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Field Sessions

All field sessions will begin promptly at the indicated time and depart from The San Diego Convention Center. All ticket sales are final and events take place rain or shine. Participation in each field session is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket.  “Lunch on your own” indicates there will be a planned stop where you can purchase food. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches or snacks along on field sessions where lunch is not provided.

Sunday, October 30

7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Orange County Great Park

This former Marine base redevelopment is to be twice the size of Central Park and includes gardens and museums. It will also finance itself. Join the design team at the 27.5-acre preview center to see the master plan and ascend in a tethered helium balloon to survey the 1,347-acre site.

Learning Objectives:

  • Maintain public interest and support through year-round programming events.
  • Meet the guiding principles and park values developed in the master plan.
  • Design, construct, and operate a park with limited funding sources and without new taxes.

Leaders/Speakers: Mia Lehrer, FASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates;Ken Smith, ASLA, Ken Smith Landscape Architect; Henry Korn and Rod Cooper, Orange County Great Park

$95 per person; includes transportation, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

6.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shoreline Ecology Kayak Experience

How better to explore San Diego's coastline than from the ocean to understand shoreline ecosystem protection? Tour the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's new conference center by foot and kayak as you learn about the area’s watershed pollution control program and examine shoreline features that incorporate low-impact design principles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the La Jolla underwater preserve and why it is important that it be protected.
  • Study the increasing opportunities for landscape architects and current trends in stormwater management.
  • Learn the latest strategies and techniques for effective stormwater management.

Leaders/Speakers: Jennifer Montgomery ASLA, LEED AP,Schmidt Design Group; Jill Chorak, ASLA, and Mark Carpenter, ASLA, KTU+A Landscape Architecture and Planning; Kimberly O’Connell, University of California, San Diego

$120 per person; includes transportation, kayak rental, and bottled water.

3.75 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Torrey Pines: Capturing Natural & Historical Character in Design

If you want to experience the nature and history of Southern California, do enjoy this guided hike of Torrey Pines State Park and Beach, the Lodge at Torrey Pines, and the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. This tour includes award-winning California Craftsman and Old California Rancho landscape architecture projects

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the context of Torrey Pines State Park's flora, fauna, geology, ecology, and history.
  • Appreciate the thematic and plant-material design challenges of the Lodge at Torrey Pines.
  • Hear also the challenges of designing the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.

Leaders/Speakers: Nate Magnusson ASLA, LEED AP, Schmidt Design Group; Joel Harms, Burton Landscape Architecture Studio; Margaret Low Fillius and other docents, Torrey Pines State Park

$70 per person; includes transportation, entry fee, and bottled water.

4.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Edible Landscape and Urban Sustainability

San Diego is home to a downtown community college that offers degrees in sustainable urban agriculture, a corporate campus garden that provides employees with fresh food, and an edible green wall. Visit them all and shop at a farmers' market with 120 vendors offering vegetables and ethnic foods.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the emergence of urban agriculture, including community and residential gardens.
  • Discover how landscape architects weave agriculture into urban design.
  • Learn from the example of people growing food in household and town settings.

Leaders/Speakers: Nicholas DeLorenzo, ASLA, and Todd Haydel, Student Affil. ASLA, LEED AP, Delorenzo Inc.; Julia Dashe, Seeds at City Urban Farm; Misha Johnson, San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Program; Brian Beever, Point Loma Farmer’s Market

$90 per person; includes transportation and bottled water. Lunch on your own at farmers market.

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

8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Western Edge: Current Trends in Modern Residential Design

Like a classic Japanese garden, modern landscape architecture focuses on reducing subjects to their most basic elements. This engaging series of visits to exquisitely detailed residential bioscape designs reveals how leading landscape architects are integrating materials, grids, geometric repetition, and high-quality construction to create organization through simplicity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Blend design for the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
  • Use drought-tolerant plant materials and water-wise irrigation techniques.
  • Appreciate modern materials for their natural beauty.

Leaders/Speakers: Richard Risner, ASLA, Grounded * Modern Landscape Architecture & Planning; Lynn Brown-Reynolds, ASLA, Lynn Brown-Reynolds, Landscape Architecture; Craig Hooker, EnviroFit; Michael Brennan, ASLA, Urban Green

$80 per person; includes transportation, and bottled water. Lunch on your own. 

