January 2017  

    Meet the 2017 Slate of ASLA Officer Candidates

    The 2017 slate of ASLA officer candidates has been finalized and approved. This year's slate includes the candidacy of OCASLA Trustee Jeannie Martin, FASLA to Government Affairs Vice President. Election of the VPs will be made by the Board of Trustees at the Midyear Meeting in April. Click here for full story.

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    Happy Holidays from OCASLA!

    2016 was a very busy and successful year for OCASLA. Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers for their time and effort!

    Read the year end wrap-up by clicking here.

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    OCASLA 2016 Award Winners Spotlight: In[flux]-Structure and The Temporary Zoo

    Columbus, Ohio

    Student Merit Award

    Caitlin Brett, Mariel Fink, Kerry Gerich, Matt Hayes, Christa Radosavljevic; Ohio State University

    “In[flux]-Structure” primarily addresses the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resource Laboratory’s lack of identity and visibility, as well as its static and rigid site organization. The design proposes an organizational gradient which pushes obviously-valuable anthropocentric research to the most visible edges of the site, while integrating a complex, ecological research infrastructure into more private lands. This flexible strategy is underpinned by variably-permanent structures (paths, posts, + pavilions) which collect and display data, while also establishing a distinct architectural identity for the site.


    Read the full description and view all the images for In[flux]-Structure in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

    The Temporary Zoo – A Post-Industrial Landscape
    Waterford, Ohio

    Student Merit Award

    Joie Chan, Ohio State University

    The Temporary Zoo is a landscape that aids in the rehabilitation of wild and native animals.  The Zoo is temporary in the sense that the animals come to rehabilitate but are released back to their native land after they are done.  The landscape is sculpted to create variations of wet to dry areas while the altered soil composition creates an opportunity to plant a wide range of plant communities.


    Read the full description and view all the images for The Temporary Zoo in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.


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    U.S. Representative Dave Joyce (Ohio) Joins 13 New ASLA Honorary Members

    Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA can bestow upon non-landscape architects in recognition of notable service to the profession. Since its inception in 1899, ASLA has inducted only 207 honorary members.

    Since being elected to Congress in 2012, Congressman Dave Joyce of Ohio has been a staunch supporter of green infrastructure. Because of his efforts in raising the visibility of Complete Streets legislation with his colleagues and constituents, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that includes the first federal Complete Streets policy. OCASLA Trustee Jeannie Martin, FASLA nominated him with support from the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition. Click here for full story.

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    OCASLA Miami Section Chair Updates

    The Miami Section has a couple recent volunteer updates. Robert Slavens is the new current Miami Section Chair, with Matthew Latham continuing on as the Miami Section Member-At-Large. Jonathan Tieman is a new OCASLA volunteer and is your current Miami Section Communications Chair. Please see for their contact information.

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    Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Cincinnati

    The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati is launching its new Landscape Architecture program this year, focusing on graduate study with four options.  The MLA I First Professional degree is 80 credits for six consecutive semesters, including one international or domestic co-op experience. This program will seek LAAB accreditation.  The MLA IIA Post Professional degree is 49 credits for 5 consecutive semesters, including two international or domestic co-op experiences.

    The MLA IIA program will emphasize the study of critical practice and the business of design with an optional Graduate Certificate in Business.  The MLA IIB Post Professional degree is 49 credits for 4 consecutive semesters, including one international or domestic co-op experience. The MLA IIB program will emphasize interdisciplinary practice in fields within DAAP such as fine art, industrial design, architecture, and urban design.  There is also an option to complete dual Masters in Community Planning and MLA degrees.  

    For more information, please contact Virginia Russell, FASLA ( and visit the MLA website at  If you are interested in participating in the Cooperative Education program with the UC Division of Professional Practice, please contact Fred Lutt, ASLA (

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    Michigan ASLA LARE Review Session

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    Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Scholarships Available

    The Builders Exchange of Central Ohio is accepting scholarship applications through Friday, Feb. 24 for the 2017-18 school year.

    Eligible students must be enrolled in or entering a two-year technical program or in a four-year college program and be in a construction-related field of study. Prior recipients of a BX scholarship are encouraged to re-apply for the coming school year.

    See the document downloads below or click here to download the application and recommendation form.

