January 2015  

    Chapter Trustee Report

    Greetings from your Chapter Trustee!  

    Last month I gave you an update on the Annual Board of Trustees meeting in Denver at which time I let you know about the 2015-2016 Federal Priorities Agenda.  The identified priorities include Transportation Planning and Design, Community Design and Development, Water and Stormwater Management, Small Business Growth and Development, and Climate Change.  Another item that was discussed was the upcoming "renewal" of MAP-21 (the Federal Transportation Bill) and the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP). 

    MAP-21 was a two-year program that is being put forward to the House and Senate for update/renewal this year and, unfortunately, we are hearing rumors that TAP will be eliminated from the budget. What this means is that such programs at Safe Routes to School, Recreation Trails Program, and Bicycle/Pedestrian funding will be eliminated from the Federal Budget.  

    Over the next several weeks as we prepare for our 2015 Advocacy Day in April, we will be providing more information on how you can help make sure these important programs stay a part of of the Federal Transportation Bill through providing project examples as well as testimonials.  In the mean time, my request to you is to respond to every Call To Action/Contact Your Legislator you receive.  Unfortunately due to the nature of politics, many times we have less than a 24 hour notification of an amendment to a bill that can potentially have a tremendous impact on projects we work on.  So please, please, please...respond to every Call To Action. Contact Your Legislator, and iAdvocate request. YOU can, and do, truly make a difference.  

    Thank you in advance on behalf of the Board of Trustees as well as the Government Affairs Advisory Committee...and as always, feel free to call or email me with any questions or comments at

    Eugenia M. Martin, FASLA

    OCASLA Chapter Trustee


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    Letter from the President

    Letter from the President            12.12.14

    Dear OCASLA Members and Friends of Landscape Architecture:

    As we close another successful year in our efforts to enhance the visibility of the profession of landscape architecture in Ohio, I wanted to reflect on those accomplishments and provide a vision for the coming year. I continue to be motivated by our members’ involvement in their communities here in the state, and also those colleagues from other states that I encounter during my experiences each year at the ASLA Annual Meeting. Our chapter was well represented again this year in Denver with the induction of our Chapter Trustee, Eugenia Martin, into the 2014 Class of the Council of Fellows. It was also inspiring to see the undergraduate students from the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State receive an Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning Category for Bigger Darby: A Landscape Approach for a Coherent and Resilient Watershed as part of the 2014 ASLA Professional and Student Design Awards presentation. These are just a few of the examples of how we as landscape architects have the ability to make a greater impact on our built environment. We are having profound effects on our cities and communities by thinking bigger and more intelligently about the world around us.

    Outgoing ASLA President Mark Focht, FASLA spoke at length throughout the conference about how our profession is continuing to contribute to the idea of Resilience, which was the major theme for the weekend. He was asked most recently how our society has responded and contributed to the issue of Resilience, and noted that in many ways we are not doing anything differently than what we’ve always done. He stated, “Resiliency is inherent to how landscape architects are wired. It is who we are, and what we do.” As we’ve continued to show over the past few years, our profession is resilient in many ways, as we’ve dealt with an economic crisis affecting many small businesses, and how we’ve aided in providing timely solutions to environmental stresses that have needed immediate attention. We are emerging from these difficulties stronger than before, and are now poised to lead the effort to a brighter future.

    In the coming months we will continue to focus our chapter’s efforts on Membership Growth, Advocacy and Public Awareness. As we increase the profile of our events and education sessions, we will continue to push ourselves to achieve new goals beyond the yearly slate of events. We will continue to build our relationships with allied professions, and move forward with new plans for our in-state lobbying efforts. We can grow the society, and have a greater impact, but only with your help will we achieve these milestones. As always, your Ohio Chapter Executive Committee is available to hear your thoughts and inspire action. Please feel free to contact us, as we are here to better serve you and the profession. We are looking forward to another great year full of heightened efforts to help promote the profession of landscape architecture in Ohio.

    Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015!


    Carmine Russo Jr, ASLA

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    2015 OCASLA Annual Meeting + Expo - April 10th - 6 LACES CEUs

    Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, April 10th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for one of the biggest Chapter gatherings of the year. 

    This year's meeting is offering 4 Educational Sessions that are worth 6 LA CES HSW CEUs. The speakers lined up for this year are a diverse group, including:

    • Mark Focht, PLA, FASLA, First Deputy Commissioner, Parks and Facilities at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Immediate Past President of ASLA
    • Julia Czerniak, Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University
    • Bradford McKee, Editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine
    • Thomas L. Woltz, Principle & Owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects


    Early Bird Registration opening soon! Visit the event page for more information and speaker details.


