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Message from Chapter President Patricia Trauth, ASLA

Living the Education Life

Landscape Architecture of the 1914 Exposition – The Creation of Balboa Park

KTU+A Supports Professional Development Through Membership

ASLA Membership: Benefits and Rewards

EPC Moves in 2014

Spring Home & Garden Show a Success

Sponsor Spotlight: Modern Builders Supply

Landscape Architects Residential Practioners Committee

Calling All Volunteers!

L.A.R.E. Review Update

President's Message

A Great Time to be a Landscape Architect
By Patricia Trauth, ASLA
URS Corporation

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The month of April is Landscape Architecture month, and we have several exciting events to celebrate our profession! We start with a lecture on April 8th by Mark Johnson, FASLA from Civitas out of Denver, Colorado. He will be profiling some of his recent work in San Diego and his international work. On April 11th, the Emerging Professionals will tour several downtown offices and conclude with a happy hour in Little Italy. Then, on April 19th, our very own Vicki Estrada, FASLA will be speaking as part of the Panama-California Exposition Balboa Park Lecture Series on the history of Balboa Park. Lastly we will have our Meet the Fellows event on Wednesday, April 23rd at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. This year each participating Fellow will profile one of his/her projects that most impacted their professional career. This should prove to be an interesting presentation! I encourage all of you to attend at least one of these events and celebrate the profession of Landscape Architecture.

I am so happy to report that one of our local firms, KTU+A, is setting a new policy regarding professional membership! The firm will now pay the professional membership dues and fees for all staff. This is a great policy, particularly for our emerging professionals who may be struggling financially. We all will benefit from an expanded ASLA membership. I want to personally thank Sandy Swaner, Mike Singleton, Sharon Singleton and Kurt Carlson for their leadership in this area! If your firm provides a similar benefit, please let me know.

I have to also mention that we have an unprecedented number of sponsorships from allied professionals and their companies for 2014. This is clearly a sign that the times are getting better and that our profession is valued by the landscape industry. We are always looking for ways to promote our sponsors, so please get in touch with me if you are interested in participating in one of our monthly events.

Request for Proposals to redesign our ASLA website have been submitted, and we plan to have an exciting website that appropriately profiles our profession this fall. A special thanks goes to Matt Wilkins from KTU+A for his dedication on this project.

As the newsletter goes to press, ASLA has had over 130 people RSVP for the Bioswale / Bioretention Workshop scheduled for March 14th at Mesa Community College. This is an unprecedented number of attendees for one of our monthly lectures. Special thanks to Tim Smith, our President-elect, and the Stewardship Committee for planning this outstanding event!

On a national level it has been a great year for the Complete Streets movement. The trend continues to rise with the adoption of over 600 Complete Streets policies across the country to date. As the quality and number of Complete Streets policies increases every year, it becomes more evident that our country needs a national Complete Streets policy that would ensure all neighborhoods, cities, towns and states have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of safer roads, healthier lifestyles, increased convenience and economic growth. As part of ASLA Advocacy Day in May, Mark Steyaert, Chapter Trustee, Tim Smith, President-elect and I will be going to Washington D.C. to meet with our congressmen to encourage them to support national Complete Streets legislation.

It is truly a great time to be a landscape architect!

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Living the Education Life

Kathryn Kanaan, ASLA, Vice President of Programs/Education

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
--John Dewey

First and foremost, I want to thank our 2014 Lecture Series Sponsors. Without them we could not promote education through these incredible programs we have scheduled. Our sponsors are:

Speaker Sponsors

Anonymous and Rick Engineering

Reception Sponsor


Friend Sponsors

Office of James Burnett, David Reed LA, Schmidt Design Group, Spurlock Poirier LA, and Wimmer Yamada & Caughey

Thank you to everyone who attended our Irrigation Series. We heard from a lot of great speakers on the latest in irrigation technology. A special thank you to Chris Roesink with Hunter Industries for his wonderful coordination and work on the series. Also, thank you to our panelists on day 1: Mary Radley – City of Chula Vista, Gary Hoyt - City of Poway and Menifee, David Kahler – County of San Diego, and Laurie Levine – City of Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Eastvale, Murrieta. And, thanks to our teacher for day 2, Rick Dortch – Velocity Irrigation, and to the Balboa Park Japanese Friendship Garden, Larry Hall from HydroScape, Mike Madewell / Matthew Lashinsky from Hunter, and Bernard Everling from KTU+A for a wonderful hands on approach to learning on the final day.

The theme for this year’s Lecture Series is “inter-disciplinary firms - an organizational unit that crosses traditional boundaries between academic disciplines or schools of thought.” (Wikipedia)

Lecture Series Presentors

  • April 8th –Mark Johnson of CIVITAS in Denver. Make your reservations now for this exciting lecture. READ MORE
  • September 9th – Mario Schjetnan of Grupo de Diseno Urbano in Mexico City.

