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 1:30–3:00

Washington's Civic Landscapes: New Designs to Meet New Demands

Washington's most prominent civic landscapes, such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, and Jefferson Memorial are undergoing change. New demands on these sites for an increased number of visitors, new accessibility requirements, and new security measures have led to changes to these iconic landscapes. How are these new requirements being creatively resolved, and are these additions and adjustments to these culturally significant landscapes appropriate?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the significant increase in visitors has required design modifications
  • Learn how security requirements require creative design solutions and funding
  • Understand that responses to visitor and security demands require design sensitivity

Featured Speakers: Alan Ward, FASLA, Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Peter May, National Park Service; Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, ASLA, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC; Laurie Olin, FASLA, OLIN

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

Inside the LA Studio With Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architects

Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture is known for its timeless landscapes, which it creates through a continuous commitment, by identifying and highlighting the unique characteristics of an environment; an endeavor tempered with a simplicity of gesture that gives nature the stage. The main aim of all their interventions is to envision and realize environments where parts blend into a harmonious whole and the past dissolves into the present. This session provides an accessible introduction to their multi-dimensional approach to landscape architecture.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore boundaries between living environments and nature
  • Examine how the projects evoke a strong sense of place
  • Understand the harmony among built environments, people, and time

Featured Speakers: Vladimir Djurovic, Int’l. ASLA, Federico Alvarez Arrieta, and Salim Charabati, Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architects Moderator: Mark Rios, FASLA, FAIA, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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

Agricultural Urbanism: Foraging for a Sustainable Food System

With panel members representing a variety of disciplines and interests, this session will explore emerging trends in urban agriculture in the U.S., with a focus on policies, challenges, and successes in community building, food production, crop donation, seed saving, education, and horticultural therapy. Panelists will discuss how landscape architects, planners, developers, local government officials, residents, and business leaders are working together to incorporate agriculture into urban settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand integrating agriculture into sustainable urban design
  • Know the environmental, social, and economic benefits of urban agriculture
  • Understand the importance of U.S. urban agriculture programs and policies

Featured Speakers: Paula Daniels, Los Angeles Board of Public Works; Michael Dimock, Root of Change; Livia Marques, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Charles Cross, ASLA, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture; Robert Gottlieb, Occidental College's Urban & Environmental Policy Institute; Craig McNamara, Sierra Orchards Moderator: Mia Lehrer,FASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates;

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

Water's Edge: The Connection Between Urban Fountains
and People

This session will explore the magical opportunities found at the edge: the transition between a fountain and its surrounding hardscape and, in turn, the connection between water and people. Examples will include recent works by WET at Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle in New York, San Pedro Gateway in Los Angeles, the Fountains of Dubai, and The Fountains of Bellagio and City Center in Las Vegas.

Learning Objectives

  • See how fountains engage landscape, architecture, and people.
  • Know the connection between water conservation and enlivening communities.
  • Understand recent works by WET, including the largest fountain in the world.

Featured Speakers:  Claire Kahn Tuttle, and Teresa Powell-Caldwell, WET Design

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

The Poetry of Water

Throughout history, water has been captured and channeled for human sustenance and delight. Today, water is an increasingly endangered natural resource, but its threatened status doesn’t prevent us from having fun with it and exploring its spiritual value in environmentally sustainable ways. Join three landscape architects who are distinguished in their creative use of water in the designed landscape, combining the practical with the poetic.

Learning Objectives

  • Investigate and develop a diverse vocabulary for the historic landscape uses of water
  •  Explore tools and techniques for using water to refresh the human spirit and site ecology
  •  Learn innovative approaches for water use, including irrigation as a decorative feature

Featured Speakers: W. Gary Smith, ASLA, W. Gary Smith Design Inc.; Carol Franklin, FASLA, Andropogon Associates; Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects; Steven Koch, ASLA, Koch Landscape Architecture

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

Sustainable Water Management Options for Spray Parks

With increasing public concern and government regulation on water use and water quality, the demands being placed on spray park operators are mounting. This session will guide participants through the three primary water management options: drain-to-waste, retain and reuse, and recirculation systems. By analyzing real-world examples of locations in North America, participants will learn recent trends, design considerations, and which option would work best for their application.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the three water management options differ and associated cost drivers
  • Learn the design implications involved with choosing a water management system
  • Understand how codes and regulations affect how facilities are designed and operated

