2016 Speaker Archives

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2016 Presenters

Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA, Associate Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Dan Beranek, PE, LEED AP, President – McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Judy Byrd Brittenum, FASLA, Associate Professor – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Dana Nunez Brown, ASLA, PLA,  AICP, LEED AP Dana Brown & Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA
Chad D. Danos, FASLA, President – American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington DC
Jim Dixon, Security Consultant – Bella Vista, AR
Cinde Bauer Drilling,  President – Landscape Architecture Inc., Little Rock, AR
Bruce Dvorak Associate Professor – Texas A&M University,  College Station, TX
Lawrence Finn, Operating Partner, Mission Heights – Fayetteville, AR
Eirik Heikes, ASLA, Principal of Landscape Architecture and Planning, FourFront Design, Inc, Rapid City, SD
Sam Heikes, BS, Agronomist and Heidi Heikes, Farm Manager – Heikes Family Farms, LLC, Vermillion SD
Stephen Luoni, BS, M.Arch, Assoc. AIA, Director of the Uof Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, AR
Thomas J. Nieman, Ph D, FASLA, Professor Landscape Architecture – University of Kentucky – Lexington KY
Patti Redd, IIDA, ASLA Affiliate, Business Development – Landscape Forms, Inc – Fort Worth, TX
Dennis Reynolds, ASLA, Owner – Reynolds Urban Design, Des Moines, IA
James Richards, FASLA, Principal, Townscape Inc., Fort Worth, TX
Dave Roberts, ASLA, Vice President of Planning – Crafton Tull, Little Rock, AR
Tanzil Shafique, B.Arch, M. Arch, Assoc. AIA, Project Designer – University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, AR
Martin L. Smith, PSA, ASLA, Principal – Ecological Design Group, Birdeye AR
Nancy C. Somerville, Hon ASLA, Executive Vice President/CEO – American Society of Landscape Architects ASLA, Washington D.C.
Dr. Richard K. Sutton, FASLA, PhD, PLA, GRP, Professor – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
William C. Towle, ASLA, BLA, Landscape Designer and Project Manager -Landscape Creations LLC, Rogers, AR

 

 

outdoor portrait300Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA, Associate Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattern, KS

Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA is a landscape architect and urban designer with twenty years of combined experience in professional practice and academia. While in professional practice, Professor Belanger’s work centered on urban design, community planning, civic space and parks, and site planning at a variety of scales. He joined Kansas State University in 2007, where he teaches design studios, theory and research seminars, foundational lecture courses, and advises graduate students on their thesis or master’s report. He has co-led service-learning projects with communities in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado, resulting in multiple student awards from regional chapters of ASLA and APA. Professor Belanger has been recognized with numerous teaching awards, including the Mary Jarvis Emerging Faculty of Distinction in Landscape Architecture, two Kansas State University Academic Excellence Awards, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award (junior level), and the College of Architecture Planning and Design McElwee Teaching Award. Professor Belanger holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and a dual Master’s of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Colorado at Denver, where he graduated with honors and was the lead designer for the winning team of the 2005 ULI / Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition.

Professor Belanger’s scholarship focuses on urban resilience, graphic representation, and the creative design process. His most recent publication, Situating Eidetic Photomontage in Contemporary Landscape Architecture (Belanger and Urton 2014) presents a framework for understanding the role of – and potential for – photomontage in landscape architectural design process and communication. He is currently writing a manuscript about graphic communication techniques used by winning teams of the Rebuild by Design competition, and their design strategies to strengthen urban resilience. In spring 2016 Professor Belanger is teaching Unlocking Creativity, a university-wide elective designed to equip students with methods for generating creative ideas and the confidence to find their inherent genius.

Representing Resilience: Design Strategies and Graphic Communication for Increasing Urban Resilience, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from 2:40p to 3:40p

Resilience theory is emerging as an important framework for understanding and designing urban areas, and landscape architects are uniquely positioned to become leaders in planning and designing resilient cities. Increasing urban resilience is important to many cities and is currently being funded with billions of dollars from federal and philanthropic sources. In order for landscape architects to assume leadership roles in the resilience movement, it will be vital to increase disciplinary knowledge of resilience theory, identify specific planning and design strategies, and graphically communicate resilience proposals. In this presentation, Professor Belanger will discuss resilience theory and its importance to landscape architecture and urban design, review resilient design strategies and representational techniques used by five winning proposals in the Rebuild by Design competition, and present his six tenets for representing resilience in landscape architecture. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how landscape architects can continue contributing to the dialogue on urban resilience.

 

Dan BeranekDan Beranek, PE, LEED AP, PresidentMcClelland Consulting Engineers, Little Rock, AR

Dan Beranek is President of McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.’s Little Rock office. He was promoted to President in 2009 after 10 years of service to the company. As president, Dan’s role is to oversee all work handled by the Little Rock office which includes projects located throughout 63 counties of central, southern and eastern Arkansas. His work includes project management, contracting, scheduling, budgeting, and expediting projects.

