The Market Street Prototyping Festival is finally here!!!!

Join the School of Landscape Architecture on Friday April 10th from 3:30pm – 6:20pm to walk along Market Street. We will be seeing and experiencing all of the innovative designs created by artists and designers that have been set out to help make Market Street a more dynamic and pedestrian friendly space.

Meet: @ 3:30pm in front of the Asian Art Museum – Corner of McAllister and Larkin

Bring: Camera and Sketchbook

Wear: Comfortable Shoes – We will be walking from Civic Center down to the Embarcadero

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Faculty Lecture; Todd Gilens ~ a collection of Public Artwork focused on landscape ecology


Join The School of Landscape Architecture on Friday April 10th from 2-3pm for a lecture by instructor Todd Gilens. Todd’s lecture will focus on a collection of his Public Artwork focused on landscape ecology.

When: Friday April 10th, 2015

Where: The Cannery – 3rd Floor – Room B


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World Landscape Architecture Month 2015

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What better way to promote the profession of Landscape Architecture than harnessing the power of social media to show the world what Landscape Architects do!

Join the Celebration!
Here’s how to celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month with ASLA

  1. Print the image above and cut out the card
  2.  Take a picture with it at your favorite landscape-architect-designed space
  3. Share it on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc…)with the hashtag #WLAM and #WLAM2015 (other suggested hastags include: #landscapearchitecture, #landarch, #art, #design, #aaulandarch, and/or any other hashtag you think would help promote the profession!)
  4.  Submit it to wlam@asla.org
  5.  See how others are celebrating at asla.org/wlam


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A Clean Sweep for Landscape Architecture!


Excitement and cheers reverberated throughout the San Mateo Event Center at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Gala on Tuesday, March 17th.  Students of the School of Landscape Architecture celebrated a well-deserved total of seven awards, including the Best of Show’s Golden Gate Cup, for the design and installation of their garden titled “Sublimation”.


The awards included: the 2015 Garden Creator Gold Medal, the Garden Creator Award, and awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum Society, and the Garden Conservancy. In addition to those mentioned above, the Golden Gate Cup Award for the Best of Show was presented to our students during the opening ceremonies. Garden Show Director Daniel Owens stated, “In the thirty year history of the show, no garden creator has ever won this many award categories. It’s a clean sweep!!!”


The dedicated design team of Eric Arneson, BFA and Nahal Sohbati, MFA began exploring the concept of “sublimation” last August. “Sublimation” is scientifically defined as the transition of a substance directly from solid to gas without passing through the intermediate liquid phase. In this installation, sublimation is redefined by an emphasis on both the contrasts of and transitions from solid to void, opaque to transparent, and hard to soft. Stones, gabions and bold specimen plants are juxtaposed by an ethereal sculpture, epiphytic green walls, flowing grasses, and other plants that thrive in the California coastal climate. Circulation throughout the garden is a sublime experience of contrasting elements resulting in a harmonious serenity.

IMG_8789SFFGS - Vision and ImplementationIn addition, the space is designed as a system that responds directly to the current California water crisis. Locally sourced stone, and beautiful specimens of drought tolerant plants prove that outdoor spaces can be designed to be resourceful while being enjoyable and beautiful. Plants are identified in the garden not only by common and Latin names name but in terms of the amount of water needed to sustain healthy growth over time. Additionally, the creative use of elements such as galvanized metal gabions create the spatial framework and add layers of visual complexity.


Over the course of a five-day build, dedicated students of the ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter of the School of Landscape Architecture volunteered their time to help transform the event center’s large barren shell and concrete floor into a garden oasis that impressed judges and visitors throughout the length of the show. Over one hundred and fifty gabions, two hundred sandbags, twenty four tons of river rock, fifteen cubic yards of decomposed granite, and hundreds of drought tolerant plants were meticulously assembled and placed within the garden space. Despite the intense demands  and time constraints of the construction, the forethought given to details and process  as well as the collaborative spirit  of all involved ensured that  each challenge was met with success.


When asked what one of the most important lessons of designing and building the installation has been, Nahal Sohbati stated: “That constraints can, in fact, be a designer’s best friend, and that learning to be flexible to work within these constraints is what makes the design process real.”

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show has provided a rich, and for many, a life changing experience for our students over the past four years.  The opportunity to actually build a space that they have created confirms the relevance of the design process taught in the studios. Additionally, the lasting friendships and collaborative experiences that evolve during this process are invaluable to their growth as both individuals and professionals.
The School of Landscape Architecture is extremely proud of the immense effort that all students made to create a beautiful and inspiring space that was well designed, extremely well executed, and responsive to current regional issues. As Eric Arneson said: “The awards are a testament to the growth and success of the School of Landscape Architecture. In only in four years, it has gone from just a brand-new school to being a medal-winning program.”




Garden Photos Courtesy of Yasmine Farazian

Student and Group Photos courtesy of Bob Toy


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::: Grandpa Allen Learning Garden Celebration & Volunteer Day :::

::: Grandpa Allen Learning Garden Celebration & Volunteer Day :::!
Please join us at Richmond College Prep School
for a group work party, garden viewing and POTLUCK 
Saturday April 4th
from 10am- 3pm
217 South 11th Street, Richmond, CA off Harbor Way
We will be harvesting fruits and vegetables, weeding, planting, and building.  Recipes and seeds to take home.  Both school gardens need help and your attendance is appreciated.  
Bring friends, family and KIDS! Tools and gloves will be provided by RCP but bring a hat and water.
POTLUCK LUNCH! Please bring something to share J
Thanks and we hope to see you there
xo- ::: Ms. Sarah the Garden Teacher :::
at  the Grandpa Allen Learning Garden
Richmond College Prep , Richmond, CA


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TOMORROW! Graphic Design and Portfolio Workshop


The first session of the Graphic Design and Portfolio Workshop, led by Mary Scott of the AAU Graphic Design Department, will be held tomorrow, April 1st. The workshop will run from 3:00pm-5:00pm at 601 Brannan in the First Floor Gallery Space, 126A.

