WASLA Newsletter
September 2014

In This Issue...

  1. Presidents Message
  2. Editor's Note
  3. Seattle Design Festival
  4. LARE Review
  5. Splash Parks & Landscape Architects
  6. Call for Mentors
  7. Eastern WA Report
  8. Biomimicry Puget Sound
  9. Urban Forest Symposium
  10. Keynot Address
  11. Working from Location
  12. HGTV.com Announces 'Fresh Faces of Design Awards'
  13. Kenichi Nakano
  14. UW LA Internship Practicum Portal

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Stephanie Stroud


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Immediate Past President
Don Benson, ASLA

David Stipe, ASLA

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Derrick Eberle

Joshua Hail 

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Laura Thompson

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President's Message
Courtney Landoll, ASLA 


I was fortunate to return to my alma mater, Virginia Tech, early this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. It was rewarding and gratifying to see the complex issues today’s students of landscape architecture are grappling with—looking at problems from the macro and micro scale, using research to inform design, and considering interdisciplinary approaches to aid their problem solving. In addition to the now typical computer-generated 3D models, they were also using sketching and physical models to produce design concepts. It left me feeling excited about the future of our profession and the students who will carry on the landscape architecture legacy. While today’s students embrace modern software and ideas, they have not forgotten the basics behind good design and are no less driven in their pursuit of making the world a better place than previous generations.

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Editor's Note
Stephanie Stroud

I am sure many of you witnessed the giant glory of the most-recent super moon, or perhaps one of the super moons which preceded it this Summer. This particular super moon also happened to be a harvest moon (the full moon which occurs closest to the autumn equinox.)   There’s nothing quite like a beaming, pumpkin-like mass of glowing rock high in the sky to remind us of our agricultural past—our ancestors harvested crops under its light—and to make us aware of the incredible beauty and power of nature.  

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WASLA/2014 Seattle Design Festival
Friday, September 19, 2014

PARK it for PARK(ing) Day! 

On Friday, September 19th, parking spaces around Seattle and the world will be temporarily remade into pop-up parks. Come see your city's fellow designers and their imaginative PARK(ing) spaces!

For updates, follow Seattle PARK(ing) Day on twitter @parkingdaySEA or use the hashtag #SDF2014.

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Grading and Drainage Bootcamp: Fall LARE Review Registration Now Open!

Hosted by WASLA's Student and Emerging Professional Committee

LARE Review with Ray Freeman:
Grading, Drainage & Construction 
Section 4 Bootcamp

Date: 8:30am-6:30pm October 24th, 25th, and 26th
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Splash Parks and Landscape Architects

Joshua Hail, WASLA Secretary

For the modern splash park, several key design elements are required. The most important element is that there is no or very little standing water around the pad. This element allows for the public use of the splash park without the need for supervisory by lifeguards.

Other design, construction, and equipment requirements for splash pads are outlined in the WAC 246-260-081 rules. RCW LAWS:

There are several rules and regulations in the state of Washington, and many counties within the state have their own set of rules and regulation regarding the permitting, construction, design, and maintenance of splash parks.

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Call for Mentors
Carrie Culp, WASLA UW Student Liason

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.

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!

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News from Eastern Washington: "Calling all Cougs!"

Laura Thompson, WASLA EC Eastern Washington Rep

Happy September WASLA members! Can't you just feel the autumn air slowly falling upon us. If you're like me, one of the best things about fall is... Football Season! This year I'd like to kick off the season with a WSU alumni and student meet and greet. This will offer a great opportunity for current landscape architecture students to meet and ask questions to WSU LA professionals. This will be an informal event held in Carpenter Hall - the new digs for the School of Design + Construction. The event is scheduled for October 4th, two hours before the Cougar Homecoming Game. So all of you WSU alumni already planning to make it to the big game, please stop by Carpenter Hall to see what the new program is all about and to offer up advice and answers to some of the students' burning questions!

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Biomimicry Puget Sound: Uniting Designers with Nature's Tool Box

On August 21, Biomimicry Puget Sound hosted the unveiling of the in-depth work of Biomimicry Oregon and their investigation into the “Genius of Place” in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re not familiar with Biomimicry Oregon, they are an organization along with Biomimicry Puget Sound and several others nationwide that are dedicated to inspiring sustainable and innovative solutions based on nature’s genius. Biomimicry Oregon’s team, assigned with the challenge of identifying how stormwater is managed in nature, embarked into the landscape to study how native organisms absorb, collect, slow, store, and move water. This report contains their analysis, with a focus on seven (of originally 80) resulting “biological strategies”: canopy structure, downed wood, root structure, beaver dams, parasitic resource sharing, leaf absorption, and the absorbent networks of mycorrhizal fungi. Each strategy is broken into a fundamental design principle, with suggested applications for our cities.  

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University of Washington Center of Urban Horticulture: Urban Forest Symposium

Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Present Keynote Address

Join her at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation
October 23 and 24 in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2014 -- Conference organizers are delighted to announce that Sally Jewell, the United States Secretary of the Interior, will present a keynote address at the mid-day plenary of the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC) on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Secretary Jewell will share with Workshop participants her strategic insight into how managing at the landscape scale offers solutions to the significant conservation challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. She will bring to the task her wide-ranging experience as a working scientist, a corporate CEO and a member of the President's Cabinet...Read more>>

Rainer Schmidt, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
"Working from Location"

Date: Monday September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Gould Hall 322, UW Campus

Rainer Schmidt reports on his work, pointing to the global needs and local reaches of landscape architecture in the projects of RSLA GmbH Landscape Architects and Urban Planners. These projects show complex, innovative answers to regionally and locally very specific conditions, tracing history and telling the story of place in a new way.

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HGTV.com Announces 'Fresh Faces of Design Awards' to Honor Exceptional Young Home Design Professionals!

HGTV.com is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Fresh Faces of Design Awards, which recognizes up-and-coming designers who have shown excellence in thoughtful and creative home design. Professionals can submit their projects for consideration at HGTV.com/FreshFaces. All entries must be received by September 30, 2014. Winners will be announced in January 2015.

Professional interior designers, architects, builders, remodelers and more can enter their projects in one of ten award categories. Categories include “Most Family-Friendly Space,” “Best Use of Color,” “Most Dramatic Transformation,” “Best Space for a Party,” among others.

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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.

See website for more images + stories: http://larchwp.be.washington.edu/resources/nakano/

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UW Landscape Architecture Internship Practicum Portal


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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