In addition to his management duties, Dan has over sixteen years of experience in civil and environmental engineering. He has served as project director for site development, roadway design, water and wastewater, drainage and recreational related projects. Dan has developed numerous projects for state, municipal and private sector clients. Some of Dan’s most notable work includes the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark, Heifer International Headquarters, and CAT: The River Rail System.

Downtown Little Rock Tour, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH - Thursday, April 14 from 1:30 to 4:30.  Please visit the TOUR page for details.

 

 

8728_Judy_Brittenum-2013-24Judy Byrd BrittenumFASLA, Associate Professor – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Judy Brittenum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She has received degrees from both the University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University. Twice, she has received the Departmental Teacher of the Year award, three years was chosen as Outstanding Mentor in the UA Honors College, and was honored as an Outstanding Faculty Nominee by the UA student body. Brittenum’s major research has been in Hot Springs with emphasis on the regional landscape and its national significance. She was the UA liaison to Verna Cook Garvan, who bequested Garvan Woodland Gardens to the department, until Mrs. Garvan’s death in 1993. As a member of the garden’s Board of Advisors and the Architectural Review Board, she continues her career-long association there. Active in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for many years, Brittenum was selected as a Fellow in 2001 for her life ‐ time of work. She is the only woman in Arkansas to have received the honor. Recently she served as national Secretary, ASLA Council of Fellows; previously she was elected ASLA Vice President of Communication and served on Board of Trustees. A member of the Board of Directors of the Washington County Historical Society for over 15 years, Brittenum serves as Chair of the Garden and Grounds Committee, overseeing Headquarters House and Ridge House, the county’s major historical landmarks.

Planting Design as a Professional Mandate, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH - Thursday, April 14 – 2:20p to 3:20p

Many of today’s landscape architects entered the profession because of their love of nature and plants. However, modern education has slowly abandoned courses containing the very materials that separated them from other design professions – plants. What has made this change and can the professional ascertain if practice could benefit from a reinvestigation of this design material? In a paper presented 20 years ago it was found that current planting design trends were questioned as necessary components of practice. In response, a 2012 study provided new information about plant-based course requirements in 46 of 67 U.S. accredited landscape architecture degrees. Findings from both studies indicated additional plant-based information from knowledgeable practitioners could clarify educational directions.

The presentation presents information about plant usage in professional practice gathered through interviews with twenty-two landscape architecture practitioners who are known for their robust plant knowledge and design. These interviews were analyzed to reveal the role of plant-based information in today’s practice. The compiled information provides annotated opinions of landscape architects and relevant insights that may enlighten practitioners/educators on future professional demands and on graduates entering practice.

 

DanaBrownDana Nunez Brown, ASLA, PLA,  AICP, LEED AP Dana Brown & Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA

During her 35 years of experience as a landscape architect and planner, Dana has worked for firms in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Boston, and Orange County, California as a private consultant for two of the largest design firms. A native of New Orleans, Dana has worked tirelessly for thirteen years to address the EPA and Louisiana Department of Environment Quality requirements for water quality. She not only wrote or helped revise chapters of the Development Code for several municipalities and parishes, but also authored a manual to guide developers and design professionals in designing and implementing stormwater best management practices, and organizes and leads a dozen stormwater workshops each year.

Dana holds a B.L.A. degree from Louisiana State University and M.L.A. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a professional landscape architect, licensed in several states. Dana is a certified planner (AICP) and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She serves as reasurer of the Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition. As President of Dana Brown & Associates, she pioneered design of green infrastructure hroughout Louisiana. Dana taught classes on the subject at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and guest lectures at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. She is the author of “Using Plants for Stormwater Management: A Green Infrastructure Guide for the Gulf South,” LSU Press, April 2014.

Resiliency Through Green Infrastructure, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Thursday, April 14 – 9:10a to 10:10a

A distributed green infrastructure system can be designed to significantly reduce flood risk, reduce damage from storm events, and improve economic value of neighborhoods. Green infrastructure is often designed to perform a single function, when an integrated system of green infrastructure can perform many functions and provide numerous benefits, social, ecological and economic. This presentation will explain, through case studies of New Orleans neighborhoods, how to plan for resiliency using a straight-forward, flexible, and defensible approach. Of particular focus will be the design of green infrastructure systems that offer neighborhood resiliency. How are locations and capacities of green infrastructure determined? How do their locations affect existing flooding and water quality? What are the water quality benefits? What other ecological services are provided? Effective implementation requires new city standards for projects on the public realm. In the private realm, zoning ordinances and development codes ensure private properties contribute to a city’s resiliency. This can only be accomplished through an integrated approach that employs green infrastructure standards and modeling methods, as well as collaboration between landscape architects and engineers. An overview of new standards for the City of New Orleans will be presented. In the case studies, the resiliency planning and design of neighborhoods is presented. Using a modified version of the Storm Water Management modeling (SWMM) software from EPA, green infrastructure locations and capacities are modified to reach maximum risk reduction for flooding. Metrics for other benefits are also provided as modeling output. Ecological services benefits aggregated for a neighborhood will be discussed.  Presentation details

image001Chad D. Danos, FASLA, President - American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington DC