I am excited to report we also have great evening education events coming up. Yep, you heard me. The lunch and learns have been moved to the end of the day to make it easier for all to attend.

On March 28, we learned about I-Con Wall panels with Concrete Contractors Interstate. On May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., join us for Beer and Bioswales with Agri-Service in Oceanside (something to learn for every office). Watch Eblasts for further information!

If you would like to lend a hand with planning education events this year or if you have thoughts on how we can rock this series, please email me at

Landscape Architecture of the 1914 Exposition – The Creation of Balboa Park

By Joy Lyndes, LLA, ASLA, AIA

The Friends of San Diego Architecture (FSDA) Lecture Series have invited Vicki Estrada, FASLA, APA, President of Estrada Land Planning to join a distinguished list of professionals participating in the FSDA Lecture Series which is titled: Bringing the World Together: The Panama-California Exposition Centennial Lectures. On April 19th from 9:30am - 10:30am join our friends and fellow professionals at NewSchool of Architecture & Design at 1249 F Street, San Diego, for Vicki’s presentation: The Landscape Architecture of the 1914 Exposition.

The FSDA Lecture series focuses on the politics, planning and design of the 1914 Exposition while emphasizing the dynamics of the personalities and stories of the founders of San Diego. In 1914 San Diego was a small town of 39,000 people. Not only were we small but we were in competition with San Francisco for the rights to represent the United States with an International Exhibition. Vicki’s presentation will highlight how San Diego coalesced to build a remarkable Exposition, despite the challenges, and how professionals in the landscape architecture industry laid the framework for success which we are all now building from.

Vicki Estrada has practiced landscape architecture and urban design in San Diego for over 38 years and her practice specialty is historic and cultural landscapes. Vicki is a landscape architect and urban designer, President of Estrada Land Planning in San Diego, and a Fellow of the American Society of landscape Architects. Estrada Land Planning provides land planning, landscape architecture, GIS, re-vegetation, visual analysis, and urban design services. Her projects have included the Balboa Park Master Plan, the Otay Ranch New Town Plan, the San Diego State Trolley Station, the Chollas Creek Enhancement Plan, the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update, the San Ysidro Mobility Study, the Robb Field Skate Park and the Rancho San Diego Specific Plan, and the Downtown San Diego Streetscape Manual.

She is currently Chair of the San Diego Canyonlands Enhancement Planning Committee and the Outdoors Initiative for the San Diego Foundation. She is President of the Media Arts Center San Diego Board of Directors, co-chair of the San Diego Environment + Design Council, is on the San Diego Canyonlands Board of Directors, the Groundwork San Diego Board of Directors and the Cal Poly SLO Landscape Architecture Department Advisory Council. She served 9 years on the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and was also a member of the County of San Diego Historic Site Board, the San Diego Foundation Environment Working Group, the Balboa Park Committee, and the Cal Poly SLO School of Architecture Deans Advisory Board. She has been Chair of the City of San Diego Community Forest Advisory Board, the San Diego Airport Public Art Advisory Committee and the San Diego Athletic Club Board of Directors.

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KTU+A Supports Professional Development Through Membership

In an effort to support professional development and encourage employees to connect with their profession, colleagues and peers, KTU+A recently instituted an initiative that funds professional membership dues and fees for all staff. KTU+A President Sandy Swaner-Carmona noted, “As a professional office we are pleased to support our employees and their involvement in local and national professional associations. The educational, volunteer and networking benefits through programs, tours, presentations, and professional events are outstanding.”

Founded in 1970 by Frank Kawasaki and Michael Theilacker and later joined by Don Ueno, the founding KTU+A principals set the bar high for employee development and client relationships. KTU+A has continued to promote these practices while expanding the boundaries of a traditional landscape architecture office by incorporating active transportation, community planning, federal planning, natural resource management, 3D modeling and public engagement practices into our portfolio. With this diversity, KTU+A has the ability to help shape the bigger picture while addressing the fine-grained details that contribute to the development of healthy natural and built communities.

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ASLA Membership: Benefits and Rewards

Richard Risner, ASLA, Vice President Membership

Whether you are a licensed professional, an emerging professional, a student, or a person who just loves landscape architecture, ASLA membership gives you valuable benefits such as: free access to a network of information and professional resources, discounts on registration for the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, and access to local activities and events. Your membership helps support ASLA state licensure, federal congressional advocacy, our lecture series, sustainability efforts and education programs. ASLA is a non-profit organization that could not exist without the support of your membership.

Why be an ASLA SD member?

