September 2019


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In This Issue...

  1. PARK(ing) Day Awards Celebration in Occidental Square
  2. Time to Sign Up for the UW/WASLA Mentorship Program 2019/2020
  3. NPS and WASLA Touchet Valley Trail Design Charrette, October 2019
  4. An Invitation to Participate
  5. WSU Welcomes New Faculty
  6. WASLA State Landscape Architect Board
  7. WASLA Membership Minutes
  8. Welcome New Members!
  9. WASLA Jobs
  10. 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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PARK(ing) Day Awards Celebration in Occidental Square

Next Friday, September 20, WASLA + SDOT are holding the 2nd Annual PARK(ing) Day Awards! The celebration recognizes the incredible PARK(ing) Day installations popping up across Seattle. This year, four 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. Check out the 2019 PARK(ing) Day Awards categories:

+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

+Community Connection Award: Most interactive programming - Actively engages passersby in activities, discussion, and/or educational opportunities.

+Showstopper Award: Most striking parklet design - Grabs peoples’ attention with a creative and well executed design concept. 

+Environmental Stewardship Award: Most green parklet - Highlights sustainable practices through green building techniques and/or educational displays.

The Awards Celebration is happening right after PARK(ing) Day in Occidental Park (note location change). Come stop by for pizza, lawn games, and most important of all, the dramatic reveal of this year’s winners! 

PARK(ing) Day Awards Celebration
Friday, September 20th
Occidental Square | 5pm-8pm (Awards @ 7pm)
117 S Washington St, Seattle WA 98104

Time to Sign Up for the 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!

NPS and WASLA Touchet Valley Trail Design Charrette, October 2019

Long standing partners WASLA and the NPS’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program are collaborating to create a concept plan for the Touchet Valley Trail, a 9.7-mile rails- with- trails project connecting the main streets of Dayton and Waitsburg along an existing active rail corridor. 

The Touchet Valley, nestled in Columbia County and northern Walla Walla County in southeast Washington, is home to just over 5,000 residents. The proposed rails-with-trails project will connect two rural communities along the historic Lewis and Clark Trail, encouraging rural economic development, improving community health, and promoting outdoor recreation. This rural area has a vibrant agricultural history and is committed to honoring its past as it moves into the future.

NPS and WASLA volunteers will participate in a two-day charrette <B>October 25-26, 2019</B> in Dayton. WASLA will assemble a team of 10-12 professionals as well as landscape architecture students from WSU, and possibly, UW.

The work will include site visits along the project area and an evening with community members on Friday, followed by a day-long charrette on Saturday with key stakeholders to develop designs for the trail. The event will end with a presentation to the community on Saturday evening to share proposed designs.

This charrette is being coordinated with WSU faculty and offers a unique mentorship and professional development opportunity for landscape architecture students from WSU as a part of their junior level design coursework. These students will work alongside landscape architecture professionals and design teams and help produce the final trail master plan. UW students are also invited to participate.

A trail connecting the two communities has long been a dream in the region. In 2015, it was listed as a top economic development priority in the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting. The trail was then included in the Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan as one of the top priority projects in a bi-state area. The project is led by the Port of Columbia, which owns the rail corridor in which the trail will be located. A steering committee comprised of 15 stakeholders is guiding the development of a concept plan. The Port of Columbia has received a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service to aid in developing a concept plan and a planning grant from WSDOT for engineering and design.

We are seeking volunteers with a diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities at all stages of their careers. Emerging professionals, mid-career and experienced professionals are all encouraged to apply. Meals for both days and overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights, October 25th and 26th, will be provided through the generosity of the Port of Columbia and the Dayton and Waitsburg communities.

For questions and to volunteer, please contact Don Benson, ASLA AICP at [email protected], (206) 297-1259. Please respond by September 20, 2019.

A partnership was established between WASLA and the National Park Service in 1998 to facilitate cooperation on community –driven projects. Since then, WASLA and the NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program have assisted recreation and conservation projects throughout Washington for over 20 years. The WASLA/NPS partnership strengthens and increases the visibility of the profession of landscape architecture and brings WASLA members and NPS staff together for professional development and to mentor students and new professionals. The partnership also provides opportunities, such as this charrette, for combining RTCA technical assistance projects with WASLA’s community service and member participation goals.

This partnership began in Washington State and has been so successful that it served as the model for a national level partnership agreement between the NPS and ASLA to offer similar assistance on projects throughout the United States.

An Invitation to Participate

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invites you to complete our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey for Landscape Architects & Designers. LAF developed this initiative in order to gain a baseline understanding of diversity among landscape architecture professionals, gauge diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and initiatives being pursued by landscape architecture organizations, and identify potential opportunities to support individuals and the profession.

You are being asked to participate as a landscape architecture professional. (If you are not a trained landscape architect by experience or education, please do not complete the survey.) Your participation in this survey is voluntary and all responses will be anonymous. As the expert on your own experiences, LAF wants to hear from you. LAF hopes to learn whether you feel supported, represented, and included in your workplace and how inclusive you find your workplace and the profession to be overall. LAF is also interested in what resources you think might be helpful to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace and in the profession as a whole. Responses will help to inform LAF’s programs and initiatives.

LAF plans to share a summary of the survey results at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego. Insights will also be published in an executive summary following the session. Further, LAF will share the data with landscape architecture capacity organizations, including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), to support collaboration on this important topic.


Thank you to LAF's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, LAF's Board of Directors and Board Emeritus, and ASLA for their support in the development of this survey.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) works to increase the influence and impact of landscape architects to create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future. |

WSU Welcomes New Faculty

The WSU School of Design and Construction and Landscape Architecture Program are delighted to welcome new faculty member Katherine Kraszewska. Katherine is a landscape designer and earned a Ph.D. in Sustainable Bio-Products from the College of Forestry, Mississippi State University. She is also the owner and principal designer of Kraszewska Landscape Design Consulting, based in Boise, Idaho.

Katherine's research broadly emphasizes sustainable stormwater management. Her current work examines low impact development practices and policy to provide a methodology for landscape architects and partnering communities to apply accurate, site-specific design specifications for increased water conservation, flood prevention, restoration of native plant species, and social interaction. As a native westerner, Katherine is committed to promoting sustainable landscape design methodology in her research, teaching, and design practice in both Idaho and Washington as well as nationwide. Her work has been recognized through award winning collaborations and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Washington State Landscape Architect Board

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.

Board Members and staff will attend the annual Council of Landscape Architect Boards Annual Meeting, held in St. Louis, MO, September 26 – 28, 2019.

WASLA Membership Minutes

Days are already starting to show their dark and moody side, and by the time November comes around you may be wondering if you will ever be seeing the sun. Ever. Again.  

Take heart.

The ASLA 2019 National Conference is November 15-18 in San Diego, CA, showcasing a variety of sessions exploring topics to fuel your professional fire.  

Sound good?  

If it does, you’ll be happy to know that being an ASLA member could save you up to $430 on registration for the National Conference. Diving further into the math, full member National dues ($385) and Chapter fees ($95) total just $480, meaning that the more involved you are in the ASLA, the more membership makes financial sense.  

Join today: 

See you in San Diego! 

Welcome New Members!

WASLA would like to welcome new members Martin Frederickson & Shannon Sawyer! If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.


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Design Review Planner (Land Use Planner II) - City of Seattle
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Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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