September 2020



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In This Issue...

2020 WASLA Virtual Conference Registration is Live!
President's Remarks
2020-2021 Mentorship Program
Portland Japanese Garden Receives National Recognition from ASLA
Welcome New Members!
Current Job Postings
Support Endowed Scholarships

Newsletter Editor

Devin Johnson

WASLA Board of Directors

Tim Slazinik, ASLA

President Elect
Duane Dietz, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Maren McBride, ASLA

Member at Large
Michael Lipko, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA

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2020 WASLA Virtual Conference Registration is Live!

Please note: If you have previously registered and paid for the in-person conference from March 2020, you will be receiving a refund in the coming weeks for the difference in registration fees. Your registration will transfer over to this virtual event.

Pricing is as follows:

ASLA Washington Chapter Members: $60
Non Members: $100
Student ASLA Members: Free!
Student Non Members: $30 (Note: Student membership is free at



President's Remarks

Tim Slazinik

Greetings WASLA Members and Followers. As the Season Changes and the year progresses, we stay hopeful for positive thing in our lives, and one big positive thing coming for us is the 2020 WASLA Conference! While its not going to be our typical conference, we are excited to bring you something new and fresh for this year. Mark your calendars for October 22!

We have great speakers, all through our online learning system, which will let you access all of the CEU’s, even after the conference date! We have multiple tracks set up, virtual vendor time, and online social opportunities. Registration is only $60 dollars for members, so sign up now!

We have to extend a sincere thank you to our registrants that have held on as our year has been turned upside down, and our amazing vendors and sponsors who have stood by us and support landscape architecture and the work we all do, even during a pandemic!

See you all there!


Tim Slazinik
WASLA President

2020-2021 Mentorship Program

It's that time of year again! UWASLA is putting out the call for local landscape architects to take part in the 2020-2021 Mentorship Program.  The program could take 1-3 hours of your time monthly during the school year and should include the following socially distanced in-person or virtual activities:

  • Meet and greet at UW - typically this is an in-person activity, but this might be individual this year

  • Desk critiques

  • Attendance at reviews

  • Office tour

  • Help with developing a portfolio

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.  

Best regards, 

Carrie Culp, PLA, ASLA

Mentorship Program Coordinator - WASLA


Portland Japanese Garden Receives National Recognition from ASLA


Garden’s Cultural Crossing Project honored with Award of Excellence

(PORTLAND, Ore.) September 10, 2020 – Portland Japanese Garden has been recognized by the National American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with the Award of Excellence for the Cultural Crossing Project. This is the highest honor of ASLA’s professional design awards program, where each year, submissions are made by the best in landscape architecture from around the globe.

The Cultural Crossing Project’s landscape architects, Walker Macy and Portland Japanese Garden, led by Garden Curator, Sadafumi Uchiyama, worked together within a highly collaborative, multicultural, and multidisciplinary team that included Kengo Kuma Associates, Hacker Architects, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Hoffman Construction, and a team of skilled landscape and gardening craftspeople. The Award of Excellence recognizes the project’s beautifully executed details; the team’s cohesive, place-based and landscape-led design approach; the interweaving of design excellence and technical problem-solving; and the team’s articulate balance between traditional Japanese and contemporary design and construction methodologies.

Portland Japanese Garden’s Cultural Crossing expanded the existing Garden, known as one of the most authentic outside Japan. The transformation created a rich, continuous visitor experience, from a more formal and inviting new entry that welcomed visitors at the base of the hill to a pedestrian path ascending through a forested ravine, culminating in the Cultural Village above. The design process for the Cultural Village took the immersive, contemplative experiences of its varied garden spaces and augmented them to offer a world-class setting for intercultural exchange and promotion of Japanese traditional arts and culture. Inspired by the forested, hilltop setting of the gardens, the Cultural Village emphasized strong indoor-outdoor relationships that created a feeling of permeability and interconnectedness, immersing visitors in the garden context with spaces that are adaptable for indoor-outdoor cultural events and classes.

The landscape architectural design solved significant geological, water management, forest quality, and accessibility problems, resulting in a resilient future for the Garden - all while preserving Japanese gardening and aesthetic principles. For example, to address geological challenges, a green infrastructure system was created through a stone creek bed, which runs from the top of the hillside all the way down to the parking lot, channeling and filtering water runoff down the hill into a nearly 27,000 gallon holding tank, where the water is slowly released into the city’s sewer system. The ephemeral journey of the water runoff parallels that of the entryway path, offering bridges to cross, and seamlessly connecting the entire site together with the element of water “As we planned the expansion of Portland Japanese Garden, we wanted to do so in a way that would continue to preserve it for the future – so that our community can continue to experience our Garden for generations to come.” said Sadafumi Uchiyama, Portland Japanese Garden’s Garden Curator. “Walker Macy and the extended team helped to make this a reality and the honor of the Award of Excellence recognizes their work and dedication.” 

“The Portland Japanese garden posed highly complex geological, environmental and site development challenges—and we were challenged to create a place that expands the definition of what a Japanese Garden can be,” says Chelsea McCann, Principal Landscape Architect at Walker Macy. “The project’s success was made possible by our creative and collaborative architecture, engineering, and construction partners.  With a shared vision of new garden spaces that seamlessly integrated buildings and the site, our process melded science and art to create a place of meaningful, immersive experiences. This project was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Welcome New Members!

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

Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title
Post Date
Landscape Designer / Revit Modeler Geyer Coburn Hutchins LLC 9/22/2020
Project Landscape Architect / Project Manager Land Morphology 9/21/2020
Landscape Architect/Project Manager Berger Partnership  9/11/2020
Senior-Level Landscape Architect / Project Manager Bruce Dees & Associates  9/10/2020
Mid-Level Landscape Architect / Project Manager Bruce Dees & Associates  9/10/2020
Landscape Architect Position HBB Landscape Architecture  8/27/2020
Landscape Architect – Project Manager I SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture  8/24/2020

 Support Endowed Scholarships
Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
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