Field Sessions

Field Sessions generally begin with a classroom presentation and are followed by a field experience. All field sessions will begin promptly at the indicated time and depart from The Walter E. Washington Convention Center. All ticket sales are final and events take place rain or shine. Participation in each field session is limited, so register early to reserve your ticket.  “Lunch on your own” indicates there will be a planned stop where you can purchase food. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches or snacks along on field sessions where lunch is not provided.

Friday, September 10

FS01 This tour has been cancelled.
7:30 am–3:30 pm
U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Preservation Methodology of a Historic River Town: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

As witness to ever-changing national preservation policies, repeated flooding, and ongoing commercial development, the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountain town of Harpers Ferry reveals firsthand how the National Park Service provides cultural landscape stewardship. Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers skittering beneath shale cliffs and tour the ruin-filled national park above a small town thrust into history. Learn from NPS managers, landscape architects, and interpreters about the dynamics at work to preserve the remarkable Harpers Ferry landscape, which Thomas Jefferson described as a scene worth a voyage across the Atlantic. 

Learning Objectives

  • Experience the history of Harpers Ferry and how it has evolved into a national historical park.
  • Learn how the NPS Mission, current preservation trends, and nature affect cultural landscape management.
  • Learn how the NPS uses cultural landscape reports as planning tools for preservation and interpretation.

Featured Speakers: Deana Poss, ASLA, and Daniel Odess, National Park Service; Steven Lowe, and Dennis Frye, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

$110 per person; Includes transportation, entrance fee, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

3.75 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

7:30 am–4:30 pm 
U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
The National Mall: Past, Present, and Future (Walking Tour)

The challenges of National Mall stewardship are daunting: meet the needs of the 21st century while preserving, interpreting, and managing this 684-acre parkland, home to some of this nation’s most historic memorials and visited by millions annually. The Mall accommodates national celebrations, festivals, recreational pursuits, and political demonstrations; sometimes conflicting uses that must all be artfully addressed to preserve and maintain America’s Front Yard. This two-plus mile walking tour includes visits up two of the city’s best vantages—the Washington Monument and Old Post Office bell tower—with park managers detailing the responsibilities of caring for this inspiring landscape. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how key personalities and events transformed this 18th century marshland into inspiring landscape.
  • Explore documentation and scientific-study techniques that effectively inform management decisions.
  • Understand how park managers create practical criteria for this still-unfolding work of civic art.

Featured Speakers: Susan Spain, ASLA, National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks; Maureen Joseph, ASLA, Perry Wheelock, and Alice McLarty, National Park Service; Kay Fanning, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

$65 per person; Includes transportation, and bottled water. Lunch on your own. Substantial walking required.

6.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY non-HSW, FL

8:30 am–4:30 pm
U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
HALS Documentation Techniques and Standards

Win contracts for Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) projects by developing your knowledge, skills, and experience in documentation techniques and technology. Explore three historic sites in the Washington Metropolitan Area that are HALS documented and in the process of rehabilitation, renovation, or restoration. This field session includes a variety of landscape types. Each can be appreciated at all levels of experience in historic preservation, up to and including professional historical landscape architects. Participants will learn how to include the HALS documentation standards and products into their professional practices.  

Learning Objectives

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and experience in HALS documentation techniques and technology.
  • Learn to document sites with measured drawings, written history, photography, and GIS data.
  • See direct relationships among HALS documentation, cultural landscape reports, and site renovation.

Featured Speakers: Paul Dolinsky, ASLA, Christopher Stevens, ASLA, Jonathan Pliska, James Rosenthal, and Matthew Stutts, Historic American Landscapes Survey; Dana Lockett, Historic American Engineering Record, Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, Heritage Landscapes

$120 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water. Substantial walking required.

