Michigan ASLA is delighted to present the 2013 Michigan ASLA Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Landscape Architecture”. We will be returning to the Henry Center for Executive Development on Michigan State University’s campus (3535 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI) in East Lansing.
Following on last year’s success, we will be offering a social event at Dublin Square in East Lansing on September 11 for attendees and exhibitors. We now have registration available online and would love to have you support the Chapter with your presence and support. On Thursday, September 12, we will have our day of educational sessions and awards dinner at the Henry Center. We will celebrate our 2013 Chapter Awards with a dinner/presentation at the Henry Center/University Club that evening.
We are excited to host a nationally renowned keynote speaker, Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA CNU. Ms. Bothwell is a nationally recognized contributor to the walkable, mixed-use, healthy and sustainable community development movement. She is a city and town planner and a landscape architect. She was the founder and Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Livable Communities. Ms. Bothwell is also a former Director and Treasurer of the national organization, the Congress for the New Urbanism. Her presentation is sponsored by Victor Stanley, Inc.
We are also excited to announce that our exhibitor hall has sold out! Please be sure to visit the 22 booths for renewed acquaintances and up-to-date industry information!
Online registration will close after 09.06.13. Registration will still be available up the event — please
fax your registration form to the Michigan ASLA office at 517.485.9408
Do you know of any emerging professionals that are preparing to sit for the LARE? MiASLA is pleased to invite Emerging Professionals and LARE Candidates to participate in a fast moving session to review the content of
Section 1 & 2 in a one hour session as well as the content for Section 3 and 4 for (2) two hour sessions. The session uses a proven, affordable format featuring one book of study materials per section published by PPI, Inc. The proven course format has helped over 300 successful candidates since 2008 offered by Illinois, Washington, Louisiana, Tennessee, Prairie Gateway and Sierra (CA) Chapters, with instruction by landscape architect Matt Mathes, PLA, ASLA. The instructor speaks nationally as a published author and recognized expert on LARE content. Each participant will get a copy of the PPN review books for Sections 3 and 4 to keep (a $130 value). Learn more here.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
- 5:30 – 8:00 pm
- Social Event @ Dublin Square, 327 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI, Sponsored by Pine Hall Brick and Spartan Distributors, Inc.
Join us for a networking and relaxing event with friendly acquaintances for the second year in a row. (Cash bar/menu)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
- 7:30 – 8:30 am
- Registration, Continental Breakfast And Networking, Sponsored by OCBA, Inc.
- 8:30 – 9:00 am
- Welcome and ASLA Chapter & National Business
- 9:00 – 10:00 am
- Local Lobbying – Chad Danos, FASLA, PLA – National ASLA VP of Government Affairs & Special Guest, State Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing)
A Louisiana State University graduate of Landscape Architecture with a BLA, Chad has
spent the past twenty-three years of his professional career involved with ASLA. As chapter
president, he elevated Louisiana ASLA’s presence as an organization serving the interest of
landscape architects in the state. He began serving as chapter trustee in 2003, the same year
the chapter hosted the ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Since 2010, he has been the
sole landscape architect representative on the Louisiana Horticulture Commission (ie:
Louisiana’s licensing board) and was inducted as an ASLA Fellow in 2011. Chad is here
today in his current role as ASLA’s Vice President of Government Affairs to discuss the
importance of advocacy at state and local levels of government.
- LARE Overview Session – Sections 1 and 2 – Matthew Mathes, PLA, ASLA (Closed session for LARE Review Registrants)
This Overview Session will include an overview of LARE Exam Specifications, Basic Problem
Types, Exam Trends & Success Factors, drilling on basic problem types and vocabulary of
key terms and Individual Prep Plans based on Strengths and Weaknesses.
- 10:00 – 10:30 am
- Break with Exhibitors, Sponsored by Superior Play
- 10:30 – 11:45 am
- INSIDE THE NEW URBANISM: A Landscape Architect’s Story – Keynote Presentation by Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA CNU, Sponsored by Victor Stanley, Inc.
I began my studies of the landscape in an academic context focused on design and environment. But it was New Urbanism that became the framework within which I came to think about and act on the world around me.
