September 2018



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In This Issue...

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Beyond Basic Irrigation Design for Water Conservation
  3. WASLA 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients
  4. UW Mentors for 2018-2019 School Year
  5. PARK(ing) Day Awards Celebration
  6. Landscape Architecture Professional Volunteer Opportunity at 2018 Interdisciplinary UW Student Orientation Charrette
  7. LARE Prep Session with Corson Learning
  8. Landscape Architects Out-In-Front
  9. LECTURE: Michael Bierut, Pentagram: Graphic Design and the Third Dimension
  10. WA State Landscape Architecture Board - Upcoming Board Meetings
  11. Congratulations to New Licensees!
  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

As some of you may be aware, the Washington Chapter of ASLA sought feedback over a 45-day comment period regarding raising chapter dues. The 45-day comment period resulted in member feedback, many in favor of an increase and some opposing an increase in membership dues. In response to the mixed and varied feedback the Board held a special meeting for discussion and a final vote.

WASLA strives to provide valuable programs and events to enrich students in landscape architecture programs, to support  professionals in the field, to advocate for, and to educate the public about the profession. For those who may be unaware of these programs, here is a list:

Support Students in Landscape Architecture Programs

Support and Celebrate Professionals

Advocate and Educate

  • Send one student from UW and WSU to ASLA Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
  • Support one student from UW and WSU to attend ASLA Conference and Expo
  • LARE prep course and study groups (Ticketed Event)
  • Joint Mentorship event for students and professionals
  • UW and WSU Academic scholarship
  • Annual WASLA Conference (Ticketed Event)
  • Annual Awards Program and Reception (Ticketed Event)
  • Member Happy Hours /Socials
  • Regional Lunch and Learns presentations
  • Evening panel discussions and continuing education courses
  • Increased partnership with allied professional organizations
  • Send representative to Annual Advocacy Summit
  • Send representative to Annual Public Relations + Awareness Summit
  • Send representatives to advocate for our profession in Washington D.C. for Advocacy Day
  • Provide K-12 Outreach events and career fair attendance

Rising costs to plan and execute such programs and the lower purchasing power of budgets (inflation) is the driving force leading to increase membership rates. In an effort to continue providing all of our events without additional ticketing and supporting much needed program growth in areas of advocacy and outreach, the Board has voted to approve the raise in membership dues as presented in July's call for comments, increasing Full Membership dues and aligning the Affiliate Member rate with the Full Member rate. The new dues will be effective January 1st, 2019 as follows:

Full Member (includes Fellows)    $90 $95
Associate Member                          $75 (remains the same)
Affiliate Member                              $75 $95

Thank you for your input throughout the comment period.

Beyond Basic Irrigation Design for Water Conservation

Join course instructors from Toro Irrigation for a full-day, full-immersion irrigation class leading up to the 2018 WASLA Awards Reception. In the "beyond basic" course you'll be provided a quick hydraulic refresher including pipe sizing, system capacity, and point of connection best practices. From there, instructors will lead a design segment covering water delivery device selection, system zoning, water conservation products, best applications, flow requirements, scheduling and much more! This course is perfect for professionals who have some irrigation background, looking to enhance their own skills in water conserving and efficient system design.  In an industry leading the charge for sustainable design through rating systems such as LEED, SITES, and WSSP, this course will give you the knowledge needed to achieve those water-conserving credits. Plus, earn 7 professional development hours for this course!

When: Thursday, November 1st, from 8am to 4pm. Lunch is part of your registration and will be provided from noon to 1 pm.

Where: University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195

Register Today!

WASLA 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 WASLA Scholarship recipients: Fatema Maswood - an MLA candidate from the University of Washington - was awarded this year's academic scholarship, and Zochil Castro - a senior and BLA candidate from Washington State University - was awarded this year's ASLA travel scholarship. Both of our scholarship recipients impressed us with their commitments and passions for the field of landscape architecture.

Fatema highlighted in her essay how her academic work has helped her learn how she plans to shape the future opportunities of the profession through her love for waste, landfills, and hazardous materials. Her interest in graduate study and future work focuses on landscape design approaches that serve as tactical responses to the socio-political conditions that create contaminated sites. A large facet of her interest is low-cost soil and water remediation methods that are in-situ or localized, particularly processes that can be replicated or continued by non-expert community members and stakeholders.

As a senior at Washington State University, Zochil has established herself as a true leader. She serves as student chapter president at WSU, and has attended advocacy day in D.C. to advocate for the Environmental Justice Ac, the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, and the Living Shorelines Act. Zochil has also spent time in her local community, where she volunteers for the Palouse Conservation District in conservation projects such as stream clean-ups, which has allowed her to connect with community organizations who have helped her understand the concerns of the populations and their environment.

