ASLA-NY Members Help Students Build a Rain Garden in Brooklyn

Adobe Spark (1)On June 27, members from ASLA-NY and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) joined students at JHS 218 in Brooklyn to talk about landscape architecture, planting and stewardship then added new plants to their rain garden. Students learned how to prepare the soil by adding air and breaking up compacted areas and landscape architects assisted them with plant selection, layout and planting. The Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island donated most of the plant material, all grown from locally collected seeds and many of the plants will support pollinators in the garden.

Thanks to our great volunteers: Tiffany Briery, Taylor Drake, Coe Hoeksema, Katya Khan, Tricia Martin, Ruth Nervig, Jennifer Nitzky, Linh Pham, Maddalena Polletta and Ashleigh – the students will certainly be inspired to be stewards of their new garden! See the slideshow below for a photo recap of our event.

Stay tuned for our next project soon. If you are interested in volunteering on our team, sponsoring the program, or donating supplies, please contact Jennifer Nitzky at [email protected] or our Executive Director at [email protected]

In 2016, ASLA-NY honored Mary Alice Lee from TPL and ASLA-NY member Melissa Potter-Ix of StudioHIP for their 20 years of service inspiring elementary students to be landscape architects during their 10-week participatory design program. Learn more about the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program on our video here:

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York and The Trust for Public Land Announces New Student Stewardship Program

JHS 218K planting day _10.01.13_JK 007NEW YORK, NY— The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter (ASLA-NY) and The Trust for Public Land (TPL) announce a unique partnership where we work directly with elementary and high school students to develop career discovery in landscape architecture and participate in garden stewardship projects at their schoolyard. Since 1996, The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program has designed and/or built 189 school and community playgrounds across the five boroughs. Through an interactive, participatory design process, TPL works directly with students in the site analysis, planning and design of their schoolyard with an end result that transforms mainly asphalt schoolyards into vibrant, green community playgrounds (see our video:

Many of the schoolyards built have tree beds and gardens that benefit from ongoing stewardship. This program pairs landscape architects with school groups to provide guidance on programming, plant installation and maintenance while engaging students in garden stewardship.

The first project in the program is the re-establishment of a rain garden at J.H.S. 218 in Brooklyn scheduled for June 27, 2017 from 10:00 to noon. ASLA volunteers will be working with TPL staff and a group of 35 student stewards to plant, weed, and mulch a rain garden and extended tree pit.

The J.H.S. 218 Community Playground was designed by students, staff, parents, and community members through The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program. This playground was the second to be opened in our partnership with the DEP, DOE, and School Construction Authority, and includes trees, a turf field, rain garden, pervious pavers and other green infrastructure elements that will capture up to an inch of rainwater in storm events.

If interested in sponsoring or participating in this program, please contact Jennifer Nitzky at [email protected] or Tiffany Briery at [email protected]

About the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects. Founded in 1899, the association represents over 15,000 members and features 49 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The New York Chapter, founded in 1914, encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland counties. The Society’s mission is to lead in the planning, design and care of both our natural and built environments. While keeping pace with the ever-changing forces of nature and technology, landscape architects increasingly have a profound impact on the way people live, work and play. Learn more at .

About The Trust for Public Land

Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than $34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at

Call for Presentations for the Southeast NY Stormwater Management Conference

Southeast New York Stormwater Conference

October 18, 2017 – Dutchess Manor – Beacon, NY

Call for Presentations

The 17th annual Southeast New York Stormwater Conference is set for Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The conference provides an opportunity for municipal officials and staff as well as stormwater professionals to learn about stormwater management and related subjects from experts working in southeast NY and beyond. The Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts is currently accepting proposals for presentations.  Topics should be generally related to stormwater management, and could include:

  • Strategic planning for green infrastructure implementation
  • Design/construction of green infrastructure practices
  • Maintenance/monitoring of green infrastructure practices
  • Implementing MS4 programs/6 Minimum Control Measures
  • Riparian restoration and management techniques
  • Watershed and stream management
  • Policy aspects of stormwater management
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Flood hazard mitigation/climate resilience through stormwater management

Interested presenters should submit a proposal to LHCCD Coordinator Michael Jastremski at  [email protected] by Close of Business on July 14th, 2017.  Please use the following guidelines when developing your proposal:

  • Include a title, presenter(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and a 1-2 paragraph abstract.
  • The target audience for the conference is municipal officials and staff, as well as design professionals (engineers, landscape architects, etc.). Please indicate if your presentation is geared towards any of these audiences in particular.
  • Case studies are encouraged where they provide regionally applicable results or lessons learned.
  • Presentations should be scalable to 30 or 60 minutes in length.
  • Presentations that are intended solely to promote a specific product or business will not be selected.
  • Presenters are offered complimentary admission to the conference.  No other compensation or reimbursement is available.

