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wi asla spring conference


2023 WI ASLA Spring Conference

Register for the Spring Conference today! 

The annual spring conference will be a great opportunity to earn LA CES certified continuing education credits, meet vendors and learn about new products and catch up with colleagues. The first day of the conference will be a full day of education and expo, with the second day focusing on education.

A block of rooms is available at the Wisconsin Union Hotel. 


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Spring Conference Session Descriptions


Maura Rockcastle, ASLA, PLA - Principal + Co-Founder - TEN X TEN

Ross Altheimer, ASLA, PLA, FAAR - Principal + Co-Founder - TEN X TEN

Our agency as landscape architects is grounded by our ability to challenge the critical foundation of the design process. As the field of landscape architecture evolves to combat the issues of our time - how we practice matters. This session will cover how, through design research, experimental methods of design process and ideation, and provocative questioning, TEN X TEN challenges the normative environment of practice through process-oriented ways of working, engaging, and seeing landscape. 

Wisconsin Avenue Park - An All-Inclusive Park for EveryBODY

Tom Mortensen, PLA, ASLA - Site Planner/Landscape Architect - raSmith

Courtney Rogaczewski - Managing Director - The Ability Center

raSmith is collaborating with The Ability Center ( on the master plan of an all-inclusive park project at Wisconsin Avenue Park in Wauwatosa. This park will feature active and passive recreational opportunities for people of ALL ages and abilities regardless of physical ability or cognitive skills. EveryBODY will play together and be active in this first-of-its-kind all-inclusive fitness and recreation destination. 

A Day at the Beach: Ecological Restoration Along the Great Lakes

Jacob Blue, PLA, ASLA - Landscape Architect - SmithGroup

Jessie Fink, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C - Landscape Architect - SmithGroup

The shorelines of the Great Lakes are heavily impacted by changing lake levels, wave dynamics and shoreline sediment transport. Ecological restoration of beaches and shorelines on the Great Lakes is rarely discussed or researched. This session will cover habitat restoration strategies along the coast of the Great Lakes from Lake Michigan to Lake Erie. Strategies such as shoreline armoring, planting strategies, and plant selection will be covered based on several case studies.

The Funding and Design of Outdoor Learning Environments

Sarah McDonald, PLA, CLARB, ASLA - Senior Landscape Architect/Urban Planner - Stantec

Melissa Curran - Senior Botanist/Nature Based Funding Specialist

Rosheen Styczinski, PLA, FASLA - Owner/Principal - New Eden Landscape Architecture, LLC.

Kerry White, PLA, ASLA - Senior Landscape Architect - Learning Landscapes Design

When scientists discovered that the transmission of COVID 19 was diminished when people were outside,  spaces such as parks, open spaces, yards and greenways were reimagined into classrooms, offices, meeting locations, restaurants and more.   Funding for green infrastructure and resilient landscapes has become increasingly available for projects within the Great Lakes Watersheds. Learn how to leverage grant funding to create learning landscapes.

Lessons Learned: 15 Years of the "Modern" Green Roof at UW-Madison

Jonathan Bronk, PLA, ASLA - Senior Landscape Architect - UW-Madison Office of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture 

This presentation will look back at 15 years of green roof design on the UW-Madison campus,  sharing observations and lessons learned pertaining to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of over 122,000 SF of vegetated green roof across 15 different building projects.  How do we apply what we have learned to ensure the success and resiliency of the next generation of green roofs?

Wisconsin DNR and the Landscape Architect

Cathy Burrows - Environmental and Natural Resources Grant Section Manager - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 

Phil Johnson, PLA, ASLA - Landscape Architect - SRF Consulting Group

Landscape Architects do more than design to the clients project goals.  We are also responsible to make the project financially feasible.  The more we know about WDNR grant programs the better we can serve our clients.  This presentations bring two  professionals with a wide range of grant funding experience that can benefit the landscape architect and their clients.  

Improving Landscape Performance: Elevating Sustainability and Carbon Metrics in Practice

Jodi Refsland, PLA, SITES AP, ISA Arborist - Landscape Architect - Damon Farber

How can we maximize the power of our landscapes to reduce the impacts of climate change? This session will discuss the importance of measuring landscape performance and how to reduce embodied carbon during  design.  Case studies are used to explore one firm’s journey to integrate sustainability metrics into daily practice and to ultimately inform more sustainable projects.

Stress Tested Tree Diversity Options

Jay Weiss - Principal - Cambridge Tree Project

With 1500 individual tree survival records and nearly 9000 annual growth measurements, the Cambridge Tree Trials represent one of the largest active, non-proprietary datasets known in urban forestry. Join Jay as he shares his latest findings, highlighting the most diverse street and park species selections ever trialed in our region. Growth and survival rates will be shared along with cultural observations.

