January 2021





Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2021 WASLA Sponsorship
  3. Designing a Green New Deal
  4. Council of Fellows Submission Deadline
  5. UWLA EDI Fund
  6. UWLA Winter Portfolio Review 
  7. UWLA PAC Volunteer Opportunities
  8. Virtual Trivia Night
  9. Puget Sound Plants - Free Info Call
  10. Welcome New Members
  11. Current Job Postings
  12. 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

Historic landscapes vary in size from small gardens to several thousand-acre national parks. In character they range from designed to vernacular, rural to urban, and agricultural to industrial spaces. Vegetable patches, estate gardens, cemeteries, farms, quarries, nuclear test sites, suburbs, and abandoned settlements all may be considered historic landscapes.  The diversity of the America’s landscapes reflects the diversity of its people.  So why do I bring this up?

The Historic American Landscapes Survey was created in early 2001 when the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Park Service, and the Library of Congress entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that established a framework of cooperation, and in 2010, the three organizations signed an agreement that made HALS a permanent federal program. The National Park Service administers the planning and operation of HALS, standardizes formats and develops guidelines for recording landscapes, and catalogs and/or publishes the information when appropriate. ASLA provides professional guidance and technical advice for the program through its Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network. The Library of Congress accepts and preserves HALS documents and makes records available to the public.

Since 2010, landscape architecture preservation enthusiasts from every state have been challenged to complete at least one Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) short format history via an annual HALS Challenge.  Each Challenge seeks increase awareness of particular cultural landscapes. 

For the 2021 HALS Challenge, the goal is to document historic landscapes that reflect Black American heritage. The goal for WASLA is support those who seek to identify and document historic Black landscapes for inclusion into the permanent Library of Congress collections.  I am aware of one landscape that needs documentation – Centralia, Washington.  George Washington, a free African American, came to the Washington Territory in 1852 and later platted the Town of Centerville in Lewis County in 1872.  He then donated land for a park, cemetery, and church.  Centerville became the Town of Centralia in 1883. If you and/or your office are interested in participating feel free to contact me for more information. 

Also, as we begin to return to normalcy, please consider volunteering for WASLA in 2021.  We are looking for a newsletter editor, you can join a committee, help with the annual conference in Spokane (fingers crossed) and planning fun activities.  


Duane Dietz
WASLA President

 2021 WASLA 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 Great Western, Nussbaum, and Tournesol for their 2021 Sponsorship sign-ups!  


#CBEchronicles Winter Quarter 2021 - Billy Fleming: "Designing a Green New Deal"

The UW College of Built Environments offers #CBEchronicles lecture series that are free and open to the general public.

The Green New Deal is the biggest design and environmental idea in a century, requiring a total transformation of the built and natural environment. Billy Fleming discusses how we can plan, design and work together to deliver meaningful change. 

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 

Time: 5:00-6:30p

Register for the CBE Chronicles series here.

Council of Fellows Submission Deadline

A reminder that the deadline for nominations to the Council of Fellows for 2021 is Monday, February 1.  All submissions must be uploaded to the online submission system by 12:00 midnight PST on the 1st.

Please visit the Council of Fellows website or contact Curt Millay with any questions you may have.


When considering your giving this year, we hope you will join us in contributing $20.21 to the student-initiated Landscape Architecture Fund for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This newly created, student-led fund aims to directly support UW//LA programs for justice in design education and, more explicitly, activities oriented toward improving equity, diversity, and inclusion in landscape architecture. Visit here for more information.

UWLA Winter Portfolio Review 

CALL for UW student portfolio reviewers. The University of Washington LA department will be holding a virtual portfolio review on Wednesday February 3rd from 5:30-7:30p. Please sign up here.

  • Event will be held virtually using Zoom & Miro to share student work and professionals’ comments.
  • Reviewers will be assigned a team of students to review
  • We are encouraging reviewers, if they are comfortable, to share examples of their own portfolios to guide the discussion and provide students with pointers
  • More info about review teams, Miro, and Zoom to come!
  • Deadline to sign-up is Friday, January 29th!

UWLA PAC Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in giving your time? Our UW Professional Advisory Council is collecting a list of volunteers for future opportunities (i.e., studio crits, portfolio reviews, PAC lunch chats, site visits...). Visit the site to sign up!

Virtual Trivia Night with the WASLA Student and Emerging Professionals Committee

WASLA's Student and Emerging Professionals Committee will be hosting its Annual Trivia Night this year, virtually! Save the date as Trivia Night will begin on Thursday, February 4th at 5:30 PM and is sponsored by PLS and TORO. Please click on the image below to sign up and you'll get an email with the Zoom link! You may join with a team of your own (~10 person maximum), or sign up by January 30th to be teamed with others. This event is free to everyone and opens to all ages.


Puget Sound Plants - Free Info Call

Puget Sound Plants in Olympia is a wholesale plant nursery that provides plant material for Western Washington between 2 sales locations and 3 additional growing facilities. They grow a plethora of plant material on over 500 acres, from shade trees, and shrubs, to perennials. They try to be a one stop shop with all the plant material you need for a project.

They are offering a free 10-minute Microsoft Teams call to share information about the nursery industry, how landscape architects can plan ahead, and how they could provide us with assistance as we move into 2021. They have three dates and times available:

  • Feb 11th at 9:30 am
  • Feb 19th at 3:00 pm
  • Feb 22nd at 12:30 pm

Email Kathryn Gauthier at [email protected] for a Teams invite.

Welcome New Members

WASLA would like to welcome new members

  • John Belarde
  • Melissa Hurley
  • Virgil Viscuso

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

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date
Landscape Architect/Landscape Designer

Brumbaugh & Associates

Entry-Level Landscape Designer

Site Workshop Landscape Architecture

Senior Planner (Parks)

City of Monroe

Senior Landscape Architect / 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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