2018 Annual WASLA Conference Schedule

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Thursday, March 15

1:00 - 2:30 pm
Field Session

The Amazon Spheres
Led by Site Workshop

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Field Session

The Marketfront at Pike Place Market
Led by Berger Partnership

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception



Friday, March 16

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

7:30 - 7:55 am

Welcome and Signing of National State Parks MOU

8:00 - 9:00 am

Keynote Address -

Landscape Architecture: Vision and Visibility
Anne Whiston Spirn

9:00 - 9:40 am

Break with Exhibitors






9:50 - 10:50 am

Equity in the Design of Public Space
Mark Brands, ASLA, Lynne Manzo, Michael Jenkins, ASLA


Global, Smart, Livable: Lessons from Singapore and the Middle East
James Hencke, ASLA, Thomas Bennett, ASLA


Making Room for Change: Transformation and Equity in Seattle's Historic Downtown Parks
Lara Rose, PLA, ASLA, Johnpaul Jones, FAIA, Leslie Smith, Carl Leighty, AICP

The Art of Exterior Lighting
Jason Neches, IALD, MIES

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Accessible Routes Matter: ADA Standards for Inside & Outside Play Areas
Tom Norquist


Navigating Your Path to Leadership: Moving beyond entry level and building a strong foundation for future growth
Rachel Dotson, CPSI, Merit Oviir, ASLA, Monica Thompson, ASLA

The Challenges and Potential of Designing with and for Urban Stormwater
Nancy Chan, Jake Woland, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, Molly Freed

Street-tree performance in suspended pavements: Tree growth, health, results
James Urban, FASLA

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch with General Session -

Advocacy 101: The Why, What, and How of Landscape Architecture Advocacy
Vaughn Rinner, Elizabeth Hebron

2:00 - 2:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors and Raffle Drawings

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Cultivating Diversity through Equitable and Inclusive Design
Jennifer Montressor, Margaret Knight, Karimah Edwards, Ubax Gardheere, Francis Janes, Susan Balbas, Miguel Maestas

Resonate and Respond: How the New Landscape Declaration has Influenced Practice, Research, and Scholarship
Dorothy Faris, Debra Guenther, Jennifer Guthrie, Peg Staeheli, Sara Zewde

Wellness through Community Based Design
Vinita Sidhu, PLA, ASLA, Cary Simmons, Terry Valdez

The Impact of Street Vacations on Seattle’s Public Realm
Mark Brands, ASLA, Michael Jenkins, Alex Hudson

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Making Space: Optimistic Strategies for Addressing Urban Homelessness
Brice Maryman

Public Engagement: Leveraging Technology to get to What Matters Most
Christine Harrington, ASLA, LEED BD+C, Jennifer Tomlinson

Volunteer Park: Preserving and Restoring Seattle's Iconic Olmsted Landscape
Brooks Kolb, ASLA, Brian Giddens, LICSW, ACSW, Doug Bayley, Jennifer Ott

Transformative Results Through Design Build Delivery
Mark Sindell, Sebatian Kalilikane, Paula Groves Price

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Closing Reception


Saturday, March 17

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Field Session

Sketch Seattle
Led by Craig Stoffle, PLA