October 2018



The 2018 Awards Reception Registration is Now Open

Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Join us at the 2018 WASLA Awards Reception on November 1st
  3. LARE Prep Session with Corson Learning
  4. LARE Study Groups Sections 2 & 3 for December Testing Session
  5. UW Mentors for 2018-2019 School Year
  6. Seattle Design Commission Vacancy
  7. Film Showing - Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
  8. GGN Exhibit - Paper to Place
  9. 2019 Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment - Call for Presentations
  10. Register Now for IPM Seminar, October 30-31
  11. Seattle Public Utilities is Sponsoring Two Irrigation Courses in November
  12. Welcome New Members!
  13. WASLA Jobs
  14. Job Portals
  15. 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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President's Remarks
Laura Thompson

Happy Fall, y'all! I'm writing to you for the last time as President of the Washington Chapter, as my term ends at the close of the 2018 ASLA Meeting and Expo. It's a bitter-sweet feeling moving on from the position - there were so many wonderful opportunities I had, so much experience gained, many lessons learned, several new places I was able to explore, and oodles of delightful people I got to meet. Being in a leadership position for such a stellar organization has been one of the best professional decisions I've made. I have gained and refined professional skills through my work with WASLA which I had only scratched the surface of in my career. Such skills include contract negotiating (for event venue, food and beverage, audio and visual, and graphic services); collaborating with sponsors and exhibitors; proposal and scope of services writing; scheduling of yearly events and programming; getting over my fear of "cold-calling"; and advocating for the profession. Balancing volunteer work and "work-work" has also helped me become a focused listener, a quicker decision-maker, a better delegator, and a much more succinct communicator.

Serving on the WASLA Board has taken me out of my comfort zone and has taught me to "just go with it" - to try something new and to learn from those trials.  It has introduced me to other leaders who make up the WASLA Board and chair our committees. It's so inspiring to see professionals from all stages of their own careers, with varying expertise, work together to help the Washington chapter achieve its goals. As I reflect on my 2 years of presidency, there are several moments that bring a smile to my face and make me incredibly proud of the work that we've done. I have great confidence that WASLA's new leaders will continue to build the chapter, create memorable programs for our members, and leave us all with more moments to be proud of and to smile about.  Thank you!

Join us at the 2018 WASLA Awards Reception on November 1st

The WASLA Awards recognize exceptional design and outstanding achievements by Landscape Architects in Washington across a range of scale and scope. This year, we're excited to host the 2018 event at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture for attendees can celebrate the profession, connect with peers, and browse an exhibition highlighting the phenomenal projects submitted (33 in total this year!) and award-winning works - award winners will be announced at the event!

Registration for the event closes on October 26th and seats are limited - a full dinner and complimentary alcoholic beverage are included in registration.

When: Thursday, November 1 from 6:30-10:30 PM
Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture

Members: $75 per guest
Non-Members: $100 per guest

You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LARE Prep Session with Corson Learning

The WASLA Student + Emerging Professionals Committee will be hosting an LARE Preparatory Session in Seattle, WA for Section 1: Project and Construction Management and Section 4: Grading, Drainage and Construction Documents. Cheryl Corson of Corson Learning will be leading the prep sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day for the participants.

Save the Dates!
Section 1
: Friday, November 2nd
Section 4: Saturday, November 3rd
Location: Seattle, WA

Registration is open to all regardless of WASLA membership or location. Space is limited space so don't delay registering. Registration ends on October 26th.

For more information & Registration please visit: https://www.wasla.org/wasla-august-2018-lare-prep-sessions

Thank you to our sponsors Victor Stanley, Redfin, and Pacific Lighting Systems!

LARE Sections 2 & 3 - Study Groups for December Testing Session

Are you planning to take the licensing exam in December? Are you interested in joining an autumn study group?

The WASLA Student & Emerging Professionals Committee is organizing LARE study groups for the December testing session to introduce and group together people taking the same sections. The S+EP will be putting together study groups for Section 2: Inventory and Analysis and Section 3: Design only. Ideally the study groups will be 3-4 people; there may be multiple study groups per section depending on popularity.  A formal LARE Prep Session with Cheryl Corson will cover Section 1: Project and Construction Analysis and Section 4: Grading, Drainage and Construction Documentation.

If you have recently taken the LARE, please consider sharing your experience with others!

