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Open Letter: ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO to Feature Residential Speakers, Topics, Products

As a member of the Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee, I’m very excited about the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 21–24 in Denver. For those of us who design residential projects, there is a lot to love about this conference.

Lights, Camera, Action: Promoting Landscape Architecture on TV: More than 41 million viewers watch television shows about home design each week. Sunday’s general session from 8:00–9:00 a.m. will feature a distinguished panel of experts discussing why TV is the perfect medium to promote landscape architecture and how to pitch projects to these shows:

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• Dean Hill, ASLA, landscape architect and Grounds for Improvement cohost, moderator
• John Gidding, architect and host of the HGTV hit show Curb Appeal
• Mila Holt, an Emmy award-winning producer who helped create Curb Appeal, Landscape Smart, and many other popular design shows
• Steven Lerner, senior vice president, programming, for HGTV, DIY, and Great American Country networks, who helped launch Rehab Addict, Property Brothers, and Buying & Selling, among other shows
• Michael Williams, the Academy Award-winning producer who produced Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for Bravo, Big Ideas for a Small Planet for the Sundance Channel, and The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, one of HGTV’s biggest budget landscape shows

ASLA EXPO: Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Test-drive thousands of the latest products in furniture, outdoor kitchens, software, greenhouses, lighting, planters and accessories, water features, cabanas, and more.

Grow Your Business with Houzz: Meet one-on-one with a Houzz expert in the EXPO to set up or improve your business profile to promote your work to their more than 20 million users. Add the ASLA badge to your profile to show your affinity with pride.

Professional Practice Network Meetings (PPN): Plan to network with hundreds of other residential design professionals and discuss current trends and best practices. Three of the 19 PPNs focus on residential design:

• Housing and Community Development—Saturday, 4:15–4:50 p.m.
• Residential Design—Sunday, 12:45–1:20 p.m.
• Planting Design—Sunday, 1:40–2:15 p.m.

ASLA 2014 Awards Ceremony: Attend the ASLA Student and Professional Awards Ceremony, Monday, November 24 at 12:00 noon for the premier of the annual awards video, featuring the winners in the Residential Design category.

More than 130 Education Sessions and 500+ speakers: Here’s just a sampling of the programs to consider:

From the Ground Up: The Basics of Soils for Landscape Architects
Friday, November 21, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

The Innovative Use of Materials in Landscape Design: Dwelling in the Desert
Friday, November 21, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

The Art and Science of Designing the Farm-to-Table Landscape
Friday, November 21, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Soil Biology: Make It Integral to Your Living Landscape
Saturday, November 22, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Remove or Reuse: Transforming Site-Harvested Wood
Saturday, November 22, 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Planting Design for Beauty and Delight
Saturday, November 22, 2:30–4:00 p.m.

SITES™ Lessons Learned from Residential Projects
Sunday, November 23, 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Performance and Beauty in Affordable, Water-Wise Landscapes
Monday, November 24, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

The Residential Trifecta: Connecting 2-D Plans, 3-D Models, and Project Management
Monday, November 24, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Planning and Design for a Dynamic Senior Lifestyle in the 21st Century
Monday, November 24, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register and book your housing online now for the best prices. I hope to see you in Denver in November for an incredible celebration of landscape architecture.

Best regards,

Mike

Mike Albert, ASLA
Design Workshop
Aspen, Colorado

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