April 2015

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Editor's Note
  3. Registration Now Open For WASLA Annual Conference 
  4. April is World Landscape Architecture Month
  5. 2015 Seattle Design Festival and PARK(ing) Day Announced!
  6. WASLA Seeks Jurors For UW Students
  7. Spring Time Libations! WASLA Happy Hour This Week
  8. Summer School: LARE Prep with Ray Freeman
  9. Congratulations, Future Landscape Architects!
  10. The Voters Have Spoken
  11. WASLA and National Park Service Collaborate During World Landscape Architecture Month
  12. The Invention of Landscape
  13. Grant Jones, FASLA, Selected For the College of Built Environments Roll of Honor
  14. Calling Former Huskies for Happy Hour!
  15. Stay Ahead of the Competition with the New LEED V4 Green Associate Accreditation
  16. City of Spokane Requesting Feedback on Proposed Code Amendment
  17. For What it's Worth: Valuing the Urban Forest
  18. Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
  19. UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal

Newsletter Editor

Stephanie Stroud


April 16, 2015
WASLA Happy Hour

April 24-25, 2015
Community Design Charette

May 29, 2015
2015 WASLA Annual Conference

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WASLA Executive Committee

David Stipe, ASLA, LLA

Immediate Past President
Courtney Landoll, ASLA

Curtis Lapierre, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Member at Large
Laura Thompson, ASLA

Member at Large
Marieke Lacasse, ASLA, LEED AP

Member at Large
Juanita Rogers, ASLA


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President's Message
David Stipe, ASLA, LLA 

My colleagues on the Executive Committee and I have been busy addressing many topics of relevance to our profession.  From issuing a doodle poll on the stamp and deciding whether to embark on the process of updating it with the licensure board and the state to promoting World Landscape Architecture Month beyond the walls of our professional circle of colleagues.  Additionally, a core group of folks have been planning the upcoming conference to be held in Wenatchee at the end of May.  I have been playing a small role in all of these different initiatives and efforts, while beginning to prepare for the President and Trustee’s annual advocacy trip to Washington DC.  Curtis Lapierre and I will be heading to our nation’s capital for Advocacy Day and the mid-year leadership meetings from April 22nd to the 25th.  Chapter Presidents and Trustees from all over the country gather in our nation’s capital to advocate for our profession and for the federal programs that are so important in ensuring our communities are wonderful places to live, raise families and practice our profession.    

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Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

It’s April, and that means that landscapes are coming alive with color, fragrance, and new life. It also means that it is World Landscape Architecture Month, or WLAM, and there are many ways for you and your fellow landscape architecture mates to participate. ASLA has this sign that you can take to landscape architect-designed space and proudly hashtag your support. You can register for (PARK)ing Day (see announcement below), and start designing a mini-park that will blow the minds of unsuspecting passersby. You may be attending the design charrette in Kendall, WA and helping a community build a trail. Whatever it is that you are planning to do to celebrate WLAM, I hope to hear about it. Snap some pictures and/or drop me a line at [email protected]. The more landscape architects in action, the better the environment is for all! 

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Registration Now Open For WASLA Annual Conference!

Friday, May 29, 2015 and Saturday May 30, 2015
Friday: Wenatchee Convention Center
Saturday: Field sites in/near Wenatchee, Washington

Engage with industry colleagues at the WASLA Annual Conference 2015! The two day schedule is packed with multiple opportunities for professional development, networking and overall celebration of the profession.

Review the complete schedule of topics ranging from discussions on sustainability to bringing designs to life with 3D graphics.

Advance registration rates are through April 29th; sign up today to take advantage of the discount.

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April is World Landscape Architecture Month

World Landscape Architecture Month is off to a great start!

Check out some awesome landscape architect-designed spaces from around the globe by searching #WLAM2015 on Twitter or Facebook!

Still haven't posted your favorite spaces for WLAM?  There is still time! Simply keep the orange “Designed by a Landscape Architect” card on your person to hold in the foreground of all photos with hashtags #WLAM2015 and #WASLA.  For a month-long impact, post temporary signage at your favorite landscape architect-designed spaces.  Please click this link to access the card, temporary signage, and posting instructions.

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2015 Seattle Design Festival and PARK(ing) Day Announced!

#SDF2015 / Design for Equity: Upcoming call for programs!

Equity (ˈek·wə·dē/) noun: the quality of being fair and impartial.

For one week in September, the 2015 Seattle Design Festival will explore equity issues across design disciplines.  Make landscape architecture part of the discussion by responding to the upcoming Call for Programs! Opportunities are available to give a talk, host an event, plan an activity, and more. Check out the SDF website for details, or reach out to Design in Public at [email protected]

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WASLA Seeks Jurors For UW Students

WASLA is looking for jurors to help with the UW Student Awards Juries coming up in May 2015.  Dates are as follows:

Wednesday, May 13th – 8:30am – 5:00pm Gould Hall – Local WASLA Awards - Jurors will be reviewing and discussing student work that is pinned up in Gould Hall.  Honor and Merit awards will be given.  Lunch is provided at the Faculty Club and coffee/snacks are provided via the Design Center Coffee Shop in the basement of Gould Hall.  This is a fantastic way to see student work and learn more about the students who will be entering the workforce.  It is also a fun event in which to reconnect with your fellow landscape architects.  Three to four jurors are needed for this session.

