WASLA Volunteer Highlight!

This month, I am pleased to highlight one of my great friends, my birthday twin, and one of my classmates from WSU, Blake Erlandson. Blake is being highlighted this month for his outstanding work as the Student and Emerging Professional Committee chair, a position that he has held for three years.  In this role, Blake works closely with student chapter presidents and the landscape architecture faculty at the state Universities; primarily his alma mater, Washington State University. Each month he is responsible for organizing and leading the SEP conference calls in which he assists in making decisions on committee budgets, programs, and socials for emerging professionals and the LA students at both universities. Just recently, Blake assisted in writing the student scholarship to send one student from each university to the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo.

Currently, Blake is working for New Horizons Landscape Design in Redmond, and he really loves the work he does with WASLA. Blake says, “Being involved in WASLA’s SEP Committee has made so many important connections in my life both professionally and personally. It has been a wonderful community and support system as I made my transition from my collegiate life to me professional one. I am so glad that I can be a part of an organization that helps students and emerging professionals alike with that transition as well.”

When he is not volunteering his time on the SEP Committee, he enjoys getting out of his apartment to hike the amazing trails the Pacific Northwest offers, catching up with friends, or simply exploring the Seattle area. 

Thank you for your hard work and commitment in making the SEP Committee such a success. Being the liaison between the EC and SEP has been truly amazing because that means I get to work more with YOU.  Keep up the great work, and GO COUGS!


Laura Thompson

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