April 2023


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WASLA Board of Directors

Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Past President
Duane Dietz, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Su Wanqin, ASLA

Jason Henry, ASLA

Member at Large
Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Mike Faulkner, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Joshua Tripp, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Dear WASLA Members and Readers,

Happy World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM)! Whether it was by design or not, April really is the perfect month to celebrate Landscape Architecture. April is when we feel like we emerge from the depths of winter and go outdoors again, when cherry blossoms hit their peak bloom, when last year’s bulbs grow into flowers, and when every invasive plant pops out of the ground to remind us of the importance of good maintenance. National ASLA has a multitude of ways you can get involved in the spirit of the WLAM season, either through social media posts or getting some extra professional development hours, I encourage you to visit their page here.

I also want to give a shout-out to all the fantastic work our WASLA committees have been doing so far leading up to WLAM. The Student and Emerging Professionals Committee did an excellent job organizing and running Trivia Night. The Conference Committee has been putting together some exciting ideas. The Communications Committee has been actively engaging our members on LinkedIn and Instagram. And the new Climate Action Committee has hit the ground running and is already planning its first webinar that will be a part of a climate-focused webinar series. More information to follow as that develops more! Thank you all to the dedicated volunteers on each of those committees.

It would not be a newsletter if it did not also include a plug for volunteering. Soon a call for members to run for this year’s open WASLA Board of Directors positions will go out. If you want to help how WASLA runs things or change how it runs things, consider running for an open position this year. Having new perspectives and members be a part of the board keeps us current, and I hope to see a lot of new names on the ballot this year. You can reach out to any of the board members, and they would be happy to answer any questions you have about their position.

Lastly, I am looking forward to our WASLA State Awards on the 20th of this month and seeing some of you there to celebrate all the inspiring work done by our members!



Nick Zurlini

   WASLA President

2023 WASLA Awards Reception

April 20, 2023 | 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Wisteria Hall at the WA Park Arboretum

This is a sold out event! We can't wait to celebrate this Thursday. Keep an eye out for an announcement on our Awards Recipients.

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Our annual Chapter Sponsor program allows our partners the opportunity to connect with members throughout the year, share their products and services, and show their support for the Chapter. Our Sponsors gain an edge over their competition through enhanced brand and product visibility and the relationship building opportunities our ASLA Washington Chapter Sponsor Program provides. These packages include the opportunities linked below and Special recognition by Chapter Leadership.

Call for Jurors: WASLA Student Awards

WASLA is looking for jurors for the annual

student awards programs 

They will be conducted fully online as follows:


WASLA National Awards

4-5 jurors for BLA and 4-5 jurors for MLA candidates

Digital Format

  • Review:
    • WSU:  2-3 BLA students
    • UW:  2 BLA students; 4 MLA students
  • Jury:
    • There will be one jury for MLA and one jury for BLA candidates
    • Universities will send access to student work to jurors via Google Drive
  • Schedule:
    • Online Student presentations/Jury deliberations: 
    • BLA and MLA Separate Juries:
      • BLA May 13th
      • MLA May 20th
    • Both reviews will start at 10 AM

Please email Nick Zurlini with your interest and on which specific juries you can participate at [email protected].

April 28, 2023

5:30 pm in Gould Hall Court

OUT in FRONT: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, is a fresh take on a favorite biannual event by the UW Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council. OUT in FRONT is a showcase for local firms to share innovative and exciting design work with students and the larger professional design community. This year’s event encourages professionals to share work that highlights JEDI principles, practices, or inquiries. Join us for light snacks and beverages to kick off the showcase.

The Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship offers a unique educational opportunity for soon-to-graduate and recently finished graduate students in ocean, coastal, and policy issues. This one-year paid fellowship matches qualified individuals with host agencies, nonprofits, and tribes throughout Washington. Fellows gain first-hand experience supporting marine science, conservation, and policy work and opportunities to share their academic expertise with their host offices. 

