March 2017


RISE Seattle 2017
March 29, 2017

3rd Annual Specifying Soils Event
March 29, 2017

Regional Open Space Leadership Forum
March 29, 2017

UW Lecture: Brad McKee
April 18, 2017

WASLA 2017 Annual Conference
April 21, 2017

Cultivating Ownership Through Community-Based Design
April 21-22, 2017

Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2017 WASLA Conference
  3. Brice Maryman (MIG|SvR) Wins Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership
  4. Be a 2017 UW Student Work Awards Reviewer
  5. UW Lecture: Brad McKee, Editor of LAM
  6. Regional Open Space Leadership Forum
  7. Participant Sign-Up - UW College of Built Environments Career Fair
  8. Cultivating Ownership Through Community-Based Design
  9. WASLA Jobs
  10. Job Portals
  11. Support Endowed Scholarships

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Patrick Pirtle

WASLA Executive Committee

Laura Thompson, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Curtis Lapierre, ASLA

Janelle Lotzgesell, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Member at Large
Lara Rose, ASLA

Member at Large
Tim Slazinik, ASLA 

Member at Large
Julia Culp, ASLA

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President's Remarks
Laura Thompson

Who else is happy to see the conclusion of the "winter months"? I know that I was very pleased as I flipped my calendar from February to March. There's something about February that just feels like the drags of winter, and currently, the weather appears to be dragging along through March, too. I have noticed however, that all but one pile of snow has completely melted from my yard. All of the rain that we've been getting has had a helpful hand in that. Although rain isn't really my cup of tea, at least it's a sure sign of spring to come. That, and I have been seeing spring bulbs pop up outside of my office in a flurry. It's a refreshing sign that longer days, greener landscapes, and the warmth of the sun are just around the corner.

Bulbs aren't the only thing coming up rapidly; the WASLA Events Committee has been in full-on planning-mode working to finalize marketing, graphics, and logistics for the 2017 Conference, set for April 21st. Being involved in this committee has given me a taste of everything that goes into planning this annual event. All of the committee members and volunteers are spending many hours of their personal time making sure that this year's conference runs smoothly, provides our members with meaningful education sessions, offers plenty of socializing and networking time, and brings together our community to build a stronger future for our profession. Keep your eyes peeled for more information to come! Make sure you don't miss any of it, and be sure to register now!

2017 WASLA Conference - Where History Meets Nature

April 20 & 21, 2017

The 2017 WASLA Annual Conference is a month away - have you made your travel and lodging plans? This year we celebrate Where History Meets Nature, city planning that exemplifies an essential sensitivity to each site's distinct history, future potential and formative natural processes. With 16 educational sessions, 6 LA CES-approved PDH, 2 receptions, and Charles "Chip" Sullivan, our Keynote Speaker, it will be the State's largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals.

In partnership with AIA Spokane, we are pleased to announce that the conference will display a 'Tiny Home' at the Spokane Convention Center. What is a 'Tiny Home'? Typically ranging from 100 to 300 sf, a tiny home can relocate to another site easily, and has a very efficient interior design to provide same level of amenities found in traditional living units. Spokane and other cities are looking into practical solutions to house the homeless population, through the construction of tiny home villages that share amenities and strengthen local community. Come and visit the life-size tiny home on display and learn about the exciting movement!

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The Conference kicks off with an evening Opening Reception at Left Bank Wine Bar, Thursday April 20, for conference registrants only. There's just a few tickets left, purchase yours soon! We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors who are helping to make this event a success.

Join us April 21 at the Spokane Convention Center, for a unique opportunity to explore the history of Spokane and partake in meaningful discussions about shaping place, related to the built environment, historic preservation, and nature!

Register soon! Follow us #WASLA2017.

