October 2014  

    Congratulations to the 2014 OCASLA Award Winners!

    This year the OCASLA Awards Jury selected 14 professional and student projects from firms and individuals from across the state, resulting in 1 Award of Excellence, 3 Honor Awards, 9 Merit Awards and 1 Honorable Mention. The winners represent the outstanding work and ideas generated by landscape architects and students in areas regarding urban ecology, health care, environmental protection, and many more.

    Out of the 14 winners, 3 of them were student groups each from Ohio State University, Kent State University and The University of Cincinnati.The winners were announced Friday, October 10th at the annual OCASLA Gala held at the High Line Car House in Columbus. Photos and a summary of the Gala and Fall Educational will be available soon at

    Download the entire 2014 OCASLA Awards Booket

    2014 OCASLA Award Winners


    Design: Constructed

    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Vail Garden / Cleveland, Ohio by  NBBJ



    Design: Not Constructed

    Drinking Water Protection Plan for the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed / Akron, Ohio by Environmental Design Group


    Bike Box / Living Roof Lab / Cleveland, Ohio by Students of Kent State University

    Vacant Lots: Occupied / Cincinnati, Ohio by Students of the Vacant Lots: Occupied Project at the University of Cincinnati, Horticulture Program


    Design: Constructed

    Franklin County Courthouse and Government Center Pavilion / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    West Garden at the Columbus Museum of Art / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    Mercy Hospital West Green Roof / Cincinnati, Ohio by Meisner and Associates Land Vision

    Design: Not Constructed

    I-70/71 Columbus Crossroads Innerbelt Phase 4 / Columbus, Ohio by MKSK

    New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital / New Orleans, Louisiana by NBBJ

    Bloomington Certified Technology Park / Bloomington, Indiana by MKSK

    Columbus State Community College Master Plan / Columbus, Ohio by NBBJ

    Communications + Research

    Essence of Athens: A Strategic Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness / Athens, Ohio by Designing Local


    Novel Ecologies: Spontaneous Urban Plants / Columbus, Ohio by Students of Landscape Architecture Course 3189/7189: Novel Ecologies at Knowlton School of Architecture


    Planning + Analysis

    Greater Cincinnati Regional Trails Plan / Cincinnati, Ohio by Human Nature, Inc.


    Ohio Landscape Architecture Award

    City of Bexley / Bexley, Ohio

    CoGo Bike Share / Columbus, Ohio



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    2015 OCASLA Election Results

    Thank you to all who voted in the OCASLA elections. The newly elected Board will be reported to ASLA National this month.

    2015 OCASLA Executive Committee

    - Chapter Trustee – Eugenia M. Martin
    - Chapter President – Carmine Russo Jr
    - Chapter President Elect – Karla Salmans
    - Chapter Past President – Nick Gilliland 
    - Public Relations Representative – Doug Boyer 
    - VP of Communications – Emily Donovan 
    - VP of Education and Membership – Brett Egbert 
    - VP of Business Affairs – Jim Obert  
    - VP of Legislative Affairs – Lynne Nischwitz
    - Treasurer – Matt Manda 
    - Secretary – Chris Laster 
    - Buckeye Section Chair – Ashley Solether 
    - Buckeye Section Chair Elect – Derek Kuryla
    - Buckeye Section Communications Chair – Matt Kellogg 
    - Buckeye Section Member at Large – Brian Bernstein 
    - Miami Section Chair – Glenn Bayfield 
    - Miami Section Chair Elect – Nicole DiNovo 
    - Miami Section Communications Chair – Cory Murner 
    - Miami Section Member at Large – Matt Latham 
    - Western Reserve Section Chair – Jarlath Caldwell
    - Western Reserve Section Chair Elect – Helen Graham 
    - Western Reserve Communications Chair – Matt Watson 
    - Western Reserve Member at Large – Jeff Kerr 

    Read more about each officer HERE.

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    ASLA Announces 2014 Professional & Student Awards

    ASLA announced the winners of the 2014 Professional Awards and Student Awards. The awards honor top public, commercial, residential, institutional, planning, communications and research projects from across the U.S. and around the world. 