LARE Study Group Kick-offs will take place on Wednesday, October 24th from 5:30-7pm in Seattle, WA and via Conference Call. The location will be sent to you after signing up.  If you are unable to attend in person but would like to call into the kick-offs, the call-in information will be sent to you as well after signing up.

If you are interested in the LARE Study Groups for Section 2 and 3, please fill out the registration form by October 20th.

If you are interested in the LARE Prep Sessions for Section 1 and 4, please click here to sign up and for more information. Registration ends October 26th.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Richmond at [email protected] or by phone at 206-344-5700 or Rhys van Bemmel at [email protected].

UW Mentors for 2018-2019 School Year

We are beginning to plan for the 2018 - 2019 Student Mentorship Program which will kick off in October 2018.  We will be looking for 40-70 professionals to mentor students - either singly or in a small group of 2-3 students.  Please indicate in the notes which you would prefer.

Please contact Krista Doersch at [email protected] if you would like to participate in the mentorship program.

We ask for a monthly commitment of 2-4 hours and suggest that you include some of the following activities:

  • Attend Mentor/Mentee Mixer at UW to kick off the program
  • Take student to coffee or lunch to plan the course for the year
  • Office Visit
  • Desk Crits
  • Attend UW Reviews/Crits
  • Project field visit (if applicable)

Please contact UW/WASLA Mentorship Coordinator Carrie Culp at [email protected] with any questions regarding the program.

Seattle Design Commission Vacancy

The Seattle Design Commission (SDC) is recruiting for a landscape architect to join the commission. The SDC makes recommendations on the design of capital facilities, projects that impact rights of way, and projects that seek a street or alley vacation. The new commissioner will be appointed for a two year term beginning in March 2019. Commission meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Commissioners serve between 15 to 20 hours per month and receive a small stipend for their service. The SDC is accepting letters-of-interest and résumés until November 30, 2018. For more information on the opportunity and how to apply, see the announcement on the SDC website .

Film Showing - Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
, is a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto  and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc.

The Olmsted Brothers architecture firm under the leadership of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and sons John Charles and Frederick Law, Jr. left a lasting legacy across North America. An outspoken writer against slavery and a former head of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. is greatly remembered as the protector of Niagara Falls and the designer of the grounds of the famous Biltmore Estate. Son John Charles Olmsted laid the groundwork for the park systems and many university campuses in the Pacific Northwest.

Laurence Cotton, Public Historian and Consulting Producer for Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America will lead a screening of this film.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public, but we ask that you register here.

When: Tuesday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: University of Washington. Architecture Hall 147

GGN Exhibit - Paper to Place

This exhibits captures GGN's process in designing three-dimensional landscapes through two-dimensional inquiries and discoveries. The exhibition will run from Wednesday, September 26, through Friday, December 7.

Drawings by GGN, photographs by Catherine Tighe.

Friday, October 26 from 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Gould Hall Gallery, University of Washington

Gould Gallery Hours:
M/Tu/W/F 12:00-5:00 PM, Th 12:00-7:00 PM
Closed Weekends and 11/12, 11/22 and 11/23

Sponsored By:
UW Landscape Architecture Department

UW College of Built Environments

 2019 Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment - Call for Presentations

The Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment is now accepting proposals for their 2019 regional summit, which will be held in New Haven, Connecticut, from March 8-9, 2019. The theme of the summit is Equity of Place: Social Justice in the Built Environment and presentations will be accepted for the following subtopics:

Material Health and Social Justice
Healthy building materials are a valuable component of today's sustainable design practice. Who currently benefits the most from healthier, more sustainable materials? How can we ensure that the benefits of healthier materials are disbursed equitably? And how do we balance positive impact on all people and the environment? 

Climate Justice and Conservation
Climate change is a worldwide issue, but its negative effects are borne disproportionately by resource-scarce and marginalized populations. How do issues of access, privilege, and social justice manifest themselves in resource distribution and conservation? Topics may include climate refugee-ism, or equity in energy and water access and conservation. 

Resilient design and planning equips communities to better withstand increased weather extremes associated with climate change. How can resilient design benefit the most vulnerable populations, regardless of their means or level of influence? 

Community Engagement
Community engagement is where the rubber meets the road- where those who design and create meet with the people that use their buildings and systems. How can we get communities meaningfully engaged in the design process, and use that engagement as a tool for authentic placemaking and true community ownership of the end product? How do these interactions create positive outcomes for all people, as well as the environment?

