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2014 Activities

We asked chapters and individual members to keep us up to date on their activities. Is your chapter not live? Tell us about your event with the Chapter activity form. We'll update frequently.

arizona 

NLAM Lecture Series
April 3, 10, 22, & 29

Description:
Landscape architects will provide conversations on how public and private designs contribute to community, as well as individual, healthy places. This is the third year landscape architects in Tucson have done these presentations to the public for NLAM.

Contact:
Irene Ogata, PLA
520.260.2421


ALASKA

Garden Design Workshops
April 14, 22

Description:
This event is hosted by the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (AK ASLA) and is our largest and most intensive community outreach effort. The Garden Design Workshop is an opportunity for our membership of local landscape architects and designers to reach out into the community and teach what they know to enthusiastic participants.

Contact:
Garden Design Workshop
 

Saturday Design Session
April 26

Description:
Additionally, AK ASLA members will take part in a Saturday design session at the Community Center at Loussac Place as part of the workshops.

Contact:
Garden Design Workshop

boston 

Lecture: Andrea Cochran
April 10 

Description:
Landscape architect Andrea Cochran will be presenting a lecture at Calderwood Hall.

Contact:
Jeanne Lukenda

 

Lecture: Andrea Cochran
April 10

Description:
Landscape architect Andrea Cochran will be presenting a lecture at Calderwood Hall.

Contact:
Jeanne Lukenda

 

Movie Premiere: Frederick Law Olmsted
April 13

Description:
You are cordially invited to the premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, a one-hour film by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey. The film is a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. Executive Producers John Grant and David Rotterman. Narrated by Stockard Channing.

Contact:
Jeanne Lukenda  


California, northern 

Film Presentation in Schools: Green Fire
April 17

Description:
The ASLA-NCC is partnering with the US Forest Service to show the movie 'Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time' to a group of juniors and seniors at Vallejo High School in Vallejo, CA on April 17th. The film discusses Aldo Leopold’s most enduring idea, the “land ethic,” a moral responsibility of humans to the natural world and to each other. The US Forest Service and the ASLA would like to introduce this idea of a land ethic to help connect an increasingly urban population to an increasingly threatened natural world, and introduce a variety of activities and career paths that touch on these issues.

Contact:
Anita Bueno
510.282.4918


California, Sierra

Grant High School Presentation
April 25

Description:
Sierra Chapter professionals and current UC Davis landscape architecture students will present to students enrolled in Grant High School's Geo Academy, a program whose mission is to teach youth how to create healthy, sustainable communities. The presentation will include real world projects by local landscape architects and students which implement those concepts and show them where they can learn more about becoming a landscape architect.

Contact:
Dalton LaVoie
805.801.6981


Colorado

Doors Open Denver!
April 12 - 13

Description:
A host of landscape architects will be enthusiastically participating in this year's Doors Open Denver event which offers guided tours of carefully selected Denver buildings and landmark parks. Thanks largely to Colorado ASLA's own Susan McCabe's efforts, ASLA's presence and participation in this highly popular and publicized event is growing rapidly every year. Landscape architects from the Denver community will be leading multiple tours throughout Denver's dynamic park system with ample support from the ASLA student chapter as well. We will have our own booth at the headquarters as well staffed by ASLA volunteers to further promote landscape architecture in Denver to the general public.

Contact:
Jesse Young
303.523.0471


connecticut

Advocacy Day
April 9

Description:
CTASLA will raise awareness of the profession as well as the important advocacy events to state legislators on April 9th as part of their Advocacy Day.

Contact:
Bill Pollack


florida 

What's Out There Weekend: Miami
April 12 - 13

Description:
What’s Out There Weekend Miami, scheduled for April 12 & 13, will offer tours of lush, tropical flora and landscapes from Palm Beach down to Cutler Bay. The tours reveal anecdotes and stories about city shaping, landscape architecture, and design history. Many are places people pass daily, but do we know their background stories?

Contact:
Nord Wennerstrom
202.483.0553


georgia 

Earth Day Savannah
April 19

Description:
ASLA Georgia's Savannah Section will be in Forsyth Park on April 19th to join the Earth Day festivities. There will be a booth where attendees can get "tattooed" with their green logo for free, while supplies last.

