August 2014  

    2015 OCASLA Elections

    Survey: 2015 OCASLA Elections (click here to access)


    The 2015 Ohio Chapter of ASLA elections are now open for all current members. Voting is open until Thursday, September 25th at 5pm. All of these elected positions will take effect immediately following the ASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO in Denver (Tuesday, November 25th). Please take a moment and vote on your candidates for the Ohio Chapter ASLA Executive Committee.

    Write-In's for each position are accepted and positions which are open are also open for write-in's. If you have questions please contact

    All positions up for election contain a drop down menu for selection of your preferred candidate. If the intent is to write-in a candidate, please select the Write-In drop down, then use the open box below to type your response.

    Each position is numbered reflecting Article 8, Executive Committee and Officers, the roles and responsibilities included in the Ohio Chapter By-laws, which can be found on our website here.

    *You must be a registered Ohio Chapter ASLA member to vote*

    Thank you for your time! 

    OCASLA Executive Committee

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    Register today for the 2014 OCASLA Fall Educational + Gala

    The Ohio Chapter of ASLA is proud to present the 2014 OCASLA Fall Educational + GALA. This event is in its third year, and will take place in Columbus where we will see many exciting urban renewal and downtown waterfront projects. Participants will receive 4 LACES CEU's that attend the educational portion of the day.

    Tour information coming soon in Tour Packet. Participants may choose to attend both the educational tours and the GALA or only one of the events. 

    Accommodations available at 1 Hyatt Regency Columbus:
    **No special room rates available. Space is limited, so book early.

    For more information and to register, click meeting link here.

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    ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo, Nov. 21-24

    2014 OCASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

    Where: Denver, Colorado 
    When: November 21-24 
    Registration webpage:

    The registration rate will increase after October 17th.

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    2014 OCASLA Special Recognition Awards

    Call for Nominations: Special Recognition Awards

    Deadline: August 29th, 2014 @ 5pm

    Categories for Special Recognition include:

    Ohio Chapter Medal

    The highest honor the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) may bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.

    Ohio Landscape Architecture Award

    Recognizes non-landscape architects who significantly improve the built environment in Ohio through sound planning, land management and design. This award was created to identify the accomplishments of individuals, agencies, cities, corporations and non-profit groups that have substantially contributed to the improvement of the quality of life in Ohio.

    Ohio Chapter ASLA Service Award

    Recognizes individual landscape architects, landscape architecture firms or landscape architecture education programs for unselfish and devoted service to the OCASLA at the state level over a period of not less than 5 years.

    Submit the Nomination Form by August 29th. Email questions to

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    Check the OCASLA Events Page Regularly for CEU's + Networking

    OCASLA has several Chapter and Allied Organization's events from across the state listed on the Events Page.

    New events are added weekly, several of which provide CEU opportunities - so check in regularly for updates! 

    Current Section events that are listed include: The Gathering of the Green Industry in the Western Reserve Section, Buckeye Section Happy Hours and Native Plant Strategies for Drought in the Miami Section.

    Current Allied events that are listed include the ONLA Educational Series and the ASLA Online Learning Series

