November 2014

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Editor's Note
  3. Volunteer Spotlight: Carrie Culp
  4. Congratulations to Washington's ASLA Award Winners!
  5. From Govenment Affairs to Advocacy
  6. UW Climbing in the Ranks!
  7. Eager Students Seek Professional Mentors! 
  8. The Washington State Nursery and Landscape Associates Present: PROseries
  9. Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
  10. UW Land Architecture Internship/Practicum Portal

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Stephanie Stroud


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Courtney Landoll, PA, ASLA

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Don Benson, ASLA

David Stipe, ASLA

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Derrick Eberle

Joshua Hail 

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President's Message
Courtney Landoll, ASLA 

It’s hard to believe this is the last article I will write as your President as the 2013-2014 term comes to a close.  As your President, I have been both honored and proud to represent such outstanding members and to have had such wonderful team members on the Executive Committee and at the WASLA Office.  Across the state, our members have been recognized for their outstanding work nationwide. This year we had a WASLA record of six candidates elevated to fellowship.  Our members also received ASLA Awards and will be speaking at the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver.  The accomplishments of my fellow Executive Committee members are too many to be listed here, but will be followed up in an annual report later in the year. Let’s just say it was a year of “firsts” and their commitment and dedication to serving our membership has been both inspiring and humbling.  The WASLA Office, as always, provides the necessary support and continuity to make our programs possible...

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Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

I can’t recall how many times I’ve seen a picture of a kingfisher, or a grizzly bear, or a magnificent photo of a prowling lion only to glance at the caption beneath it to find that it is being hunted to the brink of extinction, its habitat practically destroyed. You almost feel guilty for looking at the photo and marveling at its beauty, knowing that it does not represent the horrific living conditions for the species of this animal described in the caption. Don’t know what I mean? Check out National Geographic on Instagram, and have your world shattered. After looking at a photo, you can almost feel your brain shaking off the knowledge from the information it just absorbed, in an attempt to make everything feel OK again...   

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carrie Culp

Carrie Culp served as WASLA President twice, most recently as your 2011-2012 President.  Those two terms represents a total six-year commitment, from president-elect through past-president.  During her time on the Executive Committee, through her conscientious commitment to staying within WASLA’s annual budget, Carrie put the method in place to fund our reserve fund, which allows WASLA to continue to operate during rough economic times or provide emergency funding for advocacy or unforeseen events...

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Congratulations to Washington's ASLA Award Winners!

 WASLA would like to congratulate GGN for  receiving two awards and the student teams at  the University of Washington for achieving 3  Student Awards from ASLA...


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From Government Affairs To Advocacy...
Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA

Allow me to introduce myself.  I relocated this year from Virginia to Seattle, so I am relatively new to the WASLA community.  I have, however, been involved with licensure and advocacy issues for many years, both in Virginia and at the national level.  I attended the ASLA Advocacy Summit this fall on behalf of WASLA, and I am honored to serve as the Chair of the WASLA Advocacy Committee for 2014-2015.  I am asking for your help...

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UW Climbing in the Ranks!

The UW Department of Landscape Architecture’s MLA graduate degree program was ranked third in the nation in the Deans Survey by DesignIntelligence of most admired graduate landscape architecture programs “for its forward thinking and focus on urban ecological design.” 

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Eager Students Seek Professional Mentors!

Dear WASLA Members,

We are starting early this year with organizing the mentorship program at UW and we need your help! As always, we hope to improve the process and make this the most rewarding year yet for the mentorship program. Currently we have 43 students signed up for mentors, but only fifteen volunteers!

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The Washington State Nursery and Landscape Associates Present:

To Register:

Members & CPH: $60 Earlybird, $72 Regular
Non Member: $75 Earlybird, $87 Regular


-  WALP members receive WSNL A PROseries member rates. When registering online, please use PROMO CODE: WALP.

- Please bring your own lunch.

-  Businesses sending multiple attendees qualify for a group rate.

-  Registration is available online at WSNLA.ORG or directly at (800) 672-7711, [email protected].

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Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture

For over four decades, Kenichi Nakano graced the Pacific Northwest with exceptionally subtle and inviting modernist design, generously contributed to community and civic life, and mentored generations of students and professionals of all disciplines.

On August 8, 2012, we lost our teacher, mentor, and friend all too soon.

Your gift in memory of Kenichi to the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund will leave a lasting legacy and support outstanding students in the University of Washington's Department of Landscape Architecture.

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UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal


UWLA PAC, Internship + Research Committee

The Landscape Department at the University of Washington has been working hard on providing its students with valuable resources that can better connect them with local employers for internships and practicum opportunities.

Prior to developing these resources we sent a survey to our local employer list to get feedback on what firms wanted and if they would use specific resources. We took this information and over the summer developed a space where employers can submit internships and practicums and positions to a page that is only accessible by our students...

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