June 2021





Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2021 WASLA Awards
  3. Reimagining Aurora Pecha Kucha, 7/7
  4. WASLA Award Winning Riverfront Park is ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Award Finalist
  5. Mayoral and Council Seat Candidates Forum on Built Environment Issues
  6. Welcome New Members
  7. Current Job Postings
  8. 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

Summer is almost here.  In my tall grass meadow the deer graze while three fawns bounce around without a care.  The return to a new normal is almost here.  And it is hard to look ahead when the sun is shining, the temperatures start to rise, and the siren call of going outdoors becomes too powerful to resist.  But WASLA marches on.  And we could use your support.  We need volunteers to assist with the conference planning and organizing for the WASLA Annual Conference October 8th, in Spokane. 

The National ASLA Conference is coming to Seattle November 4-7, 2022. We will be forming the Host Committee at the end of August and will likely need as much help as we can get from all of our members to make this event a success.

We also have committees that need volunteers:  Membership & Social Events, Advocacy, Student and Emerging Professionals, Events, and Public Relations.  So please consider getting involved.

Plus a big thank you to our sponsors!  We look forward to seeing your booths in Spokane!


Duane Dietz
WASLA President

2021 WASLA Professional Awards 

The Washington State Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects held its annual awards ceremony virtually on April 15th

The award ceremony is available online at the following link.

Visit our website to view the awards winners and projects.

Reimagining Aurora Pecha Kucha, 7/7

WASLA is a co-sponsor for a fun evening of Pecha Kucha and visual & spoken word art to "reimagine Aurora" on Wednesday, July 7, 6:30-8 p.m., held by zoom.  WASLA members are invited attend!

The state legislature recently funded the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) with $2 million to plan and design substantial improvements to Aurora Avenue.  In addition, the Seattle Office for Planning & Community Development (OPCD) is expected to conduct a neighborhood planning effort for North Aurora in 2022.

Anticipating this effort, passionate neighbors—under the banner "Aurora Reimagined Coalition" and slogan "99 Problems"—secured a small grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to begin early visioning workshops this summer to help push the envelope of what SDOT and OPCD will consider in the years to come. The group is going to kick off the effort with an evening of Pecha Kucha-style presentations on July 7, and we hope WASLA members will be interested in presenting.  If you are interested in presenting, contact Brock Howell at [email protected].

The July 7 Pecha Kucha will be the start to five additional visioning workshops, two in English, two for non-English speakers, and one for people with disabilities.  This inclusive approach will build momentum toward SDOT's and OPCD's planning work that'll start in 2022.


WASLA Award Winning Riverfront Park is ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Award Finalist

We are excited to share that Riverfront Park in Spokane, a 2021 WASLA Honor Award recipient in the General Design/Public Ownership category, is a finalist for the  ULI 2021 Americas Awards for Excellence competition.  

The top 23 projects were evaluated on overall excellence, including achievements in marketplace acceptance, design, planning, technologies, amenities, economic impact, management, community engagement, innovation, and sustainability.

A video and more information about the project, can be viewed here.

Mayoral and Council Seat Candidates Forum on Built Environment Issues

Seattle's primary elections for mayor and City Council seats 8 and 9 will be held via mail-in ballot on August 3. Join us for two candidate forums to hear the candidates' positions on built environment issues.

Seattle’s built environment – homes, buildings, streets and sidewalks, public spaces, parks, zoning, transportation options and more – provides the infrastructure for how we live our lives in the city. Our built environment impacts our health, our quality of life, and our ability to make homes, connections, and contributions to jobs and community organizations. These forums are presented by a coalition of Seattle’s built environment practitioners and are designed to give you an overview of the candidate’s positions on housing and land use policy, reducing barriers to building housing; climate and sustainability issues related to buildings; equity in land use, housing, and the use of public space; and more.

WASLA is one of the presenting organizations, joining the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest, Planning in Color, the Urban Land Institute Northwest, and the American Institute of Architects Seattle


Mayoral Candidates Forum on Built Environment Issues

Monday, June 28 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Confirmed: Colleen Echohawk, Jessyn Farrell, M. Lorena González, Bruce Harrell, Andrew Grant Houston

Moderated by: Rachel Berney, Associate Professor, Urban Design & Planning | University of Washington

Event website - https://aiaseattle.org/event/city-of-seattle-candidate-forums-on-the-built-environment/2021-06-28/

Please RSVP via the red box under each event.  You will have the opportunity to suggest questions for the candidates when you RSVP.


Council Seats 8 & 9 Candidates Forum on Built Environment Issues

Wednesday, July 7 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Confirmed for Council Seat 8: Teresa Mosqueda.  For Council seat 9: Sara Nelson, Nikkita Oliver, Brianna Thomas

Moderated by: Jess Blanch | Program Director, Pacific Northwest | Enterprise Community Partners

Event website - https://aiaseattle.org/event/city-of-seattle-candidate-forums-on-the-built-environment/2021-06-28/

Please RSVP via the red box under each event.  You will have the opportunity to suggest questions for the candidates when you RSVP.

Welcome New Members

WASLA would like to welcome new member:

  • Scott Melbourne, ASLA

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

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date

Mid-Level Landscape Architect / Designer

Weber Thompson


Landscape Architecture Designer/ Landscape Architect

Urban Systems Ltd. 6/9/2021

Landscape Architect | Project Manager

JETT Landscape Architecture + Design 6/2/2021

Mid- to Senior-level Landscape Architect

The Watershed Company


 Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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