Brice Maryman (MIG|SvR) Wins Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Congratulations to Brice Maryman, Senior Landscape Architect at MIG | SvR who won a 2017-2018 Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Each Fellow receives a $25,000 award to support pursuit of a proposed project. Over the course of the year-long fellowship, Fellows dedicate 12 weeks of time to their project and participate in three, 3-day residencies. Brice's project is "HomeLand." With compassion, respect and empathy, the HomeLand project intends to present proactive strategies that respect each individual's "right to housing" and "right to the city," while also enhancing public spaces that are significantly impacted by current, haphazard strategies for managing homelessness.

Be a 2017 UW Student Work Awards Reviewer

The UW ASLA State and National Student Awards review will be held on May 12 (Friday) and May 13 (Saturday) at Gould Hall. WASLA is seeking 2-3 jurors for each day. Please email Carrie Culp at [email protected] with your name and which day you prefer (or both) to be included in the 2017 WASLA Jury at the University of Washington. Each day's activities are as follows:

Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30am - 5pm
Student awards will begin at 8:30 am and end at 5pm. During this time jurors will review student work from all levels displayed on the walls of Gould Hall. Honor (highest) and Merit will be awarded based on reviewers judgment. Reviewers are also required to provide comments to the award winners in order to share some professional constructive criticism with the recipients. Lunch at the Faculty Club will be provided each day. Please plan to be there from 8:00 am to 5 pm for this review.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:30am - 1pm
National ASLA student awards will begin at 8:30am and finish around 1pm. The jury will be hearing four presentations - 2 BLA projects and 2 MLA projects selected by the UW Faculty. The jury will be deciding on Honor and Merit awards for these students after hearing their presentations about their work and time as a member of the UW Landscape Architecture Department. The jury will also assemble written comments to share with the student award winners.

UW Lecture: Brad McKee, Editor of LAM

"Landscape in This Day and Age"

Brad McKee began working as the editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine in the spring of 2010, just before the magazine's 100th anniversary. To mark that occasion, he led a total redesign and reprogramming of the magazine to focus on the most forward-looking work in a profession increasingly called on to lead the creation of public spaces, tackle the problems of climate change, and confront the effects of natural disasters and environmental hazards.

Brad started his design publishing career at the magazine Architecture in the early 1990s. He also worked as the arts editor of Washington City Paper for several years and as a contract reporter for the New York Times from 2000 to 2006-and during that time, also worked in a Maryland nursery.

Tuesday April 18
6:30 pm
UW Campus - Venue TBA
Reception to follow

Regional Open Space Leadership Forum

Join regional thought leaders for a strategic conversation about the future of open space protection.

Register online - $40 
March 29, 2017
8am - 5pm
The UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Take a look at the event flyer for additional information.

Participant Sign-Up - UW College of Built Environments Career Fair

Wednesday, April 5 from 10AM-2PM

Registration Deadline: March 29, 2017
Register online. $150 for a full-Table or $100 for a half-table
(10% off if your firm participated last year)

Registration includes two boxed lunches, a parking pass, snacks, and a great opportunity to engage with students as members of the local design community.

If you have any questions, please send them to the event manager. ([email protected])

Cultivating Ownership Through Community-Based Design

Pomegranate Center Training with Founder Milenko Matanovic

A 2-day introduction to the Pomegranate Approach for architects, planners and landscape design professionals. In this two-day introduction to the Pomegranate Method, you'll learn how to fully engage communities in a productive and creative process, while creating broad ownership over your project. Each day is a mix of lecture, practice, and discussion led by the dynamic duo of Milenko and Katya Matanovic.


  • Structure and implement effective and decisive community-design processes while maximizing community ownership
  • Avoid common pitfalls for community meetings, be an effective facilitator, and ensure that participants walk away feeling included and understood
  • Strategically handle difficult personalities that threaten the collaborative process
  • Organize public design charrettes as effective tools for reaching design solutions quickly and collaboratively
  • Use an "Early Success" to keep people inspired and engaged

April 21-22, 2017, 9am-4pm
2100 24th Ave S.
Seattle WA 98144

Cost: $495 per person; sign up by 3/31 to receive early bird rate of $450. A limited number of scholarships are available.
Please visit their website for more information or to register.


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