Traverse City DDA – RFP for Design Services

The Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking proposals for design
and engineering for the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market space.

Proposals Due: 10:30 am, October 10, 2014

For more information, see the RFP on the DDA’s website:

Land Up – Friday, October 10, 2014, Chicago, IL

The Marketing and Business Development Workshop for Landscape Architecture

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM


Let’s grow. Land Up is a one-day marketing and business development workshop for the landscape architecture and architecture community. Be inspired. Learn how to market your firm and stand out in a crowd. Learn to be a better networker. Find out which marketing tactics work best, from social media to email to search engine optimization.

Land Up is limited to 100 landscape architects and architects from around the Midwest looking to grow their business. Last year’s event sold out so don’t wait to register. This is the perfect opportunity to meet firm owners and decision makers in an intimate learning and networking environment!

Land Up is produced by a5 in conjunction with the ILASLA Marketing Committee.

For more information, visit their website at

MSU LAAAB Distinguished Speaker Series – Oct. 9-10

Join MSU’s LAAAB as they welcome Ethan Carr, Olmsted Scholar and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – MSU Campus  128 Natural Sciences Building  Lansing, Michigan

‘Olmsted, Richardson, and VanRenssealer: Origins of Modern Landscape Design’

Registration at


Friday, October 10, 2014 – Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan

‘Frederick Law Olmsted: Portrait of a Designer’



For more information about both lectures, download the Brochure (PDF).

Become a MARKITECT: Build Your Firm’s Marketing Strategy

On November 6, 2014, SMPS Michigan and AIA Michigan will bring together clients, content experts, principals, technical professionals, business developers and marketers in a session focused entirely on building your firm’s marketing strategy. No matter whether your firm is small or large, if you’re a technical professional or a marketer, or even if you are a sole practitioner, this session is for you. Over the course of the day, you will:

1. Learn how to truly differentiate your firm, and yourself, from the competition You will be exposed to cutting-edge research, best practices, benchmarks, and marketing and business development ideas undefined information not available anywhere else undefined to position your firm more solidly in your markets.

2. Leverage best practices in strategic planning, marketing and business development. techniques: Using these scalable approaches, you will be able to develop a tailored approach for your firm or career.

3. Identify partnering opportunities, and strengthen relationships you already have.
The conference will give you a chance to build critical relationships and access the connections among the AIA, SMPS and other industry partners that are attending the session.

4. Secure business intelligence.
During conversations, presentations, and Q&A, you will discover what others know about upcoming projects and opportunities to win work.


November 6, 2014 – 8:00am – 4:45 pm


Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152

For more information, visit AIA Michigan’s website.

Built Environment Showcase – Michigan State University November 7, 2014


Green Burial Conference – October 11, 2014

A first-of-its-kind Green Burial Conference will be held on October 11, 2014 at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  Green burial is a growing trend that is attractive to many but how to achieve it remains illusive.  Learn about green burial options from local and national experts through panel discussion, presentation, and outdoor mock demonstration.

This conference is your opportunity to think about questions such as: Do you or a loved one want your body to go back to the earth naturally?  Would you like this choice to be available in your local cemetery?

To explore such questions and issues, Merilynne Rush, Ann Arbor-based green burial educator and home funeral advocate, is joined by an impressive array of speakers from within and without the funeral industry.  Discover the full web of choices.  Learn the practicalities of how to do a natural burial; discuss current practices and what families want; and have the opportunity to network with professionals.

Speakers include Charles Morris, President, Green Burial Council International, Mike Mitchell, licensed funeral director, Jack Goodnoe, landscape architect and cemetery planner and Barbara Lucas, producer and host of “The Green Room” on WEMU public radio and CTN television

Families, individuals, funeral directors, cemetery workers and environmentalists are invited.  As a bonus, A Will for the Woods, an award-winning green burial documentary chronicling one-man’s quest to leave a lasting legacy, will be shown Friday evening, October 10, at 7:30 pm with discussion to follow.

Space is limited!  Tickets for both events are available at  Matthaei Botanical Gardens is  located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  For  more information, contact Merilynne Rush at 734-395-9660  or, or visit

2014 SITES Advertising Opportunities

2014 SITES Media Kit is now available!  To reach approx. 600 recipients with printed quarterly publications and an additional 700 via e-mail for digital copies of the publication, click here for more information (or on the journal cover below)!

LARE Study Groups

MiASLA would like to assist in organizing informal study groups for the L.A.R.E. sessions in April 2014 and August 2014.  MiASLA will gather contact information for individuals studying for the L.A.R.E. in different regions of the state and help coordinate the formation of study groups.

If you are currently studying for the L.A.R.E and would like to participate in a study group, please email with your contact information including your name, phone number, and the preferred region of the state, as well as the sections and date of the exam that you are studying for.

Regions: Upper Peninsula, Northern, Western, Central, Southeastern

New Job Postings – Check It Out!

Check out new Michigan job postings on our Job Postings page!

2013 Michigan ASLA Chapter Award Winners

Congratulations to the seven project submissions that received the highest honors from Michigan ASLA’s 28th Annual Chapter Awards!  Graphic representation coming soon.

Landscape Architectural Design:


Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, MI

Michael J. Dul & Associates



Baylor University Sciences Building, Waco, TX

Harley Ellis Devereaux


Mill Creek Park, Dexter, MI

SmithGroup JJR, Inc.


Landscape Planning & Analysis:


Detroit Future City, Detroit, MI

Hamilton Anderson, Detroit Works Long Term Planning Team



Middlegrounds Metropark Master Plan, Toledo, OH

SmithGroup JJR, Inc.


River Raisin Heritage Corridor – East Master Plan, Monroe, MI

Beckett & Raeder, Inc.


Landscape Architectural Sustainability:


Delta Dental of Michigan Corporate Headquarters Campus, Okemos, MI

Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.

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