Registration has now closed for celebration+ (as of 4/15). On-site registration will be available for the Education Sessions and Awards Program. Please note: only check or credit card will be accepted for on-site registration, no cash please. 


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(3 Continuing Education Units)

Bus Tour /Includes Lunch

Presented by Kassandra Hinrichsen, The Plant Chicago, Mimi McKay, McKay Landscape Architects, and Mark Moxley, Lake Street Supply 

Visit The Plant Chicago, a social enterprise model vertical farm and food business incubator, to learn about closing waste, resource, and energy loops. Experience the methodology of an indoor demonstration farm utilizing state-of-the-art technologies: Hydroponics, anaerobic digestion, and turbine energy generation. At Lake Street Landscape Supply, learn strategies for working with landscape suppliers including how to integrate local materials into construction documents and specifications as well as meeting LEED criteria for regionally sourced materials. 

Visit Harvest Commons Apartments and explore one of this year’s ILASLA 2014 award-winning projects; affordable housing design that integrates historic and green rehabilitation. Tour the gardens, urban farm, apple orchard, and chicken coop before enjoying lunch.

Location Start / stop:  

Hotel Allegro  1st Floor Lobby. 9:00 am – 2 :00pm


9:00 am Registration,  9:30 am  BUS Departs Hotel Allegro, Arrive back to Hotel Allegro 2:00 pm

Presenter: Kassandra Hinrichsen, The Plant Chicago

Starting with degrees in Global Studies and Environmental Science from the Univ. of Minnesota,   Kassie continued her education through South America working and traveling:  N. Ecuador permaculture farm and non- chemical farming workshops in the cloud forest.  In Tucson, AZ.  Kassie coordinated an after school farming program at a bilingual elementary.  As Marketing and Education Coordinator for The Plant Chicago, she also volunteers for the Back of the Yards community engaging Chicago students. 

Presenter: Mark Moxley, Lake Street Landscape Supply

Mark Moxley is managing partner at Lake Street Supply in Chicago, a leader in promoting components and systems for green infrastructure projects and urban landscapes. Lake Street’s goal is to provide landscape architects with meaningful product and application data within the urban context. Their "diverse solutions" approach has helped to liberate many designers from the rigidity of single source manufacturers. Lake Street's current projects include commercial green roofs, engineered soils for public spaces, rainwater capture systems, and permeable surfaces. Mark has been a key voice for environmental sustainability while serving committees at both ILASLA and ILCA, as well as several years serving on the board of directors for MELA.

Presenter: Mimi McKay , McKay Landscapes

Since founding McKay Landscape Architects in 1982, Mimi McKay has built a diverse body of work with an emphasis on both affordable housing developments and high-end residential homes in Chicago. Working frequently in both of these sectors has cemented her deep-seated belief that good design is for everyone.  In the past year, her work on teams has received three Driehaus Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, an AIA Honor Award in Residential Design, and a national ASLA Honor Award in Residential Design. Recently, Mimi presented a paper at the Livable Cities conference in Portland on her work at Harvest Commons. She is also a member of the Images Art Cooperative as a painter, collagist and quilt-maker.


(2 Continuing Education Units)

Planting design through movement, layering, and attention to anchoring focal elements 

Presented by:  Don Bolak, RLA,ASLA, Senior Designer at Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.

Learn planting design strategies for creating movement, layering, and focal points within landscape beds. Methodology focuses on color, texture, and four-season qualities of plants in the Midwest for a variety of site types and scales. The session will introduce top performing plant species, and successful plant pairings for a number of contexts, including ornamental landscape beds, rain gardens, sensory gardens, and urban landscapes

Location: Hotel Allegro, Cinema 1 Room

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Presenter : Don Bolak, RLA,ASLA, Senior Designer at Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.

Don received his BS and Masters in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.  He has been practicing landscape design and architecture in the Midwest( MI,WI & IL) for 24 years, and joined CBLD in 1988.  He has “worn many hats” during his career from crew member & foreman, estimator, sales , designer, project manager, supervisor and dept., manager to his current position of Sr. Designer where he concentrates on design development and project management.  The variety of custom work: Environmental restoration, elaborate classical gardens, and  minimalist Zen environs done at CBLD keeps things interesting.  If not an LA, Don would be deep in photography. He is a lecturer on photographic techniques and his award- honored work has been published in various magazines.



Discover native plant palettes that emulate the natural landscape through seasonal flowering and succession while also considering maintenance and stylistic design interests. 

Location: Hotel Allegro, Cinema 1 Room

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Presented by: Jay Gehler, PLA, ASLA, Agrecol LLC

Combine one part zeal for playing in the dirt, one part plant nut and one part eye for creative design. Shake well and serve with enthusiasm for the profession of Landscape Architecture and you get Jay Gehler. Raised in small town Waterloo, WI, Jay graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 1980 and is licensed as a Landscape Architect in WI & IL. Jay has also served as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WI ASLA),  and currently chairs the ASLA Professional Practice Network Council (PPN) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (MELA). 

ILASLA Celebration+ Awards Program

April 17, 2015

Hotel Allegro, Green Room

171 W. Randolph Street, Chicago

Directions to Hotel Allegro & Accommodations

COCKTAIL RECEPTION: 5:00-6:30 pm Green Room

AWARDS PRESENTATION: 6:30-7:45 pm Screening Room 

DINNER RECEPTION: 7:45 pm – 11 pm.  Walnut Ballroom  

FULL EVENT: Includes  (Field Session, Ed. Session & Awards event)   


Early Bird  $120.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price  $160.00


Early Bird  $225.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price  $295.00




Early Bird  $ 40.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price  $50.00


Early Bird $80.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price $100.00




Early Bird  $ 35.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price  $45.00


Early Bird $70.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price  $90.00


AWARDS & DINNER ONLY: Includes (Reception, Awards Program, Dinner)       


Early Bird  $65.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price $85.00


Early Bird  $95.00

After March 31, 2015: Regular Price $135.00


Early Bird  $35.00

              After March 31, 2015: Regular Price  $45.00


(Add’l Ticket) $75.00


(Add’l Ticket) $75.00

COMBINED TICKET:  (e.g., Field Session and Celebration or Education and Celebration)

(May be purchased individually when registering) 



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