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  • 08/08/2019 4:43 PM | Jennifer Hare (Administrator)

    The River Management Society (RMS) is proud to present the 2020 River Management Symposium: “Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals”, which will take place May 12-15, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. This event will be hosted by RMS in partnership with Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

    We welcome presentations, panels and posters from river management professionals (e.g., managers, planners, academics, consultants, or students) that show how you, your organization, and/or the profession are protecting or enhancing river values. Help us learn about innovations, creative approaches, successes, and visions for the future of sustainable river management. Planned thematic tracks for presentations are: 

    1. Mountain and Rural Rivers (Management Issues and Science): applied research and management practice in applying ecological, biological, geomorphologic or social frameworks to river management especially in headwater areas;
    2. Urban Rivers (Urban Renewal, Infrastructure, Issues and Economics): theme explores how rivers contribute to a community’s identity and economic well-being;
    3. Management Technology Tools:  new technologies and how they are being used in transforming river management;
    4. Policy and Practice (State and Federal River Management Legislation, Policies and Systems): what is the next river protection initiative - will it come from cities or states?; or emerging policy or legislation that impacts how rivers are managed;
    5. Partnerships and Community Building: initiatives and successful models that join river management agencies, scientists, universities, advocacy groups and/or communities to support river projects and protection; and
    6. Water and River Corridor Trails: the relationship of trails to river management, resource protection, recreational use and public support.

    Presentations can take any of the following forms:

    Single Presentations will be 30 minutes in length including time for questions or discussion. Podium, laptop, projector, screen, and audio will be provided.

    Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Panelists will be provided the same support as individual speakers.  If needed, a moderator will be assigned to manage question and answer sessions.

    Posters will be displayed during the reception and poster session Tuesday evening, May 12.

    Submission instructions: Include a brief description of the presentation, limited to 300 words. For panels, please also be prepared to provide the name, affiliation, short biography, and contact information for each panelist and/or moderator. For panels, please also be prepared to provide the name, affiliation, biography, and contact information for each panelist and/or moderator.  Presentation proposal submission deadline is September 9, 2019.

    Submit proposals online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMS2020Symp

    Proposal evaluation: Proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee for relevance to the conference theme and session tracks, quality, relevance to current trends and issues, contribution to advancing River Manager Core Competencies (See Core Competencies for River Management. Grussing, Krumpe & McLaughlin, 2018) and consistency with River Management Society’s Mission.

    If presentation is selected all presenters are expected to register for the symposium, pay registration fees, and attend at least the day of the presentation.

    Questions? Please contact the Mountain Creeks to Urban Canals Symposium program committee at: training@river-management.org. Please include your session ID, if available, in the subject line of your email.

    We hope you will join us! Please feel free to share this announcement with other river managers and enthusiasts.

  • 05/09/2019 11:38 AM | Jennifer Hare (Administrator)

    University of Virginia MLA Student is awarded scholarship from ASLA Virginia 

    The Department of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce that third-year MLA student Fangli Zhang has been chosen for this year’s Virginia ASLA Chapter ‘Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture’ Award, which recognizes service to the school community and academic achievement. Each year, the Virginia Chapter recognizes one student from each of the state’s two accredited landscape architectural programs—University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic University- based on the recommendations of the faculty.  Fangli will receive a certificate and a monetary award at the Chapter Annual Meeting to be held in the fall.

    The faculty wishes to recognize Fangli’s role in helping to establish AISA / The A-School International Student Association last year. AISA’s mission is to “provide a platform for international students to share ideas and concerns, and to help each other better integrate into the A-School community academically, socially and culturally.” With the current focus on growing a positive climate of diversity at UVA, the formation of AISA at this time is both timely and needed.

    Congratulations Fangli!

    Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture Program Announces Winners of 2019 ASLA Student Honor and Merit Awards

    Four students graduating from the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech have won awards in the annual ASLA Student Awards competition, sponsored in Virginia by the State ASLA Chapter. The four were shortlisted in a preliminary stage of the competition and went on to present their work to a jury of Chapter members including Alisa Cowen ASLA, Borden Edgerton ASLA, and Jennifer Jessup ASLA. Zichen Liu and Jessy (Jingyi) Qiu were recipients of ASLA Honor Awards. Merit Award winners were Megumi Kamiya and Holly Waterman.

    The ASLA Student Awards recognize academic achievement, design competence, and interpersonal skills.  Students qualify based on grade point average, demonstrated excellence in academic scholarship and in accomplishments related to the art and technology of landscape architecture.

    Jurors and Virginia Tech award recipients left to right:

    Jennifer Jessup ASLA, Holly Waterman, Megumi Kamiya, Borden Edgerton ASLA, Zichen Liu, Jessy Qiu, Alisa Cowen ASLA

  • 04/01/2019 11:16 AM | Jennifer Hare (Administrator)

    April is World Landscape Architecture Month! For the past three years the Chapter has been participating in ASLA's WLAM social media campaign on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. This year we will be participating again and highlighting award winning projects, Virginia firms, and student work. The Chapter will also be taking over National ASLA's Instagram feed on April 29th. If your firm is interested in participating in this year's campaign and would like to be featured, contact your Public Awareness Representative to find out more. And be sure to follow our social media pages using the buttons below!


    Visit http://asla.org/WLAM to find out more and to download a digital WLAM card to use in your own photos. 

    The Low Line | Richmond, VA | Waterstreet Studio

    Fort Monroe Waterfront Park & Open Space Master Plan | Fort Monroe | WPL

    2018 Student Honor Award for General Design | Andrew Kavanaugh | Virginia Tech 

  • 11/07/2018 7:40 PM | Jennifer Hare (Administrator)

    In April of 2018, the American Society of Landscape Architects officially launched a new logo and refreshed look for the Society, which concluded a multi-year re-branding effort that began in 2016. The results of this re-branding process included an update to the logo, a new cohesive color palette, complementary fonts, and suggested guidelines for each of the state chapters. From ASLA:

    "Why a rebrand? The current brand has been compromised over time, resulting in a confused image for the Society that inhibited communications efforts. Further, the profession had evolved, and continues to evolve, and the current logo did not accurately reflect the wide scope of projects that ASLA members participate in or lead. And as noted the creation of the [ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture] provided an impetus to update the Society’s image."


    Over the past several months, the Virginia Chapter has been working to align our own communications efforts with the ASLA re-brand. As part of this effort, we are excited to share with our membership an updated website, which will better serve our members and promote the profession of Landscape Architecture in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

     We hope that you enjoy the changes, and if you have any feedback, please contact us!


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