• 2.5 pdh - suttree landing park tour

    • 3 pdh - ut campus tour

    • 4 pdh - ut fablab workshop


  • friday, SEPTEMBER 8TH

    • 1 pdh per session,

    • attendees are eligible for 7 pdH ON FRIDAY





tour 1 - 12:30 pm-3:30 pm (3 pdh)

    • Join us for an exclusive walking tour of the University of Tennessee campus highlighting several areas of new design and construction.  Led by campus landscape architect Ted Murphy, this tour will feature an up-close look at new streetscapes that mitigate storm water, new pedestrian spaces and connections, designs of outdoor study areas, and even ways to capture rainwater for secondary use.  This tour will meet at the University of Tennessee Welcome Center where a bus will take the group into campus.  Spaces are limited so please sign up early!

      Tour Address:

      University of Tennessee Welcome Center

      2712 Neyland Drive 

      Knoxville, TN 37996


tour 2 - 12:30 pM-3:00 pm (2.5 pdh)


    • Get a first look at Knoxville’s newest park that features beautiful downtown views from the waterfront.  Suttree Landing Park boasts several community features including a festival/event lawn, accessible children’s playground, kayak access, a public river walk and kayak access, and updated streetscapes that manage storm water.  Afterwards, head over to nearby Fort Dickerson Park, which features a new gateway park entrance, a preserved earthen Civil War fort, 350 ft. deep quarry lake, and beautiful views of the downtown skyline and Great Smoky Mountains. 

      Fort Dickerson, held by the Union Army during the Civil War, is a culturally significant site within the City of Knoxville.  A new 2 acre park entrance was developed to prominently feature the historic Civil War site. The City of Knoxville in conjunction with a local foundation, and CRJA worked to realign and emphasize the park entrance for greater visibility, access, and safety. The new entrance park features a large, stone clad retaining wall, two stone clad pillars forming a gateway, and a low stacked stone seatwall framing lawn and open space. Concrete paths and a stair allow for pedestrian circulation and connect the park to the City’s greenway system and the emerging South Waterfront District. A bus stop links this park with the City’s transit system. Planting of native trees, shrubs, and groundcover materials provides shade and seasonal color throughout the year.

    • Tour Address:

      Suttree Landing Park

      701 Langford Ave 

      Knoxville, TN 37920


WORKSHOP - 12:00 pm-4:00 pm (4 pdh)


    • Are you interested in learning about and working with the latest technology available to landscape architects?  The University of Tennessee FabLab is a 20,000 square-foot facility that features 3D printers, a water-jet cutter, laser cutters, CNC routers, an x-axis milling machine, and robotic tools.  This tour will highlight how today’s students use these tools to quickly and precisely create physical models that influence the design of outdoor furniture, signage, and even terrain.  See the design process unfold from computer modeling through actual fabrication, and even try your hand at using these tools yourself.  Computers will be provided.  Spaces are limited so please sign up early!

    • Tour Address:

      University of Tennessee FabLab

      525 N Gay Street 

      Knoxville, TN 37917

5:00 pm: conference registration at The STANDARD

5:00 pm: Welcome Reception & sponsor expo at The STANDARD 

6:30 pm: Awards Banquet at The STANDARD


8:00 pm - Until: After-Hours Party AT OLD CITY WINE BAR



7:30 - 8:00 am:  Attendee Registration at The STANDARD


8:00 - 8:15 am:  Welcome to Knoxville 

  • Mayor Tim Burchett, Knox County, Tennessee

  • Gale Fulton, University of Tennessee Landscape Architecture


8:15  - 9:15 am:  Keynote Breakfast, (1 PDH)

Michael Blier, Landworks

Somewhere between the visual and the performative: a brief discussion about legibility, tectonics and the dynamics of change over time.  

Through a presentation of past and recent works, Michael will attempt to describe the challenges that his group has faced when attempting to enlist the material and phenomena of active ecological process into highly expressive landscape scenarios.

Part One: Michael will provide a brief overview of basic themes which have guided his work over the past 20 years.
Part Two: Michael will present a few recent projects that explore how those themes have evolved and expanded to engage larger, more complex sites, programs and distant cultures.



9:20 - 10:15 am:  Session 1 - sites learning session (1 pdh)

Melissa Cox, Green Business Certification, Inc.

SITES is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment. SITES can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to homes. The SITES rating system is currently being used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and more. 



10:15 - 11:00 am: Break with Expo Sponsors

10:15 - 11:00 am: TNASLA Executive Committee Meeting

Open to General Membership


11:00 - 11:50 am: Session 2 - TENNESSEE RIVER PROJECT (1 PDH)

Brad Collett, University of Tennessee

This presentation shares the motivations, activity to-date, and trajectory of the Tennessee River Project.  Launched in fall 2016, this multi-year teaching, research, and outreach initiative of the University of Tennessee School of Landscape Architecture calls to mind the role that planning and design. will play in a new century of visionary thinking and innovative resource management in the Tennessee River Valley. 


