April 2021





Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2021 WASLA Awards
  3. 2021-2022 WASLA Board of Directors
  4. Spring Virtual Learning Sessions
  5. ASLA’s Tools for PreK-12 Teachers
  6. Help Build the ASLA Environmental Justice PPN’s Case Studies Database
  7. Raster Classes at UW
  8. Welcome New Members
  9. Current Job Postings
  10. Support Endowed Scholarships

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WASLA Board of Directors

Duane Dietz, ASLA

Past President
Tim Slazinik, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Jason Henry, ASLA

Member at Large
Kiwon Suh, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA


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President's Remarks

Duane Dietz

April has been a busy month, and on top of it all - it’s World Landscape Architecture Month. April 15th WASLA held its annual awards meeting, congratulations to all the award winners, thank you to our wonderful sponsors, and thank all of you who attended virtually. There is a link to the awards ceremony for those of you who missed it, see down below in the newsletter.

We are continuing to provide you with continuing education opportunities as they become available. We send time critical ones via email, we will also post them here in the newsletter. Our sponsors are creating informative content that meets the HSW credits needed for renewing your license. Take advantage of these opportunities now and support our sponsors.

Lastly, as we start to see the horizon of normality ahead of us, please consider volunteering for WASLA. We have our local conference coming up in October, we have committees that could use new voices and perspectives, and we are also starting the process for electing new board members. Now is the time to help support WASLA.


Duane Dietz
WASLA President

2021 WASLA Professional Awards 

The Washington State Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects held its annual awards ceremony virtually on April 15th

The award ceremony is available online at the following link.

Visit our website to view the awards winners and projects.


2021-2022 WASLA Board of Directors

We are officially kicking off our call for volunteers for the 2021 WASLA Board of directors! Bring your enthusiasm and energy to the board, make your voice heard, and represent landscape architecture for our state!

Open Positions

  • President, four-year term of service.
  • Eastern Washington Member-at-Large positions: one-year term of service.
  • Western Washington Member-at-Large positions: one-year term of service.
  • State-wide Washington Member-at-Large positions: one-year term of service.

Current Board of Directors
Tim Slazinik, ASLA, Past President – term ends 2021
Duane Dietz, ASLA, President – term ends 2023
Marieke Lacasse, ASLA, Trustee term ends 2023
Dean W. Koonts, ASLA, Treasurer – term ends 2022
Jason Henry, ASLA, Secretary – term ends 2022
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA, Member-at-Large – term ends 2021
Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA, Member-at-Large – term ends 2021
Kiwon Suh, ASLA, Member-at-Large, term ends 2021

Description of Duties

The President Position:

  • Sets the time, place, and agenda for meetings of the Board of Directors;
  • Presides at meetings of the Chapter and the Board of Directors;
  • Represents and acts for the Chapter as directed by the Board of Directors and consistent with the policies of ASLA;
  • Appoints the chairs and members of committees with the approval of the Board of Directors,
  • Serves as a member of the Chapter Presidents Council;
  • Oversees the management and administration of Chapter programs and budgets as adopted by the Board of Directors;
  • Reports on the state of the Chapter at the annual meeting of the Chapter; and
  • Acts as the Board of Directors liaison for the “Membership and Social Events” Committee
  • Year one: President-elect, Years 2 and 3: President; Year 4: Past President.


Description of Duties

The three Member-at-Large positions:

  • Represent a cross-section of the Chapter’s regional membership.
  • Act as a Board of Directors liaison for the “Student and Emerging Professionals” Committee. (State-wide Washington Member-at-Large)
  • Act as a Board of Directors liaison for university professional advisory councils or boards. (Eastern & Western Washington Members-at-Large respectively)
  • Act as a Board of Directors liaison for WASLA student chapters. (Eastern & Western Washington Members-at-Large respectively)

Spring Virtual Learning Sessions with Landscape Structures and PlayCreation

Join PlayCreation in hosting Landscape Structures’ 2021 Virtual Learning Academy Sessions. Playground experts will guide the industry through three separate education experiences:

Trends in Play Design | Tuesday, May 11th | 11:30 AM PST
Explore Landscape Structures’ 2021 play trends that inspire interstellar imagination, cultivate multi-generational interaction, and relay a unique community’s story through the imagination of a child.

