2019 Annual WASLA Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 21

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Water Walking: How the Tacoma Waterfront is embracing its industrial past toward a climate resilient future
Led by Site Workshop

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception



Friday, March 22

7:00 - 7:45 am

Breakfast & Registration

7:45 - 8 am

Opening Comments

8:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote Address -

Grit Advocacy: Landscape Architects as Agents of Change
Jonathan Geels, Landscape Architect, Troyer Group

9:30 - 10:10 am

Break with Exhibitors






10:15 - 11:15 am

Post Carbon Landscape Architecture

Steve Austin JD, ASLA Clinical Assistant Profesor Washington State University


Design Build and the Landscape Architect: How alternative project delivery methods are changing the role of the landscape architect in the Designer, Contractor, Owner relationship

Dorothy Faris, Principal, Mithun; Brian Aske, Project Executive, Lease Crutcher Lewis; Vinita Sidhu, Principal, Site Workshop; John Payne, Regional Director, SiteWorks


One City’s Experience Addressing Equity: What Landscape Architects Should Know

Abigail Vizcarra Perez Diversity Outreach Specialist, Metro Parks Tacoma; Alicia Lawver Strategic Planning & Policy Manager; Christopher Paul Jordan Jordan Artist, Fab-5; Deb Guenther Partner, Mithun

The ROI of Healthy Urban Trees

Matthew Wehrle, Senior Consultant, GreenBlue Urban

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Designing for Rising Seas

Jackson Blalock, Environmental Outreach Specialist, Washington Sea Grant; Nicole Faghin, Coastal Management Specialist, Washington Sea Grant Clayton Beaudoin, Principal, Site Workshop; Christian Runge, Senior Associate Landscape Architect, Mithun; Jim Brennan, Principal, J.A. Brennan & Associates


Digging Deeper: The Role of the PhD in the Landscape Architecture Profession

Ken Yocom, Associate Professor + Department Chair, University of Washington; Leann Andrews, Director, Traction; Affiliate Assistant Professor, UW; Sara Jacobs, University of Washington PHD Candidate; Jenn Engelke, PhD student; Elizabeth A. Umbanhowar PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, University of Washington Interdisciplinary PhD Program in the Built Environment

Funding Grass Roots Urban Design, a Seattle Success Story

John Feit, Principal Architect 3 Plus LLC

What Is The Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects, Why Does It Exist, and Why Is It Important To Me?

Karen Keist, Board Member, Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects; Daren Crabill, Board Member, Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects; Deborah Peters, Board Member, Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects; Julia Manley, Board Staff Lead and Licensing Manager, Regulatory Boards Section, Department of Licensing

12:30 pm - 1:40 pm


1:40 - 2:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors and Raffle Drawings

2:30 - 2:40 pm


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Designing a Landscape for Pollinators

Erin Sullivan, Animal Care Manager, Woodland Park Zoo; David Selk, Supervisor of Horticulture, Woodland Park Zoo

Approaching the Site: Dance, Music and the Landscape Sequence

Flora Yeh, Senior Landscape Architect, Mirador Group

Light Rail Corridor Landscapes: Scope and Significance

Shikha Chauhan, Landscape Architect, HDR; Micelle Victor, GIS Analyst, HDR; Lisa Danielski, Environmental Scientist, HDR; Zac Eskenazi, Project Manager, Federal Way Link Extension Project, Sound Transit

Discovering Our Roots: Green Connections

Nancy Skipworth McLean, Principal, Nancy McLean Landscape Architect; Sylvia Grace Borda, Lecturer-Artist;

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Redrawing Grey Cities to Climate Resilient Sponge Cities

Nian She, Professor at Guangzhou University

Speaking Her Voice: Women in the practice of Landscape Architecture

Dorothy Faris, Principal, Mithun; Liz Browning, Project Manager, Cascade Design Collaborative Sara Jacobs, University of Washington PHD Candidate Sandra Fischer, FASLA Principal, Fischer Buoma Partnership

A Redefined Vantage Point for Reconciliation and Restoration

Jim Brennan, Principal, Owner, J.A. Brennan Associates; George Lim, Principal Partner, Tangram Design; Angela Serravo, Principal Partner, Tangram Design

But will it look good? Visual impact assessment and landscape architecture

Betsy Severtsen, Senior Landscape Architect, Anchor QEA; Kim Marcotte, Senior Managing Planner, Anchor QEA

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Closing Reception


Saturday, March 23

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Designing Within the Campus Context: University of Puget Sound
Led by Berger Partnership

12:30  - 4:30 pm

Sketch Crawl Tacoma
Led by Craig Stoffle, PLA