April 2020



Visit the WASLA Event Calendar for more information on events.

In This Issue...

President's Remarks
WASLA Member Spotlight
World Landscape Architecture      Month
50th Anniversary of Earth Day      Celebrations
Going Against the Grain:
Working with Juniper Wood
Washington State Landscape      Architecture Board
Welcome New Members!
Support Endowed Scholarships
How ASLA is Helping Members    During the Time of COVID-19

Newsletter Editor

Devin Johnson

WASLA Board of Directors

Tim Slazinik, ASLA

President Elect
Duane Dietz, ASLA

Marieke Lacasse, ASLA

Dean Koonts, ASLA

Maren McBride, ASLA

Member at Large
Michael Lipko, ASLA

Member at Large, W. WA
Nicholas Zurlini, ASLA

Member at Large, E. WA
Steele Fitzloff, ASLA

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President's Remarks

Tim Slazinik

Greetings from your WASLA Team and Volunteers. We hope you all are staying safe and healthy. We know that our lives have been altered as of late, but we hope to be a source of support and brightness this month, as we celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month! To start, we are welcoming a new Newsletter Editor, Devin Johnson. Welcome Devin to our amazing group of volunteers! We are also keeping on top of potential educational opportunities for our members while we are all home and unable to gather. Please keep and eye out for notices regarding virtual opportunities. And of course, please visit ASLA.org for our World Landscape Architecture Month Activities and the “Life Grows Here” Campaign. All month, the American Society of Landscape Architects, our chapters in states and schools across the country, and our members around the world will help to showcase all the ways in which life grows in the spaces landscape architects create. Please join us by checking out this link to become part of the festivities and celebrate our profession!

Finally, as we continue through these challenging times, remember that ASLA is working hard to adjust as well. Please go to the ASLA COVID Resources Page to find out more information about what ASLA is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and what information there is to help you learn more about this crisis. We urge you to be safe, reach out when you have questions, but also be sure to remember that your WASLA Board and Committees are all volunteers, and we are doing our best to support the chapter, as well as manage our own families and professional tasks. Please be patient and we will do everything we can to assist you.

 Stay Safe!


Tim Slazinik
WASLA President

WASLA Member Spotlight

New to the WASLA Newsletter, Member Spotlights will highlight some of the hardworking members of the WASLA community. Nominate people you know by emailing [email protected] with a short description describing why your candidate deserves to be featured.

Our first featured member is Devin Johnson, WASLA’s new Newsletter Editor

Hello Everyone! I’m so excited about becoming WASLA’s newest Newsletter Editor. I am an emerging professional in the field of Landscape Architecture who’s design inspiration comes alot from the world of Green Building and Sustainable Design. Through being a LEED for Homes Green Rater, I got exposed to the amazing work of Landscape Architects and decided that I too wanted to create places for people and nature to enjoy.

My husband , our cat Dahlia, and my 30+ plants moved up to our new home here in Seattle from Oakland, CA this past winter and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things Washington has to offer. When I’m not working on the newsletter, you can find me spending time in my garden plot at the neighborhood P-Patch, learning more about creating landscapes that provide resources for backyard wildlife, and singing love songs to the plants in my window boxes.

World Landscape Architecture Month

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM).

Established by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), WLAM is a month-long international celebration of landscape architecture and designed public and private spaces. People and communities around the world have deep, long-standing personal connections to the spaces landscape architects create – they’re just not aware of it. During WLAM, ASLA and landscape architects around the world aim to demonstrate that connection by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces. 

This year the theme for WLAM 2020 is “Life Grows Here”. Show the WASLA community where life grows at your own home and how you’ve transformed it with your Landscape Architecture skills.

Share with us through social media how you’ve created your own Urban Oasis using the hashtags #WASLAGrowsHere, #WLAM2020 and #LifeGrowsHere.

Click Here to go to the ASLA National’s website for more information about how you can get further involved with WLAM 2020.

50th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebrations

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks is revisiting some of its springtime plans, including events to honor Earth Day 50 years after its founding. So, to mark this Anniversary, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks would like to collect and share images and mementos that celebrate Seattle’s great outdoors.  Check out the following link for more information. Deadline on Call for Submissions ends April 18th.   

Going Against the Grain: Working with Juniper Wood

Image by Gabe Border

An invasive and abundant species in Central Oregon, juniper does not enjoy a fond reputation–the current public and private landowner response has been to cut, pile and burn the trees. There are challenges to using this wood, but there are more challenges to leaving it growing: it drains the dry state’s water and isn’t friendly to local wildlife. Signal Architecture + Research partnered with forestry management in the Cottonwood Canyon to create an Experience Center for a 8,000 acre Oregon State Park, setting a market example for how juniper can be both functional and beautiful. Read more about the challenges, sourcing and result here.


Washington State Landscape Architect Board

Board Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have canceled the April meeting of the board. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Information regarding past and upcoming board meetings are available on our website athttps://www.dol.wa.gov/business/landscapearchitects/laboard.html.

Welcome New Members!

WASLA would like to welcome new members Nicole Ferreira and Liz Thorstenson! If you are interested in becoming a WASLA member, please click here.


Current WASLA Job Postings

Job Title


Post Date

Senior Park Planner - Snohomish County

Snohomish County


Multiple Positions - Senior Landscape Architect, Design Director, Regional Director, Project Designer, Project Manager, Project Coordinator 




 Support Endowed Scholarships

Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund

Kenichi Nakano Endowed Scholarship Fund for Landscape Architecture
See website for more images + stories.

How ASLA is Helping Members During the Time of COVID-19

ASLA is committed to helping our members during these tough and uncertain times. Follow the link to a list of ASLA national’s tools for businesses and general guidance. 

Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 
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