Chad D. Danos, FASLA serves as Director of Landscape Architecture for the multi-disciplinary firm, Duplantis Design Group, PC, located in Baton Rouge, for its four Louisiana offices as well as a Houston and Atlanta office.  Chad has previously worked in city government, a mid-size landscape architectural firm, launched a micro-landscape architecture practice that eventually evolved into a partnership practice, and has taught as an adjunct instructor.  Danos is CLARB Certified with licenses in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Chad became involved with ASLA early in his career at Louisiana State University, in large part because of the profound influence of Dr. Robert “Doc” S. Reich, FASLA.  Over the years, Chad has served ASLA in numerous capacities; Louisiana Chapter President; Vice President of Government Affairs, Trustee, Finance and Investments Committee, Chair of Government Affairs Advisory Committee, Licensure Committee, Nomination Committee, Disaster Response Task Force, and Leadership Development Committee . Danos’ service to the profession was recognized by induction into the 2011 Class of ASLA Fellows.

As an advocate for the advancement of landscape architecture, he has served on local committees to strengthen landscape and storm water codes and is currently the landscape architect representative on Louisiana’s licensing board.  In this role, Chad continues to educate and defend our right to practice.

Mr. Danos is our Guest Speaker at the Awards Gala on Friday night, April 15.

 

Dixon.PhotoJim Dixon, Security ConsultantBella Vista, AR

Jim Dixon has been in the security industry for over eight years. His experience there, combined with his law enforcement background while serving with a suburban Oklahoma City sheriff’s office, has given him a special understanding of the principles of building security and surveillance.
As both a security consultant and license alarm technician, he works with not only the need but also the practical application. He has designed thousands of security and surveillance systems, overseeing the installation of many of the larger projects. Dixon and wife of nearly 45 years, Marsha, live in Bella Vista, AR. They have two grown sons, both of whom are married, and five grandchildren.
When Design and Law Enforcement Unite: A unique Perspective on Design & Public Security. The Implementation of the CPTED Standards1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from noon to 1:00p
In today’s unsettled environment, People value safety and security. While standards in landscape design have evolved appreciably over recent years, there is still a major factor in landscape design that is being undervalued and overlooked today: security in design. Safety and security are two entities similar in idea but completely individual in their own right.
Throughout my education in landscape architecture I have often reflected on my time as a law enforcement officer when considering safety, health and welfare. This reflection has brought about many questions. Through research and development we can see how looking at designs from a different perspective can help us all to design in new ways and answer the questions of security.
In this course, we will look at security in design from the past, to today, and what the future may hold. We will look at both public and private site design scenarios from a Landscape Architects perspective and then review it from a Law Enforcement Perspective. We will look at the role of the Landscape Architect, how we can design with general security goals in mind with the use of CPTED standards. We will look at how security design affects the Human experience and grasp a better understanding of one’s Human Rights. We will then follow up with a general panel discussion with a current certified law enforcement officer from a local Large City, a residential security design specialist and a Landscape designer.

 

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Cinde Bauer Drilling, President – Landscape Architecture Inc.

Cinde Bauer Drilling opened Landscape Architecture Inc. in 1979. She received her education at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and  graduated Cum Laude in 1974 with a B.S.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, and at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she received a Master of Science in Ornamental Horticulture in 1975.  Cinde has designed several medical facilities, corporate headquarters, convention centers and country clubs, as well as sports arenas.  In addition to LAI project management, she focuses on large scale institutional and retail designs.  Cinde was the coordinating landscape architect for the site of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park.  She enjoys projects that focus on meditation and healing gardens. She was excited to provide landscape design services for St. Vincent West Phases I and II in Little Rock, the UAMS Healing Garden, Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Fountain and Arkansas Children’s Hospital South Wing Rooftop Garden and Atrium.  Cinde has worked on many retail stores and life-style centers throughout the country.  Recently she completed the 700,000 sq. ft. regional life-style and destination center in El Paso, Texas. She has also provided landscape design services Dillard’s Department Stores since the 1980’s, including Dillard’s Corporate Headquarters, which won the City Beautiful Continuing Excellence Award.  As part of her career, she has been involved in many government projects such as an accessible playground at Sheppard AFB, Texas and the TSA Canine Academy at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Downtown Little Rock Tour, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Thursday, April 14 from 1:30 to 4:30.  Please visit the TOUR page for details.  Presentation details

 

Bruce Dvorak_300 dpi_color_adjusted_webtallBruce Dvorak Associate Professor – Texas A&M University,  College Station, TX

