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Annual Meeting Preview — PPN Live!

There will be many opportunities to learn, network, and celebrate during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia later this month. In addition to the more than 130 education sessions, field sessions, workshops, and special events, remember to add PPN Live to your annual meeting plans. 

Through PPN Live, you can network with colleagues from all 20 ASLA Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) throughout the annual meeting weekend, right on the EXPO floor. PPN membership is not required to attend that PPN’s meeting or the PPN EXPO tours—all are welcome! Already a member of one PPN, but curious about another? Or not sure which PPN to choose (all ASLA members receive one PPN membership for free)? You are welcome to attend as many PPN events as you like!

Keep an eye on The Field as we highlight ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO events through the start of the meeting on October 19.

We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

PPN Meetings in PPN Live
All PPN meetings take place in PPN Live on the EXPO floor

Saturday, October 20

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Education & Practice

Join us for a discussion of the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB)‘s Accredited Programs and Community College Feeder Programs Collaboration Survey results, to learn more about opportunities to promote a two-way dialogue and collaboration between programs.

Healthcare & Therapeutic Design
The PPN leadership team has invited Adam E. Anderson, ASLA, founder of Design Under Sky, and Geoff Anderson, ASLA, Principal at RAS, Inc. Landscape Architects, to share their therapeutic design projects and their benefits. Adam E. Anderson is currently working on the 43-acre site of 5th Xiangya Hospital in China and Geoff Anderson has two recent completed projects for the Christiana Care Hospital and AI DuPont Hospital for Children.

Housing & Community Design
The PPN meeting is an in-person opportunity to connect with fellow members, discuss shared interests, and help shape the PPN’s mission, goals, and planned activities for the upcoming year. The meeting is also a great time to get to know the PPN leadership team, and attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer for officer or other leadership positions to help the PPN with its objectives. Join us in the PPN Lounge to share updates on your work, highlight your expertise, and expand your network through ASLA!

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

International Practice - 1.0 LA CES PDH
Rethinking Landscape Interventions During Urban Renewal of Chinese Cities

Unleashed urban sprawl propelled by rapid economic development has caused issues in China during the past 40 years. With growing public awareness and global vision on the environmental quality, social justice, and cultural heritage in China, many cities are refocusing on the developed areas and promoting urban renewal efforts. Presenters will use case studies to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the recent urban renewal efforts in China through the lens of governance, urban planning, and landscape design.

Dou Zhang, PLA, ASLA, Sasaki Associates; Ming-Jen Hsueh, ASLA, Sasaki Associates; Yufan Zhu, Tsinghua University

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Women in Landscape Architecture

Join the Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA) PPN for a Women in Leadership Roundtable on the PPN Live stage, featuring: Wendy Miller, FASLA, Haley Blakeman, ASLA, Vanessa Warren, ASLA, and Magdalena Aravena, ASLA. The panelists will share their different pathways to leadership, followed by an open discussion among members. Bring your questions—we are looking forward to a great conversation!

Plus, don’t miss the Women in Landscape Architecture Walk on Monday, October 22, organized and led by the ASLA Pennsylvania/Delaware Host Chapter! Check out the WILA Walk map, designed by Ground Reconsidered, for more information on the route and stops on the walk along Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


What opportunities are emerging for landscape architects working in transportation? For this year’s PPN Live meeting, we’ve assembled a panel of experienced practitioners and emerging professionals to share their thoughts on the possibilities for our profession. In addition, we will highlight opportunities within the PPN for you to share your expertise and expand your network through ASLA. Roxanne Blackwell, Hon. ASLA, ASLA’s Director of Federal Government Affairs, will also present the latest news on federal transportation legislation and advocacy. Join us!

Water Conservation
The PPN meeting is an in-person opportunity to connect with fellow members, discuss shared interests, and help shape the PPN’s mission, goals, and planned activities for the upcoming year. Join Jim Davis, ASLA, and Yiwei Lin, Associate ASLA, Water Conservation PPN officers, for a roundtable discussion at our PPN meeting.

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Sustainable Design & Development - 1.0 LA CES PDH
A Discussion of Sustainability at Different Scales

How do you apply sustainability in your practice? Do you see a need for change? What does the future of sustainability look like in your city? In the Sustainable Design and Development (SDD) PPN meeting, participants will engage in a discussion about applying sustainability, including established rating systems such as SITES and LEED, at different scales and in different contexts. Attendees will explore comparisons of urban versus suburban versus rural, watershed-level versus site scale, and mandatory policies versus voluntary guidelines. SDD PPN leaders will facilitate this interactive session and encourage participants from varying backgrounds to attend in order to have a robust discussion on the current and future applications of sustainability.

