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Field Sessions

Friday, October 2

FS-001 Swamp-Walking a Native Cypress Forest: An Immersion Like No Other!

7:15 am – 4:30 pm
4.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Swamp

This is a day of discovery and exploration in one of the world’s most beautiful yet threatened ecosystems: the Everglades and Grand Cypress Reserve. Led by an Emmy award documentary winner and a National Geographic Unique Lodges judge, this knee- and waist-deep immersion into a cypress forest is a must!

$180 per person by 6/9; $195 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and boxed lunch. Moderate wading.

Leaders/Presenters: Hitesh Mehta, FASLA, HM Design; Chang Du, ASLA, Duland Design; Charles Kropke, Dragonfly Expeditions



FS-002 Pine Rocklands and Rockland Hammocks: Globally Imperiled and Efforts to Save Them

7:15 am - 5:00 pm
6.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Pine RocklandsHead into some of the last remnants of Pine Rocklands and Rockland Hammocks—two globally imperiled ecosystems—and learn about ongoing conservation efforts to preserve and restore them. Experience the rich diversity of their flora and fauna and see some of the federally endangered plants the ecosystems support.

$120 per person by 6/9; $135 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and catered lunch. Extensive hiking.

Leaders/Presenters: Delia Smith, ASLA, North American Butterfly Association; Bryan Harrison, ASLA, Enea Garden Design; Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; Vanessa Trujillo, Deering Estate; Joy Klein, Miami–Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program


Photo Credit: Jennifer Possley

FS-003 Traversing the Cross Section of Diverse Ecotones Within the Everglades

7:30 am – 5:00 pm
4.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Upload ImageThe Everglades, known as “The River of Grass,” encompasses a multitude of lesser-known ecotypes. Hike and kayak through several different ecologies (including a cypress dome), learning about what differentiates them and their unique qualities, the threats of sea level rise, and what conservation efforts are being taken.

$165 per person by 6/9; $180 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, boxed lunch, and kayak rental. Extensive kayaking.

Leaders/Presenters: James Phillips, ASLA, Perkins and Will; Matthew Smith, ASLA, Florida International University; Sean Charles, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University



Photo Credit: Matt Smith

FS-004 Historic Gardens of Miami: Villa Vizcaya and the Deering Estate
SOLD OUT

7:30 am – 5:00 pm
5.75 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Villa VizcayaSituated along the shores of Biscayne Bay, the two estates of Charles and James Deering are divergent specimens of early 20th century landscape design. This field session explores the history and exterior environments of both estates, as well as the preservation and restoration techniques employed in their management today.

$150 per person by 6/9; $165 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and catered lunch. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Laurinda Spear, ASLA, ArqGEO; George Fogg, FASLA, Ibis Landscape Architecture; Margarita Blanco, ArqGEO; Ian Simpkins, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens




Photo Credit: Monica Grigorescu

FS-005 100 Years of Resort Destinations: Defining the South Florida Hospitality Landscape

7:30 am -5:00 pm
4.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

BaocExplore three unique hotel destinations that have defined hospitality trends and anchored the growth of thriving communities across South Florida for the past century. The cultural, social, and economic value these resorts bring to the region have enriched the landscape character and make enormous contributions to the tourism industry.

$125 per person by 6/9; $140 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and catered lunch. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Derek Gagne, ASLA; Craig Stoner, ASLA; and Scott LaMont, ASLA, EDSA; Susan Gillis, Boca Raton Historical Society; Cecile Raubenheimer, The Miami Beach EDITION





FS-006 Meet the Grower: A Nursery Tour Through the Redland Agricultural District

7:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.75 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

NurseryJoin local practitioners in touring plant nurseries throughout the Redland Agricultural District. Field session leaders provide in-depth conversations to discuss how materials are incorporated into landscape design, building relationships with nurseries and contract growers, and expose visitors to the plant biodiversity within this billion-dollar industry.