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

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Icons of Art and Architecture in the Landscape

The Stuart Collection, Salk Institute, and Neurosciences Institute compose one of the finest collections of site-specific art ever, featuring an iconic plaza and one of the most highly refined courtyards in the world. This is a rare opportunity to experience these works up close and absorb their transcendent history.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history of the Stuart Collection of Art, Salk Institute, and Neurosciences Institute.
  • Explore the distinctions and interconnections of making art and landscape.
  • Guided by experts in the field, personally experience these critically acclaimed masterworks.

Leaders/Speakers: Martin Poirier, FASLA, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects; Peter Walker, FASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture; Mark Hough, ASLA, Duke University; William Burton, FASLA, Burton Landscape Architecture Studio; Vonn Marie May, Cultural Land Planning & Research; Mary Beebe, Stuart Collection 

$110 per person; includes transportation, docent/entry fee, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

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

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
North County San Diego Residences: Mountain Top to Valley Floor

Discover breathtaking residences that range from the highest points in San Diego County to the North County valley floor. This engaging field session includes the incredibly dramatic outcroppings, landscape and distant Pacific Ocean views, diverse inland microclimates, and intriguing plantings of the mountains, hills, and valleys of northern San Diego.

Learning Objectives:

  • See low-water, low-maintenance planting schemes with water-capturing and -saving irrigation.
  • Understand the range of client demand for site, architecture, aesthetics, lifestyle, and budget.
  • Learn about the native chaparral plant community and how it informs the plant selection of the gardens.

Leaders/Speakers: Scott Spencer, Scott Spencer Garden Design; Angelina Sotelo, ASLA, David Reed Landscape Architects, Christopher Drayer, ASLA

$135 per person; includes transportation, box lunch, winery tour and wine tasting, and bottled water.

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

8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Strategies for Landscape Water Efficiency in Residential and Commercial Applications

As you will see across a range of residential scales, client demand is strong for landscape architects who increase water-use efficiency. Examine innovative irrigation systems and low-water-use plantings at the heart of sound water management practices, including a sports field and an estate that harmonically balance sustainability and aesthetics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define efficient irrigation and evaluate water-use efficiency in existing landscapes.
  • Learn available methods for achieving landscape water efficiency.
  • Discuss successful retrofitting processes with accomplished project managers.

Leaders/Speakers: Megan Fairleigh, ASLA, Mira Costa College; Patrick Crais, Blue Watchdog Systems

$75 per person; includes transportation and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

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

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
San Diego Region SITES™ Pilot Projects

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ has generated tremendous interest among landscape architects and clients alike. This tour features three pilot projects: a commercial landscape, a park, and a brewery/restaurant.. The experience will become even more tangible with a luncheon and tour at the eco- and taste-bud-friendly Stone Brewing Company.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the Sustainable Sites Initiative, its pilot program, and the program goals and objectives.
  • Examine the sustainable design features of SITES projects and how they achieved credits.
  • Compare how SITES rating applies for corporate, commercial/restaurant, and park settings.

Leaders/Speakers: R. Brad Lewis ASLA, LEED AP, HELIX Environmental Planning; Marney Jensen ASLA, LEED AP, Schmidt Design Group; Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Company; Danielle Pieranunzi Affil. ASLA, LEED AP, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

$130 per person; includes transportation, lunch, brewery tour/tasting and bottled water.

6 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, NY/HSW

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Green Infrastructure Workshop: Exploring Green Street Opportunities

San Diego’s Gaslamp District is more than a spirit-lifting, history-inspiring stroll. It is also the focus of this eight-hour workshop with national green street experts and is ideal for public sector/city official attendees.  Together, you will be studying this well-established area to identify, plan, and design urban green street retrofit opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn green-street design techniques from national and international case studies.
  • Quickly identify streets that would be ideal for green-street and complete-street retrofits.
  • Gain knowledge and inspiration for applying green-street strategies to your own community.

Leaders/Speakers: Kevin R. Perry, ASLA, Nevue Ngan Associates; Clark Wilson, U.S. EPA Office of Sustainable Communities; Martin Flores, ASLA, Rick Engineering Company, Inc.

$75 per person; Includes afternoon beverage break and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

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

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Habitat Like That: Landscape Architecture for the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is a leader in zoological exhibit design. Here’s your chance to take a walk on the wild side and go behind the scenes of the certified botanical gardens. This exciting field session will connect you directly with a multispecies habitat and the people who designed it

Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate landscape architecture, immersion design, and modern zoological exhibits.
  • Learn the zoo's extensive horticultural collection and the vital connection of plants to animals.
  • Understand the zoo's education and conservation mission as a global force.

