Friday, December 23, 2011

Important Dates for 2012

Hey kids! Heads up! Here are some important dates in 2012 you might want to put on your calendars!
  • Thesis Presentations SATURDAY and SUNDAY June 2, and June 3 
  • Submittal for Student show SATURDAY June 23 (Probably Portfolio Review Day)  
  • Student Show Opening and Department Graduation Awards Ceremony SUNDAY July 8

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paid Internship with Kounkuey Design Initiative and SMAQ

Please check out this incredible six-month internship where you'll be helping to design a rebuilt Haiti! 

LOTUSLAND! Exclusive Private Tour - November 19th

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour at one of California's legendary gardens! RSVP Required.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Few Things to You Can Do While at ASLA in San Diego

Hey folks,

I just wanted to take a minute to share with everyone some great events you can attend or participate in as a student while attending the National ASLA Conference this week in San Diego. Please check out the list and get involved with as many as you have time for! It's great to meet other students and Emerging Professionals, as well as leverage our great network of UCLA grads.

Have a great time!
Your 2011-2012 ASLA Student Chapter President
  1. Alumni Reception - Sunday evening, 6-8pm at the Hilton Bayfront
  2. Emerging Professionals Scavenger Hunt - Letter from Aeryn, Scavenger Hunt List, Tuesday Happy Hour (Links go to PDFs on Google Docs)
  3. Land8Lounge Happy Hour - Tuesday evening, 8-12pm

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Califorina Oaks: Planting & Protecting Our Urban Forests

Join us for a one day seminar on California Oaks: Planting & Protecting Our Urban Forests.

This seminar will focus on the increasing presence and role of native oak trees in urban landscapes. California oaks are a keystone species in sustainable urban landscapes. They provide many valuable services and multiple benefits that require basic knowledge and skill.

Southern California oak experts will present cutting edge information and lead engaging field activities focused on design and care strategies for successfully managing oaks in urban landscapes.

November 17, 2011
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Pacific Time

Descanso Garden
1418 Descanso Drive
La CaƱada Flintridge, California 91011

Seminar Topics
  • Genetic Distribution: Concerns & Threats
  • LA County Oak Management Plan
  • Oak Identification & Selection Considerations
  • Assessing Health & Disorders
  • Construction Protection: Lessons Learned
  • Oaks & Wildlife Habitat
Who Should Attend
  • Landscape Architects and Design Professionals
  • Tree Care and Landscape Maintenance Providers
  • Planning, Parks and Public Works Staff
  • Arborists/ Foresters
  • Nursery, Horticulture and Other Related Professionals
Speakers Include
  • Bart O'Brien of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Director of Special Projects, Author
  • Rosi Dagit of RCD Santa Monica Mountains, Certified Arborist and Senior Conservation Biologist
  • Tom Scott of UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension, Cooperative Extension Specialist
  • Jan C. Scow of Jan C. Scow Consulting Arborists, LLC., Registered Consulting Arborist

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Urban Edge - Sept 9, 2011

On September 9 the UCLA Ext. Student Chapter of the ASLA hosted an afternoon tour of innovative garden projects in La Canada. Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA and Brian Sullivan of Descanso Gardens led attendees through two of their recent landscape designs, discussing the history and design strategy of these projects. Sites visited were the drought tolerant garden at the La Canada Library and the vertical and roof gardens at the Sturt Haaga Galleries at the Descanso Gardens.

Please click on the following link to view photos from that day:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Unpaid Internship Opportunity at James Dean Design

JAMES DEAN DESIGN is a private firm practicing landscape architecture, planning and urban design is providing an internship on an unpaid basis to assist with CAD work and gain experience in practice.

Landscape Architectural intern activities will include:

  • Involvement in project development throughout various design phases to gain hands on experience in all areas from concept design to construction progress.

  • Accompaniment with principals or associates on field visits for site reconnaissance and to view construction progress of our current projects.

We would like to offer the opportunity to gain experience at small intimate firm with a 45 year history in Southern California. The intern(s) will be working in our office located in Thousand Oaks.  Hours can be flexible and will be arranged upon selection.

Candidate must have good AutoCad skills.

Interested students in the internship position should send qualifications and contact information to

223 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 304, Thousand Oaks, CA  91360
t| 805. 494.0623   f| 805. 494.9254

Monday, September 19, 2011

LARE Updates for 2012! Alumni Connection Wants You to Know...

WTS Orange County Scholarship Opportunity

2011-12 Scholarship Applications Now Available 

Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization with more than 4,000 members. WTS is committed to excellence in the transportation industry and provides opportunities for member career advancement through the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences.

To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the Orange County Chapter of WTS will be offering multiple graduate and undergraduate scholarships this year to women in Southern California. In 2010, WTS Orange County awarded six $5,000 scholarships; three to undergraduate and three to graduate students. The number of scholarships and the amounts for the 2011-2012 academic year will be determined following a review of the applications received, but it is anticipated that a similar level of funding will be available to be distributed to exceptional applicants.

