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LAF Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future

Landscape Architecture Foundation

On June 10-11 in Philadelphia, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is hosting an unprecedented Summit to set the course for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in the 21st century. Join the best minds and rising leaders to help propel the profession forward! LAF celebrates 50 years with this historic event.

For more information and to register, visit:
Early Bird registration ends April 1.

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“Building and Preserving South County”—the 31st Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference

North Kingstown and Exeter, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 30, 8:15am – 6pm

$40 includes all activities plus morning coffee, lunch, closing reception

This year’s statewide preservation conference considers the distinctive sense of place and culture in South County and looks at the social, economic, and cultural history expressed by the built environment. The event gets underway at Wickford Middle School with a keynote speech on how the institution of slavery indelibly shaped South County. The speech is followed by 12 workshops, 3 walking tours, 3 boat tours, and 7 bus tours of historic places in Exeter and North Kingstown, including farms, factories, houses, wharves, cemeteries, museums, and the former studio of architect  William D. Warner FAIA. Presented by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, the annual conference is a great opportunity to explore the field of historic preservation and network with professionals in the field.

For more information (and to register), visit or call (401)222-2078. Pre-registration is open until April 20; on-site registration will be available on April 30.


Fair Housing Accessibility First – Design and Construction Training

For the full flyer click here – Providence, RI flyer


The Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, which provides FREE trainings on the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act, funded through a HUD contract.

Will be providing a FREE training in Providence, RI. on 4/12/2016.

The event is sponsored by Roger Williams University & their School of Law.

A flyer with complete details is attached.

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Licensure Task Analysis

Support the profession during World Landscape Architecture Month

Protect the public’s health, safety and welfare…

Defend licensure and your scope of work…

Make your voice heard…

Participate in the Licensure Task Analysis

April 4-18

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BSLA Conference + Xpo

Landscape Architecture Conference + Xpo

Top Rated National Speakers

  • and all members of the Boston Chapter
  • What an opportunity
  • and all in one day
  • and no air fare!

Monday, April 11
Hyatt Regency Downtown Boston
Sessions from 8:30-4:15

Hosted by BSLA in collaboration with Victor Stanley, INC

Three choices at each time block!
Seating is limited – Sign up Today

Encore Presentations

(1.5 ceu’s each)
Full list and descriptions

Phytoremediation: Pollutant Purging Plants
Kate Kennen, ASLA, Offshoots, Inc.

The Innovative Use of Metal, Stone and Resin in the Contemporary Landscape
Mikyoung Kim, FASLA, Mikyoung Kim Design Group

Is It Working? Commissioning, Practical Measurement and Verification of Landscape Performance
Eric Kramer, ASLA, and Beka Sturges, Reed Hilderbrand

Public by Design
Panel including Cheri Ruane, ASLA, Spurr Design Studio; Gretchen Schneider, AIA, BSA; Russ Preston, Principal Group; and Ayako Maruyama, Design Studio for Social Innovation

Native to Spontaneous Flora: Developing Successful Plant Communities
Joseph Wahler, ASLA, Stephen Stimson Associates

NEWLY ADDED A Contemporary Walk through Water Management History
Heather Heimark, ASLA

Fieldbook Topics: Parks

(1.5 ceu’s pending)

Parklands from Parking Lots: The Landscapes of Fan Pier
Robyn Reed, ASLA and Sam Valentine, Associate ASLA, Richard Burck Associates

Over the last decade, Boston has seen its Seaport District rapidly transition from acres of surface parking to a new city of modern high-rises. Two landscape architects from Richard Burck Associates will discuss their firm’s work with The Fallon Company, which is developing 10 parcels in this waterfront district. Focus will be placed on what private development can contribute to the public realm, the unique opportunities and obstacles of oceanfront sites, and the construction detailing that RBA is employing to execute their designs.

Natural Systems Discourse : Landscape Architects Taking the Lead

(1.5 ceu’s pending)

Panel discussion moderated by David Gamble, AIA, whose book, Rebuilding the American City will be referenced. Panelists are Matthew Urbanski, ASLA, MVVA and Kirt Rieder, Hargreaves Associates

Landscape practices are leading the discourse about natural systems and the integration of open space in the large scale transformation of urban environments. This session will discuss the means by which three recently completed projects overcame barriers to redevelopment and were implemented during a tumultuous economic cycle. Philadelphia’s Penn Park, Chattanooga’s 21st Century Waterfront and Green Bay’s CityDeck have all helped to catalyze redevelopment in their downtowns. This panel will explore the creative means by which these projects were implemented and how the changing nature of practice facilitated their completion. Join us for a discussion about the changing nature of design practice. The session will be moderated by David Gamble, AIA AICP, whose recently completed book – “Rebuilding the American City”, with co-author Patty Heyday from Washington University – highlights these cases and more as exemplars for urban regeneration.

Programs from Product Experts

(1.0 ceu’s available*)

Considering Material Relevance for Design of Outdoor Spaces* (Landscape Forms)

Setting the Scene: The Guide to Landscape Lighting Techniques (Reflex Lighting)

Site Furnishings – Materials and Coatings* (ANOVA)

The Future of Landscape Irrigation Design (Aqueous Consultants)

Design by Excellence* (Landscape Structures)

Architectural Pavements and Design* (UniLock)

The Theory Behind Site Amenities Design (idMeltalco)

Plan for the Day

7:30 Xpo Tables and Coffee
8:00 Product Knowledge Workshops scheduled every hour
8:30 – 10: 00 Encore Presentations
10:30 – Noon Encore and Special Presentations
Noon – 1:30 Luncheon
1:30 – 3:00 Workshops (choice of 2)
3:15 – 4:45 Fieldbook and Encore Presentations


And goodies!

First 75 registrants receive a copy of Jacob Weidenmann: Pioneer Landscape Architect

Everyone gets a LA Conference + Xpo Notebook

Everyone receives a copy of January National Geographic, featuring an overview of the National Park Service, compliments of R.P. Marzilli, Inc.

Everyone receives a now out-of-print copy of , compliments of Weston Nurseries.

Everyone gets a terrific lunch!

Everyone is the first to hear about the 2016 BSLA Design Challenge