August 2021



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In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2021 WASLA Conference Registration Open
  3. Registration Now Open for ASLA's Inaugural PreK-12 Summit
  4. WASLA/NPS-RTCA Partnership Update
  5. Infusing Nature into the Everyday Spaces of Childhood - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
  6. Courageous by Design: Landscape Architects Confronting the Climate Crisis in New York City
  7. CUT|FILL: Are we building a bridge to the future?
  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

The heat of summer has paused long enough for the deer and fawns in my crispy dry meadow to jump around with a bit of joy.  The blackberries have ripened all at once and the grocery store is out of pie crusts (fyi, I have little success in making good pastry).  At some point, I’ll start hearing about the unlocked cars getting filled with zucchinis.  Rural life in isolation has been an eye-opener - seeing the micro cycles of life, the lime green sticks of praying mantis in the yellowed grass, and the clumsiness of raven chicks as they fledge. It has also been nice to slowly seeing my neighbors and friends again.  The next step is for all of us landscape architects to get together again.  So, behind the scenes, the WASLA board and volunteers have been working hard on the Spokane Conference to make the October 8th event a success.  Everyone here is aware of the ever-evolving COVID situation.   As we get closer to the conference date, we hope for clear guidance from the State and the Convention Center as to what precautions that will be needed safely to attend the in-person event.  The registration info has been emailed to all the members, check it out.  If you have questions, feel free to contact [email protected] and they will route your query asap.

As always, WASLA needs volunteers, so check our website at and go to the “Get Involved” pull down menu and click on each of the committees to see what they do and how you can get involved.

And a big thank you to our sponsors!  All of us are looking forward to seeing you in Spokane!


Duane Dietz
WASLA President

2021 WASLA Conference Registration Open

October 8, 2021
Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA

Take advantage of our discounted WASLA  Annual Conference Early Bird registration rates, in effect through September 7.

Don't miss this opportunity to earn professional development hours, make important connections that help keep your career goals on track, and celebrate the profession in the transforming city of Spokane!

Registration Now Open for ASLA's Inaugural PreK-12 Summit


Dream Big with Design, A Showcase of Landscape Architecture and PreK-12 Design Learning - Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 

Registration is now open for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) inaugural PreK-12 Summit - Dream Big with Design, A Showcase of Landscape Architecture and PreK-12 Design Learning!

Scheduled for Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, Dream Big with Design, a VIRTUAL EVENT, will highlight the exciting world of landscape architecture with fun sessions and resources for students, as well as offer a dynamic forum to guide PreK-12 educators, ASLA members, and other design professionals seeking to introduce students to the profession.

Program highlights for Dream Big with Design include:

• Connecting Landscape Architecture Through PreK-5 Literature and Storytelling
• Scouts Honor! Landscape Architecture Merit Badge
• Webtooning with Jia
• NextGen Landscape Architecture: Unleashing Student Creativity and Engagement with Minecraft
• Curriculum Showcase with the Future Landscape Architects of America

Special guests also include landscape architect teams from Legoland and Disney!

Register now!

Discover how you can get involved!

• Attend Dream Big with children in your family
• Explore innovative ways your chapter can partner with local educators
• Spread the word to your local school community
• Become a Sponsor or make a donation to help fund this program

Have questions? Email Lisa J. Jennings, Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity at [email protected].


WASLA/NPS-RTCA Partnership Update

The WASLA/National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program(NPS-RTCA) partnership has been active since the late 1990's. This has led to over 15 successful charrettes benefitttng communities across the State of Washington. This partnership has also served as a model for similar charrettes at locations throughout the U.S. and led to an agreement between NPS and ASLA National extending the partnership nationally. Although COVID 19 issues have temporarily slowed down charrette activities, WASLA and NPS-RTCA are in preliminary discussion stages for another charrette, perhaps as soon as next Spring. 

Our longtime contact at NPS-RTCA, Alex(Alexandra) Stone has since retired and I wanted to give an enormous shout out for her extraordinary efforts in working with me and the Chapter to bring about the successes we have had. Our new very capable NPS liaison will be Susan Rosebrough.

Stay tuned for future updates  Hope everyone is doing well. 

Don Benson, ASLA, AICP

Infusing Nature into the Everyday Spaces of Childhood - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

August 25, 1:00 PM ET

Hosted by the Children's Outdoor Environments PPN

Research has found that children’s exposure to nature is beneficial to their academic, social, psychological, cognitive, and physical health. Explore evidence-based design best practices for outdoor play environments and trails that intentionally reconnect children with nature to support family fun, active lifestyles, and unique opportunities for learning. Case examples of playground naturalization and playful pathways will demonstrate innovative solutions to encourage multigenerational play and offer extended play value to visitors. A variety of tools and resources will be shared to assist with the planning and design process of creating innovative destinations that connect communities, encourage health promotion through play, and respond to our intuitive desire to engage with nature.


Please contact Melissa if you have any questions at 202-216-2323 or [email protected]

Courageous by Design: Landscape Architects Confronting the Climate Crisis in New York City

Register now for Courageous by Design: Landscape Architects Confronting the Climate Crisis in New York City on October 15. How is a world-class city dealing with a worldwide threat? This daylong symposium, presented by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, will feature leading women landscape architects, as well as allied professionals, whose work is creative, courageous, and timely. These practitioners are inventing and deploying new tools, techniques, and technologies to meet the challenges of the current climate crisis in New York City and beyond. 6.0 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees, pending approval

This inaugural Oberlander Prize Forum coincides with the announcement of the first Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize laureate(s).

Speakers include: Elizabeth Meyer, Martha Schwartz, Heather M. Morgan, Kate Orff, Lisa Switkin, Signe Nielsen, Billy Fleming, Edwina von Gal, Barbara Wilks, John Beardsley, Annette P. Wilkus, Amy L. Freitag, Miranda Massie, Olivia Georgia, and Rebecca McMackin


Welcome New Members

WASLA would like to welcome new member:

  • Lauren Galante, ASLA
  • Stephen Andrew McConnico, ASLA
  • Randall Taylor, ASLA

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

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date

Landscape Designer

Mackenzie 8/23/2021

Mid-Level Landscape Architect / Designer

Weber Thompson 8/18/2021

Asset Management and Sustainability Manager

Metro Parks Tacoma 08/09/2021

Mid-level landscape architect/landscape designer/project manager

Groundswell Studio 08/09/2021

Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect (full time position)

 Lankford Associates Inc  08/06/2021

Project Landscape Designer/Architect 

third place design co-operative 08/06/2021

Landscape Designer

GGLO 08/06/2021

Entry Level Landscape Architect & Project Landscape Architect

Jones & Jones 08/3/2021

Senior Urban Designer

GGLO 07/30/2021

Landscape Architect

GGLO 07/30/2021

Mid- to Senior-level Landscape Architect

The Watershed Company 07/28/2021

Landscape Architect

 King County/ DLS-Roads Division  07/27/2021

Landscape Architect/Designer & Land Use Planner

 Olson Engineering, Inc.  07/27/2021

 Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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