June 2015  

    Governor John Kasich Strikes 44 Items with Line-Item Veto, Sunset Review Committee Provision Survives

    Governor John Kasich signed a $130.3 billion budget bill Tuesday, June 30th that will govern Ohio's spending the next two years, but not before using his line-item veto to eliminate 44 provisions.

    A provision was added to Substitute House Bill 64 in the Senate Finance Committee in mid-June that would have merged the Ohio Architects Board with the Landscape Architects Board, thereby abolishing the current configuration of the boards. The Ohio Chapter ASLA took action swiftly to block this provision with the help of Senator Troy Balderson's (R-District 20) amendment to strike out this language from the bill. Led by Eugenia Martin, FASLA and chapter trustee, we were able to mobilize our members and testify before the Senate Finance Committee in the final days of open comment.

    The following days saw a compromise reached between Senate Finance Committee members on the removal of the language, and the addition of a new Sunset Review Committee Provision. The Ohio Chapter ASLA and our members will have the ability to testify before this committee that will hold hearings to receive testimony and make recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly by June 1, 2016 before the next budget bill is considered.

    In the coming months, OCASLA will be assembling a Lobbyist Search Committee that will be tasked with receiving proposals and interviewing a potential lobbyist that will assist with the coming steps over the next 18months. We will work diligently to make sure that we address this challenge head on, while also considering any potential ramifications along the way. We are looking at this situation as a major win for us in our State advocacy efforts to this point, and will use these hearings as an opportunity to forge new alliances with our lawmakers in Ohio, as well as to convey to them the importance of our profession and distinguish us among our peers.

    We are always open to questions or comments about any of these actions, and will continue to move forward and address your concerns along the way.

    Feel free to contact us at your convenience.

    Ohio Chapter ASLA

    Eugenia Martin, FASLA - Chapter Trustee -

    Carmine Russo Jr, ASLA - Chapter President -

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    Celebrate 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University

    100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University

    1915 - 2015

    We invite you to join us for a celebration of 100 years:
    8-10 October 2015

    Dear Alumni and Friends,

    Celebrations are in order: LArch turns 100!

    Please join us for Homecoming. The parties, exhibition, studio visits, parade and tailgate promise to be loads of fun! Starting on Thursday 8 October and lasting throughSaturday 10 October, we will celebrate the program, its students and faculty. This “once in a lifetime” event will give you a chance to revisit academic memories, meet current students and faculty, and let us know how you are doing.

    In an effort to tell the story of landscape architecture at OSU, we are seeking reminiscences, projects, sketches, and photographs from alumni and friends. Please make sure to contribute to this effort through the electronic questionnaire below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Alumni and Events Coordinator, Karin Gillund, at or 614-247-5409.

    Spring 2016 will bring two more happenings: a landscape architecture symposium 3–5 March, followed by a great LABASH organized by SCASLA and the very energetic class of 2016 on 7–9 April! We will keep you informed as we finalize the program.

    We look forward to seeing you at Knowlton in October!


    Dorothée Imbert
    Professor and Section Head


    Link  to Electronic Questionaire

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    2015 11th Annual Golf Outing

    The OCASLA Golf Outing is August 21st, 2015 at Chapel Hill Golf Course. Enjoy a great time and goof off dressing up as this year's theme; Golf Outing Ugly Pants / Thrift Store Apparel!

    Door prizes, Golf Hats and many more will be given away throughout the day! Register Today! 

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    Congratulations to the 2015 Class of ASLA Council of Fellows!

    The American Society of Landscape Architects has elevated 37 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2015. 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. The new class of Fellows will be recognized at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 6-9, in Chicago.

    Read full ASLA news article by clickng this link.


      Richard W. Espe, ASLA - MKSK - Columbus, Ohio

    Richard Espe, of MKSK, received his nomination, in Works, from the Ohio Chapter. The three pillars of sustainability—environmental, social and fiscal—are fundaments that have defined Espe’s 33-year career. From his early study of Ian McHarg’s philosophy to his current role as a firm leader, he has incorporated natural systems and green infrastructure, and educated clients along the way. Read Richard's full background by clickng this link.


      Brian Kinzelman, ASLA - MKSK - Columbus, Ohio

    Brian Kinzelman, of MKSK, received his nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the Ohio Chapter. Kinzelman has made significant, sustained contributions to the advancement of the role of landscape architects and the recognition of the practice of landscape architecture through his noteworthy urban design projects and the promotion of prime project management landscape architect roles. Read Brian's full background by clickng this link.


