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2016 Conference Course Descriptions


Florida Board of Landscape Architecture Meeting

Gather with Landscape Architect peers to become informed of the current state of the profession.

Concepts for Waterfront Development Along Coastal Shorelines

Florida's beaches and dunes require a careful balance between preservation and development that assures environmental habitat, upland property protection, value for recreation, and reasonable use of private and public property. Asset protection involves significant investment in ecological preservation, stabilization and restoration to offset heavy amenity and programmatic demands of clients. Landscape architects are important members of the extensive team of professionals needed to navigate the intense regulatory climate. Discussion will include the Coastal Construction Control Line Program (CCCL), wildlife, plant and structure considerations, examples of successful projects, lessons learned and recommended resources available to coastal shoreline designers.

Jeremy Gauger, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

Living Alternatives to Concrete Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are traditionally non-vegetated and composed of concrete blocks that only serve as a structural grade change. Trends in green building are driving the development and use of new systems - this session will teach how living walls can provide structural reinforcement, aesthetic diversity, temperature moderation, greenspace, and habitat.

Mark Woolbright 

Historic Garden Attractions & the Image of the Florida Landscape

Perceptions of nature in early modern Florida powerfully shaped the state”s identity and development. The idealized image of a tropical paradise was used to promote growth and tourism, both still central to our economy and culture. Florida's garden ‘attractions’ were a unique cultural landscape type that strove to make this image real. Now mostly vanished, those that remain are re-defining themselves for the 21st century. An overview of the attraction phenomenon and selected case studies of surviving gardens shows how their original sense of wonder about Florida's natural environment can still inform our work and inspire stewardship of our resources.

David Sacks

Site Plan Rendering Tips and Techniques Using Adobe Photoshop

This course is intended to introduce Landscape Architects to various Photoshop techniques and tips to help streamline their use of Photoshop and enhance the aesthetic value of their renderings. Basic working knowledge of Photoshop is required as this is not an introduction to Photoshop course. Please note: the latest version of Photoshop CC 2015 will be used. Some features covered are not available in earlier versions of Photoshop.

Scott Merrell

A Bold New Direction for FDOT's Bold New Vision

A review of three major highway case studies of FDOT stand alone landscape installations which shall illustrate innovative approaches to the Department's Bold New Vision roadside landscape design. These studies have also been selected to showcase the variety of plant material encouraged in various FDOT districts that also satisfy the Department's maintenance requirements. We shall also provide a brief discussion of the design parameters that need to be considered in any State Highway project and the projected level of future work with the Department.

Michael Kidde, PLA 
David Conner, ASLA, RLA
Wilson McBurney, RLA
Jim Gilman, RLA and ISA 
Elisabeth Hassett, RLA

Documenting National Register Listed Landscapes in Florida 

Created by the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic places deemed to be worthy of preservation in the United States. Currently, more than 1,600 properties are listed in Florida, of which 45 are National Historic Landmarks of exceptional value in illustrating the heritage of our nation. Many of these properties include historic landscapes. This course is presented at an intermediate level to address health, safety, and welfare issues of emerging topics relevant to the planning and design professions, such as historic landscape authenticity, significance, impairment, preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration.

David Driapsa, FASLA

Finding Design: Landscape Architects, Inspiration, and the Creative Process

This one-hour lecture explores and illustrates the sources of inspiration for several outstanding landscape architects who are working at many scales and in many countries around the world. Drawing from illustrations in her new book, THE INSPIRED LANDSCAPE, the speaker includes artwork, historical artifacts and photographs, natural phenomena, concept sketches and final plans, as well as photographs of the completed projects.

Susan Cohen, FASLA

Creativity: The Killer App

The seismic changes and challenges of the coming decades will test the limits of our professional knowledge and skills. But creativity and design thinking are the keys to solving complex new problems, and solving them artfully. Our ability to coax creative approaches and solutions from unfamiliar circumstances is central to who we are as professionals, and the key to turning our multifaceted challenges into a new Golden Age for landscape architecture. This inspirational session will explore varied approaches and tools for employing creativity, as well as essential attitudes and disciplines to help make it central to education, practice and life.