$100 per person by 6/9; $115 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and catered lunch. Extensive walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Gage Couch, ASLA, Cadence; Roberto Rovira, ASLA, FIU Landscape Architecture & Studio Roberto Rovira






FS-007 Keeping Florida Wild Through Art and Awareness

7:45 am - 3:30 pm
4.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

ArtStep out of the conference room and into the Florida wild for a day of exploration and conversation in Everglades National Park. Tour Anhinga Trail; visit AIRIE Nest Gallery; and hear from a panel of artists, change makers, and a landscape architect striving to keep Florida wild.

$130 per person by 6/9; $145 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and boxed lunch. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Rebecca Bradley, ASLA, Cadence; Jason Lauritsen, The Florida Wildlife Corridor; Tori Linder, Path of the Panther; Sarah Michelle Rupert, Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE); Sasha Wortzel, Sasha Wortzel Studio





FS-008 University of Miami: An Innovative and Resilient Approach to Campus Planning

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
4.75 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Upload ImageHow can a university’s landscape incentivize education? This session explores innovative approaches the University of Miami has taken to integrate interior and exterior spaces, responding to South Florida’s changing natural environment. Tour the new student housing village and native planting areas to learn the university’s approach to adaptive campus planning.

$90 per person by 6/9; $105 after 6/9; includes transportation and water. Lunch on own. Extensive walking.

Leaders/Presenters: John Hutchens, ASLA; Ana Faria-Delfino, ArqGEO; Robert Parsley III, ASLA, Geomantic Designs Inc.; Elizabeth Morris, Henry Company; Ricardo Herran, University of Miami




FS-009 “We Are All in the Same Boat”: A Waterfront Resilience Boat Tour

8:15 am – 12:30 pm
2.25 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Upload ImageMiami's waterfront is the front line of the challenges Miami and Miami Beach face as a result of a changing climate. This field session will explore the challenges and opportunities in the Miami Waterfront, familiarize landscape architect with the Miami 100 Resiliency Cities (RC) strategy developed by county and local governments, and highlight planned projects along the waterfront. 

$85 per person by 6/9; $100 after 6/9; includes transportation and water. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Mariana Boldu, ASLA, Curtis+Rogers Design Studio; Neal Schafers, ASLA, Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA); James Murley, Office of Resilience, Miami–Dade County; Jane Gilbert, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, City of Miami; Adriana Savino, Savino & Miller Design Studio

Photo Credit: Cristian Lazzari

FS-010 Snap in Miami: Photographing Beyond the Garden

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
4.75 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW, AICP, FL

Botanic GardenDesigners and photography enthusiasts work with professionals in the field to enhance their landscape architecture photography. This field session walks two unique Miami landscapes designed and concludes with a photo critique. Image assignments assist attendees in achieving professional photographic results. Session images will be displayed at the EXPO.

$75 per person by 6/9; $90 after 6/9; includes water and catered lunch. Attendees must have DSLR – digital or film (digital preferred), charged batteries, battery charger, and memory cards. Filters, tripod, trigger release are welcome but not necessary. Extensive walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Sahar Coston-Hardy, Affiliate ASLA, Sahar Coston-Hardy Photography; Marion Brenner, Affiliate ASLA, Marion Brenner Photography; Chris McGee, Landscape Architecture Magazine; Raymond Jungles, FASLA, Raymond Jungles Inc.


Photo Credit: Raymond Jungles

FS-011 On the Front Lines: Waterfront Parks as Resilient Infrastructure

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
4.50 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Upload ImageAs South Florida’s municipalities confront sea level rise, special attention must be given to waterfront open spaces. These are unique opportunities to implement smart adaptive planning to protect coastlines. Join us as we explore two successful examples: South Pointe Park in Miami Beach and Maurice A. Ferre Park in Miami.

