September 2022


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Duane Dietz, ASLA

Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Jason Henry, ASLA

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Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Mike Faulkner, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Jonathan Smith, ASLA

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President's Remarks

At last year's conference, during my president's remarks, I talked about how each generation sees their environment differently.  I've since discovered there is an actual term for this: Shifting Baseline Perception.  Daniel Pauly coined this phrase in 1995, but it has taken on increased significance as climate change impacts become more pronounced. states "Shifting Baseline Syndrome is a gradual change in the accepted norms for the condition of the natural environment due to a lack of experience, memory and/or knowledge of its past condition. In this sense, what we consider to be a healthy environment now, past generations would consider to be degraded, and what we judge to be degraded now, the next generation will consider to be healthy or 'normal'."  It is similar to when your grandparent says "when I was a child..." or "back in my day...".   

One example of this, for me, are bald eagles.  Growing up in Renton in the late 1960's, Puget Sound eagles were nearly extinct due to the pesticide DDT and habitat loss. My baseline perception for eagles moved in a positive direction thanks to the conservation efforts over the past 40+ years.  For today's generation eagles are a normal sight in Puget Sound.

     Salmon, historically, were so plentiful that it was said that you could walk across the Cedar River on their backs and not get your feet wet.  Now just a few thousand swim past the viewing window at the Ballard Locks each year.

But this is normal for our current generation.  It is a challenge to identify and then unwind the thousands of environmental papercuts that impede the salmon's recovery, which then helps the Southern Resident Orcas recover.  Consider that the Southern Resident population was 71 in 1974 and is 81 in 2022.

The theme of this year's conference is Emergence.  Come join us on October 7th.  We'll hear from new voices, get new perspectives, and see what new directions landscape architecture is moving in.  But let's also look back at what we've accomplished, what we still need to work on, and what we could have done better.  Eventually, you'll reach that point in your career where you will say "back in my day...."  Make it count.

   WASLA President

Early Bird Rates End Tomorrow: Thursday, September 15!

October 7, 2022
Seattle Airport Marriott
3201 S 176th St, Seattle, WA 98188

Early Bird Pricing (rates are in effect until September 15th):


Member Rates:

  • Full Conference, including Closing Reception...$180
  • Student, Full Conference including Closing Reception...$15
  • Student, Conference excluding Closing Reception...$10

Non-Member Rates:

  • Full Conference, including Closing Reception...$250
  • Student, Full Conference including Closing Reception...$45
  • Student, Conference excluding Closing Reception...$25

Visit our website for more details on pricing.

Don't forget to book your room!

Special room rates available from October 6-8th, 2022

Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Seattle Airport Marriott for $175 USD per night

Conference Session List Now Available

Click the button below for the current list of sessions to be presented at the WASLA Conference; a complete schedule will be released soon. Sessions are subject to change, with new sessions added weekly.

Please note: the conference sessions will not be recorded this year. In order to receive continuing education credit, you must attend in person. 

Click Here to View Sessions
See You at the Opening Reception!

Join us Friday, October 6th at Ivar's Acres of Clams at the Seattle Waterfront! Enjoy great food, a beautiful view, and network with fellow conference attendees. You won't want to miss it!

Not sure if you're already registered to attend? Click the link below to review your registration options.

Ivar's is located at: 1001 Alaskan Way Ste. 102, Seattle, WA 98104 (Seattle Waterfront)

Parking: For affordable, convenient Seattle parking for as low as $3 per hour, visit Downtown Seattle Parking for more info. Metered street parking is also available.

Thank you 2022 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors!

WASLA Open Studio Social: Waterfront Project Tour
Log Boom Park | September 28, 2022

Join JA Brennan Associates and the City of Kenmore with WASLA Sponsor, Pacific Earth Works, and artist Jen Dixon on a tour of Log Boom Park’s New Waterfront Access Project.

Site Tour and Social: 5:45pm-7:30pm, Wednesday, September 28

Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Parking lot and on-street parking available on NE 175th Street.

We will meet at playground and head west for our tour - you won't want to miss it!

Be sure to register below.


More information about the project can be found here

Learn more about featured artist, Jen Dixon, here

Click Here to Register!
Thank You Sponsors

Creative Residency Program:
Bloedel Reserve

3 Week Residency Opportunity at Bloedel Reserve:

Open to professional and emerging landscape architects, researchers, artists, composers, writers, botanists, and others exploring the themes of nature and the human connection with nature, the Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve offers Residents a three week stay at a 150-acre internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve. Residents are housed in a small home off the main paths, hidden in the woods. The home is furnished, including bed and bath linens, shampoo, etc. The kitchen is stocked with essentials such as cookware, spices, and tea. Wi-Fi and laundry facilities are available in the home. Residents are responsible for their own meals. There is a smart car available for Residents’ use. In 2023, Domestic Residents will receive a $1,000 stipend in support of their Residency. International Residents may submit up to $1,000 of expenses for reimbursement. Bloedel Reserve is located on Bainbridge Island between Seattle, WA and the Kitsap Peninsula. The island is accessible via a 35 minute Ferry trip from Seattle or by car via the Kitsap Peninsula.


Applications are being accepted now for Residencies in 2023.

Learn more and apply here:


Please note: the deadline for applications in the Research and Design Category has been extended through Sept. 20th.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Oberlander Prize Forum II: Landscape Activism

Landscape architects can now receive grant funding associated with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Through these programs, landscape architects will have new opportunities to propose novel design solutions to climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental injustice, and dangerous transportation corridors.


New Programs:

These grant opportunities are the result of your persistent advocacy with ASLA. The Government Affairs team will continue to monitor and advocate for additional funding resources. In the meantime, apply to these programs today!

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