    An undergraduate team from The Ohio State University won an Honor Award in the Analysis + Planning category for their entry Bigger Darby: A Landscape Approach for a Coherent & Resilient Watershed. Read more HERE.

    The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM)  features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. October's LAM will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 600 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14.

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

    2014 OCASLA Annual Meeting & Expo -  Advance Deadline Rates End Today

    The largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world!

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


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    Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes OSU's Blythe Worstell

    Knowlton landscape architecture senior Blythe Worstell has been named an undergraduate 2014 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist in the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars Program, the premier national award program for landscape architecture students. Worstell was one six finalists chosen from a nominated field of 45 graduate students and 30 undergraduates currently pursuing landscape architecture degrees at American universities.

    Each year, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) names one graduate and one undergraduate student as the National Olmsted Scholar at that respective level. 

    Read more HERE.

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    Secretary of the Interior to present at National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

    Join her at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation
    October 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2014 -- Conference organizers are delighted to announce that Sally Jewell, the United States Secretary of the Interior, will present a keynote address at the mid-day plenary of the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC) on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

    Secretary Jewell will share with Workshop participants her strategic insight into how managing at the landscape scale offers solutions to the significant conservation challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. She will bring to the task her wide-ranging experience as a working scientist, a corporate CEO and a member of the President's Cabinet. 

    As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation's lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013. In nominating Jewell, President Obama said, "She is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future. She is committed to building our nation-to-nation relationship with Indian Country. She knows the link between conservation and good jobs. She knows that there's no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress; that in fact, those two things need to go hand in hand."

    Join Interior Secretary Jewell and hundreds of other large landscape conservation leaders and practitioners at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation,October 23 and 24, in Washington, D.C. The NWLLC will showcase conservation innovation and landscape scale solutions across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors – from our urban centers to our wildest places.

    To get the best conference rates, register at by Sept. 22.

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    Free Event: insight2050

    Registration ends Friday, October 31st. Click HERE to register.

    We’re pleased to announce that nationally renowned urban planner, Peter Calthorpe, Principal of Calthorpe Associates, will deliver an insight2050 keynote presentation on Wednesday, November 5 at the Athletic Club of Columbus.

    insight2050 is a collaborative initiative among public and private partners in Central Ohio designed to proactively prepare for regional population growth over the next 30 years that is expected to be dramatically different from the past.

    Utilizing Calthorpe’s state-of-the-art analytic tools, insight2050 will provide objective data and analysis to enable communities to better understand the nature, composition and potential impact of future land use policies.


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    SITES Fundamentals Webinar Series


    The SITES Fundamentals webinar series, beginning on September 10, will present research, instruction, tips, and strategies for navigating the SITES v2 Rating System. Cost: $55/each or $395/series
    This 9-part series will closely examine the new SITES v2 Rating System: For Sustainable Land Design and Development. A range of topics will be discussed, such as restoring soils, managing stormwater, using native and appropriate vegetation, exploring the life cycle of materials, and designing a project in order to maximize its human health and well-being potential.
    For more information and registration, click here.

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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 Dues Increase for 2015

    The OCASLA Executive Committee has approved an in-state dues increase from $95 to $100 for the 2015 Renewals. The increase will begin to take effect with the October 1, 2014 renewals. These valuable funds will assist the Chapter in upholding the standards of licensure.

    The OCASLA in-state dues have not been raised in the past 10 years, and during this time there have been attempts to deregulate landscape architecture in Ohio. The OCASLA has been an important part of fighting off those attempts and continues to uphold licensure by participating in activities such as the ASLA Advocacy Day. The additional dues will go towards an In-state Lobby Day modeled off of national's Advocacy Day as well as potential consultation with a Lobbyist.

    PLEASE NOTE: This additional $5 per member will be deposited in the OCASLA Lobby Account. Therefore, a total of $15 dollars of your $100 will be for lobbying efforts and will not be tax deductible.