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    Chapter Report in December Issue of LASN

    The 2014 Chapter Report from the Ohio Chapter of ASLA can be read in the 2014 December Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News!

    Read about this past year's OCASLA activities and highlights in the LASN December Issue.

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    Happy Holidays from OCASLA!

    Looking over the past year, the Ohio Chapter of ASLA (OCASLA) has had many things to be proud of. The chapter has successfully hosted 3 state-wide events and many local section events. Here are just some of the highlights from 2014:

    • The 2014 OCASLA Annual Meeting was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio on April 4th. Approximately 180 attendees had the opportunity to meet with over 25 vendors, and participate in 6 HSW LACES CEU's. This year’s keynote speakers represented a range of expertise, including Bill Hendricks, President of Klyn Nurseries, Inc. and Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Dan Euser, Landscape Architect and Principal-in-Charge of Dan Euser Waterarchitecture, Inc., Mary Nunn, Landscape Architect at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, andLaura Solano, Landscape Architect and Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. See photos at the 2014 OCASLA Photo Gallery.


    • In April, OCASLA chapter leaders including Jeannie Martin, Chapter Trustee; Carmine Russo, Chapter President; Karla Salmans, Chapter President-Elect and Lynne Nischwitz, VP of Legislative Affairs participated in the Mid-Year Business Meeting and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. They spent the day meeting with Ohio Senators and Representatives about current issues. See photos here.


    • The OCASLA Annual Golf Outing took place in August at Chapel Hill Golf Course with roughly 60 golfers and sponsors in attendance. The day was a beautiful sunny day and attendees dressed up as their favorite Pantone color. Funds from this event are donated to the Student Chapter ASLA at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. The Student Chapter will be hosting LABASH in 2016 and this year's golf outing was their kickoff fundraising event. Visit the Golf Outing Photo Gallery.


    • On October 10th, OCASLA hosted the 3rd Annual Fall Educational and GALA in Columbus. A day-long series of project site tours throughout downtown Columbus concluded with the Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony at the High Line Car House. 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. It was a lively evening of music, goofy pictures, food and celebration of landscape architecture. Download the 2014 Awards Booklet here. Visit the 2014 Fall Educational Photo Gallery and the 2014 GALA Photo Gallery.


    See our Photo Gallery for more images from all of our 2014 events including those at the local level.

    In closing, we would like to thank all of our great sponsors and wonderful volunteers that have dedicated their time and support to help make this another successful year for the chapter.

    Best wishes to you all for a successful 2015!

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    Registration includes Garden admission, morning refreshments, lunch, access to exhibitors and resources, a book signing with Pete Nelson, and parking in the attached garage. Please register online or by calling 216.721.1600 x100.

    CBG Member Rate: $95
    CBG Non-member Rate: $115

    4.5 HSW LACES Credits!

    Register and see the full list of speakers at

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    ASLA Call for Presentations: 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO

    ASLA is accepting proposals for education sessions for the 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 6-9, in Chicago. If you are interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge with the landscape architecture profession, we encourage you to submit a proposal through our online system. 

    Click here for detailed information on submitting education program proposals. The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2015 

    ASLA Members are invited to log in to the online system using their unique ASLA ID.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: January 7, 2015

    Governance and Administration

    • Work continues in earnest for a trio of meetings that will be taking place January 22-24. In addition to the Executive Committee’s Winter Meeting on January 23-24, the Presidents Council (ASLA, CLARB, CELA, CSLA, LAAB, and LAF) will meet at ASLA’s headquarters on January 22. In addition, LAAB will hold its meeting at a nearby hotel on January 23-24. The entire group will meet for a joint reception and dinner on January 21.
    • The 2015 committee chair orientation will take place via conference call Wednesday, January 14, and Thursday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Please plan to attend one of the sessions if you are a committee chair or ASLA representative.  Contact Corporate Secretary Millay for details.
    • The Council of Fellows Executive Committee will hold an informational webinar on nomination preparation for 2015.  The webinar will be held Wednesday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. EST, and will be an opportunity for those committees or individuals preparing nominations to ask questions and get feedback about the process from former jurors, COF executive committee members, and others who are familiar with the process.  The 2015 deadline for international nominations is February 6 and for domestic nominations is February 27. Contact Corporate Secretary Millay for details.


    Government Affairs

    • ASLA 2014 Advocacy in Review: ASLA’s Government Affairs department wrapped up 2014 with several notable accomplishments including: protecting licensure; preserving critical federal programs important to the profession; and unveiling key advocacy tools and reports to help local chapters and individual activists continue to be effective in the policy arena. You can view the ASLA Government Affairs highlights document here.
    • ASLA has joined with other active transportation organizations in sending a letter to Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representatives David Joyce (OH) and Mike Quigley (IL) thanking them for their leadership in including non-motorized safety performance explanatory language in H.R. 83, the 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which was signed into law last month. The language directs the Federal Highway Administration to establish a performance measure to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed on our nation’s roads.


