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2015 Conference Course Descriptions


2015 Conference Course Descriptions


Florida Board of Landscape Architecture Meeting

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

Florida Grades and Standards; Palms (2015 Updates)

Initiating this course will be a brief discussion on how the new grading process differs from the old - in concept and content. This introduction will be followed by a session dedicated to the definitions of the grading criteria and their relevance to the process. Then we will evaluate a palm and assign a grade. Next, we will talk about the distinction between grading and specifying. Following this, we will consider examples of specifier’s terms, their definitions and how they might be used. The session will end in a Q & A session.


John Conroy, Owner of Fish Branch Tree Farm,  Chair of the G&S 2015 Updates Committee on Palms.

Next Generation Trails System in Seminole County: The Next Ten Years

In 2013, voters in Seminole County approved a one-cent sales tax which would fund in part the expansion of the County's highly successful trails system. This course looks back at the twenty year history of the trails program, how the next generation of trails were planned and funded, and what the next ten years of trails development has in store for residents and tourists of Central Florida.


Richard Durr, PLA, AICP.

Designing and Space Shaping - Museum Park and the Baywalk Promenade

This course is based on an actual project designed and to be built in phases for the City of Miami, taking into consideration the historical background of the site and creation of Museum Park.    The goal is to establish a large waterfront park which would be home to two, new world-class museums, and restore the linkage between the City's downtown and its bayfront.

Barry R. Miller, PLA.

Bill Megrath, LEED Green Associate, ICPI.

Florida Grades and Standards Trees (2015 Updates)

The Florida Grades & Standards have been evaluated and updated through a rigorous process to bring much improved updates to the profession. This practical and informative course will explain the cross-disciplinary process and highlight the changes to the 2015 Edition of the Florida Grades and Standards.


Dr. Edward Gilman, PhD.

Insights into Landscape Sustainability: The Keys, The Costs, The Conundrum. How FDOT’s Experience can Inform Your Practice of Landscape Architecture (Panel)

We have all had the unfortunate experience of going back to sites we designed, only to discover that our intent was never fully realized. Plants had died, replacements had been made; in short – it didn’t look at all as we had envisioned. This course will reconsider the basic building blocks of landscape sustainability. We will use the experience gained during the past quarter century as the FDOT has entered the arena of highway beautification to inform our future efforts toward the goal of developing durable, long-lasting landscapes that truly are beneficial. Participants will realize the significance of the costs associated with properly maintaining our designs, and how to optimize a design for better financial performance while not sacrificing on aesthetics or creativity. See how the Department is boldly engaging the landscape industry to make the changes that are required to ensure that our landscape designs are both sustainable and affordable.


Moderator: Jeff Caster, FASLA 

Wilson McBurney, PLA, ASLA.

Billy Butterfield, FNGLA.

Brad Smith, PLA, AICP.

Scott Girard, President, LandEconics.

Large Format Photography to Meet the guidelines of the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS).

This session provides a general overview of the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) in Florida and the primary lead professionals of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Specifically, the session will address the photographic requirements implemented by the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS Guidelines require the use of the large format view camera with a 5” x 7” format using proper tilts and swings to eliminate vertical distortion. Film processing must result in a high quality, acutance developed film to meet the Library of Congress archival standard of four hundred years.


Bill Lutrick, ASLA Emeritus.  

David Driapsa, PLA, ASLA.

Low Impact Development Techniques: Practical Application of the i-Tree Hydro Model

i-Tree Hydro is an easy to use software available to Landscape Architects to evaluate green infrastructure alternatives as a practical strategy in stormwater planning. Course participants will be given a live demonstration of the software with a step by step introduction to data entry and outputs.  Alternative scenarios can compare projected stormwater runoff and pollutant loads of various planning and design options.  A recently completed stormwater master plan utilizing this tool will also be discussed.   Landscape Architects applied this analysis to recommend a variety of green infrastructure tools to meet regulatory TMDL water quality criteria for the Delaney Creek watershed.


Thomas F. Levin, ASLA PLA AICP CEP

Richard Peterika, PLA, LEED, ISA

Understanding Our Role and Executing its Potential (Thursday Keynote)

The notion that we are at a crossroads is not a novel idea.  For more than thirty years, landscape architects have stood at the crossroads where ecology, mobility and culture intersect.  With a diverse set of expertise, the opening keynote panelists begin our conference discussing the complexities of these intersections and the role landscape architects should play in an integrated, multi-disciplinarian design approach.