  • Raise awareness of the profession. The annual awards programs in San Diego and on the national level recognize the outstanding work being done by landscape architects and generate great press coverage. Our outreach efforts help raise awareness of the profession by the general public, public officials and within the design and construction communities.
  • Volunteer your time, attend chapter events, and meet Landscape Architects who have jobs to fill or members who are looking for jobs. Members hire members.
  • Grow your business with professional resources. Receive a free listing on the firm finder. Receive Landscape Architecture Magazine. Use ASLA’s standard contract form for professional services. Gain access to salary and business indicator surveys. Network at ASLA events and lectures. Demonstrate your commitment to the profession by joining and using the ASLA suffix after your name.
  • Learn best practices and expand your expertise. The training and events we pay for help to increase your professional knowledge and marketability. Our lecture series will help you develop new areas of expertise and stay on top of the latest design requirements. Plus, members receive discounts to the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo.
  • Grow your employees. The educational and networking opportunities offered by the San Diego Chapter are great ways for your employees to increase their expertise and become even more passionate about their profession. Offer membership as a benefit to your employees and encourage their participation in our chapter. These emerging professionals and employees are our future. We need to mentor them wisely.
  • Influence public policy. Your dues support our advocacy efforts, which protect the practice of landscape architecture. ASLA advocacy helps reach out to policy makers on a state and national level, shaping policies on environmental protection, water resources, security design and many other issues.
  • ASLA offers a monthly payment option. Choose this option and your monthly dues payment is a direct debit through your checking account. It spreads your total dues balance over 12 easy installments.

Don’t put it off. Renew or join today by going online to For those of you who have already renewed, THANK YOU. You’re the reason the San Diego Chapter is among the best in the nation.

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EPC Moves into 2014

By Kristen Koehrn, Emerging Professionals Committee

Building off of the enthusiastic momentum from the end of 2013, the Emerging Professionals Committee is quickly evolving into a significant positive contributing force to the local ASLA Chapter. In support of licensure and to ensure an enriching experience for new members, we have accomplished the following tasks so far this year:

  • Continued a regular committee meeting schedule at a variety of local firms to welcome new members and foster professional relationships on a month-to-month basis.
  • Coordinated with the Social Club on events to encourage mentorships among emerging professionals and licensed landscape architects.
  • Established a core group of study support including study materials and in-person study sessions for the L.A.R.E Section 1.
  • Secured a strong foundation of 40+ volunteers for events like the 3-day Irrigation Workshops in January and Spring Home & Garden Show in February and March along with our website redevelopment to come shortly.
  • Strengthened our social media presence through our Facebook page with meeting and event reminders along with links to educational articles and outreach to local organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council.

Things to keep an eye out for as the exciting year continues are the organization of educational seminars and presentations and the continued strengthening of our reliable volunteer base.

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Spring Home & Garden Show a Success

By Rich Risner, ASLA, LARPC Chairman

ASLA Landscape Architect Residential Practitioners together with AIA and ASID residential practitioners collaborated again in the “Ask the Experts” booth at the Spring Home & Garden Show on February 28, March 1 and 2. The goal of our combined organizations was to build public awareness of our professions, specifically addressing the residential consumer and how we can and do provide professional licensed services for the average homeowner.

The three day event, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, was exciting with a non-stop flow of consumers stopping by for information on ASLA and landscape architecture as well as from our AIA and ASID friends. The free 30 minute design consultations, reserved online through Brown Paper Tickets, were nearly all booked when the event began, and quickly became over-booked from people without an appointment entering the booth with their questions. Though busy, we were able to accommodate everyone. Landscape Architects were providing free consultations and professional advice. Typical questions ranged from drought tolerant plantings, to city codes and requirements, to retaining walls, details, and lighting ideas, to irrigation and drainage techniques and explaining the difference between a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer. We provided pamphlets and information from National ASLA and the State License Board.

We couldn’t have done it without the help of our volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped.

We asked for help from our ASLA Emerging Professionals. They came through with numerous volunteers who did a great job keeping our booth organized and professional. All were polite, punctual and very professional. Thank you Kristen Koehrn, Jeni Chan, Matthew McCreary, Toni Turbyfill, Nathan Stout, Samantha Williams, Brian Johnston, Rosalvina Macias, Troy Waisanen, and Michael Chambers.

Our volunteer ASLA Landscape Architects provided excellent design consultation services. I appreciate their dedication to our profession and organization. Thank you Jim Benedetti, Bruce Dugmore and a special thanks to our ASLA President-elect Tim Smith who was there every day.

Finally, I would like to thank all our sponsors for their donations of time and/or materials.

