July 2018



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In This Issue...

  1. Call for Entries - 2018 WASLA Professional Awards
  2. Diversifying the Profession Through K-12 Outreach
  3. WASLA Summer Happy Hour at QUeen Anne Beerhall - August 2
  4. Protecting Licensure
  5. 2018 WASLA Student Award Winners Announced!
  6. WASLA Jobs
  7. Job Portals
  8. Support Endowed Scholarships

Newsletter Editor

Coreen Schmidt

WASLA Executive Committee

Laura Thompson, ASLA

Tim Slazinik, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Janelle Lotzgesell, ASLA

Member at Large
Derrick Eberle, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Lucas Vannice, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA

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Call for Entries - 2018 WASLA Professional Awards

With summer in full swing and the weather primed for site photography, we are eager to announce the open Call for Entries to the 2018 WASLA Professional Awards. Our categories have changed slightly from last year, reflecting member feedback and more closely aligning with ASLA National's categories. We look forward to another evening celebrating the meaningful, hard work of Washington's professionals-this year at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture!

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Diversifying the Profession Through K-12 Outreach

Chinook Middle School students used models to communicate their ideas for a new open space on their campus. Image: Allison Ong

In the first year of my MLA, I was assigned a review of Gina Ford, FASLA's talk, "Into an Era of Landscape Humanism." Her opening words have stayed with me ever since: "Fifty years ago," she begins, "the voice of our profession was eerily prescient, undeniably smart, and powerfully inspired. It was also, let's admit it, almost entirely white and male." I am often reminded of Ford's statement, as I continue to observe the lack of diversity she speaks of in firms, classes, conferences, and other spaces. Throughout graduate school, I've kept a constant eye open for opportunities to diversify our field. The traditional avenues for engagement presented to me, namely departmental diversity committees, didn't satisfy my desire to act. I wanted to do something. I just didn't know what that something was.

About a year ago an opportunity finally presented itself. The Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at the University of Washington (UWASLA)'s mentorship program assigned me Laura Enman, Associate ASLA, of Swift Company, as a mentor. Meeting for the first time at a coffee shop, we bonded over our shared interest in improving diversity in landscape architecture. In that moment, a light bulb went off for both of us. We imagined an outreach program to empower students from diverse K-12 schools through landscape architecture. Laura was already connected to a non-profit after-school program, Techbridge Girls, whose goal is to "excite, educate, and equip girls from low-income communities by delivering high-quality STEM programming to empower them to achieve economic mobility and better life chances." Within weeks, through Techbridge Girls and support from WASLA and UWASLA, we scheduled our first outreach opportunity. Read more.

If you are interested in becoming involved in YO WASLA activities for the upcoming school year, please contact Laura Enman at [email protected] for more information.

WASLA Summer Happy Hour at Queen Anne Beerhall - August 2

Summer has arrived! Come join us on August 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30 and say cheers to Summer at the always-amazing Queen Anne Beerhall. Sarah Kwon from Victor Stanley Site Furnishings will be there to make sure the fun is on tap. Come network, socialize and just have fun with your fellow LA's. Contact the office with any questions you may have. See you there!

When: Thursday, August 2 from 5:30-7:30PM

Where: Queen Anne Beerhall (203 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98119)

Big thanks to Victor Stanley for sponsoring!


Protecting Licensure

Washington State Board of Landscape Architects board members Karen Kiest and Daren Crabill, along with Linda Ashby, a representative from WASLA, attended the first joint Council of Landscape Architectural Licensing Boards (CLARB)-ASLA Licensure Summit in Columbus, Ohio.

They joined 86 members from other state boards and ASLA chapters representing 44 states to discuss recent efforts around the country to deregulate licensure of landscape architects. We met in order to better understand recent legislative proposals with potential impacts to licensure, regulatory best practices, resources which are available to chapters and CLARB member boards regarding the role of licensure in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, as well as brainstorm ways in which a state board and chapters can work together to be promote best practices for effective regulation..

Washington State had legislation introduced in January 2017 and reintroduced in 2018 in the form of House Bill 1361 which would eliminate licensing for several occupations including:

  1. Animal massage
  2. Auctioneer
  3. Boxing announcer
  4. Food fish or game fishing guide, or both
  5. Landscape architect
  6. Manicurist
  7. Horse floater 

In place of licensing, the bill would require the occupations to register with the state and create an "Angie's List" type website for the public to comment and review on the service(s) received from the registrant.

Through concerted efforts of professionals around the state "Landscape Architects" were removed from the bill. It is a reminder that our status as licensed professionals is not exempt from similar attacks in the future. We look forward to bringing back the ideas and lessons learned from other states and putting them into practice so that we may continue to be proactive in our efforts to maintain effective regulation of Landscape Architecture in Washington.

Please be on the lookout for ways in which you may be able to help either at a local or state level. As always, the board and our staff are available for questions or comments you may have.

Daren Crabill, PLA, ASLA
Chair, Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects

2018 WASLA Student Award Winners Announced!

A jury of WASLA members reviewed the work of six students (2 BLA and 4 MLA) selected by the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW using ASLA's selection criteria on May 11, 2018.

Congratulations to these exemplary students!

2018 NATIONAL ASLA Student Awards - May 11, 2018

MLA 2018:
Nicky Bloom - MERIT
Sierra Druley - MERIT
Sujing Sun - MERIT
Tatyana Vashchenko - HONOR

BLA 2018:
Janice Lee - MERIT
Julia Bakke - MERIT

For a complete listing of 2018 WASLA Student Design Awards, click here.

Also, many thanks go to our jurors for contributing their time and expertise to the jurying process:

  • Noelle Higgins, Laura Enman, Tristin Fields, and Betsy Severtsen for serving on the Thesis and Report Awards Jury
  • Maureen Colaizzi, Chris Jones, Shawn Stankewich, and Monica Thompson for serving on the Design Awards Jury
  • Carrie Culp, Maureen Colaizzi, Duane Dietz, Rikerrious Geter, Noelle Higgins, Monica Thompson for serving on the ASLA National Student Awards Jury

Congratulations, and keep up the incredible work!


Term Limited Temporary Capital Projects Coordinator (Project Manager) - City of Seattle - Parks & Recreation
Site Designer / AutoCAD and Digital Graphic Document Development Position- Swift Company LLC
Landscape Designer (1-3 years) - Walker Macy LLC
Landscape Architect or Landscape Intern - Bernadro|Wills Architects
Intermediate/ Senior Landscape Architect - PFS Studio
Landscape Architect/ Designer - PFS Studio
Capital Projects Manger -  City of Wenatche
Project Manager  - The West Studio, LLC

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