In the earliest days of this movement, the emphasis was on the design and placement of buildings to create a public realm at the neighborhood, town and city scales. However, the role of the landscape architect was yet to be as developed as it has become in recent years as conversations have expanded to regional and global issues.
Through practice, policy, writing, and advocacy, I have tried with others to expand the LA’s role at all scales and arenas and will share some of those experiences with you: looking at how to describe our role ever more clearly and continue to expand our influence in the creation and preservation of our human and natural communities.
This will include presentation of key projects and practice changing efforts that demonstrate a variety of opportunities for us including East Beach, Virginia, an ongoing development of a new town on a brownfield site where I am the Town Landscape Architect; work with HUD on ground-breaking efforts to embrace excellence in design and community development in public housing and neighborhoods, and new efforts in regional sustainability.
Whether we call it new, good, lean, landscape, adaptive, sustainable, or complementary urbanism, we must decide what kind of human settlements we wish to create and sustain in view of the social, economic and environmental challenges we face in the world ahead.
- 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
- Lunch with Exhibitors, Sponsored by SmithGroup JJR and Proven Winners Colorchoice
2013 Student ASLA Honor/Merit Awards Winners & President’s Awards Presentation. MiASLA is proud to honor the top influencers of today and tomorrow!
- 1:00 – 5:00 pm
- LARE Review Session, Sections 3 and 4 – Matthew Mathes, PLA, ASLA (Closed session for LARE Review Registrants), Sponsored by The Toro Company
MiASLA is pleased to invite Emerging Professionals and LARE Candidates to participate in a fast
moving session to review the content of Sections 3 and 4 for (2) two-hour sessions. The format
enables candidates to view strengths and weakness, to preview problem styles, experience drilling,
and discover success factors as well as hear an overview of exam content to enhance overall exam
performance. The session features slides, allows for discussion and individual questions, plus
supplemental handouts and post session follow-up via email. The session uses a proven, affordable
format featuring one book of study materials per section published by PPI, Inc. This proven course
format has helped over 300 successful candidates since 2008 offered by Illinois, Washington,
Louisiana, Tennessee, Prairie Gateway and Sierra (CA) Chapters, with instruction by landscape
architect Matt Mathes, PLA, ASLA. Each participant will get a copy of the PPN review books for
Sections 3 and 4 to keep (a $130 Value).
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm
- BREAKOUT SESSION I
- Landscape Performance Series – Showing Value to Create Change – Heather Whitlow & Bill Main, Hon. ASLA, Speakers Underwritten by Landscape Forms, Inc.
- BREAKOUT SESSION I
Join Heather Whitlow and Bill Main from the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) for a
presentation and discussion on the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to creating change and achieving sustainability. LAF will provide an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help you quantify benefits, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. Learn how the Case Study Briefs, Benefits Toolkit, and Fast Facts can be used to demonstrate the impact of your projects, showcase your work, and provide the content to effectively advocate to your client, community, or Capitol Hill.
- AEC Social Media in Action: A Conversation with the Author – Amanda Walter
Built environment professionals and firms are jumping into social networks faster than ever before,
but just being there isn’t enough. Take a step back from your status updates, tweets and pins to
consider what success looks like. Author Amanda Walter presents case studies from landscape
architecture firms and other professions that deliver real value to the brand and the firms. Amanda will facilitate an interactive discussion and exchange of ideas about objectives, content strategies, and uses for social tools in projects. This session will touch on personal brand development, small firm resource constraints and whatever other challenges you choose to bring up.
- Landscape Architects and the New Urbanism in Michigan – Robert J. Gibbs, PLA, ASLA, CNU-A & Mark Miller, AIA AICP
This fast-paced program will review historic and new town centers planned by landscape architects throughout Michigan. The session will review the 1920’s company towns planned by the renowned John Nolen, as well as projects by other noted landscape architects. The session will also review postwar New Urbanist communities including Westwood Commons, Cherry Hill, Macomb Town Center, the new neighborhood and many others. Mark Miller of Nederveld, Inc. will also share some projects. Participants will gain an understanding of the theory and practice of new town planning and design, and lessons learned from their planning and implementation.