ReproHAUS – Printing
Sunset West – Outdoor Furniture
FX Luminaire – Lighting
Diego Delivery – Furniture Delivery
Grounded Modern Living – Pottery & Plants

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Sponsor Spotlight: Modern Builders Supply

Modern Builders Supply had its beginnings in 1952 when Modern Block, a concrete block manufacturing company in Oceanside, was formed. In the early 1990s, partners Bill Gibney and Ray Raub joined together to form Modern Builders Supply. Soon after they were joined by their third partner Jim Thompson.

The most notable benefit of a visit to the Modern yard in San Marcos is the array of “pop out” natural stone displays. The panels give the designer a chance to see the product as it is installed, including corner views and capstone options. They represent a nice selection from the impressive $5 million dollar inventory Modern maintains at their three San Marcos yards.

As proud as Modern is of that vast selection on hand, they are prouder still of their staff. The dozen or so employees who work the counter at Modern are the most experienced, knowledgeable and friendly crew around, with an intimate knowledge of the material, and stack up favorably against any purveyor, anywhere, at any time. Each staff member averages well over twenty years in the industry and has had virtually no turnover in years. They probably have the answers to your questions on masonry, and if they don’t, they’ll find it for you. Their goal is to assist you throughout the entire process with service that equals the quality of the premium products they carry.

Most are aware of Modern’s two registered trademark products, Padre Gold Sandstone which clads Petco Park, and Southern Buff Limestone which is prominent in all the architecture at Pelican Hills Resort, but Modern is constantly expanding their product lines. Recent acquisitions include Ocean Blue Lavastone, Navajo Tan Sandstone, Turning Leaf Quartzite, Blue Black Granite Tumbled Cobbles, Argentine Indian Red Porphyry and Jerusalem Gray Gold Limestone. In addition, Modern’s exclusive Telluride Goldstone was installed at the new Pacific Coast Grill on the beach in Cardiff.

Modern is also proud to be a Belgard stocking distributor in San Diego. They boast an attractive display of all of Belgard’s profiles and colors arrayed in a design friendly format in their showroom and are prepared to assist with any of your Belgard line needs.

Modern Builders Supply
825 Grand Ave., San Marcos

Product Lines

  • Block – Orco Block, Pittsburgh Corning
  • Brick
    Pacific Clay, Glen Gery, General Shale, Cushwa, Castaic, Acme
  • Manufactured Stone
    Master distributors for El Dorado and Cultured (Boral) Stone
  • Natural Stone – you name it

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Landscape Architects Residential Practitioners Committee (LARPC)

By Rich Risner, ASLA – LARPC Chairman

This is a committee for the Landscape Architect who primarily practices residential Landscape Architecture. Items that our committee will be working on:

  • Increasing residential consumer awareness. We will start to use our SD ASLA website for better residential consumer access.
  • Better public awareness of residential Landscape Architects in other media sources. (Magazines, websites, radio, TV, etcBetter public awareness of residential Landscape Architects in other media sources. (Magazines, websites, radio, TV, etc…
  • Continue promoting the residential Landscape Architecture practice at all local Architectural Designing schools/colleges/universities.
  • Constant ASLA interface with County/City regulatory departments about the current requirements for residential landscape plans.
  • Provide a brochure prepared by SD ASLA that City engineering/building/planning departments can refer to or hand out to the public about residential Landscape Architects, landscape plan requirements and submittals.
  • Group support (for design ideas, different HOA rules, City regulations/requirements, drafting services, etcGroup support (for design ideas, different HOA rules, City regulations/requirements, drafting services, etc…) “Brainstorming sessions”
  • Education or industry news/updates.
  • Help obtain direction, solutions or feedback from the SD ASLA Executive Committee regarding problems/issues for residential designers and small practitioners.
  • Gain better self marketing Gain better self marketing &
  • Interaction with other AInteraction with other A&
  • Business expansion and/or project collaboration
If you are interested in participating in the LARPC please email Rich Risner at: Please indicate ASLA-LARPC in the subject line.

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Calling All Volunteers!

What makes a great active ASLA Chapter is the people who volunteer! Even if you only have a couple of hours a month to give, the Chapter has an opportunity for you. If something looks appealing, please contact Tracy Hollingworth at (619) 225-8155 or, or the Chairperson for the Committee.

Volunteer Today! From mandatory water conservation requirements, stormwater runoff regulations, sustainable business practices, coordinating LARE review sessions and working with allied industries, the Chapter could use a hand to address the issues and produce programs of interest to the membership. If you can lend a hand, email us at Click Here

SD/ASLA Annual Golf Tournament Committee
The committee is in the planning stages and needs your help. Please contact Tracy Hollingworth at (619) 283-8818 to assist.

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LARE Review Update

Please visit the CLARB website for more information on the 2012 changes to the LARE examination. For a direct link to the changes, click HERE. For more information on becoming a candidate or the exam process, click HERE. If you would like to join a study group for the LARE, please contact Maria Swift, VP of Programs Education,

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