September 2015

In This Issue...

  1. Editor's Note
  2. Save the Date: An Evening with Chad Danos
  3. #SDF2015 / It's Almost PARK(ing) Day
  4. Congratulations to UW's WASLA Scholarship Winner!
  5. 2016 WASLA Conference Announced!
  6. Green Gardening Workshop 2015: Resilient Landscapes for Our Changing Environment
  7. ecoPRO Sustainable Landscape Professional Training and Exam
  8. Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund
  9. Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
  10. UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal

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Stephanie Stroud


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Courtney Landoll, ASLA

Curtis Lapierre, ASLA

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Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

Ok--you’re back from vacation, the weather is cooler, and now it’s time to crack down on all that work that has been sitting in the warm sunlight for the past three months, right? Right! But don’t get too comfy in your regular routine yet, because there are a bundle of events coming up that are sure to get you all excited and so ecstatic to be a landscape architect that you’ll barely keep your on-point stylist pen out of your fingers!

One major affair is (PARK)ing Day on September 18th, and if you’ve never been, you should definitely take a stroll around your city and scope out all of the amazing design work done by your colleagues in a 7’ x 19’ rectangle of asphalt. No PARK(ing) Day in your city? Be the first and join the revolution! 


Save the Date: 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 


#SDF2015 / It's Almost PARK(ing) Day!

Wherever you are, come out on Friday, September 18th to take part in the international holiday of PARK(ing) Day! Temporary small parks will be set up across the world for just one day, including 60 pop-up parks and pop-up protected bike lanes in the City of Seattle. Next week, check the Seattle PARK(ing) Day webpage for a map of pop-up installations throughout the city.


Congratulations to UW's WASLA Scholarship Winner!

University of Washington Student, Jennie Li, was awarded WASLA's 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo Scholarship. This award of $1250.00 will cover the costs for flight, hotel, conference registration, and food during the ASLA Annual Meeting dates from November 6th through 9th in Chicago. Jennie was awarded this scholarship by the Student and Emerging Professional committee for her outstanding written response to the WASLA scholarship application, which was released in June. While in Chicago, Jennie also plans to attend the walking tour "Urban Agriculture in Action" which highlights Chicago's use of rooftops to grow edible plants while also teaching the community green solutions and healthy habits. We look forward to hearing about her experience!


2016 WASLA Conference Announced!

2016 WASLA Conference – Imagine Tomorrow
Where will the future take us, and what role will the landscape architect play? The 2016 WASLA conference theme of "Imagine Tomorrow" challenges attendees to question the path we are on and what comes next. While humankind trends dangerously toward natural resource extinction, recent breakthroughs in science and technology has propelled never before seen advances in efficient and sustainable existence. Are we headed toward doom or deliverance? What does our future have in store?

What do you Imagine for Tomorrow?

Join colleagues and like-minded individuals in Lynnwood on Friday, April 1st for the 2016 WASLA Conference, an opportunity to discuss these questions and more through social dialogue, though provoking educational sessions, and innovative pre and post conference tours and workshops.

More information to follow soon.


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


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.

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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.


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 
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