August 2023


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Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Past President
Duane Dietz, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Su Wanqin, ASLA

Jason Henry, ASLA

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Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Dear WASLA Members and Readers,

The summer is flying by, but it certainly is not over! It seems like it will be sticking around with this heat wave. I hope you all find ways to beat the heat, stay cool, and stay safe out there.

In true summer fashion, there is not much to report on the WASLA front aside from a few upcoming events. One of which is the State Conference that is now less than a month away! If you have not seen the emails and other notifications to register, now is your time to sign up and join in on a fantastic event. I am incredibly excited for our inspiring featured speakers, informative sessions, and innovative sponsors and vendors. You can find more information and a link to register below.

Interested in being more than just a conference attendee this year? Sign up to be a room host! Room hosts introduce session speakers, assist with tracking attendees, and help facilitate sessions as needed by the speakers. This is an easy way to volunteer and give back to the WASLA community (and get a reduced registration fee). If any of those perks intrigue you, please email [email protected] and express your interest in hosting!

Finally, we have our third Open Studio Social happening this month on August 24th at ƛ̕ax̌ʷadis (Tl' awh-ah-dees) Park in Kenmore. Unlike the previous socials, you will be able to earn LACES credits by attending this event as you tour the park and learn about it from the designers. If you have not RSVP’d already, you can find the link below.

(Hopefully) Cooly,

   WASLA President

Register TODAY for Early Bird Pricing!

Take advantage of our discounted WASLA  Annual Conference Early Bird registration rates, in effect through TODAY, August 16th!

This year's conference offers dynamic speakers, hands-on workshops, walking tours, and so much more. Check out the conference agenda and session descriptions, now available on our website.

Don't miss this opportunity to earn professional development hours, make important connections that help keep your career goals on track, and celebrate the profession!

Thank You 2023 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors
Open Studio Social & Project Site Visit

Hosted by JA Brennan Associates and the City of Kenmore


Earn LA CES Credits for Attending!

August 24, 2023 | 6 - 7:30pm
ƛ̕ax̌ʷadis (Tl' awh-ah-dees) Park 

17515 NE 175th Street | Kenmore, WA 98028

This Outdoor Open Studio Social and Project Site Visit bring members, chapter sponsors and local firm, JA Brennan Associates, together to host an outdoor social and site visit at a completed project site.

This event is open to everyone and it is a great way to mingle with the members of the firm, get a glimpse of their completed work, hear from them about the design and construction process.

It also allows for networking within the local landscape architecture community and our sponsor BASALITE CONCRETE PRODUCTS. LLC.

Learn more about this City of Kenmore Project at


Please send RSVP by Tuesday, August 22nd!


 This event is made possible by the generous support of:

Nason Ridge Community Forest Workshop
Call for Volunteers

The Nason Ridge Community Forest is 3714 acres and located near Plain, WA west of Leavenworth in the Central Cascades. The workshop will take place over 1.5 days starting on Friday afternoon(October 20) and continuing on Saturday(October 21) all day. Food and lodging are being arranged. It is being sponsored by the Chelan County Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Community Assistance Program (NPS-RTCA) and WASLA.


The workshop (charrette) involves the placement of trails, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, design and placement of trailheads and interpretation/educational opportunities with active forest management and ecosystem conservation components. The workshop will involve brainstorming with local community members and will also include two teams led by landscape architects with participation(we hope) from students from both state universities. One team will focus on interpretation/education and the other on design components (trailheads, connectivity etc.).


Please e-mail Don Benson at [email protected] or call at 206-297-1259 if you are interested in participating. As many of you know, WASLA  has collaborated with NPS-RTCA on many successful charrettes and workshops in the past at sites across the state, efforts we hope to continue. 

Help ASLA Address Water Issues

As ASLA works to make certain that water-related policies continue to benefit landscape architects, we need to hear from you!

Sustainable management of our nation's water resources remains essential to climate mitigation and resilience, biodiversity conservation, and environmental justice. ASLA is working to ensure reliable and robust policies and funding for landscape architects to continue working on water projects. 


Complete this short survey to tell us about your water projects and how federal water policies impact your work HERE.  Your responses will help ASLA continue to work with policy makers to enhance opportunities for the profession.  

How Does I-5 Affect You?

The Lid I-5 Steering Committee is looking for stories about your experience living near Interstate 5, especially if you are within a few blocks of it. What's it like and how has the freeway affected your life? How should freeway lids be designed to improve your quality of life? Share with us at our resident survey, live now. They will use the information collected to help build our campaign messaging and improve our public outreach methods.

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Welcome Members!

A very warm welcome to our new and renewing WASLA Members:

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Kim Jacobs

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Lindsay Warren Hawks

Matthew McCreary

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Michael Schwindeller

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