Events & Opportunities Roundup

Cindy Crosby leads a group through the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum, the location for one of NDAL’s in-person fall events on ecology-based landscape practice. / image: The Morton Arboretum, courtesy of New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)

There is a good chance that summer temperatures are still very much in effect where you are, but with the passage of Labor Day, many are ready to ramp up for fall by seeking distractions from your end-of-summertime sadness. Looking to fill a few despondent blank spots in your calendar, while listening to a few mid-career perspectives or getting ready for the revamped Landscape Architecture Registration Exam? ASLA has a full slate of virtual events taking place in September and October, nearly all free for ASLA members—check them all out right here.

For even more, see ASLA’s RFQs, Opportunities, and Events page for everything from calls for papers to competitions. Below, we highlight a few upcoming events and calls with deadlines coming up soon. And, one other deadline that is nearly upon us: advance rate registration for the ASLA 2023 Conference on Landscape Architecture ends September 12!

Anyone who would like to share an opportunity may submit information online.

Schoolyard Forest Design Lecture Series
September 7-December 7, 2023
This series, hosted by Green Schoolyards America, will provide technical, design-focused guidance for creating and stewarding high-quality green schoolyards and schoolyard forests. Sessions will feature presentations by subject-area experts including Green Schoolyards America staff, along with time for audience Q&A.

RFP: Indiana Borough Zoning Ordinance Update
Deadline: September 13, 2023
The Borough of Indiana, located in Pennsylvania, is accepting proposals for a one-time contract to guide the update of the Borough’s Zoning Ordinance with the objective of providing City leaders, staff, business owners, developers, and residents a rewritten ordinance that is future focused, responsive to emerging needs, and built around creating and cultivating a great place.

RFP: Capitol Mall Design Framework
Deadline: September 21, 2023
Minnesota’s Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board seeks a consultant team to develop an updated Capitol Mall Design Framework for the Capitol Area in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Mall Framework will build upon the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area and the prior Capitol Mall Redesign Plan (originating in the mid-1980s) to shape, guide, and manage the Minnesota State Capitol campus environment and its physical form. CAAPB is looking for consultant teams with specialized knowledge and expertise including, but not limited to: urban design and campus design; landscape architecture design and management, historian/historic resources and preservation; stormwater design and management; wayfinding, mobility, public art; event management; personal safety; media, communication, and public engagement; pre-construction cost estimating; project management and implementation.

New Directions in the American Landscape In-Person Fall Event Series

Restoration to Garden: Plants and Wildlife New England-Style (Massachusetts)
September 28-29, 2023

Restoration to Garden: Plants and Wildlife in the Tallgrass Prairie (Illinois)
October 2-3, 2023

Restoration to Garden: Plants and Wildlife in the Atlantic Coastal Plain (New Jersey)
October 10-11, 2023

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Boylston, MA / image: photo by New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, courtesy of New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)

Call for Proposals: AIA Conference on Architecture
Deadline: October 5, 2023
Every year, AIA opens a Call for Proposals to solicit the best speakers and content for the AIA Conference on Architecture, looking for ahead-of-the-curve educational content from a diversity of voices, career stages, and AEC industries.

The Architect’s Newspaper 2023 Best of Design Awards
Deadline: October 6, 2023
The Architect’s Newspaper’s 11th annual Best of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 39 categories which reflect AN’s editorial coverage, as well as the interests of AN readers, including: Landscape, Urban Design & Master Plan, Social Impact, and Student Work.

RFQ: Headworks Restoration Phase IV – Park Design
Deadline: October 12, 2023
The scope for Phase IV includes the design of a landmark park that will be situated on the roof of Headworks Reservoir West, a potable drinking water reservoir within the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Water System.

Designed Dutch Ecosystems: Landscape Management Lessons from Heemparks of the Netherlands
October 24, 2023
Netherland’s heemparks, public parks designed with native Dutch species to reflect local ecosystems, are a unique albeit understudied landscape typology. This presentation will discuss specific heempark management techniques, explain how varying levels of management intensity impacts species richness, and posit how integrating landscape management into the design process is crucial to ensuring that designs remain beautiful and species-rich long after installation, as so many heemparks have successfully achieved. The live virtual lecture takes place on October 24; the session will be recorded and viewable to registrants for three months after the live session date.

See ASLA’s RFQs, Opportunities, and Events page for other calls for submissions, competitions, and events. For a comprehensive list of national events of interest to landscape architects, see ASLA’s Conferences for Landscape Architects page. For more about fellowship opportunities for landscape architects, see ASLA’s Scholarships and Fellowships page.

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