David Barth, PLA, ASLA, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Billy Hattaway, P.E.
Jay Exum, Ph.D. wildlife ecology

Jennifer Quigley

Floating a Message in a Bottle (Friday Keynote)

Before action can be taken, there is a realization. The power of presenting a persuasive iconic symbol to represent an issue is often found in the work of Artist Buster Simpson. For over 40 years Simpson has subtly as well as overtly addressed social economical and ecological issues in the landscape through the use of agitprops and functional metaphors. The power of transparent pedagogical public realm projects often empowers community stewardship. The potential to engage and solve problems as we increasingly face the conundrum of climate change will be essential in our design practices.


Buster Simpson, Artist.

Establishing Sustainable Plantings of Native Wildflowers and Grasses

Successfully establishing a sustainable planting of native wildflowers and grasses in landscape beds or meadows, or along roadsides, requires understanding of the key issues that can affect a planting – weeds, site characteristics (light exposure, soil, hydrology, etc), species, and origin of the plants or seeds. Just as important is having the personnel that can effectively implement establishment and management specifications.


Jeff Norcini, Ecological Horticulturist.

Ask a Traffic Engineer

From sidewalk widths to curb layouts, street design is often led by traffic engineers. The goal of this session is to help landscape architects understand the traffic engineering vocabulary and technical considerations. Become effective contributors to the dialogue that shapes these public spaces.


Jonathan D. Haigh, PLA, ASLA.

 Adam Kerr, PE.

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, PLA.

Renewable Energy and the Landscape Architect

This course offers a dynamic interview by a professional journalist of one of our esteemed Florida landscape architects, Hilton Meadows. Mr. Meadows, RLA0000339, has over 55 years of planning and development professional practice and experience. In addition to being a landscape architect, he is also a forensic scientist with a post Masters Degree from the University of Florida. He has lectured on energy via the Texas A&M Lecture Series with an upcoming event at a Middle East Conference in Abu Dhabi. Find out how renewable energy interrelates with landscape architecture and what future projects could look like for the profession.


Hilton Meadows, PLA.

Jennifer Rich, Senior Reporter for the Chipley Newspaper Group

Intersections of Conservation & Landscape Architecture (Panel)

A panel discussion exploring current approaches to land and water conservation from the regional to residential scale, and how Landscape Architecture is applying these approaches to create connections within Florida's fragile landscape. Presented by a panel of researchers, practitioners, restoration ecologists and conservationists.


Mallory Dimmitt, Conservationist with Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition;

Gail Hansen, ASLA, UF Associate Professor Environmental Horticulture Department and State Extension Specialist Landscape Design;

Nancy Bissett, Restoration Ecologist, Horticulturist, Botanist and Co-Owner of The Natives nursery.

Karina Veaudry, PLA Native Florida Consulting

Moderated by Tracy Wyman, ASLA.

Boca Grande: Cultural Landscapes That Define Florida

This educational session focuses on the historic landscape of the early twentieth century coastal island community of Boca Grande in Southwest Florida that was created as an industrial port company town and later transformed into a Gilded Age resort aided by the town planning of Landscape Architect Carl Rust Parker and later the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects. The presentation concludes with a discussion of historic preservation efforts beginning at the second half of the twentieth century and continuing to the present. Sustainability is the theme of our current age. This course will illustrate how historic landscapes are moving into the mainstream of the historic preservation movement and how the Historic American Landscapes Survey is leading to better understanding of conservation and developmental issues that threaten the historical context of the cultural landscape of Gasparilla Island.

David Driapsa, PLA, ASLA.

Sea Change Clinic

A short presentation of examples of climate change effects and solutions will be presented by Buster Simpson. Following the introduction, the session will open with short unsolicited presentations by audience members’ intent on sharing personal documentation of climate change issues they are engaged in, concerned about, or wishing discussion about. This course is meant to be engaging and interactive, with brief discussions following each presentation.


Buster Simpson, Artist.

The Adoption of Innovation in the Planning and Design Process: Creating High Performance Public Spaces

Why do some public space planning and design teams adopt sustainable design innovations while others don’t? What are the key factors that influence the adoption of sustainable design innovations in the planning and design of High Performance Public Spaces (HPPSs)? Based on recent research at the University of Florida, this session explores the concept of HPPSs, defined as any publicly accessible civic space that generates economic, environmental, and social sustainability benefits for their local community. The session includes the criteria for HPPSs, the factors that influence the adoption of innovation, and implications for both public agencies and consulting firms.

