October 2015

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Editor's Note
  3. Register Now: An Evening with Chad Danos 
  4. PARK(ing) Day: A Smashing Success!
  5. Calling All Mentors!
  6. Imagine Tomorrow: 2016 WASLA Conference Website Launch
  7. Congratulations to UW Student ASLA Award Winners!
  8. Come and Welcome the Next Generation of WSU Designers
  9. Calling All Landscape Architects That are Out in Front!
  10. Green Gardening Workshop 2015: Resilient Landscapes for Our Changing Environment
  11. ecoPRO Sustainable Landscape Professional Training and Exam
  12. Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund
  13. Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
  14. UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal

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Stephanie Stroud


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President's Message
David Stipe, ASLA, LLA 

Landscape Architects have a role to play in a wide variety of planning and design projects.  One area of particular interest to me at this point in my career is planning for climate change.  Whether you believe in global warming, climate change or a more modest, shorter-duration warming trend, it is clear that our planet is changing rapidly.  I visited Marin County, California this past weekend and was surprised at how dry the coastal range was this time of year.  The daytime temps were quite high and all but one day was bright and sunny with little or no marine layer, also known as fog.  I lived in Marin for just over a year in the 90’s and have not returned since.  Returning to a place after many years is like seeing a niece or a nephew after many years apart.  The differences in appearance are striking.  You are not there every day watching someplace or someone slowly change.  In Marin, the landscape was noticeably different because of the prolonged California drought.  Reservoirs are severely low and water is quickly become the number one concern for many throughout the state.  Traffic, real estate costs or the prices of common goods were the concerns of the past.  While they are all still real issues, water certainly is the key to survival.      


Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

Well done, Washington! This past month, landscape architects in Washington made an incredible impact by energizing our public streets with creative PARK(ing) Day installations and restoring native habitat on National Public Lands Day. On September 18th, spaces normally designated for vehicles became places to relax, draw, create, learn, blow bubbles, listen, and play—demonstrating the power of design and the potential of street space to bring vitality to the places we live. I had the pleasure of being involved in a PARK(ing) Day installation in Seattle, and it was enthralling to see visitors interact with the parking space. Dog walkers, unaware of such an event, remarked how the street they use every day has unlocked potential that they had previously never thought about. Our space became a forum for discussion about safety, outdoor activities, art, and bonding with community—be it fellow employees, neighbors, or tourists from all over the world. Tied to my space, I was unable to visit other installations, but marveled at the remarks those who had visited other transformed parking spots made about the different interpretations. From pop-up bike lanes to places to escape and chill, the different parks each communicated the many different needs for civic space, and each one unleashed the power that could be had in a rectangular section of roadway. 


Register Now: An Evening with Chad Danos

WASLA and Victor Stanley Present:

An Evening with Chad Danos, Incoming ASLA National President

Join us at 6:30PM Thursday, October 22nd at the University of Washington Architecture Hall #147 as Chad presents his thoughts on the future of landscape architecture, ASLA’s plans for an International Center for Landscape Architecture, and his ideas for his presidency. This FREE event will be followed by a catered reception at the Architecture Hall main entrance lobby. To attend the event, please register here (online registration closes 10/19) 


PARK(ing) Day: A Smashing Success!

2015 PARK(ing) Day Seattle: Months of coordination with partners at SDOT and the Seattle Design Festival paid off as PARK(ing) Day Seattle experienced a record number of parks!  In total, 57 pop-up parks and protected bike and pedestrian lanes were implemented as Seattle joined the worldwide celebration of PARK(ing) Day!


Calling All Mentors!

Dear WASLA Members, 

I am sending out the Call for Mentors in the hope of building a team of 40-50 mentors for students this school year at University of Washington. Don't delay! Time is running out and we need your help to make this the most rewarding year yet for the mentorship program. 

Participation is easy.  Please list your information below and send it back to me at [email protected].  Then the student representatives and I will pair you with a student later this month and off you go! 

