March 2018 Print

President's Message

Our 2018 Annual Spring Conference concluded last week (March 1) and from comments I’ve seen and heard so far it was an incredibly successful event. We had a great presentation line up covering a diverse range of topics and our Vendor Expo had a record number 31 sponsors.  The Spring Social & Awards Reception recognized a robust number of individuals and projects for their contributions to the profession and some of the great work done by Wisconsin landscape architects. 

There is an incredible amount of work done volunteers over the course of a year to organize and run the Spring Conference. I want to thank everyone for their hard work to make the conference a success.

  •         Thank you to the Spring Conference Committee and Co-Chairs Christa Schaefer, PLA, ASLA and Rhonda James, PLA, ASLA, for their leadership and to the committee for their hard work over the past year to put the conference together. Work has already begun for 2019!
  •         Thank you to the WI ASLA Board of Directors who provided valuable support during the conference to insure everything ran smoothly; adapting flawlessly to last minute modifications and requests.
  •         Thank you to Brad Bertram, PLA, ASLA - WI ASLA Awards Committee Chair - for organizing our awards recognition program and leading the Awards Reception.  Thank you to the North Carolina-ASLA Chapter for jurying our 2018 professional awards.  
  •         Thank you to the WI ASLA sponsors. Their support and collaboration is a critical part of insuring the Chapter can provide quality programing to its members.
  •         Thank you to our volunteer presenters. Without their dedication and hard work we would not have had the quality continuing education sessions we did.  
  •         Thank you to Ken Saiki Design and SmithGroupJJR for hosting Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, CEO and Exec. Vice President of ASLA as she toured their firms; learning about landscape architecture in Wisconsin and how ASLA can better serve its members.
  •         Thank you to everyone for making Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA feel welcome during her time in Wisconsin.  She had high praise for our conference and enjoyed her time in Wisconsin as well as giving her 20x20 “What Inspires Me” presentation.
  •         Thank you to Wisconsin Association Management for their help behind the curtain of the conference. A sometimes thankless, but critical part of making the conference a success.
  •         Thank you to Union South and their staff. They went out of their way to accommodate our needs, often last minute, and again provided a beautiful facility for our two days together in.
  •         Thank you to the conference attendees.  I enjoy seeing everyone each spring and consider the conference a Wisconsin landscape architecture family reunion. Yes, we need our continuing education credits, but it is also a chance to network, have fun, celebrate landscape architecture and recognize the hard work our colleagues are doing across the state, county, and globe.


So mark your calendars for the 2019 WI ASLA Annual Spring Conference February 27 & 28 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We can’t wait to see you there!


Jonathan L Bronk, PLA, ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President 

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Welcome new members and congratulations to those celebrating significant ASLA membership and professional milestones! 

25 Years / Margarete R. Harvey, ASLA

25 Years / Mick Klein-Kennedy, ASLA

5 Years / Christine M. Kosiorek, ASLA

Congratulations to Kristi Sherfinski, PLA, ASLA who is now licensed in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Congratulations to Cody Axness, PLA, ASLA for passing the LARE Florida Section.

Do you know someone celebrating a professional milestone?    Let us know!


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A Call for World Landscape Architecture Month Content is coming!

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture. WLAM introduces the profession to the public by highlighting landscape architect-designed spaces around the world. We want to highlight the great work Wisconsin Landscape Architects are doing on social media.

3 reasons to submit our work:

  1. FREE advertising for you, your company or firm and clients

  2. You’re helping EDUCATE the public about what it is that we do.

  3. You’re raising AWARENESS to the impacts our work has on the Health, Safety and Welfare of the Public.


Please use the WI ASLA Social Media Request Form to submit your work. For more information and to submit graphics and images please e-mail:



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ANOVA Grant Competition: April 13 - May 14

Describe a space that influenced your career in landscape architecture, which can help others relate to the profession. Submit a short essay and a quick napkin sketch and you could win a $2,000 grant to fund your participation in the 2018 ASLA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. 21 grants will be awarded.

More info and who is eligible:

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ASLA Student Awards Call for Entries

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Student Awards. Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients and their advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia October 22, 2018.

Student entry registrations and payments are due by May 7, 2018; submission deadline is May 21.

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WI ASLA 2018 Annual Spring Conference Attendee Survey

Did you attend the WI ASLA Spring Conference? Make sure you fill out the survey sent to you on 3/5/2018 via email to provide valuable feedback so we can continue to improve our conference.

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Advocacy Alert / Land Water Conservation Fund

We need your help to protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The administration unveiled its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal, which recommended cutting the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by 98 percent from FY17 levels and zeroing out the state grants program.

Go to the iAdvocate Network to tell your legislators to support LWCF

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Advocacy Alert / Living Shorelines

ASLA released a statement endorsing H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act, which would provide critical funding to help our nation’s coastal communities develop flood-resistant green infrastructure projects that integrate plants and local ecosystems. 

Go to the iAdvocate Network contact your legislators about cosponsoring the bill.          

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Free Internship Postings on ASLA Joblink!

Free Internship Postings on ASLA Joblink!

Starting February 1, ASLA will once again be offering members a free internship posting on JobLink during the months of February, March, and April. 

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ASLA Rebranding

Learn more about ASLA’s rebranding effort and why it’s important.  The official rollout will begin April 1st but updates have already begun.  You’ll see more at the Chapter level beginning April 1.

While the rebranding effort involves more than just a logo, it may be the most visible piece. Listen to this 99 Percent Invisible podcast to learn more about the importance and nuance of logo design.

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ASLA Presidential Candidates Forum

ASLA Presidential Candidates Forum

The ASLA Presidential Candidates Forum is in full swing.  Check out the latest LAND Newsletters to learn about both candidates as you prepare for the upcoming election.  

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Featured Platinum Sponsor Victor Stanley

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