Scholarship applications are available for download at, under ‘Chapters’, ‘Orange County’, and ‘Scholarships’ or via the links above. Please complete the application, scan the entire application packet (including attachments) and send as a PDF document to:

Please send any questions to the email address above, or call Lydia La Point, WTS OC Scholarship Chair at (310) 561-0065.

Applications must be scanned and e-mailed to the Scholarship Committee no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Tour

Sunday, July 24, please join the UCLA Ext. Student Chapter of the ASLA for an afternoon tour of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and lectures by two experts in landscape sustainability. Students, alumni and instructors welcome!

Tickets $5 - please make a donation via the PayPal "Donate" button to the right. Forty (40) spots reserved, available on a first come-first served basis. All proceeds benefit the Student Chapter of ASLA.

Event details as follows:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, 93105 (meet in the library)

10 AM talk by Steve Windhager, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.
11 AM docent-led tour of the beautiful CA native garden.
12 PM lunch break (lunch not provided).

Historic Hill-Carrillo Adobe - 15 East Carrillo Street, Downtown Santa Barbara (meet in the board room)

1 PM talk by Owen Dell, landscape architect, author, and television co-host of “Garden Wise Guys.”

Steve Windhager is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens ( and prior Director of Sustainable Sites Initiative and Landscape Restoration at the University of Texas and Director of Landscape Restoration at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas.

Owen Dell is a landscape architect, lecturer and co-host of the Santa Barbara based television show “Garden Wise Guys” ( He is the author of "How to Start a Home Based Landscaping Business" and Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies."

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution fostering stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays. With an emphasis on plants native to California, the Garden advances the knowledge and understanding of plant life and provides a rewarding experience for visitors.

Books available for sale at the event.

Friday, June 17, 2011



The Student Chapter of ASLA at UCLA Extension presents...

A moderated panel discussion with thesis instructors, current thesis students, and an alumna, now
working in the field, providing multiple perspectives on the thesis process. The format will be an open
conversation, allowing 1-3 year students to ask any and all questions that they may have regarding
future senior thesis projects.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Congrats to the new 2011/2012 Student Chapter Officers!

PRESIDENT:            Jeff Palmer


SECRETARY:            Kirsten Hollander

TREASUER:             Dan Stockenberg

SECOND YEAR REP:       Anne Leis
       Shawn Maestretti

THIRD YEAR REP:          Libby Simon
                                       Aiko Strausser

FOURTH YEAR REP:       Grace Gardner 
                                       Megan Schwartz


Thursday, May 19, 2011

SCASLA Spring 2011 Elections

It's time for the SCASLA Spring 2011 Elections.  The candidates & officer positions are listed below.  Once you have made your selections,  please email you’re your ballot to

Good luck to all!

Please select one nominee for each officer position listed below.  Some officer roles only have one nominee:


___         Jeff Palmer
___         Jessyca Frederick

___         Reid Freiheit         
___         Emily Hope
___         Kristen Dolan


___         Dan Stockenberg


                ___         Christel Leung
___         Kirsten Hollander
                ___         Mary Oien        

Each class (years 1-4) has two representatives in SCASLA.  Please select two nominees for each class year listed below.  Year one representatives will be selected this summer.  Some classes only have two nominees. 


                ___         Aiko Strasser
___         Anne Leis
___         Shawn Maestretti

___         Libby Simon
___         Christel Leung


___         Jeff Graham
___         Grace Gardner
___         Megan Schwartz

Thursday, May 5, 2011

SCASLA Nominations

At this time of year, the Student Chapter of ASLA at UCLA Extension holds elections for officers and class representatives for the coming academic year.  I strongly encourage all students to consider running for a position and/or nominating your fellow classmate(s) for roles.  

It's a great way to network with fellow students, faculty, alums, and professionals in the field.  SCASLA offers lectures, office tours, the Annual Student Show & many other benefits for our students. 

Please email your nominations to

PRESIDENT: The President presides over all SCASLA meetings; forms committees as needed; allocates duties and responsibilities to other elected officers beyond their stated duties; coordinates all SCASLA communication with outside agencies; represents the SCASLA as an ex-officio member to the Southern California Chapter of the ASLA (SCC/ASLA); and serves as student representative at UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program instructor meetings (one per quarter.)


VICE PRESIDENT: The Vice President assumes the duties of the President in his/her absence; presides over committee chairpersons; assists the President in carrying out his/her duties; and serves as the student representative at UCLA Extension Guidance Committee Meetings (one per quarter).


SECRETARY: The Secretary records minutes at all meetings; records all voting results; coordinates SCASLA typing and printing requirements; and coordinates transmittal of SCASLA information to students through class representatives.


TREASURER: The Treasurer handles the finances of the SCASLA, including the collection of all fees, dues, charges, and other monies due SCASLA; developing budgets; maintaining accounts and records of all transactions; depositing and withdrawing funds; and giving financial reports if, and as, required at SCASLA meetings.