$95 per person by 6/9; $110 after 6/9; includes transportation, water, and catered lunch. Extensive walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Barry Miller, ASLA, Savino & Miller Design Studio; Anchalee Phaosawasdi, ASLA, Hargreaves Jones; Craig Vickers, ASLA, Civitas; Sonia Succar Ferré, Sonia LLC


Photo Credit: Paul Morris

FS-012 Accessibility: An Immersive Sensitivity Training Field Session

9:00 am - 11:30 am
2.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

ADA1Gain knowledge that will help inform your next design through experiencing the sensory and physical impacts of inclusion – and omission – of ADA Standards in the environment. Using wheelchairs and probing canes while blindfolded, attendees will experience the effects of current facility design and construction on those with accessibility challenges. Careful! More than mere enhancement of ADA standards application, this experiential session may result in a potentially trans-formative mindset regarding incorporation of barrier free principles into core design concepts.

$40 per person by 6/9; $55 after 6/9; includes water. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Emily O'Mahoney, FASLA, 2GHO; David Milligan, FASLA; Drew Braley, ASLA, Browning Day; Carl Keleman, KMS Design Group; Amy Wagenfeld, Affiliate ASLA, design+cOnsulTation



FS-013 Sketch Miami Beach! Urban Watercolor

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.00 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW, AICP, FL

SketchJoin fellow drawing enthusiasts for a day of sketching in Miami Beach. The special focus is using watercolor as a tool for field sketching. Bring your favorite drawing and watercolor materials and comfortable walking shoes; handmade watercolor sketchbooks will be provided. Participants’ sketchbooks will be displayed at ASLA Central.

$110 per person by 6/9; $125 after 6/9; includes handmade watercolor sketchbook, and water. Lunch on own. Extensive walking.

Leaders/Presenters: James Richards, FASLA, JamesRichardsSketchbook.com; Robert Chipman, ASLA, Robert Chipman Landscape Architect Inc.; Richard Alomar, ASLA, Rutgers University; Chip Sullivan, ASLA, University of California, Berkeley





FS-014 Miami Beach Civic District Master Plan: Landscape Strategies for Better Living

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Upload ImageMiami Beach’s Convention Center District has evolved from disconnected parking lots and aging buildings into a pedestrian-oriented public realm distinguished by green space, art, architecture, and vibrant events. Join us for an expert-led tour through the district, gaining perspectives from the stakeholders, city officials, and designers who pioneered its transformation.

$65 per person by 6/9; $80 after 6/9; includes water. Extensive walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Daniel Vasini, ASLA; Ashley Mannix, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture; Maria Hernandez, City of Miami Beach; Howard Herring, New World Symphony



FS-015 The Underline: Found, Designed, and Built

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2.75 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP, FL

Upload ImageThe Underline will transform the land below Miami’s elevated Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park and ecological corridor. During this session, the project’s designers lead a tour of the existing site conditions that inspired the park’s vision and a visit to the first built half mile of the project.

$65 per person by 6/9; $80 after 6/9; includes transportation and water. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Isabel Castilla, ASLA; Alejandro Vazquez, James Corner Field Operations; Meg Daly, Friends of the Underline




Photo Credit: James Corner Field Operations, Courtesy of Friends of the Underline

FS-016 Accessibility: An Immersive Sensitivity Training Field Session

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
2.00 PDH, LA CES/HSW, AICP

ADA2 Gain knowledge that will help inform your next design through experiencing the sensory and physical impacts of inclusion – and omission – of ADA Standards in the environment. Using wheelchairs and probing canes while blindfolded, attendees will experience the effects of current facility design and construction on those with accessibility challenges. Careful! More than mere enhancement of ADA standards application, this experiential session may result in a potentially trans-formative mindset regarding incorporation of barrier free principles into core design concepts.

$40 per person by 6/9; $55 after 6/9; includes water. Moderate walking.

Leaders/Presenters: Emily O'Mahoney, FASLA, 2GHO; David Milligan, FASLA; Drew Braley, ASLA, Browning Day; Carl Keleman, KMS Design Group; Amy Wagenfeld, Affiliate ASLA, design+cOnsulTation