October 2019


Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Join us at the 2019 WASLA Awards Reception on November 7th
  3. Time to sign up for the UW/WASLA Mentorship Program 2019
  4. Help Us Restore Freeway Park
  5. News from the Washington Licensing Board
  6. WASLA Membership Minutes
  7. Welcome New Members!
  8. WASLA Jobs
  9. Support Endowed Scholarships

Newsletter Editor

Coreen Schmidt

WASLA Board of Directors

Tim Slazinik, ASLA

Past President
Laura Thompson, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Maren McBride, ASLA

Member at Large
Rebecca Wahlstrom, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Lucas Vannice, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Tim Slazinik

Fall is a busy time for Landscape Architects across Washington and for WASLA!  We have our highly anticipated Awards celebration in early November, and we hope to see you all there for some celebration and mingling. It’s a great night to come together and showcase the work from within the State and make a toast to another great year in the ASLA community. Our Sponsorship Prospectus is coming soon for our amazing sponsors and new sponsors alike to review and jump on the ASLA support bandwagon.  Without our amazing sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to so as much as we do, so be sure to thank them, and ask new potential sponsors if they are interested in supporting our profession.

For those of you who would like to call in to our Annual Meeting this Friday, October 17 from 2-2:30pm, call information is listed below.

Meeting ID: 711 879 559
Password: 431519
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I hope you all have a great October, and a Happy Halloween!


Join us at the 2019 WASLA Awards Reception on November 7th

Join us for an exciting evening of celebration as we announce the 2019 WASLA Professional Awards winners! The annual WASLA Award recognizes 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 event at Georgetown Ballroom where attendees can enjoy mingling, music, a fun photo booth (thank you Victor Stanley!) and full dinner + drinks.

Registration for the event closes on Friday, November 1st and seats are limited, so grab your ticket ASAP.

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019; 6:30 – 10:30 PM
Where: Georgetown Ballroom – 5623 Airport Way S, Seattle WA 98108
Student/Emerging Professionals: $50
Members: $75
Non-Members: $125

You can register here.

For any questions and/or comments, please e-mail WASLA Awards Chair Maren McBride [email protected]

Time to Sign Up for the UW/WASLA Mentorship Program 2019/2020

It's that time of year again! UWASLA is putting out the call for professionals to take part in the 2019-2020 Mentorship Program. Please fill out the following form if you would like to sign up for another great year of relationship building with UW landscape architecture students: 


Your participation in this program helps students to gain professional knowledge and feedback that they may not otherwise receive.  Your estimated participation through the school year is 1-4 hours per month.  Please sign up today!

Help Us Restore Freeway Park

Join us to learn more about repairing, restoring, and enhancing Freeway Park.

Open House and Panel Discussion
When: Monday, October 28, 2019; 6:30-9:00PM
Where: Town Hall Seattle – 1119 8th Ave, Seattle WA 98101

Randy Gragg – Executive Director, Portland Parks Foundation
Alison Hirsch – Director of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, USC School of Architecture
Kenneth Helphand, FASLA – Professor Emeritus in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon
Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR – President + CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Other panelists to be determined.

About the project: Seattle Parks and Recreation has $10 million for capital improvements and activation at Freeway Park. Of the total, $750,000 is focused on activation of Freeway Park to be managed by the Freeway Park Association, and the remaining $9,250,000 will provide funding for capital improvements to repair, restore and possibly enhance the park. This $10 million is part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion.

The scope of the capital project work builds on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, and includes infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding, and possibly a new restroom. The design phase is expected to be complete with all necessary permits/approvals and construction bid documents in hand by June 2021.

For more information please contact:
David Graves – [email protected] or 206-684-7048

News from the Washington Licensing Board

The following board members attended the CLARB (Council of Landscape Architect Registration Boards) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, September 26 – 28:

Len Zickler, Chair
Debra Peters, Vice Chair
Karen Kiest, Board Member and outgoing Vice President of CLARB

Topics at the meeting included the need for responsible licensure, CLARB’s research into time to licensure, and a site tour of the Gateway Arch National Park Grounds. The board also participated in CLARB elections of new board members.

Board Meetings
The next board meeting will be:
October 25, 2019 – 9:00 am
Davenport Grand
333 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA  99201

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Information regarding past and upcoming board meetings are available on our website.

WASLA Membership Minutes

Professional Practice Networks (PPNs)...have you heard of this?  PPNs are a nationwide network of professionals that provide discussion groups and learning opportunities in several areas of interest. LinkedIn provides the platform, and members can join one discussion group for free; anything further is $15/group.  Group offerings include: Children's Outdoor Environments, Ecology and Restoration, Environmental Justice, Healthcare and Therapeutic Design, plus many more. It's a great way to get the pulse of what people are thinking and doing across the nation.  It's also a good opportunity to lead and contribute to discussions with your peers all across the country as a PPN Leader or Officer. 

To find out more about PPNs, check out the following: https://www.asla.org/PPN.aspx

To find out more about joining ASLA, explore your options here: https://www.asla.org/Membership.aspx

Welcome New Members!

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


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