February 2024


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WASLA Board of Directors

Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA


Past President
Duane Dietz, ASLA


President Elect

Mike Faulker, ASLA


Tim Slazinik, ASLA


Su Wanqin, ASLA


Jason Henry, ASLA


Member at Large

Harley Pan


Member at Large, Eastern WA
Michael Sanchez, ASLA


Member at Large, Western WA
Rhiannon Neuville, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Dear WASLA Members and Readers,


This February has been active on the legislature side of WASLA! National ASLA notified our chapter about two separate house bills and senate bills that were under review in our state. These bills were HB 1301, which aims to ensure that professional licensing regulations remain relevant, effective, and aligned with the evolving needs of society, while also mitigating unnecessary barriers to entry into professions; and HB 2156/SB 6256, which deals with solar business practices and licensing and which licensed professionals can help design these pieces of infrastructure.


Regarding HB 1301, an open forum town hall event was held for individuals to speak about the bill and address any underlying concerns. We had Tim Slazinik, our current Trustee, and Marieke Lacasse, our past Trustee, attend this event and offer guidance and insights into our profession, which was well received. We also had dozens of our chapter members attend this event unprompted. They affirmed the significance of licensure for landscape architecture and bolstered the importance of our profession. It is a great inspiration to see our community show up in this capacity, serving as advocates, educators, and representatives for all of us. Thank you so much to everyone who attended the town hall for your service!


For HB 2156/SB 6256, we sent letters to our state representatives to advocate for landscape architects to be included as one of the licensed professionals who can assist in the design of solar infrastructure. Currently, the bills only highlight licensed architects, land surveyors, and engineers. Although we do not have any confirmation on these amendments, we are hopeful that space will be carved out for landscape architects in the bills.


In other news, the deadline for entries to the Annual WASLA Awards is less than a month away! The deadline is March 15th. I am incredibly excited about the event this year and look forward to celebrating all the amazing work that has come out of our community. You can find links to the call for entries below and on our website under the Events tab. Please consider sending in your work and I hope to see you at the Awards Reception on April 18th!


Finally, it is still several months away but our Annual WASLA Conference is fast approaching. This year we will be hosting the conference in Spokane on September 12th and 13th; I am excited to return to the east side of the state! However, creating a great conference is challenging without great volunteers. If you are enthusiastic about curating a fantastic event or have local insights into Spokane, I hope you will reach out and join the Conference Committee this year! With just a single monthly meeting leading up to the event, it is an easy way to have a big impact on the WASLA community. If you want to join, email [email protected] and express your interest.





Nick Zurlini

WASLA President


   WASLA President

2024 Professional Award Entries
Due March 15th!

MARCH 15, 2024 AT 5:00PM


Award Descriptions


Award of Excellence may be presented to a single entry in each category for a project that truly stands far and above all other entries and embodies the spirit and understanding that best reflects the Vision and Mission of ASLA.
Honor Award is presented for superior professional accomplishment and a higher level of excellence recognized in the work presented.
Merit Award is presented for superior professional accomplishment.

Award Categories

  • General Design|Public Ownership
  • General Design|Private Ownership
  • Residential Design
  • Analysis and Planning
  • Urban Planning
  • Community Stewardship
  • Outstanding Emerging Professional

Don't let a lapsed membership delay your submission process! Be sure your membership is active prior to submitting your project.

2024 WASLA Awards Ceremony & Reception

April 18, 2024 | 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Block 41

115 Bell St
Seattle WA, 98121


Join us in celebrating our colleagues at Block 41, located in the heart of Belltown. Don't miss this evening of good food, libations, and an opportunity to mix and mingle!


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WASLA will be hosting its annual Landscape Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6-8pm at Kells Irish Pub. Please save the date and share with your office. We will be sending out more info and a link to register next month. 


The format will be similar to years past, with team sign ups, food and bragging rights for the winners. Please save the date and start studying up on your random landscape trivia!

Rochester Heights, Raleigh, NC - Photo by Corey Dodd, 2021

Rochester Heights, Raleigh, NC - Photo by Corey Dodd, 2021

In recognition of Black History Month, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) published the What’s Out There Guide to African American Cultural Landscapes, a new, ever- growing digital guide featuring more than 140 sites associated with African American cultural lifeways and nearly 30 biographical profiles.


This, however, is just the beginning. TCLF hopes to expand the guide and are eager for people to submit recommendations about places not currently represented. Please join TCLF in passing along the guide to your community or anyone that you believe would be interested to know about this ever-growing guide and the opportunity to recommend additions and help make these vital landscapes visible.

The Northwest Horticultural Society
and the
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
jointly present

DENDRO FUTURA - The Trees of the Future
with Henrik Sjöman

Join international author and tree researcher Henrik Sjöman in an engaging exploration of his newly published book, 'The Essential Tree Selection Guide: For Climate Resilience, Carbon Storage, Species Diversity, and Other Ecosystem Benefits,' co-authored with Arit Anderson. Backed by the latest research, you will learn about the multiple hidden benefits of mature trees in our urban environment, why certain trees excel in specific functions and how to select trees for particular conditions. As our climate changes, the importance of choosing trees for their resilience and other criteria becomes essential. This lecture is suitable for professionals, home gardeners, and tree enthusiasts alike!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Doors Open 6:30 PM | Lecture 7:00 PM | Book signing to follow

At NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Spearheaded by the US Green Building Council, LEED accreditation tells employers and clients about your knowledge and commitment in the field. While LEED itself is a scorecard for Green Buildings, people can also become LEED accredited highlighting their expertise about what it takes to work and build sustainably.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training - Webinar and Online self-paced options:

Instructor Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M,
Head LEED Trainer at LeadingGreen, will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

1. March 16 2024 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST

2. April 13 2024 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EDT

3. May 11 2024 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EDT

4. June 8 2024 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EDT   - OR -

5. On-demand recordings completed at your own pace

The above options (1-5) are all identical.

These webinars are an easy way to learn the material, including everything you need like the training, practice exams, helpful tips, and textbook.

Cost: $200 with the code ‘sust’ for $100 off!


Save your seat by registering here for our live or self-paced options -

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at [email protected]

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Jon McNamara | Kristine Kenney | Leslie Batten | Megan Atkinson

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