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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