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letter from the president

As we close out the final quarter of the year and look back on the previous nine months, it’s amazing how fast this year has gone by.  NMASLA has been hard at work since our last newsletter.  We recently held our 23rd annual golf tournament, our annual student/professional mixer, and have either held or assisted other organizations with several smaller events the last few months.  We have also been making headway on advocacy efforts and working towards wrapping up sunset review activities for the year as well.  

The annual ASLA convention is just around the corner and is being held in Philadelphia, PA.  Several of our NMASLA members will be in attendance as well as a few members of our executive committee.  This year’s convention looks to build upon years past and seems to have several great educational opportunities. 

NMASLA will also have several additional events coming in the next few months which will include a pop-up playground, hosting our annual fourth quarter event (planning underway, and will be announced soon), and our annual holiday party.  The holiday party this year will differ from years past in that we have been invited by members of APA to join them in hosting a joint event.  Additional details will be provided as they become available. 

As I look back on my term as president, it is unbelievable how fast the time has gone by.  I wouldn’t have believed that NMASLA takes as much time and coordination throughout the year by our team of executive committee members, and one really acquires an appreciation for all the time and effort that our members give.  Without the constant attention and hard work of members, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  Thank you for the opportunity to represent our small chapter of ASLA!  I wish Scott and  Kenneth the best of luck in their quickly approaching terms.

Justin Weathermon, PLA, ASLA


NMASLA recently held our annual Student/Professional Mixer on the patio at Consensus Planning. It was a good night including drinks and enjoyable conversation with our professionals getting to know some of the students in the MLA program at UNM.  Thank you to ANOVA and Playwell which made this event possible through their sponsorship!

Three awards were presented at the mixer this year. The Outstanding Executive Committee Member Award going to Kevin Amagai for his exemplary service to NMASLA as the Communications Chair. Bob Evans of ANOVA was recognized with the Friend of NMASLA Award for his sustained service, support, and collaboration with NMASLA. And finally, The Distinguished Community Leadership Award was presented to Senator Cisco McSorley, a long-time supporter of protecting open space in New Mexico. Senator McSorley serves as a member of the Senate Conservation Committee, and advisor to the Water and Natural Resources Committee, and sponsored the original “New Mexico Complete Streets Day” memorial which was an important step towards introducing future state-wide legislation.

The NMASLA also kick-started this year’s UNM/MLA mentorship program at the mixer with new mentorship pairs being announced. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year there are six mentorship pairs. The program has been running for over five years, connecting MLA students with local landscape architects. Thank you to all the participants this year and email if you have any questions.

Railyard Park- 10th Anniversary Celebration

At first glance, one might wonder: “Is this a paint-ball course? A mini-rendition of Game of Thrones? A construction site with a slip n’ slide?”  Not quite.  It is the site of a Pop Up Playground.  Pop Up Playgrounds are events that encourage children (and adults) to create their own playground with materials, tools, teamwork and space. Using cardboard, wood pallets, tarps, fabric, scrap wood, mud, and other loose parts, children work with families and new friends to build and paint forts, slides, teepees, and whatever their imaginations inspire. 

 This was Santa Fe’s second time hosting a Pop Up Playground, but the first time in a public park.  Santa Fe’s first Pop Up Playground took place at on May 12, 2018 at the Audubon Center.

 For those feeling less adventurous, a crafting area was set-up with a variety of materials, including: small branches, cut-flowers, string, seashells, and rocks.  The crafting area also allowed people to sit-down and enjoy some shade amidst the surrounding construction. 


University of New Mexico Student Team

Viviane Beluse, Landscape Architecture

Ricardo Carbajal, Community and Regional Planning

Hossein Goudarzi, Architecture

Tess Houle, Landscape Architecture

Kristal Metro, P.E., CFM, Civil Engineering

Travis Tabet, Landscape Architecture

Faculty Advisor

Kathleen Kambic,

Assistant Professor,

School of Architecture and Planning

What is the Challenge?

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution in communities across the United States. The Campus RainWorks Challenge seeks to engage with undergraduate and graduate students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices.

Student teams design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefitting the campus community and the environment. 

§  Two design categories: Master Plan and Demonstration Project

§  Highlights for this year: A video pitch with each submission in both categories; for Demonstration Projects submissions only, a financial viability criteria



Johnson Field serves as the primary outdoor recreation area for the main campus of the University of New Mexico. With an estimated 35,000 visitors per week (West 2017), it is one of the most popular places in Albuquerque, and perhaps the state. Due to the heavy use and high visibility of the field, it is a top priority for renovation. Redesigning the field presents an opportunity to improve the services and benefits that the field provides to UNM and the larger community. Two upcoming projects in the area, the Johnson Center expansion and the Princeton Avenue realignment, expand the potential impact of a re-imagined Johnson Field. Incorporating green infrastructure (GI) into the field addresses issues of both water quantity and quality created by runoff from nearby surface parking and roads. The site is also a prime location for data collection and demonstration that would benefit not only UNM but the entire region as the Middle Rio Grande Valley expands the practice of Low Impact Development to comply with rigorous new standards laid out in the EPA-issued watershed-based Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Permit. In addition to supporting regional permit compliance, this design proposes multifaceted strategies for water conservation in the Southwest, as well as layered benefits to improve safety, access, health, habitat, and education. With the GI and LID features included in the proposed design, Johnson Field could expand beyond its current functionality to become a state-wide destination for recreation and learning.

Travis Tabet, Landscape Designer

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On Friday May 11, NMASLA had the opportunity to have an information table at National Public Gardens Day hosted by the Albuquerque Botanic Garden and Biopark.  It was a great day, we had wonderful weather and the Botanic Gardens are in full bloom!  Many school groups stopped by to learn a little about soil profiles and landscape architecture and take home some seed bombs.  Always a great day!  Thanks to the Biopark and Westwind Landscape Construction for their support.

Alicia Peterson, Landscape Designer



On April 27th and 28th, the 2018 chapter presidents council met to discuss chapter operations and ways we can improve our day to day activities.  Scott Culler and I attended on behalf of NMASLA.  One of the many highlights of the conference was hearing the great presentations from other chapters about what they are doing at the chapter level to engage emerging professionals, and how they have enhanced their value of membership with joint chapter conferences.  We also were presented speeches by President-Elect candidates David Cutter and Wendy Miller as voting has opened to select our next representative.  Either of them will have a challenge ahead in filling the shoes of NMASLA’s Greg Miller, who has done an excellent job this year.  Overall, it was another productive an informational trip to our nation’s capital this year.