      Virginia Burt, ASLA - Virginia Burt Designs - Burlington, Ontario

    Virginia Burt, of Virginia Burt Designs, received her nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the Council of Fellows Executive Committee. Burt has international recognition that includes national ASLA and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects design awards. Her designs continuously attract the attention of industry professionals and clients across North America. At the vanguard of healthcare facility healing environments, she has developed a holistic approach that attends to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects that weave together the meaning of gardens, genius loci and carefully elicited stakeholder input. Read Virginia's full background by clickng this link.


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    OCASLA Maumee Valley Section Retirement

    OCASLA is considering retiring the Maumee Valley Section and joining it with the Western Reserve Section.

    For many years there has been low participation in the section, which may be due to the fact that there are roughly 20 members total in the area. We propose that the Western Reserve Section absorb the Maumee Section's activities and members, in order to combine section efforts and resources.

    The Maumee Valley Section will be retired in 90 days unless there is interest in keeping it active.

    Please send your comments to before Friday, July 31st at 5pm.

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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News: July 8, 2015

    Governance and Administration

    • EVP Nancy Somervillle, Hon. ASLA, is being interviewed and filmed today for ASLA’s win as one of the Healthiest Company’s in Washington, D.C., by SmartCEO magazine. In 2009, Somerville was a finalist for the Eco CEO Award, which recognized environmental excellence in business.


    •   Staff directors met to discuss the results of the staff Gallup Q12 Engagement survey and the Are We Making Progress (AWMP) surveys completed by staff and the Executive Committee.  Results will be discussed at the July ExCom meeting. The July meeting will also focus on an update of the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and strategic planning for 2016.    


    •   EVP Somerville and CFO O’Brien wrapped up midyear progress review and 2016 planning meetings with the directors this week. 


    •   EVP Somerville  and Professional Practice Manager Deborah Steinberg met with David Do, Director of the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, on June 26 to provide updates on the Chinatown Green Street Project and discuss additional opportunities for collaboration.  Last week, staff from the District (D.C.) Office of Planning (DCOP), including new DCOP Director Eric Shaw, and a representative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), met with ASLA representatives and Steven Spears of Design Workshop to discuss the Chinatown Project.  Also, Manager Deborah Steinberg and Director Ron Sears recently met with representatives from The Nature Conservancy to introduce the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project and to discuss working together to accomplish their green infrastructure goals and tree canopy expansion in the urban corridors of DC.


    •   Recent meetings with Gensler and consultants for the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture focused on exterior stair finishes and materials, the front canopy, lighting, IT and AV needs/plans.  Employee placement was also discussed. Another meeting will be held tomorrow to continue the planning process.


    •   EVP Somerville and Government Affairs Director Blackwell participated in a Renewable Natural Resources Foundation roundtable on arctic energy and environmental policy at the U.S. Department of State.  ASLA will also host RNRF tomorrow for a briefing on communications and use of social media. 


    •   This week EVP Somerville and staff met with Arnaldo Cardona, ASLA, who is interested in starting a chapter in Puerto Rico. Cardona also met with Landscape Architecture Magazine editor Brad McKee to discuss story ideas, and Special Assistant to the EVP Keith Swann about ASLA’s green roof and The Roof is Growing! education web page for middle school students.


    Resource Development

    • The Campaign for theASLA Center for Landscape Architects has raised $816,323, which is roughly 54 percent of the new goal of $1.5 million. In the weeks and months ahead, ASLA will reach out to additional leaders in the field to ask for their support. To see who is supporting, please click here. If you or your firm would like to join the list of donors, please contact Director of Stakeholder Relations and Resource Development Ron Sears


    Government Affairs

    • The August Recess is a great time for your chapter to do an in-district meeting or site visit with your federal legislators.  ASLA has a Guide to Hosting a Tours With Elected Officials and other Advocacy Tools to help with these types of events.  If your chapter needs assistance with planning your in-district advocacy event, please don’t hesitate to contact Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason.
    • iAdvocate! Now, it’s your turn. Check out the iAdvocate video to hear firsthand how ASLA’s advocacy efforts are impacting the profession and yielding landscape architecture projects on the ground. Share the video with chapter members, colleagues, and others.
    • Government Affairs co-hosted a Pollinator Week congressional briefing, “Backing our Bees, Bats, & Beetles,” on Capitol Hill. The briefing, which attracted over 175 attendees, was focused on updates on the status of pollinator health and pollinator conservation actions.
    • Government Affairs also hosted the Pollinator Week 2015 Congressional Green Roof Tour and Reception at ASLA headquarters. This highly attended reception provided stakeholders engrossed in pollinator health issues an opportunity to network and connect, and to celebrate the progress made towards the issue over the last year.


