May 2022


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WASLA Board of Directors

Duane Dietz, ASLA


Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA


Marieke Lacasse, ASLA


Dean Koonts, ASLA


Jason Henry, ASLA


Member at Large
Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA


Member at Large, W. WA
Mike Faulkner, ASLA


Member at Large, E. WA
Jonathan Smith, ASLA

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President's Remarks

The trees and shrubs are green again, the cool weather and rains will soon give way to the warmth of summer.  And the circle of life has come around yet again with the first sighting of a pair of newborn fawns.  One side effect of the pandemic has been in observing the subtle vagaries of nature every day. I've become attuned to the early morning chattering of the madrone forest ravens before they begin their workday. Hearing owls at night is a real treat.  And yet, there is much to do.  You will see some notices below about continuing education, another circle of life reminder that we need to keep our licenses in good order.  At our board meeting, we talked about holding an event this summer, much like the open studio socials we did pre-pandemic, somewhere outside, where we can get together after hours and see a project and reconnect with each other.  Enjoy the long holiday weekend.



   WASLA President


Join the WASLA Board of Directors:
Positions Available!

We are looking for you! Volunteers are needed for the 2022-2023 WASLA Board of Directors. Bring your enthusiasm and energy to the board, make your voice heard, and represent landscape architecture for our state!

Open Positions:

Secretary, two-year term of service
Treasurer, two-year term of service
Eastern Washington Member-at-Large: one-year term of service.
Western Washington Member-at-Large: one-year term of service.
Statewide Washington Member-at-Large: one-year term of service.

Current Board of Directors:

Duane Dietz, ASLA, President, term ends 2023
Nicholas Zurlini, Associate ASLA, President-Elect, term end 2026
Marieke Lacasse, ASLA, Trustee, term ends 2023
Dean W. Koonts, ASLA, Treasurer, term ends 2022
Jason Henry, ASLA, Secretary, term ends 2022
Jonathan Smith, ASLA, Member-at-Large, Eastern WA, term ends 2022
Mike Faulkner, ASLA, Member-at-Large, Western WA, term ends 2022
Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA, Member-at-Large, Statewide, term ends 2022


If you are interested in filling one of these open positions, please send an email to [email protected]


Adaptation Along the Edge: Best Management Practices for Coastal Resilience - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Date: May 25, 2022

Time: 01:00PM - 02:00PM

As growth along our nation's coastlines continues to increase, the threat from sea level rise, storm surges, flooding, and unsettled weather patterns are conspiring to make us think differently about how to protect, develop, and manage coastal communities. While the challenges are formidable, there is now a wonderful opportunity to craft a new approach to development and protection-one built on ecological abundance, social equity, and climate. In this session, you will learn about the development of Alys Beach, a new urbanist community located in northwest Florida, which demonstrates sustainability in all key aspects of the Town's carefully crafted vision-architecture, building methods, infrastructure design, and landscape.

You will also learn about efforts underway throughout the country and in Charleston, SC to protect coastal communities using a variety of best management practices, nature-based solutions, and socially just approaches to addressing climate change and the loss of biological diversity.

Speakers: Keith Bowers, FASLA, RLA, PWS, President, Biohabitats, Inc.; Christian Wagley, CNU-A, Principal, Sustainable Town Concepts

Be sure to check out these great Research Report CE opportunities provided by ASLA!


This month it is the ASLA Research Report: Principles of Accessibility Design for Landscape Architecture: ADA, ABA, and Other Accessibility Standards and Guidelines In order to lead the planning and design of inclusive, healthy, equitable, and safe environments, landscape architects have an obligation to be aware of and work in compliance with standards for accessibility. To meet this need, the ASLA Professional Practice Committee has created Principles of Accessibility Design for Landscape Architecture: ADA, ABA, and Other Accessibility Standards and



Members can download reports for free!


Seattle Architecture Foundation Call for Submissions for the 25th Annual Model Exhibit: Junction

This year SAF is seeking submissions that illuminate connections between previously disparate objects, ideas, people, and disciplines, to present opportunities to celebrate how harmony can emerge from collaboration. In addition to physical models, SAF will also present the exhibit as an online exhibition and can host static graphic and video content in the gallery.


View the Call for Entries PDF for more information. Please complete submission form by May 31st.

Time to Make your Voice Heard!

Help determine ASLA’s federal legislative agenda and state advocacy activities for 2023-2024. As the national voice for the landscape architecture profession, we want to hear from you on what you think are the most important policy issues.
ASLA works with chapters, state and federal legislators, state and administration officials, and regulatory bodies to advance policies critical to the profession. The purpose of this short survey is twofold:

-To formulate ASLA’s federal legislative priorities for the 118th Congress
-To provide useful data to help guide chapters' state legislative priorities and advocacy efforts

If you haven't yet taken the biennial Federal & State Legislative Priorities Survey., please do so today!

Save the Date!

The 2022 Annual WASLA Conference is coming up!

October 6-7, 2022
Seattle Airport Marriott
3201 S 176th St, Seattle, WA 98188

Book your room for the 2022 WASLA Conference

October 6-8th, 2022

Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Seattle Airport Marriott for $175 USD per night


Can't wait to see you all there!

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