July 2014  

    Comment Period Open for 5 Year Rule Review for LA's

    A message from the Ohio Architects Board:

    Dear Landscape Architects and Exam Candidates:

    The comment period is now open for the Five Year Rule review for Landscape Architects. The rules and the Business Impact Analysis can be downloaded HERE.

    Please send your written comments to both<> and<>.

    The comment period closes August 1.

    Amy M. Kobe, Hon AIA
    Executive Director
    Ohio Architects Board
    Ohio Landscape Architects Board<>
    77 S. High St., 16th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
    Phone (614) 466-2316
    Direct (614) 466-1327

    Back to top

    OCASLA Annual Golf Outing

    Save the Date!

    2014 OCASLA Annual Golf Outing - August 15, 2014

    Check back soon for more information...


    Back to top

    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.

    Back to top

    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

    Back to top

    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

    Back to top

    Thinking of volunteering? Consider OCASLA!


    Have you considered becoming a volunteer or know someone who might be? Volunteering with OCASLA is a professional development opportunity, a great way to meet new people in varying types of practice, and an opportunity to give back while learning and enjoying the company of others.

    The call for volunteers is now open and elections will be held in August. The following OCASLA volunteer positions are open:

    Miami Section Chair
    Miami Section Chair-Elect
    Maumee Section Chair
    Maumee Section Chair-Elect
    Maumee Section Communications Chair
    Maumee Section Member-at-Large
    Buckeye Section Chair
    Western Reserve Section Member-at-Large
    VP of Education and Membership
    Public Relations Representative

    For a list of position descriptions click HERE. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at

    Back to top

    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: July 9, 2014

    Governance and Administration

    • On Thursday, July 3, an NBC Nightly News’ feature on the Highway Trust Fund included a clip from a speech by President Barack Obama in which he mentioned landscape architects. Obama states that fixing the trust fund “……doesn’t just put construction workers back to work, that puts engineers back to work, that puts landscape architects back to work….”.  ASLA is trying to obtain a copy of the video that can be shared with members.From a member email received today:  “It’s not by chance alone that the President and/or his staff relate today’s federal highway programs with landscape architects.   It’s due to ASLA’s efforts over many years that have elevated the stature of our profession and allows landscape architects to provide quality of life design services to our communities.   A lot of us in practice have pushed our way into meaningful roles on transportation projects, but the credit for this public relations step lies in the efforts of ASLA.  Congratulations and a sincere thank you to ASLA national and particularly the Governmental Affairs group.”     
    • The ASLA Executive Committee will convene on July 18-19 in Philadelphia for its summer meeting. Agenda items include: review/update of a SWOT analysis; discussion of federal legislative priorities for the next Congress; program and financial updates; review of ASLA’s strategic objectives; and new and returning officer orientation.
    • The Tellers Committee will meet tomorrow to verify the results of the 2014 ASLA election. The result will be published in the July 15 issue of LAND.
    • On July 5, EVP Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, represented ASLA at a meeting of the board of the National Society of Professional Engineers.  Somerville provided an update on ASLA’s priority programs and issues.



    • ASLA welcomed Angela Salazar as Finance’s temporary Accounting Manager.  Angela brings 18 years of accounting experience, most recently serving as the Assistant Controller for a private company in Virginia.  Angela has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from George Mason University. We’re excited to have her join the team.


    Government Affairs

    • On June 25, ASLA Government Affairs swung into action to try to defeat an amendment that Senator Patrick Toomey (PA) is proposing to eliminate funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  ASLA worked with President Focht in sending a letter to Toomey urging him to reconsider his position.  The Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter sent a similar letter and ASLA activated the Advocacy Network on this issue, too. Pennsylvania members had great participation in the alert, sending 118 messages to Toomey.  The mark-up of the PATH Act is rescheduled for this week, at which time Toomey is expected to offer his amendment.  ASLA is continuing its efforts to defeat this proposed amendment.
    • The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program will provide $3 million in competitive, matching grants to acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation in communities serving 50,000 of more people.  This pilot program is available through the LWCF State Assistance Program and prioritizes projects that seek to leverage and expand public-private partnerships; connect people to nearby outdoor places; engage and empower underserved communities and provide youth employment or job training.  Deadline to apply is August 15.


    Member and Chapter Services

    Today’s membership total is 15,481 (see details below):

    Member Category








    Full Member








    Student Affiliate





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


    Number of ASLA Members

    % from 12/31/2013




















    Public Relations and Communications

    • The 2014 Diversity Summit was held June 28 and June 29 at ASLA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 18 participants looked at strategies for early exposure to the profession and designed the “ideal” mentorship track from K-12 to seasoned professional. ASLA Communications Intern Yoshi Silverstein is currently writing up the proceedings and recommendations, which will be shared widely with the BOT, CPC, Presidents’ Council, Committee on Education, all program chairs, and principals of the larger landscape architecture firms. Juanita Shearer-Swink, FASLA, facilitated the summit. See related LAND article.
    • The Washington Post published an article on Wednesday, “City Planners Are Increasingly Aware of Health Benefits of Clean, Living Landscapes,” which quoted EVP Nancy Somerville.
    • New designs for the homepage, site-wide fonts, and link colors, plus new, immersive photographic tour, have been finalized and approved. Implementation will begin shortly, with the new features expected to launch this fall.


