November 2023


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WASLA Board of Directors

Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA


Past President
Duane Dietz, ASLA


President Elect

Mike Faulker, ASLA


Tim Slazinik, ASLA


Su Wanqin, ASLA


Jason Henry, ASLA


Member at Large

Harley Pan


Member at Large, Eastern WA
Michael Sanchez, ASLA


Member at Large, Western WA
Rhiannon Neuville, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Dear WASLA Members and Readers,


On the Board of Directors, we are always thinking about the next big thing. Although we are still half a year away from it, the next big thing is our WASLA Annual Awards for 2024. Within the next two months we will send out our call for submittals, but in the meantime, I would encourage you all to think about the amazing work you or your firm has done and make sure you have quality project photos to show off that amazing work (hopefully you can take advantage of the all the great fall color!). Even though great projects are the ones that win awards, it takes a great image to convey its impact.


An important yet unseen part of our Annual Awards are the juries who review all the submissions. For our upcoming awards, we will be exchanging juries with members from the Potomac Chapter of the ASLA, which is located in and around Washington DC. This exchange means that our members will have the opportunity to review all the fantastic work being done by the firms in the Potomac Chapter. Serving on the Annual Awards jury is, in my opinion, one of the most exciting ways you can volunteer with WASLA, as you get an inspiring inside look at how landscape architecture is practiced in another part of the country. The jury also needs to have a diverse representation of individuals. Whether that diversity comes in the form of work experience, age, identity, or culture, we need all types of people to serve to ensure we give well rounded feedback. If the prospect of being on our Annual Awards jury excites you (and it should) please email [email protected] and we will get you on board.


Unrelated to the Awards, but related to volunteering, we have a new member taking on our Western Member-at-Large position. We would like to thank and extend our appreciation to Michelle Whitfield for her time on the board, yet due to extenuating circumstances, she no longer has the ability to serve. However, I am excited to announce our new Western Member-at-Large, Rhiannon Neuville! After serving on the University of Washington’s Professional Advisory Committee for the past several years and receiving the 2023 Outstanding Emerging Professional Award, we are certain that she will fit right in and excel at her new role. Welcome Rhiannon!


For all our members, WASLA is incredibly thankful for any amount of time you are willing and able to dedicate to volunteering. Whether your volunteer time is spent in an hour reviewing a student’s portfolio, in a position on a committee, or even in attending one of our events, we appreciate your participation in this amazing community that we cultivate together.




Nick Zurlini

WASLA President


   WASLA President

The CBE Mentor Program Needs YOU!

CBE’s college-wide mentorship program is entering its second year and we have about 8 LAC students still in need of a mentor!


The CBE Mentor Program had a successful launch last year with 300 participants and over 150 mentor/mentee pairs.  At this time, the following programs and departments have opted into partnering with CBE Student Services this year.


  • Architecture (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
  • Construction Management (pre-majors, undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
  • Landscape Architecture (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
  • Urban Design & Planning (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
  • Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
  • Community, Environment & Planning (CEP undergraduate program)
  • Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management (MIPM)


If you are interested in becoming or continuing your mentorship in these programs, register online now . The deadline to sign up has been extended to December 1st!


Questions about the new CBE Mentorship Program may be directed to Teri Thomson Randall at [email protected].


Thank you for your continued support of our students and programs.

2024-2025 WASLA Academic Scholarship Application

Due: Friday, January 19th, 2024 by 5:00pm


WASLA Academic Scholarships will be awarded to UW and WSU students that anticipate graduating within the 2024-25 academic year. One $3,000.00 scholarship per university will be awarded.



At the end of the online application, please submit a PDF of your 500-word essay in response to the following prompt:


What initially sparked your interest in the field of landscape architecture? How has your personal journey and passion influenced your academic pursuits? Please outline your plans for making a meaningful contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.



Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, January 19th, 2024.

WASLA will announce the recipients in March.



Previous WASLA Academic Scholarship recipients are not eligible. Students must be enrolled in the 2024-2025 academic school year to be eligible. Seniors and graduate students that will graduate in 2024 are not eligible.


Applicants must be ASLA student members. Sign up for a membership (it’s free!) at


Questions? Please email [email protected]

Perceptions of Implementing Sustainable Design Practices

We invite you to participate in a brief 10-minute survey aimed at understanding the barriers and facilitators of practicing sustainable design in landscape architecture firms. Your input will help map areas across the country that work well in sustainability and those that could be improved, guiding us to enhance sustainable practices. Your valuable insights can make a significant impact. Please click HERE to participate. (Note: You must be 18 years of age or older and be employed at a landscape architecture firm to participate)


Thank you for contributing to the future of sustainable design in our industry!

Save Funding for Green Infrastructure

The U.S. House of Representatives has proposed to cut the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) from last year's $1.64 billion down to $535 million.


This would be a 67 percent reduction for one of the most-accessed federal funding sources that landscape architects to plan and design water infrastructure projects.


Write your legislators today and urge them to oppose funding cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund!

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:

 Amy Wagenfeld | Andy Mitton | Arlene Gillman | Bart T. Berg

Caitlin M. Squier-Roper | Clayton Beaudoin | Daniel M. Winterbottom Danielle L. Devier | Danna Nicole Kinsey | Derek Holmer

Ida Emely Ottesen | Jennifer Guthrie | John Payne

Kalleen D. Zimmerman | Kasia Keeley | Katherine G. Hilde | Lyna Nget Marta Suzanne Olson | Michael R. Odren | Michelle M. Whitfield

Nancy Chan | Phoebe E. Bogert | Sarah Kwon | Shannon R. Nichol Shelby D. Perrault | Stuart Jones | Tamra Lehuta | Tina Vincent

Wanqin Su 


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