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Upcoming ASLA Online Learning Webinars

Building Up and Planning Out: Centering People in Long Range Land Use Plans — 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Hosted by the ASLA Landscape—Land Use Planning PPN

Join us for a deep dive into the limits, challenges, and opportunities of implementing large-scale and long-range land use plans through community-led and resident-driven planning. This series of presentations and panel discussion will explore high level and brass tacks approaches for working to implement Baltimore’s Green Network Plan in two different Baltimore neighborhoods. Together we will compare notes, unpack solutions, and find inspiration from locally-nuanced, affirmative, and capacity-building approaches to center people in the implementation of large-scale land planning efforts.


  • Kimberley M. Knox, Greening Coordinator, City of Baltimore Department of Planning 
  • Dr. Doris Minor-Terrell, President, New Broadway East Community Association 
  • Johndre Jennings, Director of Real Estate Development, Druid Heights Development Corporation

$40 for full ASLA members; $30 for Associate ASLA members; FREE for Student ASLA members; $50 for non-members. Log in using your ASLA username and password for member discounts.


In the Wake of the Pandemic: How Has COVID-19 Shaped the Design of Greens Spaces in Healthcare Facilities?
Friday, October 8, 2021
12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT
Hosted by the ASLA Healthcare & Therapeutic Design PPN

This presentation will explore the design of gardens, green spaces, and public spaces in different types of healthcare facilities and how they have been or will be shaped by COVID-19, including spaces for general hospitals, various community clinics, and senior living facilities. The presenters will also discuss the role evidence-based design has played in the design of those green spaces.


  • Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, Principal, GBBN
  • Todd Kohli, PLA, ASLA, Principal, SmithGroup


Urban Beavers: Cleaning Runoff and Restoring Streams
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Hosted by the ASLA Ecology & Restoration PPN

Landscapes designed with irrigation and water conservation goals in mind from the onset allow for more efficient installation and management. This webinar, the first in this series, will provide the learner with the fundamentals of appropriate equipment, hydraulics, and soil/plant/water relationships that are needed to improve landscape designs with more focus on irrigation requirements. Join us as Katie Holzer presents data from studies on how increased beaver activity has been cleaning stormwater, cooling streams, and increasing complexity in Gresham, Oregon. She will discuss challenges that they have encountered as well as tools used to allow these animals to coexist alongside our infrastructure.


  • Katie Holzer, Watershed Scientist, Department of Environmental Services, City of Gresham


Sembrando el Futuro: Sowing a Future in Landscape Architecture
Thursday, October 14, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PT

Join four Latinx emerging professionals as they share their path from college to present. The panelists will discuss the different career paths they've taken, their leadership involvement in ASLA, and how their culture influences their work. This session will inspire students, emerging professionals, and more to remember their roots, follow their dreams, and find their place in the future of landscape architecture.


  • Magdalena Aravena, ASLA, PLA, Founder + Principal, Studio Siembra
  • Robert Colón, ASLA, Landscape Designer, Curtis + Rogers Design Studio
  • Carlos Flores, ASLA, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service
  • Nathania Martinez, ASLA, Programs Coordinator, Mujeres de Islas, Inc.


Restitching Communities with Landscapes: Climate Justice Strategies in the Pacific Northwest
Thursday, October 21, 2021
3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Hosted by the ASLA Climate Action Committee

The ASLA Climate Action Committee is building a network of representatives from each ASLA chapter and neighboring accredited programs to convene expertise on existing and predicted climate change challenges most pressing for each region. Join a group of practitioners, community activists, and educators from the Northern Pacific Coast (ASLA Chapters from Oregon, Washington, and Alaska), who will lead a discussion on possible ways landscape architects can design and plan strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change in our region.

Speakers will highlight the connections of landscape architecture practice and education to key regional climate justice issues, including case studies for addressing our unique set of challenges that impact communities unevenly - droughts, heatwaves and wildfires; sea level rise, inland flooding and coastal erosion; receding glaciers and melting permafrost. Their talks will explore approaches to building resilience for Pacific Coast residents, with an emphasis on frontline communities, such as indigenous, low-income, and unhoused, who are most impacted by these changes.


  • Leena Cho, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture; Graduate Landscape Architecture Program Director; Co-director, Arctic Design Group; Co-principal, Kutonotuk & TempAgency
  • Nancy Huizar, Principal Owner, NHuizar Consulting
  • Jason King, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, SITES AP, Associate Principal, GreenWorks
  • Yekang Ko, Associate Professor, University of Oregon


  • Catherine De Almeida, ASLA, Assistant Professor, University of Washington


Design-Build 101
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT

Is playing in the dirt in your DNA? Does your dream job description start with "owner"? This webinar will present the how-to when initiating your design-build contracting business – from setting up shop to transitioning a project from initiation, design, contract, execution, management to close out, the resources and assets needed to be successful.


  • Jay Gehler, ASLA


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: in addition to the October 5 webinar offering 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 October 31, for Disability Awareness Month, we are featuring: Constraint or Opportunity: Designing Accessible Landscape Architecture - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW) as this month's Free PDH.

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