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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-Express: October 1, 2014

    Governance and Administration

    • ASLA is becoming a collaborating organization with the new EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative, a network of federal agencies, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, non-governmental organizations, and other private sector entities, to work on promoting green infrastructure approaches to address water issues. Next week, President Mark Focht, FASLA, and ASLA government affairs staff will participate in a kick-off event for the Collaborative at the White House next week. The event will include roundtable discussions on efforts to mainstream green infrastructure, and provide an opportunity for leaders of the initiative to dialogue with senior administration officials.  As part of ASLA’s commitment to work with the Collaborative, ASLA will:  advocate for passage of the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act; support strong funding for the Clean and Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Funds; and maintain, update, and enhance ASLA’s online green infrastructure center, as well as highlighting these issues in publications and education opportunities. 
    • After the AMEAC meeting, President Focht presented at the national Rail-Volution Conference in Minneapolis. The session, “Design Matters,” featured the leadership of AIA, APA, and ASLA discussing the importance of design in transit-oriented developments and transportation projects.  The ASLA Minnesota Chapter hosted a reception for Focht while he was in town.
    • On Tuesday, October 7, President-Elect Dick Zweifel, FASLA, will be the keynote speaker at the launch party of theLandscape Architect’s Guide to Portland (Oregon). The guide explains whyPortland is one of the most livable, sustainable cities in the U.S.  
    • The 2014 professional and student awards were announced on Monday with a press release, an email blast to all contacts, and a social media campaign, all coordinated with the October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), which features the awards. The website received 25,000 page views in the first 24 hours. This is the first fully responsive awards website ASLA has produced, meaning it is easily viewable on tablets and phones.
    • The 2015 call for Fellows nominations is now open. The deadline for chapter submissions is February 27, 2015.  For more information, visit the Council of Fellows website.



    Government Affairs

    • Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 78-22 to pass H.J. Res.124–a continuing resolution (CR) spending bill to fund federal government programs and operations for fiscal year 2015. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 319-108 on the measure. The legislation maintains current funding levels for government programs and services through December 11, 2014. Visit ASLA’s IAdvocate page for a summary of funding levels for programs important to landscape architects and for other advocacy news and information.
    • ASLA activated the IAdvocate Network to inform members about a free webinar to learn the details of HUD's New National Disaster Resilience CompetitionThis online event will take place Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT. Speakers on the webinar include: Danielle Arigoni, Deputy Director of HUD's office of Economic Resilience; Jessie Handforth Kome, Deputy Directorof HUD's office of Block Grant Assistance in Community Planning & Development; and Ilana Preuss, Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America. REGISTER FOR THIS FREE WEBINAR.
    • ASLA also activated the iAdvocate Network recently to urge ASLA advocates to send a message to their U.S. Representatives to support H.R. 4709, the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act (Highways BEE ACT), a bipartisan bill aimed at designing rights-of-way to foster strong, vibrant pollinator populations. In response to the action alert, ASLA advocates were able to send over 250 messages to their representatives in Congress.  ASLA members are encouraged to continue to send messages to their legislators about this issue.
    • Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell participated in the National Building Museum’s Capital Council Roundtable Discussion on “Green v. Resilient,” where representatives of the design and construction industries discussed planning, designing, and building projects in a way that can withstand possible disasters and other impacts.  Currently, the museum is featuring an exhibition on “Designing for Disaster.”
    • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason participated in a webinaron the economic impact of the nation’s water and wastewater systems. The live, interactive online event, hosted by the U.S. Water Alliance and Water Works unveiled a new national report on the economic and labor impact of the water sector. The webcast also featured water leaders, public and private, from across the country to discuss how investment in water infrastructure puts people to work and builds a stronger nation.  
    • Legislative Analyst Leighton Yates participated in the National Complete Streets Coalition Steering Committee meeting, where participants discussed changes to the coalition’s mission statement and the creation of a performance measures guide for state and local governments. Additionally, the group discussed a recent safety initiative for bike/ped safety announced earlier this month by Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.


    Member and Chapter Services

    Today’s membership total is 15,205 (see details below):

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    Full Member








    Student Affiliate




    • A new webpage listing links to the ASLA Student Chapter Facebook pages has posted. Staff will continue to search for the missing student chapter pages.
    • Director Barbara Fles is facilitated the New Hampshire Chapter’s strategic planning meeting September 20.
    • A “request for portfolio volunteers” message was sent to the full Council ofFellows on September 18. Thirty-two reviewers (16 per day) are needed over a two-day period. Volunteers can select a timeslot here.  Additional messages will be sent to the Board of Trustees, Member Services, and Leadership Development Committees at a later date.

