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Live ASLA Online Learning Opportunities in April

ASLA Regional Climate Action Event: Southern Pacific Coast

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT

Join us on April 7 for a discussion on the diverse aspects of how landscape architects are addressing and planning solutions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Speakers will highlight the importance of policy and how we can be involved in making and using policy to enact change. We’ll share case studies that are building resilience within communities vulnerable to wildfire, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and other climate change issues.

Be a part of the conversation, and share how you are making a positive change! The Climate Action Network is collecting resources for each region within these categories to share on Advocacy, Policy, Practice, Research, and Funding.


Pamela Conrad, ASLA, CMG Landscape Architecture

Greg Kochanowski, AIA, RIOS

Dalton LaVoie, ASLA, Stantec Inc.

Ronnie Siegel, ASLA, Swire Siegel Landscape Architects

Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA, University Of Hawaii At Manoa

DJ Taylor, ASLA, DeLorenzo International, Inc.

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The Launch of the Urban Design Category for the ASLA Awards Program

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT

In 2020, The American Society of Landscape Architects introduced Urban Design as a new awards category for submissions of suitable work by professionals and students of landscape architecture. This significant addition to the national awards program provides the opportunity for landscape architecture professionals and students to be credited for outstanding work concerning urban design, urban form, and meaningful place within an urban context.

The ASLA Urban Design Professional Practice Network invites you to join jury members who judged the inaugural Urban Design awards category for the ASLA Professional Awards program as they discuss the profession’s ability to shape growing urban environments and how the award-winning projects may shape this field moving forward.


Jose Alminana, FASLA, Andropogon Associates, Ltd.

Rob Rogers, FAIA, Rogers Partners

Tanya Olson, ASLA, Tallgrass Landscape Architecture 


Maren McBride, ASLA, Berger Partnership, ASLA Urban Design PPN Co-Chair

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BIM Roundtable with EDSA and SmithGroup

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT

Join us for a discussion and Q&A session with Jack Garcia, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, EDSA and Keenan Gibbons, Associate, SmithGroup about how their firms are integrating BIM within practice.


Jack Garcia, Affiliate ASLA, EDSA

Keenan Gibbons, ASLA, SmithGroup


Lauren Schmidt, ASLA, Design Technology Specialist, Parallax Consulting LLC

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Upstream-Downstream: Optimizing Bioretention Function Through Research, Engineering, Design, and Maintenance - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

A successful bioretention system requires research, engineering, design, post-construction observation, and a routine maintenance plan. Speakers will discuss how research underpins design decisions and highlight engineering and design features that enable bioretention function and optimize maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how simple changes in underdrainage can dramatically improve bioretention performance.
  2. Explore best horticultural practices and plant design decisions for reducing maintenance costs and increasing public acceptance, comparing maintenance costs of different plant plan approaches.
  3. Review case studies on what plant material and maintenance practices provide the most long-term healthy plants and decrease maintenance.
  4. Explore a variety of bioretention systems and tools that fit within urban, transitional, and park settings through case studies from North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Union Station and Fitts Woolard Hall, NC State University.


Eric Davis, ASLA, LEED AP, Vice President & Principal, Surface 678

Donna Evans, LEED Green Associate, Program Manager II BMP Inspection and Maintenance ESD Public, Montgomery County, MD-Department of Environmental Protection

William F. Hunt, PE, Ph.D., WNR Dist. Univ. Professor & Extension Specialist, NC State University

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Virtual events are recorded if you can’t make it to a live webinar. To explore all upcoming ASLA webinars and past presentations, please visit Please note: only the April 20 webinar above offers LA CES-approved professional development hours; you may access nearly 200 on-demand webinars available for professional development via, including the Free PDH of the Month webinar, for ASLA members only. Through April 30, we are featuring: SITES®: Early Planning for Maintenance and Performance Furthers Sustainability Goals and Marketability - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) as this month's Free PDH.

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