6 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

8:00 am–4:00 pm
Bethesda, Maryland: Living Laboratory for Urban Design

Discover Bethesda’s downtown and its award-winning open space plan, streetscape design, and urban form. The lively, walkable downtown offers more than 20 public spaces, 200 restaurants, and abundant public art. Bethesda, a real-world laboratory of urban design, has the highest concentration of interconnected, landscape-architect designed spaces in the Washington, D.C., area. See projects by Michael Vergason, Paul Friedberg, James van Sweden, Jim Urban, and many other outstanding, contemporary landscape architects. See how excellent design encouraged residents to embrace density and learn what worked and what didn't from urban designers involved in Bethesda over 25 years. 

Learning Objectives

  • Find the key objectives in Bethesda's open space plan and five principles that build community.
  • See the results after 25 years of an urban landscape plan that has won public acceptance.
  • Learn the innovative history of a plan that, for instance, had the first publicly required expanded soil panel.

Featured Speakers: Karen Kumm Morris, ASLA, John Carter, AIA, and Margaret Rifkin, AICP, M-NCPPC

$65 per person; Includes transportation, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

 4.25 PDH, Registered with LACES/ HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

8:00 am–4:00 pm
Regenerating the Rock Creek Urban Watershed

Running through an expanse of forested park at the heart of Northwest Washington, Rock Creek and its tributaries are experiencing high levels of runoff pollution, erosion, and loss of riparian habitat. This field session will study five sites that illustrate innovative techniques for improving water quality and habitat in different landscape situations, including urban stormwater bio-retention and a green roof at 1050 K Street, residential erosion prevention at a tributary headwater, regenerative stormwater conveyance that is restoring a stream and stabilizing channels to improve habitat in Rock Creek Park, and an on-site wastewater treatment wetland at Sidwell Friends School. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand major issues facing the health of the Rock Creek urban watershed.
  • See an advanced stormwater design integrating urban streetscape, green roof, and building water system.
  • Learn the effects of development and stormwater runoff on an urban watershed and remediation techniques.

Featured Speakers: Nicole Stern, LEED AP, and Allegra Bukojemsky ASLA, LEED AP, Biohabitats, Inc.; Lu Gay Lanier, FASLA, and Neal Beasley, Timmons Group; Pete Munoz, LEED AP

$120 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water. Substantial walking required.

5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, AICP, NYHSW, FL

FS06 This tour has been cancelled.
8:00 am–4:00 pm
Wye Hall: Stewardship and the Country House

Wye Hall and grounds grace the 18th century country estate of William Paca and received both the 2008 Honor Award from the Potomac/Maryland Chapter of ASLA and the 2010 Institute of Classical Architecture Shutze Award for Landscape Design. Enjoy the beautifully restored experience of the gardens, parks, and waterfront vistas, deftly blending architectural restoration, archaeology, and environmental conservation to resuscitate a significant Eastern Shore plantation. The field session includes an interactive panel discussion with leaders in the design, management, and preservation of Eastern Shore estates and rural landscapes. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn practical and sustainable conservation strategies for rural landscapes.
  • Discover the history of place despite little written record through archeology and informed design philosophy.
  • Understand the modern challenges to the Chesapeake Bay, including rising sea levels.

Featured Speakers: Jay Graham, FASLA, and Kevin Campion, ASLA, Graham Landscape Architecture; Mark Leone, University of Maryland, John Gerber, Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

$130 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water

5.25 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

FS07 This tour has been cancelled.
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Tidewater Anacostia River Boat Tour: Restoration of an
Urban River

Take in the Washington Navy Yard, the Washington Nationals Ballpark and the Anacostia Riverwalk as you join landscape architects and biologists on a boat tour of the Anacostia, D.C.’s “Forgotten River.” Hear about the ecological, social, political, and economic history of this waterway, and learn about its restoration as an ecosystem and focal point for urban development.  Take a close look at four large-scale tidal marsh restoration projects spanning 17 years of development and redevelopment along the lower river waterfront. 

