Women in Landscape Architecture: Preview of Annual Meeting Events

The WILA Walk at last year's Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. image: Emily M. O'Mahoney, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, BD&C
The Women in Landscape Architecture Walk at last year’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
image: Emily M. O’Mahoney, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, BD&C

It’s that time of year again: the ASLA 2013 Annual Meeting & EXPO will be in Boston, MA next month! Check out ASLA’s The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Boston for some of the sites you might want to see while you’re in town. We hope it will encourage you to attend; there is a lot to see in Boston!

This year’s Women in Landscape Architecture PPN meeting will be held immediately following the Women in Landscape Architecture Walk around Boston Harbor on Monday, November 18. Those of you who cannot join us for the walk can meet us at 9:00am at Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, 346 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210. Our meeting will be a quick catch up face to face after the morning walk. If you have a particular subject you’d like to discuss, let us know and we’ll work it into our meeting.

Remember, you don’t have to be female to attend the Women in Landscape Architecture PPN meeting or the Women in Landscape Architecture Walk. The WILA PPN is about creating a space to talk about experiences and challenges in the profession for all people, providing informal mentorship opportunities, promoting work/life balance in landscape architecture, and helping our membership become more active advocates for landscape architecture and women practitioners. Meet us at the PPN Networking Reception on Friday, November 15 from 5:15 – 7:15pm before the Alumni Tailgate and look for us at the PPN table in the EXPO’s ASLA Commons. We’d love to chat about your experience and work with you to advocate for local landscape architecture.

There are many not-to-be-missed educational presentations at the Annual Meeting this year, as well as a special focus on women for the 2013 HALS Challenge! In recognition of this year’s HALS Challenge, “Documenting the Cultural Landscapes of Women,” awards will be given out for the top three HALS submissions at the HALS meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 5:15-6:15pm. Join us at the meeting to celebrate some of the country’s women-centered cultural landscapes! Thanks to all our members and those of the Historic Preservation PPN who put in time to complete HALS applications. You can still submit your HALS short form if you didn’t get it done in time for the July deadline.

A selection of the Annual Meeting’s education sessions are listed below. Come see women experts in the profession in your favorite specialization!

Friday, November 15

  • FRI-CO5 Emerging As Leaders Through Economic Downturn
  • FRI-CO9 The Tale of Three Alleys: Integrating Green Infrastructure in Diverse Neighborhoods
  • FRI-C10 Moving to a Regenerative Marketplace: The Monetization of Ecosystem Services
  • FRI-D01 Inside the LA Studio with Mikyoung Kim
  • FRI-D08 Solving the Congestion Crisis in America’s National Parks
  • PPN Networking Reception:  5:15 – 7:00pm

Saturday, November 16

  • SAT-A02 Food for Thought: Productive Landscapes in the Public Realm
  • SAT-A03 Better Business: A SITES™ Pilot Project Discussion with Designers and Their Clients
  • SAT-B06 Large Firm Roundtable: Big Is the New Small
  • SAT-B09 Beauty and Performance
  • HALS Meeting:  5:15 – 6:15pm

Sunday, November 17

  • SUN-A02 The OMS (One Man Show) Roundtable: Inside the True Small Firm
  • SUN-A05 Great Public Spaces: Philadelphia’s Regional Foundation Creates a Public Space Fund
  • SUN-A07 Infrastructure as Urban Landscape: Creating a Resilient NYC
  • SUN-A09 When Streets Are Fair Game: Creating an Urban Neighborhood for Campus Living
  • SUN-A10 Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch
  • SUN-B06 Sustainable Drainage: The Intersection of Performance & Experience in the Landscape
  • SUN-B07 Innovations in Employee Personal and Professional Development
  • SUN-B11 Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Landscape Architects Need the ACE Mentor Program

Monday, November 18

  • WILA Walk: 7:00 – 8:30am
  • WILA PPN meeting: 9:00 – 9:40am
  • MON-A03 Sustaining Parks with a Triple Bottom Line: Ecology, Economy, & Equity
  • MON-A07 Shaping the Public Realm: The Intersection of Art, Design, and Planning
  • MON-B06 Great Places-Safe Spaces: A Holistic Approach to Integrating Security with Design
  • MON-B07 Compelling Storytelling: Integrating Art, Information, and Landscape
  • MON-C01 Emerging Professionals Roundtable: A Dialogue Between Established and Emerging Professionals
  • MON-C10 Integrating New Materials into Landscape Design Systems
  • MON-D03 EPIC Design Excellence in Landscapes of Diplomacy and the Worldwide Public Realm
  • MON-D04 Fire, Water, and Pixels: Catalyzing Ecological Resilience for Cultural Landscapes
  • MON-D06 Urban Furniture: Trending Movements in Design and Fabrication

You can find other sessions on your favorite topics using the program search function on the Annual Meeting website.

I look forward to seeing you in Boston!

by Kristina Snyder, ASLA, PLA, Co-Chair of the Women in Landscape Architecture PPN

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