    Publishing and Resource Development

    • used ASLA’s profile page in its launch of its new “affiliation badge” program where professionals may add a badge to their profile to denote their associations, such as ASLA, AIA, ASID, etc.  Houzz staff reports that the ASLA badge is among the most frequently downloaded so far. Houzz now has 20 million users and climbing. 
    • The sales team and LAM Managing Editor Lisa Speckhardt participated in the AIA Conventionin Chicago. The sales team reported slower traffic in the trade show than expected, which worked in ASLA’s favor as they could easily meet with current and prospective advertisers and exhibitors.
    • Work begins this month on automating the professional and student awards programs in time for the 2015 Call for Entries to be issued in November.  Entrants will enter and submit their projects online.


    Professional Practice

    • Recent Professional Practice Network activity: the Women in Landscape Architecture PPN co-chairs and officers group evaluated the PPN webpage and possibilities for other discussion platforms, including Facebook and online forums, that may engage a larger or a different audience than the current LinkedIn page and promote sharing of information among members.
    • In June 15th, Online Learning tests were submitted, bringing the total to 55 for 2014. Thirty-seven Online Learning tests were submitted in the second quarter of 2014, compared to 18 in the first quarter. Thirty-four LATIS exams were submitted in June, bringing the total to 104 for 2014.


    Education Programs

    • As of last week the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES™) had 192 active providers and 1,186 active courses. Ten applications are pending review.

    Back to top

    Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes OSU's Blythe Worstell

    Blythe Worstell Named 2014 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist!

    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.

    Back to top

    Congratulations to Jeannie Martin on her elevation to the 2014 Class of ASLA Council of Fellows!

    ASLA Press Release - Washington, D.C., June 17, 2014

    ASLA has elevated 32 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2014. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. 

    Eugenia Martin, ASLA - CYP Studios - Columbus, OH

    Eugenia Martin, of CYP Studios, received her nomination, in Service, from the Ohio Chapter. Her leadership, experience, and vision for making the world a better place through low impact bike and pedestrian transportation is coupled with an unbridled passion for landscape architecture and the engagement of fellow design professionals. Her advocacy has provided elected leaders guidance at the local, state, and national levels on alternative transportation and infrastructure planning. Her ability to build rapport with legislators added sponsorship momentum for the national acts on Clean Water Affordability, Community Parks Revitalization, and Innovative Infrastructure. She is also a strong advocate of professional licensure for landscape architects and, throughout her career, has been equally energetic on behalf of the ASLA. Her BSLA is from Ohio State.

    To download the full press release click HERE.

    Back to top

    President's Report

    Dear OCASLA Members and Friends of Landscape Architecture:

    Representatives from our Executive Committee have just returned home from a spirited weekend in Washington, D.C. where we advocated on behalf of our membership to our elected officials. It is a motivational experience visiting the Capitol and having the opportunity to voice the concerns of our Society to those that need to hear it most. We were even provided with the privilege of viewing the Senate floor while in session and during the debate of a recent tax extender bill. These are just a few of the examples of how ASLA is working tirelessly every day to make sure that our profession of landscape architecture has the ability to make an impact on our environment by affecting our cities and communities in a positive way and helping to direct valuable funding sources to these projects.

    This year ASLA Advocacy Day brought nearly 180 advocates from across the country to our nation’s capital where over 226 congressional meetings were held on Capitol Hill. Our theme this year of Connecting Communities provided us for the opportunity to discuss the value of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) as well as the continued success of the surface transportation (MAP-21) legislation that is coming up for reauthorization. Another topic of discussion was the promotion of the implementation of a federal Complete Streets policy to ensure that all the nation’s rights-of-way are safe for all users which is being introduced in a bi-partisan approach that is not a federal mandate.

    In the days that followed, the Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) and Board of Trustees (BOT) met for lively discussions on chapter leadership and the direction of our Society. The CPC focused on issues such as Branding Your Chapter, Increasing Website Traffic, Strategic Planning, Membership Recruitment, Finances and Committee Structures. These valuable work sessions provide for your leadership the opportunity to increase our network capacity between other states, and also bring back to Ohio the best ideas from chapters across the country.

    As a relatively small society compared to our peers, we are given every opportunity by our national organization to have a seat at the table and make our voice heard to the public through our ASLA Advocacy Network. These opportunities and experiences alone should provide for a lasting example of the great value that ASLA membership provides. In an effort to provide more information about what ASLA is doing for you we will continue to post monthly ASLA National Updates to our newsletter as well as add a new Trustee Report that will be issued quarterly to provide updates on the BOT schedule and agenda for the coming months.

    The Executive Committee is here to serve you and provide a link to our national organization. We are always available to hear your thoughts and inspire action. Please feel free to contact us for more information about any of the items listed here. I hope to see many of you soon at our upcoming Golf Outing or at GALA 2014 to be held in Columbus in the fall.


