November 2017 Print

President's Message

As I begin my term as President, I wanted to thank the Wisconsin Chapter members for electing me. It is an incredibly honor! I also want to thank Cody Axness, current Past President, as well as the 2016-2017 Board for your leadership and service.  Despite a few winding roads ahead I am excited about our Chapter’s programing for the upcoming year which is filled with ideas, optimism, excitement, and hope…setting our direction as only a lost boy or Star Trek captain can…

“Second star to the right and straight on till morning.”

WI ASLA has a great Board of Directors and I look forward to working with my WI ASLA family over the next three years. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the WI ASLA board members or committee chairs:   

WI ASLA 2017-2018 Executive Committee /

President: Jonathan Bronk
Past President: Cody Axness
President-Elect: None
Trustee: Gary A. Brown, FASLA
Treasurer: Christa Schaefer
Secretary: Suzanne Vincent
Member-at-Large: Bradlee Bertram
Member-at-Large: Kristi Sherfinski
Member-at-Large: Sarah McDonald

Ex-Officio /

Executive Director: Chris Ruditys / WAM
Student Chapter President: Cameron Braatz
UW-Madison LA Program Representative: Samuel Dennis, Jr.

Committee Chairs /

Advocacy & Government Affairs: Jay Gehler
Alumni: Gary Brown
Awards & Recognition: Bradlee Bertram
Emerging Professionals: Kristi Sherfinski, Mara Redding (Co-Chairs)
Events & Continuing Education: Christa Schaefer & Rhonda James (Co-Chairs)
Membership: Audra Lofton
PR / Communications: Sarah McDonald
Social Events/Networking: Suzanne Vincent
HALS Liason: Kristi Sherfinski


Jonathan L Bronk, PLA, ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President 

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Welcome to our new members and congratulations to our members celebrating significant milestones as ASLA members! 

New Member / Linda Stoll, Affiliate ASLA

5 Year Milestone / Tom Mortensen, ASLA

15 Year Milestone / Erik R. Schmitt, ASLA

15 Year Milestone / Daniel Schmitt, ASLA

40 Year Milestone / Thomas K. Kindschi, ASLA

Congratulations to Sarah Close for completing the L.A.R.E during the August 2017 administration!

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Networking Happy Hour

7 W. Main St. Madison, WI 53703

Join us for a networking event for emerging professionals.  All members are welcome to attend.

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WI ASLA 2018 Professional & Recognition Awards

Professional Awards - All members of the Wisconsin Chapter of ASLA are eligible to submit entries for projects located in or out of the state of Wisconsin. Non-Wisconsin ASLA members and non-ASLA members who have performed a primary role in a project located in the state of Wisconsin may also submit an entry. All applicants must have primary involvement in their entry and must clearly describe their role in the project.

Recognition Awards - The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects issues awards to recognize persons and organizations who have enhanced the visibility of the profession of landscape architecture in Wisconsin, promoted excellence in land planning and landscape design, promoted professional ethics, and fostered environmental stewardship and enhanced quality of life.

Professional Awards may be given in six categories:

1. General Design – Category A or B
2. Residential Design
3. Un-Built Works
4. Analysis & Planning – Category A or B
5. Research
6. Communications

Download the professional awards criteria and entry form

Download the professional awards PowerPoint template

Recognition Awards may be given in six categories:

1. Public Service
2. Visibility
3. Life Achievement
4. Environmental Enhancement
5. Chapter Service
6. Chapter Support 

Download the recognition awards nomination form

Entry Fee

$100 per entry for ASLA members and associates                                                                     Member Payment Link

 $150 per entry for non-ASLA                                                                                                     Non-Member Payment Link

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Call for WI ASLA Committee Members: WE WANT YOU!

Call for WI ASLA Committee Members: WE WANT YOU! 

Are you interested in getting involved in a WI ASLA Chapter Committee? We have openings! Please check out the Chapter website for committee descriptions, charge and responsibilities, meeting schedule, time commitments and terms.  Please contact the committee chair(s) to express your interest in that committee.

Please submit your interest via e-mail to the chair by November 22, 2018, include your:

Years of experience
Why you want to get involved
Any special expertise you can offer
Committee Chairs will contact you with how you can get involved!