Learning Objectives

  • Witness the ecological, social, and political potential of a large-scale urban river restoration program.
  • Understand the process and politics of tidal marsh restoration design in a multi-jurisdictional environment.
  • Hear firsthand about development planning, pressures, and practices as a city rediscovers its waterfront.

Featured Speakers: Jack Sullivan, FASLA, University of Maryland; Peter May, Biohabitats, Inc.;

$130 per person; Includes bus and pontoon boat transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.

4.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, GBCI, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

10:30 am–2:30 pm
United States Congress, Office of the Architect of the Capitol
Our National Capitol Grounds: Preservation of an Olmsted Legacy

The U. S. Capitol grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1870s for a variety of purposes, compose one of America's great iconic spaces. Among the design’s programmatic requisites was to present the Capitol in a way that heightens its presence and dignity and, consequently, that of the American Republic. Another was to demonstrate how the setting of a great public building can and should be treated by professional landscape architects. This field session will demonstrate these achievements in detail as well as the history of the grounds, recent additions, and plans now being made for their future preservation. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of Olmsted's U. S. Capitol grounds plan and the means he employed to realize it.
  • Learn the state of the Capitol grounds and disintegrated relation to the Mall area prior to Olmsted's design.
  • See the Architect of the Capitol's current efforts to maintain the Olmsted design as a cultural landscape.

Featured Speakers: Matthew Evans, FASLA, and Ted Bechtol, Office of the Architect of the Capitol; Charles Beveridge, Hon. ASLA, The Frederick Law Olmsted Papers Project; Iris Gestram, National Association for Olmsted Parks

$65 per person; Includes transportation, and bottled water. No time is allotted for lunch and no box lunch is provided, so please plan to bring a snack.

3 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

FS09 This tour has been cancelled.
9:30 am–2:30 pm
Smithsonian Institution
It’s a Zoo Out There: Reviving the Smithsonian's National Zoo

In 1890, Frederick Law Olmsted designed the National Zoo, one of America’s oldest. Its steep terrain and extensive native forests once served only as a backdrop for animals exhibited in outdated, cramped cages and houses. Beset by concerns that animal care was not adequate, the zoo developed its 2006 Strategic Plan, which it continues steadily to implement. Session leaders will provide an insider’s explanation of the technical challenges of creating sustainable landscapes that provide animal refuge, annually accommodate millions of visitors, preserve the zoo's grand forests, and create one of Washington's most lively, educational, and entertaining public parks.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how sustainable design can be incorporated into complex, heavily used urban public park settings.
  • See complex ecological issues—e.g., paving, vegetation, visitor management—resolved in limited space.
  • Review landscapes emphasizing materials selection, installation techniques, and contemporary compatibility.

Featured Speakers: Faye Harwell, FASLA, Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc.; Mary Wolf, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Lisa Delplace, ASLA, Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects

$60 per person; Includes transportation, and bottled water. Lunch on your own.

3.25 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

9:30 am–4:30 pm
Glenstone: Landscape for Art

Join Peter Walker and his partner Adam Greenspan for a tour of this privately owned museum and sculpture park with a permanent collection featuring some of the most impressive art and architecture of the 20th century. This field session offers a special opportunity to visit the full grounds and museum collection, including outdoor pieces by Richard Serra, Tony Smith, and Andrew Goldsworthy and indoor works by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. For nearly 10 years, PWP has been collaborating with the owner and Gwathmey Siegel Architects to transform this 150-acre property into a park that actively engages the visitor with the Potomac Valley ecosystem.

Learning Objectives

  • Absorb this integrated design respectful of scale, landform, planting design, and monumental works of art.
  • Discover the artful blend of meadow and forest restoration, stormwater design, and long-term maintenance.
  • See how 200 large relocated trees have thrived over six years, and a recently relocated 80-foot sycamore

Featured Speakers: Peter Walker, FASLA, and Adam Greenspan, ASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture

$120 per person; Includes transportation, box lunch, and bottled water.

4 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, NY/HSW, FL

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July 1, 2010

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August 6, 2010


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