May 2023


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WASLA Board of Directors

Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Past President
Duane Dietz, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Su Wanqin, ASLA

Jason Henry, ASLA

Member at Large
Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Mike Faulkner, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Joshua Tripp, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Dear WASLA Members and Readers,

I guess it is summer now! We just skipped right over the whole “April showers” portion and went straight to the “May flowers and excessive heat warnings” part of the year. Either way, it is nice to feel some warmth for a change.

A lot has happened since the last newsletter. For one, we had our WASLA Awards, which had an amazing turnout. It always brings me joy to see our landscape architecture community coming together to reconnect and celebrate the great work that comes from our chapter. Thank you to everyone who helped plan and make the event possible, to everyone who submitted work, and to our sponsors who supported it.

We had our first Climate Action Committee webinar on May 11th. There were over 60 attendees from across the state tuning in to learn about ASLA’s Climate Action Plan and Field Guide and provide insights on what they would like the future webinars to address. I have been so inspired by the members of our Climate Action Committee, and I know they would always be happy to fold in new members who are enthusiastic about landscape architecture’s role in solving the climate crisis. You can learn more about what they do and utilize the fantastic resources they have put together (including a super useful Climate Action Plan Cheat-Sheet) at

Since our last newsletter, we have also put out the call for nominations for open Board of Directors positions. These positions include the Eastern Member at Large, Western Member at Large, and Statewide Member at Large, which are each 1-year terms. These are great positions for people new to the board that want to get more involved. We also have open positions for the Trustee and President-Elect. Although these positions are a bigger commitment, they are immensely rewarding. You can read about the positions and their roles here, and you are always welcome to reach out to the current board members to learn more.

Finally, follow WASLA on LinkedIn! Our Communications Committee has revitalized our presence and is posting about our upcoming events and highlights from previous ones. It is a great way to stay informed about all things WASLA.


Nick Zurlini

   WASLA President

2023 WASLA Award Winners

Despite the weather, so many happy folks turned out for the WASLA Awards last month! If you weren't able to make it, be sure to visit our website to take a look at the winning projects.

Thank you Meghan Montgomery of Built Works Photography for capturing the event! Use this link to view and download photos from the awards program.

2023 WASLA Exhibitor Sign-Up Now Open!

Spots are filling fast for this year's WASLA Conference

This year's conference, EXCHANGE, will be hosted at a unique new venue: UW's Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Our exhibitor hall will take center stage on the bright and airy main floor of GIX - the central hub for conference attendees. We hope to see you there!

The 2023 Conference will take place September 15th at GIX. 

GIX is part of University of Washington and is located at:

Steve Ballmer Building
12280 NE District Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

GIX Website

Showcase Your Bellevue  Project!

The WASLA Conference is Looking for Local Projects

This year we have the unique opportunity to tour projects close to our conference in the Spring District in Bellevue. If you have worked on a project, whether it’s a park, streetscape, multi-family, or anything in between, please send us an email at [email protected] .

2023-2024 WASLA Board of Directors

Positions are available!

We are officially kicking off our call for volunteers for the 2023 WASLA Board of Directors! Bring your enthusiasm and energy to the board, make your voice heard, and represent landscape architecture for our state!

Open Positions

  • President, four-year term of service. Year 1: President-elect, Years 2 and 3: President; Year 4: Past President.
  • Trustee, three-year term of service.
  • Eastern Washington Member-at-Large, one-year term of service.
  • Western Washington Member-at-Large, one-year term of service.
  • Statewide Washington Member-at-Large, one-year term of service.

Current Board of Directors

  • Duane Dietz, ASLA, Past-President, term ends 2023
  • Nicholas Zurlini, Associate ASLA, President, term end 2026
  • Marieke Lacasse, ASLA, Trustee, term ends 2023
  • Su Wanqin, ASLA, Treasurer, term ends 2024
  • Jason Henry, ASLA, Secretary, term ends 2024
  • Joshua Tripp, ASLA, Member-at-Large, Eastern WA, term ends 2023
  • Mike Faulkner, ASLA, Member-at-Large, Western WA, term ends 2023
  • Maureen Colaizzi, ASLA, Member-at-Large, Statewide, term ends 2023

If you are interested in filling one of these open positions, please send an email to [email protected].


Instagram Takeover

June is Pride Month and ASLA is seeking members that identify as LGBTQIA+ and would be interested in being profiled on National ASLA’s Instagram account. The purpose of this Instagram Takeover is to celebrate Pride Month and promote LGBTQIA+ visibility and acceptance in the Landscape Architecture and Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) professions. Please complete the LGBTQIA+ Instagram Takeover Form by May 26.

Nason Creek Community Forest Workshop
Call for Volunteers

The Nason Creek Community Forest is  714 acres in size and near the Lake Wenatchee area in the central Cascades. The Community workshop will take place over 1.5 days starting on Friday afternoon October 20 and continuing and wrapping up on Saturday October 21. It is being sponsored by the Chelan County Natural Resources Department, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program(NPS-RTCA) and WASLA.

The Workshop  involves the placement of trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, design and placement of trailheads, and interpretation/educational opportunities with  active forest management and ecosystem conservation components. The workshop also involves brainstorming with local community members and will have teams led by landscape architects.

Please e-mail Don Benson at [email protected] or call at 206-297-1259 if you are interested in participating in this exciting volunteer effort. I look forward to your response. As many of you know, WASLA has collaborated with NPS-RTCA  in the past on many charrettes and workshops on both sides of the state.

Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) 2023 Challenge Competition

For the 14th annual HALS Challenge competition, the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) invites you to document Working Landscapes. Historic “working” or “productive” landscapes may be agricultural or industrial and unique or traditional. Some topical working landscapes convey water for irrigation or provide flood control. Please focus your HALS report on the landscape as a whole and not on a building or structure alone. For this theme, the HAER History Guidelines may be helpful along with HALS History Guidelines.  For more information visit the link below.  If you have any questions, please email Duane Dietz at [email protected]

Deadline to submit short format histories: July 31, 2023

Awards will be presented: October 27-30, 2023, during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis

Free PDH of the Month

Members now have access to free monthly PDH live webinars and recordings via ASLA Online Learning. | Read More

Welcome Members!

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

Ashley Ludwig
Bryan Copp
Coreen E. Schmidt
Craig Russell Skipton
Douglas R. Snider
Jacob Stephens
James B. Greene
James Ferguson
Jasmine Aryana
Jeffrey B. Glander
Jonathan A. Schilk
Jordan Bell
Julia L. Culp
Julie Parrett
Karen S. Kiest
Katie Bang
Keith R. McClintock
Lara Rose
Michael Scott Lipko
Paul R. Fuesel
Paula M. Gilmour
Shikha Chauhan

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