Contact:
Charles Taylor

Frederick Law Olmsted Annual Luncheon
April 24

Description:
Please Join the Georgia Chapter on Thursday April 24, 2014 for their annual Olmsted Luncheon. Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Ph.D. will speak on Boston landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff (1870-1957). Lunch will be served promptly at noon in the Members Room of McElreath Hall on the Atlanta History Center campus in Buckhead. We will retire from lunch to the adjacent auditorium for the lecture.

Contact:
Matt Wilder
404.405.4261


Idaho/Montana 

Governor's Proclamation (Idaho)
April 

Description:
Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter celebrated the importance of the discipline of landscape architecture in a statement to the public, before officially proclaiming April as Landscape Architecture Month in the state of Idaho.

Contact:
Kent Watson

Governor's Proclamation (Montana
April 

Description:
Montana Governor Steve Bullock celebrated the importance of the discipline of landscape architecture in a statement to the public, before officially proclaiming April as Landscape Architecture Month in the state of Montana.

Contact:
Kent Watson  


illinois 

Ask an LA Day
April 16

Description:
Come spread the word about what landscape architecture is and what we do in front of some of the most interesting and notable landscapes in the Chicago area. Spend an hour or so in the morning, lunch or evening in the spring sunshine talking to the person on the street about our profession.

Contact:
Cindy Anderson


Indiana 

Landscape Architecture in the Library
April 

Description:
ASLA Indiana has commissioned Outside the Box, a local non-profit that assists people with developmental disabilities, to create an art piece though their Studio OTB that shows all components of landscape architecture. As the Central Library takes pride in art pieces, this artwork will be in a section of the library which will draw kids to a section of books about Landscape architecture. The chapter hopes to make this a traveling artwork that can be taken to other locations.

Contact:
April Westcott
317.585.0167

Lecture at Indiana Landmarks Center
April 

Description:
To celebrate NLAM, Kurt Culbertson and JAmes Fadely presented a free lecture at the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis. Culbertson focused on history and contemporary relevance of George Kessler's interconnected park and boulevard design for the capital city. Fadely discussed Thomas Taggart, Mayor of Indianapolis from 1895-1901 and father of Indy's public parks system.

Contact:
April Westcott
317.585.0167

Mayoral Proclamation
April

Description:
In April, Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis, IN will sign a proclamation declaring April as National Landscape Architecture Month in the city of Indianapolis.

Contact:
April Westcott
317.585.0167

George Kessler Series
April 16, 17, 19

Description:
ASLA Indiana is promoting the Indiana Landmarks Foundation events during the week of April 14 which celebrate George Kessler, one of the founding fathers of landscape architecture in Indiana and across the country. The chapter not only provided sponsorship money, but they have qualified all of the events for LA CES credits.

Contact:
April Westcott
317.585.0167

Earth Day Indiana
April 26

Description:
Earth Day Indiana is an already large event that takes place in the White River Gardens. ASLA Indiana has secured a booth space there, so make sure to stop by if you're in the area. They will have the aforementioned art piece there as well as elements of a community pocket park. Located in the children's tent, they will have a make-and-take element for the kids. This will be a fun and engaging event.

Contact:
April Westcott 
317.585.0167


iowa 

2014 Mayor's Annual Ride (& Run) for Trails
April 19

Description:
In support of National Landscape Architecture Month, Iowa ASLA is participating in the 2014 Mayor's Annual Ride (& Run) for Trails in Des Moines. Join the chapter as a rider, runner or a volunteer at the rest stop and help them raise awareness of the landscape architecture profession, all while having a lot of fun.

Contact:
Brian Niedermyer


Kentucky 

LA Display and Presentation
April 11

Description:
KYASLA set up a booth to show examples of professional design projects and had a crowd of local students to talk to about landscape architecture. Thanks to all the volunteers that made this a great success and Louisville Metro Parks for putting this event together.

Contact:
Louis Johnson


michigan 

Palmer Park Presentation
April 19

Description:
Area landscape architects will present alternate master plan visions for Palmer Park, a 300-acre park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1880s, to the public. The planning process is a MiASLA and MiCNU community service project.

