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American Society of Landscape Architects

WISCONSIN CHAPTER

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Calling all all UW-Madison Landscape Architecture Undergraduate Students and Local Landscape Architecture Professionals!

Exciting news! Our inaugural mentorship program is now accepting applications for mentees and mentors for the Spring 2024 semester! Applications are due 1/12/2024. 

 

We will be hosting a Mentorship Kickoff Gathering on 2/1/2024 in Madison. Save the date! 

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Holiday Happy Hour in Milwaukee

Calling all landscape architects in Milwaukee (and beyond)! A holiday happy hour is planned for Thursday, December 14th, at Enlightened Brewing Co. (address is 2020 S Allis St, Milwaukee, WI 53207). Let's spread some cheer and drink some beer! 

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Call for Spring Conference Presentations

Consider sharing your knowledge at our upcoming Spring Conference in Milwaukee, April 11 and 12, 2024. We are seeking session proposals for continuing education presentations through November 30th. Please fill out the form and submit to admin@wiasla.com. Direct any further questions to that email as well. Thank you! 

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Monona Terrace Seeking Volunteers to Serve as Terrace Town 2024 Mentors!

A volunteer opportunity awaits if you’re interested in educating youth about landscape architecture! Monona Terrace is seeking volunteers to serve as classroom mentors in the Terrace Town program. Terrace Town introduces community planning and landscape architecture to Dane County elementary students. It aims to teach how communities are planned, what makes a quality community, and how people participate in the improvement of their built environment.

 

We’re recruiting mentors to visit classrooms and share knowledge on a variety of topics. You will be supporting the students’ work in designing a “box city” model of a community or neighborhood. Your schedule must accommodate 3-4 visits during school hours January-early March 2024. Experience working with students is not necessary- training is provided. Please contact Heather Sabin at 608.261.4015 or hsabin@mononaterrace.com for more information.

Student Scholarship Winner

We are excited to announce the winner of this year's Student Scholarship based on an exceptional submission to our "Sketch Your Future Challenge." We congratulate Dhruv Lokhande for their outstanding creativity and dedication to ASLA's "Parks & Recreation" Mission Area. $2000 will be directed to UW-Madison to further Dhruv's academic journey in the Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture.

Congratulations Dhruv!

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Save the Date for the 2024 Spring Conference!

Save the date for our upcoming Spring Conference in Milwaukee at the UW-Milwaukee Student Union. 

Recent Board of Directors News

Congratulations to our recently elected Board members. They will begin their new terms following the Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis this October. We thank them for their continued service to our Chapter. 

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President-Elect
Stephanie Wilson
City of Wauwatosa

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Secretary
Abbie Moilien
Saiki Design, Inc

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Member-at-Large
Tiara Wuethrich
Ayres Associates

Thank you to Jodi Refsland of Damon Farber for stepping into an open Member-at-Large position on our Board of Directors. Jodi will begin her service immediately and fulfill the rest of the term through fall of 2024. 

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Jodi Refsland
Damon Farber

What is a Landscape Architect?

This video describes what a Landscape Architect does and highlights some of the projects created by Landscape Architects in Wisconsin. Created in February 2020 by WI ASLA and Adisi Imagery. 

EVENTS

ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture

Our Chapter has an impressive turnout at the National Conference on Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis this year. The LABash Block Party provided an opportunity for our members to connect with University of Wisconsin-Madison students and alumni. 

Milwaukee Fall Field Session

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2023 Fall Field Session in Milwaukee. We had the opportunity to tour Wagner in the morning, followed by stops at Green Bay Playfield, Lakeshore State Park, the Discovery World E-Cacia Tree, and Northwestern Mutual Community Park Playground. Despite a little rain, we learned a lot about local projects in Milwaukee!

Thanks to our Happy Hour Sponsor!

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Thanks to our Sponsors!

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2023 Park(ing) Day at UW-Madison Campus

Park(ing) Day was a blast! The WI ASLA Emerging Professionals hosted the event on the UW-Madison campus near Memorial Union. This years theme was "Pollinator Places" so the group spent the day educating the public about pollinator communities, their habitats and how to assist in creating thriving ecosystems for them through landscape architecture and our everyday lives. Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting this effort by providing materials and financial assistance to make the event a success! 

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Jensen-Longenecker and WI ASLA Awards Banquet

Thank you to all applicants that submitted entries for the 2023 Professional Awards. Award winners were announced at the Jensen-Longenecker and WI ASLA Awards Banquet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 24, 2023. It was great to come together for this awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students and professionals in Wisconsin. Thanks to the UW-Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (DPLA) for their partnership in this event.

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Student Awards

Congratulations to our 2023 WI ASLA Student Award recipients! Each year, senior students from the landscape architecture department are nominated by their instructors to present about their academic careers to a jury of professionals from WI ASLA. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. 

Honor Award- Lydia DeBauche

Merit Award- Alexis Paus

Finalist Award- Ashley Fritz

Finalist Award- Will Kegel

Spring Conference in Madison

Thanks to all who attended the Spring Conference at Union South in Madison! It was a fantastic event full of a diverse range of education sessions, a lively vendor expo, and great opportunities for networking with connections new and old. The event began with an inspiring keynote from TEN X TEN. Other education session highlights include inclusive park design, funding outdoor learning environments, measuring landscape performance, preventing plant disease problems, and design that supports mental health. For a full list of sessions, see the button below. We also enjoyed an after hours social, complete with bowling and camaraderie. Thanks to all our sponsors that help to make this a successful event every year!

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BOARD DINNER SPONSOR

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SOCIAL SPONSOR

NEWSLETTER

Read the latest newsletter for more exciting updates from the Wisconsin Chapter! 

We greatly value your sponsorship-it is critical to our operations. Please reach out to let us know how we can provide value to you. We hope you decide to be a part of our sponsorship program.

Check out our new and improved sponsorship menu for more information, including new firm sponsorship opportunities! 

Thank you for your continued support of WI ASLA!

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ASLA NATIONAL NEWS

Shawn Kelly Receives the ASLA Medal

Congratulations to Shawn Kelly, FASLA for being honored with the 2022 ASLA Medal. In the words of the American Society of Landscape Architects:

"The ASLA Medal is the highest honor the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) can bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment."

Shawn continues to leave an incredible impact on the profession in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. Amongst an impressive resume of service and achievements, he has worked to protect licensure in our state and has mentored and inspired countless students as an instructor at UW-Madison. His dedication to landscape architecture and the next generation of practitioners makes him a well-deserving recipient of this prestigious honor.

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The ASLA Climate Action Plan was released with great excitement at the 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Francisco. The document is a product of the hard work of the ASLA Climate Action Plan Task Force. Goals and initiatives provide a framework for climate action through 2040. A Climate Action Field Guild was also released for ASLA members. 

ASLA Launches Climate Action Plan

The 2022-2024 Strategic Plan was released at the 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville. The plan discusses the new mission statement for ASLA and select focus areas that will advance the profession. These areas include: Community, Connection, Innovation, Scale, and Voice. 

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ASLA Strategic Plan

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