Jens Jensen's Influence and Legacies: Celebrating Native, Local, Sustainable

Virginia Small - Landscape Historian and Award Winning Independent Journalist

Jens Jensen (1860-1951) was a visionary landscape architect, park designer, conservationist and co-founder of the "Prairie School of Landscape Architecture.. This program will highlight Jensen's focus on native plants and creating landscapes where people could interact and express themselves, including through equitable access within public spaces. Jensen worked to preserve the Indiana Dunes and The Ridges in Door County, and created The Clearing, a "school of the soil" in Door County.

Preventing Plant Disease Problems During the Landscape Design Process

Dr. Brian Hudelson - Director of the University of Wisconsin Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic - UW-Madison Extension

Many plant disease (and abiotic) problems originate at the time that landscapes are established.  This presentation will discuss common diseases in landscape settings and strategies in plant selection, planting and maintenance that will help you design and establish landscapes that have longterm sustainability.     

Landscape Architecture that Supports Positive Mental Health 

Sam Dennis Jr, PhD, ASLA - Professor - University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Landscape architects have long understood that people's experience of nature reduces stress, restores attention, and improves physical health outcomes.  Recent research, however, has shown that green (and blue) environments can also help people cope with more serious mental distress related to underlying health conditions This session will cover  examples of the ways natural environments support specific mental health diagnoses and will end with examples from landscape architecture practice.


Ethical Decision Making for Professionals

Richard Kyte, PhD - Director, DB Reinhard Institute for Ethics in Leadership - Viterbo University

Ethical decision-making is one of the chief responsibilities of leaders in any profession, especially since ethics is a crucial factor in workplace safety, employee engagement, and productivity. This program will introduce the “Four Way Method for Ethical Decision-Making” for working through and communicating difficult decisions with coworkers, clients, and the public.


Great Lakes Region Climate Action Seminar

The NY Upstate, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects are excited to announce the 2023 Great Lakes Region Climate Action Seminar. This is the second event in a series aimed to explore and expand landscape architecture’s role regarding climate change impacts occurring in urban and natural systems across the Great Lakes Region. The theme is:  Collaborating on Climate: Partnerships among landscape architects, educators, and communities to strengthen collective climate action. 

Registration Open! February 9 & 10, 2023

Green Bay Field Session & Annual Meeting

Thanks to all who joined WI ASLA in Green Bay for our fall Field Session, Annual Meeting, and Recognition Awards celebration. It was fantastic to learn about sites around the region and network with fellow landscape architects. 

The day started out at Neenah Foundry where we learned about the manufacturing process and toured part of their facility. From there, the group made their way up to Green Bay for tours of Bay Beach and the Broadway District. Bay Beach is a city owned amusement park with a rich history and unique plans for beach restoration in the bay. In the Broadway District, we heard about plans for revitalization and strategies for redevelopment. We also discussed the Shipyard Redevelopment Project that is currently under construction in the area. The field session tour ended with a walk through the Titletown District. It was great to learn about the design and programming decisions that were made for this year round destination right outside Lambeau Field. 

The evening concluded with the WI ASLA Annual Meeting where we discussed Chapter business and accomplishments. We also took this opportunity to present recognition awards to members with exemplary achievements and service to the profession.


Thank you to our 2022 Field Session Sponsors








Congratulations to the Recognition Award Recipients!

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Dave Burch
Lifetime Achievement Award


Jonathan Bronk
Chapter Service Award

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Rosheen Styczinski
Lifetime Achievement Award


Sarah McDonald
Chapter Service Award


Shawn Kelly
Lifetime Achievement Award

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Christa Schaefer
President's Award


Paige Bernhardt
Chapter Service Award

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Rhonda James
Chapter Service Award

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Jennifer Current
Public Service Award


Milwaukee Recreation
Visibility Award

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Ayres Associates
Visibility Award


Jensen-Longenecker and WI ASLA Awards Banquet

Thank you to all applicants that submitted entries for the 2022 Professional Awards. Award winners were announced at the Jensen-Longenecker and WI ASLA Awards Banquet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 22, 2022. It was great to come together for this awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students and professionals in Wisconsin. Thanks to the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison for the invitation to share this evening. 

Professional Awards


Student Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 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- Emma Wenman

Merit Award- Olivia Mayne

Finalist Award- Parker McManaman

Finalist Award- Tiara Wuethrich



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


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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!



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

Immediate Past President, Tom Mroz, FASLA and Chief Executive Officer, Torey Carter-Conneen spoke about the exciting future vision for ASLA at the 2021 National Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville. The inspiring presentation covered all topics from climate action to inclusivity within the organization and the actionable steps it will take to achieve this vision by 2030. 

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ASLA Vision

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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