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: August 6, 2014

    Governance and Administration

    • President Mark Focht, FASLA, was recently the keynote speaker at the 2014Florida ChapterAnnual Conference in Key Largo.  In addition to his keynote address, Focht also assisted in the chapter awards presentation and attended the chapter’s business meeting where he presented on ASLA’s initiatives and programs.  Mark is currently on a much-needed vacation!
    • The call for potential national officer candidates is open until September 12. Please forward any suggestions for potential national officers to Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA.
    • The call for nominations for the ASLA Outstanding Service Award program is open until August 29.  ASLA trustees, committee and PPN chairs and members, representatives, and other volunteers involved in the work of the Society at the national level are eligible for the award.  Nominations may be made by members of the Executive Committee, committee chairs, PPN chairs, and ASLA national staff. Nominations are due to Corporate Secretary Millay. 
    • Senior staff met with representatives from the DowntownDC BID (Business Improvement District) today to further discuss ASLA’s Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project, which is encompassed in the BID’s section of the city.  The project will integrate low impact development techniques to create an interconnected series of green and complete streets, including the Eye Street corridor in front of the ASLA Headquarters.  Past President Tom Tavella, FASLA, led a design charrette in late 2012 with many of D.C.’s stakeholders to launch the project.  Earlier this year, landscape architecture firm Design Workshop was selected by the ASLA Site Sustainability Task Force to lead development of the project master plan. 
    • Design Workshop held a conference call with ASLA staff and members of the Site Sustainability Task Force last week to review project status and the first draft of Chapter 1 of the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project Master Plan.  Chapter 1 includes the project background, context, and scope, as well as a summary of the kickoff meeting, site tour observations, and preliminary metrics and goals.
    • After more than 28 years with ASLA, Ron Leighton, Hon. ASLA, will be retiring on October 31. As LAAB Administrator, Ron has served ASLA and the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board as a dedicated and strong supporter of the landscape architecture academic community.  Education Programs Administrator Maryellen Grant has also announced her resignation.  Review and evaluation of both positions in the context of the current and future needs of ASLA’s education programs is underway. 
    • Debbie Steinberg, ASLA,will move to a new role on staff as Professional Practice Manager responsible for the development of educational tools and curriculum for SITES™ and will continue to manage the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project.


    Finance, Meetings

    • CFO Mike O’Brien is closing out June 2014 and will be reporting to the Executive Committee and the Finance and Investments Committees later this month.
    • Registration for the Annual Meeting and EXPO is at 2,419 as of this morning.  Registration and ticket revenue collected to date is now 71 percent of the annual budget goal. Register and book a hotel room online before October 17 to receive a discount on your registration.  Please be advised that Experient is the official housing bureau for the meeting and you are encouraged to book inside the official ASLA room block.


    Public Relations and Communications

    • A pop-up users’ survey was launched on the ASLA website. After the first 10 days, staff received more than 1,750 responses. Many survey respondents provided staff with their email address and requested information on services to ASLA members; updates from LAM, The Dirt, and The Field; and asked how to join ASLA.
    • Landscape architecture was mentioned in a recent Ziggy comic this week.
    • Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, was featured in a lyrical feature on Brooklyn Bridge Park in the July 25 issue of The New York Times. More pictures and commentary can be found in the slideshow within the story. 
    • ASLA’s Facebook page surpassed 40,000 followers. Social engagements have greatly increased on both Facebook and Twitter since National Landscape Architecture Month. 
    •  Planetizen featured a recent The Dirt post on Sasaki’s survey on city life.


    Publishing and Resource Development

    • Staff are coordinating layout and design for the 2014 annual meeting and EXPO mobile appMore than 52 percent of 2013 attendees downloaded the mobile applast year and many commented that it was very user friendly, particularly for quick schedule and EXPO exhibitor location access.
    •  Architectural Record magazine (circulation 90,000+) and Houzz (12,000 landscape architects/designers) are scheduled to send messages to their subscribers/users this week promoting registration to the annual meeting and EXPO
    • ASLA will be participating in The Landscape Show in London in September, represented by several UK-based ASLA members.  In addition to bonus distribution of LAM, ASLA coordinated a presentation by Martha Schwartz, FASLA, as well as a presentation by Brendan Fey, ASLA, about ASLA and the U.S. market.  The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) group, a bureau of the British Consulate set up to promote trade between our countries, will be promoting the ASLA EXPO in their presentation to several hundred British product manufacturers.  This is the second year ASLA has coordinated promotion with UKTI to reach out to prospective British EXPO exhibitors.
    • Marketing and Professional Practice staff held a conference call with the American Association of Geographers to discuss potential partnership opportunities for 2015.
    • ASLA and LAM are sponsors for the 2014 WestEdge Design Fair for the second year in a row.  LAM will be distributed at the four-day event, October 16-19. Discussions are also underway about expanding the 2015 outdoor show space and how ASLA members could be involved.
    • ASLA has become an official partner for the 2015 Design and Construction Week and NAHB’s International Builders’ Show. Marketing, PR, and Professional Practice staff are in discussions with NAHB staff about how to best showcase ASLA member participation at the show.
    • Marketing and Government Affairs staff held a conference call with the City Park Alliance to discuss ways in which ASLA can be involved in the Greater and Greener 2015 conference. Information about becoming an LA CES provider, marketing and promotion opportunities, and ways to involve ASLA’s Advocacy team were shared.
    • Work is underway on the annual awards video and PowerPoint. Production will begin in September and NPR’s Susan Stamberg has once again agreed to narrate the videos for the professional awards and the Council of Fellows.
    • Acknowledgement letters and pins were sent to donors who contributed to the ASLA Fund during the second quarter of 2014.