Bruce Dvorak is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, and a licensed landscape architect in Texas. His areas of interest include green roof and living wall technology, sustainable site design, planning and construction. Professor Dvorak was previously in professional practice in Chicago, Illinois where he was project manager for the Chicago City Hall Green Roof Pilot Project and a member of the Green Roof Task Force for the ASLA National Headquarters green roof in Washington, D.C. At Texas A&M, Professor Dvorak established the Interdisciplinary Green Roof Research Group in 2009 where he is collaborating on green roof and living wall research with faculty and students on campus. Professor Dvorak is a member of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Research Committee, Advisory Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Living Architecture, and is widely published on green roof technology.
Green Roofs Systems1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Thursday, April 14 from 10:40a to 11:40a
Landscape architects lead in the design of green roofs, but often do not understand or take advantage of their complete control of an ecosystem’s initial design. Two of the authors of Green Roof Ecosystems, share their green roof knowledge and insight. Based on their work on the book these researchers help elucidate the inner workings of a green roof’s simplified ecosystem and suggest how designers can learn by monitoring their green roof designs and help educate clients about green roof components, installation and long-term dynamics. They reprise the nuts and bolts of the abiotic, biotic and landscape dynamics present in green roofs. Then they go beyond the book to question and suggest that the control which designers exercise over simple green roof ecosystems can become an instrument of learning and potentially innovative research. Research in landscape architectural practice has been largely informal and unrecognized. This presentation explains designers can look more deeply into an ecological system. For example tight geometric patterns give immediate visual and artistic appeal but without draconian maintenance regimes become frayed and tattered as natural plant dynamics affect a green roof. Learn how the abiotic, biotic and plant community dynamics and be understood and applied in pattern making. The end result requires less time, labor, and material to maintain and can be applied off the roof in more traditional planting designs.  Presentation details

L Finn photoLawrence Finn, Operating Partner, Mission Heights - Fayetteville, AR

Lawrence Finn is currently the Operating Partner for Mission Heights, a 30-acre New Urbanist mixed use development in Fayetteville, Arkansas that combines, homes, shops, restaurants and parks in a compact walkable, neighborhood nestled into the northern hillside of Mount Sequoyah. He has more than 30 years of experience in the construction/development industry during which he has been responsible for a diverse range of projects spanning many market segments. He has extensive experience managing mixed use neighborhood developments, notably Vickery Village in Cummings, GA (recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s 2006 Award of Excellence) and the Woodstock Downton, Woodstock, GA (recipient of the Congress for New Urbanism’s 2008 Charter Award). Recently, as Chief Operating Officer of the Village at Hendrix neighborhood, Lawrence directed the development of an approximately 92-acre village for Hendrix College. The Village at Hendrix successfully integrated a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) with the adjacent campus combining office, commercial, and recreational uses with a variety of residential forms into a very walk-able, livable, sustainable urban environment.  The Village at Hendrix was the recipient of the Metroplan 2011 Regional Planning and Leadership Award.

Lawrence is also Managing Partner of his own real estate development and consulting firm, Dakota Development. Recent projects include craftsman-style townhomes and the renovation of historic apartments in the Argenta District of North Little Rock, and an infill residential cluster development in the Pine Spruce neighborhood of Conway, partly funded by a HUD Community Development Grant in partnership with the Conway Community Development Corporation.

Lawrence is also a Board member on the Central Arkansas transit agency – Rock Region Metro and the planning, design and education consortium Studio Main.

Developing a Watershed Plan for an Urbanizing Area, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Thursday, April 14 from 12:45p to 1:45p.
How can city form fix the watershed? The city and the watershed are distinct systems of flow that generate shape and structure across the landscape to maximize their intrinsic objectives. Cities, like all flow systems, tend to evolve ever more efficient configurations that privilege the specialized currents that pass through them—in this case, cars, people, and goods. Likewise, the watershed, consisting of a catchment area’s streams and lakes, is a flow network modeled by hydrological and biological processes. Akin to all healthy ecosystems, watersheds deliver the 17 life-affirming ecosystem services that underpin our collective economic and individual well-being. The Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan focuses on the seam between city and water to create a reconciliation landscape. The Framework Plan proposes a portfolio of value-added infrastructural retrofits—green streets, water treatment art parks, urban eco-farms, conservation neighborhoods, parking gardens, riparian corridor improvements, lake aerators, vegetative harvesters and floating bio-mats, and a city greenway—complementing mainstream infrastructural investments. Each retrofit type offers niche operational competencies—or algorithms—in a framework responsive to complexities in the urban environment. The project proposes building a representative cityscape expressive of the city’s rising growth and status through a highly-productive civic green utility. 
Conway Hendrix Preserve – Stream & Wetland Ecological Restoration 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Tour on Wednesday, April 13 from 2:30p to 3:45p  Visit the TOURS page for more information.  Walking Tour details  Handout

Eirik Heikes.PhotoEirik Heikes, ASLA, Principal of Landscape Architecture and Planning, FourFront Design, Inc, Rapid City, SD

Eirik Heikes, ASLA, is the Principal of Landscape Architecture and Planning of FourFront Design, Inc., Rapid City, SD established in 2007. Previously, he was a Senior Landscape Architect for CTA Landworks of Billings, Montana and was a Landscape Architect for Wyss Associates also in Rapid City, SD for seven years. He has been designing a diverse mix of landscapes and sites for his 19 years of landscape architecture. He has had a regional focus in the Mountain West since graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman and has completed projects in the across the country. Sustainability is a huge part of Heikes’ life and is shown in all work he has completed. Efficient water use and conservation is also one of Eirik’s passions. As a Landscape Architect, Eirik has designed and provided project coordination for projects ranging from single-family residences to multi-million dollar municipal projects as well as National Park work in the region and National Cemetery Administration Projects nationally. Mr. Heikes is an active member in the following:

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • Rapid City Sustainability Committee: Chairperson
  • Rapid City Arts Council
Some of Eirik’s relevant recognitions include the following:
  • International Making Cities Livable “Healthy Communities for All” Urban Plazas Award 2012 for Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD. Great Plains Chapter ASLA award for Merit for Main Street Square as well.
  • Idaho Montana Chapter Merit Award in Resource Conservation, American Society of Landscape Architects as well as Bozeman Beautification’s Main Street to Mountains Award; Bozeman Library and Milwaukee Trail Improvements, Bozeman, Montana.
  • Responsible Tourism Award, Mountain Living for the Old Faithful Visitor Center, Yellowstone National Park.
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of American Public Works Association Project of the Year-Gillette Avenue Improvements Project.