We are very proud of our 2018-2019 WASLA Scholars.

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.

Here is a link to fill out your information:  Professional Mentors

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.

PARK(ing) Day Awards Celebration

This year WASLA + SDOT + Design in Public will hold a celebration and awards ceremony to recognize the incredible PARK(ing) Day installations popping up all around Seattle next Friday, 09/21. Three award categories will be voted on by YOU via a live online survey, and the lucky winners will be announced that evening at the event. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The three awards are:
+Pavement Upcycle Award:  Most creative use of space - Helps people to shift their perspective from a parking space into an alternate reality capable of shifting perspectives

+Collective Effervescence Award:  Most connected to community - Produces a magical experience when participants have an emotional connection that happens when we are part of something bigger than ourselves

+TRUST Award: Most interactive programming - Actively engages passerby in activities, discussion, and/or educational opportunities that are designed for TRUST (the theme of this year's Seattle Design Festival)

The 2018 PARK(ing) Day Awards is happening right after PARK(ing) Day (09/21) 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Center for Architecture & Design. Happy hour drinks + bites will be provided, in addition to the dramatic reveal of this year's' winners in the first ever awards ceremony.

When: Friday, September 21st 7:00-9:00pm
Where: The Center for Architecture and Design, 1010 Western Ave, Seattle WA 98104

Landscape Architecture Professional Volunteer Opportunity at 2018 Interdisciplinary UW Student Orientation Charrette

This is the third year that the LArch PAC and the Architecture PAC are collaborating on the student orientation Charrette.  We are seeking professional Landscape Architects to participate with multi-disciplinary teams of students and professionals on Saturday September 22nd, 9am to 2pm in Gould Court (UW Campus).  

This event allows incoming students to meet each other and members of our professional design community, and be introduced (some of them for the first time) to a working design charrette environment.  It is a great opportunity to connect with the incoming students and to help welcome them to UW, and to the city.  

Light breakfast, lunch, and drinks graciously provided by the PAC.  Come along and bring your colleagues.

Please REGISTER HERE if interested + available, and spread the word to your colleagues. 

A great video of the event can be found here:

For further information contact Vanessa Lee, [email protected].  

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM (volunteers are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 AM to assist in tables/chairs setup)
Where: Gould Court, University of Washington
Who: Incoming UW Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students (graduate and undergraduate)
Why: Help welcome and mentor new students - and have fun!

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:

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

Landscape Architects Out-In-Front

Thanks to all who attended the Landscape Architects Out-in-Front Exhibit + Happy Hour Wednesday night! We had a great discussion on trust in the profession, and hope you came away inspired to continue the conversation. (We also hope you left with toes intact from our unexpectedly interactive exhibit!)

Special thanks to our speakers Brian Bishop, Mark Brands, Riisa Conklin, Mark Sindell, Craig Skipton, and Audrey West for sharing your insights on trust. And an extended thanks to our sponsors Northwest Playgrounds and El Centro de la Raza for making this event possible!

Next week WASLA continues the Seattle Design Festival festivities with our Parking Day Celebration!

LECTURE: Michael Bierut, Pentagram: Graphic Design and the Third Dimension

The world of the graphic designer is often confined to the flat realms of paper and screens. Michael Bierut will discuss what happens when the discipline engages with architecture, both as a subject, as a context, and as a challenge.  He is a partner at Pentagram, New York; teacher at Yale School of Art and Yale School of Management; and author of Now You See It and Other Essays on Design.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Where: Alder Commons Auditorium; 1310 NE 40th St; UW Seattle Campus  (use NE 40th St. entrance)
Event Sponsors: GGN, UW Landscape Architecture Department, UW School of Art+Art History+Design, Division of Design

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

WA State Landscape Architecture Board - Upcoming Board Meetings

Friday, October 26, 2018; 9:00AM
Washington State University
150 E Spring St.
Pullman, WA 99163

We would like to welcome our newest Public Member, Sharon Robinson-Losey. Governor Inslee appointed Ms. Robinson-Losey on 08/22/2018.

 Congratulations to New Licensees!



Qualified Through

Elizabeth Anderson

Seattle, WA


Nancy Chan

Seattle, WA


Jana Cooper

Great falls, MT


Robert Garcia

Laguna Niguel, CA


Keith Jankovsky

Seattle, WA


Robert Kish

Seattle, WA


Douglas Nelson

Mill valley, CA


James Szabo

Bend, OR


Joan Walbert

Seattle, WA


Stephen Wilkinson

Vancouver, BC


Amy Wolfe

University place, WA


Welcome New Members!

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


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