Featured Speakers: Cory Forrest, Waterplay Solutions Corp.; Deborah Cahill, ASLA, and Francesco Cerrai, ASLA, City of Philadelphia-Department of Public Property; Fabrice Pellegrino, Vortex Aquatic Structures International

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

Living and Working in a Geo-Referenced World

Landscape architects design and plan in the real world, where every location has a specific latitude and longitude. This session will focus on the emerging tools enabling landscape architects increasing levels of accuracy and access to geospatial data: GIS tools that integrate with CAD and BIM, geospatial PDFs that are changing how maps and GIS data are exchanged, geo-browsers that enable this information to be shared with the public, and geo-tagging with digital cameras and smart phones to add location. GPS technology is everywhere.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how geospatial technologies can be integrated into landscape architecture
  • Learn how geo-tagging can be used with geo-browser, CAD, and GIS technologies
  • Understand differences among the technologies and how they are best applied

Featured Speakers: James Sipes, ASLA, AECOM; Terry DeWan, ASLA, Terrence J. Dewan & Associates; Chris Overdorf, ASLA, Jones & Jones

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

Cultivating the City and Welcoming the Wild

Fritz Haeg will argue for loosening our tight-fisted grip on our cities with stories of his experiences “cultivating the city and welcoming the wild.”  From Salina, Kansas, to London, England, his stories are framed by historic overview of American attitudes towards wilderness, productive landscapes, and the esthetics of domestic private property. He will describe recent projects, including Animal Estates, which strategically welcomes native wildlife back into our neighborhoods, and Edible Estates; which explores the possibilities for publicly growing food where we live.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the implications and means of weaving food production into landscapes
  • Think about providing strategic native wildlife habitats in urban landscapes
  • Learn North American attitudes toward these elements in the domestic landscape

Featured Speaker:  Fritz Haeg, Author of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn

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

Design Strategies for Urban Parks

There is general consensus that sustainable cities are the most environmentally efficient community models. Can they be made livable enough to compete with suburban sprawl? Downtown parks are at the forefront of this revitalization effort, and it is here that landscape architects can touch the lives of millions. A renowned landscape architect will present case studies of successful and failed downtown parks and engage the park directors of two major cities in a presentation of how landscape architecture has led to new strategies for excellence.

Learning Objectives

  • Hear how landscape architects are influencing public spaces and revitalizing downtowns
  • Learn to manage the public process to insure sustained success and design excellence
  • Learn how Dallas and Tampa successfully directed the designs for new downtown parks

Featured Speakers: Thomas Balsley, FASLA, Thomas Balsey Associates; Willis Winters, FAIA, City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department;  Karen Palus, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department

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

Roof as Floor: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Designing Green Roofs 

Green roof systems have become integral to environmentally and economically sustainable landscapes, yet many landscape architects still do not fully understand the intricacies of infrastructural requirements.  This session will provide firsthand lessons learned from 30 years of designing and constructing living green roofs and over-structure landscapes, including insight into the importance of communication and coordinated decision-making among design professionals, owners, and contractors throughout the design and construction process.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the public process of New York City green roof design, documentation, and construction
  • Gain knowledge of what to do and not do regarding green roof systems
  • Speak knowledgeably among allied disciplines on the requirements of green roof systems 

Featured Speakers:   Susan Weiler, FASLA, and David Rubin, ASLA, OLIN

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

Open Forum on the BP Oil Spill: the Profession's Role in Gulf Coast Remediation

We are all watching with horror as the oil spill encroaches on the shores of the Gulf Coast. While there were hopeful signs at press time that it might be contained, the damage done will take years to undo. Landscape architects can play an important role in efforts to reverse the spill’s effects. Join fellow members from those states, veterans of past spills, and invited guests in a discussion of how to address one of the worst environmental disasters in history.  

 Featured Speakers: Sadik Artunc, FASLA, Mississippi State University; Chad Danos, ASLA, BROWN+DANOS, others TBD

1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/ HSW


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