    Professional Practice

    • A recent update to The Field features a list of 2014 ASLA annual meeting education sessionsof interest to landscape architects who work in the public realm. This useful resource was compiled by members of ASLA's Public Practice Advisory Committee. It was also shared with Professional Practice Network members on LinkedIn. 
    • Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Update: The Documented Historic Landscapes: Full List of HALS Sites & HALS Highlights webpage has been updated. There are currently 575 HALS sites on the list, up from 495 last quarter. This list is provided by the National Park Service, with links to the documentation on the Library of Congress’ website. The new set of HALS Highlights features past winners of the annual HALS Challenge, an historic landscape documentation competition. This year’s Challenge, Documenting Landscapes of the New Deal, received 47 entries, the most ever. The winners and the theme of the next challenge will be announced at the annual meeting.



    • The annual graduating student survey has been posted to ASLA’s Career Discovery website and a summary published in the Dirt.
    • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 200 active providers offering 1,443 courses.  

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

    Please click here to current postings.

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    Qualified candidates will have a BLA or MLA with LEED professional accreditation. The applicant should have 12 minimum years of experience in the field of landscape architecture with an emphasis on project management. The selected candidate will actively engage in the leadership and general marketing and business development efforts for the discipline. Proficiency with Microsoft programs required.

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    POD Design, a professional consulting firm providing a people oriented design approach to landscape architecture, planning, and urban design services, is looking for a talented, creative and self-motivated Landscape Architect/Designer to work in our Columbus, Ohio office. 

    The successful candidate will work under senior landscape architects and be responsible to assist in the completion of a wide variety of landscape architectural projects. Our current work includes a mixture of various size public and private projects. Responsibilities will include the preparation of design documents for projects ranging from community parks, streetscapes, master planning, private development projects and municipal projects from schematic design through to construction plans. 

    The ideal candidate should be willing to work in an open, team environment and be enthusiastic about landscape architecture.


    • Entry level - 3 years of experience, preferably in the consulting environment
    • Degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program
    • Superior document preparation, with an understanding of the landscape architect’s role in a consulting environment
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines
    • Ability to research project requirements, materials and finishes, and current techniques that promote creative solutions that are environmentally responsible and technically sound
    • Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite including Indesign and Photoshop, Google Sketchup and Microsoft Word and Excel experience is important; basic knowledge of 3D rendering software is an asset
    • Proficient hand graphic and drafting skills with above average presentation and communication skills are highly desirable

    Please email a PDF with resume and examples of your most relevant work to If your portfolio is larger than 5MB please include a link to download your work.


    POD Design, a professional consulting firm providing a people oriented design approach to landscape architecture, planning, and urban design services, is looking for a talented, creative and self-motivated Landscape Architect/Project Manager to work in our Columbus, Ohio office. 

    The successful candidate should be willing to provide practice leadership by working with staff, engaging in professional mentoring /guidance and possess strong technical skills.

    Our current work includes a mixture of various size public and private projects. Responsibilities will include the preparation of construction documents for projects ranging from community parks, streetscapes, master planning, private development projects and municipal projects from schematic design through to construction plans. 

    The ideal candidate should be willing to work in an open, team environment and be enthusiastic about landscape architecture.


    • 8-10 years of professional experience in Landscape Architecture
    • Degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program
    • Professional registration, LEED Accredited preferred
    • Previous experience working on complex projects in all phases of design
    • Excellent verbal and graphic communication skills, effective client relationship skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams of designers
    • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, multiple deadlines and multiple scales
    • Superior technical ability, proficient in all phases of construction documentation
    • Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite including Indesign and Photoshop, Google Sketchup and Microsoft Word and Excel experience is important; basic knowledge of 3D rendering software is an asset

    Please email a PDF with resume and examples of your most relevant work to If your portfolio is larger than 5MB please include a link to download your work.

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