Eirik describes himself as the product of two diverse parents and a merging of their crafts; his mother a Copenhagen educated tapestry artist whose work is internationally acclaimed and his father a highly creative botanist and agronomist whose life work includes the introduction of Sunflowers to production agriculture. His mother’s influences include a dynamic mixture of styles; tending to highlight vernacular conditions and use of mixed materials over rigid, programmatic solutions. His father’s Land Stewardship, Soils Preservation, and focus on Diversity of Plant Communities also guide his project approaches. Hebest describes his design style as “New West”; a fusion of formal placement of indigenous elements that draws from surroundings. His five favorite readings in the past five years have been “Holistic Management”, “The Fountainhead”, “The Alchemist”, “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution”, and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. He considers a career involving natural resource management to be a serious one, but tries not to take himself too seriously.

 

Planning for Pollinators and People1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from 1:10p to 2:20p.
This presentation will overview one rural family’s efforts to integrate pollinators into their land use and business plan for a Community Supported Agricultural Farm. One family member is an Agronomist, one a Landscape Architect, and another an Ecologist. All members have spent ample hours and months understanding the large volume of governmental policy developed in 2014 and integrating it into everyday practice at the organic farm. The roots of the approach take queues from Holistic Resource Management developed in the 1990’s. The presentation will overview history, planning, policy, contributions, recognition, partnerships and awareness, and future plans. It is the intent that a panel of (3) speakers from the Family will present; each providing an overview of the intermingling of their knowledge and passions. The Heikes Family Farm was nationally recognized as the 2014 Farmer Rancher Pollinator of the Year; a Conservation Award presented by the Pollinator Partnership.  Presentation details  

 

Sam Heikes cropped2 Heidi HeikesSam Heikes, BS, Agronomist and Heiki Heikes, Farm ManagerHeikes Family Farms, LLC, Vermillion SD

Sam and Heidi Heikes are the owners and managers of the Heikes Family Farm LLC Vermillion South Dakotas National Award winning CSA as 2014 Farmer/Rancher “Pollinator of the year by the North American Pollinator Protection group.

The 4th generation of farmers and ranchers in the Sioux land area, Sam is a native of Vermillion, South Dakota with a production agronomy degree from SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota in 1974. Most of his professional career in the seed trade was centered in the Pierre area of central South Dakota traveling 7 states over 35 years working with 20 different crops, specializing in oilseed production and the pollinator entomology.

Sam and his family moved back home to Vermillion in 2010 retiring from the seed trade to start a new family run CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We currently grow about 40 different vegetables, herbs and 10 different fruits, from a 12 ½ acre garden, feeding over 100 families with fresh local nutrient dense produce, and raw local honey production from 60 colony of bees, which are crucial pollinators for our produce.

Sam and his wife Gladys have 4 children, 3 grandchildren with another grandchild due in May. His youngest daughter Heidi is a full time partner in the Heikes family farm; she is in charge of the electronic communication, website, Facebook, emails, and customer service on pick up days.

“Buy fresh buy local” is the future hope of our American Communities Health… 1 out of 3 bites of food you eat is dependent on insect pollinators… People and pollinator habitat are the future of our food supply is all critically linked!

Planning for Pollinators and People, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from 1:10p to 2:20p.
This presentation will overview one rural family’s efforts to integrate pollinators into their land use and business plan for a Community Supported Agricultural Farm. One family member is an Agronomist, one a Landscape Architect, and another an Ecologist. All members have spent ample hours and months understanding the large volume of governmental policy developed in 2014 and integrating it into everyday practice at the organic farm. The roots of the approach take queues from Holistic Resource Management developed in the 1990’s. The presentation will overview history, planning, policy, contributions, recognition, partnerships and awareness, and future plans. It is the intent that a panel of (3) speakers from the Family will present; each providing an overview of the intermingling of their knowledge and passions. The Heikes Family Farm was nationally recognized as the 2014 Farmer Rancher Pollinator of the Year; a Conservation Award presented by the Pollinator Partnership.  Presentation details 

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Stephen Luoni, BS, M.Arch, Assoc. AIA, Director of the Uof Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, AR

Stephen Luoni is Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) where he is the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies and a Distinguished Professor of Architecture. Under his direction since 2003, UACDC’s design and research have won more than 100 awards, all for urban design, research, and education. His work at UACDC specializes in interdisciplinary public works projects combining landscape, urban, and architectural design. Luoni was appointed a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellow. He has a BS in Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

