The Six Things You Must Get Right To Grow A Tree

Many design issues impact the long term health of urban trees.  Join us to  hear Jim Urban, FASLA, talk about his 30 years of experience with urban trees and soils and present on the six essential elements to successfully grow an urban tree.

Jim will discuss the design and planning decision, and the biological and arboricultural basis for understanding these tree requirements and examine them in the context of typical design decisions. How do our design choices affect trees and long-term project performance? He  will also share examples of critical lessons as well as ways of achieving solutions that meet the needs of both the design team and the trees.

James Urban Poster

James Urban, FASLA is well known for his skills in the areas of urban arboriculture and soils, including the preservation and installation of trees in the urban environment and the specification and installation of specialized planting soils for roof gardens, urban landscape plantings, rain water management and where changes in design approaches are needed to create truly sustainable landscapes. In 1997, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded him a National Merit Award for his work on urban trees and the following year he was made a Fellow in the ASLA in recognition of this contribution to the profession. In 2007 he was awarded the ASLA Medal of Excellence for his “significant and sustained contributions to Landscape Architecture.” He is the author of Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment.


When: Thursday, October 15th

Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 

Reception: 6:30 – 7:00 

Lecture: 7:00 -8:30

Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Current I.D. Free

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Design Competition: Due October 15

Imaginations is a design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering with the purpose of seeking out and nurturing the next generation of diverse Imagineers. It opens up the opportunity for students and recent graduates to showcase their skills and talents to Imagineering through a Disney related project.


Walt Disney Imagineering is the unique, creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from the dynamic global team of creative and technical professionals building on the Disney legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment through technical innovation and creativity.

Seeking Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students; or recently graduated.

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Landscape Architecture Students Take Part in Park(ing) Day 2015

Every year, since 2005 on the third Friday of September, PARK(ing) Day has made an impact on cities around the world. Global citizens, from artists to activists to landscape architects, temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The purpose of Park(ing) Day is to make the public revalue their needs of space by impacting the way they experience the urban environment.


Students in the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Student Chapter with the School of Landscape Architecture participate in the event each year, and bring design out of the classroom and into the streets of San Francisco. This year, our student group chose two parallel parking spaces outside of our studios at The Cannery along Beach Street, which is a main pedestrian route in the The Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood.


As we talked about different ideas, we saw that a big challenge was trying to work around how windy it is in San Francisco. After discussing a few ideas, it was decided that our design should take advantage of the wind. On a large scale, wind turbines are used to generate energy, and on a smaller, more personal scale, many cultures have traditions of making paper windmills by hand. This is where the windmill idea came from! We wanted to create a space where people could relax and take a moment to reflect on what is most important in their life and on the most basic things that make them happy. We wanted to provide a place where they could sit, where they could do something childish and playful.


We set up tables and chairs for people to write a wish on a piece of paper, fold it into a windmill and attach it to a tall pole standing in one of several grass planters. The idea was that when the wind blows, the moving air takes each wish to it’s own destination. From tourists, to bus drivers and a homeless man, various types of people stopped by at our park(ing) space. The response was awesome!

“A  parking officer stopped by and asked if we had a permit for what we were doing,” said LAN BFA student Katerin Luquetta. Even though we were paying the meters for the parking spots, the officer was not used to seeing them without cars taking up the space.  In the end, the officer could see that we were bringing something special to the block and, thankfully, she did not write us a ticket.Le Feng, LAN BFA Student and ASLA Member 1

Every person that stopped at our site gave us an opportunity to talk about Park(ing) Day, our concept, and the School of Landscape Architecture. Even though this is just the third week here at the AAU for many of us, it was a great opportunity to see how the role of changing the outdoor environment, even for a few hours can have such an impact.

