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President's Report

Andy Bowden, ASLA Chaptetr President

Happy Groundhog’s Day! I can’t believe that it’s February already. Spring is around the corner!

I’m sure that you’ve already seen it in our weekly broadcasts, but CLASS Fund (California Landscape Architecture Student Scholarship) is holding a celebration, in the spirit of Groundhog's Day, on Thursday, February 4th at TAPS Fish House and Brewery at the Marketplace in Irvine. The proceeds for this event go to help fund scholarships for students enrolled in accredited programs in landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture and irrigation sciences in California.

Trustee's Report

Perry Cardoza, ASLA

As we start a new year, I would like to welcome back Chapter President Andy Bowden, ASLA and our newly elected Board Members.  A special thank you to our outgoing National President Richard Zweifel, FASLA and Past President Baxter Miller, ASLA; both of whom have given countless hours representing our profession selfishly giving up much of their free time advocating on our behalf.  Their dedication is truly appreciated. 

Chapter Events

Chapter News

  • ASLA has announced the call for presentations for the 2016 Annual Meeting and EXPO. The deadline for education session proposals is January 28, 2016, and detailed information is available online.

  • The competition to redesign Downtown Los Angeles's Pershing Square into a less easily mockable park has just moved into high gear.


  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a request for comments on proposed revisions to the 13 controlling criteria for the design of projects on the National Highway System that require a design exception when not met. The purpose of the revisions is to ease some of the federally mandated design standards to make it easier for communities of all sizes to design and build streets that are safer for everyone.

  • On October 22, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously passed a six-year surface transportation measure, H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRR) Act.

  • One week from the annual meeting, more than 5,000 have registered.  That’s 123 percent of the annual budgeted goal, still exceeding the registration and revenue numbers for the past seven years! 

  • New! Position Available – Senior Landscape Architect / Group Manager

    HELIX Environmental Planning (HELIX) is seeking a full-time Senior Landscape Architect/Group Manager to lead the 4-person Landscape Architecture Group in our San Diego County (La Mesa) office. This position reports to the Planning Division Manager.  HELIX is a growing 120-person consulting firm with offices in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Sacramento counties, providing environmental compliance, landscape design and habitat restoration services.

    HELIX’s Landscape Architecture Group provides a wide range of design and planning services for both private and agency clients with an emphasis on native habitat restoration and sustainable design/low-impact development. The HELIX Landscape Architecture Group also prepares construction document packages for a variety of projects, including streetscapes, transportation facilities, public facilities sites, parks, trails and interpretive centers. In addition, the group prepares visual impact assessments, visual simulations and 3D modeling of proposed development.

    This position requires strong skills in personnel management, business development and project management. The candidate will lead the group in developing and expanding our design services to other markets and clients.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, or equivalent
    • California Licensed Landscape Architect
    • 10+ years professional experience in Landscape Architecture, including at least 5 years as a consultant and 2 years of habitat restoration design experience, in addition to other traditional or sustainable design experience
    • Demonstrated ability and desire to engage and retain clients
    • Proficiency in the management of small to large projects, including client relations, collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, budget/schedule management and quality control, including landscape architecture experience within southern California
    • Ability to develop design ideas and solutions from concept through construction
    • Proven capabilities in the management of successful, competitive proposal and interview efforts
    • Technical knowledge and ability to produce construction documents, including: construction, grading and drainage, planting and irrigation plans, as well as details and specifications for large to small projects for public and private clients.
    • Strong capabilities and experience with client and public presentations
    • Knowledge of low impact design and California native plant material
    • Team player with strong interpersonal, management, organizational, and written/verbal communication skills
    • Self-motivated with the ability to manage and mentor team members
    • Excellent hand and computer graphics skills
    • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite

    Additional skills/accomplishments considered a plus

    • Masters degree in landscape architecture, urban planning or a related field
    • Landscape architecture experience and client base in San Diego County
    • Experience with landscape design for public infrastructure projects such as roads, highways, water/wastewater treatment plants and reservoirs, transit facilities, and/or trails
    • Experience preparing construction documents and specifications for Caltrans
    • Experience in developing visual simulations and visualization with the use of 3D modeling software such as Google SketchUp and Photoshop
    • Visual impact assessment experience, especially pursuant to FHWA or BLM requirements
    • Proficiency in MicroStation Version 8
    • Landscape architecture experience in central or northern California
    • LEED accreditation

    Salary DOE

    HELIX is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons to apply.

    Candidates must apply online through or via the link below:


    Do you have a listing that you would like to post on this page?

    If you are an employer and have a listing that you would like to appear on the Southern California Chapter website, please contact the chapter at:

    The Southern California Chapter of the ASLA
    360 East First Street, Suite 371
    Tustin, CA 92780
    Phone: 714-838-3615


  • The ASLA Southern California Chapter encourages you to learn more about your profession and enjoy the benefits of networking and working with fellow members of your industry by volunteering to assist in the organization of the following association events, programs and activities.  For volunteer opportunities, contact the Chapter at 714-838-3615.



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