PARK(ing) Day is just a little more than a month away. On September 18, ASLA will participate in PARK(ing) Day, an annual event in which local community members, students, and designers transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets. For more details about how to participate you can learn more about it here, but here’s a quick overview:
• ASLA encourages all PARK(ing) Day Participants to use #ASLAPD and share pictures of their parklets
• Texas ASLA will share all the pictures using #ASLAPD and #TXASLA2015 on its Social Media platform
• At the conclusion of the event, ASLA will pick one professional and one student parklet that uses #ASLAPD to be featured in an ad in Landscape Architecture Magazine
• ASLA will catalogue all parklets on a easily shared Google Map & Tagboard PARK(ing) Day PR
Some chapter sections are drafting press releases for the event. To aid those efforts, ASLA has created a a media list for each chapter below. These lists are a combination of design publications and local media outlets that try to encompass your entire chapter. Here is the Texas list: Publication outlets
If you have any questions about your local Section’s participation or would like to create your own firm-wide installation, feel free to contact Eric Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas ASLA Conference Planning Committee is offering ASLA members and other professionals the opportunity to submit a written proposal for an oral presentation at the 2016 Texas ASLA Annual Conference held on April 28-29, 2016 in Fort Worth. Presenters are encouraged to provide an engaging and dynamic session. Proposals will be selected for continuing education session presentations with the goal of educating fellow professionals. Learn More
A Message from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the 2015 ASLA calendar year as I proudly assume the role of your Texas ASLA chapter president. It is no secret Texans are extremely proud people. We are proud of our state, our roots, our stories and our determination, sometimes to extremes. We have weathered wars, storms, national tragedies and economic pitfalls, and we've done so with grit, perseverance, and a ‘can-do’ attitude. We are not a people to be satisfied with simply surviving, we are leaders who continually push for more and better. We are a people who refuse to just survive. We accept nothing less than to THRIVE. continue
Steven Spears, of Design Workshop, received his nomination, in Works, from the Texas Chapter. In landscape architecture, where decisions can have a substantial impact on communities, it is imperative that design balances ecology and humanity. Throughout his 16-year career, Spears has masterfully integrated the principles of environmental sensitivity, community benefit, economic sustainability and sensory art and aesthetic elements in each project with which he has engaged. His body of work proves that no matter how complex the project or how fast a city is growing, designs can be implemented with sensitivity and grace. These results are realized in several of the national award-winning projects he has led, including Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Lafitte Greenway and Corridor Revitalization plans, Residences at The Little Nell and Avon West Town Center Redevelopment and Implementation.
The Office of James Burnett
Ronald “Chip” Trageser, of The Office of James Burnett (OJB), received his nomination, in Works, from the Texas Chapter. Trageser has more than 20 years of outstanding professional achievement. He has been responsible for various mixed-use, healthcare,academic and corporate campus projects at OJB in Houston, where he is responsible for design and operations. He currently serves as the principal-in-charge for numerous mixed-use and corporate campus projects in the Woodlands and Houston areas, as well as for projects on the Rice and Baylor University campuses. Among his notable projects are the Rice University Brochstein Pavilion and Brockman Physics Building, Lakeshore East Park in Chicago, Klyde Warren Park in Dallas and Northbelt Campus in Houston. He serves on the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni advisory council and regularly employs student interns from the program.