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


Sunday, October 9

Architecture in the Garden


The architectural elements of a garden—paths, walls, gates, fences, terraces, sheds, lighting, furniture, waterworks, and art—together form the backbone of any well-designed garden. In this session, legendary landscape architect James van Sweden, FASLA, will discuss some of his most exquisitely designed gardens and explore the essential role that architecture plays in organizing a landscape. Discover the skills and insights he has gained during his incredible career to give gardens “good bones”—the framework of well-conceived paths and terraces, well-defined and integrated edges, and other man-made features that ensure enduring grace.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Essential architectural elements of a garden
  2. Role of architecture in a lasting landscape
  3. The framework for an enduring garden.

James van Sweden, FASLA, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates.

Editors Roundtable: Getting Published


Getting published should be a part of any firm’s public relations and marketing plan. A feature article in a premier design magazine could make the difference for any young firm and also enhance the prestige of established ones. So why do some firms and landscape architects get this type of attention? This session will outline the hows, whats, and whys in the decision process followed by some of the best magazines today: House and Garden, Garden Design, Metropolis, and Landscape Architecture. The editors of these publications will clearly show you what they look for, outline their editorial calendars, and provide guidelines for getting your project or work featured in their respective magazines.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the editor's criteria for what makes a project publishable.
  2. Understand how to most efficiently submit your work for publication.
  3. Understand how these publications evolve their yearly editorial calendar and how your state or local ASLA chapter can influence it.

Bill Marken, Garden Design; Susan Szenasy, Metropolis; William J. Thompson, FASLA, Landscape Architecture; Charlotte M. Frieze, ASLA, House and Garden.

Cultural Landscapes, Design and Historic Preservation Today


This session will reveal both the opportunities and the constraints in the rapidly emerging discipline of historic preservation. Special attention will be placed on the divide between design and historic preservation and nature and culture as fueled by our universities and professional practices. Within this context, the session will also explore the limitations of available research (physical and financial), how we assign significance, and the quest for authenticity. Finally, larger philosophical challenges such as holistic stewardship, placing a value of antiquity (or weathering), the need to limit carrying capacity for certain landscapes, and the recognition of a cultural landscape's palimpsest (historic layers) will all be explored. Examples will be varied in scope, type, and geography.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain an understanding of opportunites and constraints in historic preservation.
  2. Learn the limitations of available research.
  3. Gain an understanding of the larger philosophical challenges in historic preservation.

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative.

Landscape Architecture: Global Trends in the Profession


Landscape architecture is a young discipline, but its global impact has been significant throughout its first century. Globally, the profession has developed at a different pace, propelled by diverse social and environmental forces. Professor Fabos will present his world-renowned research on global trends in landscape architecture, providing a complete overview of the growth of the profession globally from 1899-1950 and then from 1950-2000. Professor Fabos is also joined by landscape architects from Europe, Asia, and Latin America who will present a picture of the current trends in the profession in each region.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Global growth of the profession since its inception
  2. Trends globally
  3. Trends by global region

Julius G. Fabos PhD, FASLA, University of Massachusetts;
Martha C. Fajardo, IFLA President; Daniel Roehr, Daniel Roehr Landscape Architecture; Sean Chiao, International ASLA, EDAW, Inc., Hong Kong.

Bridging the Digital Divide


Rapid changes in digital technology have created a divide between young professionals who understand digital technology and seasoned design professionals who understand the design process and the steps required to complete a project. This session will discuss strategies for bridging this divide based on results of a survey of design firms and numerous case studies of how technology has been successfully integrated in projects at the regional, community, and site scale.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how firms have integrated digital technology into their practice and learn how firms have altered the way they design based on the integration of computers into the design process.
  2. Learn strategies used to link digitally literate workers and older managers together to complete projects.
  3. Learn what issues one must be aware of to incorporate digital technologies into the decision making process.
  4. Learn what digital tools are best for different scales and for different phases of the design process.

Mark Lindhult, FASLA, University of Massachusetts Amherst; James L. Sipes, ASLA, Sand County Studios.

Campus or Fortress: Securing Americans at Our Embassies Abroad


The U.S. Department of State oversees more than 300 diplomatic installations around the world and almost four times as many buildings, and strives to provide a welcoming environment. Landscape architects are key participants helping to create the image of a free and open society within the constraints of facility protection. Design strategies used in these ‘diplomatic landscapes’ are finding their way into cities and institutions within the U.S. This session will explore issues and opportunities for landscape architects as they contribute to this critical design effort in diverse environments worldwide.

Learning Outcomes

  1. A deepened understanding of the value of landscape architecture as a critical component of design in this special context, and the important leadership role of landscape architects.
  2. An understanding of how the application of consistent design guidelines within varied political, cultural, and ecological settings result in dramatically different designs.
  3. A deepened understanding of created landscape as a reflection of place and varied cultural values.

Faye B. Harwell, ASLA, Rhodeside and Harwell; Carol R. Johnson, FASLA, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc.; Roger G. Courtenay, ASLA, EDAW, Inc.; Alain C. deVergie, ASLA, U.S. Department of State; Peter G. Rolland, FASLA, Principal, Peter Rolland & Associates.

High Impact Proposals: 26 Elements that Win You Work


Discover innovative concepts and unconventional proposal writing techniques during this highly interactive session. Because of increased competition, firms have been writing more and more proposals. This session presents the tools you need to “turn the tables” not only on your proposal hit rate, but also on their cost and effectiveness. Find out what you need to know before submitting a proposal and discover the pros and cons of e-proposals. Be sure to bring your actual proposals and ideas.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand different types of proposals.
  2. Discover how to generate proposal activity.
  3. Gain a better understainding of the pre-proposal decision process.
  4. Learn how to develop proposal strategy.

Frank A. Stasiowski, PSMJ Resources, Inc.


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