June 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,

Even though the longest days of the year are in June, somehow I feel like there is less and less time in the day to do everything I want to do. For example, I completely forgot I had to write a newsletter! So, with my time and your time in mind, I’ll keep it brief.

Elections have begun for the open WASLA board of directors’ positions. I hope you can take a minute out of your day to give your input on who our next board members will be, and, as always, consider running for a position next year. WASLA is successful because of our amazing volunteers, and if there are changes you would like to see or have exciting ideas for what we can do, joining the board is a great way to make that happen.

Starting this month, we will begin hosting a series of Open Studio Socials throughout the summer and fall! These are great opportunities to mingle, network, and see other firms’ offices and projects. Keep an eye out for WASLA emails to RSVP and capitalize on the free food and drinks.

Lastly, don’t forget to follow WASLA on LinkedIn! It is a great way to stay informed about all things WASLA and stay on top of our summer activities.


Nick Zurlini

   WASLA President

Submit Your Educational Session Proposal TODAY!

The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) is issuing a Call for Educational Session Proposals for the 2023 Annual Conference being held this Autumn in Bellevue, WA. We invite landscape architects, academics, allied professionals, and vendors of the profession to submit education session proposals. We are looking for energized speakers in multiple presentation formats: panel with moderator, roundtables, presentations/lectures with Q&A, design conversations, and walking tours*, as examples.


  • Please submit your proposal through this form by 5:00pm on Friday, June 23, 2023.
  • Session determinations will be announced by July 28, 2022 end-of-day.
  • Conference educational sessions will be 60 minutes in length (50 min presentation/workshop, and 10 min Q&A).
  • We anticipate an attentive and energetic audience of approximately 200 attendees for sessions examining the theme of this year’s conference: EXCHANGE



As designers, collaborators, thinkers, and doers, we Exchange ideas, tools, and resources to transform a concept into reality. The 2023 WASLA Conference explores this innate process of Exchange and has the unique opportunity to utilize a venue that was built around this practice. Along with the traditional presentation rooms, sessions will have the opportunity to use hi-tech spaces to better share digital tools for graphics, modeling, and more. Sessions can make use of rooms laid out for workshops, charettes, and group collaboration, further expanding our ability to Exchange information with one another. And, unlike any year before, sessions can take advantage of a maker’s space, where they can employ 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines. With these unique spaces at our disposal, the 2023 WASLA Conference will surely embrace the spirit of Exchange.

Direct questions to: [email protected] or 360.867.8820. We look forward to receiving your proposal, thank you for your support!

*Walking tours may occur on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday depending on the location. Please keep this in mind as you submit your proposal.

Calling all Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Spots are filling fast for this year's WASLA Conference

This year's conference, EXCHANGE, will be hosted at a unique new venue: UW's Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Our exhibitor hall will take center stage on the bright and airy main floor of GIX - the central hub for conference attendees. We hope to see you there!

The 2023 Conference will take place September 15th at GIX. 

GIX is part of University of Washington and is located at:

Steve Ballmer Building
12280 NE District Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

GIX Website

WASLA 2023 Awards Survey

Thank you to all who submitted projects and attended the awards ceremony this year!

As we look forward to planning next year's awards submission process and awards ceremony, we ask that you take a moment to provide your feedback. Your insights and impressions are important to us and are critical to planning future events. Please take a few moments to complete this survey.

Nason Creek Community Forest Workshop
Call for Volunteers

The Nason Creek Community Forest is  714 acres in size and near the Lake Wenatchee area in the central Cascades. The Community workshop will take place over 1.5 days starting on Friday afternoon October 20 and continuing and wrapping up on Saturday October 21. It is being sponsored by the Chelan County Natural Resources Department, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program(NPS-RTCA) and WASLA.

The Workshop  involves the placement of trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, design and placement of trailheads, and interpretation/educational opportunities with  active forest management and ecosystem conservation components. The workshop also involves brainstorming with local community members and will have teams led by landscape architects.

Please e-mail Don Benson at [email protected] or call at 206-297-1259 if you are interested in participating in this exciting volunteer effort. I look forward to your response. As many of you know, WASLA has collaborated with NPS-RTCA  in the past on many charrettes and workshops on both sides of the state.

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

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Welcome Members!

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


Abigail Elizabeth Freed

Alexander Ozbun

Bernadette Labuguen

Colton Jackson

David Marshall

Donald E. Benson

Duane A. Dietz

Edgar Estrada

Graham Golbuff

Hannah Bernstein

Helen Bush Sittler

Jan Satterthwaite

Jasmine Rodriguez-Lara

Jason Henry

Joana Campos Maldonado

Kelley Pagano

Lakshita Malhotra

Lauren Kay Jarrett

Mario M. Martin

Michael D. Terrell

Nicklaus Chapman

Noemi Jimenez

Patneuade Kai

Paul Delashaw

Roberto Perez-Guzman

Robin Likness

Sarah Fry

Sarah Udelhofen

Saul Guerrero

Shawn A. Jensen

Shuwen Ye

Sinong Wu

Soonjee Hwang

Trey Hernandez

Ty Ullman

Vincente Hernandez

Wan Fong Wu

William Estes

Yahya Al Hadhrami

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