May 2018



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In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Join the Student + Emerging Professionals Committee!
  3. NPS Grants for Outdoor Recreation Projects Due June 30!
  4. Students Travel to Washington D.C. for Advocacy Week
  5. WASLA Jobs
  6. Job Portals
  7. Support Endowed Scholarships

Newsletter Editor

Coreen Schmidt

WASLA Executive Committee

Laura Thompson, ASLA

Tim Slazinik, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Janelle Lotzgesell, ASLA

Member at Large
Derrick Eberle, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Lucas Vannice, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA

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President's Remarks
Laura Thompson

Late last month, on April 26th, landscape architecture leaders from across the nation met in Washington D.C. to advocate for our profession. The Washington Chapter sent President-elect - Tim Slazinik, Trustee - Marieke Lacasse, and students - Sophie Kraus and Zochil Castro from University of Washington and Washington State University respectively, to the 2018 Advocacy Day. Darin Rosilini, another University of Washington student, also travelled to D.C. representing the ASLA Student Advisory Committee. This year landscape architects spoke to senators and representatives about three key issues: The Living Shorelines Act, the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, and The Environmental Justice Act. Pramila Jayapal, WA Representative of the 7th District, is a cosponsor of The Environmental Justice Act in the house, and Patty Murray is signing to be a cosponsor in the Senate thanks to the great work from our local members who met with Murray's staff on Advocacy Day! You can learn more about each of the legislations by clicking the link here!

If you are interested in becoming more involved with advocacy, don't hesitate to join the iAdvocate Network! As an iAdvocate member, you will be notified of all legislation that is pertinent to landscape architecture and have the opportunity to action!! Don't wait - ADVOCATE!

Lastly, but certainly not least, I am elated to announce that three Washington chapter members will be elevated to the Council of Fellows this year at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia! Help me in congratulating Sandra Fischer - for LEADERSHIP, Kas Kinkead - for SERVICE, and Thaïsa Way - for KNOWLEDGE. This is an outstanding accomplishment and I am very much looking forward to watching each of you receive your designation as Fellow at the Investiture Dinner this October!

Join the Student + Emerging Professionals Committee!

The WASLA Student + Emerging Professionals Committee is looking for people to join! The S+EP Committee supports those who are new to the profession through the following activities:

  • Emerging professional networking
  • LARE Study Groups & Training
  • WSU and UW Awards
  • WSU and UW Mentor Programs
  • WASLA scholarships for UW and WSU Students

We're currently a group of 4 emerging professionals and would welcome anyone who is passionate about the profession, interested in organizing events, and more. The committee seeks professionals of all levels of experience. To learn more about the committee, please visit:

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michele Richmond at [email protected].

NPS Grants for Outdoor Recreation Projects Due June 30!

Whether you are working on a pollinator pathway, an urban garden with green infrastructure, or a scenic mountain bike trail, the National Park Service is here to help!

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) supports community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. Typical RTCA assistance may include community engagement, planning and/or design assistance. Our project work includes parks and trails, conserved and improved access to rivers, protecting special places, and recreation opportunities for healthy and resilient communities.
State and local governments, tribes, non-profits, and grassroots organizations are welcome to apply for grants of technical assistance.To learn more about RTCA, visit:

Applications are due by June 30. To learn more about the application, click here.

Contact Stephanie with any questions: [email protected]

Students Travel to Washington D.C. for Advocacy Week

UWASLA Co-President Sophie Krause (MLA '19 candidate) and ASLA Student Rep Darin Rosellini (BLA '18 candidate) traveled with WASLA to Washington D.C. for Advocacy Week last month.  This year's ASLA Advocacy Week was "Landscape Architects Creating Resilient Solutions for Every Community."

Here's Sophie's reflection on this great opportunity:

At a time when just last year ASLA and the profession of landscape architecture had to defend the right for our occupational licensure, this year's Advocacy Week felt particularly resonant. Within the theme of "Creating Resilient Solutions for Every Community," 2018's advancement focused on three key issues: supporting the legislative ability of our work to protect communities with nature-based materials through the Living Shorelines Act (H.R. 4525), using green infrastructure to update our water management systems through the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act (H.R. 2355), and ensuring environmental safety for all communities through the Environmental Justice Act (H.R. 4114). While these three issues may vary in scale and scope, the ability of our profession to help communities address these local, regional, and national concerns remains universal.

As a student working to gain their MLA, in a profession regulated by state licensure and policy, having the opportunity to be in the room with Washington state representatives was a powerful look into the window of how design works to inform these policy decisions. Thank you to ASLA for working to promote the profession of landscape architecture and advance our practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship - and a big thanks to our Washington chapter for helping ground some of our state's designs into an equitable and forward thinking framework.


Landscape Designer - Transportation Planning Specialist 3 - Washington State Department of Transportation
Facility Planner/Urban Developer - MAKERS architecture & urban design
Landscape Designer/CAD Production Specialist - Talasaea Consultants
Landscape Architect Project Manager - Swift Company LLC
Landscape Designer - Weisman Design Group
Landscape Architect/Designer - KPG
Zoo Designer - Studio Hanson|Roberts
Landscape Architect - DOWL
Landscape Architect - Mithun
Landscape Architect/Project Manager - Berger Partnership

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