Contact:
David Mangum


Minnesota

Teaching the Design Process Through Math
April

Description:
Minnesota Chapter members are introducing third graders at FAIR School in downtown Minneapolis to the landscape architecture design process through a mathematics class. Members are volunteering to collaborate with teachers to create a new curriculum and materials, and to teach 7-week classes in April/early May. The FAIR School is a K-12 Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource community with a campus located in downtown Minneapolis. Chapter members collaborated with FAIR students last year on an innovative PARKing Day temporary pop-up park at a metered parking space downtown.

Contact:
Chris A. Behringer
763.233.2650 

Valued Places Video Competition
April

Description:
The Minnesota Chapter will launch a video competition in April, where members can submit 2.5 minute videos highlighting a landscape architect-designed space in our state. The spaces eligible for the competition are those featured in the book Valued Places: Landscape Architecture in Minnesota. Minnesota's Favorite Places and the People who Shaped Them, published in 2001 by the Chapter. The competition will run for one year, and selected winners will be awarded at our 2015 annual gala, and have their videos featured on our Chapter website.

Contact:
Matt Rentsch
612.638.0251

Mayoral Proclamation
April

Description:
In April, Mayor Don Ness of Duluth, MN will sign a proclamation declaring April as National Landscape Architecture Month in the city of Duluth.

Contact:
Heidi Bringman
218.279.2429


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Lecture: America's Romance with the English Garden
April 8

Description:
Gardeners everywhere have always been enchanted with the English garden style. Author and gardener Thomas Mickey will shed light on how this romance with the English garden began and how it has influenced horticulture and American gardens over the last 200 years. Mr. Mickey of Rye, New Hampshire is the author of the recently published book “America’s Romance with the English Garden’. He is also the author Best Garden Plants for New England. His garden column appears in the newspapers owned by Seacoast Media in Portsmouth, NH.

Contact:
Susanne Smith Meyer


New Jersey

Governor's Proclamation
April 

Description:
Governor Chris Christie congratulated the New Jersey Chapter of ASLA on its 50th anniversary and celebrated the importance of the discipline of landscape architecture in a statement to the public, before officially proclaiming April as Landscape Architecture Month in New Jersey.

Contact:
Nick Tufaro


NEW mexico

Walk. Bike. Ride
April 11

Description:
Join ASLA New Mexico for their third annual Multimodal Experience lecture and tour. The morning session will include exciting speakers and fascinating transportation-related topics. This will be closely followed by a "multi-modal" bus, walking, and bike tour through Albuquerque. 


NEW YORK

Lecture Series: Global Perspectives
April 9, 22, & 29

Description:
This year’s National Landscape Architecture Month lecture series will focus on landscape architecture projects taking place in locations other than New York – with a special emphasis on international projects. Programs will include discussions about the challenges of working overseas, special projects and other related subjects.

Contact:
ASLA-NY Director 


NEW YORK UPSTATE 

Landscape Restoration at Binghamton Boys & Girls Club
April 25

Description:
This year’s National Landscape Architecture Month lecture series will focus on landscape architecture projects taking place in locations other than New York – with a special emphasis on international projects. Programs will include discussions about the challenges of working overseas, special projects and other related subjects.

Contact:
Michael Haas 
607.723.6005 


NORTH CAROLINA 

Designing a Park with Students
April 

Description:
Through the month, landscape architects and middle and high school students will work together to design a park.

Contact:
Howard Capps
910.264.1998


ohio 

Earth Day at Marion Correctional Institution
April 22

Description:
Marion Correctional‘s Green Tech Conference: elements. This event will consist of guest speakers from the emerging Green sector. The Department of Corrections Operations Support Center will be showcasing a Green Jobs Fair to inform individuals about the opportunities in their communities and across the state. We invite you to come out and spend this Earth Day with us.

Contact:
Chris Laster
614.232.3078

NLAM Tree Planting Initiative
April 26

Description:
Please join us on April 26th as we join with the Bosswood Tree Initiative at Wolfe Park to aid in planting multiple new trees. The event starts at 12 p.m. and will end around 3 p.m. Water and drinks will be provided. Bring gloves and a great attitude. Anyone, including families, is welcome to join in. We hope to see you there to celebrate Landscape Architecture and enjoy the Spring weather in Columbus. 

