American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oct. 7 - 10, 2005

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 2005 Annual Meeting & EXPO > Education Sessions


Saturday, October 8
3:30 pm-5:00 pm

CEO Roundtable Business Update


The CEO Roundtable includes leaders from a cross-section of firms located across the country. Together, their firms employ over 3,000 landscape architects and others who spearhead projects at the local, regional, national, and international levels for clients in both the private and public sectors. This session will provide the annual update on the current business trends and major issues facing the profession and will provide an opportunity for top industry leaders to share their thoughts on the state of the profession, the current market drivers, and the factors for success for their firms in the near- and long-term.

Learning Outcomes

  1. State of and projections for the landscape architecture profession.
  2. Key growth areas in 2005.
  3. Major issues/challenges facing the profession in the short- medium-, and long term.

Panelists: F. Christopher Dimond, FASLA, HNTB, moderator; Joseph E. Brown, FASLA, EDAW, Inc.; Peter E. Walker, FASLA, Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture Inc.; William B. Callaway, FASLA, SWA Group; and Kathyrn Gustafson, ASLA, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.

Designing Sustainable Residential Projects


This session will feature highlights from a study of the impact of suburban residential landscapes on water quality and aquatic habitat in the Pacific Northwest that received the ASLA 2004 Research Award of Merit. The discussion will be strengthened by case examples presented by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and William McDonough + Partners, which provide real-world applications for landscape architects faced with the challenge of creating sustainable residential design.

  1. Studey of suburban residential landscapes.
  2. Identify need to provide better ecological design in suburban residential landscapes.
  3. Challenges faced by landscape architects in providing better water quality designs in ordinary backyard situations.

Sally Schauman, FASLA, Duke University; Warren T. Byrd, FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects; and Diane M. Dale, ASLA, William McDonough + Partners.

Heritage Tourism in the Caribbean: Natural-Cultural Influences on Planning and Design


The panel on heritage tourism brings together four leading landscape architecture firms that have worked extensively in the Caribbean to share their experiences with sustainable tourism. The firms will discuss current tourism planning in Aruba, village design in Antigua, the Gehry biodiversity museum in Panama, and an adaptive re-use tourism destination in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Presenters will discuss sources of design inspiration, natural-cultural preservation, economic development, conservation, politics, climate, and responses to local human needs.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn about concepts of place-based heritage tourism in the Caribbean, sustainable design and planning approaches, & applications to comparable climatic regions.
  2. Learn strategies for balancing the goals of preserving natural and cultural resources with the need for economic development through tourism.
  3. Develop an understanding for how landscape, culture, politics, conservation, and local human needs can influence the outcome of a tourism development project.

Roger T. Trancik, FASLA, Cornell University; Kenneth E. Bassett, FASLA, Sasaki Associates; Brian C. Canin, AIA, AICP, Canin Associates; Patrick Dillon, EnSitu S.A.; and Joseph Lalli, FASLA, EDSA.

Oral History and Landscape Architecture


Oral history can be defined many ways. For the purposes of documenting America's legacy of designed landscapes, we may define oral history as the primary resource document created in an interview setting with a landscape architect, designer, steward, or educator who has participated in the development and/or construction of a significant work(s) of landscape architecture; managed landscape resources; or educated generations of landscape architects through their own research, teachings, and writings. Oral histories are often conducted for architects and other artisans, yet some of our most important landscape architects have never been interviewed—and fewer have been captured on video. This session will consider the history of oral history endeavors in the field and explore recent opportunities based on new technologies to chronicle the legacy of such modern masters as Dan Kiley, Lawrence Halprin, and Richard Haag. This panel is being held in conjunction with the new Landscape Legends oral history initiative.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discover the history of oral history in landscape architecture.
  2. Learn why oral history is an important technique for documenting important works of landscape architecture.
  3. Learn strategies for conducting oral history interviews with landscape architects.

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative; James L. Sheldon, Emerson College; and Tom Fox, SWA Group.

Don’t Landscape Architects Care about Plants?


Of course they do. Or do they? This session addresses a criticism commonly directed at landscape architects: that they care more about trendy architectural materials than they do about good horticulture, and that more effort is spent preparing a flashy graphic presentation than pursuing a sincere investigation of a site’s potential to support plant life. Join three panelists—an ecological designer, a botanist/horticulturist, and a landscape architect—for a spirited discussion of the horticultural and ecological issues facing landscape architects today, especially those who strive to create places with a diverse palette of living, healthy, exuberant plants.

Learning Outcomes

  1. An understanding of environmentally sound issues in the use of plants in design.
  2. Comparison of new environmental uses of plants with the traditional ornamental uses of plants.
  3. Understanding of contemporary horticultural issues and practices of importance to landscape architects.

W. Gary Smith, ASLA, W. Gary Smith Design, Inc.; Peter Del Tredici, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Gerould S. Wilhelm, Conservation Design Forum, Inc.

Integrating Nature into the Play Environment


Through the integration of the natural environment and traditional play equipment you can create exceptional playgrounds that children will describe as comfortable, shady, colorful, and alive, and that families will be drawn to again and again. Explore the principles of natural learning and playground design through two case studies and discover how to create beautiful and engaging play environments by infusing traditional playgrounds with nature—and the principles of natural learning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Obtain a better understanding of the core principals of natural learning and why they are important to childhood development.
  2. Learn how to select playground equipment and design playstructures that are in harmony with a natural environment and enhance a child’s appreciation and exploration of it.
  3. Get recommendations on plantings, trees and shrubs that lend themselves to exploration and are capable of creating a play environment that is vibrant and alive year-round.
  4. Recognize that natural learning is taking place, and that families are enjoying the unique environment created.

Robin C. Moore, North Carolina State University; Steve G. King, FASLA, Landscape Structures Inc; and Bruce T. Cunningham, Jr., Law Office of Bruce T. Cunningham.

Presentations on the Fly: Mixed Media Techniques for Workshop Settings


Graphics are a vital communication tool in the landscape architecture profession. Over the last decade, a marriage of digital and traditional techniques has slowly developed. Today, high-tech and low-tech methods can be blended to enhance communication in ways highly accessible to the profession and understandable to the public. This session will explore graphic techniques and software applications that can be delivered quickly, including in workshops, to solve design problems and effectively communicate complex ideas to non-professionals. Participants will explore techniques for photo manipulation, mass modeling and animation, wire-frame mock-ups, and manual/digital mixed media techniques for diagrams and illustrations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain a better understanding of the applications of several types of software including PowerPoint, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch-Up, Maya, Flash and Arc-GIS.
  2. Learn how to combine software tools with hand-drawings to present complex information and ideas in understandable ways.
  3. Learn easy techniques for studying design problems and presenting solutions, particularly in workshops and/or charettes where speed and clarity are paramount.

Peter C. Sechler, ASLA, Glatting Jackson, Inc.


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