Professional interest/expertise:
Additional languages spoken:
Work on international projects?
Interest in mentoring multiple mentees as a group?


Imagine Tomorrow:
2016 WASLA Conference Website Launch

The 2016 WASLA conference website is now active! To learn more about this outstanding upcoming event, please visit the website at http://www.wasla.org/2016-wasla-conference to review the conference schedule, venue, and sponsorship opportunities. More content to be added soon.

This year’s theme of "Imagine Tomorrow" challenges attendees to question the path that we are on and to visualize the future that our actions will deliver, both as landscape architects and members of an ever-growing population.


Congratulations to University of Washington Student ASLA Award Winners!

Two student projects were selected for the 2015 ASLA Student Awards. Kudos to these successful emerging landscape architects, and keep up the great work! 

Betsy Anderson
Deconstructing Hydrologies: Reviving the Memory of Water in Dumbarton Oaks Park
Washington, DC | Graduate | Faculty Advisor: Thaïsa Way, ASLA; Ken Yocom, John Findlay

Biruk Belay Yoseph, Assoc ASLA
Janice Chen, Assoc. ASLA
Cami Culbertson, Assoc. ASLA
Ann Dinthongsal, Assoc. ASLA
Lindsey Gadbois, Assoc. ASLA
Alyse Wright, Assoc. ASLA
Shih-Chia Chiu, Student ASLA
Machiyo Fujii, Student ASLA
Graham Golbuff, Student ASLA
Shu-Kuei Hsu, Assoc. ASLA
Shaoxuan Zhou, Student ASLA
Xiaoyang Zhu, Student ASLA
Kintsugi Garden: The Meaning of Mending
Seattle, WA | Undergraduate / Graduate | Faculty Advisor: Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA; Jeremy Watson


Come and Welcome the Next Generation of WSU Designers


Calling All Landscape Architects That Are Out in Front!


The University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture and its Professional Advisory Council invite your firm, agency, or non-profit to showcase projects, interventions, or proposals in which landscape architects have played a prime role. The exhibition begins in Gould Court at the UW College of Built Environments.


Green Gardening Workshop 2015: Resilient Landscapes for Our Changing Environment

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:30 am to 4:00 pm (full and half day options)

South Seattle College
Fee: $30 full day; Spanish afternoon session (free)
*Pesticide recertification and continuing education credits offered.

Workshop topics include:

  • 2015 as 2070: Learning from Recent Extreme Weather
  • Green Infrastructure for a Changing Climate
  • The Landscape Professional’s Challenge: New Pests in a New Climate
  • Stormwater Pollution and Solutions that Protect Juvenile Salmon
  • Insect IPM, Plant Health Care, and Planting Right
  • Understanding and Managing the Effects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Landscapes
  • IN SPANISH! La biología y cuidado de los árboles – Tree Biology and Care


ecoPRO Sustainable Landscape Professional Training and Exam

ecoPRO Sustainable Landscape Professional Training & Exam

November 10-13, 2015 in Woodinville 

The ecoPRO training is modeled in part on Sustainable Sites, and prepares professionals to implement sustainable practices in landscape design, installation/construction, and adaptive management and site maintenance. Training topics include:

  • Protect and Conserve Soils
  • Conserve Water
  • Protect Water and Air Quality
  • Protect and Create Wildlife Habitat
  • Conserve Energy
  • Sustain Healthy Plants
  • Use Sustainable Methods and Materials
  • Protect and Enhance Human Health and Well-being

See the ecoPRO best practices, study materials, learn more and register at www.ecoPROcertified.org


Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

After 40+ years of service to Washington State University and his students, Ken Struckmeyer has retired. His jovial and caring presence on campus is greatly missed. To honor Ken’s career as professor, coach, mentor, and colleague; an endowment has been established in his name, the Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund. The endowment is awarded to students who are aspiring declared majors in landscape architecture.


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.


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...


Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
[email protected]  206-443-9484 • www.wasla.org