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2017 Texas ASLA Annual Conference
Palmer Event Center
Austin, TX
April
25-27, 2017

Deadline of Submissions Extended to October 12, 2016 

The ASLA Texas Conference Speaker Committee is seeking session proposals for speakers and field sessions for the 2017 Texas ASLA Annual Conference to be held on April 25-27, 2017 in Austin, TX.  For over 16 years the Texas ASLA Annual Conference has been the annual statewide event that provides approved CEPHs for landscape architects.

The Texas ASLA Conference Planning Committee is offering ASLA members and other professionals the opportunity to submit a written proposal for an oral presentation with graphics and field sessions.  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 on topics such as:
        - Health, safety, and/or welfare
        - Any topics that pertain to landscape architects licensure requirements
       - Any information that you may feel is inspiring or relevant to the profession  

Topics include but are not limited to: 

1) THE PROCESS
Marketing, negotiation, pro-practice, small business, design process, graphics, digital technology, cost estimating, materials, methods, codes, and more.

2) LANDSCAPES/CASE STUDIES
Art in the landscape, waterfronts, campus design, children’s outdoor environments, community design, culturally significant sites, design-build, ecological restoration, environmental justice, historic landscapes, planting design, residential design, therapeutic design, urban design, urban agriculture, and others with benefit to the profession and the public. 

3) GREEN/SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND PRINCIPALS
Storm water management/ bio retention, irrigation, water harvesting, roof gardens, low impact development, native plantings, climate change, habitat restoration, Sustainable Sites and more.

4) NEXT:  INNOVATIVE/EXPANDING MARKETS

Health impact analysis, conservation development, environmental justice, vacant lot strategies, elected office for designers, active transportation, participatory design, augmented reality and more.

Deadline: Written proposals including the attached application must be received by October 3, 2016 to be considered by the speaker committee. 

Presenter Benefits: 
Presenters will receive complimentary full registration and one ticket to the Annual Awards Recognition Session.  Additionally, as necessary, reimbursement of reasonable expenses would be considered up to $300.00.  Hotel accommodations will be offered by the conference committee to selected presenters traveling from out-of-town.  Speakers traveling within a 90 mile radius will not be eligible for hotel reimbursement.  Qualifying speakers are required to make their own hotel accommodations at one of the conference hotels.

Presenters will be provided with classroom space, a projector that is Mac/PC compatible, 1 or 2 screens for projected images, and a microphone podium within the Convention Center. Although attendance will vary at each educational session, each classroom seats approximately 200 people.

There is the potential for a limited number of field tours to occur outside of the Convention Center in the form of a historical walking tour, outdoor lecture, or visit to a local case study. The committee will consider these ideas from presenters as feasible within the time limits of the conference.

Details: Submit the attached APPLICATION for 2017 Texas ASLA Austin Conference Speaker to ASLA Texas Conference Committee by October 12, 2016.  Proposals shall be accepted for 50-minute presentations (oral with graphics) and field sessions for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday educational sessions. Based upon subjects received, presenters may also be asked to participate in open speaker panels. Presentations should be geared toward obtaining Texas Landscape Architectural Continuing Education Units for attendees, but it is not required to be considered.  Selected presenters must send bio and photo by November 1, 2016.   We look forward to hearing from you!

Submissions:  Send presentation descriptions on the attached APPLICATION for 2017 Texas ASLA Austin Conference Speaker via e-mail to:

Margaret Robinson, ASLATX 2017 Conference Speaker Chair
ASLATX2017@asakurarobinson.com

APPLICATION FORM