December 2018



Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. WASLA 2019 Annual Conference - Call for Proposals
  3. Landscape Architecture Trivia Night
  4. Seeking Short Internship Sponsors – Spring Break March 11-15, 2019Charles Birnbaum Lecture: Why Not Cultural Systems?
  5. Learn Japanese Garden Arts with Both Hands and Heart
  6. Welcome New Members!
  7. WASLA Jobs
  8. Job Portals
  9. 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

I hope this newsletter finds everyone well, preparing to enjoy time with friends and family, and hopefully not overwhelmed with deadlines. As we look forward to the beginning of a new year, I am excited to get started with the energy and excitement of a new calendar year. WASLA has a packed calendar for you in the early part of 2019. Lectures, socials, CEU opportunities, and our 2019 Conference in Tacoma. I encourage you all to take a moment to look at the chapter calendar and mark down the dates of our upcoming events. I am excited to see the chapter so active with this diverse line up of events and we hope to continue to bring a full calendar throughout the year. Please reach out to us if you want to get involved with any of our events, and we hope to see many of you in the coming months. Happy Holidays from all of us at WASLA, and Happy New Year!


WASLA 2019 Annual Conference – Call for Proposals

The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is now accepting proposals that respond to our 2019 Annual Conference theme:

Vantage Point

Vantage Point elevates us to a higher perspective so that we may broadly explore our shared role as professionals in the field of Landscape Architecture. It’s a rare opportunity to align our collective outlook of the profession with dominant issues of the day, and re-examine prevailing attitudes about the potential for our work against our accumulated knowledge, experience, priorities and beliefs. The 2019 WASLA Conference calls us together around an expression of who we are as professionals in the field and what we do, what Landscape Architecture values and stands for, how we outreach, how we get others to engage, and how we message our work and its resounding importance.

The 2019 Conference follows immediately WASLA’s inaugural state Advocacy Day, and will prominently feature insights and examples related to advocacy for and public awareness of Landscape Architecture. We welcome and encourage your perspectives.

Submit your session proposal through this form by December 31, 2018.

Session determinations will be announced within 30 days of the submission due date.

2019 WASLA Annual Conference
Friday, March 22
Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Conference Registration Open! Early Bird rates through January 31, 2019

Site Tours, Field Trips, Workshops
Have an idea for a designer-led site tour, field trip or workshop in Tacoma for Thursday, March 21?  Submit here

Sponsorships and Tradeshow Booths & Tables
On sale now! 

Watch this space and your email in-box for more Conference info, coming soon! Contact the WASLA office for details: [email protected]


Landscape Architecture Trivia Night!

Please join us for a Landscape Architecture Trivia Night! Bring your most random-knowledgeable friends, co-workers, and classmates to compete for prizes and eternal glory. You are welcome to form teams ahead of time, but we will also form teams at Teku Tavern that evening.

To reserve a seat, sign up here. If you sign up ahead of time, your first drink is on us!

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Richmond at [email protected] or 206-344-5700 or Rhys van Bemmel at [email protected]. If you have random landscape trivia that you would like to be considered for a question during the evening, you can submit it through the sign up form.

When: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Where: Teku Tavern, 552 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109
Close to the 3, 4, 5, 8, 26, 28X, 62, and E buses!

Doors Open: 6:00pm
Trivia Begins: 6:30pm 

Thank you to our sponsors Maglin Site Furniture & Pacific Lighting Systems!

Seeking Short Internship Sponsors – Spring Break March 11-15, 2019

Interested in providing WSU Landscape Architecture students with a glimpse into the workings of an office, a construction firm, a city department, a nursery, or a vendor? Help support this idea to improve student connections with professionals and provide early insight into the profession. The WSU LA Advisory Board and LA Program seek sponsors for 3 to 5 day student internships this coming spring. 

Please contact Peg Staeheli at [email protected] or Jolie Kaytes at [email protected]  if you would like to sponsor an internship or have questions.

Charles Birnbaum Lecture: Why Not Cultural Systems?

Why Not Cultural Systems?
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR
President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The public recognition of the role of landscape architecture and landscape architects in shaping our shared public realm is growing.  However, the cultural value of our shared landscape legacy is often little known or understood, and most arbiters of this legacy (including architecture critics) are often ill-equipped to assess and contextualize it particularly when threats to significant works of landscape architecture arise. The time has come for practitioners to play a key role in expanding this discourse.

This presentation will lay out the challenges and opportunities of this current situation and will conclude with several successful project examples, including recent works by West 8 and Raymond Jungles.

This event is free to the public. Registration will open in January.

When: Thursday, February 26, 2019 at 6:00PM
Where: Architecture Hall 147, University of Washington
Reception to follow

Charles A. Birnbaum, is President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Before creating TCLF, he spent 15 years as coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and a decade in private practice in NYC focused on landscape preservation and urban design. He has authored/edited numerous publications, is an ASLA Fellow, was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s GSD, and a Rome Prize recipient. He was awarded the ASLA’s LaGasse Medal in 2008 and the President’s Medal in 2009. He is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Sponsored by Victor Stanley.

Learn Japanese Garden Arts with Both Hands and Heart

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart

In 2019, Portland Japanese Garden is honored to offer Beginner and Intermediate level Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminars. These hands-on seminars are designed to serve professionals in garden design, construction, and maintenance.

Each seminar is taught by visiting Japanese instructors and Portland Japanese Garden staff. A traditional, hands-on learning process focusing on stonework is supplemented with preparatory theoretical and practical instruction in topics including garden history, design, traditional tool use, and the culture of tea.

The seminars immerse learners in not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden. Admission is open to staff of Japanese gardens, all landscape professionals, and students of landscape disciplines.

To apply or learn more:

Beginner Level: June 3-9, 2019
Intermediate Level: September 16-27, 2019

Waza to Kokoro is the main program of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center, which teaches the skills and techniques for creating and fostering Japanese gardens. The Center is a 2018 recipient of a Program Excellence award from the American Public Gardens Association.

Welcome New Members!

WASLA would like to welcome new members, Jessica Barnes, Aaron Hursey, Nicolas Morin & Samuel Taylor! If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.


Landscape Architect - Site Workshop Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architect/Designer - Johnson + Southerland

Project Landscape Designer/Architect - Zephyr Recruiting (on behalf of Scot Eckley, Inc.)

Landscape Architect  - MacKay Sposito

Landscape Architect/Designer (3-6 years) - SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture

Landscape Designer (2-4 years) - Walker Macy Inc

Urban Designer & Project Manager - MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design

Landscape Architect/Project Manager - Talasaea Consultants, Inc.

Landscape Designer I/II - GGLO

Landscape Designer/Architect - Cascade Design Collaborative

Landscape Designer/Inspector - WSDOT

Intermediate / Senior Landscape Architect - PFS Studio

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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