February 2021





Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2021 WASLA Awards
  3. WASLA Academic Scholarship Recipients
  4. Trivia Night Reflection
  5. ASLA Regional Climate Action Network
  6. ASLA Professional and Student Awards
  7. ASLA Call for Presentations
  8. Firm Finder Website Update
  9. 2021 WASLA Conference Announcement
  10. LA CES Course Offerings
  11. Welcome New Members
  12. Current Job Postings
  13. 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

I’ll keep it short this month. Just a reminder that the Black Landscape Architects Network is offering a number of symposiums in the month of February.  The Symposium highlights the important contributions of Black-identifying landscape architecture students, faculty and practitioners. Please visit https://blacklanetwork.com/symposium for more information.

Mark your calendars, the Board has agreed that our annual conference will be held in Spokane on October 8th. It will be nice to see everyone again. 

And be sure to put together a WASLA awards submittal. It will be a virtual evening of honors and fun. 

As an all-volunteer organization, WASLA is very grateful for people who want to volunteer. Feel free to contact me or any of the Board members to see how you can help contribute to the success of our organization.   

Lastly, a big thank you to our sponsors! Be sure to visit their websites, say hello to them at the virtual events, and plan on giving them a hearty fist bump at this October’s conference.


Duane Dietz
WASLA President

 WASLA 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for contributing to the success of our Chapter and our profession through past sponsorships or through your engagement.

Last year was difficult on many fronts, and we had to navigate virtually – but WASLA offered its conference with renewed energy and record attendance, and created virtual events to engage sponsors with members.

More than ever, we are committed to bringing the profession of landscape architecture forward and connecting members and partners. We are hopeful for our future.

Our 2021 Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities are now available for purchase.
We invite you to examine our 2021 Sponsor Prospectus and fill out a submission form according to your interest. Please email the office if you have any questions!

Thank you to PlayCreation for their 2021 Sponsorship sign-ups!  

WASLA 2021 Professional Awards

Don’t forget we are now accepting submissions for the 2021 WASLA Awards.

Submissions are accepted through 5 pm on March 12th. You have 3 more weeks to submit your project. You can find details here

We have a range of categories. This week we are highlighting our General Design – Public Ownership Category.

Save the Date! The Annual Awards Reception will tentatively be held Thursday, April 15th, 2021, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm at the Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle, Washington.

WASLA Trivia Night Reflection

The Student and Emerging Professional Committee’s annual Trivia Night was a huge success! Trivia went virtual this year, and with over 50 participants tuning in from Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Pullman, British Columbia, and even New York, it shows that our landscape architecture community can stay connected and resilient. We would like to give a special thanks to the S&EP Committee for planning and coordinating this event, to Liz Browning for hosting, and to TORO and PLS for sponsoring such a wonderful night.

ASLA Regional Climate Action Network

The ASLA Climate Action Committee is organizing teams of chapter and university program leaders to host a series of regional conversations aimed at addressing climate change issues most pressing to specific regions of the country. WASLA is identifying subject matter experts in Washington to develop a broad Climate Action Network and local action plans. We welcome you to join us in these conversations and help us develop a climate action network within our membership and beyond.

WASLA will be involved in two specific ways.

1. A member of the chapter will be nominated to serve as the Chapter

Climate Action Leader. We are working to establish a broad Climate Action Network within the ASLA membership. This representative will serve as the primary representative of the Chapter and a link between the broader membership, the national Climate Action Committee, and the ASLA National team working on climate change initiatives. The Chapter Climate Action Leader will represent the chapter in regional events as a speaker and participate in future national Climate Action Network meetings. The schedule for these meetings has not been set but is anticipated to be quarterly.

2. Be engaged in planning and promoting the regional climate action

events. We want to engage chapter leadership and leaders of the UW and WSU student chapters, as well as representatives of the landscape architecture programs in planning and executing these virtual events. A primary goal will be to determine the specific regional impacts of climate change as well as the actions being taken by landscape architects to address these impacts.

The first regional virtual event was hosted by the Southeast Coast Region in October 2020 and can be viewed here. The South Pacific Coast Region is planning the second event in March of 2021.

Washington is part of the North Pacific Coast Region, which includes the Oregon, Alaska and Northern California Chapters. If you are interested in playing a role, are regional climate expert, or just to be part of the regional network please contact Duane Dietz at [email protected]

ASLA Professional and Student Awards

Now Accepting Entries for the ASLA Professional and Student Awards!

Submissions are now open for the ASLA 2021 Professional and Student Awards! Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe. At the same time, the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the profession's future.

Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine and are honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, TN, November 19-22, 2021.

The entry fee deadline for the Professional Awards are due Monday, February 22, 2021 and all submissions must be finalized in the system by 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, March 12, 2021. Contact Makeeya Hazelton, Honors and Awards Manager, with questions.

ASLA Call for Presentations

2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture ASLA is currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Tennessee, November 19-22, 2021. We are looking for education proposals that will help to drive change in the field of landscape architecture and provide solutions to everyday challenges that are informed by research and practice. Help us shape the 2021 education program by submitting a proposal through our online system by Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

 Firm Finder Website Update

We have received a couple of requests for finding landscape firms in Washington state and we have referred them to use ASLA’s Firm Finder website. But some issues came up, so, in checking some of the zip codes on the Firm Finder website we found that not all landscape firms are appearing.  We have learned from ASLA that the Firm Finder website uses the office listed in the member’s profile. Please visit https://my.asla.org/my-asla/directories/firm_search.aspx and do a search with your zip code to see if your firm appears. If not, then this is a marketing reminder to all members to make sure your profile is listing the office you are working in.

2021 WASLA Conference Announcement 

Mark your calendar for the 2021 WASLA Conference on October 8, 2021 in Spokane, Washington. 

More details coming soon. Please visit the website for the full calendar.

LA CES Course Offerings

Site Furniture Selection & Placement

Date and Time: Thursday, March 11 at 12pm

Credits: 1.0 LA CES™ PDH

Furniture is just one component in the design of the public realm. Designers should take into consideration the function and goals of the site by focusing on how people will use the location. Navigation patterns and intent to use the amenities within a space are just as important as the aesthetics of the product itself. A flexible product provides countless layout opportunities and can adapt to the site’s functional goals.

Short Description:

  • Why Placement Matters
  • Product Function and Selection/Product Placement
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) considerations
  • Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) consideration
  • Placement of Benches/Bike Racks/Tables and Chairs

More information can be found here.

Course is provided by Maglin Site Furniture.

 Welcome New Members

WASLA would like to welcome new members:

  • Benjamin Berkman
  • Jane Kleiner

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

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date

Landscape Architect

J.A. Brennan Associates, PLLC 2/18/2021

Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect

 Land Morphology 2/18/2021

Landscape Architect/ Project Manager

 Land Morphology  2/16/2021

Landscape Architect/Planting Designer/Principal 7yrs+

PLACE 2/13/2021

Park Planner/Landscape Architect

Spokane County - Parks, Recreation and Golf  2/9/2021

Senior Design Associate - Landscape Architecture

 Alta Planning + Design  2/5/2021

Landscape Architect & Urban Designer

Osborn Consulting, Inc.


Senior Planner

City of Bellevue


Landscape Architect / Project Manager

JETT Landscape Architecture + Design

Parks Project Manager

City of Sammamish

Landscape Architect/Landscape Designer

Brumbaugh & Associates

Entry-Level Landscape Designer

Site Workshop Landscape Architecture



 Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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