Contact:
Carmine Russo
614.232.3105


Oklahoma 

Blitz the Capitol
April 1

Description:
OKASLA has partnered with AIA Oklahoma to stage our most important advocacy event of the year. 2014 is a sunset year for our practice act and OKASLA has worked hard to keep our place at the table. It is crucial we appear in force at the Capitol and be visible to our Legislator this year to reinforce the absolute legitimacy of our licensure law, and the need for lawmakers to understand what we do and how vital we are to the economic and environmental interests of our State. These actions increase our visibility and provide valuable one-on-one time with the legislators we need to further our business interests and remove barriers to practice.


pennsylvania / delaware 

Design Charrette
April 10–12

Description:
The Western Section of PA/DE ASLA is holding a two-and-a-half day charrette that will involve LAs and several sister professions along with members of the public.

Contact:
Lisa A. Kunst Vavro
412.263.1753

Public Capstone Review and Reception
April 17

Description:
Chatham University is one of the few institutions in Western Pennsylvania taking this unique design leap while embracing Community-Based Studios as a catalyst towards the design of built and natural environments that are sensitive to human needs. The plethora of student projects and redevelopment proposals related to the North Oakland community could serve as a robust forum for social responsibility, public awareness, and renewed interest in academic and community partners.

Contact:
Julia M. Morrison
412.965.7875

Governor's Proclamation 
April

Description:
Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed April 2014 as National Landscape Architecture Month in the state of Pennsylvania.

Contact:
Carl Kelemen


Potomac 

Meridian Hill Park Tour
April 26

Description:
Join Potomac ASLA for a continuing education workshop highlighting the history of Meridian Hill Park and providing a review of recent and current preservation projects planned for this historic landscape, designed and constructed from 1914 through 1936. The morning will begin with a walking tour of Meridian Hill Park led by Rebecca Karcher, Acting Chief of Interpretive Service for NPS Rock Creek Park.

Contact:
Stephanie Winnicki


SAN DIEGO 

Lecture: Mark W. Johnson, FASLA
April 8

Description:
Mark Johnson has achieved national recognition for leadership and design of complex urban park, plaza, waterfront and public space projects. In San Diego he has been lead designer for the North Embarcadero, Convention Center Expansion, Lane Field and Plaza de Panama projects.

Contact:
Delle Willett
619.665.5981

Workshop: Revitalize Balboa Park's Zoro Butterfly Garden
April 11

Description:
People who love Balboa Park and who want to learn how to conserve water from the experts are invited to join the American Society of Landscape Architects San Diego Chapter (ASLA-SD) to celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month in a one-day event that includes a hands-on workshop to revitalize Balboa Park’s Zoro Butterfly Garden with water-conserving plants, storm-water catchment and an irrigation retrofit. The event is planned for April 11 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Zoro Butterfly Garden, between the Museum of Photographic Arts and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Contact:
Delle Willett
 619.665.5981

Lecture: Creation of Balboa Park
April 19

Description:
The Friends of San Diego Architecture (FSDA) Lecture Series have invited Vicki Estrada, FASLA, APA, President of Estrada Land Planning to join a distinguished list of professionals participating in the FSDA Lecture Series, Bringing the World Together: The Panama-California Exposition Centennial Lectures.

Contact:
Delle Willett
619.665.5981

LandArch Office Tour
April 

Description:
More information coming soon!

Contact:
Delle Willett
619.665.5981


South carolina

Pegasus Garden
April (Postponed due to weather)

Description:
An SC ASLA member, along with volunteers, is working on a garden for a school in North Charleston. This three year project will be finished in April, along with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony. The garden was crowdfunded by students and members of the local community.

Contact:
J.R. Kramer


st louis 

Earth Day Celebrations
April 22

Description:
Representatives from St. Louis ASLA will be in Citygarden in Downtown St. Louis spreading the word about landscape architecture to the public on April 22.