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Pioneers of American Landscape Design®, by The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a non-profit that helps people understand and value Landscape Architecture and its practitioners. In January 2015, the organization launched a project called the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® to bring focus to history’s greatest Landscape Architects and Designers. A wonderful feature of this project is the Oral Histories component, which identifies key designers and projects from around the world through intimate interviews with the designers themselves.


Visit the TCLF website ( to learn about the Pioneers project, as well as the other enriching programs shared among our community! The TCLF YouTube page will take you directly to the video series.

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Events with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy


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Fall 2015 Urban Hike: The Northern Waterfront

The School of Landscape Architecture made the most of a foggy morning and ventured out into the mist for the Third Annual Fall Urban Hike! Led by Director Heather Clendenin, the group explored San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront.

Starting from the school’s home at the historic Cannery Building, students toured a range of legendary Landscape Architecture sites and explored some of our city’s greatest Open Spaces. From Community Gardens to Interactive Installations, there was so much to see and learn with San Francisco as teacher for the day!


The School of Landscape Architecture at the Wave Organ, designed and built by Peter Richards and George Gonzalez.

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Rhinoceros – special educational pricing


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ASLA NCC Lecture Series: Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS)


On September 17th, Chris Pattillo, FASLA will talk about the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). In 2000, ASLA joined with the National Park Service and Library of Congress to create the HALS program which is modeled on HABS – the American Building Survey created in 1933. HALS is a documentation program that recognizes and records important historic landscapes, both designed and vernacular.

Since 2004 Chris has been involved with the Northern California Chapter of HALS and has served as our chapter’s liaison nationally. Chapter members prepared documentation for several California Missions as part of the 2012 HALS Challenge – a national program conceived by the California chapter. They have documented the Kaiser Roof Garden designed by Ted Osmundson, the Berkeley City Club, and just finished recording the gardens at Sunset Magazine’s Menlo Park headquarters designed by Thomas D. Church.

Chris will give a brief history of HALS and will describe two methodologies of documentation – the short form and standard format. A case study of Doyle Drive will be included to illustrate how that important historic site was documented.

This will be a visually stimulating program and very informative.

When: Thursday, September 17th
Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
Reception: 6:30 – 7:00
Lecture: 7:00 -8:30
Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Current I.D. Free
Register: CLICK HERE

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UC Berkeley Urban Design Lecture Series

Urban Design Lecture Series at UC Berkeley: This series explores a wide range of current topics in Urban Design.

Fridays, 1:00 – 2:00, Wurster Hall #106

Fa 15 urban design lectures

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The ASLA-NCC South Bay Lecture Series – Free For Students!


Join The ASLA Norther California Chapter for a panel discussion with three Bay Area professionals who have very different and successful careers. Jeffrey Miller, Katrina Majewski and Chip Sullivan will discuss what worked and what didn’t as they each pursued unconventional career paths and adapted to the vagaries of the economy. The discussions will end with a Q&A session where the audience can find out more about developing interesting and fulfilling careers.


Jeffrey Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects

Jeffrey will discuss how he started his design/build firm after his career development on the East Coast and in the Bay Area, including Garrett Eckbo Associates. He will share his unique insight into balancing entrepreneurship with a strong ethical foundation that draws from the very reasons why he became a landscape architect.

Katrina Majewski of Community Design Research

Katrina worked at an IT company for 5 years during the economic recession. She will discuss how she stayed relevant in the field of landscape architecture and now continues with her career at Community Design Research in Oakland.

Chip Sullivan of UC Berkeley

Chip is an award winning artist, landscape architect and professor at UC Berkeley. He has successfully navigated his academic career, teaching at University of Florida, Harvard, and Berkeley. Chip will discuss his career successes in the art world, landscape architecture and teaching.


Moderator: Thomas Eddy, City of San Jose

When: Thursday,September 24

Where: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 North 5th Street, San Jose

Reception: 5:30 – 6:00

Discussion: 6:00 – 7:30

Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Current I.D. Free

Register: CLICK HERE


To view past lectures on the ASLA-NCC website CLICK HERE.

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