WASLA Newsletter

August 2014

In This Issue...

  1. Presidents Message
  2. Editor's Note
  3. UW WASLA Student Award Winners
  4. Design Festival
  5. LARE Review
  6. Eastern WA Report
  7. Stormwater Update
  8. DesignIntelligence Survey
  9. Kenichi Nakano
  10. UW LA Internship Practicum Portal

Newsletter Editor

Stephanie Stroud


July 24
WASLA/APA Joint Happy Hour

August 17
AIA Seattle Happy Hour

November 17
ecoPro Program Update @ WSU, Mt. Vernon 

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WASLA Executive Committee

Courtney Landoll, PA, ASLA

Immediate Past President
Don Benson, ASLA

David Stipe, ASLA

Curtis Lapierre

Derrick Eberle

Joshua Hail 

Member at Large (Eastern Washington)
Laura Thompson

Member at Large (Western Washington)
Sandy Fischer

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President's Message
Courtney Landoll, ASLA 

Here's a recap of WASLA Activity during the month of July: 

SBI Management Transition

In the month of July we began our new association with SBI Management Services. On July 24th we met the entire SBI team during our quarterly strategic planning meeting. We are very excited about the new capabilities they can bring to our organization. Currently, Eastern Washington Representative Laura Thompson is working with SBI on the new website migration.

Conference Committee

Second, we kicked off our 2015 Conference Committee. Our annual conference will occur in the spring, in Wenatchee. If you are interested in serving on the Conference Committee, please contact President-elect David Stipe.


Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

It is so wonderful to see so much going on across the State! We are excited to include Laura Thompson's announcement about activity in Eastern Washington, and we have upcoming events that will be happening all around our corner of the country! Be sure to keep an eye out for future announcements.

We also have the list of UW National Award winners, with additional comments from jury members. As I was reading the comments, I found that what is interesting to me is how ideas in the profession shift with each new crop of graduates. Read more>>

Big Kudos to UW WASLA Student Award Winners!

2014 National ASLA Student Awards

MLA Candidates:
Betsy Anderson - HONOR 
Jonathon Pagan - MERIT 

BLA Candidates:
Biruk Belay - MERIT
Alyse Wright - MERIT

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 WASLA/2014 Seattle Design Festival

Friday, September 19, 2014

Create a city park for PARK(ing) Day!

You are invited to design and create a public park in celebration of PARK(ing) Day! On Friday, September 19th, parking spaces around Seattle and the world will be temporarily remade into pop-up parks! SDOT is accepting applications now through Friday, August 29th. Download the 2014 PARK(ing) Day guidelines and application here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm.

For updates, follow Seattle PARK(ing) Day on twitter @parkingdaySEA or use the hashtag #SDF2014!


Grading and Drainage Bootcamp: Fall LARE Review Registration COMING SOON!

LARE Review with Ray Freeman: Grading, Drainage & Construction Documentation: Section 4 Bootcamp. 


Date: 8:30 am-6:30 pm October 24th, 25th, and 26th.

Location: Residence Inn, 800 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Registration coming soon!

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Eastern Washington Report
Laura L. Thompson

It's hard to believe that almost one year has passed since I started my journey with WASLA as the East-side representative. But, as I look back on this whirlwind of a year, it's easy to see how the time flew by. I've learned so much about the L.A. profession through my involvement in WASLA; I've grown tremendously as a person; and, I've met some truly amazing people who are passionate about landscape architecture and dedicated to spreading the knowledge of our profession...Read More>>

City of Seattle Stormwater Code Update

The City of Seattle is updating their stormwater code. If you are not signed up for our stormwater listserv you can do it here so that you can get updates (sign up on right hand side of page).

You can also view the proposed documents at the above address and you can find handouts from our past open house here.

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DesignIntelligence Survey

Firms' Survey is due August 22 - This is the only survey that creates the official design school rankings. DI is asking hiring professionals and firms in the design world to fill out this quick 25-question survey, asking their opinions as to which schools best prepare students for the profession and what they look for in new grads...Read More>>

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.

See website for more images + stories: http://larchwp.be.washington.edu/resources/nakano/


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UW Landscape Architecture Internship Practicum Portal


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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