    Public Relations and Communications

    •   Three posts covering the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference – on how people with autism experience the world, the blind navigate cities, and another on the “nature pill” were posted on The Huffington Post. The post on autism was shared 1,300 times.
    •   The totally revamped Residential Design webpages were launched this week, offering a valuable new education resource for landscape architects to use with their clients.

    Member and Chapter Services


    •   Today’s membership total is 15,422 (see details below):


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    Education Programs

    • The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™) has 208 active providers offering 1,369 courses. There are no new provider applications pending review.
    • The second annual meeting speakers orientation webinar was held on June 30. The webinar provided speakers with an overview of important dates and deadlines as well as tips for successful presentation delivery. Over 100 speakers participated.


    Deadlines and Reminders

    The Leadership Calendar can be accessed on the web.

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    Italian Village Park Pavilion Competition Announcement

    The Neighborhood Design Center, with support from The City Columbus Department of Development and Recreation and Park Department, is launching the Request for Qualifications for a pavilion competition in Italian Village Park. Read more by clicking here.

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    2015 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

    The AIA Ohio Valley Region, including AIA Indiana, AIA Kentucky and AIA Ohio, along host chapter AIA Columbus, is pleased to announce that this year's Ohio Valley Region Convention will be held in Columbus, Ohio, at the new Downtown Hilton Hotel.  The conference, planned for October 11-13, will bring together more than 350 architects and allied professionals from around the region for three days of programs and activities.

    Read more by clicking 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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    Classified Ads


    The Neighborhood Design Center, with support from The City Columbus Department of Development and Recreation and Park Department, is launching the Request for Qualifications for a pavilion competition in Italian Village Park.

    The park is located in the Italian Village neighborhood on Hubbard Avenue, between Pearl and Kerr Streets. This is an excellent opportunity for Architects, Landscape Architects or teams of design professionals living and/or working in Ohio. Attached is the RFQ. The proposed budget for the project is $350,000. Additional information regarding the competition and submissions can be made via the Neighborhood Design Center’s website at No hand delivered or mailed submissions will be reviewed. 

    The submission deadline is Friday July 31, 2015, 5:00pm EST

    All questions should be directed to Lisa Snyder, Architectural Designer at the Neighborhood Design Center, by email (with Italian Village Pavilion in the subject line) at, or by phone at 614.221.5001.


    Landscape Designer

    Location: Headquarters
    Job Code: 41
    # of Openings: 0


    Extremely creative person sought to be part of our award winning Landscape Architect and Design team. This position will work alongside our senior Landscape Designers to complete site studies and create base plans, planting plans, grading plans, lighting plans, and final master plans for high end residential and specialty commercial clientele. Hand drawing and CAD experience desired. Ideal candidate will also be asked to assist with design/construction details and 2-dimensional color rendered elevation sketches.

    Education/Experience Required:
    This position requires a Landscape Architecture degree and certificate and or Landscape Design certificate. Must have fine art or graphic design skills. 1-5 years experience is preferred, but not mandatory in designing residential landscapes. Ideal candidate will have a thorough knowledge of Ohio native plant material, Auto CAD and Sketch Up. In addition to proper training and education, obvious artistic ability and creativity must be apparent. Knowledge in artistic landscape lighting and irrigation is a plus. Design and fine art portfolio will be required throughout the interview process to verify level of competence.  


    • Medical, Dental & Vision
    • Short term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Profit Sharing
    • 401 K
    • Education and Training Programs



    • Vacation & Holiday Pay
    • Company Picnics and Meetings with Breakfasts or Lunches
    • Awards Banquets
    • Discount Major League Sporting Tickets



    • Competitive & Negotiable


    • Under the general direction of the Director of Planning & Operations, the position is responsible for assisting in all areas of the design process as it pertains to park planning as directly related to agency park development, conservation and preservation goals.

       POSITION REQUIREMENTS: this position minimally requires the following:


    • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Civil Engineering related fields with a minimum of one to five (1-5) years of related experience.

    • Professional registration and/or state licensure as a landscape architect, planner or civil engineer is preferred but not required.


    • Must possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License and maintain a good driving record.

