August 2020 Print

President's Message

We have all been there… a friend, family member, colleague or client who make assumptions about what a landscape architect does but are just WAY off base.  Love memes?  Looking to feel understood? Need a good laugh?

If you don’t already, follow:  The Landscape of Memes on Instagram, I promise you won’t regret it. 

I mean, who couldn’t use a few laughs with everything going on these days?

I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and enjoying summer! You may have noticed we skipped July’s Newsletter so this month is packed with special announcements, accolades, and calls to action. I hope to hear from you! Stay Well!

Sarah McDonald, PLA, ASLA

Wisconsin Chapter President

ADOCACY ALERT, CRITICAL NEED: The Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Professional Land Surveyors

The members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature to serve 4-year terms. The Board consists of 25 members: 3 architects, 3 landscape architects, 3 professional engineers, 3 designers, 3 professional land surveyors, and 10 public members. It is critical that we fill the two vacant Landscape Architect member positions on the board.

The vacancies of these two positions could be construed as if landscape architects are not interested in regulating the profession and would therefore be grounds for losing our licensure. 

Please contact Sarah McDonald, Chapter President via e-mail if you are interested and plan to apply.  Apply to serve here:

Brenda Williams Elevated to ASLA Fellow

WI ASLA is proud to announce that Brenda Williams is one of 19 members ASLA will be elevating as ASLA Fellow in 2020.  A landscape architect at Quinn Evans in Madison, WI, Brenda is being recognized for her leadership nationwide in the conservation of cultural landscapes and advancing the role of landscape architects in their planning and design.

For over 30 years, Brenda Williams has been an inspiring example of how to collaborate and bring diverse groups of people together to understand and preserve the complex cultural history layered within our landscape.

She has used those same collaborative methods and passion to build partnerships among professional organizations, execute national level policy reform, and create opportunities that enable the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and community leaders to champion cultural landscape preservation.

Please join us in congratulating Brenda on her elevation to ASLA Fellow!  We’re honored to have her as part of our ASLA family.

See Full ASLA Announcement

WI ASLA’s Fellows

Let us also recognize all of WI ASLA’s Fellows and thank them for their service and leadership within the profession and our communities.

Tishler, William H. / Professional Writing / 1991

Dunbar, Thomas R. / Direct Service to the Society / 1993

Buettner, Dennis R . / Direct Service / 1995

Lewis, Jr., Philip Howard / Professional Instruction / 1995

Fernholz, John J. (Jay) / Service to the Profession / 2000

Ritzer, James F. / Administrative Work / 2002

Styczinski, Rosheen Marie / Service to the Profession / 2002

Brown, Gary Alan / Administrative Work / 2004

Brush, Robert Owen / Knowledge / 2004

Kelly, Shawn T. / Knowledge / 2009

Linn, Pamela J. / Leadership & Management / 2015

Wilke, Jason G. / Leadership & Management / 2019

Williams, Brenda / Leadership & Management / 2020

If there is someone you would like to nominate for ASLA Fellow, please see the requirements and process here. Please also reach out to Jonathan Bronk at [email protected] with any questions.

Tiara Wuethrich 2020 Student Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Tiara Wuethrich on earning one of this year's student scholarships! We had the chance to catch up with her and get her insight into Landscape Architecture and UW-Madison:

1. How did you become interested in Landscape Architecture and design?

"My high school offered a semester-long Landscape Design course, so I decided to try it out my junior year and immediately loved it. I had no idea what I wanted to study in college before that, so it felt like my future fell right into place! I have grown up loving plants and flowers, living in rural Wisconsin with a florist mother, as well as always being artistic and detail-oriented, which is why design is perfect for me. I am so glad a career path that integrates both of my passions exists!"

2. Is there a subject or class that has really interested or inspired you to learn more about the subject matter?

"I love my studio and design courses, but the Environmental Studies courses are interesting to me. It was a recommendation at orientation to take an Environmental Studies course for my first semester at UW, and I am glad I took it because it really changed how I see the world. I learned from and enjoyed it so much that I decided to work for an Environmental Studies Certificate."

3. What is one of your favorite things about being a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison?

"I love being a Badger! I feel like I am representing my whole home state by being a student at this University. I love attending football games and spending time with friends, but mostly, I love the feeling that I belong at this school and in this department."

They are on Board. Meet your newly elected board members!

Congratulations to our newly elected board members!  Thank you for stepping up to serve the Chapter and its members. We look forward to your contributions when your terms begin October 6, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who voted in and thank you to all our candidates.

WI ASLA Submits a Letter to the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change

Chapter President, Sarah McDonald submitted a letter to Lt. Governor Barnes during an open comment period for the Task Force highlighting the importance of bringing Landscape Architects to the table for climate change discussions. 

To see a copy of the letter go here: READ LETTER HERE

The Conference on Landscape Architecture Cancelled

Most of you have heard by now that the 2020 Conference on Landscape Architecture has been cancelled. ASLA is looking for ways to virtually engage with members in some way, so stayed tuned for more.  The good news is that hopefully more members can take part in events virtually with the barriers of transportation costs and time.

Fall Meeting Goes Virtual

The Wisconsin Chapter is committed to the safety of our members and with the rise in COVID-19 cases, we will not be conducting an in-person Fall Annual Meeting. We are planning an exciting virtual event with CEU opportunity and social engagements.  If you have an idea for the event reach out to [email protected].  

2021 Spring Conference Survey

Be on the lookout for a survey asking about your preferences for the Spring 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture.

Call for Volunteers!

We have vacancies for several chair positions, descriptions here.  Not interested in being chair but want to help on an ad hoc basis, no problem! 

  • Advocacy Chair
  • Emerging Professionals Chair
  • PR & Communications Co-Chair
  • K-12 Education subcommittee Chair/Co-Chairs
  • All committees are searching for members


E-mail us today with inquiries about how you can get involved [email protected]

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