    2017 BX Schoralship Application Form

    2017 BX Scholarship Recommendation Form

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA National News: December 21, 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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    Classified Ads


    Whitham Planning & Design LLC, located in Ithaca, NY, is seeking a Landscape Architectural Associate with expertise in design and planning, for our small, fast-paced, dynamic, and collaborative firm.  This position would entail the planning, site design, and coordination of projects at a range of scales, the majority of which are based in upstate New York.  Applicants must have experience in landscape design, project research, project coordination for small, mid-size, and large development projects. The ideal candidate will have at minimum 2-3 years’ work experience in a landscape architecture firm in the US.

    Responsibilities include:

    -        Design, management, and production of drawings for projects of different scales and different stages in the design process

    -        Compilation of targeted project research and analysis into text documents and/or design solutions

    -        Preparation of and the ability to give verbal, visual, and oral presentations to clients, municipal staff and boards, community members, etc.

    -        Coordination between clients and consultant teams

    -        Preparation of proposals, contracts, and cost estimates for upcoming projects

    -        Preparation of building permit applications, Site Plan Review, SEQR documentation


    Required Qualifications:

    -        A professional Landscape Architecture degree

    -        Demonstrated ability in Site Planning and Design, Design Detail

    -        Strong design and writing skills

    -        Clear communication, organization, and presentation skills

    -        Effective time management ability with attention to detail


    Desired Qualifications:

    -        Other degrees in allied design disciplines, such as in planning or architecture

    -        Experience with municipal review processes, including Site Plan, SEQR/A, and Zoning Review

    -        Project management and coordination experience

    Required Software Fluency

    -        AutoCAD to create site, layout, landscape, and detail plan sheets.

    -        Microsoft Word to write professional memos and other documents

    -        Adobe InDesign to create presentations, submission packages, documents, etc.


    Desired Software Fluency

    -        Google SketchUp to create site models, renderings, animations, etc.

    -        Microsoft Excel to create budget spreadsheets, plant lists, etc.

    -        Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator to create renderings, diagrams, etc.

    -        Working knowledge of online applications


    Whitham Planning and Design LLC is a landscape architecture, planning, and project management firm located in Ithaca, New York. Established in 2010, the firm provides a broad range of services, including site design, approvals planning, and design team management. As part of this work, Whitham Planning and Design LLC acts as project design consultant or project landscape architect, and coordinates all review and permitting aspects of site and building development projects. Whitham Planning and Design LLC has developed strong relationships with professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, and graphic design, and works to coordinate collaborative efforts designed to meet specific project requirements.

    The position will require approximately 40 hours per week, with some evening meetings. 

    Candidates are required to submit a resume, cover letter, portfolio (no more than 10 MB), and writing sample. Please send inquiries and application materials to Kathryn Chesebrough at

    Review of applications will begin immediately, with an expected hire to occur in February 2017. We look forward to reviewing your work.


    The Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Kiley Fellow will be appointed Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the 2017-18 academic year. While the Kiley Fellowship is awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year at the rank of Lecturer, dependent upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice.

    This initiative is intended to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The Daniel Urban Kiley Fellowship builds upon the history of pedagogic innovation at the GSD as well as the century of leadership in landscape education within the Department of Landscape Architecture.

    Deadline for receipt of applications: February 10, 2017

    For details and more information, please visit Kiley Teaching Fellowship or send an email to:


    Five Rivers MetroParks and project partners are requesting statements of qualifications from qualified consultants to develop a 20-year riverfront master plan (Phase I) and various park site plans (Phase II) for greater downtown Dayton, Ohio.

    For more information click the link below or go to this link:


    Sandusky East Bay Plan RFP

    Submittal deadline: January 27, 2017

    The Trust for Public Land is partnering with the City of Sandusky to reimagine critical bayfront properties at the eastern end of Downtown Sandusky.  To assist in this process, The Trust for Public Land is requesting proposals from qualified firms that specialize in landscape architecture and redevelopment planning.  The qualified firm, or team, will demonstrate a depth of experience in parks and waterfront planning, as well as an understanding of how urban redevelopment can integrate seamlessly with public spaces to create vibrant and active waterfronts.

    Please contact Matthew Schmidt, AICP, Trust for Public Land Program Director at with any questions.

    Click "Learn More" below to download RFP document.


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