    Carmine Russo Jr, ASLA

    For more information please visit the ASLA Advocacy page at:

    Back to top

    Recap of ASLA Advocacy Day 2014

    ASLA Advocates Storm Capitol Hill

    Leaders show legislators how landscape architects are connecting communities.

    ASLA Advocacy Day 2014, the Society’s premier federal advocacy event, brought nearly 180 advocates from across the nation to Washington, D.C., where they conducted 226 congressional meetings on Capitol Hill. This year’s theme, Landscape Architects: Connecting Communities, offered advocates the opportunity to educate legislators on how the profession uses federal active transportation program funding to connect communities in their congressional districts and states.

     Sherrod Brown

    During conversations with legislators and their staff, ASLA advocates discussed the value of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – showcasing the health and safety aspects of active transportation choices in their community, and the critical need to continue the program’s success in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization (MAP-21) legislation. Advocates also hit Capitol Hill to urge legislators to implement a federal Complete Streets policy to ensure that all of the nation’s rights-of-way are safe for all users, and to build support for new opportunities for legislation for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure financing. ASLA advocates that were not able to make the trip to Capitol Hill were busy doing their part from home, using Twitter, Facebook, and the ASLA Advocacy Network to send more than 500 messages to their members in Congress.

    On Advocacy Day, ASLA advocates also had the opportunity to attend a mark-up of Senator Boxer’s recently unveiled transportation reauthorization bill, S. 2322, the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act. During the Senate Environment and Public Works mark-up, legislators discussed and unanimously passed the measure. The bill will now head to the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for the funding portion of the bill, and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which handles the safety provisions.

    To build upon the momentum generated at this year’s event, ASLA’s government affairs team will work with advocates on a series of follow-up activities to help cultivate the relationships created during Advocacy Day, including writing editorials, hosting site visits with elected officials to showcase landscape architecture projects, and attending town hall meetings to continue the dialog on federal issues important to the profession.

    For more information about ASLA’s advocacy activities visit us HERE

    To see more photos from the event see HERE.

    Back to top

    LARE Prep Webinars: Passing Sections 3 & 4

    Check out these L.A.R.E. prep webinars from Cheryl Corson to help you pass sections 3 and 4. Click HERE for more information.

    Back to top

    L.A.R.E. Section 4 Prep Course in Raleigh, NC

    Register now for the L.A.R.E. preparatory course: Section 4: Grading, Drainage & Construction Documentation by instructor Ray Freeman

    When: July 12-14, 2013

    Where: NC State University College of Design in Raleigh

    For more information and registration, click on the link:

    Back to top

    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.



    Back to top


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

    Please click here to current postings.

    Back to top

    Classified Ads


    Five Rivers MetroParks (FRMP) is issuing a Request for Qualifications to pre-qualify a variety of interested firms to provide professional services for various projects and tasks that require an outside consultant. This pre-qualification process will determine the list of firms that will be eligible for award of contracts for the period through the end of 2017.

    Download attached PDF for more information!


    Mid-Level Landscape Architects Needed!

    An award-winning landscape architecture and planning firm with offices across Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Dubai. Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership, design, project management, and communication and graphics skills and enjoy working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with similarly driven colleagues. 

    Opportunities exist to work on all varieties of projects, ranging from planned communities, university campuses and civic projects to hospitality destinations, historic properties and retail and mixed-use environments. 


    • Landscape Architecture degree with Minimum 4-8 years’ experience
    • Both public and private projects is preferred
    • Applicants should be proficient with Auto CAD Adobe CS and Sketch up
    • Have a strong design portfolio

    Please send resume and portfolio to Register as a candidate at Call Leslie 866-966-2488 or 305-926-6418.


    In search of a creative landscape design professional with strong design and graphic skills. If you are a self-starter and love to interact with clients to make their dream a reality from original consultation to successful completion of the project, this is the position for you.

    Your contribution to the success of our organization will be rewarded in a unique compensation system.

    • Enjoy interacting with clients in a professional manner and interpret their needs and desires but yet stay within their budget requirements 
    • ProLandscape Designer or similar program is required 
    • Must be familiar with local plantings and be able to source 
    • Prepare estimates and presentation materials using ProLandscape and other software such as Photoshop 
    • Familiarity with ClipXE a plus 
    • Work with and supervise installation crews 
    • Take photos for marketing materials and portfolio 
    • Follow up with clients to ensure satisfaction and encourage reviews and recommendations 
    • Ability to transfer talents to other areas of business such as self-watering window boxes, landscape lighting, irrigation, holiday & event lighting and many other new endeavors.


    So if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, are a self starter and do not like to be micromanaged you will enjoy being a part of our dynamic and growing organization, this will be the perfect job for you.

    We have a multi-tiered compensation system. Base pay rate will be between $12 and $14.50 per hour based upon experience. Upon acceptance and scheduling of a project for our client, you will be rewarded with a 1% bonus another 1% bonus will be earned upon project completion and client satisfaction. We are also offering a $200 signing bonus after successful completion of 90 days of service.

    Please email cover letter, resume and three professional references to

    Back to top