April 2019


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In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2019 WASLA Conference - Upon Vantage Point WE STOOD
  3. SAF Pop-Up Exhibit – Call for Entries
  4. Dilip da Cunha: Design with Wetness
  5. WASLA Membership Minutes
  6. Washington Licensing Board Update
  7. Congratulations to New Licensees!
  8. Welcome New Members!
  9. WASLA Jobs
  10. Job Portals
  11. Support Endowed Scholarships

Newsletter Editor

Coreen Schmidt

WASLA Board of Directors

Tim Slazinik, ASLA

Past President
Laura Thompson, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Maren McBride, ASLA

Member at Large
Rebecca Wahlstrom, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Lucas Vannice, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA

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President's Remarks
Tim Slazinik

Happy World Landscape Architecture Month! We had an early start to our celebration in March with our inaugural Advocacy Day in Olympia. We had meetings with 19 legislators, discussing our profession, the importance of licensure and a few pieces of legislation that affect Landscape Architecture. We were met with a generally positive response, and had great conversations that spanned topics from sustainability and climate change, to business taxes and liability. We also received a Proclamation from Governor Inslee, marking April 2019 and Landscape Architecture Month in the state of Washington!

This transitioned into our 2019 WASLA Conference in Tacoma the following day. I want to personally thank Linda Ashby and her incredible conference team for putting on yet another successful weekend. I hope you were all able to attend the educational sessions, and mingle with our generous sponsors in the Vendor Hall.  I hope you all join us next year at our 2020 conference in SeaTac. If you are interested in helping to plan the next conference, let us know!

On April 1st, we took over the National ASLA Instagram Page to kick off World Landscape Architecture Month with a bang. If you missed any of our events over the past month, check our social media and see what we’ve been up to! Next up, Trustee Marieke Lacasse and I will be travelling to DC to represent Washington at Advocacy day on the Hill, meeting with our Senators and Representatives at a national level. Be sure to follow us and interact on social media! Help us make the most of World Landscape Architecture month by posting about your work, inspiration, and anything else that makes this profession incredible. Happy WLAM!


2019 WASLA Conference – Upon a VANTAGE POINT We Stood

Photo by Built Work Photography

If the 2019 WASLA Conference is any indicator, our professional community in the state is growing and engaging more! With 300 in attendance for the day, and more who attended just the field sessions and receptions, we may have broken Chapter records!

Many thanks to all who attended, presented sessions, led field sessions, and exhibited their products and services. There was a special energy throughout the Tacoma Convention Center that was impossible to not get swept up in. It fed off the Chapter’s first Advocacy Day, escalated with Keynote Speaker’s Jonathon Geels’s Knute Rockne-esque invigorated pep talk, and grew with the presentation of the Governor Jay Inslee’s official Proclamation of April as Landscape Architecture Month in the state of Washington. May we all continue to feed off that energy throughout the year!

Very special thanks to the 2019 Conference Volunteers

Thank you to the incredibly dedicated, hard-working Committee members:

  • Dylan Crawford, Session Management
  • Staci Heathman, Communications
  • Ben Niesen, Receptions
  • Laura Thompson, Venue Logistics; Sponsor + Exhibitor Relations
  • Linda Ashby, Conference Chair

And Committee Advisory:

  • Patrick Armstrong, Advisor
  • Jennifer Fancy, Advisor and Contributor

Thanks also to our session room host volunteers, Michelle Koo, Adeline Swires, Roxanne Glick, and Jacob Stephens. We are grateful for your assistance to the speakers, attentiveness to LA CES credits, and for keeping the Conference on schedule!

We also recognize the contributions of our provider partners, Kiwon Suh for Branding support, and EventSupport for logistical coordination.

Surveys and Session Presentations

Conference Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors + Exhibitors, you received the Conference Survey at the end of March. Please dig them out of your inbox and fill them out today! They are important tools for planning future events, and are the best way that we can respond to your input. If you’ve already completed your survey – thank you!

2019 session presentation PDFs are now posted on this year’s Conference website. Simply click through to each session page to access info, speaker bios, and PDFs of the slides.

Send in your pictures! We’re creating a visual library of the amazing activities related to the work you love to do. There are a lot of people who aren’t aware of Landscape Architecture or who have misconceptions about the profession. Your images will support chapter advocacy and professional awareness efforts that educate and demonstrate the power of this profession. Maybe it’s volunteering and supporting important initiatives, or celebrating an important project milestone, or it could be an outdoor adventure, hobby, side project, or other activity that’s important to you. However you express your love of landscape, design, architecture, or any other aspect of the field – we need your pictures!

2020 WASLA Conference

Three things to know:  The Conference is Friday, March 27th at the Seattle Airport Marriott; Session proposal submissions will begin after Memorial Day; Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities will be announced in the fall. Watch your inbox and the WASLA monthly newsletter for info! We’ll see you there!


