Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 2018

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December 2018 45 In late spring, the St. Louis ASLA Executive Committee and the St. Louis ASLA Student Chapter co-hosted a technical design workshop called "Can You Build it?" This event fostered a dialog between emerging professionals (students and early-career practitioners), seasoned practitioners, and everyone in between around hardscape and landscape detailing. Fifteen MLA students from Washington University brought their current projects to review and discuss detailed aspects of DD and CD level detailing with eight practitioners. The resulting discussion explored best practices, unique approaches, opportunities, pitfalls, and techniques. The summer brought a brief reprieve to chapter events, allowing the executive committee to work on two important initiatives; reassessing the chapter's process for identifying/welcoming new and emerging professionals and the establishment of an emerging professional's scholarship. As the summer came to a close, the chapter held its annual ASLA/ ASCE Golf Tournament at the Probstein Golf Course in beautiful Forest Park and participated in Park(ing) Day; taking over downtown Maplewood to promote urban open space. In late October, many members made their way out to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the ASLA Annual Meeting. This year was especially memorable as our very own Ted Spaid was elevated to Fellow. A co-founding partner of SWT Design, Ted has made a significant and sustained impact on the profession of landscape architecture through his actions, passion, and civic leadership. He has cultivated one of the largest standalone landscape architecture firms in the Midwest, firmly grounded in advocacy for sustainability and evidence- based design. Throughout his career, he has focused on the development of the greater St. Louis community. Ted is dedicated to ensuring that the profession continues to serve as designer and protector of the public realm. The Central States is comprised of six individual chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. These chapters come together once a year for camaraderie, learning, advancing the profession, and to celebrate their best work. The six ASLA Central States chapters are: Arkansas, Great Plains, Iowa, Oklahoma, Prairie Gateway and St. Louis. These chapters encompass the eight U.S. states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The Fourteenth Annual Central States Conference will be hosted by the St. Louis chapter at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, on April 3 – 5th 2019. To learn more; visit http://www.aslacentralstates.org/ . ASLA St. Louis Chapter (Continued) Above: Kaitlyn Poehlein – VP of Membership with our first visitor on Park(ing) Day 2018. Above: Laurel Harrington – VP of Emerging Professionals with Washington University MLA students at our inaugural "Can You Build it?" workshop. Above: Members working with students at the inaugural "Can You Build it?" workshop. Above: From left: Jay Wohlschlaeger – SWT Design, Ted Spaid (FASLA) – SWT Design, Jim Wolterman (FASLA) – SWT Design, and Bonnie Roy – SWT Design join friends, colleagues, and St. Louis Chapter Leadership at the 2018 ASLA Fellows Investiture Dinner where Ted Spaid was elevated to Fellow.

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