Affordable Housing
Sustainability is sometimes seen as a privilege of the rich; high-performance affordable housing brings the benefits of sustainable design to people of all means. Topics may include housing project case studies, housing policy, or the economic case for green affordable housing.

Call for presentations:

  • Sessions are estimated to be 90-120 minutes long.
  • Audience is estimated to be between 30-150 per session.
  • Sessions are encouraged to have 2 to 3 presenters with an optional moderator. 
  • Presenters submitting as individuals may be combined with others during the selection process, and will be expected to work with their assigned panel to generate the final presentation.
  • Proposal must be educational and not a sales presentation.
  • Sessions are encouraged to incorporate an interactive breakout component. 
  • Sessions are encouraged to be Northeast regionally specific.

Please submit the following:

  • Session title (15 words maximum)
  • Session subtopic
  • Abstract (approximately 50-200 words)
  • Presenter Biographies (maximum 100 words each)
  • Ideal session length and audience size
  • Target Audience: Academics, Advocates, Architects, Contractors, Developers, Engineers, Owners, Policymakers, Other

Presentations will be selected based on overall quality, relevance to the industry, well-defined focus within the subtopics, practical application of material, timeliness of the topic, regional specificity, and speaker qualifications. Presenters will be notified by January 14, 2019 only if selected, and will receive a discounted summit pass. Selected presenters will be required to submit their completed presentations by February 4, 2019.  The organizers will seek CEU accreditation for all selected presentations. 

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the NESSBE website.

Register Now for IPM Seminar, October 30-31

City of Seattle 2018 Integrated Pest Management Continuing Education Seminar

Evolving Urban Landscapes: Trees, Bees and IPM Strategies

Offered by the City of Seattle and open to all landscape professionals. Attend one or both days for cutting-edge sessions on Integrated Pest Management, while getting pesticide license recertification credits and other CEU's.

See Agenda and then Register here
(City of Seattle employees must register in Cornerstone, through their supervisor.)

When: October 30 and 31 from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Brockey Conference Center, South Seattle College, 6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106 see directions.

 Seattle Public Utilities is Sponsoring Two Irrigation Courses in November

Designing Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation, done correctly, improves water-efficiency, reduces costs, saves time, and leads to healthier plants and fewer weeds! Attendees of this class learn how to design, install and maintain drip/micro irrigation in the landscape. The class will cover reasons for using drip irrigation and how to hydrozone, or cluster together plants with similar water requirements in an effort to conserve water. We will cover components for various types of drip systems, installation procedures and considerations, scheduling and maintenance.

This class is designed for landscape professionals. Click here to register.

Support for this program is provided by the Saving Water Partnership. Lunch provided by Ewing Irrigation.

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Where: Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle
Cost: $25.00
Credits: APLD-3.25, APLD-6.5 Other Professional Credits Pending


Landscape Irrigation Auditor Training

Irrigation audits are performed to collect data, verify systems are working as designed and identify opportunities to improve water-use efficiency. Participants in this course will be trained on the Irrigation Association/ASABE method for irrigation auditing, learning how to gather appropriate site and irrigation system information, identify irrigation components, perform irrigation audits, and calculate a simple schedule. You will also learn about evapotranspiration, plant water requirements, and soil characteristics to inform setting a designated day schedule and a soil moisture bucket schedule. 

This class is designed for landscape professionals and will include outdoor sessions performing irrigation audits in the field both days. This also helps prepare one, in conjunction with adequate self-study, for the Certified Irrigation Auditor exam. Click here to register. 

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6-7, 2018, from 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Where: Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle
Cost: $25.00
Credits: APLD-3.25, ASLA-6.5 Other Professional Credits Pending

Welcome New Members!

WASLA would like to welcome new member, Walter Peter Malandra! If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.


Landscape Architectural Coordinator - HDR
Landscape Designer - Hough Beck & Baird Inc. (HBB Landscape Architecture)
Senior Planner Land Use - City of Bellevue
Landscape Architect/ Designer
- PACE Engineers, Inc. 
Intermediate / Senior Landscape Architect - PFS Studio
Landscape Architect/Designer - PFS Studio
Parks Planner - Department of Natural Resources

Job Portals

UW Internship/Practicum Portal
WSU Job Board

Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund
Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture

Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
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