SHIFT: process 2013

SHIFT: process

SHIFT is an annual student-produced publication sponsored by the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Recognizing that students represent the next generation of leaders and design innovators, we created SHIFT to provide a scholarly and provocative forum for professional-reviewed student research into emerging issues at the forefront of landscape architecture theory and practice. We seek to foster creative interaction across disciplinary boundaries and raise awareness of emerging trends within academic and professional communities.

The inaugural issue, SHIFT: infrastructure – winner of the 2011 student ASLA Award of Excellence in Communications, suggests that rather than only integrating natural systems into the built environment, the public and community should be involved in the design process to create culturally significant spaces.

Our second issue, SHIFT: process, will build upon SHIFT: infrastructure by focusing on new ways of thinking about the design process. Submissions may be from current students or graduates within the past two years of any discipline. Our call is looking for innovative thinking or new methodologies in landscape architecture. Processes including community involvement, public input, implementation of modern culture/technology/social media, and those responding to the current and predicted environmental crises are encouraged.

How can we engage the designer, the community, and ecology in the process of design?
What does this process look like? Where does it happen?
How do these processes improve on current techniques?

Submissions may be: academic essays (up to 3,000 words), narratives, project graphics including mixed media, photography, diagrams, flash animation, stop motion animation, models, social networking tools, games, community building art forms, puzzles, etc. Each submission must include a written abstract (~150 words) and a bibliography if applicable. An independent jury composed of nationally recognized leaders in landscape architecture will review each submission.

Submissions Due: September 15th, 2012.
Contact our Director of Communications: Danielle Toronyi: for details about submitting online through our university-hosted service.

SHIFT: process: jurors

To be announced mid-June 2012. Please contact Editor in Chief: Heather Rhymes: if interested in participating as a reviewer.

SHIFT: process: team

Editor in Chief: Heather Rhymes:

Director of Communications: Danielle Toronyi:

Director of Design and Layout: Jeff Israel:

Editorial Team: Stacy Wasinger:, Bethany Windel: Student ASLA President 2012-2013:, Jonathan Blasco: MLA 2012, Matthew Evans: MLA 2012, Martha Eberle: Student ASLA President 2011-2012: MLA 2012

Communications Team: Casey Cline:,  Drew Crumpton: Student ASLA Treasurer 2012-2013, Tipton Fowlkes: Student ASLA Treasurer 2011-2012: MLA 2012

Design and Layout Team: Preston Montague: MLA 2012

Faculty Advisor: Gene Bressler, FASLA, Andrew Fox, RLA, ASLA

Department Head: Gene Bressler, FASLA

We thank the NC State Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and NC State College of Design for their financial support and encouragement.