This year’s host offices include:

  • The Puget Sound Partnership
  • Makah Tribe
  • The Northwest Seaport Alliance
  • WA Department of Natural Resources
  • Hoh Indian Tribe
  • WA Department of Ecology

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., May 5, 2023, and must be submitted via eSeaGrant.


Week of May 22-26

Matching Workshop:
June 14-15

Fellowship Dates:
Fall 2023 – Fall 2024  

Kofi Boone: Recognition, Reconciliation, Reparation

WHEN: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 6:45 – 8 p.m. (Reception to precede from 5:30-6:30p)
CAMPUS LOCATION: Architecture Hall (ARC)
CBE CATEGORIES: Architecture, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, History Humanities Futures, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design & Planning

UW Landscape Architecture PAC
UW Department of Landscape Architecture
CBE Humanities, Histories, Futures


Recognition, Reconciliation, Reparation

Landscape architecture and environmental planning is adapting to the roles the places co-created with communities can play in redistributing power, information, and resources required to build human capacity with vulnerable populations. Sharing history, research, and current work, this lecture will present challenges and opportunities associated with landscape processes for recognizing environmental injustice, reconciling with harmed communities, and the pursuit of reparative work.

Kofi Boone, FASLA is a Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor and University Faculty Scholar at NC State University. Kofi is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design and interpreting cultural landscapes. He is the winner of student and professional ASLA awards including the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal. He is Immediate Past President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. 

2023 WASLA National Conference Stipend Application for Students and Emerging Professionals

WASLA National Conference Stipends will be awarded to:

  • Two student members of ASLA. Applicants must be enrolled in a university Landscape Architecture program in Washington State.
  • Two emerging professionals that are current ASLA Washington Chapter members. Emerging professionals are those who graduated from university in the Class of 2018 or more recently.

The stipend is an award of up to $2,200 to attend the 2023 ASLA National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 27-30, 2023.

Recipients will be responsible for registration, airfare, and accommodations with personal funds. These expenses will be reimbursed following purchase per WASLA reimbursement policy. The stipend is meant for traveling, lodging, and meal expenses, such as airfare, hotels, meals, and transportation. Some expenses incurred may not be reimbursable, such as equipment rental.


  • Applications must be received by Midnight on May 19th, 2023.
  • WASLA will announce the recipients in June, 2023.
  • Previous WASLA National Conference Stipend recipients are not eligible.
  • Please email Eric Bechler ([email protected]) with any questions.


Imagine you are a keynote speaker at the 2040 ASLA Conference where the theme is the Climate Action Plan (CAP). What is the topic of your presentation? How would your work impact the success of the goals and initiatives of the CAP? (Word limit: 500 words)

Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) 2023 Challenge Competition

For the 14th annual HALS Challenge competition, the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) invites you to document Working Landscapes. Historic “working” or “productive” landscapes may be agricultural or industrial and unique or traditional. Some topical working landscapes convey water for irrigation or provide flood control. Please focus your HALS report on the landscape as a whole and not on a building or structure alone. For this theme, the HAER History Guidelines may be helpful along with HALS History Guidelines.  For more information visit the link below.  If you have any questions, please email Duane Dietz at [email protected]

Deadline to submit short format histories: July 31, 2023

Awards will be presented: October 27-30, 2023, during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis

Free PDH of the Month

Members now have access to free monthly PDH live webinars and recordings via ASLA Online Learning. | Read More

Welcome Members!

A very warm welcome to our new and renewing WASLA Members:


Lauchlin R. Bethune

Todd L. Bronk

Elizabeth A. Browning

Jason Ceralde

Bryan A. Cole

James Davis

Tristan Fields

Qian Gao

Ilze Jones

Dakota Keene

Rodney L. Lamb

Kristen B. Lundquist

Ints Luters

Molly A. Maguire

Justin Martin

Connor J. McCoy

Rachel A. Miller

Jonathan Morley

Grayson Morris

David Nelson

Merit Oviir

Matthew Porteous

Connie L. Reckord

David L. Roberts

Emily L. Russell

Akemi Sakaida

Sarah Singleton Schroedel

Emma Stone

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