September 2016

In This Issue...

  1. Editor's Note

  2. PARK(ing) Day

  3. October Happy Hour at a 'Local Haunt'!

  4. The WASLA Events Committee Needs You!

  5. Hello from WSU!

  6. LARE Section 4 Bootcamp

  7. WASLA and the University of Washington

  8. WASLA and Washington State University

  9. ACE Mentor Sign-Ups

  10. Center for Landscape Architecture Gets an Upgrade

  11. 20 More Historic Landscapes Added to HALS

  12. Thinking About Going Federal?

  13. National Park Service Turns the Big 1-0-0!

  14. Landscape Architects Wanted for Student Charette

  15. Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

  16. Support the Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture

  17. UW Landscape Architecture Internship/ Practicum Portal

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Stephanie Stroud


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Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

September is the month of transition. Summer is coming to an end. Days are shortening, and nights are cooler. Students return to school. We begin to plan our fall projects. During this month of change, we celebrate creativity and a cross-pollination of landscape architecture, art and civic pride with a holiday called Park(ing) Day. As this transition is happening, we take the necessary time to honor public space and how folks of different backgrounds and professions can come together to create something interesting, engaging, and unique. It is activities such as Park(ing) Day that challenge us to think quickly, creatively, and together as a group. These are skills that, as landscape architects, deserve refreshing and strengthening to keep us fresh and relevant.


PARK(ing) Day

Need something fun to look forward to this weekend? PARK(ing) Day Plus+ has you covered! 50 pop-up parks and street improvements will spring to life in parking spaces around Seattle this Friday and Saturday. For locations, see:

October Happy Hour at a Local 'Haunt'!

Join your friends and colleagues for a happy hour from 5:30-7:30 On Thursday, October 13th. Location to be decided! (Dunn dunn dunn....)

Sponsored by NW Playground Equipment:

The WASLA Events Committee Needs You!

Do you organize your friends' activities for fun? Do you enjoy managing events? Do you fantasize about planning weddings or other occasions? We need you!

We are looking for volunteers to help kick-start the new WASLA Events Committee. This newly formed committee will replace the cyclical Conference, Awards and Professional Development committees.  The reason behind this much needed change is to take advantage of the institutional knowledge of committee members; streamline the efficiency of our efforts; and to provide more services to you, our members. The objective of this committee is to add value to members' relationship with WASLA by providing specialized events for networking, education, professional development, and recognition within the profession.


Hello from WSU!

The Washington State University ASLA Student Chapter is excited to engage and explore this year!

This Park(ing) Day, we are partnering with the WSU architecture club to create a universally accessible seating area in Greek Row to improve the pedestrian experience on a street infamous for its slanted and buckling sidewalks.


LARE Section 4 Bootcamp

Grading, Drainage, & Construction Documentation
Friday October 21 - Sunday October 23, 2016

8:30am - 6:30pm
Residence Inn, 800 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Through lecture, group discussion, and practice exercises, this intensive three-day course focuses on preparing students to take Section 4: Grading, Drainage & Construction Documentation of the Landscape Architects Registration Examination (LARE). This course includes a look at what material is typically covered on the exam and strategy tips on the new advanced item types. The course will include a short refresher on the fundamentals of grading and drainage. We will focus on building and reinforcing skills essential to successfully completing Section 4 of the LARE. Each student will receive a course syllabus containing approximately 330 pages of information pertinent to Section 4, a minimum of 23 grading and drainage advanced item type problems, and 100 test questions. Lectures, practice tests, practice exercises, question and answer sessions are part of the class.


Calling All Mentors for the University of Washington! 

I am sending out the Call for Mentors early this year in the hope of building a team of 40-50 mentors for the upcoming school year at University of Washington. As always, we need your help to get started early and make this the most rewarding year yet for the mentorship program. The school year starts at the beginning of October and runs through early June.

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 by late September/early October and off you go!


Call All Mentors for Washington State University!

As the new school year at Washington State University approaches we are excited to announce the 2016-2017 WSU Student-Professional Mentorship program! We greatly appreciate many members' past participation and hope that you and many more can help us in building a group of 25-35 professional mentors for the upcoming school year. This program is vital to the growing WSU School of Design & Construction and your participation is greatly valued.


ACE Mentor Sign-Ups

All, it's that time of the year again when we start to assemble our ACE Mentoring teams for the upcoming year.  The Seattle Affiliate continues to grow, make changes and continually improve.  Last year was a huge success, the student presentations were once again very impressive and you could tell that they learned a lot from their mentors.  A big thanks to all of you who volunteered last year to mentor, you are what makes the program so successfully and impacts the lives of the students so much.


Center for Landscape Architecture Gets an Upgrade

Our Washington D.C. ASLA headquarters, now known as the Center for Landscape Architecture continues to undergo a major building upgrade. Project architect Gensler submitted the ASLA Center LEED scorecard to GBCI for preliminary review at the Platinum level; GBCI review should be completed by September 19. Pledges to the campaign for the Centernow total $1,052,199, 70 percent of the $1.5 million goal. To see who has given to date, please click on the ASLA Center Honor Roll

20 More Historic Landscapes Added to HALS

The Documented Historic Landscapes section of ASLA's Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) website, including the HALS map, has been updated. There are currently 720 HALS documented historic landscapes on the list, up from 700 in March 2016. This list is provided by National Park Service and updated quarterly, with links to the documentation on the Library of Congress' website.

Thinking About Going Federal?

ASLA is working with the Landscape Architecture Foundation to host the webinar Landscape Architects as Federal Leaders on September 15, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The webinar will discuss the benefits of working in the federal government from representatives of three major federal agencies: U.S. Forest Service, U.S. General Services Administration, and the Smithsonian Institution.

National Park Service Turns the Big 1-0-0!

On August 25th, the National Park Service turned a century old!

One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act," creating the National Park Service-a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior which, at that time, was responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments. The act stated that "the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

As we look forward to the future, we can celebrate the country's National Park System of 413 protected sites, including the newly added Katahdin National Monument in Maine's north woods. Happy Birthday National Park Service!

Landscape Architects Wanted for Student Charrette

Landscape Architecture Professional Volunteer Opportunity at 2016 Interdisciplinary UW Student Orientation Charrette.  This is the first year that the LArch PAC and the Architecture PAC are collaborating on the student orientation Charrette.  We are seeking professional Landscape Architects to participate with multi-disciplinary teams of students and professionals on Saturday September 24th, 9am to 2pm in Gould Court (UW Campus).  The goal is to have fun, meet our friends, and enhance students' awareness and understanding of what we do, how we collaborate, and how valuable we are as design professionals.  Light breakfast, lunch, and drinks graciously provided by the Architecture PAC. 

Come along and bring your friends!

For further information and to RSVP, contact Vanessa Lee, [email protected].  

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