 

Downtown Little Rock Tour Stop at Heifer International Tour 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Tour on Thursday, April 14 from 12:45p to 3:45p  Visit the TOURS page for more information.  Presentation details

 

Dr. Thomas Nieman Professor of Landscape ArchitectureThomas J. Nieman, Ph D, FASLA, Professor Landscape Architecture – University of Kentucky – Lexington KY

Dr. Nieman is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky. He has been involved with landscape architecture licensure for many years. Presently he serves on the CLARB, Board of Directors and is President of the Kentucky Landscape Architecture Registration Board. His licensure preparation experience includes writing, pretesting and grading national exams. Since the late 1970s he had presented review sessions in numerous states and Puerto Rico. He is a member of the ASLA subcommittee on L.A.R.E. preparation and has presented review sessions at the ASLA National meeting for the past 11 years. His mantra is: Most often, those who fail do not do so from a lack of knowledge. Rather, they fail because they do not know how to take the exam. You can pass.
Professor Nieman will be teaching the LARE Prep Course on Wednesday, April 13 evening from 5:00p to 8:00p and on Thursday, April 14 from 8:00a to 11:40a and 12:45a to 5:45p.

PattiRedd_Color_WB_IPatti Redd, IIDA, ASLA Affiliate, Business DevelopmentLandscape Forms, Inc, Fort Worth TX

Patti Redd has been with Landscape Forms for 7 1/2 years. Graduating from Texas Tech University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, she has held several positions in the architectural and interiors industry including designer, manufacturer’s representative and A&D Specialist.

Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated solutions of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. For more than 45 years we have produced site furnishings that help designers and other clients achieve beautiful, functional environments that enhance the experience of outdoor space. Our secret is simple. Design, Culture and Craft drive everything we do.

LED Lighting for Pedestrian & Pathway Lights: Design, Technology, Ecology1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Thursday, April 14 from 3:30p to 4:30p.
Advanced technology has made LED lighting a viable solution for outdoor environments and is an important facet to sustainable site design. The unwanted side effects of traditional lighting: wasted energy, maintenance costs, and the negative visual and environmental impacts of over illumination are driving the adoption of LED lighting for many people.
This session covers cutting edge information about human interaction with contrast, color rendering and glare reduction that shape and enhance the visual experience while protecting the environment. Participants will leave armed with concepts to evaluable LED lighting for future projects.

 

1 Dennis Reynolds and Mr. Cotton Dennis Reynolds, ASLA, OwnerReynolds Urban Design, Des Moines, IA

Dennis Reynolds delivers award winning urban design, site design and integrated environmental public art projects with his unique combination of innovative design, presentation and listening skills; quick hand drawings and pro-active facilitation of the design process.  Prior to creating his own consulting practice, Reynolds Urban Design, he provided senior level design services and leadership at HOK, Sasaki and NBBJ.  He founded and led the innovative HOK S+V+E “Design Studio”, facilitating cutting edge multi-disciplined design concepts for major projects including Nanjing Olympic Sports Park (that hosted the 2005 China Games), the Great American Ballpark for the Cincinnati Reds and the Dubai Autodrome Formula One Racing Community.   As Director of Design for a major Midwest real estate development company from 2005 to 2011, Dennis was responsible for groundbreaking projects including the “New Urbanist” Village of Ponderosa and “Shimmer” lakeside terrace.   Recent projects include urban design, site design and public art for the downtown Des Moines Bridge District, the North Kansas City Vision Plan, Overland Park Medical Center’s “Heritage” public art trail and Edina Grandview Urban Design Concepts.  Dennis has a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College with concentrations in Fine Arts, Economics and Group Dynamics, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.  Mr. Cotton was born under a barn and never knew his Dad.  He is an Australian Border Collie and a certified Therapy Dog.  He enjoys visiting Unity Point Medical Hospital, Wesley Acres memory care and medical wings, and “Link” for mentally challenged adults.

Discovering Design, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH Thursday, April 14 from 8:00a to 9:00a

Through a fast paced and interactive process the presenter will outline design processes as related to Mr. Cotton (a licensed therapy dog who will be a part of the discovery session).  Understanding our thinking and decision making behavior as well as those that we work with (other designers, clients, stakeholders…) greatly impacts our ability to successfully facilitate a design process with high quality results.  Presentation details 

 

JR head shot 2015 CROPJames Richards, FASLA, Principal, Townscape Inc., Fort Worth, TX

Jim is a national award-winning urban designer and author; he is also a professor, lecturer and travel artist whose work explores the intersection of place, creativity and placemaking around the globe.  He teaches design and drawing at the University of Texas at Arlington, and is co-founder and principal of TOWNSCAPE, Inc., an urban design consultancy focused on placemaking for cities, towns, urban villages and special sites.  He serves on the international Advisory Board for Urban Sketchers, and his travel art has appeared in solo and group exhibitions, most recently in Havana and Moscow. He is a recipient of ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal for writing; his book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery, published by John Wiley & Sons, won a national Honor Award from the ASLA in 2014. His second book for Wiley, on creativity and design thinking, is scheduled for release in 2017.