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm
- BREAKOUT SESSION 2
- Successful Office Practices – Chad Danos, FASLA, PLA & Pam Blough, FASLA, PLA
- BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Seasoned professionals with decades of experience as employees, owners, principals, business partners and in the public and private sectors share their wisdom for professionals at all stages in their careers. What does it mean to be a successful employee, leader, business partner or owner?
- LED Lighting – Design, Technology, Ecology – Scott Reinholt, ASLA (+1 CEU LA CES)
Advanced technology has made LED-lighting a viable solution for outdoor environments. The
unwanted side-effects of traditional lighting: wasted energy, maintenance costs, and the negative
visual and environmental impacts of over-illumination, are driving the adoption of LED lighting
for many projects. This session covers cutting edge information about human interaction with color, contrast, and glare that enhance the visual experience while protecting the environment. This presentation provides concepts that leave participants armed to evaluate LED-lighting for future projects. Solid State/LED technology is an important facet to sustainable site design.
- AEC Social Media in Action: A Conversation with the Author – Amanda Walter
Built environment professionals and firms are jumping into social networks faster than ever before, but just being there isn’t enough. Take a step back from your status updates, tweets and pins to consider what success looks like. Author Amanda Walter presents case studies from landscape architecture firms and other professions that deliver real value to the brand and the firms. Amanda will facilitate an interactive discussion and exchange of ideas about objectives, content strategies, and uses for social tools in projects. This session will touch on personal brand development, small firm resource constraints and whatever other challenges you choose to bring up.
- 3:00 – 3:45 pm
- Break with Exhibitors
- 3:45 – 4:45 pm
- BREAKOUT SESSION 3
- BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Join Heather Whitlow and Bill Main from the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) for a presentation and discussion on the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to creating change and achieving sustainability. LAF will provide an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help you quantify benefits, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. Learn how the Case Study Briefs, Benefits Toolkit, and Fast Facts can be used to demonstrate the impact of your projects, showcase your work, and provide the content to effectively advocate to your client, community, or Capitol Hill.
- LED Lighting – Design, Technology, Ecology – Scott Reinholt, ASLA (+1 CEU LA CES)
Advanced technology has made LED-lighting a viable solution for outdoor environments. The unwanted side-effects of traditional lighting: wasted energy, maintenance costs, and the negative visual and environmental impacts of over-illumination, are driving the adoption of LED lighting for many projects. This session covers cutting edge information about human interaction with color, contrast, and glare that enhance the visual experience while protecting the environment. This presentation provides concepts that leave participants armed to evaluate LED-lighting for future projects. Solid State/LED technology is an important facet to sustainable site design.
- 4:45 – 5:45 pm
- President’s Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by Region Level Promotional Bundle Supporter, Landscape Forms, Inc.
- 5:45 – 7:45 pm
- Chapter Awards Dinner & 2013 Chapter Awards Presentation, Sponsored by Site Level Promotional Bundle Supporter, Ironsmith
Keynote Speaker, Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA CNU
As principal of Stephanie Bothwell Urban and Landscape Design, Washington, DC, Ms. Bothwell is a nationally recognized contributor to the walkable, mixed-use, healthy and sustainable community development movement. She is a city and town planner and a landscape architect. Her practice ranges from local residential to large-scale public projects such as the Long Beach, Mississippi Post Katrina Conceptual Plan Development. She designs civic spaces as Consulting Town Landscape Architect for the award winning new community of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia a brownfield redevelopment site; she recently worked with HUD on the formation and administration of Sustainable Communities Regional and Community Challenge Grant programs that address the relationship between mixed-use development, open space and transportation.
Ms. Bothwell was the founder and Director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Livable Communities, where she worked with design professionals and local, state and federal officials to promote more sustainable planning and building practices. Later, consulting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, she brought design, planning and health professionals together to collaborate on building a healthier world through design.
Prior to that, she was Senior Landscape Architect for the City of Boston neighborhood open space, housing and transportation redevelopment programs including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Earlier projects have included the creation of the acclaimed new town of Baldwin Park created from the OrlandoNavalTrainingCenter in Florida, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Clemente Park Revitalization Plan for Ft. Meyer, Florida, and the redesign plans for Washington, DC’s Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Since its inception in the early 90’s, she has worked extensively on HOPE VI projects and program development with HUD, during which she instituted training programs, conferences and partnerships. HOPE VI’s innovative and transformative program is currently being adopted and expanded by the current administration into the Choice Neighborhoods Program.