This workshop is extremely valuable to students who wish to develop their graphic design skills and produce a professionally competitive portfolio.

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NOMADgardens Tailgate



NOMADgardens is Turning ONE! Let’s Tailgate!!

NOMADgardens is turning 1! And because it’s the first weekend home game for the Giants, we thought a tailgate party would be appropriate. So come hang with us at the garden and help us celebrate an amazing year as well as kickoff year 2! We will be celebrating our amazing volunteers, gardeners and donors who are helping us build and sustain a healthy Mission Bay community.

WHAT: Tailgate Party – NOMADgardens Turns 1, Cake will be served @1pm! Food + Drinks will be available to purchase.


  • You + your friends
  • Picnic Blanket or Lawn Chair
  • SF Giant Spirit! (Bay Area apparel will be available to purchase!)
  • Donations – Yep, a plug! We’re a non-profit and right now rely solely on donations. So, if you like our vision, and believe in our model, please consider making a donation.

OUR VISION: Along with our celebration, we’ll also be looking to the future: 6 visions. Six students from the Academy of Art School of Landscape Architecture, will display their vision for NOMADgardens. We would love to hear what you would like to see in Mission Bay!

Looking forward to seeing you at the garden. I really can’t believe it’s been a year!
– Stephanie Goodson, Founder

Tickets: https://nomadtailgate.eventbrite.com

Date: Saturday April 18th, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location: @ the Garden – 1401 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

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Sublimation – San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2015

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The annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is just around the corner and the School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter has designed yet another striking garden that we expect will be a highlight at this year’s show.

Designed by a dedicated BFA and MFA design duo, Eric Arneson and Nahal Sohbati began their design process in August of 2014 which is based upon contrast, transition, and balance. “Sublimation” is defined as the transition of a substance directly from solid to gas without passing through the intermediate liquid phase. In this installation Sublimation is redefined in the gardenscape by emphasizing the transition from solid to void and from hard to soft. Stones, gabions and bold specimen plants are juxtaposed by an ethereal sculpture, epiphytic green walls, flowing grasses, and other vegetation that thrive in the California coastal climate. Circulation throughout the garden will be a sublime experience of contrasting elements resulting in artistic harmony.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter has been hard at work creating elements such as a wood serpentine bench that will serve as the focal point of the design, testing full-scale mockups of stacked gabion cages, and building the sculpture piece that will create the illusion of lifting the solid base of the garden well beyond the confines of the space.

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show serves as a platform for exhibits by landscape architects, designers, and students from around the nation who wish to showcase their creative design process from concept to reality in a very short period of time. Over the course of five days, innovative landscapes complete with sculpture pieces, fountains, waterfalls, seating areas, native and exotic plant material, and a great deal of passion and dedication completely transform the San Mateo event Center’s large barren shell and vast concrete floors into a variety of garden oases.

The show is open to the public for one week, March 18th – 22nd and is host to more than 5-acres of designer showcase gardens. Additionally, there are a full range of seminars, exhibits, and demonstrations that provide opportunities to learn about landscape design and innovation, gardening, growing and preparing garden-fresh food, designing with flowers and creating livable outdoor spaces.

Getting to the show is easy with Caltrain! The closest Caltrain stop to the San Mateo Event Center is the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. From there you can board the courtesy show shuttle which will drop you off directly in front of the event center’s entry. For cost of tickets, show schedule, and additional show information please visit the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Website.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Details

Where: San Mateo Event Center – 1346 Saratoga Drive San Mateo, CA 94403

When: March 18th – March 22nd

Show Hours: Wednesday March 18th – Saturday March 21st : 10 am – 7pm

Sunday March 22nd: 10 am – 6 pm


Below you’ll see photos of students working on a mock-build of the garden show installation. We can’t wait to see the project completed!


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20150328-Urban Hike 11x17

Join the Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture

Saturday March 28th, 2015
10:30am – 2pm
Rain or Shine

Led by instructor David Vasquez, this hike will weave through some of the most breathtaking open spaces and historic sites along San Francisco’s western edge.

Our route will include stops at: The Windmills at Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, The Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Land’s End trail, Mile Rock Beach, The Legion of Honor, and Lands End Lookout.

Be prepared for lots of walking; Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, sketchbook, and money for lunch.

Meet at 10:30 am the Corner of Cabrillo and La Playa Street; Terminus of the 5 Fulton and 31 Balboa Muni lines

RSVP by Thursday, March 26th to
Sara Giarratana:

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Market Street Prototyping Festival

Market Street Prototyping

Save the Date, April 9-11

Follow marketstreetprototyping.org and #MSPF for more info!
Shaping the future of Market St.
Market Street runs though the heart of our beautiful city, yet it can feel uninviting and disconnected. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the James L. Knight Foundation believe that Market Street should bring together people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds. That’s why they’ve joined forces to help us make it a more engaging and vibrant destination.

An open call for creative ways to improve Market Street yielded hundreds of submissions from citizens and organizations. Fifty of these submissions were chosen to create rough models, or “prototypes”, that demonstrate how their idea would work. From April 9th – 11th, Market Street will come alive with these ideas. Its wide sidewalks will be filled with temporary installations ranging from performances spaces, relaxation zones, dynamic art pieces, and more.

Come and walk the festival route, check out the installations, and tell us what you think. A selection of these designs will then move from prototype to reality, as part of our city’s Better Market Street initiative.

Source: Market Street Prototyping Festival

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