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee of the LHCCD. Notifications will be sent no later than July 21, 2017 via email.

If your proposal is selected, please note that you will be asked to submit a draft presentation and supporting materials suitable for obtaining accreditation for PEs and LAs no later than 40 days before the conference (September 8th, 2017)


Member Spotlight: Liz Pulver


Liz Pulver has practiced landscape architecture since 1997, working with national and international leaders in the industry. Her experiences with West 8, Hollander Design, Thomas Balsley Associates and David Thorne, give her unique insight into the genesis of design at varied scales from residential gardens to greenroofs to campuses and city parks. Her experience in design-build and landscape construction, provides a practical overlay that keeps her work tied to the realities of the site and application. Liz is a registered landscape architect in New York and California and has begun developing a product line for small, urban gardens. She was raised in the Hudson Valley and earned her bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. We caught up with Liz this month to ask a few questions:

  1. When did you realize you wanted to become a Landscape Architect? What was your path to landscape architecture?

I first saw ‘landscape architecture’ written in the list of majors at Cornell, when I was applying to colleges, as a high school student. It sounded intriguing, and I began researching it further. The field seemed to encompass many observations and concerns I’d had about the changing landscape around me, but wasn’t yet able to fully express or verbalize. It seemed geared toward my strengths and interests in art and the environment. The more I learned, the more interesting it sounded. I wanted to learn more, and just kept following the trail further, to college, to licensure and beyond. Landscape architecture can be many things, and I continue to ‘follow the trail’ and explore where it will take me.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have any go-to sources?

Mmmmm… see travel section, #9 below!

garden-totes-bike3. How did you first become interested in designing your own ‘Garden-Totes?’

A few years ago- I was on the hunt for the perfect planter for apartment gardeners living in the city, with no outdoor space, like me. I just wanted a little greenery! But the product I wanted, seemed to be missing from the market. One day, I realized- I could simply design my own planter! My experience in design-build gave me access to craftsmen, manufacturers and vendors who helped me navigate the steps required to produce the planters. I enjoy the design, testing and fabrication processes. The greatest learning curve has been in understanding the manufacturing and retail landscapes, and developing the right marketing strategies to reach my customers.  I continue to learn and adapt as I move forward.

  1. What is your favorite part about the design process?

One of the great joys of designing, is that once a project is finally built and completed, clients can be so very appreciative of how your design expertise and efforts have improved their daily life. There is a direct correlation between what you do and how they feel. There is tremendous satisfaction in being responsible for that.

  1. What projects are you working on now?

I have a variety of projects in front of me, including several residences, rooftop terraces, a pocket park in upstate New York, ongoing planter and product development and am teaching a class at New York Botanical Gardens this Spring.

6. What Landscape Architects (current or past) do you admire and why?

There are many landscape architects I admire, for many reasons: Tommy Church inspires me for his ability to link interior and exterior spaces and to captivate public interest in outdoor spaces, garden design and horticulture. Roberto Burle Marx inspires for his novel, graphic patterns, non traditional education and approach. Scape and Team impress me for stretching our profession in new directions.  Mikyoung Kim inspires for her thoughtful, sensitive approach to design and collaboration. The West 8 Team inspires for continually reimagining and customizing spaces to their locations and local communities. Cornell Professors like Marv Adleman and Paula Horrigan, inspire for the time they spent investing in me, exposing me to the wide breadth, impact and value of landscape architecture to society.

  1. What advice would you give to emerging professionals?

Ask the following questions:

  • How does your design help the client? How does it add value to their life, business, environment or community? Seek out opportunities to develop your presentation, communication and business planning skills. Design is one important part of the equation of our profession, but it’s not the only part. Work for landscape architects who are great designers, and others who are great businesspeople, and others who are great horticulturists, and others who are….You get the idea- the list goes on! There is much to know. Expose yourself to as much of it as you can.
  • The traditional design office is one approach to the profession. But there are many different ways to pursue landscape architecture and design. Try new things. Find what works for you.
  • How do you feel when you receive a long, multi paragraph email from someone? Ugh! Try to limit your emails to 5 sentences, maximum. Be clear, to the point and respectful of everyone’s time. The world will thank you for it!
  1. What do you value most about being a member of ASLA?

ASLA gives us a fantastic professional platform for broadcasting our interests and concerns and for connecting with colleagues and allied professionals. It keeps us abreast of current issues and amplifies our voice in New York City, Washington DC and beyond. The annual conference is a treasure trove of CEUs and generally lots of fun!

  1. What would you like to do more of, if you could?

fire-escape-gardenTRAVEL! I love seeing what the rest of the world is up to and connecting with new people. Traveling to new places, meeting new people, seeing new ways to do things; this is where I get the most energy and design inspiration. I love to visit parks and gardens, design offices, nurseries and garden stores while I travel. It’s fascinating to see what new projects they’re designing in Mexico City, what products and tools they’re using in Barcelona, and what plants they’re planting in Marseille. I have always been welcomed by other related professionals as I travel. Our common interests allow us to connect easily and I can experience new places more like a local, than a tourist.

Learn more about Liz at 


Are you interested in getting more involved in your profession by joining the board of the New York Chapter of ASLA?  We are now accepting nominations for our Executive Committee (i.e., board members), Trustee and Secretary.  Being a board member is a great way to promote the field of landscape architecture as well as impact the professional community.  Help guide the direction of your chapter, develop great relationships with other landscape architects and have an impact on the future of the profession in the New York metro area.  And it’s fun!
We are looking for five motivated individuals to join the board for a two-year term, as well one new Officer to fill a two-year term as Secretary and another individual to fill a three-year term as Trustee.  The board meets 10 times a year and members are encouraged to chair committees and attend chapter events.
Board members must have current ASLA membership – join or renew now by visiting Prior involvement on a chapter committee is preferred. If you have questions on roles, term length, or time commitments, please contact Kathy Shea at [email protected].
If you are interested in running for the board, or for Trustee or Secretary, please email a statement of interest (max 300 words) to [email protected].  Our Nominating Committee will evaluate the submissions and notify you about next steps.
Statements of interest are due by June 18.  The election will be held in July and your term would begin in late October, after the annual ASLA Annual Meeting.

Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge: Documenting City or Town Park(s)

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For the ASLA 2017 HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with the Find Your Park movement to spread the word about the amazing national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s also about local parks and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming more important than ever.
Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31. The HALS Short Format History Guidelines, brochure, and digital template may be downloaded from the HALS website.
For more information about the Challenge or for questions or comments about HALS, please contact Chris Stevens at [email protected].


PHS and PHL Launch Airport Landscape Design Competition

PHS and PHL Launch Airport Landscape Design Competition

Landscape architecture and design firms are invited to submit qualifications

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are hosting a design competition to create an “Image Maker” landscape at the Airport. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate Philadelphia’s position as America’s Garden Capital and create a welcoming image for the Greater Philadelphia region.

The goals of the project are to create an iconic PHL landscape, enhance the environmental sustainability of the Airport landscape, and provide a customer-friendly arrival and departure experience. The focus areas are all landscapes visible to the traveler going to or from the Airport – a scope of approximately 130 acres visible from motor vehicles or from an airplane. The new design will replace the current landscape that features large areas that are both planted and naturalized.

The competition opens June 8 with an international Request For Qualifications (RFQ), which will result in the selection of four finalist teams to be invited to the juried Design Competition. The competition phase will immediately follow the RFQ phase. Applicants are encouraged to assemble interdisciplinary, integrated teams, including a landscape architect, civil engineer, traffic engineer, stormwater specialist, and environmental or ecology expert.

Each finalist team will receive a stipend of $20,000 to develop a thoughtful, creative, environmentally appropriate concept plan and associated budget for the Airport. The winning concept will be used in efforts to identify funds for design development and project implementation.

Beginning June 8, participants can register using the form found here.  After registering, they will be able to download the RFQ. A web-based information session will be held June 28; registered participants will be contacted with additional details. All responses to the RFQ must be received by 4 p.m. EST on July 21. Send questions by July 7 to [email protected]. In the final stage of the competition, all four teams will have their concepts displayed and have the opportunity to present during the 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, an annual event that welcomes 250,000 visitors.


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1827, whose programs connect people to horticulture and collaboratively creates beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities. PHS’s best known activities include the Philadelphia Flower Show, street tree planting and maintenance, community gardening, public beautification, and the PHS Pop Up Gardens. PHS is supported by individual members and supporters, foundations, partners and government grants. PHS programs bring together people from diverse backgrounds to engage in horticultural projects that advance social equity, environmental sustainability, and urban livability. For information or to support our work, visit



PHL, the only major airport serving the nation’s 7th largest metropolitan area, is a large hub airport serving more than 30 million passengers annually. Twenty-five airlines, including all major domestic carriers, offer nearly 500 daily departures to 131 destinations worldwide. Located 7 miles from downtown Philadelphia, the Airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers, and cultural hubs. The Airport is self-sustained and uses no local tax dollars. PHL is one of the largest economic engines in the region, generating $15.4 billion for the economy and accounting for 96,300 full-time jobs annually.



Alan Jaffe, PHS Senior Director of Communications & Media, 215.988.8833, [email protected]