David Barth, PLA, ASLA

The UF Green Roof: 8 Revelations in 8 Years

The course will feature an overview of the technology of a Florida green roof and the experiences and lessons learned the past 8 years of the author’s work on the University of Florida’s Perry Construction Yard Green Roof – including his work in its design, research activities, and role in its maintenance. 


Glenn Acomb, FASLA.

Inspiration, Education and Conservation: Carrying on the Legacy of Edward Bok and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

This course presents the design for several new projects at Bok Tower Gardens and the relevance of both the founder’s and the designer’s values to contemporary challenges to reinvigorate the botanical garden.


Sally Coyle, PLA.

Jen Trompetter, PLA, ASLA.

PortMiami Tunnel: Bringing Art Back to Infrastructure by Telling the Story of Place and Process

An extraordinary example of Art elevating infrastructure and reinvigorating urban space and civic pride, through the collaborative participation of Landscape Architects, Architects, Planning and Engineering professionals. Every surface of the $1 Billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) PortMiami Tunnel project and surrounding 6 acre campus was enlisted as canvas for a highly choreographed, cinematic sequence designed to communicate the place and process of navigation, while enhancing the act of navigation. Textured concrete, colorful graphics, elegant lighting and naturalistic landscapes illustrate the Tunnel’s creation and the experience of movement by land, sea and air, and even the underwater landscape beyond the tunnel walls.


Robert Lloyd, LEED AP.

Student Research of Florida's Two Landscape Architecture Programs

Student’s from both of Florida’s landscape architecture programs present their thesis and capstone projects, followed by a Q&A session with practitioners and fellow academics. The session has historically provided an excellent opportunity to talk about L.A. education, current research, and the relationship between landscape architecture practice and education.

Perez Art Museum Miami: Resiliency by Design

Innovative Green Infrastructure and educational opportunities define site and landscape design at Miami’s Perez Art and Frost Science Museums. PAMM’s porous paving and gardens accommodate storm surge and sea level rise, and native plants receive minimal irrigation from stored rainwater and AC condensate. Frost captures, reuses and treats waste water before release to the public system. A green roof provides a beautiful and educational setting to explore science. Topographical manipulation, dense plantings and a winding path create a bioswale and a resilient a park that will function as a temporary detention facility, with different levels accessible depending on rain intensity.


Jeremy Calleros Gauger, AIA, LEED AP.

Senior Living Communities: Outdoor Spaces, Therapeutic Benefits, and Lessons Learned on the Journey

The Cypress Cove Retirement Community provides many insights for landscape architects interested in designing for an aging population. From dog parks to a venue for remote-controlled “yacht” regattas, to a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for memory care assisted living – this course has something of interest for everyone. Discover trends, how research informs design, and some fun and innovative examples of collaborative and creative teams accomplishing much.


Brad Smith, PLA, AICP.

Scott Girard, Director of Imaginality Brad Smith Associates, Inc.

Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact (Saturday Keynote)

Most people now know about “building performance,” but few outside the profession fully appreciate “landscape performance” and the contribution landscape solutions make to sustainability.  Understanding the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, investors, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results. This session introduces and explores the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to achieving sustainability and reaching key decision-makers.

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Advanced Building Code Wind and Trees

This course will provide design professionals with the fundamentals of the effects of wind on buildings, structures, and trees.  The course includes wind design considerations for the main wind force resisting system and components and cladding.  The course includes discussion on the requirements and factors, such as wind speed, importance factor, surface roughness, and exposure categories that affect the design of a structure for wind loading.  The requirements of the wind borne debris region are reviewed, including the types of opening protection and product approval.  The course will also discuss the effect of wind on the surrounding environment, specifically trees, why trees fail in hurricane and high wind storms, what trees are more wind resistant, and proper pruning and planting techniques.


Joe Samnik,  ISA, ASCA

Lori Ballard,  FNGLA, ISA

Are You Ready for New Opportunities?  A Laws & Rules Course

This course, satisfying FBOLA LAWS & RULES credits, will explore opportunities to practice for landscape architects within state agency rules.  Specifically explored will be FDOT Rule 14-75 in an engaging panel discussion.  You will be challenged to explore opportunities in which you are interested.


Hilton Meadows, PLA

Paul Kissinger, FASLA, PLA, Principal EDSA

Bret Hammond, ASLA, AIA, PLA

Jeff Caster FASLA

Moderated by Emily O'Mahoney, PLA, ASLA.

The CCC In South Florida

The course will be a presentation and discussion of the contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to the public landscapes of South Florida. Locations of focus will be Greynolds Park, Matheson Hammock, Fairchild Tropical Garden and Royal Palm State Park.


Ted Baker, FASLA



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