Leaders/Speakers: James Neri, ASLA, Neri Landscape Architecture; Christopher Langdon, ASLA, Wimmer Yamada and Caughey; Michael Bostwick, ASLA and David Rice Affil. ASLA, FAIA, San Diego Zoo Global

$80 per person; includes transportation, continental breakfast, admission fee, and bottled water.

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

9:30 am –2:30 pm
Cycling in Coronado: Past, Present, and Future

In Coronado, incorporated in 1890, residents are blessed with a richly historic village atmosphere. Guided by knowledgeable landscape architects and city staff for detail, this 15-mile bike ride on level terrain will explore Coronado’s waterfront, neighborhoods, and Navy installations, as well as the Hotel del Coronado and Silver Strand.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn Coronado history, including early vacationers, the Navy, residencesl and commerce.
  • Experience the factors that create a walkable and bikeable community.
  • Understand the sensitive marine ecosystem of San Diego Bay.

Leaders/Speakers: Michael Singleton ASLA, AICP, LEED AP, and John Holloway, ASLA, KTU+A Landscape Architecture & Planning 

$95 per person; includes water taxi fee, bike rental, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

9:30 am – 1:30 pm
PETCO Park: San Diego's Garden Ballpark

Imagine planning, designing, and managing the landscape of a Major League Baseball park in the heart of downtown San Diego. In this tour, the designers and developers will grant you that fantasy with a truly inside look at how a huge sports facility becomes a key driver for neighborhood development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how a complex private/public partnership can create open urban space.
  • Recognize the importance of long-term implementation in planting and space-use planning.
  • Relate open-space design for large facilities to adjacent neighborhoods.

Leaders/Speakers: Andrew Spurlock, FASLA, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects; Jose Parral, Woodbury University; Brad Richter, Centre City Development Corporation; Luke Yoder, San Diego Padres 

$45 per person; includes bottled water. Substantial walking required.

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

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Environmental Stewardship on the Border: The Tijuana River Watershed

The Tijuana River Watershed is a complex, diverse mix of terrain, ecology, culture, and, of course, international jurisdiction. There are problems and opportunities within this large, arid, urbanized watershed, and it is a a model for trans-border cooperation. This session will reveal a multijurisdictional plan for managing an ecosystem preserve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to plan and manage to protect heavily used, critical habitats.
  • Understand how multi-agency cooperation is critical to political and regulatory standards development.
  • Review best practices and creative remediation for controlling watershed degradation.

Leaders/Speakers: Jon Wreschinsky, ASLA, The Land Design Collaborative; Clay Phillips, State of California Department of Parks and Recreation; Oscar Romo, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

$70 per person; includes transportation, entry fee, and bottled water.

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

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Balboa Park—A Walking Tour of Planning and Design Issues

The 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition that launched this park is 2015, yet the site is one of the oldest dedicated to public recreation, dating to 1835. Learn how this exhilaratingly beautiful park sparked the Spanish Colonial Revival and how the current master plan can further inspire public engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning the history of Balboa Park.
  • Consider the important elements of both the park master plan and the Central Mesa Precise Plan.
  • Discuss current and controversial planning and design issues and potential solutions.

Leaders/Speakers: Vicki Estrada, FASLA, and David Preciado, ASLA, Estrada Land Planning; Mark Johnson, FASLA, Civitas, Inc.

$65 per person; includes transportation and bottled water. Substantial walking required.

4 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, NY/HSW

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Jewel: Estate Coastal Gardens of La Jolla

Everybody who’s been to La Jolla wants to live there. This tour will take you from a hillside estate and garden on the Black’s Beach bluffs through the village, reminiscent of the French Riviera. You will enjoy beautifully designed properties as well as the historic Cave Shop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Tour the garden of a Tuscan villa overlooking the La Jolla coast and Pacific Ocean>
  • Learn the challenges of designing adjacent to historic structures and sensitive coastal bluffs.
  • See the latest in irrigation technologies and coastal, drought-tolerant plant materials.

Leaders/Speakers: Martin Schmidt, ASLA, ENVIRONS; Jeffrey Smith, Daedalus Design Group 

$70 per person; includes transportation and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

4 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, NY/HSW


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