April 2022


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President's Remarks

Happy International Landscape Architecture Month!  And a reminder that Earth Day 2022 is next Friday, April 22nd.  I can typically be found that day at the Point Robinson Lighthouse on Vashon Island picking marine trash off the beach.  To honor Earth Day, I urge you all to do something local, be it picking up trash, planting trees, or pulling those noxious weeds from our local parks and forests.

Our annual WASLA Awards were held the evening of April 14th.  A BIG thanks to everyone who helped put this together and to all those who attended.  I was unable to attend, but I was following the live updates on our social media.  Did you know that WASLA has a number of different social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, etc.)?  Log in, follow us, and check out who won. Again, congratulations to the winners!  And thank you again to our sponsors Great Western, Nussbaum Group, Northwest Playground, Wishbone, Abbotsford, Toro, Vestre, Victory Stanley, Tournesol, and Landscape Forms.

Now that Spring has sprung, it is time for us to look forward to our annual WASLA Conference this October in SeaTac.  We will need volunteers to help with the planning, the call for papers, the session reviews, etc. to ensure we have an incredible event.  Contact [email protected] to volunteer, we'll put you to work.

Lastly, snow in April? Weird.  And for the past week our farm has been home to a young Blue Heron who is plucking little frogs from the tall grass near my hazelnut hedge.  She/he is a bit skittish but the bird's elegance continues to amaze.  And an island apiarist has set up some working hives outside my barn to take advantage of the madrone forest across the road.  It reminded me of a project our office did for the Oregon Zoo that had the tag line "small things matter."  Small actions, like making a home for bees or putting out nesting materials for birds all have an impact on the wildlife around us.  Sometimes it seems that the challenges are so overwhelming that we can't overcome the inertia.  In 1999, I moved to Vashon and had 3.5 acres of Scotch Broom to tackle.  It seemed too large to tackle.  Bit by bit, I pulled out the Broom and each spring I check for seedlings and pull those.  This afternoon, I found two seedlings on 3.5 acres.  It took 22 years, and it will take constant vigilance, but a new weed has moved in - tansy ragwort. I'm taking the same approach with that.  It has long been my belief that landscape architects are the best problem solvers.  We are tenacious, we are creative, and we are a small and mighty profession.  Small things matter.  So think small, think local, and you'll make a lasting difference.


   WASLA President


Exciting News!
Olmsted Proclamation Introduced in Congress

This year on April 26th marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted and Representatives French Hill (AR) and Debbie Dingell (MI) have introduced a bipartisan measure, H. Res. 1013, to recognize and celebrate Olmsted’s legacy. Please take a moment to urge your House of Representatives member to cosponsor this special legislation that celebrates Olmsted and the profession of landscape architecture.

The premier landscape architect of the 19th century, Olmsted is known for designing several iconic outdoor spaces and promoting the development of large parks and park systems for public benefit in many communities. Today, landscape architects continue this legacy by planning and designing healthy, resilient, and equitable parks and other outdoor recreation spaces of many scales in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation.  

Contact your legislator today to urge them to join in sponsoring H. Res. 1013, legislation for Congress to recognize Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of landscape architecture. 


The WSU Landscape Architecture and Interior Design Programs invite you to join us for a Senior Portfolio Review on Friday April 29, 2022 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center in Seattle, from 10:30 to 3:00.

You can join us for a half hour, the whole event, or anything in between!

If you are available, please sign-up for specific time slots HERE by April 24th, or contact Jolie Kaytes at [email protected].

Thank you for considering the invitation. We hope to see some of you in April.

Please note: All guests to the SLU Discovery Center will need to pre-register with Vulcan and will have to complete a registration process to receive a QR code to enter the building. This includes attesting vaccination status. Unvaccinated guests will not be permitted in the building. Vulcan will send you the registration link the week of the event.


UW Department of Architecture Professionals Advisory Council

UW Department of Landscape Architecture Professionals Advisory Council's

design exCHANGE 2022 will highlight emerging architectural and landscape projects designed by regional practitioners. This preview of un-built work and the design process behind built projects gives students and the public a rare glimpse into the studio process and provides a forum for public discourse between the region’s academic community and practitioners. An overview of the design innovation and influence of regional practitioners both large and small, design exCHANGE 2022 offers an exciting preview of future projects to be built regionally, nationally and globally. The opening night reception, with food and live music, is open to students, professionals, and the Seattle design community.

Projects exhibited must be current “on the boards” unbuilt work. Images documenting the design process and evolution of the project are strongly recommended. These can include but are not limited to iterative studies, ideas explored yet discarded, development of details supporting the core concept, informal sketches and process drawings, etc.

Exhibit Duration: May 13 – 27, 2022

Location: Gould Court

Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. PDT

Event is free and open to all!

Entry Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT

Submission Fee:
$100 per project (commercial firm)
$50 per project (nonprofit)


Save the Date!
Connections- Rendezvous 2022

It is a new year, and Idaho-Montana ASLA is going to spend 2022 reconnecting with our community.

After a short hiatus, Rendezvous, our bi-annual chapter conference, is back in 2022. In May, we will be gathering with our members, lecturers, sponsors, vendors, and allied professionals for a fun weekend of education and inspiration on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the profession and each other. Mark your calendars, additional event details will be provided in March 2022.

Connections - Rendezvous 2022

When: May 19-21, 2022

Where: University of Idaho – Moscow, Idaho

What: CEU Lecture Series, Socials, EXPO/Vendor Booths, Site Tours, Awards Banquet, and more...

Event Schedule:

5.19 Thursday Evening - Arrival Social

5.20 Friday - Lectures and Campus Tours Friday

5.20 Friday Evening - Chapter Awards Reception Friday Evening

5.21 Saturday Morning - Lectures and Chapter Meeting

Registration: Early Bird specials available NOW!


Announcing the 2022 Green Roof info Think-tank (GRIT) Symposium

Green Roof Success – from Design
through Maintenance

Join GRiT and our partner, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, for this one-day event featuring best practices for long-term, thriving green roofs. Keynote presenter, Dr. Vivek Shandas, will discuss how disparities in environmental quality affect diverse communities and how green roofs can address these. Green roof professionals, architects, and landscape architects will discuss approaches to successful green roof design and maintenance, including examples of their work of low-income housing. There will be time for networking, and a self-guided tour will provide opportunities to meet green roof design and maintenance professionals. CEU credits are available.

Friday April 29th from 10 am to 4:30 pm: virtual symposium and happy hour networking

Saturday April 30th 11 am to 5 pm: self-guided tour and informal gathering at Shine Distillery.

Click the button below to learn more and register!

You can also email Amy Chomowicz at [email protected]


Garden Dialogues 2022

The Cultural Landscape Foundation is hosting an event in Kirkland featuring the work of Broadhurst + Associates on June 18 as part of a program called Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues provides exclusive access to great landscapes where one can learn the secrets to their creation.

In 2022 The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Garden Dialogues program, which provides exclusive access to exceptional landscapes, will go coast to coast, featuring projects that have been designed by some of today’s most talented and visionary landscape architects.

Participants will learn first-hand from landscape architects, architects, and their clients about the secrets to creating great gardens. These tours are limited to 30 guests to make them intimate, and last between 90 minutes and two hours to make them relaxed. LA CES™ professional development hours may be available to attendees. 


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