International Practice Preview

image: IP-PPN Leadership Team
image: IP-PPN Leadership Team

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO will be November 6 – 9, 2015 in Chicago. This is a great opportunity for all current and potential future members of the International Practice Professional Practice Network (IP-PPN) to take advantage of networking opportunities and educational sessions! The world of the 21st century is becoming increasingly global in nature rather than being centered on America. Although ASLA has thousands of members, only a few hundred of us have shown an interest in international issues and work. Of these, fewer still have shown up and become actively involved.

The following events at the Annual Meeting offer rare opportunities for seasoned, as well as students and emerging, professionals, to meet to share our knowledge and make valuable connections. These connections can lead to friendships and future collaboration. We especially urge you to attend the IP-PPN Meeting on Sunday, November 8 at 9:15 AM, to share your ideas on how we can build the PPN and make it more relevant, active, and useful for all of us.

ASLA Annual Meeting Special Events for International Practice:

PPN Networking Reception (for all 20 Professional Practice Networks)
Friday, November 6
5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel
Ticketed Event
Networking doesn’t just happen online—join your fellow Professional Practice Network (PPN) members in person to make connections with friends and colleagues and discuss how they are contributing to the landscape architecture profession.

International Practice PPN Meeting
Sunday, November 8
9:15 – 10:45 AM in PPN Meeting Room 1 on the Expo floor near ASLA Central

– Meet and Greet + Introduction
– Guest Speaker: LAF China magazine with their award-winning slides, and prospective editorial works
– Guest Speaker: Kurt Culbertson (seasoned international practitioner)
– Looking Forward: Open Discussion & Member Socializing/Networking

Education Sessions with International Relevance:

Friday, November 6

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
FRI-A03 – The Design of Europe’s Largest New Park: Metropolitan Park, Athens
Metropolitan Park in Athens, Greece, at 500 acres, will be the largest contemporary urban park in Europe. Part of an icon, this park has one of the greatest settings on earth—the cradle of Western civilization. Incredible archeology, culture, and ecology are the foundations for this truly Greek park.
Lead Presenter:
Charles Anderson, FASLA, Principal/Founder, Werk, Venice, California

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
FRI-B08 – Cuba Calling: Landscape Architecture in an Open Cuba
Late 2014 brought a surprising, accelerated thaw in U.S./Cuban relations. The intrigue and mystique of Cuba has long enticed designers who seek to engage the vibrant, yet isolated country. Imminent changes present opportunities to contribute to the evolution of the island nation while preserving its unique character.
Todd Hill, ASLA, LEED AP, Director Atlanta Office, DTJ DESIGN, Atlanta , Georgia
Leo Alvarez, FASLA, LEED AP, Design Principal , Perkins+Will, Atlanta, Georgia
Juan Antonio Bueno, ASLA, Professor, Florida International University, Coral Gables, Florida

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
FRI-D06 – Check Your Baggage and Travel: Dispelling Myths about Hospitality
The myth that hospitality design is not a worthy pursuit for landscape architects is false. Travel and leisure are essential to human survival. People must be able to recharge and reflect. The resort emphasis has shifted to healthy, experiential, and authentic travel, creating a wonderful niche for landscape architecture.
Kona A. Gray, ASLA, Principal, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
William Estes II., ASLA, LEED AP, Vice President, EDSA, Seattle, Washington
William Campie, ASLA, President, DTJ Design, Boulder, Colorado
Jeffery J. Zimmermann, ASLA, Principal, Design Workshop, Denver, Colorado

Saturday, November 7

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
SAT-A04 – China Futures: A Way Forward through Great Design
As demand for work in China continues to grow, landscape architects will be challenged to create efficient and affordable projects that still maintain exceptional design quality. Creative and prolific leaders in the field will outline current best practices and a future vision that marries beautiful design and sustainability.
Gerdo Aquino, FASLA, CEO, SWA Group, Los Angeles, California
Jacob Schwartz Walker, Co-Founder, Ballistic Architecture Machine (BAM)
Jacinta M. McCann, ASLA, Executive Vice President, Global Leader, Design + Planning and Economics, AECOM, AECOM, San Francisco, California
Martha Schwartz, FASLA, Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners, London, United Kingdom

Looking forward to seeing you there!

by the International Practice PPN Leadership Team:

Chair, 2013-2015:
Erik Mustonen, ASLA, CSLA, Senior Landscape Architect, Scatliff + Miller + Murray Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Incoming Co-Chairs, 2015-2017:
Chi-Wei G.V. Chang, ASLA, Associate, SWA Group, Sausalito, California
Jack Ahern, PhD, FASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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