explanation of bringing to market new trees that overcome the driftwood of diseases and invasive or overdeveloped species (does the world need another red maple?) will point out the lesser-known species. A major handout lists and describes many of these—from acer and betula to tilia and ulmus—that, hopefully, will see the light of planted day.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the attributes of desirable trees for landscaping
  • Understand the factors that now limit tree options
  • Comprehend the many lesser-used tree species, including new introductions

Featured Speakers: Michael Dirr, Hon. ASLA, Author, Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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

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Cultural Piracy

International design work has to go beyond the easily identifiable symbols of other cultures to understand the deeper connection between land, people, and spirit. This profession needs to take the lead in making sure our clients and foreign government agencies embrace their own cultural heritage instead of purchasing a “new look” from a firm in another country. This presentation will look into the roots of cultural variations in landscape preference in terms of space, texture, and color, especially between Western Christian culture and Asian Chinese culture.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to go beyond stereotypical cultural symbols to incorporate a deeper design context
  • Learn about cultural differences in the planning process and government regulations
  • Understand what is lost in translation when firms work in other countries

Featured Speakers: Kongjian Yu, Int’l. ASLA, Turenscape; Herbert Dreiseitl, Int’l. ASLA, Atelier Dreiseitl;  Jerry van Eyck, ASLA, !melk; Moderator: Susan Jacobson, FASLA, The Morton Arboretum

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

Inside the LA Studio With Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, based in Phoenix and Austin, endeavors to rethink what the Southwest urban outdoor space can be. Inspired by the arid Sonoran Desert and varied Texas landscape, the firm works to connect the city dweller with nature in urban contexts by creating sheltering microclimatic gardens and spaces—fed by building sweat and storm runoff—that unite people with each other and their region.

Learning Objectives

  • Direct water from buildings to urban landscapes with site amenities and microclimates
  • Explore including cultural archaeology and history as inspiration for urban design
  • Learn ways to make the most of every dollar with project budgets in lean times

Featured Speakers: Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, Judeen Terrey, ASLA, LEED AP, and Todd Briggs, ASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc. Moderator: Janet Rosenberg, ASLA, Janet Rosenberg and Associates, Inc.

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

The Nuts and Bolts of Small-Firm Management

What are the best accounting practices or policies for my size firm? What is the best way to manage overhead and still be profitable? How do I develop clients? These are just some of the questions that keep small practices leaders awake at night. But, the truth is, they don't have to. In this session, owners, principals, and partners of small landscape architecture firms will hear from a panel of business leaders on what are some of the best business and best management practices for small firms.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the best practices in finance/accounting, management, and business development
  • Examine what other practices do and understand cause and effect business strategy
  • Learn the basic do's and don'ts of small firm management and administration

Featured Speakers: Karen Compton, CPSM, A3K Consulting; Wayne Owens, Deemer Dana & Froehle, LLP; Michael Strogoff, AIA, Strogoff Consulting, Inc.

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

Stormwater Management: Implementing Green Streets in San Mateo County, California

Although sustainable green streets are becoming commonplace in pioneering cities, it can be challenging to bring these designs into the mainstream. This presentation showcases California’s San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP) efforts to implement green streets and parking lots countywide. Presenters will describe in detail the program’s three components: an award-winning design guidebook, workshop training for county staff, and the implementation of area-wide green street and parking lot demonstration projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the toolbox of stormwater strategies found in SMCWPPP’s design guidebook
  • Learn the processes and strategies of implementing demonstration projects
  • Discover how elements of SMCWPPP’s program can be transferred to other regions

Featured Speakers: Kevin Perry, ASLA, Nevue Ngan Associates; Matthew Fabry, San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program

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

Green Walls Research 2010: Growing Promise for the Vertical Landscape

Vertical surfaces are providing new opportunities to meld science and landscape in the built environment. Findings from three North American studies describe opportunities to enhance designs with interior air bio-filtration using “living walls,” increase building energy efficiencies using green façades, and improve health and welfare through landscape applications. By examining real-world data from installations and testing, we can discover how living with nature impacts our daily lives.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the components of an air bio-filtration living wall and how the system works
  • Study thermal properties, orientation, plant species, and thickness for green façades
  • Learn the effects of plants on the human condition: health, welfare, and productivity

Featured Speakers: Alan Darlington, Nedlaw Living Walls; Dave Tilley, University of Maryland; Judith H. Heerwagen, J.H. Heerwagen & Associates

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

Sustainable Design Products: Pavement

With quickly developing systems technologies, ever-changing materials, and sustainability and budget concerns, landscape architects are faced with many new paving options. This panel session will review when, why, and how to make various choices based on what materials are available and their benefits and construction methods, all in context with climate, local standards, and performance—an emerging decision matrix that is changing the industry. Understanding new methods and life cycles is vital for making informed hardscape decisions. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand when, why, and how to use innovative pavement products
  • Become familiar with the range and characteristics of new pavement materials
  • Learn installation methods and life-cycle costs of new paving systems

Featured Speakers: Patrick Day, Boral Bricks; Michael LaMonica, Syrstone, Inc.; Jay Rients, Unilock; Colby DeHoff, Whitacre-Greer Company Moderator: Thomas Tavella, FASLA, Tavella Design Group, LLC

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI

Mowing to Growing: Rethinking the American Lawn

In 1943, Americans planted 20.5 million Victory Gardens, and the harvest accounted for nearly one-third of all the vegetables consumed in the country that year. Twenty-five million U.S. households planted vegetable and fruit gardens in 2008, according to the National Gardener's Association. First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have planted organic vegetable gardens this year. Roof gardens are sprouting nationwide. Community gardens have waiting lists. Seed houses and canning suppliers are oversold. The time is NOW.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the results from the Mowing to Growing Competition
  • Open up the possibilities of self-sustenance, organic growth, and perpetual change
  • Learn specific technical, urbanistic, climatic, and architectural strategies

Featured Speakers: Maria Aiolova, LEED AP, and Mitchell Joachim, Terreform 1

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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