SAF Pop-Up Exhibit – Call for Entries

The AIA exhibit, Because It Rains, explores the concept of rain as a creative catalyst within design. As landscape designers, you more than any other field of design have the opportunity to create landscapes that celebrate rain and water.

As part of our May 21st workshop, Embrace the Rain: Rain Gardens and Green Infrastructure, we invite you to display your work though SAF’s first pop-up exhibit! Your featured work will inspire attendees to think about landscapes and rain differently by presenting creative landscape design.

The workshop, led by 12,000 Rain Gardens, will introduce visitors to rain gardens and other forms of green infrastructure and encourage them to rethink their own landscapes. To be considered for exhibition, submissions must celebrate the use of rain water creatively.

For more details please review the Call for Submissions, and note the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 22nd.

Dilip da Cunha: Design with Wetness

We live in the time of wetness, a wetness that is everywhere before it is water somewhere. It aligns us to a design imagination that accommodates fluidity, openness, and complexity. But it also pushes us to expose the deep-rooted landcentric imagination that has disciplined the world around us to subjugate water. It is a world that is unraveling before us. With rising seas, flooding cities, polluted rivers, piling wastes, and widening inequalities, we believe that ubiquitous wetness in place of the land-water binary holds the way forward. It is an exciting pre-disciplinary ground of design by which we re-articulate the past, experience the present, and envision the future.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public, but we ask that you register here.

We will offer 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) via LA/CES.
When: Wednesday, May 22; 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: University of Washington, Architecture Hall (ARC), Room 147

WASLA Membership Minutes

Almost halfway through World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), you might be asking yourselves "why?".  Why have World Landscape Architecture Month?  What is it?  

WLAM was created by ASLA in an effort to create a platform for landscape architects to truly describe what they do and what landscape architecture means to them.  Everyone, from students to the seasoned professionals can turn their lens on how landscape architecture translates into their day to day lives.  I've seen polished project photos.  I've seen photos of coffee cups sitting on a desk, next to a computer.  I've seen muddy boots, next to a car.  All are relevant and all tell a story of what landscape architecture means.  The month of April is your chance to shine - what can you tell them about landscape architecture?

Not confined to just April, ASLA is working year round to promote and advocate for the work you do.  If you haven't done so before, consider  becoming a WASLA member.

Washington Licensing Board Update

Board Meetings

April 26, 2019 – 9:00 am
Red Lion Hotel
18220 International Blvd
Seattle, WA

Meeting minutes and audio available soon.

All information regarding board meetings can be found on our website at https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/landscapearchitects/laboard.html.

Update to the Board’s Law Review Exam

Over the last several months, the Board worked to update the format and content of the state’s law review exam. Previously the exam was a fill-in, essay style exam that focused mainly on environmental regulations. The new exam is a balance between laws related to licensure and environmental regulations. The new format is a multiple-choice, true/false exam that is now available on the Board’s website. This exam is required to obtain a license as a landscape architect in Washington.

Congratulations to New Licensees!



Qualified Through

Jonathan Beaver

Portland, OR


Philip Benenati

Seattle, WA


Kyle Braun

North bend, WA


Kathryn Christensen

Burien, WA


Phillip Decker

Edmonds, WA


Melissa Erikson

Portland, OR


Rao Fu

Seattle, WA


Angela Hansen

Boise, ID


Richard Illman

Bellingham, WA


Lindsay Martin

Bothell, WA


Nathan Otani

Portland, OR


Nathan Peterson

Farmington, UT


Martha Schwartz

Brooklyn, NY


Debora Shepard

Kaysville, UT


James Solomon

Portland, OR


Emily Van Geldern

Seattle, WA


Marisa Wayham

Seattle, WA


Welcome New Members!

WASLA would like to welcome new member, Kellie Fenton! If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.


Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect - Washington State Department of Transportation

Capital Project Manager - City of Renton

Landscape Architect/Project Manager - Talasaea Consultants, Inc.

Parks Project Manager, Limited Term
- City of Kenmore, Washington

Landscape Designer - J.A Brennan Associates, Pllc Landscape Architects & Planners

Planting Designer(s) - PLACE

Landscape Architect(s)/Principal(s)/Project Manager(s) - PLACE

Landscape Architect/Designer - Fazio Associates

Mid Level Landscape Architect  - Weber Thompson

Landscape Designer (4-6 Years) - Walker Macy LLC

Landscape Designer or Landscape Architect - David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Landscape Architect/Landscape Designer - SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture

Mid-Level Landscape Architect / Project Manager - Bruce Dees & Associates

Senior Marketing Coordinator - Hewitt Architects, Inc.

Job Portals

UW Internship/Practicum Portal
WSU Job Board

Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund
Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture

Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
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