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2018 Sponsorship Drive

It’s that time of year again when the leafs have mostly fallen, the windows begin to show the first frosty signs of winter, and the WI ASLA Chapter Sponsorship Drive for the upcoming year begins. Our sponsors play a critical role in supporting Chapter programing ranging from advocacy, continuing education, mentorship, fellowship, professional recognition, student support and scholarships, and professional awareness and recognition. We have a lot of optimism, excitement, and hope for the upcoming year and we look forward to continuing our sponsorship partnerships and making new ones as well.

Sponsorship Catalog

Thank you to those who have already signed on as sponsors for 2018 and thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Kafka Granite
Anova Furnishings
Victor Stanley
Madrax/Thomas Steele
County Materials
Ultimate Playgrounds
Hunter Industries
Rainbird Company
Miller & Associates
Landscape Forms, Inc.
Wausau Tile
Lee Recreation, LLC
Forms + Surfaces
Madison Block & Stone
Pave Drain
Minnesota Wisconsin Playground
LiveRoof & LiveWall
Northland Recreation
Gerber Leisure Products
Reese Recreation
Johnson’s Nursery
Hanging Gardens

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2018 Annual Spring Conference

Just a reminder WI ASLA is accepting presentation proposals for the 2018 Annual Spring Conference February 28 & March 1st to be held at UW-Madison Union South. We are looking for a diverse range of topics that not only satisfy our continuing education requirements for licensure, but continue our lifelong learning and inspire us. This year’s conference theme is Equity.Ecology.Economy.

The quality of the Spring Conference is in large part due to the dedication of our volunteer presenters. We’re excited to see what landscape architects and allied professionals from Wisconsin and the Midwest have in store for us in 2018.

The Deadline for Proposals is December 1st, 2018!

Spring Conference Proposal Form

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Pollinator Assessment Survey

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is conducting an assessment to determine what practices are currently being used in Wisconsin to enhance pollinators. This information will be used to direct further research and outreach efforts.  Pollinators are defined as any animal that visits flowering plants and transfers pollen from flower to flower, thus aiding plant reproduction. Wisconsin based pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flower flies, beetles, wasps and hummingbirds. In Wisconsin, pollinator-dependent crops account for over $55 million in annual production, but at the same time Wisconsin has been at risk for honey bee colony loss as well as the declining wild bee populations. In April of 2016, Wisconsin produced the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan ( which helps guide pollinator-friendly practices for Wisconsin landscapes. Questions developed for this assessment are based on this Plan.  

The assessment should take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Assessment Form

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Illustration Workshop

WIASLA sponsored an Illustration Workshop on October 27th & 28th in Oconomowoc. Participants from WIASLA, AIA, and the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association enjoyed learning about and practicing drawing from observation, perspective drawing, adding detail and shading. They were also introduced to inspiring illustrators past and current and given tools to keep improving illustration skills at home or work. WIASLA would like to extend a special thank you to ANOVA Site Furnishings for their generous sponsorship of this event, Bruce Bondy of Bondy Illustration Studio for teaching it, the Oconomowoc Community Center for hosting us, and of course everyone who attended! 

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Dan Kiley Symposium

Thank you to everyone who attend the Dan Kiley Symposium Nov 2nd . We had a great turnout with 20 people attending the site tour of the Cudahy Gardens and the Horsechestnut Grove at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Over 50 people participating in our keynote and panel discussion before breaking to view the exhibit. Participates had a chance to earn 3.75 CEUs.

The Exhibit was created by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) following the centennial of Dan Kiley’s birth in 2012. It is a traveling photographic exhibition that serves as a retrospective of his life and career, and chronicles the current state of 27 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide. 

We encourage everyone to stop by the exhibit, which is hosted by UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning through January 12th, 2018.  Best place to park is at the UW-Milwaukee Student Union garage (Lot 22)

UWM Transportation Map

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley-Milwaukee

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Clean Lakes Alliance Design Competition

The Clean Lakes Alliance is sponsoring a design competition for Warner Beach of Lake Mendota to envision a future for Warner Beach in which the area is enhanced in terms of water quality, sustainability, community access and placemaking while promoting the health, happiness and well-being of the community.

Submission deadline is Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST

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ASLA Advocacy Summit

In case you missed it WI ASLA hosted the Advocacy Summit this year in Milwaukee.  See link below for a recap of the event.  Thank you to Jay Gehler, Audra Lofton, Cody Axness, Pam Linn and everyone else who helped organize the event on behalf of WI ASLA.  Thank you to the ASLA National Government Affairs Team and all the ASLA Chapter Representatives who attended.  Thank you to Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. for hosting us! 

ASLA Advocacy Summit

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