James Richards, FASLA, PLA

Evidence-Based Landscape Design: Sensory Play Gardens Value for Children with Developmental Disorders

More than just play, children with developmental disorders benefit from strategically designed sensory playgrounds and sensory gardens. This study evaluated the outcomes of outdoor play using a multiple baseline research design. The lessons are applicable to future sensory gardens and play areas for schools, early childhood and therapeutic play environments. A sensory-rich playground and garden allows children with developmental disorders to develop the strong sensory and motor systems that are so vital for their futures. This research examines the outcomes attained by children, therapists and families experiencing the play space as a natural setting for rich, multi-sensory dynamic therapy interactions.

John McConkey, ASLA
Ingrid Kanics

Jacksonville's Southbank Riverwalk: "Being Creative within the Box"

Designing within the ‘box’ is considered creativity at its finest and became the central theme behind the city of Jacksonville”s recent efforts to replace its much needed Southbank Riverwalk! A talented multi-disciplined design team, led by a Landscape Architect, successfully replaced the 4,500 liner foot, deteriorating riverwalk along Jacksonville”s iconic riverfront. Throughout the discovery phase of conceptual design, decisions were made to raise the awareness of this project becoming one of the city”s premier tourist destinations. The importance of color, materials, patterns, lighting, shade, art, all contributed greatly to a creative vision within the typical constraints of budget and program reality. The results were a celebrated success story for a city in need of a dynamic river front destination.

Christopher Flagg, FASLA
Charlie Rocheleau, DBIA, LEED, AP

The Art of Engagement: A Case Study of South Florida's First Urban Art Trail

In this course, we will discuss the opportunities for Landscape Architects to apply innovative urban intervention in the Cities where they reside. Learn how South Florida’s first urban art trail was brought to life. We will discuss Mockingbird Trail as a case study for the ‘art of engagement’. Discuss techniques for engaging and educating the public on the design process, collaborating with professional fine artists, and understanding the challenges at hand for ‘fixing’ an urban fabric that is torn.

Rebecca Bradley, RLA, ASLA 
Gage Couch, ASLA
Sarah Michelle Rupert 
Jenni Morejon

Fellows Round Table: State of the Profession

This discussion will cover the parameters of our profession from high school recruitment, university enrollment, undergraduate, and graduate level of learning, design focus, innovation orientation, and art and creativity in our profession.

Christopher Flagg, FASLA
James Richards, FASLA, PLA
Glenn Acomb, FASLA
Ted Baker, FASLA, PLA
Richard Conant, FASLA
Moderator: Nicole Plunkett, ASLA

Recreational Trails: Bringing People into the Great Outdoors

Trails come in many types and scales from neighborhood linear parks to regional scale recreational amenities linking communities together. They all have one thing in common: bringing people outdoors for exercise and the enjoyment of nature. This course is presented at an intermediate level to address health, safety, and welfare issues of recreational trail planning, design and construction relevant to the planning and design professions. Case studies include ADA accessible trails in Voyageurs National Park and trails in the award-winning community of Pelican Bay - winner of the ULI community of the year award as a ‘model of environmentally sound community planning.’

David Driapsa, FASLA

A History of the Depiction of Landscape from the Roman Wall Paintings to Contemporary Photography

A History of the Depiction of Landscape from the Roman Wall Paintings to Contemporary Photography. The class examines the history of the depiction of landscape from Roman wall paintings to contemporary photographic documentation. Recommended equipment and software for the photographic documentation of landscape will be discussed. Examples of the complete documentation of individual landscape projects will be shown. Hiring a landscape photographer will be discussed.

Steven Brooke

Advanced Building Code: Site and Accessibility

This course details the requirements of the Florida Building Code as it pertains to site related requirements. The course discusses the Florida Building Code Chapter 11 Accessibility requirements for accessible sites, accessible routes, parking, curb ramps, ramps and detectable warnings and Termite Requirements that are contained in Chapter 1, Chapter 18, Chapter 21 and Chapter 23. When the course has been completed, the participant will understand and be able to apply accessible site requirements, accessible routes, accessible parking, accessible curb ramps and ramps, termite protection of soil, termite protection of wood, and inspection requirements for termites.

Joseph Samnik, AEDP, ASCA, FLISA, FCA

Groundwork Jacksonville: Creating and Connecting Jacksonville's Urban Greenways and Waterways

Learn who and what Groundwork Jacksonville is and what initiatives they have undertaken to transform some of Jacksonville's most contaminated neighborhoods into Jacksonville's most green and active neighborhoods.

