I hope you had a joyful holiday season and have broken out of your holiday food coma by this point. WI ASLA has a lot in store for 2019 and we start the new year with good news.
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) has issued its final report for the Occupational Licensing Study that was required by the 2017-19 state budget. Many of you recently took the survey related to this. I am happy to report of the 28 licenses DSPS recommends for elimination; landscape architect IS NOT one of them!
Please visit the wiasla.com homepage where you can find the DSPS Report and the full update we emailed to membership.
As we defend licensure remember to mentor emerging professionals about the importance of licensure and how they can prepare for the LARE. WI ASLA will be hosting a two-day LARE review session on February 1 & 2, 2019 on the UW-Madison Campus. You can learn more at the event website and you can learn more about applying for a Wisconsin Landscape Architect license at DSPS.wi.gov.
Don’t forget to renew your license. This past year DSPS changed from mailing renewal notices to email. This transition may have caused some confusion and we are encouraging everyone to ensure their license is to date. You can renew your license online at DSPS.wi.gov.
Finally, remember to maintain your required continuing education credits for your license. Registration is now open for the WI ASLA Spring Conference February 27 & 28 with the opportunity to earn 12 continuing education credits, including ethics. Go to the conference website for more information and stay tuned as conference information is rolled out.
Happy New Year!
Jonathan L. Bronk, PLA ASLA
WI ASLA Chapter President
Update on Dan Kiley Horsechestnut Grove Site Status
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts has announced plans to “reimagine” their campus. This new vision, however, incudes the demolition of the Horse Chestnut Grove, one of two Dan Kiley designs in Milwaukee. Jennifer Current, PLA, ASLA and WI ASLA have been in communication with The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and other local media outlets regarding the demolition. Jennifer wrote a great article for the Cultural Landscape Foundation including who to contact to voice your thoughts. Below is the list of related articles:
Marcus Center unveils plans for updated architecture and reimagined grounds / By Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Demolition of Dan Kiley Landscape in Milwaukee Announced / By Jennifer Current, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Save the Trees: Group seeks to protect Dan Kiley’s landscape from Marcus Center demolition / By Jennifer Current, Milwaukee Independent
Milwaukee’s Dan Kiley-Designed Grove at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to be Demolished / By Virginia Small, Shepard Express
Destroying the chestnut grove at the Marcus Center appeals to Milwaukee's pragmatic side. But does it make design sense? Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Marcus Center redesign plans threaten historically significant landscape, advocacy group says / By Lauren Anderson, BizTimes
Marcus Center Designated Significant Threatened Cultural Landscape by National Organization / By The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Urban Milwaukee
Spotlighting Historic Landscapes Could Benefit Milwaukee / By Virginia Small, Shepard Express
9 Things You Might Not Know About Landscape Architect Dan Kiley’s Enduring Milwaukee Legacies / By Virginia Small, Milwaukee Magazine
Allen Centennial Garden Spring Symposium
Allen Centennial Garden is hosting a Spring Symposium March 22-23, 2019. This year’s theme is Resilient Landscapes. Register here: https://uwccs.eventsair.com/acg19symp/reg/Site/Register
More information here.
Did you Know? Member benefits
Your ASLA membership comes with perks, such as free or discounted access to software, standard forms, insurance, and more! Check out the resource center for more information.
WI ASLA LARE WORKSHOP: Feb 1 & 2 2019
More information & registration: https://wiasla.com/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1544641371
2019 Spring Conference: Feb 27-28, Italian Community Center, Milwaukee
Registration is now open! Sixteen general education sessions, three general sessions, an ethics session and two walking tours! Early bird registration ends February 4. Italian Community Center, Milwaukee
More information and registration here.
“Cup Night" Fundraisers for UW DPLA Students Jan 31 and Feb 14
Stop by the Nitty Gritty (223 N. Frances St, Madison WI) to help raise funds for LA department student initiatives! Fundraising starts at 9pm both nights. Cups are $5, and with the cup comes $1 Miller High Life or $3 double rail mixers (although you can fill your cup with whatever beverage you like). The students will use the proceeds to buy food for student chapter meetings, buy event supplies, to start up and run the ASLA pantry, and to help make up some of the costs of travel and housing for the National ASLA Conference.
Coldspring CEU/Social Event: Feb 11
Join Coldspring Building Materials for a continuing education session, snacks and networking on February 11, 5:30-7:30 at Ag Hall. We’ll be in Room 14. Park for free along Observatory or for a fee at Steenbock Ramp (Lot 36).
Women of WLCA Female Forum: Feb 12
We are celebrating some major milestones this month!
Johannah Nickolai, ASLA!
James S. Beard, ASLA
Thomas R. Dunbar, FASLA
Robert L. Konik, ASLA
Congratulations and Thank You Johannah, James, Thomas and Robert!
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