Contact:
Aaron Defenbaugh


tennessee 

Design and Presentations at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area
April 19

Description:
Partnering with the Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, the University of Tennessee's Student ASLA, East-Tennessee Section ASLA, and newly formed South-East Section ASLA members will educate park visitors and protect the historical and ecological resources. Unique features on the site provide opportunities for interpretive signage, miles of pedestrian trails, and much more. Panoramic overlooks, deep gourges, waterfalls, cascades, unique bridges, and bluffs all adorn this wonderful state natural area and regional destination. Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is 2,259-acres and part of the Cumberland Trail network.

Contact:
Cameron R. Rodman
865.278.4365


TEXAS

Renegade Landscape Architects: Planting in 4D
April 12

Description:
The Houston/Gulf Coast Section of Texas ASLA will be in full force spreading the word of landscape architecture while providing a fun outreach activity for children: seed bombs! Using donated soils and wildflower seeds kids will be encouraged to get their hands dirty and create a seed bomb to spread greenery throughout the urban landscape. Maps will be used to track each location so the full impact of the message is spread.

Contact:
V. Eric Perez
713.992.1781


Vermont

Flynn Theater Garden Tour
April 

Description:
In response to a Vermont Public Radio ad, the Flynn Theater (Burlington, Vermont's main theater) invited VTASLA to participate in selecting gardens for a Garden Tour as well as helping lead these public tours, all in celebration of NLAM.

Contact:
Ann Milovsoroff

Film Screening
April 30

Description:
Vermont ASLA is co-sponsoring—along with the New England chapter of CNU—a special screening of an important film making the rounds on the Film Festival circuit. "The Human Scale" is a new documentary film about the work of Danish Architect Jan Gehl and how his human centered approach to urban design is revolutionizing urban places around the world.

Contact:
Ann Milovsoroff 

STEM Presentation, Chester VT
April 

Description:
A VTASLA member participated in a panel on STEM at a high school in Chester VT. The presenter described the profession and how math and science are basic to it and highlighted the exciting aspects of landscape architecture to the teens in attendance.

Contact:
Ann Milovsoroff  


UTAH

LAEP House Project
April 10

Description:
In the fall of 2013, Professor Phillip Waite taught the first offering of a new course, LAEP 4150 – Field Studio Experience. The new course is the third course in LAEP’s construction sequence. The goal of LAEP 4150 is to make explicit the connections between design and construction. This is a service project to finish up the new LAEP House on the Utah State Campus.

Contact:
Keith Christensen


wisconsin

Capitol Display
April 

Description:
University of Wisconsin at Madison (UWM) landscape architecture students will display their designs at the Madison Capitol Building for an entire week in honor of National Landscape Architecture Month.

Contact:
Pamela Linn


asla national

NLAM Pledge
Signatures as of 4/2: 79

Description:
Throughout the month of April, ASLA invites all landscape architects, members, and students to take the NLAM pledge. It's easy: With brand new career discovery packets in hand, go into one, two, or even thirty middle or high schools near you and introduce the profession to the guidance counselor.

It's a small step, but it will establish connections that you can build on in future years, as well as convince future college students to major in landscape architecture. Email the contact below to sign the pledge.

Contact:
NLAM


NBM | World Premiere: From Sea to Shining Sea
April 6

Description:
Filmmaker Evan Mather takes viewers on a cross-country journey in the world premiere of From Sea to Shining Sea, a contemporary portrait of the American landscape.

Contact:
Phillip Stamper-Halpin

NBM | Spotlight on Design: Reed Hilderbrand and the Legacy of Dan Kiley
April 23

Description:
Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley’s (1912–2004) emphasis on formal geometry had a great influence over generations of practitioners, including Douglas Reed, FASLA, and Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA. The duo, founding principals of Reed Hilderbrand discuss their current work in a presentation introduced by Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA.

Contact:
Phillip Stamper-Halpin


ASLA Member Events

Communities, Landscapes and Watersheds
April 

Description:
José Juan Terrasa-Soler, PLA, ASLA, presented the conference "Communities, Landscapes and Watersheds: An Integrated Vision for the Protection of Puerto Rico's Ecosystems," as part of this year's NLAM events celebrated in Puerto Rico. The conference was presented with Mr. Jéiger Medina, an environmental health specialist that participated in various of the showcased projects. The week-long celebrations were organized by the College of Architects and Landscape Architects of Puerto Rico, the local professional organization representing the design professions.

Contact:
José Juan Terrasa-Soler