October 2016  

    Congratulations to the 2016 OCASLA Award Winners!

    This year OCASLA received 33 entry submittals for the Awards Program. Over the summer the Awards Jury selected 11 professional and student projects, resulting in 1 Award of Excellence, 3 Honor Awards and 7 Merit Awards.

    Following the annual OCASLA Fall Educational on Friday, September 30th in Cincinnati, the OCASLA GALA was held at the Anderson Pavilion where the 2016 Award Winners were announced. 

    Click this link to view the Fall Educational and GALA photo galleries.

    Read about this year's award winners in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booket

    2016 OCASLA Award Winners:


    Scioto Greenways
    Columbus, Ohio – MKSK
    Category: Design Constructed


    Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Tower Landscape
    Columbus, Ohio – NBBJ
    Category: Design Constructed

    Cincinnati Connects Plan
    Cincinnati, Ohio – Human Nature, Inc.
    Category: Planning + Analysis

    Cincinnati Nature Center - Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape
    Cincinnati, Ohio – POD Design & Rachel Robinson Design Landscape Architecture, llc
    Category: Design Constructed



    Columbus Commons
    Columbus, Ohio – EDGE
    Category: Design Constructed

    I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange Corridor
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – AECOM
    Category: Design Not Constructed

    Lincoln Hill Gardens
    Dayton, Ohio – MKSK
    Category: Design Not Constructed

    N. Residence
    Cleveland, Ohio – Virginia Burt Designs, Inc.
    Category: Residential

    Lakewood Park Solstice Steps
    Lakewood, Ohio – Environmental Design Group
    Category: Design Constructed



    The Temporary Zoo - A Post Industrial Landscape
    Columbus, Ohio – Joie Chan
    2016 Merit Student Award Winner

    Columbus, Ohio – Caitlin Brett, Mariel Fink, Kerry Gerich, Matt Hayes, Christa Radosavljevic
    2016 Merit Student Award Winner




    Ohio Landscape Architecture Award:

    Leonard S. Thomas - University of Cincinnati / Cincinnati, Ohio

    Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering (CDOTE) / Cincinnati, Ohio

    Ohio Chapter ASLA Service Award:

    William Lee Behnke, FASLA  / Cleveland, Ohio


    Congratulations 2016 OCASLA Award Winners!!

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    Knowlton School Faculty Published in October Edition of LAM

    Read about Forbes Lipschitz's work with catfish pond landscapes of the Mississippi Delta in her feature article called "Catch of The Day" by Brett Anderson.

    Faculty members Kristi Cheramie and Jacob Boswell were part of a winning design competition team called NO/LEX (New Orleans Land Exchange). Read about their project in the LAM article "Grounded" by Timothy A. Schuler.

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    Welcome New OCASLA Members!

    Welcome to new members Timothy Zelek and Paula Meijerink! 

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    Using Native Turf on Your Next Project

    Using Native Turf on Your Next Project:

    By Pamela Simmons, LEED AP BD + C, ARCSA AP, Co-Owner of Turpin Farms, Chairman of the USGBC SW OH Regional Chapter Sustainable Sites Committee, Supervisor of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

    Having grown up in the sod industry, I know sod gets a bad rap especially in the world of sustainable landscaping. Because we strive to be as sustainable as possible in our practices at Turpin Farms, we decided to try and produce a turf product that would benefit the built environment by introducing the advantages of native grasses.

    Native grasses are particularly well suited for establishing wildlife habitats, soaking up rain water in a rain garden or for sediment and erosion control. Ohio native grasses add a different leaf texture, color and movement to the landscape.

    Click here to download the full article.


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    Become LEED Accredited! - LEED Green Associate Training

    LEED Green Associate (GA) Training Happening in these Cities:


    When: October 19th 2016 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM

    Where: University of Dayton – Ketterin – Room TBA -


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    When: October 22nd 2016 – 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

    Where: Ohio State – Hitchcock Hall – Room 031 -


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    When: October 20th 2016 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM

    Where: Ohio University - Baker Hall - Room 226 -


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    When: October 20 2016 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM

    Where: Miami University (OH) – Alumni Hall – Room TBA -


    Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and sustainable a building is, the more points it will earn. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 5000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!

    Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.  A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for full-time students or USGBC members) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center.


    Cost$300 ($200 for full time students)

    To register for the class please visit:

    You can register via PayPal or RSVP your attendance by registering at the bottom of the page


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    Architects of Healing: Mending Life and Landscape in a Broken World

    ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting Session FRI-B10: Architects of Healing: Mending Life and Landscape in a Broken World

    Friday, October 21st  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Room: 356 (1.5 LA CES/HSW)


    Todd Degner, Affil. ASLA | Consultant, Independent Consultant, Urban Ecologist, Libertyville, Illinois


    Virginia Burt, FASLA, FCSLA | Principal, Virginia Burt Designs, Inc., Burlington, Ontario, Canada

    Naomi A. Sachs, ASLA | Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

    Jerry Smith, FASLA, LEED AP | Founding Principal, SMITH | GreenHealth Consulting, Columbus, Ohio

    Landscape architects have a critical role to play in helping people heal. These design professionals offer insights from rigorous research, design, and end-user experience. Learn how to overcome obstacles and objections to the role of landscape architects in contributing to healing outcomes for building interiors, landscapes, and city planning scales.

    Click here to learn more.

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    New $25,000 Fellowship for Landscape Architecture Professionals

    For Immediate Release

    LAF Announces New $25,000 Fellowship for Landscape Architecture Professionals

    The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its new LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This $25,000 year-long fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test the next big ideas and initiatives that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.

    Application materials are due December 1, 2016. For more information on the fellowship program, structure, eligibility, and application materials, visit:

    To download the full press release click this link.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National News: October 12, 2016

    Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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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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