Hunter Beckham, FASLA, Beckham Consulting; April Phillips, FASLA, April Philips Design Works, Inc.; Kristen Reardon, ASLA, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners; Lisa Cowan, ASLA, SITES AP, Studioverde; CeCe Haydock, ASLA, SITES AP, LEED AP, Studioverde; Jamie Statter, Vice President, Strategic Relationships, U.S. Green Building Council

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 pm

Ecology & Restoration

Find out how great strides are being made for the environment by joining the Ecology and Restoration PPN presentation, Conservation Finance and Landscape Architecture, featuring: Michael Sprague, President and Founder of Troutheadwaters, Inc., and founding Board Member of the National Environmental Banking Association; and Damian Holynskyj, M.C.P., Director of the Eastern Region for Great Ecology.

Sunday, October 21

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Historic Preservation

At the Historic Preservation PPN Meeting, we will discuss our PPN’s goals for the upcoming year, and attendees will have an opportunity to volunteer to join the leadership team. The meeting will also include an engaging interview, moderated by Jonathan Ceci, ASLA, with two speakers from the session Thinking Inclusive: Strategies and Perspectives on Accessibility from Central Park’s Experience: Christopher Nolan, FASLA, chief operating officer and chief landscape architect, Central Park Conservancy, and Lane Addonizio, Affil. ASLA, AICP, vice president for planning, Central Park Conservancy. Our two guests should make for a great conversation, and a question and answer period will follow.

Planting Design
This year, the Planting Design PPN has organized a panel discussion with growers on tips for selecting a nursery, how to choose trees and plants for resilience, how landscape architects can work with nurseries to select plants better adapted for climate change, and where to find additional resources. Questions and comments from attendees are welcome.

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Parks & Recreation / Children’s Outdoor Environments - 1.0 LA CES PDH
Parks, Play, and People: Equity and Community in Recreation

Access to recreation and play opportunities for city dwellers is a critical component of equity and sustainability, yet development of public parks can have the unintended effect of gentrification in the communities they seek to enhance. This session explores the ways we can design urban green spaces and parks to support access by all members of the community. Additionally it delves into how play and recreation can support equity by drawing on the experiences of landscape architects who have worked towards this goal in cities across the country.

Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, The University of Texas at Arlington; Joy Kuebler, ASLA, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC; Andrew Spurlock, FASLA, Spurlock Landscape Architects

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 am

Campus Planning & Design / Landscape-Land Use Planning

This year we are excited to team with our colleagues in a joint meeting session, featuring short presentations by PPN members focused on the theme of resiliency:

Inclusivity and the Design Process in the American College Town Community
Jessica Fernandez, Ph.D, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP ND, Clemson University

Designing a Laboratory Landscape on the Chester River
Margaret Baldwin, Associate ASLA, Ayers Saint Gross

Stanford Tree Relocation
Drew Brown, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Stanford University

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Digital Technology

Join us for a follow up discussion to Friday’s education session, FRI-D10 – BIM for the Small Landscape Architecture Office. Share your experiences or questions about adopting BIM practices in offices of various sizes to improve your design and workflow efficiency. PPN leadership will also share the initial results of the ASLA Software Utilization and Project Management Surveys.

Residential Landscape Architecture / Design-Build
Join us for a discussion about ideas and strategies for quickly qualifying prospective clients, technology use to best convey your designs, and when or how to hire a contractor for project work such as drafting, irrigation design, or delivering project measurements.

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Environmental Justice - 1.0 LA CES PDH
Environmental and Climate Justice in Community Design: Case Studies and Tools

Landscape architects play an important role in addressing environmental justice and implementing resilient landscape design in coping with climate change while serving socially vulnerable communities. This session examines recent research and practice applied to community design for addressing environmental justice and an emerging issue of climate justice. Participants will learn about the Westchase District Streetscape Improvements Initiative and the 2018 ASLA Student Award Winner A Student’s Guide to Environmental Justice Version 1.3.

Chingwen Cheng, PhD, ASLA, Arizona State University ; Erin McDonald, Associate ASLA, Design Workshop; Kari Spiegelhalter; Theresa Ruswick, Student ASLA; Patricia Noto, Student ASLA

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Urban Design

Join the Urban Design PPN in an elemental-based discussion focused on common design approaches or elements that exist in award-winning urban design projects. Our annual meeting will be on the PPN Live stage and will feature a cross-section of awarding-winning urban design projects from a variety of organizations, including ASLA, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Bruner Foundation.

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