She has won numerous prizes and has lectured extensively across the country on the role of landscape in the creation of community. Her writing and projects appear in various publications. She contributed to the awarded publication The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary, Rizzoli Press. She co-authored The Windsor Forum on Design Education, an exploration of the future of design education, and Restoring Community through Traditional Neighborhood Design: A Case Study of Diggs Town Public Housing for Fannie Mae Foundation Housing Policy Debate Journal. The second edition of the Charter of the New Urbanism has just been released.
Ms. Bothwell is a former Director and Treasurer of the national organization dedicated to the rediscovery of traditional urbanism redefined for the 21st century, the Congress for the New Urbanism. She is also the co-founder, President and Board Chair of its DC Chapter, CNU-DC.
Since receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Ms. Bothwell has served on the faculties of the Rhode Island School of Design, Radcliffe College, and the Boston Architectural Center, and was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. She is currently a faculty member and advisor with the National Charrette Institute.
Pamela M. Blough, FASLA, PLA
As a practicing landscape architect, manager, business owner, and partner of PMB/PLaCE Studios, Pam has experienced all levels of successful practice in traditional for profit and government offices. Currently she is exploring practicing with a business partner located in Charleston, South Carolina utilizing and exploring virtual officing. For the last few years Pam has been an instructor for the Professional Practice class for landscape architecture students at the MSU School of Planning Design and Construction. She is a graduate of MSU with BLA and MBA degrees. As an active member of ASLA, she is a past Michigan Chapter President, National ASLA Trustee, and National ASLA Vice President of Finance. Personally she conducts national independent research on emerging trends in landscape architecture hiring practices and business methods.
Chad Danos, FASLA, PLA
Over the past 23 years, Chad has practiced landscape architecture in every facet of the profession. He began his career in the public sector, taught three semesters as an adjunct instructor at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, and has been in private practice for the majority of his career. In private practice, he has been an employee, an owner, principal, a business partner, and a business unit leader for a variety of business organization types. Chad will share some of his thoughts on what it takes to be a successful employee, leader, business partner, and owner.
Robert Gibbs, ASLA, PLA, CNU-A
Robert Gibbs is a Professional Landscape Architect in Michigan and North Carolina and earned an MLA from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Gibbs founded Gibbs Planning Group in 1988 with prior experience at JJR/Smith and Taubman Centers.
Gibbs has published numerous articles and is author of Principles for Urban Retail Planning & Development and the Smart Code Growth Manual - Retail Module. He also co-authored Sustainable Urbanism, The New Urbanism and Beyond, The Language of Towns & Cities and New Urbanism Best Practices. Gibbs has also been profiled in Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
In 2012, Gibbs was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions in urban planning and development. Gibbs has served as a National Endowment of the Arts, Harvard University Mayor’s Institute Faculty; a Visiting Distinguished Lecturer, Royal Society of Planners, Dublin, Ireland, and a Distinguished Lecturer, Rutgers University, Walt Whitman School of Government and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand.
Gibbs has also earned three Michigan ASLA Merit Awards and received an APA Award of Excellence for the St. Lucie County Master Plan, FL (TCRPC lead); a ULI National Award of Excellence for The Glen Town Center (sub consultant) and a Canadian National ULI Award for East Fraserlands, BC).
Gibbs has contributed to over 400 master plans across the U.S. and abroad, including Alexandria, Australia, Birmingham, Charleston, Detroit, Disney, England, Houston, Marquette and New Zealand. He also planned Michigan’s first ten New Urban communities and their Form-Based Codes.
A frequent speaker, Gibbs has also been the keynote presentation for the National Main Street Conference and the ICSC Research Council National Conference. He has been a presenter at the U.S. and Europe’s Congress for the New Urbanism’s National Conferences (1992-2012), as well as an instructor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Executive Education since 1996.
Gibbs presently serves on the Board of Directors of Michigan’s ASLA and CNU and is active in his home community of Birmingham.
