December 2017 Print

President's Message

Happy Holidays from WI ASLA!  May this holiday season be filled with joy, hope, kindness, gratitude, friends and family. Travel safe and stay warm! 


Jonathan L Bronk, PLA, ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President 

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In Memoriam

This announcement is from the UW-Madison Landscape Architecture Facebook Page and is written by Ian’s mother, Lucy Long. Ian was a graduate student in the Landscape Architecture program at UW-Madison

Ian Alexander Santino (born July 17th, 1986) passed away at sunrise on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, from liver failure due to colorectal cancer.

Ian was a loved son, brother, friend, and partner. He lived an incredibly full and passionate life.

Ian once said that death is a creative act, of energy releasing into the world like a burst of sunlight to be absorbed into other living things. Ian will be buried naturally with a burr oak planted over him, so that he can become part of the natural world he loved.

The first of many Celebrations of Ian will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Farley Center must outside of Madison. Burial service will be at 2:00 pm followed by a vegan potluck.

(Farley Center, 2299 Spring Rose Road, Verona, WI 53593)

(Ian’s favorite source for vegan recipes is the Avant-Garde Vegan on you-tube. We will supply Ian’s famous vegan macaroni and cheese.)


Team Ian

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

25 Year Milestone / Barbara Wyatt, ASLA

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Call for WI ASLA Committee Members: WE WANT YOU!

Call for WI ASLA Committee Members: WE WANT YOU! 

Miss the deadline? No problem! Please contact committee chairs to express your interest in helping out. WI ASLA has an exciting year ahead and we want you to be a part of it!

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Advocacy Update/WI ASLA Site Tour with Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS)

On Wednesday, November 22, WI ASLA met with the State of Wisconsin Department Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Deputy Secretary Eric Esser and Assistant Deputy Secretary Kristen Reader for a site tour of the landscape architecture at UW Health at The American Center in Madison, WI. As our membership is aware of, DSPS is tasked with generating a report to the Governor and Legislature on the status of professional licensing in Wisconsin. Our profession of Landscape Architecture has also been under attack by several special interest groups interested in eliminating professional licensure in the workplace. Our greatest enemy in this fight has been misinformation and the purpose our meeting and tour was to inform and educate DSPS leadership as to what Landscape Architects do and highlight how we protect public health, safety and welfare.

The meeting kicked off with Chapter Advocacy Chair Jay Gehler, ASLA explaining the history of attaining our professional license and how licensure has affected our practice. Jay explained the critical expertise that a licensed practitioner brings to a project – both accountability and enforceability – over non-licensed designers. Past President Cody Axness, ASLA added the myriad of tasks Landscape Architects perform and the relevance to public safety and welfare. Flad Landscape Architect Jeffrey DeLaura, ASLA initiated the conversation regarding the UW Health project, explaining how Landscape Architects were an integral member of the design team. KSD-LA Landscape Architects Ken Saiki and Abbie Moilien, ASLA and Flad Landscape Associate Alissa Santurri, ASLA then led the group on a comprehensive tour of the UW Health landscape, stopping at the outdoor terrace/ green roof, entry plaza and a miniature version of the Camp Randall playing surface. Both Deputy Secretary Esser and Assistant Deputy Reader asked a number of questions about how the design process evolved and how professionally licensed practitioners designed, specified and supervised installation of the project.

The take-away of this meeting is that Landscape Architects will continue to have a “place at the table” in the review process. DSPS will seek our input in the preparation of the report to the Governor and Legislature. We, as a profession, need to remain diligent in our communications with the Legislature and DSPS as this report is prepared. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) as well as other groups will continue to promote deregulation because they believe it will remove barriers to employment.  Our job is to educate the Governor’s Office, State Legislature, and DSPS why Landscape Architects are vital in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public while creating vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities.

Thank you to our legislative consultants Michael Bluemenfeld and Erin Febrizius for arranging the meeting for WI ASLA as well as FLAD and Ken Saiki Design for helping lead the tour.

Every day is Advocacy Day!

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2018 Annual Spring Conference

The WI ASLA 2018 Annual Spring Conference is fast approaching so make sure you have us marked in your calendar for Feb 28 and March 1st, 2018.  We will be back at Union South on the UW-Madison Campus and have a full schedule of activities and continuing education sessions lined upOur theme this year is Equity, Ecology, Economy. Stay tuned for registration to open early January 2018 at

A few highlights for this year’s conference:

  1.        Satisfy your life long learning and license requirements by earning up to 13 LA CES         certified CEUs, including one ethics credit required for Wisconsin LA License
  2.        Meet vendors and learn about new products at the Vendor Expo
  3.        Recognize the best of Wisconsin landscape architecture at the WI ASLA 2018                 Spring Social & Awards Reception
  4.       Support UW-Madison Landscape Architecture student scholarships and Student              ASLA Chapter at the Silent Auction
  5.       Share ideas and network at the Women Designers Meet & Greet
  6.       Enjoy the winter landscape with a Tour of Allen Centennial Garden via a short walk          through UW-Madison Campus. Tour led by Garden Director Ben Futa.
  7.       Let loose, relax, and bowl a few rounds at the WI ASLA After Hours Social 

Spring Conference Proposal Form

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WI ASLA 2018 Annual Spring Conference/Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline for presentation proposals has been extended to December 15, 2017.  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 and is meant to be a guide for our presentations, but not a rule.  If you think you have a presentation of interest, send us your pitch.  Remember, presenters receive a severely reduced rate of $75.00 if they want to stay for the entire conference. 

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.

 Spring Conference Proposal Form

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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!

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WI ASLA 2018 Professional & Recognition Awards

WIASLA is accepting entries for the 2018 Professional and Recognition Awards!

In an effort to encourage broader participation, there are new subcategories available in the General Design and Analysis and Planning categories.

Visit the chapter website for additional information:

The deadline for entries is Friday, January 12, 2017.

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When Did You Discover Landscape Architecture?

According to a survey conducted by Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA) at the 2017 ASLA Meeting & Expo, only 6% of 208 participants learned about the career field of landscape architecture between the grades of K-12.  A majority (63%) of participants learned about it in adulthood.

FLAA is a non-profit organization focused on educating K-12 students on the career field of landscape architecture.  From participating in classroom projects to taking outdoor field trips, students will have opportunities to learn first-hand from a landscape architect about designing communities, topography, stormwater solutions, plants, and much more!

Learn more at

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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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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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