    Finance and Building Operations

    •  CFO Mike O’Brien is closing out November 2014 and will be reporting to the Executive Committee and the Finance and Investments Committees later this month.
    • Once again in 2014, the ASLA Headquarters building earned the Energy Star certification.  Buildings that earn the EPA’s Energy Star certification use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.  



    • The 2015 EXPO booth and sponsorship sales have already reached 75 percent of the annual budget goal and exceed any prior record of past meetings.



    • ASLA will be in booth S1710 to promote awareness of the landscape architecture industry with an emphasis on residential design to the members of the National Home Builders Association at the International Builders’ Show, January 20-22 in Las Vegas.


    Resource Development

    • Donations and pledges for theCenter for Landscape Architecture campaign have increased to $288,686, or 29 percent of the $1 million goal.   Five of the 49 chapters have donated to date, including: Boston Society of Landscape Architects ($30,000); California Sierra Chapter ($15,000); Washington State Chapter ($15,000); North Carolina Chapter ($10,000); and Nevada Chapter ($1,899).  Immediate Past President Focht’s challenge to the Board of Trustees now totals $57,242 or 57 percent of the $100,000 goal. 


    Public Relations and Communications

    • Public awareness representatives from 48 ASLA chapters will convene in Tampa, Florida, this weekend for the 2015 Public Awareness Summit. PR and Communications Director Terry Poltrack, PR Manager Karen Grajales, and PR and Communications Coordinator J.R. Taylor will be on site to discuss public outreach, digital media, World Landscape Architecture Month, and PARK(ing) Day. Public relations consultant Cynthia Powell will also give a presentation on media relations. The goal is to equip each representative with the knowledge and tools to raise the visibility of each chapter and the landscape architecture profession while aligning efforts for maximum impact.
    • A press release about the 2015 Call for Entries for professional and student awards, and the new online submission process was distributed today via several wire services.
    • At year-end, ASLA’s website recorded more than 1 million users, with unique visitors up nearly 13 percent over 2013.  
    • In November, ASLA went live with a new homepage and feature entitled “Learn What Landscape Architects Do.” In the last two months of 2014, the new pages, which are also viewable on an iPad or smart phone, have received 199,000 views. Comparing the performance of these new tools against the previous version of the home page two months earlier, there has already been a 40 percent increase in traffic.
    • The Dirt’s annual best books list gets coverage:ArchNewsNow picked it up, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum blasted out the announcement of its Composite Landscapes book being included in the list, and Harvard Graduate School of Design posted a news story.


    Member and Chapter Services

    • Year-end 2014 closed with 15,214 members, an increase of .07 percent from December 31, 2013. This compares to a 1.34 percent increase in 2013, a -2.76 decrease in 2012, a -1.08 decrease in 2011, a -3.86 decrease in 2010, a -5.88 decrease in 2009, and a -5.94 decrease in 2008. Today’s membership total is 15,241 (see details below):










    Full Member








    Student Affiliate





    Education Programs and LAAB

    • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 190 active providers offering 1,326 courses. There are three new provider applications pending review.


    Professional Practice

    • On December 19, 2014, ASLA published an updated release in the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) entitled, “Integrating BIM Technology into Landscape Architecture, 2nd Edition,” by James L. Sipes, ASLA. The LATIS addresses a variety of Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and discusses how they can be applied to landscape architecture projects.  ASLA members can view the report for free and can purchase and pass a self-study exam to earn 3.0 PDH that meet LA CES criteria. Visit for the full catalog of LATIS papers.
    • The 2015 ASLA Archives and Collections Committee held its first meeting via conference call on December 16 to discuss plans for the upcoming year, which included the headquarters building renovation and defining the conservation storage requirements for the ASLA Prints and Drawings Collection in the upgraded library and archives space.


    Deadlines and Reminders

    The Leadership Calendar can be accessed on the web.

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    2014 OCASLA Fall Educational + Gala Recap

    Friday, October 10th was a cool Columbus day where nearly 130 OCASLA members and guests met at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The day began with a sit-down lunch and a talk by Michael Wilkos of The Columbus Foundation. Michael discussed the growth trends and economics of Columbus and compared the City to other cities in Ohio. Afterwards, the group moved outside to begin the educational walking tour.

    We began walking south on High Street and reached our first tour destination; The Columbus Commons. Tour attendees gained unique insight into the history of the construction of the Commons, as well as important design considerations. The tour speakers were Amy Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Paul Lada, Landscape Architect for EDGE.

