CALL FOR PAPERS 2015
Texas ASLA Annual Conference
Galveston, Texas – April 23rd - 24, 2015
The 2015 TX ASLA Conference Speaker Committee is offering ASLA members and other professionals the opportunity to submit a written proposal for an oral presentation with graphics for the 2015 Texas ASLA conference which will be held on April 23-24 in Galveston, TX. We are excited to get started with the 2015 year planning and looking forward to some wonderful educational opportunities for the landscape architectural community.Proposals will be selected for possible continuing education session presentations with the goal of educating fellow professionals with health, safety, and welfare criteria, along with any additional topics that would pertain to landscape architects licensure requirements. We are also interested in information that you may feel inspiring or pertinent to the profession. Read more...
American Society of Landscape Architects Elevates two Texas Outstanding Landscape Architects to the Council of Fellows
Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The 2014 class of new Fellows will be recognized at the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, November 21-24, in Denver.
The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Individuals considered for this distinction must be full members of ASLA in good standing for at least ten years and must be recommended to the Council of Fellows by the Executive Committee of their local chapter, the Executive Committee of ASLA, or the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows.
William Tary Arterburn, ASLA
William Tary Arterburn, of Studio Outside, received his nomination, for Works, from the Texas Chapter. With a career spanning four decades, he is an inspiration to students and fellow practitioners alike. He has expanded the profession through community involvement, academic participation, and professional mentorship and shared his high ideals of ethical practice to his clients. He has a particular mastery of extending patterns, textures, and ideas to make interior and exterior spaces one cohesive continuum. In sum, he has rewarded the profession with continued efforts to be an invaluable, tireless practitioner, teacher, and leader. The excellence of his environmental and residential work has earned his firm recognition with dozens of awards from the ASLA and others. His BLA is from Louisiana State University and MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Keiji Asakura, ASLA
Asakura Robinson Company
Keiji Asakura, of the Asakura Robinson Company, received his nomination, for Service, from the Texas Chapter. He devotes himself to a profusion of service projects while also forging a distinguished professional career. He instigates creative ideas, dedicates time, and shares expertise consistently with significant civic impact. Equally important, he understands that lasting results depend on the enthusiastic shared commitments of many stakeholders. His thousands of hours of pro bono work have demonstrated the invaluable role that progressive landscape architecture and ecological planning play in the creation of vital, livable, and beautiful cities. His extensive community-development initiatives in Houston's widely diverse neighborhoods have made people's lives better and their understanding of the value of landscape architectural excellence deeper. His BSLA is from Cal Poly Pomona.
All of the major statewide offices except the Governor’s office and Comptroller’s office were involved in Tuesday night’s Republican primary runoff elections. Six of the top statewide offices did not feature an incumbent this cycle, which contributed to the highly crowded and competitive fields. Since all statewide offices in Texas have been held by Republicans for several election cycles, the winners of last night’s Republican primary runoffs are the ones who still have the most likely chance to ultimately win those offices in the general elections to be held on November 4th, 2014. While Democrats also were involved in several runoffs, most of the attention and spending has been focused on the Republican ballot, where numerous battles between tea party-backed conservative candidates and their somewhat more moderate Republican counterparts have been taking place. Although there has been discussion of Texas growing more competitive for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, the appearance of multiple tea party candidates in runoffs for statewide offices signaled the possibility of Texas actually moving even farther toward the more conservative end of the political spectrum this election cycle. Read More
City of Austin Planning and Development Review implemented CodeNEXT as they began to revise the Land Development Code for Austin, Texas. CodeNext offered an unprecedented opportunity for Austinites to shape the way they live now and for generations to come. To be effective in framing how land can be used throughout the city, a revised Land Development Code should consider the unique character found in different types of neighborhoods throughout Austin.
Answering the call, a committee of ASLA members from the Austin Section formed in order to best represent the issues of the landscape architect profession in this code rewrite. This committee participated in this to collaborate ideas, approach, strategy, and representation in order to speak with one voice, common and acceptable to the profession. To learn more read the full White Paper.
APA Texas is seeking Session Proposals for the upcoming APA Texas Annual Conference "Planning + People + Places = Great Communities" being held in Frisco, Texas, October 15-18, 2014. For over 40 years, the APA Texas State Planning Conference and Short Courses for Planning Officials has been the annual statewide event for planners and community leaders seeking to improve planning within their communities. The quality of the conference program and events is recognized not only in Texas, but nationally. For More Details