Freehand Visions:  The Role of Drawing in a Digital Age, 1.5 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from 8:00a to 9:30a

This session shares new insights into the evolution of freehand sketching in a digital world. Using examples drawn from industrial design, the film industry and an award-winning urban design practice, this session reveals the value of rapid visualization skills, their use in the real world of design practice, and techniques that help make drawing an efficient and profitable creative tool. Explore developments in the global urban sketching phenomenon, using rapid sketching techniques as a spark plug in the creative process, and interactive digital sketching with pen-interactive computers. It includes a hands-on demonstration of rapid concept sketching techniques designed for audience participation.  Presentation details

 

DRoberts headshot cropDave Roberts, ASLA, Vice President of Planning – Crafton Tull, Little Rock, AR

Dave Roberts, ASLA Vice President Planning at Crafton Tull Received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1989, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Dave is an Arkansas Licensed Landscape Architect #5020 Dave is the Vice President of Planning at Crafton Tull, a multidiscipline Engineering & Architecture firm with 6 offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He is responsible for overseeing the daily management of site planning and urban design projects that include community planning & urban design, corridor revitalization plans, campus master plans, parks & recreation system master plans, as well as bicycle & pedestrian network plans. Under Dave’s leadership, the Crafton Tull Planning Department has received six planning and design awards from ASLA and APA Arkansas Chapters. Their most recent award was the 2015 Honor Award from the Arkansas Chapter of ASLA for the Maumelle Strategic Master Plan.

Barrier Free – Urban Design1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from 3:40p to 4:40p.

Barrier-free design is a concept that most site planners think they understand until they experience the built environment from a special needs point of view. It is then that they may find the challenges greater than imagined.

This one hour session will include insight from a landscape architect whose teenage daughter navigates life behind the controls of a power wheelchair. He will share how this life experience has changed his understand of access, inclusion and how barrier-free design goes beyond the basic requirements.  Presentation details

 shafique-headshotTonsil Shafique, BArch, M.Arch, Assoc AIA, Project Designer – University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Fayetteville, AR
Tanzil Shafique is Project Designer/Architect and urbanist at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design where he leads the Urbanism History Seminar, and works on developing meta-disciplinary design typologies for urbanisms intersecting architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and ecology. He holds an M.Arch in Architecture and Urbanism from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and a B.Arch from BRAC University in Bangladesh.
Developing a Watershed Plan for an Urbanizing Area, 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Thursday, April 14 from 12:45p to 1:45p.
How can city form fix the watershed? The city and the watershed are distinct systems of flow that generate shape and structure across the landscape to maximize their intrinsic objectives. Cities, like all flow systems, tend to evolve ever more efficient configurations that privilege the specialized currents that pass through them—in this case, cars, people, and goods. Likewise, the watershed, consisting of a catchment area’s streams and lakes, is a flow network modeled by hydrological and biological processes. Akin to all healthy ecosystems, watersheds deliver the 17 life-affirming ecosystem services that underpin our collective economic and individual well-being. The Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan focuses on the seam between city and water to create a reconciliation landscape. The Framework Plan proposes a portfolio of value-added infrastructural retrofits—green streets, water treatment art parks, urban eco-farms, conservation neighborhoods, parking gardens, riparian corridor improvements, lake aerators, vegetative harvesters and floating bio-mats, and a city greenway—complementing mainstream infrastructural investments. Each retrofit type offers niche operational competencies—or algorithms—in a framework responsive to complexities in the urban environment. The project proposes building a representative cityscape expressive of the city’s rising growth and status through a highly-productive civic green utility.  Presentation details

Martin BW1Martin L. Smith, PSA, ASLA, Principal – Ecological Design Group, Birdeye AR

Martin is a native of Arkansas and currently resides in the small community of Birdeye raising his family in a home built by his Great Great Grandfather in 1901. His passion and commitment to his local community runs deep in the Arkansas Delta much like his family history. Martin has led design teams throughout the state with a focus on innovative award winning low impact development for urban and rural environments. Martin uses stormwater to initiate his designs while placing an emphasis on the integration of public spaces with the founding principles of ecology. Martin and his wife Kara are active throughout the Delta promoting the importance of Healthy Living lifestyles while also promoting locally grown regional sustainability.
Conway Hendrix Preserve – Stream & Wetland Ecological Restoration 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Tour on Wednesday, April 13 from 2:30p to 3:45p  Visit the TOURS page for more information.  Presentation details
Downtown Little Rock Tour Stop at Heifer International Tour 1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Tour on Thursday, April 14 from 12:45p to 3:45p  Visit the TOURS page for more information.  Presentation details

 

Nancy Sommerville photo 2016Nancy C. Somerville, Hon ASLA, Executive Vice President and CEO – American Society of Landscape Architects ASLA, Washington D.C. 

Nancy C. Somerville is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Since joining the Society in August 2000, Somerville has enabled the Society to become a more effective advocate on active transportation, green infrastructure, and other environmental and land use issues. In 2004, Somerville was elected to membership in Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics fraternity. She received the Civic Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in 2008 and is an honorary member of ASLA and the American Institute of Architects.

