November 2020 Print

President's Message

As I face the beginning of the second year of my term as President, I can’t help but reflect on everything that has happened this past year.   Perhaps more than in years past, I can say that I never expected this! As we forge ahead in even more unprecedent times, I am hopeful for a better and brighter year and I look forward to navigating it with a great Board of Directors.

Thank you to all who participated in the Virtual WI ASLA Annual Meeting last week!  It was great to connect with members and to see some familiar and new faces.  We want to extend a big thank you to “Frankenstein” (Jason Chilson) at Kafka Granite for sponsoring the event and for hosting our trivia game. 

Kafka Granite is excited to launch a new series of natural stone hardscapes:

The new product comes in four colors- this retaining wall project features Harvest Gold sandstone, but the product also comes in gray and black granite.


Stay Well.

Sarah McDonald, PLA, ASLA
Wisconsin Chapter President


Monday, November 9, 2020 6:30pm-8:30pm


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. Potential CEU credits are pending approval. 

NOV 16-18: 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!


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

The WI ASLA spring conference survey asking about your preferences for the Spring 2021 WI ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture has been reopened and is now accepting responses.


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 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://e

Ongoing 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
  • 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]          

Have an idea? Please share ideas on how we can strengthen our community. E-mail us today [email protected]  


15 Year Anniversary
Tim Stenzel, ASLA
Jonathon Bronk, ASLA
Nikolaus Swartz, ASLA
20 Year Anniversary
Rob Williams III, ASLA
Brad Simonson, ASLA
Nancy Aten, ASLA
45 Year Anniversary
Robert Brush, FASLA

Have an idea?

Please share ideas on how we can strengthen our community. E-mail us today [email protected]  

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