    • Must obtain and/or be able to maintain Park District approved first aid and CPR certification.

    • This is a confidential position, requiring the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times. This position must be able to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the agency.

       ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: includes the following; Other related duties may also be assigned as determined by the Director of Planning & Operations.

    • Responsible for assisting the Director of Planning & Operations in the identification and implementation of the department’s annual plan of operation.
    • Responsible for assisting the Director of Planning & Operations in the preparation of the departmental budget.
    • Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, strategic plans, along with all phases of individual project development including but not limited to conceptual design, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration, and field representation.
    • Assist in the administration of grants.
    • Prepares presentation level graphic plans and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.
    • Assists in developing and maintaining departmental operating standards for graphic development programs including ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.
    • May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners and public groups, such as civic organizations, boards, user groups, the general public and Park District staff.
    • Assists in the administration of outside contracts for all phases of the project design process including but not limited to; professional surveying, geotechnical investigations, wetland delineations, project design and construction document preparation, construction and various other professional services.
    • Assists in the coordination and acquisition of all required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to GSWCD, OEPA, USACE, and other regulatory agency reviews.


    Please forward resumes and porfolios to:  Geauga Park District, Attn:  Matthew McCue, Director of Planning & Operations;  9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, OH 44024


    Cincinnati Restructures Development Services – Hiring Begins Immediately for Zoning Plan Examiners

    On the direction of City Manager Harry Black, the City of Cincinnati is embarking on a significant restructuring of its Development Review services. 

    To effect the changes necessary, Zoning Administration is being reestablished within the Building Department, complementing the Building Inspection and Code Enforcement Divisions.  Beginning immediately the City has begun the process to implement a plan several months in the making, to improve upon development review services.  Zoning Administration shall be the central location for review, guidance interpretation and compliance concerns, including those reviews within Historic Districts.

    Hiring has now commenced for new Zoning Plan Examiner positions.  Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to analyze site developments for zoning and overlay district compliance, execute effective project management skills, provide exceptional customer service and collaborate with city staff and customers to enable quality development solutions meeting the intent of the City’s development standards. 


    You may review the listing through the City of Cincinnati’s website, OR

    Review the job link is BELOW – Application deadline is August 5.

    Please review examples of work carefully here:


    EDGE is a collaborative studio of planners, landscape architects and urban designers. Our professionals create economically, socially and environmentally impactful solutions through purposeful planning and design. We are looking for a creative and motivated landscape architect and/or urban designer for our Columbus office. This individual will have the opportunity to participate in conceptual, schematic, and design development efforts for land development and urban revitalization projects for both private and public clients.  A successful candidate should exhibit strong design skills, site planning experience, and proficiency in hand drawing and computer graphics. 

    Desired skills and experience:

    •        Excellent graphic and verbal skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse team members.
    •        Demonstrated project experience involving master planning, site planning, and detailed site design.
    •        Strong work ethic - independently and in a collaborative team environment.
    •        Proficiency in hand drawing and graphic software including Adobe CS6, Sketch-up and AutoCAD.
    •        Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, or other related design field


    Please email resume and portfolio to:

    Tedd Hardesty



    Senior Landscape Architect

    Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects, Division of Architecture & Site Development

    (PR 011365)


    Opening Date:  July 6, 2015 Closing Date:  August 6, 2015

    DUTIES AND TASKS:  Under the supervision of the Manager of Architecture & Site Development is responsible for the preparation and delineation of complex landscape architectural/site development plans, project feasibility studies, reports, cost estimates and recommendations including the development of schematic plans and cost estimates for short and long range capital planning activities, the development of site improvement contract drawings including plans, construction details, schedules of items, cost estimates, and specifications, field observation, and supervision and administration of various public improvement projects implemented on a contractual basis.  Performs other job-related duties as required.

    CIVIL SERVICE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   A High School Diploma or GED is required.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited four year college or university is required.  Three years of full time paid professional office experience in the design and development of complex site planning/landscape architectural projects under the supervision of a registered Landscape Architect is required.  State of Ohio Registration and Licensure to practice as a Landscape Architect is mandatory.  A valid State of Ohio Driver’s License is required. Must have a working knowledge of AutoCad 2-D and Microsoft Office Suite programs. A working knowledge of SharePoint and project planning software as well as good written and verbal communication skills are preferred. Good organization skills to handle multiple projects at the same time is highly desirable.

    All interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to;  or mail to Marcia Johnson, HR Manager, Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects,  601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 113, Cleveland OH 44114.




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