Just for You: Workshops and Field Sessions at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles will offer 122 education sessions, 16 field sessions, five workshops, and two general sessions throughout the meeting allowing attendees to earn up to 21 professional development hours (PDHs). Friday, October 20, attendees will learn how to navigate and problem solve from experts in the field during in-depth workshops or study the environs of Los Angeles and explore significant, compelling projects through field sessions organized by the Southern California Host Chapter. Participation is limited: Field sessions are selling out, and workshop ticket prices increase after the September 15 Advance deadline. View the complete list of field session offerings and workshop opportunities and reserve your ticket today!

Take a look at some of these options for experiential learning, all taking place Friday, October 20:

WS-002 Workshop: The LARE Experience—What to Expect and How to Prepare
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This workshop will provide an introduction to the licensure process, share basic information on the LARE exam content and format, and explore study strategies. It will feature a panel discussion with practitioners who have recently passed the exam who will share the secrets to their success.

Speakers: Gail Ferry, ASLA, Halff Associates, Inc.; Stephen Feccia, ASLA, Kimley-Horn; Thomas Nieman, FASLA, University of Kentucky

WS-003 SITES v2 and the SITES AP: Your Tools for Success
1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
You know of the SITES® Rating System -- now it’s time to put this tool to use. Understand the value proposition of SITES and feed into future development needs by engaging directly with the administrators of the program. Finally, prepare yourself for the SITES AP exam to promote your expertise.

Speakers: Micah Silvey, Green Business Certification Inc.; Jamie Statter, U.S. Green Building Council; Linette Straus, ASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects

WS-005 Digital Methods: Los Angeles River Watershed
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This workshop, designed for emerging professionals, will introduce an array of digital tools from generative modeling, watershed mapping, and real-time gaming engines. Participants will experience these tools as they develop representations and generative models of issues within the Los Angeles River watershed and engineered river channel.

Speakers: Bradley Cantrell, ASLA, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Adam Mekies, ASLA, Design Workshop

FS-007: A Day at the Beach! Cultural and Sustainable Coastal Gems
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beaches are beautiful! But stormwater management is crucial for our coastal environments. At the same time, the coast's historical venues should be preserved and open to the community. This field session examines projects that accomplish both important goals and highlights the breathtaking landscape of the Southern California coast.

Leaders/Speakers: Pamela Brief, ASLA, Pamela Studios Inc.; Jan Dyer, ASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Karen Ginsberg, Director, Community & Cultural Services, City of Santa Monica; Neal Shapiro, City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability & the Environment; Nurit Whitney, City of Malibu

FS-011: Silicon Beach and the Planned Community of Playa Vista
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Built on the site of the former Hughes Aircraft factory, the urban infill community of Playa Vista is the epicenter of “Silicon Beach”—a burgeoning creativity/technology hub. Experience diverse open spaces in the master-planned community and learn how aggressive sustainability goals and design commitment drew both industry and residents.

Leaders/Speakers: Brent Jacobsen, ASLA; Greg Kochanowski, AIA; and Naseema Asif, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Dillon Diers, ASLA, OJB Landscape Architecture; Jennifer Zell, ASLA; AHBE Landscape Architects

FS-012: Back to the Future: Seeking Sustainable Ideas at the Huntington Botanical Gardens
Explore how a world-renowned botanical collection has stayed relevant within the 21st century. This walking trip will showcase the new entryway to the park and the ongoing expansion of the beloved Chinese and Japanese Gardens. Participants will go behind the scenes as well as experience a treasured orchid show.

Katharine Rudnyk, Affiliate ASLA, AHBE Landscape Architects; Jeremy Klemic, ASLA, SWA Group; Elisa Read, Rios Clementi Hale Studios; John L. Pearson, ASLA; and Meghen Quinn, ASLA, The Office of Cheryl Barton; James P. Folsom, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; Bill Ropp, Brightview

FS-015: Secure DTLA
Survey thriving urban design within Downtown Los Angeles, analyzing scale, materials, and responsible approaches to providing protected environments for active and passive recreation. Explore Wilshire Grand, City National Plaza, and Maguire Gardens, and navigate the streetscapes that stitch the fabric of this neighborhood, this city, together.

Leaders/Speakers: Tony Lopez, ASLA; and Darren Shirai, ASLA, RELM; Eric Marecki, ASLA, Mia Lehrer + Associates

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