October 2020 Print

President's Message

The seasons are changing. Typically, at this time of year WI ASLA would be planning an in person Annually Meeting that includes food, drinks, socializing and even a CEU. The pandemic has forced us all to rethink many aspects of our lives and this is no different. During these unprecedented times our Annual Meeting is going virtual.

We can still catch up with our landscape architecture family over a few of our favorite (BYOB) adult beverages.  We’ll briefly 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.

Thanks to Kakfa Granite we’ll get to have a little fun and play a little trivia. You’ll have a chance to win registration to the virtual Conference on Landscape Architecture! Registration is required, sign up now: https://wiasla.com/meet-reg1.php?id=55.

So join us October 29th to celebrate the changing seasons. We look forward to seeing you on zoom!

This month’s newsletter is PACKED with important information and has multiple requests for your input. In summary your check list is as follows:

  1. Register for the Fall Annual Meeting + Trivia Night
  2. Fill out the survey regarding your preferences for the WI ASLA spring conference
  3. Sign up for the WI ASLA mentorship program
  4. Provide your knowledge of Pioneering Wisconsin Landscape Architects by filing out a survey



Stay Well.

Sarah McDonald, PLA, ASLA
Wisconsin Chapter President

WI ASLA Celebrates the Life of Dennis Buettner

Dennis Buettner, FASLA was an influential person to the Wisconsin landscape architecture community and WI ASLA is deeply saddened by his passing on September 15, 2020. Dennis was an alumnus of UW-Madison Class of 1967 and was President of Buettner & Associates, Inc. for over 38 years. His landscape architecture firm designed many notable public and private spaces including the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gaden (Waterloo, Iowa), the Cochran House (Mineral Point, WI) Wisconsin Governor’s Residence, Janesville Rotary Garden, Allen Centennial Garden, the Green Bay Botanic Garden, and the. 1997 Villa Terrace garden restoration on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. Dennis’ passion for history and native plants sprinkled with his joy for public projects gifted us a collection of elegant and thoughtfully designed public and private spaces throughout the Midwest and earned him numerous accolades including WI ASLA (1979, 1983) and the Wisconsin Landscape Federation (1981,1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1995).

Dennis served as WI ASLA Chapter President (1979) and Chapter Trustee (1981-1986). He served on the ASLA National Finance Committee (1984-1985) and the National Chapter Advisory Board (1978-1980). He was elevated to ASLA Fellow, one of ASLA’s highest honors, in 1995.

Please share what you know about Dennis in the Pioneering Landscape Architects in Wisconsin Survey . Let’s honor Dennis by sharing and recording his legacy and the legacy of other pioneering landscape architects in Wisconsin.

Sarah McDonald, Chapter President
Jonathan Bronk, Chapter Trustee

Pioneering Wisconsin Landscape Architects Survey

Laura Grotjan is working to create a list of pioneering landscape architects who practiced in Wisconsin but needs our help. To contribute your knowledge of the profession to this project, please complete this brief survey before November 1, 2020: http://bit.ly/WI_landscape_architects

The resulting database will serve as a handy guide for researchers and will be displayed on the Wisconsin Historical Society website.

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.  The time commitment is only 4 meetings per year, two in the fall and two in the spring!

Please contact Sarah McDonald, Chapter President via e-mail if you are interested and plan to apply.  Apply to serve here: https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Application_Process.aspx

ASLA 2020 reVISION: A Virtual Experience for an Evolving Profession

Registration for the virtual conference on landscape architecture opened October 1st. There are up to 25 professional development hours! You could have a chance to win registration if you attend the Fall Meeting + Trivia Night!


Fall Meeting + Trivia Night Sponsored by Kafka Granite


Join us on October 29th from 6pm-7:30pm for our Annual Meeting and Trivia Night.  We’re raffling off two conference registrations for ASLA 2020 reVISION, one for an emerging professional (5 years or less of experience) and one for professionals (more than 5 years of experience).

Attention Students: All students who attend the full event will receive complimentary registration for the conference!

Registration is required. Free to members and $30 to non-members. You must be in attendance the entire meeting to win!

UW-Madison Mentorship

We’re partnering with the UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture and the Landscape Architecture Club to establish a mentorship program. The goal of the 2020/2021 ASLA Mentorship Program is to foster a relationship between students and seasoned professionals that allows both parties to increase their understanding of the many facets of landscape architecture, especially while navigating the impacts on the profession during the COVID-19 crisis.

The program is designed to pair UW-Madison Alumni and Wisconsin Practitioners from around the country and Landscape Architects practicing with a student or group of students throughout 2020. 

For more information and how to get paired with a mentor go here:


2021 WI ASLA Spring Conference Survey


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


WI ASLA members have been invited to participate in a book talk and panel discussion hosted by the MSOE University Scholars Honors Program. All members are welcome to participate in this free event.


Call for Volunteers!

Are you passionate about the profession? Do you like networking with other professionals? 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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