James Richardson, II

Play Sculpture: The "Art" of Fun 

Play and sculpture have intersected throughout history. As art is play for the min, so can it be physical play for the body. During this course you will learn about how play is incorporated into unique sculpture to bring the best of both worlds. The course will begin with a brief history of play and sculpture, then talk about how manufacturers of play equipment walk through the process of creating unique pieces that incorporate meaningful play value, while meeting safety standards and guidelines. At the end, the participants will talk about the collaboration between landscape architects or project managers and play equipment manufacturers during the design of play sculpture.

Craig Mellott 
Ginny McDougal

New Opportunities for Florida's Regional Trail Network

Recent legislation has created a significant new funding source for the planning and construction of trails of regional significance in Florida. This presentation provides a recent history of regional trail planning in Florida; reviews the typical agencies involved in trail planning, design, and construction; and offers an overview of the newly created SUNTrails program. We will also explore how Landscape Architects can continue to be leaders, partners, and advocates for trail development across our state.

Elisabeth Manley, RLA
Joe Beckman

Using Reclaimed Materials In Hardscape Projects

The presentation covers the historic use of bricks and cobblestones as paving. That their durability is self-evident in the many brick and cobble roads that still exist today. A brief overview of the historic manufacturing processes and stone sources is provided. The reclamation of these bricks and cobbles offers an opportunity to increase the sustainability of construction and reduce the consumption of additional natural resources. Information is provided on how these products may contribute to LEED points. Both historic and modern installation methods of bricks and cobbles are outlined including permeable pavements. Options for ADA compliant installations are reviewed. Unique requirements for installing this sometimes non-uniform material are also reviewed. Additional reclaimed materials such as curbing, stone sidewalk slabs, stone building elements and large stone block are also discussed. Options for cutting and shaping of this unique material with specialized equipment and techniques are presented. Samples of materials are circulated to understand the characteristics of the materials. Images are shown of installations including creative non-typical uses and combinations of various reclaimed materials which produce spectacular results.

Scott Smith, PE

Creativity Through Collaboration

Historically research on creativity has focused on individual creativity. The idea of the ‘lone genius’ has captured the imagination of Western civilization since the Renaissance. The overarching story of the “great conversation” of ideas through the ages, driven by a multidisciplinary collaborative spirit, is sometimes forgotten. Recently the scholarship on creativity has placed greater emphasis on group collaboration. This movement is summarized in the book ‘Group Creativity: Innovation through Collaboration’. Using excerpts from this book, examples from History, and my own experience, I will offer my thoughts on the benefits of working with other artists on design projects. In particular I will explore Michelangelo’s use of space in the Laurentian Library as well as share my 2013 work with landscape architect Chris Flagg on a contemplative garden featuring a public sculpture in Jacksonville.

Carl Fougerousse, MFA

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes 

This talk presents a groundbreaking alternative to traditional horticulture: designed plantings that function like naturally occurring plant communities. Explaining the art, science, and practicality of the new planting design revolution, this session will demonstrate how beautiful, dynamic, sustainable urban planting can be created. It explores how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create landscapes that are resilient, more colorful, and diverse.

Thomas Rainer, ASLA

What Does It Take To Pass the LARE? Do you know? Preparing for Passing the LARE

In panel discussion format, 2 seasoned veterans of LARE training and 3 recent takers of the exam will discuss what it takes to prepare for and pass the LARE in its current format. Emerging professionals preparing for the LARE will gain insight into how to study and what to study. Seasoned professionals will gain knowledge how to assist emerging professionals to prepare for the LARE and how the exam and the profession is changing and the challenges of the youth of our profession. 

Emily O'Mahoney, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, BD&C
Glenn Acomb, FASLA

Specifying Your Way in to Court: Utilizing Your Landscape 

The language, notations and specifications listed on your sealed plan are the basis of a legal binding contract. As such, you are at Ground Zero for a lawsuit when something goes wrong. Learn how your choice of words negatively affect your negligent exposure. Learn how your specifications become a detriment to the execution of the plan and expose you to litigation. Understand the difference between the current grades and standards and your landscape specifications. This course may save you from litigation while increasing your professionalism in safeguarding your brand and that of your clients.

Joseph Samnik, AEDP, ASCA, FLISA, FCA, 


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