Bill Main, Honorary ASLA
Bill Main joined Landscape Forms in 1985 as National Sales Manager. He assumed full marketing responsibilities soon after. Mr. Main was named General Manager in 1989 and became President 1993. In 2011 he appointed a successor and took the role of Executive Chairman.
In 2005 he was selected to be an Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in recognition of significant achievements and notable service to the profession of landscape architecture.
He is the co-author of “Site Furnishings, A Complete Guide to the Planning, Selection, and Use of Landscape Furniture and Amenities”, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.
He is currently President and serves on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. In 1996 and 1997 Mr. Main served as Chairman of the Scanlon Leadership Network. He also served on the Scanlon Board for many years. The Scanlon Leadership Network is a non-profit association of companies that have a corporate culture rooted in the Scanlon Principles of Identity, Participation, Competence, and Equity. Scanlon Principles have been helping Landscape Forms grow and prospersince they were adopted in 1981. He has also served on boards for other organizations, both corporate and non-profit.
Bill Main earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Michigan State University in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Michigan State University in 1980.
Matthew Mathes, ASLA, PLA
Matt Mathes, PLA, ASLA is a licensed landscape architect in 4 states who has taught LARE review sessions for the past 17 years. He is a book author for Section 1 LARE review prep materials first introduced in 2005 by Professional Publications, Inc. He is currently active on the national ASLA LARE Prep Subcommittee and serves as Water Conservation PPN Chair. He organizes and teaches sessions all 4 sections of LARE prep reviews for Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Sierra Northern California and Washington ASLA Chapters. His practice includes private consultant and public agency staff roles in the SE, SW and NW US.
Mark F. Miller, AIA AICP
Mark Miller is an architect and planner for Nederveld in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at Nederveld his work has been centered on urban design and planning, including two area specific plans in the city of Grand Rapids, a framework plan for the Grand Rapids DDA, form-based codes in Hudsonville, Kentwood and Wyoming and the Turn-On 28th Street corridor plan. Mr. Miller is the past-president of the AIA Grand Valley, former chairman of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a NCI Certified Charrette Planner. He is committed to the continued resurgence of urban living and resides in the diverse and walkable Heritage Hill historic district in an Arts and Crafts home built in 1912, with his wife and their three children.
Scott Reinholt, ASLA, PLA
Scott Reinholt is the National Sales Manager at Landscape Forms, is a Registered Landscape Architect and member of ASLA. Scott is a Past President of the Michigan ASLA Chapter and prior to joining Landscape Forms spent 16 years as a practicing landscape architect, working on a multitude of project types and using lighting as a major design component. With a passion for good design and a strong technical knowledge, Scott spends a majority of his time presenting information about Landscape Forms products and the importance of good design.
Amanda Walter started Walter Communications to help landscape, architecture and urban planning firms build thought leadership programs and multi-channel communications campaigns that shape reputations for subject-matter experts. Prior to starting her practice, Amanda spent a decade as an in-house communications executive at AECOM and at EDAW before that. Amanda regularly speaks at A/E professional events and her articles have been published in Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis POV and a variety of industry blogs. Visit www.waltercomms.com to learn more and connect with Amanda.
Heather Whitlow, Director of Programs & Communications, Landscape Architecture Foundation
With a background in urban planning, environmental engineering, and education Heather has spent the last decade promoting sustainable development through the use of green infrastructure and alternative transportation. She coordinates LAF’s Landscape Performance Series initiatives, scholarship programs and communications. Prior to joining LAF, she was the Director of Planning & Design at Casey Trees in Washington, DC where she worked closely with policy makers, residents, developers and designers to encourage the use of green infrastructure and promote policies and designs that increase tree canopy. Past experience also includes several years as a transportation planner in local and regional government, managing asset management programs, bike and pedestrian facilities construction projects, and GIS modeling. Heather holds B.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry from Michigan Technological University, and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland.
The venue has an attached hotel:
3545 Forest Road, Lansing, MI
Phone: (517) 351-8181
The Kellogg Center
219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI
Phone: (800) 875-5090
East Lansing Marriott
At University Place
300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, MI
Phone: (517) 337-4440
Special Thanks to our Supporters
Victor Stanley, Inc.
Landscape Forms, Inc.
Pine Hall Brick