Lean Project Delivery in Design and Construction

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In the design and construction industry, complex problems arise daily. Join us for a course series to gain insight into approaches and tools to:

  • optimize team communication and problem solving
  • find and address hurdles before they slow down workflow
  • provide value to your projects and client

This series was created to help you design, document, and build projects on time and on budget. Lean methodology is aimed at creating more value for the client and eliminating waste occurring from a lack of collaborative planning.

Lean processes are often applied in the design and construction industry by owners, designers, general contractors, construction project managers, and tradespeople. With a Lean mindset, design teams can share information freely and collaboratively to solve difficult problems and make decisions quickly and efficiently.

This knowledge and skill set will help you excel in your role as a landscape architecture professional and contribute to the overall success of projects!


To take advantage of your membership discount use your ASLA member log in and password when you register. Can’t make the live sessions June 13-15? Register today and catch it all on-demand!

Registration includes:

  • Seven courses, including four that offer LA CES-approved professional development hours (3.0 PDH non-HSW, 1.25 PDH HSW)
  • On-demand access to education sessions
  • Access to virtual discussion boards
  • Networking with attendees and speakers

Live Workshop Modules:

Module 1 | What is Lean? – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
Tuesday, June 13, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Speaker: Ed Thompson, Director of Business Development, Cherry City Electric
Moderator: Patricia Matamoros, ASLA, Savino Miller Design Studio

Module 2 | Last Planner System in Design – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
Wednesday, June 14, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Speaker: Amy Clements, Sr Lean Specialist, JE Dunn Construction
Moderator: Toshihiko Karato, ASLA, Coen+Partners

Module 3 | A3 Thinking – 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
Thursday, June 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Speaker: Jeremiah Sugarman, Lean Services Manager, JE Dunn Construction
Moderator: Shawn Balon, ASLA, Timmons Group

On-Demand Modules:

In addition to National World War I Memorial: Shaping a Gender-Inclusive Construction Administration Process – 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW), an education session recording from the ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture, three product tutorials showcase how landscape architects are using digital tools to increase productivity and improve collaboration among design disciplines. Watch the tutorials at your own pace, on-demand—available with registration:

  • Smartsheet for Small and Mid-Sized Firms
  • Explore Bluebeam’s Versatile Markup Tools for Enhanced Workflows
  • Autodesk Build as a Construction Administration Tool

Interested, but still not convinced? Hear from 2023 SKILL | ED moderator Shawn Balon, ASLA, and 2021 SKILL | ED speaker Aida Curtis, ASLA.

“Lean opened my eyes. It provides a framework to get the most from all team members—owners, users, designers and builders—through open lines of communication, clearly articulated goals, and a focus on producing the best possible results.”

– John Payne, ASLA
Partner, SiteWorks
ASLA SKILL | ED Practice Management Institute Committee Chair

Thank you to our General Sponsors for SKILL | ED 2023:

  • Boston Architectural College
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Georgia

About SKILL | ED

SKILL | ED offers a wide cross-section of landscape architecture professionals the practice management education that is not always gained in day-to-day work. Programming is led by the ASLA SKILL | ED Practice Management Institute Committee.

SKILL | ED 2021: Business Development, Proposals, and Contracts

ASLA’s ongoing SKILL | ED programming kicked off in June 2021 with a three-day virtual practice management program, during which more than 400 landscape architecture professionals and students came together to invest in their career development. 20 sessions from SKILL | ED 2021, highlighting skills crucial to career growth, are available on-demand via ASLA Online Learning, covering topics from business development, marketing, and professional contracts to billable rates, construction administration, and effective team collaboration.

This multi-course virtual learning experience provides the tools practitioners need to build their leadership capacity, add value to their firm, and develop transferable business development skills.

SKILL | ED 2022: Project Management for Landscape Architects

SKILL | ED continued in 2022 with a second three-day virtual learning experience, this time with a project management focus. Effective project management keeps you focused on each step of the way, from beginning to end. Through this course series, learn how to develop core project management plan components to bring you, your clients, and the project team into alignment on resources, milestones, and budget.

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