    Member and Chapter Services

    Today’s membership total is 15,423 (see details below):

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    Full Member








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     ASLA’s membership changes by month are detailed in the chart below:


    Number of ASLA Members

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    Professional Practice

    • Recent Professional Practice Network activity: the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN confirmed that “Risk Management at Nature Play and Learning Areas: A Risk Analysis Approach” on September 17 will be the PPN’s last Online Learning presentation for this year; ASLA’s Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Subcommittee held their quarterly conference call on July 22, during which an update was shared on the submissions for the 2014 HALS Challenge—an annual competition to collect and recognize HALS documentation, this year on landscapes of the New Deal. The subcommittee also acknowledged ASLA’s assistance in promoting the HALS Challenge in LAM. Following the call, a reminder to submit HALS Annual Reports for 2013-2014 by August 31 was sent out to the HALS chapter liaisons. 

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    December L.A.R.E. Registration Opens 09.02.14

    Registration has closed for the August L.A.R.E. The next administration will be December 1-13, and registration will open on the CLARB website on Tuesday, September 2.

    Looking ahead to 2015:  the L.A.R.E. will be offered during three administrations next year.

    • April 6-18
    • August 3-15
    • November 30-December 13

    Find all L.A.R.E. information 24/7 in the "exam candidate" section of the CLARB website. If you have questions about the L.A.R.E., please contact CLARB via email or phone (571-432-0332). 

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    Columbus Area: Great Placemakers Lab, Sept. 16-19

    Join Columbus professionals and grassroots activators at the Great Placemakers Lab, Sept. 16-19 in Columbus! APA/AIA/ASLA/Ohio Realtors credit – up to 20 hours – is available. One-day prices are $130 or partake in the full 3.5 days for $360.

    Great Placemakers Lab is a 3.5-day workshop focused on the facets that make neighborhoods great. 
    The full schedule is here:
    Register here:
    If you have questions, contact us at

    What’s different about this conference if you already think you KNOW Columbus? First, you’ll get to work directly with nationally known author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time” Jeff Speck. Jeff is leader on smart growth and sustainable design, and in three different opportunities Wednesday, Sept. 17, you’ll have a chance to apply Jeff’s knowledge to your project or neighborhood’s challenge. Speck know the value proposition of sustainable development; and he’s coming to Columbus to help local pros asses the state of where we stand in the fight for sustainability in our current work. You’ll leave with advice and examples of how to propel work on sustainable development.

    Learn from regionally and nationally known "placemakers" to understand how to maximize the people, places and political power you need to advance your own community. Jim Diers is a nationally known speaker and activist who for more for many years empowered neighborhoods throughout Seattle to become more engaged, and more empowered.  Now let him share his secrets with you in his half-day workshop, Wednesday September 17.

    And Thursday, tour four different Columbus neighborhoods at varying levels of maturity in their preservation and development processes. Go out in the field with experts to explore German Village, Short North, Franklinton and Weinland Park – each with its own unique comeback story.

    And this conference brings together Columbus neighborhood grassroots leaders with the professionals as we all learn from each other!

    Tuesday, September 16                Welcome Reception
    Wednesday, September 17           Track-based workshops and seminars
    Thursday, September 18               Experiential learning in Columbus neighborhoods
    Friday, September 19                    Walkability Summit featuring the latest practices

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    ONLA Offers Member Discounts to Educational Programs

    Ohio Chapter ASLA members,

    Summer is a great time to earn CEU’s towards your industry certifications and Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association is extending our member rates to you [members of our allied associations] on our innovative, live educational programs.

