February 2022
President's Message

Dear Members,

The fact that March is already here is a great sign for anyone looking to cure the winter blues.  We are only a few short weeks away from the official start of Spring, and I for one could not be happier about that.  Soon the landscape will come alive with spring ephemerals and the greening of the grass.  Songbirds will begin to play symphonies emphasizing again the wonderfulness of being outside. 
For those that were able to join us last month at our Spring Conference, I hope you had as great of a time reconnecting with everyone as I did.  I look forward to all the events WI ASLA plans on hosting in the near future.  If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars for the 2022 Jensen-Longenecker Banquet on April 22nd.  In addition to celebrating all the UW students’ academic achievements; this year’s banquet will include the Professional Awards Presentation and Reception. 
Speaking of the Professional Awards, a final reminder that award submittals are due today at 5 pm to  Please reach out if you have any questions.
As I mentioned at the Conference, we are still looking for Firm Partners to join this year’s list of firms that have committed to supporting our Student Scholarship Program.  This is a great way to support the future of the profession.
Until next time,

Alexander Thill, ASLA
Wisconsin Chapter President
Dear Colleagues,
To support the work of Reggie Jackson and the Nurturing Diversity Partners, in their efforts to raise awareness, encourage conversation and move towards change, MaraLee Olson Design Studio will be making a contribution to Nurturing Diversity, in the name of WIASLA. I was moved by Mr. Jackson's presentation, especially when he specifically described how landscape architects have played a role in the continuation of segregation in planning and development. 
I am equally inspired by the ways in which he described we can right this.
For WIASLA members who care to join me, I pledge to match all WIASLA member contributions to Nurturing Diversity Partners which are made by March 11, 2022, up to $3000.
MaraLee Olson
For those who are interested in donating to Nurturing Diversity Partners as part of the challenge, please send checks made out to
Nurturing Diversity Partners
3288 N. 46th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53216.

2022 Firm Partnership Opportunities

NEW for 2022 is our new Firm Partnership sponsor levels.  Each partnership includes a subscription to the award-winning Landscape Architecture Magazine, free job listings within the Chapter database, and at least one award entry into the Professional Awards Program. Other benefits include direct contributions to the WI ASLA student scholarship fund, advocacy fund used to help combat licensure threats, and firm representation at all our events and gatherings. We look forward to the support from the many design firms that share in our vision of supporting the future of the profession!

2021-2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

We greatly value our sponsors and could not operate without your support. We are offering field sessions, Third Thursday events, and special virtual event sponsorships. Please check out our updated sponsorship menu for more information.

Learn More About Sponsorship

2022 Professional Project Awards - Call for Submissions Back Open!

 WI ASLA invites ALL qualified individuals and firms to submit entries for landscape architecture projects located in or out of the State of Wisconsin. All applicants must have primary involvement in their entry and must clearly describe their role in the project. Additionally, projects entered must be submitted with the consent of the client or owner. Submitting more than one entry in any given category and/or across categories is encouraged as the jury has the ability to select multiple projects within each category to be recognized with an award.

All entries must be received by 5:00 PM CST on TODAY Friday, March 4th, 2022

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Women of Color Licensure Advancement Program
ASLA has launched the Women of Color Licensure Advancement Program to support women of color in their pursuit of landscape architecture licensure and increase racial and gender diversity within the profession.

In its inaugural year, the program will provide 10 women of color with a two-year, personalized experience that includes up to $3,500 to cover the cost of sections of the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE), along with exam preparation courses, resources, and mentorship from a licensed landscape architect.

Learn more on how to apply to become part of the ASLA Women of Color Licensure Advancement Program. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.
ASLA Climate Action Committee
ASLA and the ASLA Climate Action Committee (CAC) have released Climate Action Now: A Landscape Architect’s Guide to Climate Advocacy on how to expand our collective advocacy efforts to shape the future of local communities now.  Visit the links for more information.
Minecraft Design Competition
Building on the success of ASLA's Minecraft Design Competition held in June 2021, ASLA is inviting interested chapters to host a Minecraft Design Camp with their local school or community group. The event will be orchestrated and launched with full support from our colleagues at Park University. Dates are TBD with an anticipated launch in April 2022.

We will be offering an informational webinar in the coming weeks for interested chapters. 
Please address questions to Lisa J. Jennings, Senior Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity at
With a $1,500 sponsorship, you can “adopt” a high school to help make this program a success. For information about sponsoring, contact Judy Mehlman at
Have an idea? Please share ideas on how we can strengthen our community. E-mail us today


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