12:00 - 12:10 pm: a&E board INTRODUCTION & REMARKS

John Cothran,  A&E Board Executive Director


12:00 - 1:15 pm: Keynote Lunch - four modes of urban agency (1 PDH)

Andrew Moddrell & Christopher Marcinkoski, PORT Urbanism

As a practice comprising architects, landscape architects and urban designers, PORT operates as a collection of urbanists focused on instrumentalizing the public realm as the framework for urban growth and transformation.  My talk will introduce and elaborate upon on the four modes through which we negotiate the myriad of challenges and opportunities associated with working across varying urban scales and contexts.

Presented by BELGARD


1:15 - 2:00 pm: Break with Expo Sponsors


2:00-2:50 pm: Session 3 (1 PDH)


Rich Hindle, University of California, Berkeley - School of Environmental Design

For decades landscape architects and environmental planners have been involved in the ongoing process of mapping as a method for designing complex systems. The McHargian overlay method, and its contemporary permutations, have successfully projected Landscape Architecture into ever-expanding territories and reframed the profession as leading urbanists and ruralists at the forefront of sustainability. Mapping, however, has it conceptual and practical limits. This presentation explores an alternate process of designing complex environmental systems, such as rivers, coasts, and cities, through technological innovation.

Precedents from the Mississippi River Delta, landscapes impacted by the Swamp Land Acts (1849, ’50 & ’60), and the wetlands of New Jersey, will be discussed in relation to contemporary environmental challenges and the potential future role of Landscape Architects as inventors and technologists. 


Michael Hatcher, Michael Hatcher & Associates 

Rocelle Brahalla, The Kitchen Community

Michael Hatcher, President of Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc., and Rochelle Brahalla, Project Manager at The Kitchen Community Memphis, discuss trends in productive landscapes of the Memphis metro area.  Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc., a leading landscaping contractor located in Olive Branch, Mississippi, recently launched their new Department of Horticulture and Outreach. This department coincides with the company’s vision to educate the community on topics such as raised beds, planters, sustainability and urban agriculture and show how these trends can be achieved through design. 

Since April 2015, The Kitchen Community, a national non-profit, has partnered with Michael Hatcher and Associates to build Learning Gardens at schools in low-income neighborhoods in an effort to connect students to real food. The Learning Garden serves as an outdoor classroom for students, teachers, and school community members to garden, gather and learn about making healthy food choices. These outdoor classrooms, which are often built in neglected or otherwise inactive areas of a schoolyard, can bring a space to life with active students and growing vegetables. The Kitchen Community has designed and coordinated a total of (87) gardens (and counting) in the Memphis metro area. Michael Hatcher and Associates has built and installed all of them.Together, MHA and TKC have advanced the local landscape industry by not only creating a broad network of productive landscapes, but also providing the educational programming necessary to sustain these spaces. Rochelle Brahalla will review the greater impact of this partnership in the Memphis region, and Michael Hatcher will look to the future of urban agriculture in the landscape profession.


2:55-3:45 pm: Session 4 - FARMING HABITAT: Designing for wildlifE in working landscapes (1 PDH)

Forbes Lipschitz, The Ohio State University

Agriculture comprises the most extensive and closely coupled human and natural system in the world. Agricultural expansion and intensification threaten biodiversity via habitat conversion, fragmentation, and degradation. This in turn impacts communities through the loss of species with inherent scientific, economic, and cultural value. The large-scale conservation of natural ecosystems and the wildlife they support will thus require integration of cost-effective and sustainable conservation practices into mainstream agricultural production systems worldwide. This is a challenge of design.As design professionals, if we can recognize the highly industrialized spaces of agriculture as untapped opportunities for design intervention - we can then begin to design more ecologically sensitive infrastructures that operate within existing working landscapes. 


3:50-4:50 pm:   SESSION 5 - dual track session (1 PDH)

Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Foundation

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness initiative, led by Legacy Parks Foundation, is rapidly transforming of an area of Knoxville with historically below par housing stock, health indicators and business growth into a national draw and desired location to live, work and play. The discussion of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness will offer insight into the unconventional path to success for this initiative and the unique collaborations fostered in the process.  

Kevin Burke, Atlanta Beltline

ince 2012, Atlanta BeltLine Inc (ABI) has constructed the Historic 4th Ward Park, the 2.5-mile Eastside Trail, and the “Gateway” which connects the two. Economic development within this corridor exceeds $700 million inclusive of over 2,200 new housing units with another 1,000,000 ft2 due to be developed over the next 5 years or so. Together and separately, the two segments have garnered national and international awards related to green infrastructure (ACEC & ISI), comprehensive development (EPA), and real estate development (FIABCI). The Eastside Trail has over 1.8 million users/year so far….and some would say it is too successful on weekends. This session will provide a comprehensive review of the two projects taken together to review public open space, green infrastructure, urban design, plantings, and general economic development.


5:00-5:30 pm: Expo Sponsor door prizes & Closing Remarks