November 2014  

    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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    OCASLA's VP of Legislative Affairs to Speak at ASLA National Conference in Denver

    Be sure to check out our very own Lynne Nischwitz, OCASLA VP of Legislative Affairs at the ASLA National Conference in Denver. She will be on a panel to discuss case studies on Olmsted’s first and last suburb (Riverside / Druid Hills) and the Emerald Necklace and how Olmsted’s vision has changed over time via development pressures.

    The session will be Monday, November 24th from 1:30pm to 3pm. Featured speakers include Todd Hill, ASLA, (moderator) DTJ Design; Marion Pressley, FASLA, Pressley Associates Inc.; Lynne Nischwitz ASLA, The Kleingers Group

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    Reunite with Knowlton Alumni in DENVER


    Join Director Michael Cadwell and Landscape Architecture Section Head Dorothée Imbert 
    at two reunion opportunities in Denver on Saturday, November 22.

    Alumni Reunion Happy Hour
    Saturday, November 22 from 5-7 p.m.
    Rio Grande Denver, 1525 Blake Street. 
    All alumni are welcome at this event!
    RSVP for the Happy Hour by November 14 
    to Becky Lonardo at or 614-247-5409


    ASLA Alumni Tailgate and Gala
    part of the ASLA Annual Meeting + Expo
    Saturday, November 22 from 8-11 p.m.
    Mile High Station, 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue
    This event is ticketed and pre-registration is required.
    Visit the ASLA Annual Meeting site for details:

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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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    ASLA National: Update

    ASLA E-News October 29, 2014

    Governance and Administration

    • President Elect Dick Zweifel, FASLA, was one of the speakers at the Southern California Chapter's bi-annual awards ceremony last week in Long Beach, where he presented the prestigious Award ofExcellence to this year's recipient.  
    • The Oregonian ran a feature on the Landscape Architects’ Guide to Portland, Oregon, that included this quote: “At the Oct. 7 launch party at the urban-oasis Lan Su Chinese Garden, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said, ‘ASLA is one of the secret weapons for livability. This guide is a visual portrayal of the unique elements that we are so proud of here.’"  The guide continues to earn impressive numbers (11,100 pageviews since launch October 7).   
    • U.S. Green Building Council COO Mahesh Ramanujam highlighted the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI’s) new role with the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) at the Greenbuild executive leadership luncheon last week in New Orleans.  Ramanujam described SITES as an important addition to GBCI’s certification and credentialing portfolio, along with WELL and PEER, two other programs with which GBCI has completed a similar partnership. 
    • The green roof was visited today by undergrad environmental studies students from New York University, Washington, D.C., campus. The students were not familiar with designing a green roof or its components and were very excited about the visit. Also discussed was student membership, the upcoming annual meeting, and the awards issue of LAM that was handed out.
    • A briefing on the Green Streets project was presented to Barbara McCann and policy staff of the U.S. Department of TransportationOffice of the Secretary by EVP Somerville, Corporate Secretary Curt Millay, ASLA, Professional Practice Manager Debbie Steinberg, ASLA, and Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason. An overview of the project was provided and a lively question-and-answer period followed covering the details of the project, plans to include pollinator plants, and possible federal funding applicable to the project.



    • Registration now stands at 3,584 for the annual meeting and EXPO.  Registration and ticket revenue collected to date is now 106 percent of the annual budget goal of $1.375 million.


    Government Affairs

    • On October 29, ASLA participated in a live Twitter chat focused on the science of green infrastructure. The chat, hosted by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Communications Development, provided a public forum for EPA researchers, practitioners, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations to share data, knowledge, and tools needed to advance green infrastructure for healthier, more sustainable communities. The chat also provided an opportunity to identify and quantify the beneficial impacts of green infrastructure using a social media platform. On behalf of ASLA, Nette Compton, ASLA, fielded questions from a landscape architecture perceptive, and also tweeted various ASLA green infrastructure tools and resources, including the ASLA green infrastructure case studies, ASLA green roof demonstration project, and its active partnership with the new EPA Green Infrastructure Collaborative.
    • ASLA submitted a letter of support on behalf of a grant proposal put forth by New York City Parks Green Infrastructure Unit. The grant proposal will examine the effects of various soil based material under porous and traditional pavement installations on the health of street trees. The research results will uncover these mysteries, and provide a national approach landscape architects can employ and implement to protect urban trees, tree health, and root growth in urban, suburban, and rural communities nationwide.
    • Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell presented at an education session at the ASLA Indiana Chapter’s annual meeting in Indianapolis on October 17. Her presentation focused on the value of the advocacy, with themes ranging from the latest congressional actions to deregulation threats.  Director Blackwell also featured ASLA advocacy tools and resources such as the new Site Tour Guide and iAdvocate, and how such tools can be used to foster chapters’ advocacy efforts to educate policy makers on the profession’s contributions in their community.
    • Director Blackwell, along with Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network members David Driapsa, ASLA, and Rob McGinnis, ASLA participated in a meeting at the U.S. Department of Interior with Associate Director for Cultural Resources Stephanie Toothman to discuss the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and whether to include “landscape” as a property type.  Currently, the Act recognizes districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.
    • Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason participated in a meeting with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on the federal pollinator health strategy. The meeting was an opportunity to learn about current USDOT pollinator health efforts, and how such efforts can be expanded to include landscape architecture principles, particularly on federal rights-of-way.
    • Manager Cason also participated in a conference call conducted by the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, which featured an administration official from the White House Council of Environmental Quality to discuss the urban forest and green infrastructure opportunities arising from the administration’s Climate Natural Resources Priority Agenda. Participants also discussed ways the coalition can ensure that healthy, vibrant, and sustainable urban forests are a continuing piece of the resiliency in communities nationwide.


    Public Relations and Communications


    Member and Chapter Services

    Today’s membership total is 15,409 (see details below):

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    Professional Practice

    • On October 20, Manager Steinberg attended WELL 2014 in New Orleans, the first annual symposium for design, construction, and real estate professionals who want to lead the market and build a movement for wellness real estate. Steinberg also attended Greenbuild.
    • On October 20, Manager Shawn Balon, ASLA, attended a discussion on the Greater China Update with emphasis on global associations supporting members who have growing interest and activities in China.
    • ASLA is again taking the planning lead for the third annual Parklet project at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference, to be held in Baltimore, MD, in January 2015.
    • Recent Professional Practice Network activity included: announcements of the two PPN changes that will officially launch at the annual meeting—the addition of the new Education & Practice PPN and renaming Reclamation & Restoration as Ecology & Restoration. The information will be shared with PPN members by email, in LAND, and on The Field

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    SITES Fundamentals Webinar Series


    The SITES Fundamentals webinar series, ending on December 17th, 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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    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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    OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

    Please click here to current postings.

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    Request for Proposals

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    Read full listing at the Cleveland 2030 District website.


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