September 2019 Print

President's Message

It’s hard to believe autumn is already in the air with signs of transition abound. Kiddos are back in school.  Goldenrod and asters are blooming. Trees are unveiling warm colors. Days are turning crisp. Shadows are getting longer. The early morning and late afternoon light are magical. 

WI ASLA is also in transition. Our Annual Meeting is October 11th and we’ll spend half a day in Milwaukee celebrating the end of one season and the beginning of another.  

We’ll enjoy the autumn sights while touring the Milwaukee Harbor District on pedal taverns; stopping at various locations to learn about the great work taking place there (Sign up quickly. Tour seats are limited!).

We’ll catch up with our landscape architecture family at O’Lydia’s over a few of our favorite beverages and dinner.  We’ll highlight what WI ASLA has been up to over the last year, celebrate the contributions of our board members transitioning to new adventures, and congratulate incoming board members whose journey is just beginning.

So join us October 11 to celebrate the changing seasons! We look forward to seeing you there!


Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA, ASLA

WI ASLA Chapter President

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WI ASLA 2019-2020 Election Results

The results are in! Congratulations to Jonathan Bronk, incoming Trustee; Kristi Sherfinski, incoming Secretary, and Stephanie Wilson, incoming Member at Large. Jonathan, Kristi and Stephanie will take office along with Sarah McDonald as President on November 19.

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Call for WI ASLA Spring Conference Proposals: Sept 20

The 2020 WI ASLA Spring Conference - 50 and Forward - will be on February 19 & 20th, 2020 in Madison, WI at Union South on the UW Madison Campus.  We hope to celebrate all that WI Landscape Architecture is and focus on the future of what landscape architecture contributes to society as well as our homes, neighborhoods, communities, state, region, nation and world.  

Presentation proposals ARE DUE - September 20, 2019.  

see for more information.  If you cannot access that link please contact Rhonda James at [email protected] 

Please consider sharing your knowledge with your peers or recruit someone you would like to hear speak at our conference.

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UW DPLA Student Fundraiser for ASLA 2019: San Diego

The WI-ASLA Student Chapter is attending the 2019 National Conference on Landscape Architecture in San Diego, CA in November! In order for all students to have a better opportunity to attend the conference, the organization has created a fundraiser to fund their lodging and cost of attendance tickets. The student organization, and fellow members, value the conference's ability to give them a greater insight into Landscape Architecture outside of the classroom.

The student chapter values the conference as well as your consideration. If you would like to donate to their cause, visit their GoFundMe website.They only have $528 to go
before their lodging is covered! Thank you to everyone who has donated!

Any and all help is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you at the conference!

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Good Reads

bipartisan bill would fund a pilot project aimed at reducing the risk of flooding in one northern Wisconsin county. The results would provide insights on ways to reduce flood risks statewide. Full article here.

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Did you Know? Member benefits

Members can save time and money by using one of ASLA’s many affinity partners covering personal and professional services. Save time and money

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Tishler Lecture: The City in a Garden | A History of Chicago’s Parks: September 25

Join the UW DPLA Department for the first annual Tishler Lecture featuring Julia Bachrach, author of The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks. Julia is an alumna of UW Madison and worked for nearly three decades as the preservation planning supervisor for the Chicago Parks District.

The lecture is free and will be held in the Biotechnology Center Auditorium (425 Henry Mall) on the UW Madison Campus at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25th. Please share with friends/colleagues!  RSVP Here

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WI ASLA Annual Board Retreat: Sept 27-28

Your WI ASLA Board and Committee members will be meeting to plan out the year ahead at the end of September. If there’s anything you’d like us to know about or consider, (or if you want to join in!) don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Contact info is available here.

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Kafka Granite Trestle Park Happy Hour: October 3

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WI ASLA Annual Meeting Save the Date: October 11, 2019

Join us for a fun and educational evening at our Annual Meeting! This year we’ll be in Milwaukee, starting at 3:00 pm.

3:00-5:00 pm: Harbor District Pedal Tavern Tour (Register Here)

5:30-6:30 pm: Fall Social, O’Lydia’s Bar & Grill

6:30-9:00 pm: Dinner and Annual Meeting, O’Lydia’s Bar & Grill

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Ticco: Place Shapers Detroit Retreat | Nov. 7-8, 2019

Ticco is a community for early-career professionals shaping cities. They are dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation of professionals in fields like Landscape Architecture, and as part of that commitment they organize and host regional retreats for these individuals.

Their next retreat, Place Shapers Detroit, will unite early-career professionals in Landscape Architecture with their peers in urban planning, sustainability, architecture, and other related practices over two days for hands-on learning sessions in Detroit, MI. Professionals from throughout the Midwest and Rust Belt regions are invited to register and attend! They'll dive deep into the theme of the event - "the transition to people-first cities" to explore the tools we can use to improve quality of life through our work.

More information & registration here.

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