Spray Play A to Z | Tuesday, May 25th | 11:30 AM PST
Spray Parks are a play destination kids look forward to all year. Your community deserves one! Find out how with LSI’s experts on budgeting, design details, codes and more. There will be splashing in no time!

Higher Level of Inclusive Play | Tuesday, June 8th | 11:30 AM PST
Kids of all abilities deserve a stimulating and inclusive play experience. Landscape Structures is a leader in prioritizing everyone on the playground. Learn how to design your next play space with elements for everyone.

Sign up for one or all Sessions HERE

PlayCreation has been designing play in the Northwest for over 17 years. Our unique outdoor spaces promote healthy lifestyles, family bonding, and unparallel imagination, while encouraging social and physical development. Connecting with the communities we love and live in is our top priority for 2021. Please join our World of Play monthly newsletter to stay in touch with us, and view some of our playgrounds on our website HERE

 ASLA’s Tools for PreK-12 Teachers

ASLA’s Tools for PreK-12 Teachers web page was recently redesigned to enhance its delivery of resources during the pandemic. It has become the destination for instructional materials focused on landscape architecture, the environment, community building, and design learning during nationwide school closures. Visit ASLA’s Tools for PreK-12 Teachers and explore our outstanding collection of resources. Also, join ASLA’s growing community of prek-12 advocates, learn about our work in STEM education, and save the date for ASLA’s first PreK-12 Summit DREAM BIG with Design, A Showcase of Landscape Architecture and PreK-12 Design Learning on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, 2021.

 Help Build the ASLA Environmental Justice PPN’s Case Studies Database

The EJ PPN is collecting case studies to share examples of how to integrate environmental justice into our field of practice. You may submit your case study by completing this online form, which has a series of questions to collect information about engagement techniques, resources used, project outcomes, and lessons learned. Examples of incorporating environmental justice into your projects may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • design processes that center on community voices
  • projects that address disproportionate environmental burdens
  • outcomes that honor the cultural integrity of all communities

Raster Classes at UW

Good with ArcGIS and feel like sharing? The PAC is looking for a volunteer to lead a ‘Raster Class’ for ArcGIS on April 27th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. These Raster Classes are an opportunity for professionals to share their tips, tricks, and techniques with students for various design related software’s and skills. These classes are meant to be casual and conversational. An outline of topics to cover should be prepared as a starting point but through Q/A and discussion these skill shares should really cater to the students in attendance. The event will be held on zoom so the volunteer will need to have ArcGIS available to screen share for the class. Feel free to reach out to Jack Alderman ([email protected]) if you have any follow up questions!  

 Welcome New Members

WASLA would like to welcome new member:

  • Peter Cromwell

  • Akemi Sakaida

  • Wil Sinclair

If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date

Mid Level Landscape Architect / Mitigation Designer 

Talasaea Consultants 4/26/2021

Capital Project Assistant 

City of Lakewood 4/20/2021

Landscape Designer/Architect - REMOTE - FT and PT

Tilly Design LLC 4/19/2021

Landscape Architect/Landscape Designer

 Karen Kiest Landscape Architects  4/15/2021
Landscape Architect/Planting Designer/Principal 7yrs+ PLACE 04/13/2021
Landscape Designer - Seattle AND Wenatchee, WA SCJ Alliance 04/09/2021
Landscape Architecture Designer/ Landscape Architect Urban Systems Ltd. 04/06/2021
Capital Projects Coordinator

City of Everett Parks and Facilities  04/02/2021

Landscape Architect

 Walker Macy LLC  04/02/2021

Landscape Architect / Designer

HBB Landscape Architecture  03/29/2021

Landscape Designer/Sales

Pacific Landscape Management 03/29/2021

Landscape Architect V

HNTB Corporation 03/29/2021

Landscape Architect

Brumbaugh Associates 03/29/2021

 Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
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