2015 AK ASLA Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting for the Alaska Chapter ASLA was held on Friday, January 16th, 2015. The Alaska Chapter ASLA would like to thank all of our members for their enthusiasm, participation and great work, as well as each of our sponsors for their contributions to the Chapter and assistance in furthering our Mission and Vision.
The Alaska Chapter Executive Board would also like to extend their gratitude to Deb and George at Side Street Espresso on G Street in Anchorage for their exceptional service, space and kindness while hosting the Alaska Chapter Annual General Meeting. Please say thanks (and try the curry wrap!) next time you stop in for the world's greatest espresso or coffee.
Alaska Chapter ASLA members in Juneau have partnered with the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) Parks and Recreation Department, the Soil Conservation District, and the Douglas Community Garden group to convert a small, underused park on Douglas Island to a Fruiting Forest. Currently, the park looks and feels like the extension of neighboring private lawns. Alaska Chapter ASLA members assisted in development of the master plan that includes walking paths, a sitting area and children’s play area, timber beds for a variety of berry bushes, fruiting trees, edible gardens with rhubarb, garlic, potatoes, herbs and other low maintenance and hardy edibles. The community will be welcome to plant, harvest and care for the fruiting forest while CBJ Parks and Recreation Department maintains the park in partnership with the Douglas Community Garden. Ideally, this project will serve as a prototype for repeating in other underutilized neighborhood park spaces. Public outreach and donor solicitation will continue throughout the winter and construction will begin in early spring 2015.
Contact Michele Elfers at the City and Borough of Juneau with any questions.
Collaborate with the Alaska Chapter ASLA
Professional Landscape Architects and landscape designers provide valuable expertise and services for a wide variety of clients and project types. As a local chapter of the ASLA our membership is often asked to provide assistance with volunteer and grassroots efforts. If you or your organization are interested in working with the ASLA Alaska Chapter and it's members please get in touch with us and describe your project by submitting this simple Google Form. Interested individuals and organizations are also welcome to reach us with questions via the 'contact' icon at the top right of our webpage.
The Alaska Chapter ASLA is particularly interested in connecting with educators and students as part of its focus on Student Outreach. For background and previous project examples please have a look at our Student Outreach Program.
2014-2015 Alaska Chapter Executive Board
Thank you to our membership for casting their electronic ballots and thank you to the current and elected board for contributing your time and expertise to further the mission of the Alaska Chapter ASLA.
President: Brent Hove (1st year of 2-year term)
Past-President: Jonny Hayes
Trustee: Tamas Deak (2nd year of 3-year term)
Treasurer: Ed Leonetti
Secretary: Melisa Babb
Vice President, Southeast: Michele Elfers
Vice President, Southcentral: Oona Martin
Vice President, Interior: Eliza Cink
Members-at-Large: Monique Anderson, Stephanie Brown
The Alaska Chapter ASLA is pleased to share that the 2014 Garden Design Workshop is complete and was incredibly successful. Thank you to the 20 participants and Alaska Chapter organizers and volunteers for their engagement and positive interaction. The effort raised over $2000 for the Student Outreach Program and will help provide the means to realize student-led projects and community improvements.
If you would like to get on the follow-up list for a first-shot registration for next year's workshop please contact us via the link on the Garden Design Workshop page.
Alaska Chapter Annual General Report
The 2013 Annual General Report for the Alaska Chapter ASLA has been published. A special thanks to the Editor, Melisa Babb for her efforts and to each contributor for their perspectives and updates:
2013 Annual General Report (3189 KB)
The 2012 Annual General Report is also now online and can be found on the Chapter Information page.
Student Outreach Program
The Alaska Chapter ASLA Student Outreach Program Committee has had great success working with students in the past and wants to continue doing this work in our many communities with our membership. Thank you to Corvus Design for the unique opportunity to celebrate their firm anniversary with a fundraiser benefiting the Alaska Chapter Student Outreach Program efforts. The fundraiser was extremely successful and the money is being set aside for the specific use of furthering Student Outreach across the State.
This is a fantastic program where local landscape architects are volunteering time to work with students at all age levels on meaningful projects throughout our communities. The ultimate goal is to have the students design and build one of their designs; whether it is for their school, at a nearby park or in a public space. Please help us make that a reality!! For more information on the student outreach program please have a look at the Program booklet:
Alaska Chapter Student Outreach Program (2855 KB)
Thank you to Corvus Design, Exerplay, Gametime, Northwest Playground Equipment, Northwest Landscape, and Alaska Enviroscape for their contributions towards student outreach!
2013 GreenBelt Awards
Rules and Regs for Landscape Architects
The State of Alaska requires registration to practice as a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA). The five areas that constitute the aspects of Landscape Architecture and require registration to protect the public health, safety and welfare include:
(1) Grading, Clearing or Shaping of Land,
(2) Landscape Irrigation,
(3) Outdoor Planting Plans,
(4) Outdoor Play Apparatus, and
(5) Outdoor Structures.
For information regarding licensure in the State please see the following links!
Individual Licensure: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pub/ael4398.pdf
Business License (LLC, LLP): http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pub/ael610.pdf
Approved List of Arctic Engineering Courses: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pub/baac.pdf
Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pub/CE_Instructions_Engineers.pdf
Coucil of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards: www.clarb.org
Alaska Chapter Academic Scholarship
The ASLA Alaska Chapter is happy to announce that the Academic Scholarship fundraising effort has met its goal. Thanks to chapter membership and firms for their efforts and generosity.
2012 Changes to L.A.R.E.
ASLA & NPS-RTCA Partnership
The ASLA AK Chapter Board recently met with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Alaska Region representative, Lisa Holzapfel, to discuss and reiterate support for the national partnership between the ASLA and NPS.
ASLA AK Chapter membership is invited to assist community leaders and NPS-RTCA to continue to advance projects in Alaska awarded assistance by NPS-RTCA. The projects include an opportunity for Landscape Architects to offer input and expertise in a variety of ways and anyone interested in participating is asked to contact Heather Rice at NPS-RTCA.
Summaries of the awarded projects for 2012 and a flier for recently completed projects can be found here.
The ASLA Alaska Chapter Website
We are the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (www.asla.org).
As a small organization, we rely upon the time and contributions of our membership and we are lucky that we are composed of a group of dedicated people. This website is a crucial next step for our chapter in making much of what we have done (and do) more readily available, and also making it easier and more efficient to move ahead with new initiatives. Please provide feedback using the 'contact' icon in the upper right corner.