 

The Sustainable Sites Initiative – Landscape in the Lead1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH – Friday, April 15 from 10:00a to 11:00a

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®) is a comprehensive system for planning, design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings.   Grounded in the concept of ecosystem services, SITES is based on the principle that true sustainability not only minimizes environmental harm but also restores and enhances the health of the world around us.  SITES project types range from parks and civic spaces, to corporate and academic campuses, to streetscapes and parking lots.  This session will present an overview of the SITES® v2 Rating System, successful pilot projects, and integration with LEED.  

SITES is produced by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which owns exclusive rights to the SITES rating system, its publications, and its trademarks.  The material on which the SITES rating system is based was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden.

Richard Sutton4.JPGDr. Richard K. Sutton, FASLA,  PhD, PLA, GRP, Professor – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Dr. Richard K. Sutton is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Professional Landscape Architect in Nebraska, and a certified Green Roof Professional. He teaches landscape architecture and landscape design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An expert on native plants, he consults on the use of prairie for extensive green roofs and advocates for green roof plantings as practice-based experiments. A suite of five Lincoln, Nebraska, cooperators and their green roofs provide research venues and places to involve landscape architecture students through UNL’s Undergraduate Creative and Research Experience (UCARE). His green roof research work garnered a 2015 Great Plains Chapter Merit Award. Richard has co-authored two books on plants, Woody Plants for the Central and Northern Prairies with Walter Bagley, and Waterwise: Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes. In addition, he has published numerous articles about Great Plains landscapes, prairie plants, and green roofs. Recently, Richard has finished editing a 17 chapter book entitled Green Roof Ecosystems that is now available from Springer.
Green Roofs Systems1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH - Thursday, April 14 from 10:40a to 11:40a
Landscape architects lead in the design of green roofs, but often do not understand or take advantage of their complete control of an ecosystem’s initial design. Two of the authors of Green Roof Ecosystems, share their green roof knowledge and insight. Based on their work on the book these researchers help elucidate the inner workings of a green roof’s simplified ecosystem and suggest how designers can learn by monitoring their green roof designs and help educate clients about green roof components, installation and long-term dynamics. They reprise the nuts and bolts of the abiotic, biotic and landscape dynamics present in green roofs. Then they go beyond the book to question and suggest that the control which designers exercise over simple green roof ecosystems can become an instrument of learning and potentially innovative research. Research in landscape architectural practice has been largely informal and unrecognized. This presentation explains designers can look more deeply into an ecological system. For example tight geometric patterns give immediate visual and artistic appeal but without draconian maintenance regimes become frayed and tattered as natural plant dynamics affect a green roof. Learn how the abiotic, biotic and plant community dynamics and be understood and applied in pattern making. The end result requires less time, labor, and material to maintain and can be applied off the roof in more traditional planting designs.  Presentation details

 

TowleWilliam C. Towle, ASLA, BLA, Landscape Designer and Project Manager -Landscape Creations LLC, Rogers, AR
William Towle is a landscape designer and project manager with Landscape Creations LLC in Rogers,Arkansas. William is a 2012 honors graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas where he graduated with a B.A. in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Horticulture. He has worked in the field of landscape design and illustration graphics since 2005, and is currently working toward licensure as a Landscape Architect in Arkansas. Prior to his career in Landscape Architecture, William served for more than twelve years as a Law Enforcement Officer within local and state municipalities. In that position, he conducted criminal investigations and implemented physical security, personal security, and counterterrorism programs both domestically and at a federal level. This brings a valuable design perspective to all his projects, especially when designing public spaces.
When Design and Law Enforcement Unite: A unique Perspective on Design & Public Security. The Implementation of the CPTED Standards1.0 LA CES-HSW CEH - Friday, April 15 from noon to 1:00p

In today’s unsettled environment, People value safety and security. While standards in landscape design have evolved appreciably over recent years, there is still a major factor in landscape design that is being undervalued and overlooked today: security in design. Safety and security are two entities similar in idea but completely individual in their own right.

Throughout my education in landscape architecture I have often reflected on my time as a law enforcement officer when considering safety, health and welfare. This reflection has brought about many questions. Through research and development we can see how looking at designs from a different perspective can help us all to design in new ways and answer the questions of security.

In this course, we will look at security in design from the past, to today, and what the future may hold. We will look at both public and private site design scenarios from a Landscape Architects perspective and then review it from a Law Enforcement Perspective. We will look at the role of the Landscape Architect, how we can design with general security goals in mind with the use of CPTED standards. We will look at how security design affects the Human experience and grasp a better understanding of one’s Human Rights. We will then follow up with a general panel discussion with a current certified law enforcement officer from a local Large City, a residential security design specialist and a Landscape designer.

 

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All presentations have been registered and will be recorded through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. Professional Development Hour (PDH) is the term that LA CES uses to measure how much credit a course carries.  Arkansas jurisdiction uses Continuing Education Hour (CEH) to identify instruction for continuing education. PDH hours = CEH hours. Health Safety and Welfare (HSW) applies to those courses meeting HSW requirements.  See https://laces.asla.org for definitions of HSW and calculations used for continuing education hours.  

 

 

 

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