ASLA’s 20 Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) provide opportunities for professionals interested in the same areas of practice to exchange information, learn about current practices and research, and network with each other—both online and in person at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO.
In 2017, the PPNs created 99 posts for The Field blog and 12 Online Learning presentations. Thank you to those who shared experiences on The Field and shared their expertise as Online Learning presenters! These opportunities are open to all ASLA members, and we hope to grow our group of PPN contributors in 2018.
Below, we highlight the top five Field posts and best-attended Online Learning presentations of the year, but be sure to check out the full PPN: 2017 IN REVIEW for additional information, including:
- PPN Live at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO,
- PPN volunteer and leadership opportunities, and
- the ASLA Online Learning Student & Emerging Professional SPOTLIGHT mini-series.
Year in Review: The Field
The Field was established to give members in the field of landscape architecture a place to exchange information, learn about recent work and research, and share thoughts about current happenings. All contributions are by members, for members, and we encourage all ASLA members with an idea or an experience to share to contribute to The Field.
With 2017 drawing to a close, we are rounding up The Field’s top five most-read posts written by ASLA members in the past year:
- The Evolving Practice of Ecological Landscape Design
By Kelly Fleming, PLA, ASLA, SITES AP, CBLP
PPN: Ecology & Restoration
- Data + Design: Measuring a Landscape’s Value
By Stephanie Marino, PLA, SITES AP, LEED GA, ASLA
PPN: Sustainable Design & Development
- Women in Landscape Architecture Leaders
By Tanya Olson, ASLA, PLA; Kate Douglas Kestyn, Associate ASLA; Emily O’Mahoney, FASLA, PLA, LEED AP; Christa Schaefer, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C; Kristina Snyder, ASLA, PLA; Whitney Tidd, Associate ASLA
PPN: Women in Landscape Architecture
- Urban Design Professional Practice Network Survey Results
By Keith Billick, ASLA
PPN: Urban Design
- Black in Design Conference: Reflections from Two Women of Color
By Diana Fernandez, ASLA, and Ujijji Davis, ASLA
Year in Review: Online Learning
To provide our members with professional development opportunities, ASLA offers Online Learning webinars, many of which are hosted by the PPNs on a topic of special relevance to their members. In 2017, ASLA’s PPNs organized and hosted 12 live Online Learning presentations, two of which were part of the second Online Learning Student & Emerging Professional SPOTLIGHT mini-series. Live PPN-hosted presentations take place throughout the year, and are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the live event.
In addition to the Professional Practice Network (PPN) Online Learning series, ASLA Online Learning also includes:
- Recordings of education sessions from the 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 ASLA Annual Meetings (2017 recordings will be added soon!),
- The Student & Emerging Professionals SPOTLIGHT mini-series,
- Sustainable SITES Initiative® (SITES®) Education, and
- Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) Prep.
Here are the top five best-attended live presentations of the past year:
- Urban Street Tree Planting: Correcting Myths and Misconceptions
Presented by Jim Urban, FASLA
Hosted by the Planting Design PPN
- San Diego’s First Public Nature Play Area: How Park and Recreation Made it Happen!
Presented by Ilisa Goldman ASLA; Shamli Tarbell
Hosted by the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN
- Creative Goal Setting for Women
Presented by Mia Scharphie, Associate ASLA
Hosted by the Women in Landscape Architecture PPN
- SPOTLIGHT mini-series: Transitional Landscapes & Tactical Mycelium
Presented by Elyana Javaheri, Associate ASLA; Bridget Ayers Looby, Associate ASLA
Hosted by the Campus Planning & Design and Children’s Outdoor Environments PPNs
- Creating Pollinator Habitat Along Roadsides
Presented by Jennifer Hopwood; Robert LaRoche; Ellen Alster, ASLA; Jessie Byrd, ASLA
Hosted by the Transportation PPN
Here’s to a successful and productive 2018!