    Are you an Early Riser?  Check out our 7:30-9:30am Diagnostic Walkabout Series which provides CEU’s from: LA CES, APLD, ISA and ODA thanks for the horticulturalist-guided tour of beautiful landscapes which include: Stan Hywet Hall, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Inniswood Metro Park and Sunset Memorial Park.

    Interested in elevating your skills? Come learn best practices from industry experts and earn CEU’s from: LA CES, ISA, IA, TCIA and ODA. We’ve got six great options!  Click the linked title to view the course description or to register.

    ONLA is pleased to support the continuing education of green industry professionals in Ohio APLD, ASLA and ISA. We look forward to seeing you soon at one or more of our extraordinary educational programs. Have an awesome summer!

    Warm Regards,

    Lisa Larson
    ONLA Education Director

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    Continuing Education Requirements

    Dear Ohio Landscape Architect,

    As a courtesy, we are writing to remind you of Ohio’s mandatory Continuing Education requirements. Under these rules, all Ohio registered landscape architects must complete a minimum of 24 hours with 16 hours in the area of Health, Safety, and Welfare hours between November 1, 2013 – December 31, 2016. Courses must be taught or offered by providers who have been pre-approved by board-recognized providers.

    In order to receive CE credit, you must have received from the provider a valid transcript or certificate of completion with your name, course, date and hours completed. A copy of the rules is attached for your reference, as well as a comprehensive list of possible CE resources, many of which can be completed quickly online, for free.

    At this time, you are encouraged to review your CE activities and hours completed to date and if deficient, please ensure that you complete 24 hours, with 16 HSW hours by 12/31/16 and maintain valid documentation of your activities should you be audited. Random audits for the above time period will begin in January 2017 and licensees found to be deficient of the requirements may face disciplinary action, including fines.


    Should you have any questions, please refer to the following CE link: contact the Board.


    Amy M. Kobe, CAE, Hon AIA
    Executive Director
    Ohio Architects Board
    Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners

    77 S. High St., 16th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
    Phone (614) 466-2316
    Direct (614) 466-1327
    Fax (614) 644-9048

    Download official CEU rules for landscape architects HERE.

    Download list of free CEU courses and additional resources HERE.

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    Revised SITES Rating System Released

    Dear ASLA member, 

    We are pleased to share the news that ASLA and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) are in negotiations with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) to establish a collaboration that will ensure the long-term future of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). GBCI performs project certification and professional credentialing for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System. The boards of ASLA and GBCI and UT are committed to the principles underlying the agreement, which include GBCI administration of open project certification and professional credentialing. It is also contemplated that the SITES project will be rebranded. ASLA will continue to be involved in the future direction of the rebranded SITES, will collaborate with GBCI on promotion and advocacy for the program, and will provide related education programming for ASLA members and others. 

    The involvement of USGBC and GBCI has always been a critical component in the development of SITES. The resources that GBCI offers will most quickly enable SITES to realize its full potential for market transformation. We hope to have a final agreement in place, and to be able to share the start date for open project certification, soon. In the meantime, members can review the revised Rating System to prepare for project certification. The revised Rating System is the culmination of many years of work by a dedicated team of volunteer experts. We are proud of ASLA’s and our members’ contributions to this critical program.


    Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA
    ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO

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    PLANET’s Green Industry Conference - 10.22.2014

    For the last 25 years, attendees of the Green Industry Conference (GIC) have been inspired, learned about industry trends, formulated strategies, and built new relationships. Come and celebrate our silver anniversary with highly relevant educational sessions, plenty of networking opportunities, a trade show hosting over 750 exhibitors, and a few special celebratory events.

    This is THE premier landscape industry event of the year. More details, including educational offerings, schedule of events, and registration can be found at or by contacting PLANET at 800-395-2522 or

    Event: PLANET’s Green Industry Conference (GIC)

    Date: Oct. 22-24, 2014

    Location: Louisville, KY

    Download event flyer HERE.



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    OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

    Please click here to current postings.

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