CLASS REPRESENTATIVES:  Class Representatives attend meetings; serve on committees; and act as informational liaisons between classmates and SCASLA Executive Committee.

Nominees (Please nominate two for your year only):

First Year:         



Second Year:         


Third Year:                                               


Fourth Year:                                              

Monday, March 14, 2011

Volunteer & get FREE ticket to Venice Home & Garden Tour

The annual Venice Garden and Home Tour, a self-guided walking tour, will feature 30 gardens and architectural homes in the charming, secluded Walk Streets neighborhood and streets south of Venice Boulevard. 

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer for this event on Saturday, May 7, 2011, please e-mail and/or visit  Each docent is assigned a half-day shift at a particular home to greet tour-goers and answer questions.

·        Volunteer as a Docent for a half-day and receive a FREE ticket for the Tour for the other half day
·        Get behind the scenes to see the beautiful Venice gardens and iconic architecture
·        Refer a friend and docent together!
·         Meet design professionals and add the experience to your resume!

Monday, March 7, 2011

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY with California State Parks Association

Volunteer Opportunity - Trail Repair Day at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overview

Friends of the Los Angeles River Hosting Tour of River from Elisian Valley to Long Beach

Speakers from Santa Monica Baykeeper, Food & Water Watch, & Environment Now 

Sat. Mar. 12   8:30am-`5pm 

Carpool tour (option to leave midday)

Led by Jenny Price for FoLAR
Santa Monica Baykeeper, Food & Water Watch, Environment Now  

Everyone in Los Angeles has seen the LA River, and has heard that it's being revitalized. But who knows where it is, exactly--and what exactly is happening on its banks?

The tour convenes at the River Center  (570 W Ave. 26, near the 5/110--8:30am sharp!--for a 9:00 departure), where we form carpools, and stops at the verdant Glendale Narrows, a new stormwater park in the same stretch, and the historic Arroyo Seco confluence, and the industrial downtown stretch that everyone's seen in movies and on TV.

We'll eat lunch at an excellent Boyle Heights taqueria en route (or you can bring your own)--and we'll head into the even less well-known South, to the new Maywood Riverfront Park and the stunning new Dominguez Gap wetland.

Bring snacks and water and shoes that can get a little wet.  Dogs welcome.
DIRECTIONS TO RIVER CENTER:   (or Metro Gold Line--Lincoln/Cypress exit, W 3 blocks on Ave. 26, entrance on S side 1/2 blk after Figueroa)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Association of Women in Architecture Foundation Announces Annual Scholarship Awards

The Association for Women in Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce our Annual Scholarship Awards. We offer cash awards to women students who have completed by April 15, 2011 at least 18 units in their major in a program granting a degree or certificate in one of the following majors:

·         Scholarships will now be awarded based on merit alone, so, no financial statement is necessary.
·         Five $1000 prizes will be awarded to the selected winners.
·         Application interviews are not required, but a small portfolio must be submitted as part of the application package.
·         Applicants in their final year of study are now eligible, so that prize money may be used for special projects (such as a trip abroad) or to offset expenses already incurred for study.
·         Prizes will be awarded at a reception on the weekend of May 7th allowing the scholars to present their work to the Association. The specific time and location will be announced at a later time.

All instructions and application forms are available on our website:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

PORTFOLIO Symposium by UCLA Alumni Connection

Landscape Architecture Alumni Connection at UCLA Extension is hosting a panel discussion about how to craft a winning portfolio.

When: February 28, 2011: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center (Room TBA)
Cost: Free to Alumni Connection members; $15 to non-AC members; $10 to non-AC member students

Please RSVP by Feb 23 to

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ASLA Southern California Presents

The Role of Landscape Architects in Urban Development

John O'Brien from Brookfield Homes along with Paul Hayden from Collaborative West discuss how landscape architects fit into a multi-disciplinary team in the expanding market of infill development.

When: Thursday, February 17, 2011
5:45-6:45 p.m. Networking & Mixer
6:45-8:00 p.m. Welcome & Presentation

Where: MUSEO Museum; 241 So. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim 92805

$10 for ASLA student members.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

LECTURE by Oliver Schulze of Gehl Architects

SCASLA is producing & sponsoring a FREE lecture by Oliver Schulze of Gehl Architects

WHEN: February 11, 2011: 7:30pm-9:30pm
WHERE: UCLA Campus, Broad Art Center, Room 2100A (parking available in structure P3)

Oliver will discuss Gehl's various projects around the world, including LA's own Figueroa Corridor Project, and will provide insight into the human dimension of site and city planning.

Friday, January 21, 2011

ASLA Southern California Mentor Program

ASLA Southern California has established a Mentor Program that will give students and full ASLA members an opportunity to explore, expand and enrich their professional experience. Participants are matched based on their professional interests, goals and location. Mentors AND Mentees can be of ANY age or professional experience. The program starts in January and ends in June.

For more information, go to: