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NC Arboretum: Continuing Education for Landscape Architects

Continuing Education for Professionals

The North Carolina Arboretum launches a new series of continuing education classes for landscape architects and other horticulture professionals this summer as part of its Adult Education Program. Expanding opportunities for skills training and education on current issues in the field, the classes are scheduled over Thursday and Friday, June 6─7, 2019. Using the Arboretum’s 434-acre site and buildings as a learning laboratory, the trainings cover designing for diversity, stormwater management, stewardship of historic landscapes, and ecological restoration and wetlands preservation.

Instructors for the courses are regionally and nationally recognized licensed landscape architects and planners with expertise in cultural and ecological landscape design, preservation and conservation as well as land development and construction management.

The classes have been submitted for CEU credit with NC BOLA (North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects). Registration is currently underway for the four classes, which can be taken singly or together. Full descriptions of the classes with information on the instructors is available on the Arboretum’s website under Adult Education Program Continuing Education offerings.

Ecological Design: Willow Pond

Instructors: Kim Williams and Owen Carson

Thursday, June 6 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $52 Member / $57 Non-member

Three hours LA CEU

Class Limit: 32

Learn about the Willow Pond project, an ecological restoration project underway at the Arboretum. Willow Pond will have a constructed (man-made) wetland with a planned outdoor classroom. Learn about the macro- and micro-ecological landscape of Willow Pond, the rare salamanders and other species that inhabit the site, and how site design will restore habitat for this species. Explore innovative stormwater design and how creation of wetlands in the site will restore and enhance the habitat for all kinds of flora and fauna and create an engaging space for visitors too.

Kimberly Williams is an Environmental & Recreational Planner who has led efforts in regional and community planning (from county to multi-state scale), open space and recreation planning and design, environmental and transportation planning, and site design.

Owen Carson is a Botanist/Ecologist with a deep understanding of conservation ecology and natural system functions. He works collaboratively with landscape architects/designers to guide the preservation, conservation and/or land development process. -----------------------------------------

Designing for Diversity

Instructor: Susannah Horton

Thursday, June 6 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$52 Member / $57 Non-member

Three hours PDH

Class Limit: 32

Landscape architects are vital in planning and designing parks, streetscapes, communities, downtowns, and urban and rural environments. In an increasingly diverse society, the landscape architecture profession as a whole should consider more ways to celebrate and recognize social and cultural diversity along with economic ecological diversity through programming and designing. Are projects more successful when we as designers acknowledge the dynamics of culture, class and/or gender? Are projects less successful when we do not recognize or acknowledge cultural legacies of the existing landscapes? This class will look projects located in racially and culturally diverse areas in North Carolina that through robust community involvement strategies and culturally sensitive design considerations have generated plans endorsed by the communities they serve and the city governments that serve the constituents.

Susannah Horton is a registered landscape architect with experience in both professional practice and academics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture as well as a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Clemson University. Horton has worked with the landscape architecture and planning firm Design Workshop since 2012, and teaches landscape architecture at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. -----------------------------------------

Reading the Historic Landscape

Instructor: Glenn Stach

Friday, June 7 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

$52 Member / $57 Non-member

Three hours PDH

Class Limit: 32

What makes a designed landscape historic or significant? How should we steward the legacy of design and history across our most beloved and culturally significant spaces? In a world where perceptions of history evolve with each successive generation, history enthusiasts, stewards, and design professionals face questions regarding the importance of history to inform landscape experience and shape the future. This class will discuss the practice and theory of landscape preservation, and how to assess and apply its tenants to landscape stewardship, and design.

Glenn Stach is a one of a growing number of nationally accomplished experts practicing within the field of cultural landscape preservation today. With many notable works to its credit, Stach’s Asheville-based firm collaborates with like-minded clients and partner organizations interested to cultivate an enduring vision for the nation’s beloved historic sites and public landscapes. -----------------------------------------

Stormwater: Looking at the Whole Picture

Instructor: Drake Fowler

Friday, June 7 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$52 Member / $57 Non-member

Three hours PDH

Class Limit: 32

As Western North Carolina continues to receive record rainfall, stormwater management is a critical issue in this region. In this class we will explore storm water systems that have been designed to accomplish their site specific goals. We will explore how these systems use multiple low impact development methods interconnected to treat and use captured storm water. Finally, the class will tour the active Willow Pond project and parking renovation at The North Carolina Arboretum which will show how these techniques are working in concert to be stewards of our natural systems.

Drake Fowler is the Arboretum’s chief business officer and chief operations officer. Fowler is a licensed landscape architect in North Carolina and has managed the offices for one of the country’s top design firms. As a landscape architect, he has worked in city planning, site master planning, complete street design, wayfinding, and low impact design. His projects have won national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and are certified platinum for leadership in energy and environmental design.

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Earlier Event: June 2
ASLA Southeast Regional Conference
Later Event: June 14
Executive Committee Meeting