January 2019


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In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Lodging for the 2019 WASLA Conference
  3. Landscape Architecture Trivia Night
  4. Seeking Short Internship Sponsors – Spring Break March 11-15, 2019
  5. Charles Birnbaum Lecture: Why Not Cultural Systems?
  6. Learning Landscapes
  7. Open Social, Sponsored by SiteLines
  8. GardenPRO 2.0 Conference
  9. Learn Japanese Garden Arts with Both Hands and Heart
  10. Washington State Landscape Architecture - Board Meetings
  11. Congratulations to New Licensees!
  12. Welcome New Members!
  13. WASLA Jobs
  14. Job Portals
  15. 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

Happy New Year!

In the spirit of the New Year, WASLA is resolved to make sure each of our members has a way to get involved. In 2019, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers on all of our committees, and I would ask that each of you take a moment to peruse the committee descriptions at www.wasla.org and contact the members of the committee you are most interested in. WASLA is a great way to meet peers, make connections, and give back to your professional community, and we love seeing new faces. As always, we hope you will attend one of our many upcoming events, and feel free to tap one of us on the shoulder and introduce yourself. I hope you will join me in committing to making 2019 another fantastic year for WASLA!


Lodging for the 2019 WASLA Conference

The 2019 WASLA Annual Conference is fast approaching! Have you registered yet?  Discounted Early Bird rates are in effect through January 31.

Don’t forget to book your room at Hotel Murano by March 4th!

The Hotel Murano, located just steps from the Tacoma Convention Center, is this year’s host hotel for the 2019 WASLA Conference. The Murano is named after Murano, Italy – famed as the Old-World capital of glass art – boasts an artsy interior complete with a carefully curated collection of glass and mixed media pieces. Explore the Hotel’s interior for a self-guided tour, or take a stroll just 5 blocks down the road to explore the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Feeling peckish? Not only are there two great dining options on site, the hotel is located in the center of several great pubs and eateries to satisfy any craving you might have. Don’t wait to book! Click the link here to reserve your stay now!

*If you are staying on a shoulder date, please call to make your reservation to ensure you receive the group rate: (253) 238-8000*


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

Are you within a day's driving distance of Pullman? 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?

The WSU LA Professional Advisory Board and Program seek sponsors for 3 to 5 day student internships this coming spring break, March 11 - 15. Help support this initiative to improve student connections with professionals and provide early insight into the profession.

If you'd like to sponsor a short internship or have questions please contact Jolie Kaytes at [email protected] by January 18th.

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; please visit the event page for more information.


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.

Learning Landscapes

Please join us for a moderated panel discussion surrounding alternate learning environments. A joint program between AIA Seattle and ASLA Washington.

When: Wednesday, February 6th at 5:30 PM
Where: The Center for Architecture and Design | 1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Panelists and Moderator to be announced.

Open Social, Sponsored by SiteLines

All WASLA members, friends, and associates are welcome! Please RSVP to [email protected].

When: Wednesday, January 30 from 5:00-8:00 PM
Where: The historic Steam Plant | 159 S Lincoln, Spokane, WA


CEU Training Opportunity in Spokane

Thursday, January 31

10:30: Registration and coffee

11:00: 2PlayTogether: Designing and promoting meaningful Play experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Includes the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design, developed by the Landscape Architecture Dept at Utah State University, highlighting how to create Universally designed play areas. (One hour, 1 ASLA CEU credit)

12:15: Lunch compliments of SiteLines and GameTime

1:00: Motivation to Move: Creating community spaces that encourage active outdoor play for people of all ages and abilities. Exercise shouldn’t just occur with a paid gym membership; find out how communities are using creative ways to encourage fitness and healthier lifestyles. (One hour, 1 ASLA CEU credit)

Participants may attend one or both sessions, and there will be an optional lunch available. Additional information will be sent out when registration opens.

When: Thursday, January 31; 10:30 AM-2:00 PM
Where: Bernardo Wills Architects and Landscape Architects, 153 Jefferson Street, Spokane, WA

GardenPro 2.0 Conference

The GardenPRO 2.0 Conference, produced by the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, is offering ASLA – Washington members a Promo Code for a $25 discount on registration. Use WAASLA2019 when you register and save! The Conference, set for Friday, February 22 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, includes 10 seminars: 2 Keynote presentations, eight 60-minute seminars (in 4 blocks, with 2 seminars to choose from in each block), a coffee break and lunch, plus 5 tickets to the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, a $120 value. The Festival runs February 20 – 24. The Conference is approved for CEUs from ASLA (up to 9 LA-CES), APLD, CPH, EcoPRO ISA, NALP LIC and the Oregon LCB. Read more and register at www.seattlegardenpro.com

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is the #1 destination garden show in the U.S. Professionals and avid gardeners flock to the festival to see the 21 display gardens, enjoy 102 seminars and browse 350 mini-shops in our extensive Marketplace. Come for the Festival and stay for the Conference to pick up valuable CEUs, learn new business strategies and network with your peers. The conference is approved for 9 LA-CES CEUs. 

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: japanesegarden.org/thecenter

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.

WA State Landscape Architecture - Board Meetings

January 11, 2019 - 9:00AM
Department of Licensing
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Building 2
Olympia, WA

Meeting minutes and audio available soon

All information regarding board meetings can be found on our website at https://www.dol.wa.gov/business/landscapearchitects/laboard.html.

Congratulations to New Licensees!



Qualified Through

W. Malandra

Seattle, WA


Alicia Schulz

Seattle, WA


Michael Schwindeller

Redmond, WA


James Davis

Spokane, WA


Minsoo Doo

Seattle, WA


Jason Fristensky

Seattle, WA


Gar-Yun Ho

Seattle, WA


Audrey Maloney

Seattle, WA


Chris McBride

Seattle, WA


Jessica Michalak

Seattle, WA


Jennifer Margison

Las Vegas, NV


Danah Palik

Kirkland, WA


Nancy Cassandro

Kailua, HI


Katherine Hutmacher

Visalia, CA


Maren McBride

Seattle, WA


Judy Mielke

Tempe, AZ


Vaughn Rinner

Seattle, WA



Welcome New Members!

WASLA would like to welcome new members, Noriko Marshall & Monica Thompson! If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.


Planner & Engagement Specialist - MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design

Urban Designer & Project Manager - MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design

Landscape Designer - Washington State Department of Transportation

Landscape Construction Project Manager - Nussbaum Group

Landscape Architect/Designer - Fazio Associates

Landscape Architect - Site Workshop Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architect/Designer - Johnson + Southerland

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

Job Portals

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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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