February 2016


In This Issue...

  1. Editor's Note

  2. Learn Over Lunch In Bellevue!

  3. Professional Development: Putting Nature To Play In Spokane!

  4. Imagine Tomorrow: 2016 WASLA Conference

  5. Drinks And Discounts!

  6. Register Now: 2015-2016 Statewide LID Training Program

  7. Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

  8. Support The Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund For Landscape Architecture

  9. UW Landscape Architecture Internship/Practicum Portal

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Stephanie Stroud


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Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud


January and February are important months they are filled with reminders to continually celebrate minority landscape architects and their contribution to our profession. It is a time to think about our work in and with diverse communities. Martin Luther King Day this past January 18thAlice Walker's birthday on February 9thAbraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12th, and Frederick Douglas's birthday on February 14th are all days to remind us about the importance of equality and civil rights.

In ASLA's 2015 Survey of Graduating Students, only 1% of graduating landscape architecture students identified as Black, 8% as Hispanic, and 20% as Asian or Pacific Islander. While diversity is increasing slowly, the majority of the respondents identified as White (68%). This is significant, since our profession will not reflect the population in years to come. In 2043, the US is projected to become a majority-minority nation for the first time. Minorities, now 37% of the population, are estimated to make up 57% of the population in the year 2060. The communities that landscape architects work in are already culturally diverse, and in order to best serve and understand our country's increasingly diverse communities, and remain relevant, landscape architects must hail from those communities. 


Learn Over Lunch In Bellevue!

Join planners, recreation and program coordinators, and landscape architects for a complimentary professional development lunch and learn!

Location: Crossroads Community Center 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA 98008
When: Monday, Feb. 22 at 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
CEUs: .10 / LUs: 1.0
Lunch: Provided by Play & Park Structures

7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design Providing includsive play opportunities for people of all ages and abilities is critical for promoting play, healthy physical activity, and learning. Our two unique inclusive programs, Me2 and 2PlayTogether, not only create outdoor play environments that implement best practice design principles, they take inclusive play to the next level by providing outdoor programming to ensure meaningful play for children of all abilities.

RSVP To: Caroline Wallace at [email protected]


Professional Development: Putting Nature To Play In Spokane!        

Join planners and landscape architects for a complimentary professional development event!

Location: McKinstry Building / 850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99202
Conference Rooms: Roundhouse 1 & 2
When: Feb. 23rd at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Dinner: Taco Tuesday!
CEUs: .10 / LUs: 1.0

NatureGrounds: Putting Nature into Play Research reveals a strong link among children's experiences in nature, their psychological wellbeing, and overall development. It is important to encourage outdoor play and find ways to reconnect children with nature. This innovative program discusses research-based benefits of combining the manufactured play environment with the living landscape. It also demonstrates how to implement best practices of design and discusses strategies for overcoming potential barriers, and how to naturalize existing and new playgrounds. Participants will walk away with an array of educational resources, funding sources, and practical ideas on how to get started.

RSVP To: Julia Culp and Caroline Wallace at [email protected] [email protected]


Imagine Tomorrow: Conference Program And Registration Are Online!

Our 2016 conference program is now online and we are accepting registrations! This year, our conference will highlight topics surrounding social and environmental equity, balancing People, Earth, Action, and Place in the landscape architecture profession. 

To kick off the conference, we are excited to offer two pre-conference tours to Beacon Food Forest and UpGarden on Thursday, March 31st. The private tours will be led by project landscape architects who provide the nuts and bolts behind the implementation of urban agriculture in Seattle. A pre-conference reception will be held on the same evening in South Lake Union. This event will be catered by FareStart, a local non-profit group who support disadvantaged community members in the Seattle area.


Drinks And Discounts!

Thursday, March 17
5:30 - 7:30 PM
5616 Sixth Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108

Come to our first Happy Hour of the New Year at Terris Draheim! Enjoy drinks, networking, and discounts on Terris Draheim furniture! Special Sale prices on a wide variety of exterior furniture.


Register Now: 2015-2016 Statewide LID Training Program

The 2015-2016 Statewide Low Impact Development Training Program is now open for registration. The program offers over 45 trainings throughout the state from now to May 2016 for the following target audiences:

  • Designers and engineers, including landscape architects
  • Planners and permitters
  • Construction and land development professionals
  • Inspection and enforcement staff
  • Operations and maintenance staff
  • Allied disciplines that plan, design, review, build, and maintain LID projects

Topics for the 2015-2016 program include bioretention, permeable pavement, green roofs and rainwater harvesting design, site assessment and planning, NPDES permit requirements, and more!


Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund


After 40+ years of service to Washington State University and his students, Ken Struckmeyer has retired. His jovial and caring presence on campus is greatly missed. To honor Ken’s career as professor, coach, mentor, and colleague; an endowment has been established in his name, the Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund. The endowment is awarded to students who are aspiring declared majors in landscape architecture.


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.


UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal

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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...


Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
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