May 2017


Seattle Speaker Series-The Dignity of Rivers
May 23rd, 2017 

WASLA/NPS-RTCA Charrette: Sky to Sound Water Trail
June 2-3, 2017

WASLA Happy Hour
June 15, 2017

Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Join the WASLA Executive Committee 
  3. April is World Landscape Architecture Month!
  4. World of Landscape Architechture Month Highlights
  5. Congratulations David de la Cruz!
  6. The Dignity of Rivers
  7. Upcoming Events
  8. WASLA Jobs
  9. Job Portals
  10. 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

Happy May, WASLA members! There is a lot to recap from April, so I am just going to jump right into it! On April 20th, WASLA hosted the pre-conference reception at Left Bank Wine Bar in Spokane.  It was a packed house which made the mingling and festivities that much better! You couldn't help but spark up conversation with passerbys as you made your way from one end of the venue to the other. Let's be honest, getting that second ticket's worth of beverage proved to be quite the feat! But that's what it's all about - bumping into old friends, meeting new people, sharing stories and coming together as a group of like-minded individuals. I loved hearing the indistinguishable conversations happening all around me and the outbreaks of laughter roaring through the room. It certainly sounded like everyone was having a great time - I know I did! Read more

Join the WASLA Executive Committee

WASLA Members: nominations are now open for positions on the Washington Chapter Executive Committee. There are five openings available this year: 

  • President Elect 
  • Trustee
  • Member-at-Large Western Washington
  • Member-at-Large Eastern Washington
  • Statewide Member-at-Large

Voting for Chapter Secretary and Chapter Treasurer will occur next summer, 2018, as terms for those positions near completion. 

Please refer to the Chapter website for information about each of the available positions, and refernce a recent email from WASLA for nomination guidelines. Come exercise your leadership skills and be a person that makes things happen for our profession!

Join a WASLA Committee and Expand the Profession

WASLA is issuing a call for Volunteers to join the Student and Emerging Professionals, Membership and Social Events, and Advocacy Committees. Are you a young professional or soon to be graduate? Passionate about the profession of Landscape Architecture? Interested in advocating for or against legislation that affects the profession? Want to organize social events and help boost membership? This is a great opportunity for you.

Student and Emerging Professional Committee (SEP) is dedicated to improving student achievement in landscape architectural studies and providing new professionals with resources and networking opportunities. Chair and member positions are available immediately for the SEP committee. To find more information visit the committee page here! Read more

World Landscape Architecture Month Highlights


Thank you to everyone who supported WASLA this April for our 2017 World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) social media campaign! We made over 100 posts, across WASLA's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts and participated in National's Instagram takeover. Throughout the month, WASLA highlighted landscape architect-designed places from Washington State on our chapter's social media platforms.   

On April 21st we took over the National ASLA Instagram page, showcasing landscape architecture from our state to an audience of 31,000 followers. The #WLAM2017 campaign organized by ASLA reached 2,916,036 people through 6,812 posts creating 36,119,323 impressions! Search the hashtag #WLAM2017 to check out work from landscape architects across the country and around the world. Follow WASLA on Instagram and Twitter @washingtonasla, and like the Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects page on Facebook. 

Congratulations David de la Cruz! National Olmsted Winner

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce that David de la Cruz, a master's student at the University of Washington, was one of two students selected as the 2017 National Olmsted Scholars. Read the official announcement.

The Diginity of Rivers

Colin Thorne, University of Nottingham and Environmental Science Associates

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. 5:30 pm Networking, 6:30 pm Presentation  

Help us kickoff the 2017 RRNW Seattle Speaker Series! Please join River Restoration Northwest for the first Seattle speaker series event of the year! The purpose of the speaker series is to provide a networking opportunity for the stream restoration community outside of the annual symposium, and the chance to hear from a known expert on a restoration-related topic, in an informal setting, with beer! Speakers will present a 20 to 30 minute presentation with time for questions and discussion. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the bar. You'll be in charge of your own food and beverages but, rest assured that the storytelling and conversation will be excellent. 

Learn more

This event is sponsored by Environmental Science Associates (ESA).

Upcoming Events 

An Evening with Peter Ker Walker - Co-Author of the Discovery Park Master Plan 

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017, 6:30pm
UW Architecture Hall 147 
1.5 LA/CES Professional Development Hours available at this event

Our region's largest naturalistic public park, Discovery Park, affords the indispensable ingredients for a flourishing humane wilderness environment within an urban city. Equanimity, health and introspection all thrive here. Please join Peter Ker Walker and a select invitation of panelists as they discuss Seattle's largest public park: its rich history, current role in the City's parks system, and exciting future. Topics will include the formative years and guiding vision, how we choose to value open space land simply for what it is, and a look towards the future as we work together to create a world-class park for the 21st century.

WASLA June Happy Hour

Join us, June 15th at a gorgeous studio adjacent to Occidental Park sponsored by Maglin Site Furniture! WASLA happy hours are a great chance to network, see old friends, meet new faces, potentially scout new talent, and to provide much sought after mentoring advice to those trying to make their way in our field. We hope you will join us!  


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 WASLA Jobs  

Mid- to Senior-Level Landscape Architect - MIG | SvR | Portico

Landscape Architect / Project Manager- Site Workshop Landscape Architecture

Special Project Landscape Architect- Private residence in Queen Anne

Project Manager/Landscape Architect- SHD Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architect or Designer- Cambium Inc.

Parks Project Manager- City of Sammamish

Landscape Architect/ Designer- Cramer Design Consultants

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Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture

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