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Spring Time Libations! 

Join Us For WASLA Happy Hour This Week! 

The WASLA Executive Committee is pleased to invite you to join us for happy hour, Thursday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

1932 First Avenue
Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101

If you plan on attending, we would appreciate if you would RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough food and drinks on hand. To RSVP, please email Coreen Schmidt. If you aren't able to RSVP beforehand, that's okay, too. Just come on out and join us! 

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Summer School: LARE Prep with Ray Freeman

LARE Prep: Section 3 Review with instructor Ray Freeman planned for Summer 2015!

WASLA is organizing a three day bootcamp LARE review session with instructor Ray Freeman for June 12th-14th at the Residence Inn at in South Lake Union. The review will be from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM each day and will focus on content from Section 3: Design. Online registration is open now! The review is timed to prepare test takers for the August 2015 exam.

About the Review

Through lecture, group discussion, and practice exercises, this intensive three day course focuses on preparing students to take Section 3 of the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (LARE). This course includes a look at what material is typically covered on the exam and strategy tips on the new advanced item types.

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Congratulations, Future Landscape Architects!

The WASLA Fellows/Scholarship committee announces that two $2,000 scholarships have been awarded to one student at the University of Washington (UW) and one at Washington State University (WSU). Michayo Fujii (UW) and Susie Gomez (WSU) were the scholarship winners. Congratulations to Michayo and Susie—Best of luck! 

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The Voters Have Spoken

Last month we asked the Membership how they felt about changing the Washington landscape architecture seal. Thank you to the forty-one members that responded to the survey. Ninety-five percent of the survey respondents felt that our seal should be changed so that it fits in a standard title block. 


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WASLA and National Park Service Collaborate During World Landscape Architecture Month

Above is the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, the location for this month’s trail design workshop located in scenic Kendall, WA. This workshop will be facilitated by the National Park Service and will feature design teams composed of community residents and WASLA volunteers.

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The Invention of Landscape

"The Invention of Landscape"

Tues April 21, 6:30pm

UW Gould Hall, Room 322




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Grant Jones, FASLA, Selected For the College of Built Environments Roll of Honor

Roll of Honor and Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:00 pm in Architecture Hall 147

The University of Washington College of Built Environments is pleased to announce the selection of two individuals to be added to the Roll of Honor located in the auditorium of Architecture Hall.

Selected for the Roll of Honor are Roland Terry FAIA, and Grant Jones, FASLA.  A celebration for the honorees will take place Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

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Calling Former Huskies for Happy Hour!

UW Landscape Architecture Alumni/ae,  

We want to see you on Friday, May 8, 2015 for the annual CBE Alumni Happy Hour! Catch up with old friends, meet new ones and check out the new Gould Pavilion Gallery. 

Alumni Happy Hour

Friday, May 8, 2015
Gould Court
Register here

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Stay Ahead of the Competition with the New LEED V4 Green Associate Accreditation

May 13, 2015, 8 am – 5 pm, O’Brien & Company’s Building Capacity Classroom, Seattle, WA.

$275/person includes a free set of study tools (prep course workbook, 100 question practice exam, flashcards, acronym list, study guide and more!)

Passing the LEED Green Associate exam requires a working knowledge of the LEED v4 Knowledge and Task Domains, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge. This course will also help those already familiar with LEED understand the many changes in the new LEED v4 rating system. 

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City of Spokane Requesting Feedback on Proposed Code Amendment

Attention to all Spokane area landscape architects that have done work for the City of Spokane! There is a proposed code amendment available for review and comment on the City of Spokane's website. Please take time to visit the link below and read through the proposed changes. Any concerns or general comments regarding the changes can be sent to Tami Palmquist (contact information listed below).  Public input and industry feedback is necessary to move forward in setting a public hearing date before the Plan Commission. Your participation would be greatly appreciated!


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For What it's Worth: Valuing the Urban Forest

Wednesday, May 20th from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm

Hosted by PlantAmnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

7th Annual Urban Forest Symposium

University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

$85 per person. Lunches available for $15.

5.5 LA/CES credits offered

Free lunch to the first 100 registrants.
Reception included, 4:00 to 6:00pm

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Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture

For over four decades, Kenichi Nakano graced the Pacific Northwest with exceptionally subtle and inviting modernist design, generously contributed to community and civic life, and mentored generations of students and professionals of all disciplines.

On August 8, 2012, we lost our teacher, mentor, and friend all too soon.

Your gift in memory of Kenichi to the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund will leave a lasting legacy and support outstanding students in the University of Washington's Department of Landscape Architecture.

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UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal


UWLA PAC, Internship + Research Committee

The Landscape Department at the University of Washington has been working hard on providing its students with valuable resources that can better connect them with local employers for internships and practicum opportunities.

Prior to developing these resources we sent a survey to our local employer list to get feedback on what firms wanted and if they would use specific resources. We took this information and over the summer developed a space where employers can submit internships and practicums and positions to a page that is only accessible by our students...

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Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
[email protected]  206-443-9484 • www.wasla.org