    From the Commons we walked to the Scioto Riverfront to tour sections of the Scioto Greenway, starting at the amphitheater and ending at North Bank Park. Along the way we watched a demonstration of the Scioto Mile Fountain as construction crews worked along the banks of the Scioto River. Brad Westall, landscape architect for Columbus Parks and Recreation and Bryon Ringley, Senior Principle at Stantec were the speakers for this portion of the tour.

    We met Keith Myers, FASLA, at North Bank Park where he led the group to various sites in the Arena District. Coffee in hand, he shared the history of the design and construction of the Arena District, including a humorous story about relocating The Arch from Union Station to its final destination at McFerson Commons Park. The group stopped in front of Columbus City Hall for a photo-opportunity with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. See the photo in the photo gallery.

    The tour ended near Nationwide Arena at about 4:40pm. See the full photo gallery.

    At 6:30pm guests arrived at the High Line Car House for the Gala and Awards Ceremony. Food and drinks were served while the band Me & Lil’ Brother entertained in the background. At 7:30pm members of the Student Chapter of ASLA (SCASLA) presented the 2014 OCASLA Award winners.

    This year there were 14 award winners and two Special Recognition winners, see the full list of winners and download the 2014 OCASLA Awards Booklet at OCASLA Chapter President Carmine Russo, Jr also recognized the recent achievements of Jeannie Martin, FASLA and Amy Kobe, Hon AIA.

    Following the Awards Ceremony, OCASLA handed out prizes to the tour photo contest winners and SCASLA gave out raffle prizes. See all the photos in the photo gallery.

    Summary Quick Links:
    2014 OCASLA Awards Booklet
    2014 OCASLA Fall Educational Photo Gallery
    2014 OCASLA Gala Photo Gallery

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

    Please click here to current postings.

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    Classified Ads


    Job Opening – Entry Level Landscape Architect

    Experience Level: 0 – 3 Years


    About the team:

    For over 45 years, Bayer Becker has provided professional design consulting services for the land development industry in the Greater Cincinnati area. We offer Civil & Transportation Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, and Planning services for projects that cover a wide range of market sectors. Our team is bound together by core values of Integrity, Quality, Service and Continuous Improvement.

    Bayer Becker is one of the region’s most highly regarded multi-disciplinary design practices, and we’re looking for motivated individuals who enjoy a challenging and rewarding work environment. We are committed to excellence and providing our employees with an opportunity to work on impactful projects as part of a highly skilled and dynamic team.

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    Over the past few decades, Bayer Becker’s Landscape Architecture & Planning Department (LA+P) has developed a design tradition that enhances the connections between a community and its ecological surroundings, cultural past, and vision for the future.  From our principals to our staff, Bayer Becker LA+P design professionals embrace ecological stewardship and leverage a wide range of interests and experiences to continually improve the quality of our urban, ecological, and social environments.


    About position:

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    A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited program is required. This role requires a strong proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Design Suites, Sketchup, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and hand-generated graphics. In addition, a working knowledge of Rhino or Revit, 3DS Studio Max, Civil3D, and Wacom interactive pen display tablets are desirable.  

    If you are interested in joining the team at Bayer Becker, please e-mail a cover letter letting us know how you would complement our team, along with your resume and portfolio to


    A highly experienced Landscape Architect is needed immediately to work for our client in the Cincinnati, OH area.

    The Senior Landscape Archiect will be responsible for concept design, development of large-scale retail development, translating design into technical documentation and working within a team environment.

    Requirements of the Senior Landscape Architect:
    LAAB accredited
    Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture
    5-10 years of relevant experience in hospitality, entertainment and/or commercial retail.
    Strong proficiency in both Revit and AutoCAD.
    Landscape Architectural registration a plus. 


    Request for Proposals

    Dayton, Ohio

    Five Rivers MetroParks is requesting qualifications from qualified firms or teams to develop an agency-wide comprehensive master plan.  The plan will provide a future integrated vision for the district and will include research, public engagement, analysis, and recommendations for Five Rivers MetroParks operations.  The selected consultant or consultant team will have proven experience and knowledge related to developing master plans and engaging the community for similar organizations. More information about Five Rivers MetroParks can be found at

    To receive a copy of the Request for Proposal, please proceed to our website at Contact Eric R. Sauer, ASLA, Park Planning Manager with questions and for supporting background documents: , Five Rivers MetroParks, 409 E. Monument Avenue, Third Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the terms of the Request for Proposals and are to be received no later than November 26 2014, 4:00PM.


    Read full listing at the Cleveland 2030 District website.

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