May 2021





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In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. 2021 WASLA Awards
  3. Spring Virtual Learning Sessions
  4. PrideScapes: A New Speaker Series from OLIN Labs
  5. ACE Mentorship Program Scholarship
  6. Garden Dialogues 2021: Mercer Island, WA
  7. Welcome New Members
  8. Current Job Postings
  9. 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 upon us, the landscapes are alive with bird song and blossoms, and we seem to have turned a corner with COVID.  I want to say congratulations again to our 2021 WASLA Professional Award winners, there has been great design work implemented.  You can still visit the recording of the awards ceremony at this link.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors, your continued support is so important to the success of our organization.  I encourage all our members to visit their websites and to meet with them in person on October 8th at the Spokane Conference.

And I want to give a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who have put together the trivia nights, the sketch crawls, and the WASLA awards ceremony during the past year. They have enriched both our lives and WASLA during one of the most challenging years any of us have experienced.  But 2021 is not over yet.  I am putting out a call for volunteers who want to join the annual WASLA Conference committee.  It will be WASLA’s first in-person event since February 2020, it will be in Spokane, and it should be fun. Email [email protected] if you’d like to help.

Also, I’ve been in contact with the Tennessee Chapter of ASLA to learn what they’ve gone through in local preparations for the National ASLA conference this fall in Nashville. Their biggest piece of advice, as we look ahead to the 2022 National ASLA Conference in Seattle, is to start forming an organizing committee NOW.  So I am also putting the call out for people who would like to be a part of the organizing committee to email [email protected] if you’d like to join.


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.

Spring Virtual Learning Sessions with Landscape Structures and PlayCreation

Join PlayCreation in hosting Landscape Structures’ 2021 Virtual Learning Academy Sessions. Playground experts will guide the industry through the below education experience:

Higher Level of Inclusive Play | Tuesday, June 8th | 11:30 AM PST
Kids of all abilities deserve a stimulating and inclusive play experience. Landscape Structures is a leader in prioritizing everyone on the playground. Learn how to design your next play space with elements for everyone.

Sign up for one or all Sessions HERE

PlayCreation has been designing play in the Northwest for over 17 years. Our unique outdoor spaces promote healthy lifestyles, family bonding, and unparallel imagination, while encouraging social and physical development. Connecting with the communities we love and live in is our top priority for 2021. Please join our World of Play monthly newsletter to stay in touch with us, and view some of our playgrounds on our website HERE

 PrideScapes: A New Speaker Series from OLIN Labs

OLIN Labs is hosting PrideScapes, a research initiative and three-part virtual speaker series this June exploring LGBTQ+ landscapes and clarifying the crucial importance of preserving LGBTQ+ spaces, telling untold LGBTQ+ histories, and imagining new futures for culturally significant LGBTQ+ landscapes.

Discussion topics include Landscapes & Pandemics: The inequities of AIDS & COVID-19, Preserving & Interpreting LGBTQ+ Landscapes: Making an Invisible History Visible, and LGBTQ+ Memorials: Design and Remembrance in the Landscape.

The PrideScapes Summer Speaker Series is free, hosted on Zoom, and open to the public! You can find more information on the flyer below, at the OLIN Labs Instagram and Twitter feeds, and register at

ACE Mentorship Program Scholarship

The ACE Mentor Program of Washington has mentored thousands of high school students in the Puget Sound area since 2001, fulfilling our mission to engage, excite, and enlighten students to careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. This year 220 students and 180 mentors participated in a completely virtual program, discovering all aspects of the design industry together.

Each year we recognize our exemplary seniors with scholarships to study A/E/C at universities around the world. We invite you to participate alongside our corporate partners by becoming a Partnering Non-Profit Professional Association with ACE, where every penny of your sponsorship funds college scholarships. None of your contribution will go to ACE administrative costs.

We ask for your support as we reach for our goal of $100,000 for this year’s scholarship program. All donations from professional organizations are added to the ACE funding collection and provide “ACE Awards” for local students. Your contribution will help ensure that deserving students can pursue a future design or construction career.

Like last year, we will present the scholarship awards during a virtual program. The student recipients, scholarship committee, mentoring firms, sponsoring firms, ACE leadership, and select guests are all invited to participate. We anticipate the event will be broadcast live in mid- to late-June but will also be recorded and placed online for later viewing. We will share the virtual meeting information with you as it is finalized.

Please respond with your pledge to Angela Gottula, ACE Executive Director, at [email protected] or 425-750-4522 by Friday, June 4.

The ACE Mentor of Program is a 501(c)3 organization. Every penny of your contribution helps Puget Sound students interested in A/E/C careers. Thank you!


Garden Dialogues 2021: Mercer Island, WA

Welcome New Members

WASLA would like to welcome new member:

  • Jonathan Hallet, ASLA

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

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date

Park Planning Intern

 City of Sammamish 5/12/2021

Landscape Architect/Designer

 Fazio Architects 5/10/2021

Executive Director

AIA Seattle 5/5/2021

Mid Level Landscape Architect / Mitigation Designer 

Talasaea Consultants 4/26/2021

 Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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